He does more stuff in the vein of Thomas Crown Affair and has a career a bit like a more handsome Liam Neeson.... His performance of Hamlet at the National Theatre in 1995 is still highly spoken-of.I wonder what was Pierce Brosnan doing intead of "Bonding".
Yes and no. The films are definitely far more auteurish in the sense that each new actor very clearly brings a new style (and, more recently, director) so there's even less of a pretence of continuity. (Yen's films, for example, introduced a completely new, all-Asian, cast and was based out of Hong Kong, not London.) That being said, I don't think any films have had a "you're the new James Bond" scene or whatever...
Doesn't exist. The POD is that blocking is outlawed in America at the same time as for the rest of rugby, which leads to the American and British/Imperial games being ever closer interlinked and then having all their rules made consistent some time c.1890-1913. In the UK, the split between union and league is prevented in 1895 by union recognising professionalism, so there's only one 'rugby football' code by 1920.So, does Gridiron football not exist ITTL? Or much less popular?
My thinking with the St David's Cross was that it would make sense given that all the other home nations used their crosses too.Thank you so much Rattigan. In this perfect world, my beloved Wales win the World Cup THREE times!!! Your generosity is thoroughly appreciated! (Interesting to see that Wales uses the St David's Cross ITTL; is the Red Dragon a little bit like the Scottish Lion Rampant ITTL?).
I did think that about the US rugby team but I decided to not have them be so dominant for a number of reasons. Firstly, it would've been a bit boring to have a US-NZ final each time. Secondly, the way that TTL rugby develops - including taking significant elements of OTL League - means that a lot of emphasis is placed on speed rather than brute strength so TTL gridiron footballers might not develop to be as massive as they are OTL. Thirdly, if you're a tall and/or quick athlete in the US TTL you face a lot more choice as to what to do, with professional leagues not only in rugby but also in soccer, basketball and even cricket looking enticing (I've not decided what to do with basketball TTL but it's about) so TTL's NFL teams are fishing in a smaller pool. Finally, the US and Australian teams definitely do have the 'choker' tags attached to them - even if the US has actually won three titles and been runner up three other times.While I'm very happy with this scenario, I can't help thinking that if the ball handling code is unified and hasn't fractured into union, gridiron or league, America would win pretty much every World Cup. The thought of OTL gridiron athletes smashing into the likes of Shane Williams is enough to chill my bones I also wonder if the power of French rugby, drawing on the resources of Rugby a XV and Treize, would lead to a fair bit of dominance from them too.
Thanks! The interest in sport really comes from my own personal interests (the original thread was much more of a traditional political/economic narrative) but, at the same time, I think it's probably one of the best ways to explain what living in this world might be like. I've also got a few more ideas about TV, movies and music that might be of interest to people.I find the emphasis on sports in this TL very interesting. Not usually my cup of tea, but in you handle it well that I end up really enjoying it. The thoroughly thought out and detailed info on sports is a great and relatively rarely used window into an alternate modern world.
Haha. Let me know if there's a particular link you'd like me to create an article for...Like your Wiki boxes- keep trying to click on the links!
Yes and no. The first answer is that every country's 'CBC' is called the the CBC, even if some brand themselves as 'CBC Australia' or similar. To go into things in a little more depth, the CBC produces a number of member state-specific programming and some which are meant to be shared Commonwealth-wide. For example, the 24-hour channel 'CBC Sport' is the same around the Commonwealth. Another example are the four-times-daily news bulletins, which are the broadcast at the same time on every country's CBC channels. However, at the same time, the CBC in each country has substantial resources to make its own programming so the CBC in Rhodesia might look quite different from the CBC in Ceylon, for example. It also has significant abilities to buy programming from outside broadcasters according to local taste: so the CBC in Puerto Rico buys a lot of content from Cuba and the rest of Latin America and the Canadian CBC buys a lot from the US. (As you can imagine, this is particularly the case where non-English regional languages are more common.) That being said, it is common for CBC drama and comedy made in one country to be broadcast in others too, even if local politics, chatshows and documentaries tend to have a more local flavour.Will each Commonwealth realm (are they called states/territories/provinces btw?) have their own local version? So the UK would have the BBC, Australia ABC and Canada...erm...CBC? Excellent choice for Director General