Derk as Mad Scientist / Chrestomanci as Parasite(was: Buffy)

Philip.Belben at Philip.Belben at
Wed May 22 04:28:13 EDT 2002

Michelle and I are a lttle closer to settling our differences...

>>> Have you seen Gosford Park?  And the Edwardian Country House on Channel 4?
>> No telly, I'm afraid.
> Gosford Park is on at the cinema still I think.  (Well worth watching, not
> for the mystery but for the witty script and fab acting.)

Cinema, eh?  That's somewhere I haven't been for a year or three...  Well, I'll
bear it in mind, but I doubt I'll find the opportunity.

>> BUT I think this is a reflection of working conditions in Edwardian times,
>> how they translated into domestic service, NOT something intrinsic to
>> service as a field of employment.  Domestic servants nowadays aren't treated
>> like that at all.
> A friend of mine who worked as a groom was treated more like an indentured
> labourer than as an employee.  Luckily he was able to give it up and go to
> university.

OK, point taken.  Shall we say that domestic service provides more opportunity
than other jobs for a bad employer to make your life a misery?  I could accept
that, readily.  (I'm told that the worst for that nowadays is the armed forces.
Probably because they haven't relaxed their terms of indenture - your friend
wouldn't have been (legally) able to escape...)

>> (I fear I may be ranting.  Perhaps I'd better stop...)
> Rant away!  A good part of my knowledge of conditions of service is based on
> reading Georgette Heyer.

:-)  Mine too!  But she was writing about a period twice as long ago (to us) as
the Edwardian, so the conditions she describes are even less likely to reflect
things today.


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