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Turtletoes2


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Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 8:03 AM
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Anyone else caught up in this program ? It's on public T.V. Sunday nites at 8 or 9 P.M.


I tried to send for a T shirt. {late Christmas present to myself} but had a bit of a problem.


Anyhow, it's one of the best things on T.V. in ages. NO commercials once it starts. Even has a program devoted to the real Abbey and the real people who run it.


I like the characters. They have several dimensions. one is not all good or all bad. Not all smart or all dumb.


Really great cast. Acting is superb. Costumes out of this world. Sets are too.


Have a bit of a problem understanding the English if they talk to fast.


If you're going to waste time on T.V. escapism, I highly reccommend Downton Abbey.

Shar M


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 10:46 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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I agree completely. Love this program so much that I bought the first two seasons so I could catch up on what is going on. I also bought a book about Lady Almina the Countess of Carnarvon which is the family who live in and own Highclere Castle. Haven't read it yet but hte photos are interesting. Many of the things that happen at Downton actually took place at Highclere such as being turned into a convalescent home during WW I, etc.

I'll give you a good clue about not understanding some of the English accents. When my kids gifted me with all seasons of "All Creatures Great and Small," several years ago, I could only understand about half of the thick Scottish brogue. Turn on your closed captioning. You can normally find this in the menu under settings and possibly display. Some TV's are different but this has helped a great deal. I use this frequently as I often watch TV after my husband has gone to bed and he complains that when the music or commercials come on it is way too loud. This way I can leave the volume lower and still not miss anything.

I am really looking forward to this season. Do you know what happened to Upstairs Downstairs? I started watching this but there were only a very few episodes.
Turtletoes2


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:21 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Thanks for the tip re. understanding what they are saying. I'm going to look it over.

No I don't know what happened to Up and Down. Was that really the beginning of D.Abbey. ?

I could tell you about what happens to Mathew but I won't unless you want to know.

Did you see Angela Landsbury going over the 2nd season and into the 3rd. ? I think she's really into it as well.

I watched the real people who own the castle used on that program. Thought it interesting they raise oats for the queens horses and it costs a million a year to keep it up. Also the woman who actually turned it into a convelescent home must have been really something..

The T shirt I tried to send for said, " Free Bates". I just love those two, Anna and Bates and hope he gets out of jail.

And who wouldn't love Lady Violet , Maggie Smith. Loved that line of hers when looking at the table setting, "Nothing succeeds like excess".

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/season2.html

The above may give you a little leg up on what's going on. I get an E-Mail that helps me keep up.

Oh yes, Daisy and the cook she works for are really good
Shar M


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:41 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Do you mean if Up and Down was the beginning of Downton Abbey? I don't think so because Up and Down was WW II era and Downton Abbey WW I. I didn't follow Up and Down previously so I may try to get it on Netflix. Yes, I did see Angela Lansbury's preview. I encouraged everyone I know to watch it becasue I think if you just come in on the 3rd season you're not going to understand some of the characters. I, too, like Anna and Bates. I like all of the servants except Thomas and, of course, Lady Cora's maid, Sarah.

Well, happy viewing, and try the closed captioning. It has saved me on All Creatures Great and Small.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:55 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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And on the Call the Midwife series. Almost wished I had had it at the James Bond movie!
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 4:23 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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That really works Shar. I tried and will probably try it again tonight when there is a mystery on from Norway. Unless there is something better.

Thanks a whole lot.

A few years ago there was a continued thingy like D.T. Abbey called Cranston . Dame Judy Dench was in it and it was good too. Not as good as D.T. Abbey but very interesting. A period piece about what was acceptable and what wasn't.

I'm going to be using closed captioned a lot more because I really like the Brits. I think as a rule they are better actors.

Well, after all, "Jakes Beer " , The Globe Theater, et. all, guess the Brits started before us.

Again thanks. That opens a whole new number for me.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 5:02 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Remember something I read somewhere.
Elizabeth. McGovern who plays Lady Cora , years ago was in something called something like "Once upon a Time in America." She was of course much younger then and played a starring role.

Well, later, when she was back here visiting the U.S. she was in Washington D.C. and the Pols. and all their staff were breaking their necks to have their picture taken with her and an autograph.
Guess there's Abbey fans in D.C. as well..
Shar M


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 11, 2013 6:49 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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So glad it worked for you, turtletoes. I know it helps me get way more out of some of the things I enjoy watching.

