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Also, Chamomile Tea is Great

Emma Thompson, consistently polling as the Best Person in the World, has written a new tale of Peter Rabbit, and has nice things to say about the small creatures of the planet, whether they speak dialects either human or Lapine:

In this respect (and others), Thompson takes inspiration from her father, Eric, who wrote and narrated The Magic Roundabout television series. “He would say, ‘please don’t say I’m writing for children’,” she recalls with passion. “It’s patronising to write for children as though they came from another planet. Dad said he wrote to please himself.”

In the same way, she says, “Potter didn’t write for children, she wrote for everyone.” She insists her Nanny McPhee films and The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit are not exclusively for children. “This separation of us all out into camps according to our age or our sex is depressing. I don’t think it’s culturally healthy.”

Also, apparently a rabbit wrote her a letter, which is great. Rabbits should write letters to everyone, instead of just wigging out and running away all the time when you want to pat them.



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katiemcgillicuddy

God, I love her. And that scene in "Love Actually" where she breaks down for a minute in the bedroom? Gets me every time. She is a World Champion Crier.

Verity

@katiemcgillicuddy That scene is devastating.

raised amongst catalogs

@katiemcgillicuddy My niece sat down to watch Dead Again with me. Because my niece can only comment on the physical appearance of anyone, she said, "She's pretty in a weird way." I thundered back at her, "SHE IS PRETTY -- AND MORE -- IN EVERY WAY THAT MATTERS." Niece watched the rest of the movie in silence.

katiemcgillicuddy

@vanillawaif Haha, that is great, but she is sort of uniquely gorgeous isn't she?

@Verity God, I know, but man, what a tremendous actress she is.

VDRE

@katiemcgillicuddy True story: sometimes I watch that movie when I'm sad because I know that Emma Thompson will make me cry.

Ophelia

@VDRE I had a hard time not hating Snape for what he did to Emma Thompson in Love Actually.

(though I do <3 U, Alan Rickman)

phlox

@Ophelia Then you need to watch Sense and Sensibility after Love Actually, in which they are both the best.

katiemcgillicuddy

@Ophelia I have a hard time not hating Kenneth Branagh for what he actually did to her, the bastard. Although, now she's married to the adorable Greg Wise, so take that Branagh.

Xanthophyllippa

@katiemcgillicuddy This! This is why I hate Kenneth Branagh. Well, that and his seeming greasiness, like he needs to be wiped down with rubbing alcohol. But mostly this.

@VDRE I do too! Because sometimes what I really need is something to trigger the tears, and then I feel better.

katiemcgillicuddy

@Xanthophyllippa Yeah, screw that guy! He can go pound sand.

dontannoyme

@katiemcgillicuddy
Yes Emma crying in Love Actually and Emma crying in Sense & Sensibility are the two best crying scenes in film history. Maybe they are the two best scenes in film history. Ever. Can anyone verify this?
Disclaimer - I don't actually love Emma Thompson which I realise is going to make me v unpopular on here but she is inclined to make huge statements rashly "Oh why would anyone have a C Section when having a baby naturally like I did is sooooo wonderful" and "oh yes Roman Polanski must be cleared of all wrongdoing because he is an ARTIST" and then she is smart enough to realise she doesn't actually know everything in the whole wide world and retracts before she annoys more people.

Reginal T. Squirge

The key is to not make any sudden movements.

The Lady of Shalott

Rabbit-related story: In my parents' yard there was a bunny this year who decided to take up residence under their yew bush. He was tiny in the spring, but by the end of the summer he was a full-grown bunny. (We are assuming he was a male because that's what we always called him.) Sometimes in the dusk when we were sitting on the patio enjoying the weather (well, sort of--I was reading and my mom was on her ipad and my dad was listening to audiobooks on his iphone) (in their large and very woodsy backyard), the bunny would come along with a couple of his bunny friends, and they would PLAY in the yard. Full on chase and jump and chase and jump on each other and wrestle around. Then rest for a few minutes and then play some more.

