Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tom's Comparison of "Poldark" Vs. "Downton Abbey" Programs

Tom is a huge fan of British television, and we both enjoyed "Downton Abbey," but lately he's found a new program called "Poldark." I think he watches it because Aiden Turner, the main actor, is strikingly handsome.. because the setting is dreary. But Tom explains the difference in the Eras each program was set in, to better understand it (being the English history buff he is): 
Tom said:  I'm not surprised that this new Poldark series may seem dark and dreary by comparison to Downton Abbey; the two series depict two very different time periods in British history. 

Poldark takes place during the late 18th century, a very dark time.  King George III (absolutely batshit crazy) is on the throne.  The king was fighting the American colonies over their independence.  In order to pay for the war, taxes have been raised.  The disparity between the rich and poor classes is heightened.  France, at this time, is in total revolution mode, executing everyone from their aristocratic class.  The disparity between the rich and poor is heightened.  So the British aristocracy are worried about a revolution of their own, and deal with insurrection with very severe penalties. I still think the Poldark series is beautifully done up.  I love the scenery, the story lines, and still think Aiden Turner is very easy on the eyes.  ;-)
Downton Abbey, of course, takes place during the Edwardian Era, a period of relative peace and calm.  King Edward encouraged this by throwing lavish parties, elaborate hunts, womanizing, smoking cigars, and drinking.  So the British aristocracy just followed the example of their king. 
Very stark differences between the two eras. 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next