I really enjoyed the documentary about Highcliffe Castle and the family who lives there. Very interesting the things they must do to manage and keep such a large estate running.

Edited by: Shar M on Jan 12, 2013 10:25 AM
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Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:28 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I watched it for the first time the other night. The costumes, scenery, etc. was so interesting.

I can't hear so I use the captioning for all my TV watching. I mute the sound and just read the
captions, of course, I have to pay attention so I don't miss anything. The network shows have
so much "clutter" along with the captions that it is hard sometimes to make sense of it.

Several years go there was a program with "Hyacinth" and her sisters, all with flower names,
Anyone remember that. Hyacinth was always trying to make herself so stylish and proper
I loved the James Herriott series too. Bought all the books but had to get rid of them when I
downsized.
Turtletoes2


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 1:25 PM   in response to: GrannyGG in response to: GrannyGG
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Hyacinth is still on where I live. I haven't watched it. The one I like is "As Time Goes By." Judy Dench stars and I can't remember the mans name. He reminds me of an American star with big jowls.

Loved that one about the animal doctors too.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:30 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Geoffrey Palmer plays opposite Judy Dench.
Turtletoes2


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Posted: Jan 12, 2013 9:55 PM   in response to: 4Annie in response to: 4Annie
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That's the fellow. They really play well off each other.
Shar M


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 13, 2013 9:58 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Turned on the TV last evening and "As Time Goes By" was on. Really enjoyed it.
Turtletoes2


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 13, 2013 11:14 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I'm glad Shar. I've seen each program at least twice and still go back to see it again. I even like the theme song and the fellow who sings it.
4Annie

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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:29 PM   in response to: GrannyGG in response to: GrannyGG
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The series is "Keeping Up Appearances" with Patricia Routledge (great actress) as Hyacinth "Bouquet" and Clive Swift (great actor, especially timing and facial expressions) as Richard Bucket. Her sisters are Daisy, Rose and Violet.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 2:23 PM   in response to: 4Annie in response to: 4Annie
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Ab Fab was pretty good too. We would laugh and laugh and laugh.

we used to watch most of the British sitcoms - but i think they are all repeats now.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 2:43 PM   in response to: wanderer in response to: wanderer
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Ab Fab was so funny. Do you remember the last one where she lost her snuggies and her friend picked them up and brought them in ? I laughed my head off.
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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 3:17 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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i thought most of them were funny. laughed and laughed.

cousins in merry ole england said that patsy really is beautiful and i seem to recall that she does lots of good works. not just stuffed with fluff and whatever else:)
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 4:15 PM   in response to: wanderer in response to: wanderer
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Patsy(Joanna lumley) used to be in The Avengers as a glamorous spy she was very beautiful in her youth not sure if that played in the U.S. they may have made a copy.
I'm glad to see that so many Americans are now watching these shows in their original form and not just remaking them like so many others even Archie Bunker was a British remake ( do you think they do that because of the accents?} the more money the BBC gets the better. I think they are the best broadcasters in the world it also is the go-to media when anything is happening in the world more often than not they have the best coverage and their radio broadcasts on the World Service are picked up all over the world and are often the only source of peoples real news.
Some of the shows such as Downton ,(not BBC) are made with one eye on the American market they know the Americans love a costume drama.
I love so many of your Comedy shows Cheers , Taxi, Friends e,t,c and I think America makes the best drama shows these days The Wire,The Sopranos, Mad Men ,West Wing e.t.c
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:32 PM   in response to: GrannyGG in response to: GrannyGG
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My oldest son is really big on BritComs. I always see Keeping Up Appearances when I'm at his house, along with some other really good British comedies. I think his PBS channel shows many more than mine does..
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:29 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Last nite Abbey.

I wonder where those little girls came from who were going to the wedding. They hadn't appeared in other scenes. There was one other thing I wondered about but forgot for now.

Anyhow, that guy should have made that decision long before they were at the altar.

The second place they were going to sure was big as well. Glad they got to stay at Downton.. It means so very much to them.

Still freaking out over Bates and Anna.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:01 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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SHAR----You don't suppose Bates poisoned his wife after all ?

Just dawned on me and I sure hope not.
Shar M


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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 10:11 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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I did not watch the last episode yet. Will catch it tonight and let you know.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:30 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Loving the fact that you need subtitles to watch these shows.

