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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 resumé 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!

R.I.P. Stephen Furst (1955-2017) June 17, 2017

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Sad news in the entertainment industry once more today, especially for fans of the Babylon 5 tv series and movies.

Animal House Actor, Stephen Furst, Dead at 63

Actor Stephen Furst, has died of complications of diabetes. He was 63. While many knew him best as Flounder in Animal House (1978), I was better acquainted with the actor through his role as Dr. Axelrod in St. Elsewhere (1982-1988) and his role as Vir Cotto on Babylon 5, though he also had a myriad of roles in other tv shows, movies, and the like.

R.I.P. Stephen Furst. A toast to absent friends, in memory still bright. Farewell, on behalf of a grateful Centauri Republic. May you sleep in light.

R.I.P. Adam West (1928-2017) June 10, 2017

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I was saddened to hear the news that actor Adam West died today.

Adam West, TV’s Batman, Dies at 88

Best known for his role as Batman in the campy 1960s series, Adam West appeared in quite a few other roles and productions over the years.

Rest In Peace, Mr. West. Time to doff the old cape ‘n cowl for good this time.

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!

‘Twas the Day After CanGames May 22, 2017

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Hope everyone is having a good day. 🙂

CanGames 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 after suffering a major case of allergies which led to a massive bout of asthma this weekend, and on Friday my voice was already down and dwindling. While it was not the smartest decision to go and game on the weekend (I was running four (4) game sessions of stuff), I managed to survive CanGames (barely). While I’m feeling extremely fatigued and exhausted, and the allergies/asthma attack are completely overwhelming my body right now (and I may have caught the dreaded con crud, on top of all that), I have to say I had a pretty good time running my games at CanGames 2017 and catching up with a few friends, but most of it has passed in a blur. The convention had a little bit for everyone – from children’s games, through board games, miniature games, roleplaying games, and I think there were a couple of LARP events that I may have heard about – but I’ll admit that I missed most of it. I was feeling under the weather (to put it mildly!), so I didn’t actually take any photos or the like 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’m just taking it easy, puttering around somewhat, having lots of hot liquids, Tylenol when I need it, watching some PVR stuff, and have managed to put away some of the gaming stuff. ve been trying to take it somewhat easy. 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 sickness I’m dealing with now, and that I can sort out some of the diabetes problems I’m currently dealing with.

On This Day… May 20, 2017

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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, 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 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, 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! 🙂