Their solubility also makes them easy to mix with water for a different, watercolor paint effect. Mix acrylic paints much the same way as oils, limiting color choices only by the bounds of the imagination. When getting started, be sure to choose a canvas or surface that is free of oil or wax residue.
If you’re going to finish your piece with dark wax, you still need to apply a coat of clear wax first.
Annie Sloan chalk paint can be used on outdoor pieces, but the wax doesn’t hold up well outside. Place 2-3 spoons of the bhaji or curry on a slice, and cover with the other slice as for a sandwich or burger. The store-bought Pav Bhaji masala can be quite hot, so adjust the green chillies and red chilli powder accordingly. This film, directed by Richard Lester and scripted by George McDonald Fraser, is a surprisingly close interpretation of the original novel’s narrative. The Three Musketeers (1973) features very old school interpretations of the characters, plenty of direct quotes from the book itself, and a deep dedication to awesome sword fighting as well as background historical detail. I’ve tried to explain the brilliance of this film to people in real life and they tend to look at me dubiously.
Let’s get one thing straight though – I am a person who generally loathes physical comedy.
I’ve said before that D’Artagnan being young, brash and annoying is appropriate to any Musketeer adaptation. The word adorkable is going to be used more than once in this essay, and I’m not even sorry. The film begins with a surrealist slow motion scene of Michael York with his shirt off performing sword skills with his dad.
The early scene with D’ork and his D’ad makes it clear what kind of adaptation this is – one that is going to refer back to the actual novel as often as possible. Christopher Lee playing Rochefort has obviously influenced all succeeding actors to make very similar choices.
Michael York does gormless so very well, though I hadn’t yet fallen for his charms during these early scenes, so was left wishing I was watching him in Cabaret instead. Porthos is extremely middle aged, played by Frank Finlay who was in his 50’s at the time – despite his age, there’s no denying he carries off all the necessary character notes based on the book. D’ork’s job interview with Treville was the moment at which I realised that I might actually love him.
I only hope someone somewhere has made fanvids using footage of this film with the soundtrack from A Hard Day’s Night. In the climax to the meet cute, with the four about to duel before the red guards come along (and D’ork charming the Three Musketeers into taking him on as a pet), we finally get our first proper fencing set piece. The swordfighting not only looks good and is choreographed as street brawling with all kinds of different techniques and parrying weapons (Athos’ use of a cloak is marvellous), but best of all is shot so you can WATCH THE FIGHT CLEARLY.
Athos, the undoubted leader, distributes the spoils at the end: coin to Aramis for his mistress, to Porthos for his wardrobe and to D’ork for lodging and a servant. Once D’ork arrives at his lodgings, (in a fancy new outfit including a Real Hat because unlike his 2014 counterpart he knows priorities when he sees them), the story truly begins.
Constance cements her status as hottest lady in these parts by falling down the stairs in a glamorous heap of skirts and boobs.
THEY ARE SO CUTE I WANT THEM TO RUN AWAY AND HAVE BABIES TOGETHER, CLUMSY SWORDFIGHTING BABIES. The Red Guards raid Bonancieux’s place, steal his wife in front of him, and give Spike Milligan as much airtime as he wants for another comedy turn. Constance rescues herself with a beautiful piece of slapstick involving a large pike, and throws herself at D’ork. Scheming Constance is scheming on behalf of the Queen (Geraldine Chaplin), as is only right and proper. The exchange between Buckingham (who looks a lot like Aramis, a nice canon-compliant point) and the Queen is also pretty much directly from the page – they’re a bit in love with each other, but she’s not willing to go all the way and disgrace the king. The swordfight in the palace laundry that eventuates from the Queen’s secret meeting with Buckingham is a thing of beauty – a gorgeous set piece combining that classic combination of violence, parrying weapons and comedy. I love the fact that they are happy to get into a ruck with Palace Guards without even knowing or possibly caring about the political reason behind it. Back in England, Milady De Winter plans to steal the diamonds from Buckingham, seducing him by way of a saucy white lace blindfold. Nothing in the film so far compares to the glory of the next scene in which Porthos and Aramis stage a duel in order to steal wine and roast squab from a tavern because, well, Musketeers gotta eat. Bonus points for the final scene in which the four proudly share their feast, in bed together.