Anyway, then my mom found her grandma's binoculars that grandma used to watch the races (because my great-grandma became something of a racing fan in her declining years, and would periodically call up my mom and say "Honey! Come pick me up at the racetrack! I won big and I'm taking us shopping!"), and we'd spy on the bunny and my mom was kind of horrified to watch him grooming himself because man--wild rabbits up close? Are kind of gross. They are very hairy and have long claw-toe things and pick at their fleas an awful lot. I prefer Beatrix Potter's bunnies.

(And her other stories! Two Bad Mice! Ginger and Pickles! Mrs. Tiggy-winkle! And also, how awesome is "Beatrix" as a name?)

harebell

@The Lady of Shalott
Aw. Those bunnies would love your weeds or your vegetable scraps -- they are not supposed to eat pesticided non-organic veg but wild rabbits are pretty tough -- any kind of broccoli leaves/stalks or dandelions or mint or kale or carrot/beet tops... and if you fed them a little fresh banana they would probably love you forever! and dance in circles around you! (this is something rabbits actually do).

Faintly Macabre

@The Lady of Shalott My family's beloved old dog died in the beginning of 2011. Fairly soon afterwards, a bunny or bunnies became a common presence in our yard, especially one or two rather fat, fearless bunnies. My mother is convinced that all of the big bunnies are actually the same bunny, and that bunny is a reincarnation of our dog, who has decided to watch over us by eating our clovery lawn and lurking in the yard. (To be fair, our dog liked to eat the lawn and houseplants even when she was a dog.)

Xanthophyllippa

@The Lady of Shalott I remember being very little and watching two rabbits (fore?)play in my yard. They'd face each other, then one would charge and the other would jump straight up in the air as the charging bunny ran under, then the jumping bunny would become the charging bunny. Best sight ever!

charmcity

Consider this my formal request for Texts from Peter Rabbit! WHO JOINS THIS NOBLE PETITION!?

melis

FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD
FARMRE MAGREGOR IS DEAD

(Peter Rabbit is terrifying to me.)

charmcity

@melis I would also accept Texts from Flopsy, Mopsy, or Cottontail. Their stories have never been fully told. Also, I bet Peter was sooooo annoying as a rabbit bro.

melis

I can promise you that this will never happen.

charmcity

@melis Texts from Squirrel Nutkin?

editrickster

@melis Texts from Tom Kitten? Texts from Tabitha Twitchett? Texts from Jemima Puddle-Duck!!!

Bittersweet

@charmcity haha owl ur a looozer uh oh

stonefruit

@editrickster JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK!

yeah-elle

Ugh, I love Emma Thompson. Her face. Her face in everything. But especially in The Remains of the Day.

Also, I love Peter Rabbit. I was Peter Rabbit for Halloween last year! I found a little blue coat and switched out the buttons for gold ones, and I made myself a carrot out of felt.

PistolPackinMama

@yeah-elle Round the end of the cucumber frame, who should he meet but Mr. MacGregor? Mr. MacGregor was on his hands and knees planting out young cabbages, but he jumped up and ran after Peter, waving his rake and shouting "Stop Theif!"

I can hear my mom and dad's voices reading that to me. I had it on a plate that came out on fancy occasions when I was little.

I LOVE THAT YOU WERE PETER RABBIT IS WHAT I AM SAYING COME OVER FOR JAM TARTS ON MY TINY WEE PETER RABBIT TEA SET!

dale

@yeah-elle If I had a pinky-finger's worth of her talent, I could have made a career of acting. Man. ILU EMMA!

I'm so glad I got an autographed picture of her many moons ago. It's one of my favourites in my collection.

Ophelia

@PistolPackinMama I had a tea cup, and at the bottom was a tiny little peter rabbit figurine! You couldn't see it until you finished your "tea" (which was mostly milk), and then there he'd be, right at the bottom.

yeah-elle

@PistolPackinMama Ahhh! I had a little plate with a picture of Peter in bed, with the text running around the edge.