All creatures great and small is set in Yorkshire in the north of England they are speaking with a mild Yorkshire accent don't remember any Scottish characters.
I find I have to listen for a little while then my ear becomes attuned to whatever accent but I don't have any trouble with American accents a Northern Irish accent can sometimes throw me but after a few minutes I get it.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 6:29 PM   in response to: apaul in response to: apaul
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I would not call that a mild Yorkshire accent, emphasis on mild. It is barely understandable and I don't have too much trouble with English accents. I guess I always think of Herrot as a Scot since he was raised in Scotland and went to school there.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:46 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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sorry folks, but i find that just too funny.

good lord, i have trouble with accents from kentucky and tennessee. heck when we went to the Rendez - vous Cajuns radio show in Louisiana, i know i understood their french better than their english - and i don''t even know french!

sure wish i were an expert on yorkshire accents.

we were in a b and b in stirling, scotland.

gentleman asked us a question about breakfast - we thought he was asking if we wanted eggs.

when we were not up at 8, he came and got us. wasn't talking about eggs, was talking about 8 o'clock.

and then there was the guy on the scottish border who said he didn't feel sorry for us after the nichols bombed oklahoma - now you know what we live with every day says he. took us a while to figure out what he was saying.

now, the guy that was beating his umbrella along side the train car when there was that fire in victoria station and people were lined up the kazoo trying to get home - we understood every word he said!!

course i am not an expert on accents.

oh my goodness.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:07 AM   in response to: wanderer in response to: wanderer
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When Ava Gardner went to Hollywood, everyone thought she was beautiful but no one could understand her. They had her take speech lessons.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:14 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Well, I certainly didn't expect the wedding to end that way. And, no, I still don't think Bates did it. I think it will take at least all of this season to free him but I think he's innocent.

English weddings typically have a lot of little girls as bridesmaids. I remember that from both Diana and Kate's wedding. I think they draft every small relative they know.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:35 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I hope you're right about Bates. I thought/think he's innocent until Anna interviewed that woman who spoke so badly of him. How could she have come up with all that bad stuff ?
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Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:04 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Because she wsa a friend of his wife who was blackmailing him.
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Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:05 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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But the wife is dead so she has nothing to gain.

Of course Anna is paying her so maybe shes stringing Anna along to get more money out of her.

Bates has all ready turned all his stuff over to her.
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Re: Downton Abbey
Posted: Jan 23, 2013 7:16 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Shar. I found online synopsis of the storylines. The Brits. get the program before we do so they know what's going on.

I will only say you are right and I'm wrong. Bates remains a good guy.
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Posted: Jan 27, 2013 9:44 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Well, I sure wasn't expecting that.
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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 7:08 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Do you mean the youngest sister dying ? Yeah, that was sad.

I finally sent for my shirt "save Bates" and the return letter said thanks for contributing to the network-- I didn't know I had done that.
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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 8:31 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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That's what i meant but I wasn't more specific because I was trying not to spoil it for anyone who might now have watched it yet.

Edited by: Shar M on Jan 28, 2013 9:31 AM
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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 9:37 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Don't feel too bad. The actress who plays her got a nice contract in Hollywood. I think that's why she is being written out.

Do you think anyone else is watching from here ?
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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:05 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Yeah, there was a post in TV and Movies awhile ago and several were watching it at that time.
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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:56 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Oh, didn't know. Will have to keep my big mouth shut.
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Posted: Jan 28, 2013 11:02 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Well, I usually don't watch it until the next day so I don't usually read your post until the next day.
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Posted: Jan 29, 2013 1:29 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Free Bates T-Shirt arrived. That was quick.

I'm delighted with it.

I liked the one that said "What's a weekend ?"
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Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:56 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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SHAR---I didn't understand it but am wondering if Bates lost his job to the mean guy. If he is now lower in rank .

I'm wondering if Lord Robert has it in mind to push Bates into going into business of his own as he wanted to do with Anna before he went to jail.

I get those three young guys mixed up. They look a lot alike.
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Posted: Feb 12, 2013 8:36 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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I haven't watched Sunday's episode yet but hope to tonight. I'll let you know.
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Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:18 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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SHAR---Did you watch it ? Is Bates going to get the job lower then the mean guy ?