Then we get a random scene in which Athos has far too much invested in Aramis and Porthos winning a game of real (royal) tennis, while D’ork tries to explain the plot to him.
And then there’s the duel in the dark fought between D’ork and Rochefort with blinding lanterns in which Planchet DIGS UP A TREE, runs across half the forest holding it, and uses it to knock Rochefort out. I love Rochefort but I almost wish they had killed him by Planchet with a tree because – what a way to go. What I love is that whenever D’ork has to ride somewhere quickly, random slapstick people walk into his path with breakable or otherwise inconvenient props.
I think we’ve actually been doing Orlando Bloom a disservice back in 2011 – this Duke of Buckingham is only slightly less camp. Upon taking his leave with the diamonds firmly secured, D’ork gives a beautiful exit speech about how he needs no reward, only to undercut it by awkwardly coming back 5 seconds later to ask the Duke how to get off the island. We then get two brilliant comedy stunts that are entirely gratuitous but cleverly done – one is Planchet clumsily riding into solid objects, and then Athos falls down a well and almost drags Aramis and Porthos down with him. After some more fun fighting and scrambling, D’ork accidentally hurls the diamonds up to the wrong window (OH D’Artagnan, no) and then it all comes down to a vicious scrag fight between Constance and Milady, the latter armed with sharpened headwear. Once again the Three Musketeers turn up to help D’Artagnan when he most needs them in a fight.
D’Artagnan climbs into the wrong window AGAIN, but swings across just in time to kick Milady literally in the arse, and allow Constance to get the diamonds.
The King and Queen are adorkable, as he tries to count her diamonds in the middle of a complicated dance, and she out-smugs him and then the Cardinal by having the correct number of diamonds.


The next morning, in a ceremonial flourish, the Three Musketeers place a great tunic on their fourth, welcoming him into their club.
It’s happy ever after, until the next time… and ominous looks all around from the cranky Milady and the Cardinal as our friends skip merrily off into the sunset, pausing only to pick Constance up off the ground when she is knocked over by a fairground attractions. I really should get around to watching these movies at some point, even if it’s just out of historical interest considering how many other things take cues from it. About Tansy Rayner RobertsI'm a fantasy author who lives with my partner and our two daughters in Tasmania, and I am one of the three voices of the Hugo-nominated Galactic Suburbia podcast. I arrived home from Canberra around 3pm yesterday, and at 4pm jumped in the car and headed to Lavender Bay to have a look at Vivid.
This shot is from Lavender Street in Lavender Bay, I used my 45mm Tilt Shift lens to get the effect. If you did, please join thousands of people that receive exclusive weekly photography tips & tricks and get a FREE COPY of my book, 10 Tips to Better Photos! When visiting Scotland, we took aA tour of Mary King’s Close we learned about life in Edinburgh before the toilet was invented. Did you know that a leaky or malfunctioning toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day, that is over 70,000 gallons of water in a year!
If you have a leaking toilet or one that doesn’t shut off I encourage you to fix it yourself! Today we will get your feet wet (no pun intended) by replacing the handle also known as the flush lever. Replace the flapper chain on the new lever rod (picture below shows two chains, but you may only have one.) Adjust the chain so there is a slight amount of slack in the chain.
Now, I can’t find the 3,000 gallons, but they say that leaks can account for up to 10,000 gallons a year.
Acrylic painting is especially rewarding because it is a wonderful medium for the beginner. For a thicker paint, there are additives which can make your brush strokes appear bold, thick and richly textured.
