Who am I?

I’d love to know what sort of situation / role you would associate with these different shots by the excellent David Ho of Headshots Scotland:


1 (side look)

2 (direct, smiling)

3 (laughing)

4 (smile with tilt to head)

5 (slight angle)

Considering the above as 1 (side look), 2 (direct, smiling), 3 (laughing), 4 (smile with tilt to head) and 5 (slight angle), what do you think? Which image expresses what for you?

HEADSHOTS SCOTLAND

At Frank Gilhooley’s Masterclass in December 2018 – among great actors’ release work with fantastic people – Headshots Scotland visited, setting up quickly with just 10 minutes per participant.

I highly recommend Headshots Scotland, and also Frank Gilhooley’s classes, which really open people up to make connections, within ourselves as well as with others.

Here’s one of the new shots, taken by the delightful David Ho, who works with fellow photographer Sandie Knudsen as Headshots Scotland. I took a while to post here – the shots themselves were sent very quickly: excellent service!

Danielle Farrow by David Ho of Headshots Scotland

Maya Angelou – Love Liberates

The incredible Maya Angelou…

Maya Angelou has such wonderful and profound things to say to all of us, and you can find my Pinterest Maya Angelou board here, with lots of brilliant quotes.

I am currently listening to The Amazing Maya Angelou: A Song Flung up to Heaven, the final part of her autobiography as presented by BBC Four, which is what inspired me to find out what her own voice sounds like, leading me to the above video.

I hope this and other links likewise inspire you in your Maya Angelou journey!

What is your favourite quote – if you can choose one from so many greats – by this truly inspirational, visionary woman? Comment below…

Shoreline of Infinity

I am always delighted to read at events and for podcasts for Noel and the other great folk at Shoreline of Infinity, and it is wonderful to see their hard work paying off so well, as reflected here by Eric Brown for The Guardian:

Edinburgh-based Shoreline of Infinity won a 2018 British Fantasy Society award for best SF magazine, and in celebration Noel Chidwick has edited a selection of stories from the first 10 issues. Shoreline of Infinity: The Chosen from the First Age (Shoreline of Infinity, £4.95) collects a dozen tales taking in virtual reality, alien superheroes, robots and apocalyptic nightmares … as well as a Shaker side table time-machine, and much more. It’s a strong collection from an international lineup of authors, and standouts include…”

Read on here: https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/08/science-fiction-fantasy-roundup-review

Cats & Dogs as Creatures Vile

Cats & Dogs - Cymbeline - 9th September 2018, Shakespeare Sunday

What a change in attitude towards those now our beloved friends!

“The queen, sir, very oft importuned me
To temper poisons for her, still pretending
The satisfaction of her knowledge only
In killing creatures vile, as cats and dogs,
Of no esteem”
Cornelius, Cymbeline V.5

I found this quote when looking for inspiration for today’s #ShakespeareSunday theme of Cats & Dogs on Twitter. Do get involved with this popular weekly game from Hollow Crown Fans on Twitter : there are always great quotes, gifs & other images to retweet, should you not be up for adding something yourself.

I was inspired to look for more about Shakespeare and animals – there’s a lot on offer! – and below are a few I found and have enjoyed, or am looking forward to exploring. Most are pretty general about animals and Shakespeare, but do check out the folklore link and the beasts one for historical attitude towards cats and dogs and other animals.

Shakespeare Gone Wild: Meet the Animals in the Bard’s Plays – Shakespeare quotes and photographs by Joel Sartore from National Geographic

Cat & Dog - Shakespeare & Animals

Shakespeare’s Animals – on animals within Shakespeare’s language, this is a ‘Teddy Talk’ from the University of Oxford (video + audio only)

Folk-lore of Shakespeare by T.F. Thiselton Dyer [1883] at sacred-texts.com – a listing of animals in Shakespeare with notes on quotes and folklore. Very useful for text work! You can see the difference in attitude to which I first alluded. The howling of dogs foretells death or misfortune (think of the Black Dog tales) & it looks like there were times when dogs were put to death simply because of the season of the year! One of the largest sections is on cats, including their connection to witches and witches turning into cats (apparently these witch-cats have “a great hankering after beer”), leading to some very nasty treatment.

Shakespeare’s Beasts – “Guiding us through Shakespeare’s menagerie,  [Laurie] Shannon provides a glimpse into the long history of how we talk about animals.” (YouTube)

Shakespeare Plays Re-imagined with Furry Animals – Mashable article with images about the book ‘Shakespeare in Fluff’

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Shakespeare’s Animal House – how many animals mentioned by Shakespeare can you remember for this quiz? (There are a few little comments that can be fun, too, turning up sometimes for incorrect attempts. The first I saw made me laugh – I’d tried ‘roach’.)

And, of course, for more wonderful images, there are always Susan Herbert’s ‘Shakespeare Cats’!

Maya Angelou & Defeat

Maya Angelou on encountering defeats & not being defeated - Pinterest

Wonderful wisdom from Dr Maya Angelou interviewed by Marianne Schnall, including (among so much!) courage and courtesy, words and the arts, and the difference between being brought low and being reduced.

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