For Pete sakes, I'm on tender hooks and need to know what was meant.
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Posted: Feb 13, 2013 9:54 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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I watched it last night. Bates is going to continue as valet and Thomas is going to be under butler. Mrs. Hughes made the statement that they were equal. It appears that Thomas may be turning over a new leaf but we'll have to wait and see. I can't believe next week is the finale already.
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Posted: Feb 13, 2013 10:34 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I can't believe next week is the finale already.

WHAT'LL I DOOOOOOO ??????????????
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Posted: Feb 13, 2013 1:47 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Well, I think Call the Midwife will be starting again in March. It's not Downton Abbey but it's very good.
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Posted: Feb 15, 2013 9:18 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/quartet/interview/quartet_interviews

While I won't go to the movies to see Quartet, there seems to be some hope for the future with stuff with Maggie Smith in it on T.V.
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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 9:25 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: I can't believe they ended the season like that. Well, at least we can be assured it will return enxt season, if fo no other reason than to find out whether Michael is alive or dead. Although he looked pretty dead.
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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:04 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Yes, he's deader than a door nail.

I'm disappointed they didn't explain how Bates first wife died. I think they did in G. Britain. Something about she mixed poisons so her breath or face wouldn't be pale. I think one of them was rat poison women take when they have been promiscuous.

Do you think Michaels wife will marry again in the future ? Wonder if she will return to being a B***h.

Maybe in 40 years or so she'll be the new Dowager.
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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:28 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Last week's episode was so much better than this one, in my opinion. Then the ending! Gee...two main character deaths in one season, what's the deal?
Okay...my complaining is over. :)

Waiting now for "Call the Midwife" season to begin! Another favorite.
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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:13 AM   in response to: keepingitsimple in response to: keepingitsimple
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So many people liked "Call the Midwife", I wasn't that nuts about it. Guess it wasn't escapist enough for me.

I'd like to see them put "Cranford" on again. Another period piece with Judi Dench.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/cranford/

They may follow . Downton with Sherlock Holmes.
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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:26 AM   in response to: keepingitsimple in response to: keepingitsimple
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I wish something would have been settled with Daisy.

Ms. Patmore and her beau were a riot. {Her relief at not having to cope with him when learning of his character flaws.}

How did you like the bagpipes around the dinner table ?
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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:31 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Mrs. Patmore always cracks me up.
The bagpipe scene made me smile especially when they zoomed in on "Pa Pa's" eyes as he rolled them!
So funny.

Really hard to pick a favorite character on this show. They've all made an impact in one way or the other..those you love to love, and those you love to dislike. :)

Would like to see both Grandmother's back together again. What a test of wills!
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Posted: Feb 18, 2013 10:54 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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I will order the DVD's and will probably order the U.K. version so when I get them, I'll let you know.
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Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6:25 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I'm disappointed they didn't explain how Bates first wife died. I think they did in G. Britain. Something about she mixed poisons so her breath or face wouldn't be pale. I think one of them was rat poison women take when they have been promiscuous.

Shar, I found the following re. using silver:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_uses_of_silver
In the early 20th century, physicians used silver-containing eyedrops to treat ophthalmic problems,57 for various infections,5859 and sometimes internally for diseases such as tropical sprue, epilepsy, gonorrhea, and the common cold.
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Posted: Feb 13, 2013 8:19 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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SHAR---Did you watch it ? Is Bates going to get the job lower then the mean guy ?

For Pete sakes, I'm on tender hooks and need to know what was meant.
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Posted: Feb 19, 2013 11:55 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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Ladies is this a "chick" flick kind of show?

I'm not familiar with it and I only know one guy that watches it and that's cause his girlfriend makes him do it on cable demand to "catch up".

Perhaps if it were before or after Top Gear I'd know about it.?
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Posted: Feb 19, 2013 2:34 PM   in response to: Grumpy in response to: Grumpy
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Just try it sometime and see for yourself. :)
My son watched it with me when he was on break, but hasn't watched this season on his own.
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Posted: Mar 2, 2013 7:32 PM   in response to: keepingitsimple in response to: keepingitsimple
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She said,
"Just try it sometime and see for yourself.
My son watched it with me when he was on break, but hasn't watched this season on his own."
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I'm watching it now as I type this. Well, I do like the absence of commercials. It has a couple of Americans and a Shen Fen Irishman, but a couple of good-ole-boys would liven it up......... Like your son if I watched it with you and with a bottle of wine decreasing in quantity through consumption it might have been a more enjoyable show.
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I think I'll go for another glass and watch some more Swamp People, the laundry in the machines or the weeds grow...B-)
keepingitsimple


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Posted: Mar 2, 2013 7:50 PM   in response to: Grumpy in response to: Grumpy
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Grumpy...your reply brings a smile...

