Previously on the Chariot.
My Emmy award predictions have came up trumps.
I don’t want to drag up old links as who needs the aggravation of cutting and pasting but they are in the archives. Once more I am prepared to put my head on the block, put a noose round my neck, take the pin out a grenade, sit on a chair that’s electric (OK, we get the picture) and select a future award winner. I predict that James Spader from The Blacklist will win in the best actor category. (The first season of The Blacklist is currently being repeated on Sky Atlantic in the UK. For your information)
Spader is excellent throughout none more so than in the scene where he is locked in a steel, bullet proof, impregnable cage with a seriously wounded FBI agent while the villains lay siege outside. The agent says they won’t live through this, Spader says they will. Then he gives one of the most moving monologues heard on TV. Unfortunately there is only a poor quality clip of this moment on YouTube. This is the speech in full.
“Have you ever sailed across an ocean, Donald? On a sailboat surrounded by sea with no land in sight, without even the possibility of sighting land for days to come? To stand at the helm of your destiny?
I want that one more time.
I want to be in the Piazza del Campo in Siena, to feel the surge as ten racehorses go thundering by.
I want another meal in Paris at L’Ambroisie in the place des Vosges.
I want another bottle of wine and then another.
I want the warmth of a woman in the cool set of sheets.
One more night of jazz at the Vanguard.
I want to stand on summits and smoke Cubans and feel the sun on my face for as long as I can.
Walk on the Wall again.
Climb the Tower.
Ride the River.
Stare at the frescos.
I want to sit in the garden and read one more good book.
Most of all I want to sleep. I want to sleep like I slept when I was a boy.
Give me that. Just one time.
That’s why I won’t allow that punk out there to get the best of me, let alone the last of me.”
That’s not a bucket list that’s a wheelbarrow list, if there were such a thing as “kicked the wheelbarrow”. There’s many things I’d like to do once more or for the first time, what about you? For me, at the moment.
I want to run through long grass and roll down a hill
I want to swim with a mermaid
crowd surf at a Megadeth concert
Go on a trampoline
Throw a TV through a window
Parkour in the Vatican city
I want to drive a tractor in the tropics
I want it all