Useless things that make life worth living

Sep 5


Stephen Fry: Out There - Episode 1 Gif set

This comes from Episode 1 of Stephen Fry’s BBC documentary Out There. 

"In the first of this two-part series, Stephen Fry reflects back on just how much has changed for gay people during his lifetime. He meets Elton John and David Furnish, the couple who inspired Stephen to be open about his sexuality as well as many others.

This episode, Stephen travels to Uganda, where the government is considering a new law that would make homosexuality a capital crime - putting gay people to death for their sexuality. Stephen meets the men and women targeted by this proposed law and finds out the impact it is already having on their lives.

Stephen also travels to the USA to explore ‘reparative therapy’, which claims to offer a ‘cure’ for being gay. Whilst in the states, he looks at how Hollywood deals with the gay issue by talking to Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay man who continues to land leading roles.”

Which you can watch here: 

Episode 1
Episode 2

I’ve transcribed several interviews from the documentary which can be read here:

  1. Stephen Fry Interviewing Simon Lokodo Uganda’s Minister for “Ethics and Integrity” (from Episode 1)

  2. Stephen Fry Interviewing Brazilian politician Jair Bolsonaro
    (from Episode 2)

  3. Stephen Fry Interviewing Russian Deputy of Saint Petersburg Vitaly Milonov (from Episode 2)

Other Related Gif Sets:
Stephen Fry: Out There - Episode 2 Gif set

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50 For Snow // Kate Bush & Stephen Fry

Happy birthday, Stephen Fry, my beautiful, kind, wise, silly man. Nobody combines so many things that, as we used to think, aren’t meant to be together - magnetic appeal and attraction with lack of self-esteem, wisdom with silliness, talent, success and fame with simplicity, openness and genuine interest in other people.

It’s been 6 years and I love and admire you more and more. Every year, I make you a birthday vid - let it be a bit of Jeeves and Wooster this time.:))))

Smile of the day.

Smile of the day.

Aug 4

Still feel quite painful to see this image as it is from the financial times, 18th or 19th Feb. 1995. I do not want to upload the article. (I was the extremely lucky one who saw Cell Mates with these two heroes on stage together as I went on the first day. Truly enjoyed it. Amazing experience)  

Never seen this picture before. A tragic time for Stephen, still a beautiful image. Wish I could see Cell Mates…


Still feel quite painful to see this image as it is from the financial times, 18th or 19th Feb. 1995. I do not want to upload the article. (I was the extremely lucky one who saw Cell Mates with these two heroes on stage together as I went on the first day. Truly enjoyed it. Amazing experience)  

Never seen this picture before. A tragic time for Stephen, still a beautiful image. Wish I could see Cell Mates…


Stephen Fry: 

"The Master somehow managed to get himself ‘elected’, one assumes with bribes, to his position many, many years ago. He is the supreme, corrupt power in Lake-town, enforced by a brute squad of thugs and his own private guard. He relies on his slimy assistant Alfrid to spy for him and look after his everyday needs, from feeding him to emptying his chamber pot.

[…] If he had a name it was probably an embarrassing one that he was all too keen to lose when he achieved the title Master. Perhaps it is Parp or Frookweed or something horrible like Hinzyflower Spank. Woe betide anyone who uses it.”

Ann Maskrey (Costume Designer):

"The Master had a few costume changes over the course of the film, each equally hard on the fashion-sensitive eye. […] His clothes had to exude wealth and ugliness, a complete contrast to the humble elegance of the townsfolk.

Emma Harre (Key Stand-by Wardrobe):

"The Master had a magnificent waistcoat made out of antique sari fabric, but there was only the one so it became a very precious object. We called it his Christmas waistcoat and he looked so good in it that it ended up being used a lot, but that meant it also suffered a lot of wear. We were constantly mending it and hoping it would survive the full shoot!

Stephen Fry:

"The Master’s wardrobe is fantastically over the top, but also sadly greased and faded with time. There is a portrait he has in one of his grand chambers that shows the Master as he was in his glory. I think twenty years earlier he was a striking figure of a man. He had brought peace and stability to a town that was always in fear of the Dragon lurking above it. He extorted taxes, ran a private guard to ensure the peace, but at least allowed an element of prosperity in this ‘human’ town, which kept itself clear of Orcs, Elves, Dwarves, and all the other creatures that cause such harm.

Emma Harre:

"[Stephen Fry’s] costumes were amazing, and he was such a funny, lovely man. He had easily a dozen costumes. We put Stephen in a fat suit to add the right volume of bulk in the right places, and to prevent him from overheating under all his layers we gave him a cooling vest."


