Published: January 13th 2013January 13th 2013
How any traveller can think about Fort Worth's Water Gardens and not mention Jenny Agutter
is past me. Jenny Agutter starred in the film "Logan's Run." The Fort Worth Water Gardens (above) are the dated yet futuristic spot where the escapees in Logan's Run popped up out from when they were escaping. Jen wore a tmarvellous flowing skimpy thing in most of the scenes in Logan's Run. Seeing that I'm a curvy hip man myself, that skimpy thing and, more to the point, Jenny in that skimpy thing, did it for me. Big time.
I couldn't stop thinking about Jenny when I visited the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Being sixteen years old may have had something to do with it.
From that moment of standing and "just being" in a revered urban waterscape movie set, from that moment on movie locations, movie actress lasses and movie actor boys have crept into my travel place appreciation. Jenny, petal, you were my movie location cherry.
“The Railway Children” (1970) EMI.
“Logan’s Run” (1976) Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
“Equus” (1977) 20th Century Fox.
"An American Werewolf in London” (1981) MCA.
There. You can now have them. An Agutter Quadtich.
They start with Jenny waving her raunchy red lingerie at the train in the Rail.way Children and poking me to take a look at the London Underground Transport Museum at Convent Garden. I can forgive Jen for that on screen striptease as Jen was missing her dad in the war and thus Jen was, understandably, rather emotional.
Then that outfit, as I might have mentioned, worn in Logan's Run (shudder, shudder).
Hot on the hoofs of those two, a mind blowing grapple on the stable floor in Equus. I would like to believe it was that Richard Burton that led Jen astray in this public display of affection, but in hindsight I doubt it. Equus, or rather the jodhpured blokes in it what always managed to get their lady, set me off with ideas for horse riding along sandy beaches in South Wales.
And finally, my "soft focus serial Jenny fantasy" culminated when she was an out of uniform nurse and doing a shower performance in American Werewolf in London (...trying not to write like a geek here but that flat is on Coleherne Road, Earl's Court. I'm not giving you the number. Oh okay. 64).
Looking back on all this celluloid, I realise that Jenny's regard for garments was about as lax as Meryl Streep's regard was for husbands (always getting divorced or having it off on the sly is that one, Bridges of Madison County, Out of Africa, there's more, Falling in Lovem so don't start me off).
And a quick word of warning for you Mrs Jen Agg.... Dame Helen Mirren may have got away with dropping her kit in every film she appeared in, but Dame Helen has since realised her dodgy ways. Last I saw Helen she was off winning an Oscar for a leading role in "The Queen" where she most definitely kept her tights close to her thighs.
Thus, Jen, please, show some consideration for your true loyal traveling fans; we don't need all and sundry cashing in on your fine hips. If you spiral down the nekkid Dame Helen route I won’t be able to control my camera shake at the Fort Worth Water Gardens should I return. Send Me Jenny Agutter
by Peter Kocan
Dear Matchmaking Powers up above,
It’s not for me to meddle in your plan,
Or try to tell you who I’m meant to have,
But send me Jenny Agutter if you can.
It was in The Railway Children long ago
She first aroused my tenderness of heart.
Then Walkabout offered a glimpse or two
That aroused me in quite another part.
But Equus was the clincher, I would say:
That so gorgeous and intelligent a girl
Could be so sweet to such a misfit boy
Set all my deepest feelings in a whirl.
The proof that her tolerance ran deep
Was clear when American Werewolf came.
You could even be a howling lycanthrope
And she would stay your girlfriend all the same.
I’m not exactly youthful any more,
So if you think of granting my request
Remember that there isn’t time to spare
And a speedy delivery would be best.
So I bring this petition to a close
With just a final point before I’m done.
Be great if you could send her to me please
In the green tunic straight from Logan's Run.