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 #169


Mrs. Emma Peel swings.

11 comments :

flipsockgrrl said...

Mrs Peel. Always "Mrs Peel". Which led to the obvious question: what manner of man could entice this remarkable woman to the altar?

Robert Fiore said...

If her final episode is to be believed, someone who looked an awful lot like John Steed.

Victor said...

What an amazing photo. You guys just blow me away.

PCtag said...

Ah Mrs. Peel. Sandwiched in between Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), and Tara King (Linda Thorson). What lovely memories I have of that series.

swac said...

Of course it's Mrs. Peel, thank you for the correction, flipsockgrrl. A mistake like that deserves a good whipping from the Queen of Sin.

Provided one could consider that punishment, of course.

swac said...

Funny, I got it right in Sex Education #163 (taken from the same Avengers episode, The Girl From AUNTIE), must just have been wishful thinking on my part.

Ace89 said...

Mrs. Peel!

Drake said...

The writers derived the name 'Emma Peel' by tossing around the notion of 'man appeal'...Brilliant

flipsockgrrl said...

Judging by the comments, swac, I suspect we all did a bit of wishful thinking about Emma Peel ;-) She's one of the reasons I grew up thinking "sexy" is closely related to "smart and competent" (and possibly "somewhat dangerous").

swac said...

No wonder I wound up with my own personal Emma Peel (my gal likes to jump out of airplanes and rappel down buildings, I swear she was a secret agent in a previous life).

swac said...

She's also Australian, which I see you can relate to (the masked lapwing photos on your blog are a dead giveaway, we were chased by one in the Sydney Botanical Gardens!).