Next pages: Alfrid’s Costume, Braga & The Lake-town Guards’ Costumes

Collective tag link: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cloaks and Daggers 

1600px versions: Dropbox repository (updated as I post more pages, might take a few days for new pages to show) 

Notes: These photo excerpts are meant to be used by fans as references for the creation of The Hobbit fanwork (cosplay, art, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) Feel free to repost, use, and edit any of these photographs as you wish. Credit back to me is unnecessary. 

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A little bit of eyes porn on Monday morning.

A little bit of eyes porn on Monday morning.


24’s Kiefer Sutherland & Stephen Fry star in twisted Christmas drama Marked for Sky Arts


.@RealKiefer & @StephenFry star in twisted Christmas drama Marked for @SkyArts


Sky Arts’ popular comedy and drama strand Playhouse Presents… returns to delight customers with a one-off drama Marked, starring Stephen Fry and Kiefer Sutherland as you’ve never seen them before.

Playhouse Presents… Marked follows the story of James (Sutherland), a seemingly regular guy who has been ground down by the pressures of work, family, money and life. Drowning in debt, James hits…

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Just one more thing, and I’m shutting up on this matter.

Look here:

Hugh Laurie, long-term TV partner and best friend of Stephen Fry, tweeted a link to a news story. The news story was about Daily Mail and George Clooney. Daily Mail published a fake on Clooney, got caught, had to retract and apologise. Clooney duly rejected the apology and shamed Daily Mail worldwide as the worst kind of tabloid.

Just several days after, Daily Mail published some bullshit on the man known for his firm anti-abuse stance, for his friendship with abuse survivors (pianist James Rhodes is probably the best known example) and for his support of abuse survivors - and guess what, papers like Independent gladly reprinted this crap, and audiences unleashed their pseudo-holy wrath not on papers, but on the man, openly calling him “rape apologist” and “pedo supporter”. “Ordinary” insults aside.

Hugh Laurie tweeted the link to Clooney story right after sick (and sickening) mobs began to tear his friend apart. I wonder why…

Apparently he wasn’t heard.

Lately I guess I just had to accept that sometimes the Stephen tag will be filled with people full of hatred who are ready to attack anyone based on any printed word found in the trash (which might as well be the definition of the Daily Mail). There's no way around it. There isn't. The best thing we can do is to ignore it or make humour of it, like he does. XX

I know it now - Tumblr is filled with very immature people, screaming to be heard on no matter what subject. Wish it was easier to accept this and stop looking for any kind of balance.:)

Re-read what I posted earlier today. Oh dear.:)

Some things really bring out the worst of me. Not only because I love Stephen dearly (he is not my idol, he is a man whose work I admire and whom I deeply care about as a human being, for many reasons, including entirely personal ones - he helped me more than once when nobody else could help) and dare think that there are better ways to understand his reasons and motives than “information” from newspapers (if you care to understand, not to attack and insult not only the man himself, but also those who didn’t join the attacking mob), but also because I hate tabloid press (and print press in general - when Independent reprints Daily Mail, it’s hard to find any difference between them) and Stephen has nothing to do with this, it started a long ago. British press is not unique in this regard, I witnessed the power of bad (and vile intended) journalism on different examples from another country and another time and it was very scary.

Just think of one thing: nobody knows what he actually said, only how Daily Mail interpreted his reported words. Knowing pretty much about Stephen Fry, his stances and his views from his own works (his whole works, not quoted and misquoted), I CAN imagine what he might have said - if Daily Mail has right to interpret things, surely a humble tabloid hater has such right too? - and I’m sure he was, as usual, appealing to common sense and basic rules of law and warning against mobs and hysteria when people get openly labeled upon any kind of stupid rumour and when tabloid articles are used as excuses for calling people things that only court has right to call them.

I was assaulted once. A long ago. Managed to escape, didn’t even see the face of that man. I wish I could bring him to justice (which was not possible by my country laws, he caused me no physical damage). And if bringing him to justice were EVER possible, the last thing I would want for myself is any kind of support from mad crowds. I think that this kind of “support” wouldn’t make me feel braver and wouldn’t add any weight to my evidence. On the contrary. Also, I don’t believe that angry mobs care about victims. They don’t care about anyone and their “stances” for righteous causes have zero value. If a victim they pretend to care about says a word they don’t like, this victim will be burned at the stake by the same people who pretended to “give support” just a minute ago.

Justice is never one-sided. Never blind. And justice is not carried about by Daily Mail and people who shamelessly use pain and suffering of crime victims as a cover for their own savagery.


i dont know exactly whats going on but people seem to be accusing Stephen Fry of some awful things and let me tell you that Stephen Fry is the most perfect human being in the world and you’re all daft for reading that attention seeking bullshit.

Nobody’s perfect, but he really is a good man. Unfortunately, for angry mob it has zero value.

I said it before, I’ll say it again. WHAT A FANTASTIC CASTING DECISION.

I said it before, I’ll say it again. WHAT A FANTASTIC CASTING DECISION.