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The Queensbury Trials; Oscar in the stands - reading of the trials + discussion with Merlin Holland 
  swas
 
04:07pm 21/11/2004
  This morning I went to listen to the audio-reading of the Queensbury Trails, after which there would be time to talk to Merlin Holland. It was due to start at 11 am. Unfortunately, the entire event was organised by NDR (North German Radio) in celebration of some anniversary, and about 75% of the seats were booked for NDR employees, who only started arriving around 11. This annoyed me slightly, as I had already been present since 10:30 am. What was worse, though, was that these NDR geezers did not seem interested in Oscar Wilde at all - in fact, they appeared to be far more interested in talking importantly about the NDR and discussing the who-s-who and the free lunch afterwards! In fact, during the reading, I could hear snores from several directions!! When they had finally all arrived and greeted eachother extravagantly, the leader of the NDR gave a boring non-relevant speech. And then, at 11:40, the audio-reading started.

Read were excerpts from the Queensbury trails (the libel case of Oscar Wilde versus Lord Queensbury), taken from the trial-transcript by Merlin Holland. The chosen fragments gave a very good impression of the whole : starting off with the literary discussion of Oscar's work, and whether or not art has a moral, to the Camelion journal and its dubious, "homosexual" content, to Oscar's personal affairs with Taylor and his rentboys. Oscar was portrayed excellently by German actor Marcus Kiepe, the relentless Carson by Ulrich Noethen. Oscar played the jury and the audience with his charm and wit and shook off Carson's aquisations easily, until he got overconfident and was ensnared in his own words- the surprise and indignation over ending up being the accused, eventhough the trial was against Queensbury, was evident from his later answers and the intonation of the actor. It was painfully clear that Carson did a very good job in the defence of Lord Queenbury- so good, that it ensued two more trials: Oscar was later prosecuted and sent to jail.

The discussion that followed with Merlin Holland was less interesting. Although he is a charming man who patiently listens to others before giving very well-comtemplated answers in good German, the "discussion" consisted mostly out of persons from the audience who wanted to "share" their opinion of Wilde. A young man claimed that Oscar sacrificed himself for the benefit of homosexuals in England, by setting an example - Mr Holland refuted this vehemently, saying that his grandfather had always stated to only care for his art, and not for 'the greater good of homosexual England'. As much as the gay-communities wish to martyr him, this is simply not correct. As Mr Holland said, Oscar was so convinced of his own genius and intangibility, and possibly, so willing to give into every whim of Bosie Douglas, that he sued Lord Queensbury, and did not do so to sacrifice himself - he was simply convinced he would win. After this non-discussion, Mr Holland patiently signed copies of the Wilde Album (including mine *squee!*). I wish I had more time to talk to him, but it was simply too crowded, so I told him it had been a very interesting morning, thanked him, and left.

Thusfar, Oscar :)
 
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Merlin 
  swas
 
02:06pm 14/11/2004
  For all you German geezers in here : Merlin Holland will speak about Oscar's trials in Abaton Kino Hamburg, Germany on the 21 of November. I'm so there - are you coming?  
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  uglyelegance
 
03:02am 29/07/2004
  This layout is lacking a certain beauty. Ick. Common now... let's be a little more aesthetically pleasing, please.  
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  saint_vincent23
 
11:34pm 21/06/2004
 
mood: Deeeevious in a British accent
Assignment time, children!
Tell us all what you think: What song sums up the dandy way of life, frame of mind, state of being, etc, the best? What's the theme song for our classless classiness, our witty wit, our senseless sensibility?
(And don't be shy, I'll be compiling a top ten.)
'Till next time. ~Estella~
 
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  saint_vincent23
 
10:03pm 20/06/2004
 
mood: Amused
And I present another issue: What IS beauty?
Really think about this one: nothing is ever entirely beautiful, nor is it ever entirely ugly. I guarantee that anything in the world, anything and anyone at all, has some kind of beauty in it, if you look long enough, or for the right reasons.
Everything has some aspect, small or large, obvious or obscure, which is beautiful. True freedom, in any way you take it, will only come when people can accept this. When you can accept, instead of judge, you can see beauty in even the smallest of things.
This was all brought on by a receipt I found today when I was walking back from my great-grandma's. The listed were the following:
Toothpaste, Ginger Ale, Condoms, Basil, Fettucine Noddles, Kiwi, Lime, and Boneless Skinless Chicken.
Think for just a moment. That little peice of paper is a record of something beautiful: Someone was making dinner (Chicken and Noodles with Basil ontop, kiwi and lime assumably for dessert, with g.a. to drink) for themselves and their significant other, and they were planning ahead (condoms).
It was so damn wow-able that I actually started to think about this.

What do *you* think?
 
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  saint_vincent23
 
12:02am 20/06/2004
 
mood: Enthralled
I would just like to give a big hug to everyone since this is my first post. ((HUG!))

And I offer this as my first bit of food for thought:
Have you ever had a moment with someone where all you did was look at each other and you both knew exactly what the other was thinking? Where somehow, for a second, you were both completely connected in communication on some level? And it always catches both of you offguard?
I think that people should just let their guards down about life in general every once in a while, because that feeling is just so scrumptious. The world would be such a better place.

I'll be in touch. ~ Estella
 
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  angelicana
 
04:03am 27/04/2004
 
mood: Odd.
Moo. And a coo coo ca choo.
 
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Hello 
  tatharwen
 
07:26pm 09/04/2004
 
mood: i exist, they want more?
Hello; I've just joined the community. What sort of things is it for, I mean, what should I post? Okay, so I'm new and clueless. ^_^. Just wanted to greet everyone!
 
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  asylum_insanity
 
04:28pm 08/03/2004
 
mood: accomplished
Right, Theo. This is getting ridiculous, don't you think it's about time we got this community up and running?
 
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  swas
 
06:12pm 01/03/2004
  Hello everyone. I just wanted to post here to say I joined this community today :)

Is anyone as annoyed with the portrayal of Dorian in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as I am?
 
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  angelicana
 
03:07am 21/01/2004
 
mood: crappy
This is not a test *keeheehee*
 
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Test 
  theambertrap
 
10:47pm 20/01/2004
 
mood: accomplished
This is a test. Whee.
 
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