Lawrence of Arabia Miniseries

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Is Jarrod auditioning?
 
#8
IIRC he made it all up.
But he might have helped them out when they were busy.

Loved a good beasting though. A PTI's dream.
 
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Will look forward to it, Lawrence was always a bit of a hero. My father used to take us out on trips to see the remains of the trains and tracks along the Hijaz Railway when we were sprogs - pretty awesome stuff when you're a kid.
 
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Casting for the part of a semi-deranged dwarf out to be fun.

And the love scenes should be entertaining in the current climate, Arab boy or camel....
 
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Funnily enough, Lawrence comments on the poor quality of females available in the desert, and mentions that this is what causes the men to fool around with each other (or the camels). Although he clearly had a sort of domination fetish and an "artistic" type of personality, his writing doesn't give the impression of a homosexual man eyeing up the local talent.
 
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"his writing doesn't give the impression of a homosexual man eyeing up the local talent"

4(T), I think you are right. Over the years I have bought quite a few books on T E Lawrence and read "The Seven PillarsOf Wisdom" more than a few times. Most authors seem to be of the opinion that there was one love of his life who was with him during the archeology dig in present day Syria but that it may have been asexual as he could not bear being touched by another person. The flagellation was something else; it was human touch he couldn't bear.

As to the rape at Deera it may well have been contrived but it is certain that he was captured and tortured there. His book, in the versions that I have read, does not make it clear he was raped and his admission to it is somewhat confused in the biographies. Whatever happened there, he was a man under considerable stress who was, I believe, on the verge of a mental breakdown from the duplicitous situation that he found himself in. He knew of the Sykes-Picot agreement and of the conflict between the Foreign Office and Indian Office over the future of Arabia but was still having to promote Arab independence as a means to an end. He was not the same person after.

If the mini-series avoids the historical inaccuracies of the David Lean film then it may well be worth watching.
 
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He figures prominently in the book I am reading at the moment, James Barr's A Line in the Sand, he was a lot more politically savvy than I realised and was not overly impressed with Mark Sykes (of the Sykes-Picot agreement) who he considered more of a tourist than a traveller, and certainly not an expert on the region who also couldn't even speak Arabic.
 
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Will look forward to it, Lawrence was always a bit of a hero. My father used to take us out on trips to see the remains of the trains and tracks along the Hijaz Railway when we were sprogs - pretty awesome stuff when you're a kid.
Just for you:- (I was at Tabuk for a while in the late '70s, when they used to fire the Ramadan cannon from the railway trackbed about 100 yards from the compound)
 

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as a kid i saw Lawrences' lee Enfield in the IWM the fact that it had five notches cut into it made it seem real warry to me and I have never forgotten it .
 

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