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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Snow Globe, Gypsies, and DS Memories
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:36:26 PM »
Thanks, Philippe, for those notes. I did not look that carefully at the video of the snowglobe. It is just not my cup of tea (or glass of sherry).

I am glad you are happy with your gift!

Best, Gothick

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: DS Documentary announced
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:58:29 PM »
This article states that the disc will contain "more than an hour" of extras, including something they're calling a DS "set visit"--I presume this means material related to the production of the 1960s series.

No mention of the 2004 pilot being included, so perhaps that is going to be held for some possible later release--who knows.

http://www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com/2019/01/heres-your-first-look-at-art-for-master.html

G.

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Hi Gerard, I am not a personal friend of Jasmine's or the family's. People who know them as well as some fans have been writing to express support. Not al the messages have been terribly helpful but some have simply said that they support the decisions Jasmine and her husband have made and have hoped Denise could get better.

Jasmine has always been very gracious. I think she and Denise's son simply have come to the end of the line, for reasons she expresses quite eloquently in her writing I have shared here.

Best wishes, Gothick

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Current Talk '21 I / Re: Snow Globe, Gypsies, and DS Memories
« on: January 24, 2019, 12:49:49 AM »
That all sounds fascinating, Philippe. Interesting that you've found some independent genealogical and archival confirmation of what the DNA tests showed. I've become quite skeptical about those tests.. just my innate tendency to doubt highly trumpeted new tech that claims to yield miraculous results, I suppose.

I saw a short youtube video of the snowglobe and I did not think the tiny model looked at all like Collinwood. I am glad the globe is giving you pleasure.

Best, G.

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Dear all,
I am posting Jasmine's latest update from a day or so ago on her social media page. I am sorry it is not good news.

Best wishes, Gothick

From Jasmine Nickerson:

Denise update:
Her hospital case manager says she's not any closer to coming home. Likely not for a few more days. And even after she's discharged, they want her to go back to rehab because she's regressing. $160/day while she's there.

She's being really hateful and agitated and the only thing they can do is sedate her. It's what we've been dealing with from her for awhile only we can't sedate her, we just have to let her be that way towards us. Denise acts out physically by hitting, and kicking, and spitting. That behavior was targeted towards just me for awhile but now she does it to whomever when she realizes she can't do and get what she wants when she wants it. Nurses, doctors, family. And Denise doesn't have any interests or "leverage" that we can punish her with for bad behavior other than turning off her tv and then she just takes a nap until we turn it back on and then she keeps us up all night.

We're coming to the reality that we don't think we can do this anymore. And it's devastating. We've only tried to make her comfortable and happy at her home surrounded by the things she likes and knows. That she could be with us as get family and not feel isolated in a "home." But this isn't working. We are left spinning our wheels everyday. Like, yes, the stroke negatively impacted her in significant ways, but her personality remained. The stroke caused damage to her movement and dexterity faculties but exacerbated the worst parts of her personality.

Josh and I have lived in grief and denial about this for a long time and have tried to make things work. We tried to convince ourselves that we could do this. We tried to do everything in our power to make sure that she was "good." But we are coming to the harsh reality that the best way to take care of her and take care of us is to find a new solution; for her to live in a facility that can care for her and me to go back to work so we don't end up homeless. Her staying is just putting herself in danger as she refuses to listen and us in danger as she is getting more brazen with her physical outbursts. All of her money will be depleted so she can go on Medicaid and we will sign legal rights for her care since we will no longer be in charge.

It feels like we've wasted a lot of time, money, and resources. I gave up my career. We went without health insurance until the beginning of this year when Josh could enroll us from the plan we lost when I abruptly quit to stay with her. We've put a lot of things in storage, drained our savings and 401ks to make ends meet, and put our lives and futures on hold. And even still we're guilty and broken that it's coming to this. We never wanted this for her. But we can't do it anymore.

I'm sorry. We tried.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: DS Documentary announced
« on: January 23, 2019, 03:56:44 AM »
The BBC has actually spent money doing picture upgrades for certain vintage WHO shows. And the results were phenomenal, judging from some DVDs of the 1960s shows I saw around 9 or 10 years ago.

Nobody is going to spend money like that on DS. There's far too much of it, and unlike Dr Who, DS isn't big business. At least with the Decades broadcasts it is sort of back on regular TV again so people who don't buy DVDs can see it. Somebody I know who watched religiously back in the late Sixties has been watching again on Decades. He commented on social media how mesmerizing it is even when he can't help noticing all the production gaffes.