Actually, one of my mom's closest friends is a huge Beatrix Potter enthusiast, goes to the Beatrix Potter conference every year, that kind of thing. So we have bought bought and received quite a lot of Beatrix Potter paraphernalia. I have a little porcelain figure of one of the "No more twist!" mice in my apartment, haha.

JAM TARTS FOR ALL!

meetapossum

@Ophelia I have a teacup with Peter Rabbit on the inside (but it's just paint) and Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and their mother on the outside telling them not to go into Mr. MacGregor's garden.

tales

@meetapossum Oh! I've got towels and washcloths with Peter Rabbit on them. Getting pretty threadbare now, sadly...

meetapossum

Oh, here it is! I wonder if we ever had the plate and bowl, too. I will have to ask my mother.

charmcity

@yeah-elle NO MORE TWIST!!!

VDRE

@Ophelia I have a cup like that but it's an octopus!

melis

Well I knew we were eventually going to fight about something, Nicole. CHAMOMILE TEA IS AWFUL.

Valley Girl

@melis Every time I'm feeling sickly I want chamomile tea to make me feel better like poor little Peter got, and every time it is SO yucky I just feel worse.

Nicole Cliffe

You say that now, but wait until you need a coagulant.

melis

@Nicole Cliffe Then I shall take an aspirin, assuming that is what aspirin does and not the opposite, now that I think about it I think it is an anti-coagulant, WITHDRAWN.

Tragically Ludicrous

@melis I used to work at a tea company, and chamomile gave everyone allergies. Even if you didn't have pollen allergies, within a year you would have them to chamomile. EVERYONE HATES CHAMOMILE.

KeLynn

@Valley Girl - seriously! How does it make everyone else feel so cozy? It makes me feel like I'm eating a pile of dirt.

E
E

@melis Ibuprofen is a coagulant. Also cinnamon.

Chamomile is a blight on the earth.

yeah-elle

@All You Chamomile Haters

Noooo, I love chamomile! Sure, sometimes I feel a little silly when I put on a handknit sweater and settle down for some Masterpiece Mystery and a big cup of arguably the most hated tea on earth but...I can't help it! I like it!

Caitlin Podiak

@melis Chamomile tea and a giant blob of honey are the only way I know to make magic mushrooms palatable. I never drink it sans-'shrooms, though.

melis

@Caitlin Podiak Well, that's allowed, obviously.

OhMarie

@everyone You gotta get a chamomile blend!! Chamomile by itself tastes like weeds, but Sleepytime tea is the greatest.

Xanthophyllippa

@melis It's like the hummus of tea.

KeLynn

@OhMarie - But you can still taste the chamomile through it! Even vanilla sleepytime! Sigh. It just wasn't meant to be.

@Xanthophyllippa - So you think chamomile tea is delicious? It's not.

Xanthophyllippa

@KeLynn Oops I meant Greek yogurt.

KeLynn

@Xanthophyllippa - I accept that.

stonefruit

Chamomile tea is the very definition of insipid.

PoBoyNation

@E Ibuprofen is a coagulant. Also cinnamon.

Not to be That Person, but I don't think either of these statements is true. Do you have a citation?

Audley

@melis Chamomile is really gross and tastes like grass, but for some reason, I like to drink it occasionally when I can't get to sleep out of the illogical conviction that something that tastes that bad must be good for you.

TARDIStime

@OhMarie
Also: Lipton's camomile. I use to choke it back before bed to help me sleep and then I found the Lipton's; total game changer. It's all I drink apart from green chai, now. And water. And wine, duh.

laurel

Late last night I took my oldladydog out for a pee. A skunk charged us, its white stripe shining in the moonlight! We had to flee back into the house.

Love you, fuzzy critters, but please don't run at me.

iknowright

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT IS THE GREATEST OF ALL THE RABBITS.

mynamebackwards

@iknowright my maid of honor read a passage from the velveteen rabbit at my (our) wedding. it was magic.

Reginal T. Squirge

@iknowright

BUGS BUNNY OR GTFO.

PistolPackinMama

@iknowright Well, The Country Bunny [of]The Little Golden Shoes is a pretty darned awesome bunny, too. Single mom with aspirations to be an Easter Bunny?! BUNNY BAMF, YO.