This spicy vegetarian burger is easy to put together and is a great snack for informal parties. Or cook them in a microwave with enough water and some salt for 5-7 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked. Here’s a wonderful collection of vegetarian and vegan recipes to help you make delicious, healthy meals, fast. Today I’m reviewing The Three Musketeers (1973) which many hold up as the ultimate adaptation of the novel. I’d watched it before and liked it a lot, but this time around (with my engagement with the text just a BIT more intensive) I was surprised at what a fantastic job they did. Great costumes, great sets, great action, sharp dialogue, and random hawking and hunting scenes. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone – after all, the novel itself is very, very funny.
I can appreciate it grudgingly when it’s done well, but when the humour hinges on the physical rather than dialogue and character, I get the urge to poke my eyes out with a spoon. It’s like a time capsule of actors who were famous in the 1970’s, many of whom aren’t really remembered now. And now I’m a bit scared because Part 2 is gonna get darker, and I don’t know that I want to see my darlings having that kind of a rough time. I really loved seeing D’ad lecture his son about the importance of getting into fights, while setting him up for his journey.
In fact, Musketeers in an Exciting Adventure With Airships (2011) pretty much copies this scene note for note including the appearance of Milady.
Like Christopher Lee, she’s underplaying the part to appear sinister and possibly to disassociate herself from the later outright sex comedy that the film will become.
The three inseperables are not really the focus of this film, generally appearing instead as a kind of support chorus to D’ork’s hijinks, and occasionally showing off their glorious skillz whenever the occasion calls for humour, violence or both. He’s utterly useless, tripping over things and being awkward, when suddenly he starts screaming out the window at a passing Rochefort, calling attention to his eyepatch.
I only hope that in the alternate universe in which this happened, they had the sense to cast Ringo as D’Artagnan. He’s mostly interested in what’s under her voluminous nightgown, and she’s trying to explain the plot to him. I’m pretty sure this is the fastest that D’Artagnan and Constance have ever shagged in any version of the story ever. Oh, D’ork, please don’t make me love you more than Luke Pasquilino, I don’t think my heart can take it.
D’ork is only thinking about himself and getting into Constance’s knickers, which is also very accurate to the book.
Our Musketeers all turn up with perfect timing to join the fight, almost as if they have D’ork microchipped in case he gets into trouble (well, you would). The calm expression on Athos’ face as he catches the discreetly flung squab and hides them under his coat is magnificent, and D’ork soon gets in on the action with youthful glee. Porthos is lost when he duels a drunkard, Aramis with a bullet to the shoulder, and Athos to a duel in the river.
He says things like: “Then sir we must bustle!” and randomly changes his clothes between scenes. Either they totally microchipped him, or all three of them are his Tyler Durdens, Fight Club style.
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But as far as movies are concerned (NOT TV ADAPTATIONS COUGH) I am in agreement with him so far. The Simon Hawke musketeer novel I mentioned on an earlier Musketeer Media Monday post is another one, and so is the Doctor Who spin-off novel Managra. It’s set in a future where Europe has been made over as an enormous theme park populated by clones of famous historical people.
I will go into Sydney several times over the coming 2 weeks, I really like Vivid, it gives me a different perspective to shoot! Then I will show you how to replace the fill valve and finally how to replace the overflow tube and flapper assembly.


Remove any excess chain that could get caught in the flapper (but leave an inch or two on the chain for adjustments). Replace the tank lid and test it again making sure that the flush lever rod doesn’t hit the top of the tank lid before lifting the flapper. Stay tuned as I show you how to replace the fill valve and finally how to replace the overflow tube and flapper assembly! For those times where a semi-matte or matte finish is desired, there are mediums that will help to achieve this. Acrylic paints are truly flexible and easy to work with, giving beginners a great way to explore their artistic selves without spending a lot of money.
Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Racquel Welsh, Faye Dunaway, Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Spike freaking Milligan, and of course the king of naive beta heroes, Michael York as D’Artagnan. His D’Artagnan is dumb as a stone, brave as a lion, and completely screws up on multiple occasions.
