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Happy Birthday, Ellie! June 24, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Today is my goddaughter, Ellie’s, birthday. I’m not allowed to say how old she is, but speaking as a godfather, I have to say they grow up so fast!

You’re growing into a great young woman, and I am so proud of you and happy for you on this, your birthday. I hope you have a terrific day on this, your special day. May the Goddess bless you with happiness, good health, fortune, may you always have a warm breeze at your back! – and may your presents today be those that you want.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday, Laila Rouass! June 22, 2017

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Today is the birthday of Laila Rouass, one of my favourite British actresses of the current day.

Born of Moroccan and Indian parents, Laila’s been making a lot of tv and stuff – Footballers’ Wives, roles in British soaps Family Affairs and Hollyoaks, the ninth series of Spooks, the Holby City series, The Royals series, and most recently Stella. She also has a good resumรฉ in the movies, making films that have strong messages and meanings. Of course, I am fondest of her as Dr. Sarah Page in the Primeval tv series.

While I understand her reasons for leaving the Primeval tv series, I still love her as an actress, and watch her appearances in tv and film whenever I can.

Happy Birthday, Laila! Hope you are having a marvellous birthday today, and that you have a terrific year ahead of you!

Happy Birthday, Tim! :) June 6, 2017

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Happy Birthday, ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is my friend, Tim’s, birthday. He’s another year older today. Like the rest of us do once every year (except those born in a Leap Year, but that’s another matter). ๐Ÿ™‚

May the Goddess bless you with good health, happiness, prosperity, and may a warm breeze blow at your back for the coming year.

Hope you have a terrific birthday, that today’s birthday is the best ever, that all the prezzies that came your way were ones you wanted and that some of them involved gaming things, and that the celebration of your birthday was good and rowdy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday, Ben Mansfield May 29, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Ben Mansfield!

Today is actor Ben Mansfield‘s birthday. Mansfield is the hunky actor who played Captain (don’t call me Hilary!) Becker for three Series of the Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Ben Mansfield, who turns 34 years young today, a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Happy Birthday, O First Commander of Babylon 5 May 6, 2017

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Today is Michael O’Hare’s birthday.

Well, it would have been…but the actor sadly passed away on September 28th, 2012 (at the age of 60) after having a heart attack and then going into a coma before he died.

Michael O’Hare was born in Chicago, Illinois, attended Harvard University (where he majored in English literature), and studied at the prestigious Juilliard School of Drama. While he appeared on a range of television shows (from Trapper John, MD to The Cosby Mysteries), he is best known for his casting in Babylon 5 as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair.

A lot of folks didn’t like the character of Commander Sinclair or the actor’s portrayal of the role, finding it wooden and one-dimensional, but I was of the opinion (shared by some) that this portrayal of Commander Sinclair was deliberate and pre-planned. I loved Commander Sinclair, and Michael O’Hare’s portrayal of him!, and was sad that he exited the series (though the reasons for his doing so were only revealed after the actor’s death).

In his memory, I’ll just wrap this up with my two quotes from Commander Jeffrey Sinclair:

“Sooner or later everyone comes to Babylon 5.”

“All my life I’ve had doubts about who I am, where I belonged. Now I’m like the arrow that springs from the bow. No hesitation, no doubts. The path is clear.”

Rest In Peace, Michael O’Hare. You are missed.

Happy Birthday, Peter Jurasik! April 26, 2017

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Today is actor Peter Jurasik’s birthday.

Peter Jurasik is an American actor who is known for his role as Sid the Snitch on the 1980s series Hill Street Blues and its short-lived spinoff Beverly Hills Buntz, but is best known and loved for his role as Londo Mollari in the science fiction hit series, Babylon 5 (or this site).

The actor, who turns 67 today, is one of my favourite actors for his distinctive looks (in whatever role he plays) and his sheer character-driven performances. While Peter Jurasik has a good resumรฉ in the field, his performance as Londo Mollari on Babylon 5 was a joy to watch, and I have very pronounced, strong memories of his role in the series.

Here’s wishing Peter Jurasik a very Happy Birthday today!

And he still *does* look stunning in purple! ๐Ÿ™‚

If Thou Didst Live, ‘Twould be Thy Birthday April 23, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Yes, today is the birthday of the Bard. Well, sort of, since he is, of course, dead. Which makes today moot from the point of view of it being William Shakespeare‘s birthday.

In any event, folks, to celebrate today’s being the Bard’s birthday, go and read something by Shakespeare. I am reading “Romeo and Juliet” today in appreciation of the Bard. Wonderful play. A Passion Play, you might say (and if you know the reference to that one, give yourself 25 bonus points).

Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson! April 16, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson!

Today is Belinda Stewart-Wilson’s birthday. The actress grew up on military bases in the UK, Germany, and Austria before the family finally settled down in London. Best known for her role as Polly McKenzie in The Inbetweeners, Belinda played the role of the doomed Christine Johnson in the third season of ITV’s Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Belinda Stewart-Wilson a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi! April 14, 2017

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For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans…

Peter Capaldi, the actor who is portraying the current, Twelfth (or Thirteenth, depending) Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his birthday today.

While I can’t say that I’m a great fan of New Who, I’ve absolutely adored Mr. Capaldi’s acting in everything I’ve seen him in. I’ve actually come to like him in the role of the Doctor so far, and find him to have elements of my favourite Doctors over the Classic years of the show. Sad to say, the forthcoming series of the show (which starts tomorrow) will be Mr. Capaldi’s last.

So here’s wishing Peter Capaldi a happy 58th! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday, Jonathan Byrne April 2, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Jonathan Byrne!

Today is Jonathan Byrne’s birthday. The Dublin-born actor is best known for his role as Patrick Quinn/Ethan Dobrowski in the Primeval tv series, but is also known for his roles in Fair City/i> and The Clinic.

Here’s wishing Jonathan Byrne a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!