The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Sex Education #53

Diana Rigg


Richard Gibson said...

Excellent image Tom. 'The Avengers' was just great. They are showing it again, late on BBC4.

Vanwall said...

The Greatest TV Sex Symbol, and nobody else is close, in my book. Steed and Peel's repartee was a high point in '60s culture because it reached such a wide audience, with staying power way beyond its own era. Take one Lotus Elan, add some leather and guns, and what else does a growing boy, or girl, for that matter, need? Oh, yeah, that spiky dog collar!! Mrs. Peel had brains, class, and could kick yer ass.


Tim Footman said...

I once saw Ms Rigg in a theatre production of Antony and Cleopatra. She made one entrance wearing nothing but a towel. At this point, there was a commotion a few seats down from me, and I later discovered that a member of the audience had suffered a stroke.

As we say in South London, FWOOOAARRRR!!!!

Ivan G. said...

The older Dame Diana gets, the sexier she becomes. No argument.

slyboots2 said...

Love her. Love her, love her. She was an icon of my youth- what I wouldn't have given to have been as cultured, beautiful, well-dressed, and most of all British! Alas. But it is so good to know that she's out there.

I read that she got the Emma Peel gig at the age of 19.

Ryan said...

And hooray for her daughter Rachel Stirling ("Tipping The Velvet").

swac said...

She'll always be The Queen of Sin.