On the other hand, watching Rochefort chuck D’Artagnan a muddy puddle is worth the price of admission. Richard Chamberlain was an inspired casting choice for Aramis – famous at the time for being heartthrob Dr Kildare, he would later win even more hearts in The Thorn Birds. The combination of physical humour and serious swordage is there too, with the dramatic use of criss-crossing washing lines to undercut the earnestness of the fighting. I would like to point out at this point that Racquel Welsh won a Golden Globe for this performance, and she bloody deserves it. Planchet steals wine with a discreet set of bellows and a straw, while D’ork actually throws his face under a leaky barrel to get his own drink.
Nice if brief moments for each of the characters to shine, especially the wet and furious Athos in his big black cloak who is foiled by a pesky water wheel.
I half expected someone to turn up walking a pane of glass across the road, and then a couple of workmen with a large plank. People literally dumped their pails of waste into the streets of Edinburgh and the sludge ran down the streets and into the loch (lake).
It will save you time and money, because if one part of your tank is going bad, the others are likely to follow close behind.
Additionally, acrylic paints are more affordable than oil paints, and make for a lower investment on a new painter’s part, which is wise if you are just exploring painting as an option for your artistic endeavours to come.
They dry quickly without the use of any additional sprays or solvents to clean brushes or palettes.
Oil paintings are not easily transported, either, which makes acrylics easier for a student to move from class to home, if needed. The story is split over two movies, The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974), with this first film covering the Matter of the Queen’s Diamonds. I was in stitches most of the time I was watching – and apart from a few wince-inducing moments, I was mostly laughing WITH the movie rather than at it. In particular, many of the set piece sword fights combine great fighting skills with a layer of clever and artfully-created comedy, which makes them amazing to watch.
Any distress caused by our dorky (I’m just going to call him D’ork for the rest of the essay) hero’s bare chest is balanced out by the marvellousness of his country bumpkin straw hat, which is a thing of beauty.
As it is, unfortunately, he is given almost nothing to do as an individual except look blond and pretty.
He’s actually yelling abuse at a disabled person in the street, without any sense of irony. Racquel Welsh turns up as Spike Milligan’s sexy wife Constance and D’ork starts unashamedly eye-fucking her in front of her husband.
In the morning, she runs off to get on with the plot leaving him to follow her miserably and suspiciously in the rain.
The adorable slapstick between the three of them over the matter of the letter to Buckingham culminates in Constance and D’ork not only hiding in a wardrobe, but falling over while still inside it. Sure, the three of them are almost extraneous to the plot, but they are having so much fun together.
The look on his face does rather give the impression that no one warned Oliver Reed what was going to happen with the the water wheel.
At one point he’s walking down a corridor, peeling off his shirt, and in the next room he’s wearing a completely different outfit. And, because it’s a theme park and not a museum, they also cloned Reed, Chamberlain, Finlay and York to be the Three Plus One Musketeers. They were only allowed to dump the pails early or late in the day after the street vendors were gone and the streets were less crowded. This is a result of the break down of the rubber gasket or hard water deposits, so you may want to don some rubber gloves. You can wait until the acrylic paint on a cloth canvas dries and roll that canvas up with no fear of cracking it or damaging it in some way. I really should have looked at this one at the beginning of the Musketeer Media Monday project, as there are many creative decisions of the later adaptations (particularly Musketeers in an Exciting Adventure With Airships (2011) but it could be argued for Musketeers Are All For Love (1993) and Looks Good In Leather (2014) as well) which are obviously alluding to, inspired by or working against this particular film. Then we have Athos, played by Oliver Reed, who always looks like he had to be dragged out of a pub for to film every single scene and deeply resents it, but that’s basically perfect for Athos. He then throws himself out the window, lands on a window cleaning scaffold, and thoroughly embarrasses himself.
I bet she wouldn’t say no to a bit of Milla Jovovich cat-burglaring, though, if it was offered. Meanwhile, D’ork sneaks into the Palace gardens by getting his horse to kick a hole in the back wall. I’m perfectly satisfied as long as there are scenes like this that add nothing but character, humour and adorbs.
D’ork then recognises which room has Constance in it purely because she broke a vase and that’s a thing she does. He’s rumpled, sarcastic and worn down, and yet I can see the charisma that made him such a massive star of the era.



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