heroes and heroines

from an earlier post used to start of this new page :


I decided to go a bit further with the no more heroes thing

on answering some of my lovely readers comments -thank you my gorgeous friends ^_^ I reread an earlier post on heroes and figured it’s a good subject so I shall do some posts on some of my heroes not all at once, not even in any kind of order or any particular day I just don’t do that whole regular thing ^_^  but I will start now with a post about my hero of film the super excellent Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

firstly I am not here to write his biography but more why I  like him, ^_^

so Mr Gilliam I have never met a Terry Gilliam movie I didn’t like, ^_^ his way of directing, his ideas, I totally love the guy I am hugely influenced by I adore all things steampunk and surreal – I have a totally surreal imagination (again I count myself lucky in that in all my mothers faults she still showed me a world of artists including the whole surreal movement,) in a lot of films of his he has exactly the ideas I am trying to crystallise in my head there they are right there on the screen

classic films of his that fit what I am talking about are

Baron Münchhausen

for real this is one of my all time fave films ever

beautiful ladies
beautiful ladies

some films, and this is one, I cannot imagine anyone else doing them they are the sole right of Mr Gilliam and if I am ever lucky enough to have my books popular enough to be made into films then I want Mr Gilliam to be the director producer head of the whole project and no one else.

Being English born and bred, -it courses through my veins being thoroughly English- and of a certain age means I am lucky enough to have grown up with a diet largely containing the ever glorious Monty Python and I adore everything Monty and this is where I first met with Terry Gilliam and loved everything Terry Gilliam right from the word go.

Back in his youth he was introduced to me as an american animation genius I don’t disagree with this but I did learn he became a British citizen and from what I am told did away with his American status as far back as 1968 being only about three then I guess I wasn’t going to argue but when I grew a little older I first watched Baron Münchhausen and was hooked,

the baron himself
the baron himself

now what makes this fab movie even better for me is that apparently the baron really existed -how cool is that?- but even before I knew that thanks to Terry Gilliam I still felt like he did, that is how well he brought the character to life, to me the baron was fave uncle I never saw because he was always on adventures.

all his films have a kind of sumptuousness to them, a complete devotion to detail, and I am hopelessly attracted to his way of working. I did once watch a brilliant documentary on Monty Python and one of them was affectionately laughing at how Terry would spend the whole allotted budget for the film in one ten minute sequence- I love this! I love his vision, being so much larger than life, and being packed full of the minutiae that makes for a complete film experience, when I watch a film I want more than just being entertained for a really good film I really do expect to travel there to be lost to this world and submersed fully in that world and with Terry I am.

take me away
take me away


my next choice of Terry films would be Brazil- again a must see, and again a film that for that moment in watching I am in that place not this


this film I don’t want to go into too much because well books could be written ^_^. other films of his you should check out include;- Twelve Monkeys – again superb film and one of my all time faves, it’s a film like the others that I can watch over and over and never get bored with,- in fact it just gets better each time I watch it ^_^ and a bit like such fab films as vanilla sky hubby and I just love to have heated discussions about Twelve Monkeys ^_^ last recommendation is the Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus – a film that actually should be watched more than once to take it all in and is acquired taste so to speak, not everyone gets it, but watch it see what you think, I of course love it ^_^ he has many films to his name these are a few;- the faves of mine, but if I ever see his name I watch it any way because to me the guy is a hero and provides films with a sector needed because left to Hollywood all we would have is action shoot em ups slash horror slashems and remakes so thank god for Terry Gilliam ^_^

and by the way he is still alive woot see I do have some alive heroes ^_^

be excellent to each other and watch a Terry Gilliam film ^_^


taken directly from the excellent blog Ephemeral New York:

Caring for the East Village’s babies and derelicts

SaracurryIf you’ve spent any time on St. Marks Place between First and Second Avenues in the past year, you may have noticed that the block has been renamed Sara Curry Way.

Who was Sara Curry? This young transplant came to the city in the late 19th century and witnessed a tragic accident that strengthened her resolve to make working with poor children her life’s mission.

Born in Utica in 1863, Curry was orphaned as a child and went to work in a local factory.

There, she “studied the problems of other girls who worked long hours for a living,” her New York Times obituary noted. “In her spare time, she devoted her energies to helping them.”

SaracurrywaysignA wealthy New York City resident heard about her efforts to help working women upstate.

He arranged for Curry to come to New York in 1894 and help run a nursery for poor working mothers at the Mariner’s Temple, a circa-1795 Baptist Church on Henry Street. That led her to do missionary work in Chinatown with the disadvantaged, and then, in 1896, her true calling.

“One day, on seeing a child crushed by a truck, she resolved to devote her life mainly to children,” stated the Times.  The child was one of thousands of “street Arabs” who roamed the city in the late 19th century, because their parents worked or they had no homes to go to.

Littlemissionarysdaynursery2014“With only enough money to pay a month’s rent and immediate necessities, she rented a room at 204 Avenue C, which became her first nursery, and in it she cared for a dozen babies.”

In 1901, the nursery, now funded by benefactors, moved to larger quarters at 93 St. Marks Place, the heart of the city’s Kleindeutschland. There, Curry helped care for 200 children of poor mothers who had to work and had no safe place to bring their young children.

Called the Little Missionary’s Day Nursery , it was an homage to Curry’s small stature and nickname “Little Angel of the Missions.”

“Miss Curry never lost sight of social conditions in the children’s background, wrote the Times.

“She made thousands of visits to their parents, visited the sick, served Thanksgiving dinner by the hundreds.”


Sara Curry died in 1940. But her nursery school still exists on St. Marks Place.

[Top photo: Little Missionary’s Day Nursery; bottom: Good Housekeeping, 1904]



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