7 Aug 2011

ON TRACK OF INSPECTOR MORSE



I love watching British crime stories and had recently discovered Inspector Morse who is so famous that he is even mentioned in Wikipedia here. Although the series date from 1987 on, I only saw the first Morse film on TV last year ! Apparently it took a long time to make him speak French, or maybe the French and Belgian TV had not enough money to buy these series earlier. Never mind, I started to like Inspector Morse and his assistant Lewis.

Unfortunately I missed the "Morse" tour organized in Oxford on Mondays and Fridays, where crime scenes are shown and also his famous red Jaguar. So I tried to find him on my own and next time when a French speaking Morse is on TV I can unnerve Mr. G. by exclaiming "I have been there" all the time.

The hotel where he used to have his beers or stronger drinks was just around the corner (or nearly) of the Balliol College where I stayed.






It looked very posh and beautiful.

I also took my "posh" look and stepped inside armed with my little camera to take some pictures of the place.

Immediately a uniformed person asked me "May I help you Madam", I said yes, I have an appointment with Inspector Morse. He smiled and showed me the way ....





Unfortunately he wasn't there, probably hunting murderers. So I decided to come back another day ... But before I left I had a look into the other rooms.



the restaurant



the entrance (my camera started to get moody and made stripes)



and the staircase up to the rooms.

It was interesting to see and this evening we will watch a Morse film which Mr. G. has recorded during my absence. No murder happened during my stay in Oxford.

9 comments:

diane b said...

Another of Bill's favourites. he would have loved to go on that visit with you. It was a good series. we saw it years ago. Morse is dead now but Lewis has his own series now.

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Welcome back home again! Oh, yes, Morse is a fab guy - even his car is a favorite of mine ;-)

A pity you couldn't have a beer or two with him.... hi hi...

Loree said...

So glad there were no murders. Oxford looks so lovely. I am sure you had a wonderful time there.

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Gracie said...

I can see you as a modern Miss Marple helping Morse solving a crime!

HEF DV said...

The Morse series are completely unkown in France and in Frenchspeaking Belgium. Flemish television however has been broadcasting them some years back. The show was English spoken with dutch subtitles. I loved it (and still do)...

Gattina said...

That's not true ! I watched all Morse in French ! It was translated into French and also into German.

HEF DV said...

I didn't mean they don't exist because they do, but they're not well known (even amongst English teachers for instance). Neither have they been broadcast (for as far as I know).

Gattina said...

It's still diffused on AB4 and also on RTL all my friends know Morse and they don't speak any English from the French speaking channels ! It's the same with Inspector Barnaby.