But I read the Velveteen Rabbit A LOT when I lost my beloved stuffed bunny when I was six, because love bunnies that become Real are indeed awesome.

Nicole Cliffe

@iknowright Bigwig is the greatest of all the rabbits.

TheLetterL

@Nicole Cliffe HAZEL

frigwiggin

@Nicole Cliffe

Blackberry! I was always a sucker for the brainy ones. He conceived of a boat! (Also, completely embarrassing, I went to Wikipedia and searched "blackberry" to make sure I had the name right because it's been AT LEAST five years since I've read it, and was genuinely confused when the fruit came up.)

Xanthophyllippa

@Nicole Cliffe Pfft. Fiver. And the Dark Rabbit of Inlé still scares me beyond belief.

@iknowright @PPM I loved the Velveteen Rabbit SO MUCH. I still kind of secretly hope my animals will turn real.

Blushingflwr

True fact: I once attended a bachelorette party that was a viewing of Nanny McPhee followed by a trip to the ice cream parlor. So, really, it is for everyone!

TARDIStime

@Blushingflwr
I love this so much it hurts. I'm telling my mum - she will *squee* for sure.

KatPruska

Favorite Emma Thompson fact: after initially signing the horrible pro-Polanski petition, she was approached by a young woman who was attending the college she was speaking at and very graciously allowed her to lay all of the facts before her, and afterwards had her name and support removed.

Also, she was hilarious on QI.

frigwiggin

My boyfriend's best online friend, who lives on the other side of the country, has a little rabbit named Cilantro. If Cilantro doesn't want hugs when we finally go to visit, I will be sorely disappointed.

laurel

@frigwiggin: Ear scritches will likely go over well.

Heat Signature

As someone who owns a bunny I can only say that we should be grateful they don't write more letters, because the ones Bun Bun sends off to her relatives are filled with inflammatory rhetoric about the human race (she's trying to incite a revolution, even though I keep telling her that rabbits are prey animals and therefore not ones for violent action...rabbits are also terrible listeners).

charmcity

@Heat Signature I think all pet bunnies should be named Bun Bun.

Xanthophyllippa

@charmcity "Bun" for short.

Bittersweet

@Xanthophyllippa We call my dog Bundog when she runs, because she puts her giant corgi ears back just like a...well, you know.

Caitlin Podiak

My rabbit had a blog for a while, before he died.

http://iamthewhiterabbit.tumblr.com/

Now I have a new rabbit. He's mainly into dancing, digging, and chewing on cardboard, but occasionally dabbles in pen and ink self-portraiture.

social theory

when i was a child, i got a porcelain beatrix potter figurine every year in my easter basket. i love her stories (had them, too) and am so glad that i have these keepsakes to pass on to my children (if i have any). wine makes me sentimental.

angelinha

I asked my doctor for a referral to a therapist; she told me to try chamomile tea.

Katetastrophe

What is everyone talking about?! I LOVE CHAMOMILE TEA. I never knew that people hated it so much – why?

Also I used to love Emma Thompson, but her relationship with Roman Polanski is a capital-D Dealbreaker. Plus she said Audrey Hepburn was twee, "mumsy", and a bad actress. AND isn't this Peter Rabbit thing kind of presumptuous?! Emma, I WANT to like you, but you're making it awfully difficult. Am I the only one who feels this way?

I'm sorry, everyone!...I really just wanted to encourage you to give chamomile tea a second chance.

de Pizan

@Katetastrophe The way I heard it, she was pressured by a number of friends into signing the petition and maybe didn't really know what it was about (don't know if it's true but heard the petition was falsely presented to some as protecting a film festival). Not that you should ever sign something without knowing the issue; but she did later retract her signature, see further up the thread.

dontannoyme

@Katetastrophe thanks for posting this. I said the same upthread but before I saw your post. I half expected to see her in the list of celebrity half-wits and hangers-on protesting that Julian Assange was also a freedom fighter who must be protected from the evil Swedes and a coven of lying, frigid women.

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