When Vipers Sing (Poem)

I see you crippled by the endless pains

Which claw at the mind and senses.

I see the nest of vipers whisper

Behind your back and

Sing songs of themselves.

They wrap the truth in skins of fruits

That are long since past their prime.

Some do think you cannot fight

Yet you fought in years of recent past.

Smite the vipers one by one

And beat this darkness alone.

Aaron Richards (Young Mycroft Holmes) Interview

mycroft-1The fourth (and possibly final) series of Sherlock came to an explosive end on Sunday. I spoke to Aaron Richards who played a young Mycroft Holmes in flashback scenes, to find out about his experience filming the show.

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Hi Aaron. Really enjoyed the flashback scenes in the latest episode. How many days were you filming for?

Umm well, I was only filming for 2 days. However young Sherlock was filming for much longer than me.

mycroft2What was it like working on the set of such a large-scale production?

It was really enjoyable to see the behind the scenes and work alongside some great actors. The sets were amazing and the cast were really friendly!

Did you have to keep your involvement secret or could you talk about your role before the episode aired?

No, I couldn’t publicise it. I signed a contract of secrecy.

mycroft-3Did you get to meet any of the main cast whilst filming?

I met Mark Gatiss and Benedict Cumberbatch. They were both extremely kind and friendly.

Did Mark Gatiss give you any particular instructions on how to play the character of Mycroft?

He was giving me small pointers as I was acting, from off-screen. Just the ways Mycroft would react with sharing, family and food etc.

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Thank you Aaron for speaking to me. If anybody is interested in my Sherlock filming locations video, it can be found here.

Whispers in the Mind (Poem)

Why do the whispers in the mind

And scissor blades upon the skin

Inspire in me, so deep within

Words to feed my hungry soul.

And why does anger light the spark

Igniting fire within that dark

And destitute pit of trite.

No other time, does my hand move

And start to scrawl, with coarse approve

Verse perhaps with some slight worth.

I see within those strokes of pen

The grace of sound, and maybe then

My tortured, cheated, doomed pretence

Makes, to me, a little sense.

Bath Christmas Market

Sophie, my number one home dawg, goes to Bath University, so we planned a little squad trip to visit her, and check out the famous Bath Christmas Market at the same time.

The market, which has been running since 2000, is one of the largest in the UK. Reams and reams of little sheds are placed around the city’s various squares, and around Bath Cathedral. Various small companies then fill these sheds, and sell to the artsy middle-classes who visit.

My favourite stalls were any handing out free samples of cheese! Oh good lord, I do love cheese.

Is This the Way to Amarillo? (Parody)

Going travelling around Europe and having nothing to show for it except a load of photos and a slightly higher appreciation of culture?

Nope, we couldn’t resist but make a video on our little holiday, and here it is. We made it as a parody to Peter Kay’s 2005 music video for Tony Christie’s song Is This the Way to Amarillo?

To read about our trip, check out my articles on; Venice, Budapest and Athens.

Interrail Trip 2016 – Athens, Greece

img_20160720_113502Our final destination was Athens. I was originally not going to document this part of the trip as… what Athens in Greece stays in Greece! Hahaha, I’m so funny. Right let’s get on.

We were staying at Pagration Youth Hostel, just a short journey from the city. It was an odd place, as there were rooms in two different buildings, and a corridor had grown in the space between them. It was swelteringly hot there, not something I can blame on the hostel sadly, meaning our most important daily choice was falling asleep in a baking tray, or falling asleep to the sound of noisy air fans. What I have since learnt is that the summer is not Greece’s biggest tourist season, for this very reason.

img_20160721_184226But that did not stop us from seeing ‘the sights’. On the first day we visited the Panathenaic stadium, the sight of many of the ancient Olympic games. Throughout the week we also saw the Acropolis [where the Parthenon is], the outdoor theatre of Dionysus and the Temple of Hephaestus. And of course no holiday to a Greek city is complete without visiting a museum or two. The museum at the Stoa of Attalos contained many crumbling and headless statues for us to gaze at (and a water fountain), whilst the Acropolis museum was hugeeeeee and contained a vast array of objects from Athens’ long history.

To say that all three of us are ‘artists’ would be an exaggeration (I for one am not nearly creative enough) but we did want to check out a bit of art whilst we were there, so decided to spend a day at the National Gallery of Athens. We packed our sandwiches, put on two layers of sun cream and walked for an hour to get there. The building site we found was a little bit of a disappointment however. The gallery was being rebuilt, meaning the whole collection was being img_20160725_110008housed temporarily at an ex-army base across the city. That didn’t deter us! We love long walks in the sun! (ignore my sarcasm, the chance to feast my eyes on Nikolaos Gyzis’ Behold the Bridegroom Arriving made the whole trip worthwhile).

The actually city of Athens, however, is not as nice as its history. Traffic law or one thing the Greeks haven’t decided to adopt. Cars jumped red lights left right and centre, motorbikes mounted the pavement to skip traffic queues, and one women parked her motorbike in the bread section of Lidl. Not to mention the streets were crawling with stray cats (interestingly Lidl capitalised on this by selling very reasonably-priced cat food) and pickpockets were also something to be wary of.

This interrailing/interplaning/travelling/culture-fest really was a wonderful experience! I loved seeing the three amazing cities, and dipping my toe into the ocean of ‘independence’. Totally recommend guys, go for it!

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Interrail Trip 2016 – Budapest, Hungary

img_20160712_135513So the next location in our world-wide expedition, was Budapest. We actually arrived at this one at a sensible hour of the day, so no rough airport camping for us #winning. We caught the metro from the airport to Budapest town and then arrived at our hostel (Google Maps was a little more accurate this time).

Our hostel was called ‘Carpe Noctem Vitae’ which, as the well versed among you have undoubtedly already worked out, means ‘seize the night life’. It was inhabited by that intimidating breed of human; millennials. Not any millennials though, the fun, up-beat, really cool and hip and enviable millennials who everrrrrry body wants to be, and who drank their nights away in a succession of ‘ruin pubs’.

img_20160716_183051Okay, they were actually quite nice, and they didn’t steal our food which was good. For the second half of the trip we stayed at HIVE hostel. Now this place looked like a space, but the lack of friendly youngsters made it feel oddly… empty.

The city of Budapest is actually very beautiful. Its huge, yet everything is spaced out so the roads and pavements are huge. In the middle of the city is Vajdahunyad castle. It’s a nineteenth century construction meant to showcase the architecture of older buildings, and it really pulls it off in a series of beautifully complex buildings. In the middle of the river is Margitsziget, an island entirely given over to parks and recreation facilities. Meanwhile the national Hungarian gallery across the river was showing a huge exhibition on Picasso, and we are all ‘cultured’ kids so we loved that.

img_20160719_124045We also met up with two friends who were also travelling at the time. Our days together included sightseeing in the middle of torrential rain (we got these sick waterproof ponchos though so it was okay), and climbing to the top of the Hapsburg citadel to watch the sun set over the skyline of the city. They also joined us for the famous Budapest pool party. Basically, hundreds of young millennials, a pair of ancient thermal baths, and some flashing lights. Can’t really describe it any better than that, but it was a great event to experience. And it meant I could use my minion swimming trunks again.

A wonderful city all-in-all. Had a lot of culture, nice nightlife, saw some Picasso which was cool. Didn’t I mean to say something about illuminati? There was illuminati graffiti EVERYWHERE!

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