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Journal of No. 118

January 12th, 2012

It's a fookin' stately 'ome @ 11:54 am

We've been watching more Downton Abbey, and I just spotted a nice article in Newsweek on Highclere Castle, where it's shot. The castle is the family seat of the Earls of Carnarvon -- the 5th Earl being the dude who was along for Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut. The castle also stood in for Totleigh Towers in the Bertie & Jeeves thingies.

Can't find the actual article online, but.... "If crew members dare to life the family's antique chairs ... by the arms rather than the legs, they can expect a playful scolding from the lady of the manor. 'I sometimes have to stop them and say, "Excuse me! You lift a chair by its bottom -- and a woman in your arms"'"

ETA: duh, the actual article is in Time, which has a paywall.
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Date:January 12th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
I watched an interview with Lord and Lady Carnavon. She seems exactly what she is: a business woman who's figured out a way to monetize the family land holdings in a post-agricultural economy. And he seems exactly what he is: the product of a lot of inbreeding.

I also recently listened to a podcast about the Tut expeditions, in which the 5th Earl was described as spending most of it suspended in a wicker cage lined with gauze.
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Date:January 12th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
exactly what she is: a business woman


suspended in a wicker cage lined with gauze

Who knew Englishmen were so fragile? No wonder we kicked their butts.

Journal of No. 118