Post #227

Grrr, hear me roar

7th February 2004, late at night | Comments (21)

Stills from Dunstan's home movie

I’ve just been watching an old home movie from my university days (1997). It was about two hours long and contained a variety of things: some sporting action, some talking with friends, some general messing about.

Bits of it made me smile, bits of it made me laugh, and bits of it made me curl up with embarrassment at my 20-year old self:

Dunstan (2004)
Oh, it’s me talking to Gemma on my bed. My God I fancied that girl…
Dunstan (1997)
*happy* Who are you living with next year, hon?
Gemma (1997)
Um, with Chris, Mike and James.
Dunstan (1997)
*frowning* Who are they?
Gemma (1997)
Just friends. ’Cept I’ve got a crush on Chris, so it could be a bit awkward.
Dunstan (1997)
*sulky* Oh. Which one’s he?
Gemma (1997)
Chris is the tall one with…
Dunstan (1997)
*very sulky* Yeah, with the stupid hair.
Gemma (1997)
*wary* Oh. Well, I don’t think it’s stupid.
Dunstan (1997)
*very, very sulky* Well it is. It’s stupid. He looks like a nob…
Gemma (1997)
*uncomfortable silence*
Dunstan (2004)
ARGH! DON’T BE SO OBVIOUS! CHEER UP! Oh my God, why did she ever talk to me!?…

Anyway, back in 1997 I edited the two hours of footage down to about ten minutes, added in suitable credits and soundtrack, and then recorded it onto a new tape. The finished tape was leant to a friend, the friend refused to return it, and all my editing work was lost.

However, at the end of this original tape I found a few minutes of film where I’d pretended to be the MGM Lion, replete with stick-on whiskers and cardboard ears.

I think you’ll agree, even from these stills, that my performance was a powerful one.

So just for the record, if that Lion ever dies and MGM decide they’d like a new look; I’m free, and I’m pretty darn good. Make a note.

Update: The lion is already dead! MGM bigwigs, I am waiting for your call…

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  1. DarkBlue:

    I take it that's Gemma in frame 3? :-)

    Posted 29 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  2. Huphtur:

    whateffer happened to gemma?
    we demand an update!

    Posted 1 hour, 48 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  3. Seriocomic:

    You have no shame.

    I envy you.

    Posted 10 hours, 52 minutes after the fact
  4. [li:s]:

    Is it normal that your dialogue bit should look so messed up?

    Posted 11 hours, 36 minutes after the fact
  5. Sian:

    Nice teeth!

    Posted 12 hours, 30 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  6. Dunstan:

    Yes, that's her :o)

    Posted 12 hours, 33 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ DarkBlue
  7. Dunstan:

    What happened to her? She left uni and went to crew on a boat that was sailing around the World. Some rich man's yacht.

    I phoned her parents a few times to see how she was and was always told "Oh yes, she's just off the coast of Tasmania at the moment", or "She's whale watching in Alaska". Lucky swine!

    I don't know what she's doing now, though :o)

    Posted 12 hours, 45 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Huphtur
  8. Gemma:

    My God I never knew!


    Posted 15 hours, 34 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  9. Dunstan:

    Ha ha ;o)

    Posted 17 hours, 12 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Gemma
  10. Dunstan:

    We MGM Lions pride ourselves (boom boom!) on our teeth ;o)

    Posted 17 hours, 13 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Sian
    Inspired: ↓ Karen, ↓ DarkBlue
  11. Alastair:

    When I lived at home, you were fully dressed almost all the time. Seems when I'm gone your shirt comes straight off.

    Posted 19 hours, 13 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  12. Dunstan:

    Mum couldn't face the fact that you'd run off to foreign lands with 'that woman', and took to drinking. All the house-keeping money is frittered away on alcohol now... you have no idea of the poverty we live in. I swapped my clothes for a Big Mac.
    Can I come stay with you in Italy?
    I'm starving... I think I might eat the dog :o(

    Posted 19 hours, 21 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Alastair
    Inspired: ↓ Alastair, ↓ Sian
  13. Alastair:

    1.Pound for pound, multiple cheeseburgers are better value than a single Big Mac. Also, you get more foam boxes with which to insulte the house.

    2.Anyway, couldn't you use some of the depleted uranium fertiliser that Mum has been using on the garden (Photos of chickens and the garden) to grow something? You could build a tower of rotting vegetation with what you don't eat and win the Turnip prize for art

    3.OK, my sense of humour has been dulled somewhat since moving away...

    4.You're always welcome to come and stay, but don't expect anything to drink. Mum arrived a couple of weeks ago and has devastated my stocks

    Posted 20 hours, 47 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
    Inspired: ↓ Sian
  14. Sian:

    *perk* Can I come to live with you in Italy instead of Dunstan? I can sing Funiculi Funicula and Va Pensiero, honest!

    Posted 21 hours, 22 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan, ↑ Alastair
  15. Karen:

    The growling lion is priceless. Sort of reminds me of Sid Vicious.

    Posted 1 day, 1 hour after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  16. Margaret:

    dunstan, MGM is clearly missing a fabulous oppurtunity. you make a wonderul lion. :)

    Posted 1 day, 3 hours after the fact
  17. DarkBlue:

    I don't know if any of you guys caught it but there was a fascinating article in the Daily Mail the other day...

    It seems that in a wildlife reserve (in Korea IIRC), a lion and tiger have mated and produced 17 cubs.

    The resulting offspring are known as ligers. Apparently, in adult form, they are the most feared of the big cats. They are extremely aggressive, with all the speed and agility of the tiger and the size and strength of the lion.

    Other big cats avoid them at all costs. A new figurehead for MGM perhaps?

    Posted 1 day, 3 hours after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  18. Chris Carpenter:

    Nice, nice. The MGM hypocrites can sit in their tower. I'll start my own company and use you as the lion.

    Posted 2 days, 21 hours after the fact
  19. Nigel:

    Alistair, Dunstan's shirt was always off at College too, he hoped to impress the ladies in our Hall, Sarah Mason for a start(we were all obsessed with her to be fair to him!) Debra Bennett too!! I think he once took her a collection of plastic pint glasses he's nicked from the Bar!! Although, when not semi naked, he was usually semi drunk in the first year so maybe he ought to be forgiven for that!!

    Well, if all else fails DO, you at least have a fall back as a pantomime lion!!

    Very impressed with Mozilla, not that i would dare to pretend i know anything about the WWW, but it makes navigation easier and i keep finding stuff that i couldnt do before. :o)

    Posted 4 days, 11 hours after the fact
  20. William:

    Two years later, and... which university did you attend?

    Posted 2 years, 2 months after the fact
  21. Dunstan:

    I went to Crewe & Alsager College, which was a sort of satellite college of Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Posted 2 years, 2 months after the fact

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