Category Archives: History

VoK 362 – Talking Targaryens Part Tres


targcastlargerWelcome to the third instalment of our Talking Targaryens series and the reason why many of the participants have been sporting the same forum picture. The now actually annual podcast will cover the World of Ice and Fire book’s Targaryen section from Baelor first of his name to Daeron the second. Our cast is comprised of Patrick the Conqueror, Hannah the Blessed, Nadia the Cruel, Adam the Unworthy, Tanja the Good and Paul the Small.

The Hosts:
Paul (Ser Dinner Roll)
Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall)
Adam (drownedsnow)
Tanja (scilens)
Hannah (shadowbaby)
Nadia

Baelon the 1st : 0:02:56

Viserys 2nd : 0:48:17

Aegon the 4th: 1:16:41

Daeron 2nd: 1:47:52

Aftershow : 2:14:10

Patrick (The Tall) – Editor

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VoK 327: Movie Roundtable (Vol.3) – War Edition


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War… what is it good for? The Vassals take up arms in defense of their favorite war movies. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Zach (Alias), Thomas (FTWard), and Matt (Varley) as they grapple with the slippery definitions, prevailing themes, provocative images, and moral ambiguities of the war genre.

10:10 – Waterloo (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1970)
34:08 – The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
57:45 – Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, 2007)
1:19:23 – First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all four films

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 282: War & Peace (BBC One series)


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Bina007, Stuart (Firenzed) and Imogen.OB discuss, in various permutations, Tolstoy’s epic tale of love amidst the Russian aristocracy during the Napoleonic wars.

To start, Bina007 & Firenzed cover the major story arcs of the mini-series, the depiction of war and other adaptations of the novel. Then at 1hr 7mins, Bina007 & Imogen.OB get into an in-depth discussion of the novel and the mini-series. Finally, the aftershow begins at 1hr 58mins and includes:  Intro to Firenzed, ASOIAF and Chekhov Wildfire; plug for Cockneymoot on May 1st at Blenheim Palace; a lot of Sega/Creative Assembly Empire and Napoleonic Total War chat; our thoughts on Napoleon more generally.

Contains spoilers for the the novel, its adaptations, and Napoleonic history, if such a thing is possible, as well as occasional references to A Song of Ice and Fire.

Music: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This was also composed, like War and Peace, many decades after the battle of Borodino to commemorate Russia seeing of the perfidious French invasion.

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Sources mentioned in the podcast:
[BBC TV] The 2016 miniseries
[BBC Radio] The 2015 radio play/podcast
[Bondarchuk!] A clip from the 1967 4 hour Soviet film
[Audrey!] A clip from the 1956 Hollywood epic
[ReliveWaterloo] Real-time Waterloo timeline
[Napoleon The Great?] Debate on Napoleon’s legacy
[Napoleon’s Crimes?] Controversial French book

VoK 279: The Revenant [2016] (Review)


Revenant Movie.jpgThe vassals gather to discuss the film “The Revenant” as well as the life of Hugh Glass, who’s life and deeds inspired the book that inspired the film.

Hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Jack (It_Rhymes_With_Sleek), Amber (Amberrocks) & Matt (Varley) discuss the life of the mountain man, the ferocity of grizzly bear attacks as well as make way too many beaver references.

Contains spoilers for the novel “The Revenant” as well as the film.

Edited by Greg

Music: “Crawling Back” by Roy Orbison

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VoK 274: Dickensian (BBC One series)


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Dagos_Rivers (Glen), and Bina007 (Bina) review ‘Dickensian’: A murder mystery / drama set in Victorian England, with Charles Dickens’ most popular characters interacting with each other. This show commissioned by the BBC was a big rating hit over Christmas, in the U.K. but quickly lost over half it’s audience due to a chaotic schedule. We both hope other countries like Canada, U.S.A. and India will get a chance to watch it!

The hosts discuss major plotlines which form Origin stories for major characters in Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Bleak House.

We also discuss the following topics:
-The sex appeal of Aidan Turner (Poldark).
-Emerging costume dramas to ‘replace’ Downton Abbey.
-Other BBC Charles Dickens adaptations (e.g. Bleak House).
-Possibility of worldwide distribution, and a second series.
-Would you accept disinheritance from your parents as a ‘compliment’?
-Christmas TV schedules.

Running Time: 01:11:52
Credits: Edited by Dagos_Rivers

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VoK 272: The Black Dahlia (Part 2)


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In Part Two of this Podcast, Matt (Varley), Julia (No True Lady), Bina (Bina007) and Thomas (FTWard) discuss theories and suspects in the murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, 1947. We also briefly talk about how The Black Dahlia murder has been portrayed in the media.

We would like to warn listeners that the subject matter we discuss is extremely graphic and disturbing. This is not suitable listening for minors and those of a sensitive disposition should consider whether to continue. We also want to emphasise that we have great sympathy and respect for Elizabeth Short, the victim. When we discuss details of her murder it is to better understand the mindset of the murderer. We also discuss details of Miss Short’s life, but in no way agree with the sensationalist contemporary media coverage of her. Rather, the fact that this took place is an interesting aspect of the social history of the time and worthy of investigation in itself.

After Show Starts At: 2:11

Edited by: FTWard

Photo: Santa Barbara Police 1943 Photographer Unknown

Music:
“In California” – by Neko Case & Lisa Marr
Performed by Tawnee Kendall & Jacob Wolkenhauer
@TawneeKendall

“Hotel California” – by Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Performed by Gabriella Quevedo
@GabyQuevedo

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Further reading & listening:
[Southampton Books] Ships to the USA & internationally
[FBI Archive] The Black Dahlia Files
[Étant Donnés] Marcel Duchamp’s Tableaux
[Principled Uncertainty] A podcast interview with Steve Hodel
[Principled Uncertainty] The second part of the Hodel interview
[The Dollop] Episode on the early history of the LAPD
[You Must Remember This] Podcast about the early history of Hollywood

VoK 269: The Black Dahlia (Part 1)


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Thomas (FTWard), Julia (No True Lady) and Bina007 discuss the social context and discovery of the horrific murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, 1947 as well as recapping what we know of the victim’s life. The next episode will discuss the suspects in the murder then and now.

We would like to warn listeners that the subject matter we discuss is extremely graphic and disturbing. This is not suitable listening for minors and those of a sensitive disposition should consider whether to continue. We also want to emphasise that we have great sympathy and respect for Elizabeth Short, the victim. When we discuss details of her murder it is to better understand the mindset of the murderer. We also discuss details of Miss Short’s life, but in no way agree with the sensationalist contemporary media coverage of her. Rather, the fact that this took place is an interesting aspect of the social history of the time and worthy of investigation in itself.

Music credit: the original soundtrack of the film The Black Dahlia by Mark Isham.

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