I suppose with a good glass of wine and nice company, watching Swamp People could even be enjoyable.
Shar M


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Posted: Mar 2, 2013 9:27 PM   in response to: Grumpy in response to: Grumpy
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Do you follow Duck Dynasty? My grandkids are big fans and my #2 son is growing a Duck Dynasty beard. Oh, m'gosh. It hardly looked like him when he visited two weeks ago.
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Posted: Mar 2, 2013 10:14 PM   in response to: Grumpy in response to: Grumpy
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Hey, do you really watch Swam People ? I like that program where they kill alligators. I really like Troy and his kids.
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Posted: Mar 4, 2013 7:12 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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i don't watch swamp people - doesn't sound interesting to me.

but the grands dragged us to the gator ranch in moss point, mississippi last week. couldn't do the boardwalk as they had so much rain and it was flooded.

but i did hold a baby alligator. not at all what i thought - course his mouth was taped shut. whew - lotta teeth.
wanderer


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Posted: Mar 4, 2013 7:16 PM   in response to: wanderer in response to: wanderer
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opps - the show is the gator boys on animal planet - i was wrong - thought it was swamp people.

guess it is obvious i don't watch either.
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Posted: Mar 4, 2013 8:19 PM   in response to: wanderer in response to: wanderer
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Actually, I don't even remember the name of that program. It may be Swamp People. Takes place in La. in the swamps. I find them very family oriented. Troy is my favorite guy. The best gator hunter for years. They all seem to have learned the "trade" from their fathers and pass it on to their kids who go on the hunt with them. It's been going on and handed down for 400 years. At the end of the season or when they get a really large gator. They throw a party for all the neighbors and relatives. When they catch a gator, one person holds him by the rope while the other shoots it in the only place it counts. A place about the size of a quarter in the back of the head. Any place else just makes the gator mad and more ferocious.
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Posted: Mar 4, 2013 8:45 PM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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This is my son's hand while we were on a swamp tour near New Orleans 3 years ago when we were there for NYG. This alligator had just finished eating 2 chickens :)

Shar M


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Posted: Mar 4, 2013 10:20 PM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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Oh, m'gosh, I don't think I'd get that close to an alligator that size if he had eaten two steer. How is your son adjusting to his prothestic hand? :-)
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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:58 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I did make all the kids touch it with their left hands :) The guide had been feeding this gator for about 10 years, and no one had lost a hand yet.
Shar M


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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 8:30 AM   in response to: Smiley1965 in response to: Smiley1965
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When we lived in South Florida, we would frequently take a boat tour on the Intercoastal that ended up at an Indian reservation where there was an alligator wrestling show. It had been going on for years and years with no mishap but a few years back one of the men lost a hand. So it can happen, even with the experts. Maybe it was a blind gator. I was having a conversation just recently with someone who got very upset when I said the best use for a gator was shoes. I had a pair years ago -- when such things were still permissible -- that I absolutely loved.
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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 9:53 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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none of the tours we have been on - in florida and lousiana and mississippi - would let anyone get that close - liability and all.

the gator we held in mississippi was a baby - maybe 20 inches long and his mouth was taped shut - and there was an attendant with us at all times.

didn't think too much of the people throwing pork rinds through the fence to attract the alligators - they would come right up to the chain link fence. don't people know they should not feed the animals?

alligators aren't fed every day and can go for long periods of time without eating - but when they do - WATCH OUT :)
Shar M


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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:33 AM   in response to: wanderer in response to: wanderer
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I got very disgusted with a woman at a restaurant one day a few years ago. We were eating at a local fish camp on the St. Johns River which borders on a nice residential neighborhood. I took my granddaughter out to the back deck and there was a woman feeding a small gator (four feet) in the water. She asked my granddaughter if she wanted some bread. I refused and said, "Don't you know that it's against the law to feed the gators?" She gave me a smug look and said, "Oh, I'm just feeding the turtles." Like heck she was. And this gator will get so tame he'll wander onto the neighbors' lawns and become a danger to their pets and possibly small children, although I'm hopeful most people are smart enough not to leave small children unattended near the river. But you never know.
Grumpy


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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:04 AM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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".......the best use for a gator was shoes. "

Naw........The best use for gator is lunch.

