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Peter Pan / Re: My PETER PAN poster controversy
« on: December 24, 2009, 05:24:56 PM »
I haven't had a chance to do a side-by-side reading of Nunn and Caird's version with JMB's published version, but apparently they were trying to distill a single version from the various versions produced by JMB between 1904 and 1928... kind of a "studio cut" since the "director" kept changing his mind.

Oh, and they de-contraction-ed the play's subtitle: "The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up".  Probably just a clerical error, but it helps me to distinguish between the versions by name.
Davies Family / Re: Michael's Death
« on: November 24, 2009, 05:48:21 PM »
Why Michael died so young?
He drowned with his friend Rupert Buxton, in an apparent swimming accident near Oxford.
Unless you're looking for a metaphysical explanation... and there is none.
Davies Family / Re: Play about Peter Davies
« on: November 24, 2009, 02:38:55 AM »
I few months ago I ran across a mention of the Peter-and-Alice meeting in '32, and was immediately struck by the notion of what Alice (an old woman) and Peter (a middle-aged man) might have said to each other.  From there I wondered what Christopher Robin (a boy at the time and still facing the "saying his prayers" taunts) might have added to the conversation.  I've started drafting some dialog, with a view toward producing a short comics piece out of it... probably titled The Never Wonder Wood.  Now you say that Peter and Christopher actually did meet (presumably when both were older)?  Of course, lacking a time machine and a recording device, that does me no further good in figuring out the dialog, but it does provide a little more justification for imagining the scenario.
Database / Re: restored database
« on: November 24, 2009, 01:19:00 AM »
I'm afraid the database is not working at the moment.  It tells you how many hits it found, but tosses back a PHP error rather than actual content.  :(
Davies Family / Re: Michael's friends
« on: May 06, 2007, 02:51:08 PM »
I don't find Boothby's description of Rupert particularly incompatible with this more flattering description, any more than the descriptions of Michael as "whimsical and full of tricks" vs. "dark, dour, and impenetrable".   What person of that age isn't as multi-faceted and contradictory as that, especially depending on whom he's with?  Don't try to apply Occam's razor to the personality of a young man who has barely begun to shave.

I agree that Rupert's disappearance is an intriguing mystery.  A "Robin Hood" mission he had to keep secret?  A clandestine tryst?  An alien abduction?  A cry for attention?

My take on the drowning is that it was an accident and failed rescue attempt.  Not that this rules out the possibility that a degree of self-destructive risk-taking might have been involved, of course.  He wouldn't have been the first - or last - youth to let his internal conflicts over (as Nico speculated) a "homosexual phase" drive him to put himself in danger on an impulse.
Davies Family / Re: Michael's friends
« on: April 29, 2007, 02:44:19 AM »
I've found a photo of Roger Senhouse with Michael and JMB in the database; not sure how I missed it before.  Thanks for the suggestion of Robert Boothby's autobio (I'll try to track down a copy).  And I look forward to seeing the face of "morbid" "doom" that the baron spoke of.

P.S. In case you haven't heard this enough: I greatly enjoyed both the BBC series and the book.
Davies Family / Michael's friends
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:11:55 PM »
I am in the early research stages of writing a short graphic novel about Michael.  Thanks to this site and the book, I have plenty of photographic reference for him and the family, and the various settings (Kensington, Eton, Oxford) should be easy enough to find.  Do you know of any photos of Michael's friends (especially Buxton, but also Senhouse and Boothby [in his Eton/Oxford years]) or - lacking that - descriptions of them?  Telling a story such as this obviously will require a fair bit of invention, so any visuals that I can base on known facts, I'd like to do so.
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