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“Shetland” Detective Series On ‘Britbox’ & ‘Prime’ — Just Amazing, The Best Of The Lot, Better Than ‘Vera’!

by Anura Guruge




Yes, I know that it is probably sacrilegious to say ‘better than Vera‘ — BUT, it is! We, as always, serendipitously, stumbled upon it on ‘Britbox‘ when they started advertising Season 5 (a couple of months ago). We watched Episode 1. It was good. But, we had to wait a whole week to see Episode 2. That was good too. We were hooked. Couldn’t wait another week. So, we watched Season 4, which was also available on ‘Britbox’ — all the way through. Loved it. Better than ‘Loch Ness‘, ‘Then There Were None‘ etc. etc. Better than Vera. Did I already say that?

Then went back to Season 5. Now we were hooked.

Found Seasons 1, 2 & 3 on Amazon Prime. You had to buy them (and they were NOT ‘cheap’). But, hey … you have to pay for quality. So, we watched all of that too.

We have watched ALL of it. Now we are lost.

Very, very good show. Amazing stories. Very good acting. Great drama. Breathtaking scenery. Fast moving. Cleverly done. Must watch.

Highly recommended.


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Australian ‘Mystery Road’ Detective Series On ‘Acorn’ Is Intriguing & Educational.

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Found it, like so many other gems on ‘Acorn‘, while browsing the catalog looking for good mystery/detective shows. Looked interesting and it sure has been.

We became addicted to ‘A Place To Call Home‘ on Acorn — which was Australian and set in Australia. ‘Mystery Road‘ shares that trait.

Tight, gripping, intriguing. Powerful, in-your-face characters. The mystery is set within an aboriginal community. That is the educational part. we have not had that much exposure to modern day aboriginal life and this show takes you there — in spades. Reminds me, very much, of the Navajos and life in and around my beloved Canyon de Chelly. The male detective is ‘BLACK’ — i.e., an aborigine. That gives it all a nice twist. He has a colorful past too.

We have only watched the first 4 episodes. But, they were good. I can’t wait to go back and finish the series. I think I will not be disappointed.


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I Finally Subscribed To ‘BritBox’, In Addition To ‘Acorn’ — Primarily For ‘Vera’.

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Yes, we have all become very fond of ‘Vera’ — but Teischan (13, as of yesterday) just ADORES the series. She gets like that … “Downton Abbey“, “Mr. Selfridge”, “Victoria“, “Place to Call Home” etc.

So, when I discovered that Britbox had more ‘Vera‘ episodes I really couldn’t deprive her. So, this was my birthday present to her — though she says that I am just saying that, and I wanted it too. {She, as usual, may have a point.} At $6/month it isn’t as if it will break the bank.

Just watched one episode of ‘Vera’. No problems. Basically the same quality as ‘Acorn‘. So, that is good.

Lot of stuff. Haven’t really browsed all of it. But, will keep you posted.

God save the Queen.


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“Marvellous” (2014), True-Life Movie On “Acorn” Really Is Marvellous & Very Uplifting.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Baldwin_(Keele_University)


We watch a fair bit of ‘Acorn TV‘ — of late, the rather addictive detective series ‘Vera‘. Happen to see ‘Marvellous’ in the ‘New Releases’ section. Recognised Toby Jones, from the ‘Detectorists‘ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘, and knew that it would be worth watching. It sure was. It was a TREAT. Really was marvellous in all respects. A TRUE STORY and the real person makes cameo appearances in the movie.

Very well done. Really warms the cockles of your heart. You really should watch it. It is available, full-length, on YouTube.

I really liked. I might try and read the book. That is how much I liked and enjoyed this movie.


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“Vera” Detective Series On “Acorn” Is Very Sophisticated, Touchingly Wry & Extremely British.

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As I have mentioned here of late, Teischan (12) has become enthralled with British murder/mysteries of the Agatha Christie ilk. So, during our 90-minutes of family TV we try and watch shows that meet this criteria. Acorn — i.e., British TV for the U.S. — is obviously the best place to go looking, and since we subscribe it is not a problem.

We stumbled upon ‘Vera’ last week. We have watched 3.5 episodes so far and have been mesmerized. Very sophisticated, very clever, very complex plots. You can never guess who the perpetrator is going to be. Lots of twists and turns. Keeps you engrossed until the very end.

Really, really good. Teischan, who is highly critical on what she likes and doesn’t like, reckons that this is the BEST that she has seen! Coming from her that is indeed high praise. I definitely recommend it. Also features the picturesque but rugged Northumberland countryside (that I used to be somewhat familiar with).

Well, if you have access to Acorn, try it out. You will not regret it. Promise.


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“Acorn” Original Murder/Mystery Series “Loch Ness” (2017) Is Rather Good; A Modern-Day Agatha Christie.

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Tight, fast-paced and exciting with some superb shots of the Scottish landscape thrown in.

Easy to watch and get involved. Touches of Agatha Christie. Yes, definitely British. That one of the main protagonists was on ‘Downton‘ is an added bonus.

Definitely recommended. We have discovered that Acorn is well worth the $5/month subscription via Roku. If you like British programming it is a must.

Enjoy.

 


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USS Fitzgerald Collison: A Better Map Of Strange Course Change …

by Anura Guruge


STOP PRESS!

One hour time discrepancy changes EVERYTHING!

Please check this POST.

USS Fitzgerald ACX Crystal collision Anura Guruge



Monday, June 19, 2017 map showing where the
USS Fitzgerald likely was.


Click to ENLARGE. From the BBC. BBC link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40314128


Even better maps from the U.K. “Daily Mail“.

Click here to access their DETAILED coverage.


Original map I posted in my 1st post on the USS Fitzgerald.

 


The above map, from the BBC, really highlights the inexplicable course change by the 730′ Filipino-flagged container ship ACX Crystal.

It doubles back on itself not once, BUT twice! And that was when the collision occurred, during this v. strange U-turn maneuver. What was it trying to do? Very suspicious.

But, that said the USS Fitzgerald should not have seen it all — visually and on radar, not to mention the ‘Collision Avoidance System‘ (CAS) that all modern ships have.

This article in Wired is worth glancing at:

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