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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 resumΓ© 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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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!

Happy Birthday, Hannah Spearritt! April 1, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Hannah Spearritt!

Today is Hannah Spearritt’s birthday. She is the lovely actress who first came to prominence as part of S Club 7, but is best known for her role as Abby Maitland in the Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Hannah Spearritt, who turns 36 years young today, a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

You’re very much missed, Abby Maitland.

Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music:Mitsou – “Bye Bye Mon Cowboy

Happy Birthday, Patrick Troughton! March 25, 2017

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For those who are fans of Doctor Who, today is the anniversary of the birth of actor Patrick Troughton.

Born March 25th, 1920, Patrick Troughton was the Second Doctor on the acclaimed tv series, and the first actor to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, and is thus the first regeneration of the Time Lord. It was a bold move on the part of the production team to replace the actor in the title role, and Doctor Who could have been a disaster from that point on. But it wasn’t, and Patrick Troughton was the reason. His Doctor was unofficially known later on as “the cosmic hobo” due to the mannerisms that Troughton imbued the character with, but he could be as serious as needed when called upon. And when Troughton’s Doctor was being serious, you knew that serious trouble was afoot.

Patrick Troughton’s Doctor was my favourite in the role, though I also loved the William Hartnell Doctor. Sadly, much of Troughton’s serials from the series no longer exist, and he is the most under-represented of the incarnations of the Time Lord on DVD.

So raise a glass today for the Second Doctor and the man who portrayed him so brilliantly, Patrick Troughton.

Remembering Roger Delgado March 1, 2017

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Today would have been the birthday of Roger Delgado.

For the fans of the Doctor Who… the Doctor has faced many foes over the years – Daleks (and their creator Davros), Cybermen, Sontarans, Ice Warriors, to name a few – but only one foe has stood the test of time as his equal. If the Doctor had gone the other route, followed the dark path… That was the premise for the character of The Master, the renegade Time Lord who was first portrayed by the late (and great) Roger Delgado.

Delgado begat the role of The Master, making his debut appearance in 1971 in the Doctor Who serial “Terror of the Autons”, which also saw the first appearance of Katy Manning as Jo Grant. Delgado reappeared in a good number of subsequent serials during the Jon Pertwee years, and originally, it had been planned that the story of The Master would end and be tied up in one last serial, “The Final Game”. However, in 1973 while filming another project, Delgado was sadly involved in a car accident and passed away at the age of 55. Thus, “The Final Game” never saw the light of day.

While Roger continues to be missed from the world of Doctor Who, his influence on the tv show will never be forgotten. The Master may have regenerated countless times since that time, but Roger Delgado’s legacy as the *first* Master is available for all to see. Personally, I adored Roger’s performance as The Master, and have felt that none of the actors who’ve since taken the role on ever did it justice (though Anthony Ainley had his moments). I still love going back and watching some of the Delgado serials/episodes of Doctor Who, and watching his sophisticated and refined performances.

So lift a glass today in memory of Roger Delgado, the first and best Master, who would have turned 99 years old today.

Doctor Appointment Results February 22, 2017

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Well, my fears and suspicions have been confirmed.

I went to the doctor’s office for my appointment early this afternoon, and things came out pretty much as I expected. The doctor listened to my chest and stuff, checked my ears and throat, and told me that there was definite “crackling” in my right lung and some in the left, and confirmed that I’ve got bronchitis. He reassured me that it’s not as bad as it might be, but that a course of antibiotics was called for, and prescribed some Biaxin/Clarithromycin. Meanwhile, the harsh coughing continues at times. So what else is new?

The appointment itself was to go over my latest diabetes test results and a general health check-up, and we talked about various things. Contrary to what the endo had said, my PSA test results were higher than the previous one, not lower, and he’s sending me for another PSA blood test in about a month. As for the diabetes, the doctor was content with where I am right now with it, but that I do need to get the a1C and my triglyceride levels down somewhat (okay, a lot with the latter!).

Went and picked up the antibiotic on the way home, after eating some lunch at Aamp;W. While the root beer (sugar-free!) is great, I’m not crazy about their food, though the sweet potato fries were nice (though not as good as the ones I’ve eaten in Kansas City). Got home, caught up on a bit of e-mail, and watched some curling action at the Scott Tournament of Hearts. Fell asleep (not surprising really, given the night that I’d had), and then did some reading of more Coriolis – The Third Horizon game stuff.

Just about time to make some supper, and then see where the evening leads me. More curling viewing, I suspect. πŸ™‚

Wednesday Morning Thoughts February 22, 2017

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Shaping up to be a comfortable, almost spring-like day here in the Ottawa valley. Rather strange for a February, but I won’t complain about this if you readers don’t either. πŸ™‚

Work has been somewhat tiring this morning, but part of that is attributable to the fact that a) I’ve still got this bug, whatever it is, though I suspect it’s bronchitis, and b) the fact that I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night as I kept waking up from the coughing. The good news is that I have my regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment for this afternoon, so hopefully he’ll be able to figure out and tell me what I’ve got, and then we’ll go from there.

I won’t be gaming this evening with the Wednesday night group, as tonight is their off week, so I’ll be able to just sit back, and perhaps do some reading or watch some more of the Scott Tournament of Hearts on TSN. Some curling, hot drink, and relaxing on the couch with a book – sounds just about right for me at the moment.

Happy Birthday, Lucy Brown! February 13, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Lucy Brown!

Today is actress Lucy Brown’s birthday. A truly lovely and gifted actress, Lucy Brown played Claudia Brown in Series One, and then Jenny Lewis in Series Two and Three of the Primeval UK tv series. Lucy has appeared in several other shows and series, and here’s hoping we see a lot more of her on Canadian television in future.

Here’s wishing Lucy Brown a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!