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kanisza:

if you’re ever sad think about sherlock and john making out in the kitchen while their new puppy jumps around them for attention 

15 hours ago with 95 notes — via kanisza
#aaaaaaaah #sherlock #johnlock



morrissarty:

bellatrixissexy:

Why does France have so many revolutions?

i asked a french guy once and he just said ‘we are angry at literally everything’

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skulls-and-tea:

deducingbbcsherlock:

So we’ve got a warrior with a sword (penis)

riding an ostrich (animal that buries its head in the sand)

[…]

Um, DBS? That’s not just a warrior. That’s a cherub

That’s—well. Let’s take a closer look:

Huh. Interesting.

There are plenty of winged figures with swords in art history. Angels with swords have been around since Adam and Eve got kicked out of Eden.  The most famous is Archangel Michael. But I don’t think we’re looking at ol’ Mikey, here.  That’s not an adult face or body—Michael was always tall and ripped.

That’s a child. 

So, a chubby kid with little wings. Hmm…

Oh hey, Cupid, a.k.a. Eros! God of Love and Desire? Fancy meeting you in a show about a totally platonic blokeship.

Such a coincidence.

Ah, Cupid. Our dear Bard sure had you pinned:  

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. (x)

I could be wrong. Maybe it’s not a cupid. There’s the helmet and sword. Later classical depictions of Cupid don’t really include helmets… except: 

L’Enfant Guerrier, or Amour Guerrier—Child Soldier, or Warrior of Love. See, Cupid’s parents were Mars (god of War) and Venus (goddess of Beauty and Love). Mars is almost always shown wearing a helmet. It’s kind of his trademark. And sometimes Cupid liked to steal Dad’s stuff and cheekily play around.

(x)

The symbolism? Love is like War. Yeah, Pat Benatar sang 'Love is a Battlefield', but antiquity has been banging on that Love/War trope-drum since time immemorial.

 

So, back to our statue—he looks kind of serious. A helmet, a sword, a shield, no bow and arrows. Where’s our cuddly Valentine chibi? Cupids are supposed to be all mischievous sweetness and light and love-darts, right? 

Well… not exactly: 

 (x

 

As for the ostrich… I’m not really sure. Like the above excerpt said, Cupid/Eros has been depicted riding all kinds of beasties. Yes, Pliny the Elder gave us the iconic ‘ostrich with its head in the sand’ image; allusions to ignorance and denial are good points.

Let’s try going biblical, just for kicks. In the Bible, ostriches are depicted as tough, cruel, and stupid. (And as bad mothers, since they leave their eggs on the ground.) Also, as incredibly fast

When [the ostrich] rouses herself to flee, she scorneth the horse and his rider. (x)

I mean, really fast. Not even Xenophon’s ten thousand Greek troops in the Anabasis could catch them: 

But no ostrich was captured by anyone, and any horseman who chased one speedily desisted; for it would distance him at once in its flight. (x)

Riding an animal is about harnessing its power. Let’s just assume the god of love and desire moves really damn quickly. 

As an aside—there’s not a whole lot of artistic evidence of cherubs or cupids going into battle with swords. But there are the heroic putti of the Marienplatz in Munich: 

There’s a whole convoluted political backstory behind the Mariensäule cherubs, but let’s just focus on the symbology.

Cherubs or putti aren’t always associated with Cupid and romantic love. Sometimes they’re guardian spirits, or the Roman genius: physical embodiments of invisible concepts or places, given personalities as they affect human lives.

Sometimes they stand for the omnipresence of God, or divine Providence, as they do here in Munich. Their shields bear epithets from Psalm 91:

Super aspidem et basiliscum calcabis conculcabis leonem et draconem

"The asp and the basilisk you will trample under foot

You will tread on the lion and the dragon. (x)

     

Oh, yes. A dragon:

So, to review: the Appledore statue is probably a conquering Cupid—an angelic personification of the god of Love and Desire. Rides a fast steed, ready for battle, maybe sometimes slays dragons.

Now, one of the most well-known depictions of Cupid was painted by my art history boyfriend Caravaggio

Amor Victorious. Amor Vincit Omniaor 'Love Conquers All'. That’s the god of love trampling all over the symbols of science, reason, music, religion, and government. He throws everything into disarray. Caravaggio had a thing for the Roman poet Virgil

Omnia vincit Amor: et nos cedamus Amori.

