First up before I go in medias res, Richard yesterday tweeted his thanks for all the birthday donations.
And now something entirely different.
While you guys were bidding last week on the various auction items, I was biting my knuckles. The auctions are always a great opportunity to complete one’s personal archive of RAvotionalia. Except, of course, for the person who is auctioning them off. *haha* I can’t very well bid on my own auctions – eBay wouldn’t let me, anyway. But the frenzy kind of gripped me, too, and during a discussion BTS with Kate about pirating and legal copies, I spontaneously ordered a load of DVDs with some of Richard’s work on them.
Yep, a bit of a shopping spree, I admit. And it’s not as if I haven’t seen these shows before… You see, when I started in the fandom seven years ago, a lot of the stuff was still viewable on Youtube. I remember watching whole seasons of Spooks online, as well as the episodes of Moving On and George Gently that Richard is in. I admit there may have been a few dark channels involved for Strike Back
(kind of fits the show, though, don’t you think?). Ocean’s 8 was my summer movie 2018; I saw that together with my RL RA friend and my daughter in Berlin last year. And yes, I have seen excerpts and compilations of all those shows over the years, too, with much gratitude to those who provide them. I think it is wonderful that people are making the shows accessible to all.
However, this is the stickler for copyright here… Strictly speaking, I don’t *need* to have a hard copy of all these shows. I’m happy with excerpts and screen caps at this point. For the most part, I can basically paraphrase the plot and the dialogue of most of these shows, anyway.
Um. Not sure whether that is a good sign, actually… But it kind of felt right to splash a few pennies and buy some legal copies, just to assuage the Guylty conscience. See what I did there?
So I clicked buy – buy – buy on eBay and Amazon. The whole lot above there cost me a total of 25 Euro. They are mostly second-hand DVDs (except SB) and therefore only cost 3 Euro each. Even SB, new and unused, set me back only 6 Euro. In most cases, the postage costs added another Euro to the bill. Affordable.
Do you want to hear the ridiculous bit, though? I only remembered *after* clicking “buy” on the first couple of DVDs, that I actually neither have a DVD drive on my MacBook, nor do we have a DVD player attached to our TV. *doh* So I had to invest in a little external DVD player, too.
An affordable pleasure at about 18 Euro a pop.
So, has Guylty been watching Richard in his various guises on a loop since arrival of the DVDs? Well, I *wish*. The trouble is that my fancy-schmancy Apple laptop currently refuses to recognise my brandnew and supposedly Mac-compatible DVD drive. *hmph*
But well, at least I now *have* those DVDs on hand.
What about you? Do you have an analogue archive of Richard’s work?