Shar M


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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:29 AM   in response to: Grumpy in response to: Grumpy
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Depends on how it's fixed. I've had some that's good and some that's really tough and rubbery. Yuck.
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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:08 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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tastes just like chicken - even the grands said so.
Grumpy


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Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:50 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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That particular episode the LARGE gator was one that was threatening the family homestead. The party was to eat the gator that threatened to do similar to the family.
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Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6:05 PM   in response to: Grumpy in response to: Grumpy
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The season has ended but it will be on again next season. You can proly pick up some of it online.

You may like the antique autos that are in it. I'm trying to remember if there were any in the first season. Lots of horse and buggys then.

Got some great reviews in G.B. , U.S. and world wide.

Some Christian reviewers liked it as well.
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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch-online/shorts/downton-abbey-maggie-smith-queen-double-take/?elq=45bd2cfeb7934e3495babe6887366409&elqCampaignId=545

Kind of interesting.

I'm beganning to resent all the pushing they're doing of articles and DVD.s. It seems to be never ending.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:17 AM   in response to: Turtletoes2 in response to: Turtletoes2
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That was funny. At the end of last season, they said Maggie Smith did not want to return for Season Three. I am so glad she did because she is such a good part of the show. Although I have to say, I did not like Shirley MacLaine in the role of Lady Cromwell's mother. That certainly is not the way I would picture her mother. She was an absolute wreck.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2013 12:29 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I agree re. S. McClain. I wonder if someone else could have gotten more out of that role. Maybe Meryl Streep.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2013 12:30 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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Smith has not been real well. Wonder if they'll kill her off for next season. Hard to replace her.
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I hope not. There is no replacing her.
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I just started the 1st season yesterday. (I borrowed it from the library so I have to return it soon) Good so far. And I started watching it because of MAggie Smith. If you want a good movie to rent watch "The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold." it has Maggie smith in it and its really good.
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Posted: Mar 4, 2013 1:34 PM   in response to: Shar M in response to: Shar M
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I just started the 1st season yesterday. (I borrowed it from the library so I have to return it soon) Good so far. And I started watching it because of MAggie Smith. If you want a good movie to rent watch "The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold." it has Maggie smith in it and its really good.
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http://news.yahoo.com/uk-aristocrats-still-face-downton-dilemma-142916376.html

" Viscount Timothy Torrington's story reads like a real-life version of "Downton Abbey," the hit period drama about the family of an earl who has no direct heir to inherit his title.
Like the fictional character Lord Grantham, the aristocrat has three daughters but no sons. In order for his title to live on in future generations, the 69-year-old has no choice but to pass it to a distant relative abroad, someone he has not even met.
"It's a sadness in life that my wife and I never had a son," said the viscount, who lives with his wife in the countryside west of London. "But I suppose I would rather someone inherit it than have it dying out."
"Downton Abbey" may be set in the early 20th century and its characters may be fictional, but the effects of a centuries-old rule that puts boys before girls are very real to Torrington and hundreds of hereditary peers in modern Britain. It's still a man's world when it comes to inheritance among Britain's peerage, an archaic system of feudal class and power that first took shape almost a millennium ago around the time of the Norman Conquest."

There's more to the article but a side affect is, it underpins a rattling good yarn.

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" Viscount Timothy Torrington's story reads like a real-life version of "Downton Abbey," the hit period drama about the family of an earl who has no direct heir to inherit his title.
Like the fictional character Lord Grantham, the aristocrat has three daughters but no sons. In order for his title to live on in future generations, the 69-year-old has no choice but to pass it to a distant relative abroad, someone he has not even met.
"It's a sadness in life that my wife and I never had a son," said the viscount, who lives with his wife in the countryside west of London. "But I suppose I would rather someone inherit it than have it dying out."
"Downton Abbey" may be set in the early 20th century and its characters may be fictional, but the effects of a centuries-old rule that puts boys before girls are very real to Torrington and hundreds of hereditary peers in modern Britain. It's still a man's world when it comes to inheritance among Britain's peerage, an archaic system of feudal class and power that first took shape almost a millennium ago around the time of the Norman Conquest" There's more to the article.

It may not be fair but a side effect is, it makes a roaring good yarn...