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‘Twas the Day After CanGames May 21, 2018

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Hope everyone is having a good day. 🙂

CanGames 2018 is pretty much a done deal for me, though the folks who organised and put on this year’s edition of the convention are probably dealing with the aftermath of the convention and hopefully getting in some rest today as well.

I made the decision to go to the convention this year even with the diabetic ulcer on my left leg, my stomach and bowels suffering the effects of a high dose of antibiotic, and with the shoulder pain that I’ve been dealing with for over a year. I won’t say it was the smartest decision (see below) to game pm the weekend (I was running four (4) game sessions of stuff), I managed to survive CanGames in pretty good shape or so I thought. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a cough, the latter having gotten steadily worse as the day has gone on, though otherwise I’m feeling somewhat all right. I suspect I have the dreaded con crud – and how the heck have I come down with a bacterial infection while on an antibiotic and keeping my hands as clean as I could at the convention?? – but I have to say I had a pretty good time running my games at CanGames 2018 and catching up with a few friends, but I’ll admit that most of Saturday passed in something of a blur. The convention had a little bit of something for everyone – from children’s games, through board games, miniature games, roleplaying games, and I think there may have been a LARP event that I may have heard about – but I’ll admit that I missed most of it. I managed to do what I set out to do at the convention, but didn’t actually take all that many photos at the convention this year. (If folks who did take photos at the convention would care to share them, I’d be more than happy to see any pics and the like!)

On this holiday Monday, I’ve been taking it very easy, doing a bit of reading and catching up on some PVR stuff, drinking hot liquids and taking some cough drops (sugar-free, of course!). Haven’t managed to put away some of the gaming stuff yet. I haven’t jotted down any notes about the gaming that I did this weekend yet, but will take care of some of that now. After I have a hot cup of tea.

I just hope the rest of this month is relatively calm and quiet in terms of everything, that I can recover quickly from this darned con crud I’m dealing with now, and that I can sort out some of the diabetes problems I’m currently dealing with.

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On This Day… May 20, 2018

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On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off and became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Also on this date in 1996, Jon Pertwee, the British actor best known for his roles as the third Doctor on the series Doctor Who and Worzel Gummidge, died at the age of 79.

Happy Birthday, O First Commander of Babylon 5 May 6, 2018

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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 25, 2018

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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 68 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 resumé 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! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson! April 16, 2018

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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, 2018

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

Peter Capaldi, the actor to most recently play the 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 absolutely adored Mr. Capaldi’s acting in everything I’ve seen him in. I actually came to like him in the role of the Doctor, and found him to have elements of my favourite Doctors over the Classic years of the show. Sad to say, Mr. Capaldi has already left the role of the Doctor, and we await the new series with Jodie Whitaker in the rule.

So here’s wishing Peter Capaldi a happy 59th! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Hannah Spearritt! April 1, 2018

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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 37 years young today, a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

You’re very much missed, Abby Maitland.

Happy Birthday, Patrick Troughton! March 25, 2018

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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, 2018

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Today would have been the birthday of Roger Delgado.

For the fans of 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 100 years old today.

Happy 25th Anniversary, Babylon 5! February 22, 2018

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Today is the 25th anniversary of one of the best, if not *the* best, science fiction television shows to air.

The pilot film of Babylon 5 aired 25 years ago today. At the time, I thought that it was the best science fiction I’d ever seen on television to that point, and I was hooked. As far as I’m concerned it’s still the best science fiction program to air on television. Period.

Happy 25th Anniversary, Babylon 5! 🙂