Best, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Grayson Hall's 1966 French film
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:44:29 AM »
Grayson Hall's 1966 French film, WHO ARE YOU, POLLY MAGOO? (QUI ETES-VOUS, POLLY MAGOO?) is now available for streaming on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Who-Are-You-Polly-Maggoo/dp/B073SGXXPZ

Grayson has four scenes in the film and speaks flawless French! You can hear some of Grayson's lines in this short soundscape item:  https://soundcloud.com/tokyoagent/cosmicolor-magnifique

G.

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Hi Dom, "The Haunting of Collinwood" is some kind of compilation of scenes from the Quentin haunting of Collinwood storyline as aired from late 1968 through early 1969. I think MPI periodically issues this kind of thing as a kind of "gateway drug" for people interested in the show who may get bogged down if they try watching from either episode 1 or from Barnabas being released from his coffin. At least I presume that is the rationale behind these.

xo G.

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Wow, what a great photo. Is that where the Carolyn and Angelique funeral scenes were shot in hoDS and NoDS?

I wonder if that "installation" is permanent or is just something that somebody puts up whenever a DS fan group is being given a tour? I would think the latter.

Thanks for sharing this!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '21 I / Re: <OT, Tried Searching...
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:28:42 PM »
The Woman in White is based on a famous Victorian novel by Wilkie Collins. There was a really good PBS serial of it in the late 70s or early 80s, and a 1940s film version starring Sydney Greenstreet, with our own Anita Bolster in a supporting role.

When you say a film with Daniel Radcliffe, I presume you mean THE WOMAN IN BLACK, which was based on a 1980s novel by Susan Hill.

Best, G.

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Because of a plot detail that would be a huge spoiler to mention, I think Mr. Ross must have written this sometime in the Spring or Summer of 1969. From what you write, Doctor & K9, I'm presuming that the four chapter novella was the result of Craig or another writer adapting Mr. Ross's plot outline. I actually haven't read any of the Ross books in decades so cannot comment on how closely this text follows his very standardized writing patterns.

I don't think DS fans would have been able to accept the ending of the book at all. It diverges way too far from established canon. Even by the "standards" of the Ross books, which is saying a lot.

Lovely that you were able to speak with Mrs. Ross. I hope she had a good time at the event.

G.

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I saw this link earlier today. According to the late Craig Hamrick, Dan ("Marilyn") Ross wrote a novella, THE SECRET OF VICTORIA WINTERS, for the Paperback Gothic DS series. The text would seem to have been composed sometime in 1968. I guess the book was canceled. It seems quite odd since a four chapter novella does not at all fit the usual format of Ross's work. This MS was originally published in a 1993 fanzine--I obviously have no idea whether it was really the work of Mr. Ross.

http://www.darkshadowsonline.com/victoria/secret_story.html

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Re: OT<Boris Karloff
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:01:26 PM »
I think the death of physical media five years ago (or however long it's been) was greatly exaggerated.

Streaming is convenient--when it works. Providers and rights owners are constantly pulling content or shifting stuff around. The whole point of physically owning a show or a film is, you get to watch it whenever you wish to do so. The whole shift to subscriptions that you have to pay "for all eternity" to quote our favorite Witch is nobody ever gets to own anything.

Maybe that's part of the reason why DVDs and Blu Rays continue to be popular, at least within the niche market of people who are film and TV buffs or collectors.

cheers, G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Grayson Hall - MAN FROM UNCLE (1966)
« on: December 30, 2018, 06:43:21 PM »
Fans, a couple of nights ago, I was staying with family who have a better internet connection than I do, and I watched this upload of Grayson's MAN FROM UNCLE story, "The Pieces of Fate Affair"

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x59nij6

I've seen all her surviving TV guest appearances (keep hoping more will turn up), and I regard this as the best role she ever got in any of them, from what is available. Decent script by Harlan Ellison and great wardrobe for Grayson. The legendary Theo Marcuse who died in a road accident in '68 or '69 also appears. He was in the (in)famous Halloween themed episode of STAR TREK, "Catspaw" (script by Robert Bloch).

Happy New Year!

G.

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Calendar Events / Announcements '18 / Re: OT<Boris Karloff
« on: December 30, 2018, 06:39:27 PM »
I always check Youtube, and other sites such as DailyMotion, now before I buy DVDs. In some cases, I do want the disc anyway, but I've become much more selective in recent years.

Best, G.

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