“Love conquers all; let us all yield [or surrender] to love!” (x)

Cupid can be vengeful and sassy. After Apollo (the seriously powerful god of reason and order, who was also quite gay) talks shit about him in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Cupid retorts:

The child of Venus glanced at flush Apollo:

"Your arrows may be murder to us all,

But mine shall pierce your veins:

As much as mortals are less than the divine, so

Your glory is less than my poor skill.” (x)

The little dude’s retaliation began one of the most archetypal tales of passionate unrequited love in history.

The moral of the story? Love conquers all, and it can take down a god. 

     

         

Oh, Sherlock, honey. You’ve got it all twisted. If classical antiquity has anything to say about it, you’re not on the winning side of this battle. Reason and logic won’t protect you. It’s only a matter of time.

Don’t mock the power of Desire; you will get the shaft.

… Yeah.

As for the production team question, I ascribe to the Arwel Wyn Jones Law: if it’s on the screen, we’re supposed to be looking at it. 

~

Postcript: If anyone’s read this far(!) and wants to purchase their own version of the Appledore statue, Larry over at Bronze-Statues.com says they’ll be happy to knock off an extra 20% of the price listed online: (x).

If you’re in the UK, you can try your luck at Old Times Props: (x).

For more on ostriches, Edgar Williams wrote a great little book: (x)

1 day ago with 2,982 notes — via sherlock-holmes-irregular, © deducingbbcsherlock
#meta #wow??? #sherlock



what I expect from the musical episode
1 day ago with 17,299 notes — via itsokaydeanivegothim, © hello-im-socially-inept
#im crying #spn #destiel



Martin Freeman talks Richard III (x)

1 day ago with 2,253 notes — via holmeskink, © sherlockens
#martin freeman #fuck me now



bekah-michelle:

I love Jane Lynch

1 day ago with 362,940 notes — via consulting-doctor-in-the-impala, © half-right



dangering:

dangering:

what if cows moaned when you milked them

im so lonely

3 days ago with 313,649 notes — via sorry, © bastille
#woah



ixnay-on-the-oddk:

lunatrip:

lunatrip:

sicam:

sicam:

what do you call a woman with an opinion

wrong

What do you call a guy that makes sexist jokes

Single

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3 days ago with 340,743 notes — via crrocs, © sicam



celsisus:

When ur hair won’t listen to you and its a mess and ur just like ???? I grew you myself??? I gave you life and this is how you repay me??

3 days ago with 85,310 notes — via trust-me-im-doctor-watson, © celsisus



darlingbenny:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENEDICT! (July 19)

We and Martin adore you and think you’re great ❤❤❤

3 days ago with 8,085 notes — via javvn, © darlingbenny
#im so emotional #martin freeman #benedict cumberbatch #happy birthday benedict



enerjax:

Happy Birthday Benedict~~~!

If you have time to get a little risky pump this jam up and have at it ;)

3 days ago with 27,417 notes — via sherlock-has-got-the-blue-box, © enerjax
#happy birthday benedict #<3 #benedict cumberbatch



except you’re boring

3 days ago with 589 notes — via william-scott-holmes, © ben-c
#sherlock



gabriel-the-fallen-archangel:

winchesterdelight:

They’re doing a musical episode for the 200th.

THEY’RE DOING A MUSICAL EPISODE FOR THE 200TH.

THEY’RE DOING A MUSICAL EPISODE FOR THE 200TH.

THEY’RE DOING A FUCKING MUSICAL EPISODE FOR THE 200TH!!!!!

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It’s going to be called Fan Fiction

IT’S GOING TO BE CALLED FAN FICTION

IT’S GOING TO BE CALLED FAN FICTION

IT’S GOING TO BE CALLED FAN FICTION

IT’S GOING TO BE CALLED FAN FICTION

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3 days ago with 47,089 notes — via think-solveit-savejohnwatson, © winchesterdelight
#spn #HELP



randomfatechidna:

NO ELLEN ITS NOT OKAY

3 days ago with 172,309 notes — via think-solveit-savejohnwatson, © helldean
#i cried like a bitch #spn



asshaiishadowbinder:

Somewhere George RR Martin is snapping in Z formation.

3 days ago with 539,018 notes — via think-solveit-savejohnwatson, © victorianhooker
#this was the best #game of thrones



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