“The Pillars of the Earth”: Allison Pill

Self knows this series was a few years ago, but they’re airing it again on TV this afternoon.

There is one glorious line, spoken by Allison Pill (playing a Queen, perhaps of England, because of her English accent).

Allison wearing a crown looks like a little girl playing dress up.  Self is tickled pink every time Ms. Pill’s character has to say something imperious and queen-ly.

In the scene self just finished watching, Matthew Macfadyen (who as a pious and very humble monk is forced to strip.  Over.  And over.  And over again.  No complaints here) presents himself to Her Majesty with a quite rank-looking black eye.

“Who is this handsome fellow?” Queen Allison remarks.

“A monk, my Queen,” responds monk Macfadyen.

“I am not the Queen, I am the Empress,” quoth Allison’s character.  “I just decided to assume that title this morning.”

If one were to be absolutely truthful, however, shouldn’t Royals be using “we” instead of “I”?  Shouldn’t  Allison’s character really be saying :

We are not the Queen.  We are the Empress.

Still, what an excellent choice Ms. Pill is for her role.  And, what an excellent line.  Self must practice saying this in front of her bathroom mirror.

Rounding out the cast of The Pillars of the Earth are Ian McShane, Eddie Redmayne, Rufus Sewell and Hayley Atwell, who incidentally self remembers from Captain America, a few years ago, and whose role in this series is the pivotal one of Female Bone of Contention (Between Two Warring Brothers).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

May 18 is Stanford Worldwide Alumni Volunteer Day

This is such a neat idea, self doesn’t know why she missed this event last year.

Months ago, the Stanford Alumni Association put out a call for all alumni to devote one day, May 18, to doing volunteer work.  Everyone who registers gets their name listed on the Stanford Alumni site, along with the name of the organization they’re volunteering for.

This year, self is a registered participant.  She still, however, hasn’t identified which charity she’ll be doing volunteer work for.  It has to have something to do with writing, self thinks.  Like doing a creative writing workshop in a prison.  Or, since self likes gardening, she could try helping out in a community garden.  Or, since she loves books, she could volunteer at her local library.  Or, she could do a workshop for senior citizens.

For the longest time, self has been hearing about how the local branch of Wounded Warriors needs volunteers to drive vets to their doctor appointments.  Some of the vets are paraplegic, others are suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder.  Either way, they can’t drive.

Ah, choices, choices.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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