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  1. Haven't seen that. Will look for it. There's an interesting article on wiki about the BOTRK- Black-listed directors, arguments between Alec Guinness and the writer as to the portrayal of Colonel Nicholson; the director said the character should be a "bore" whilst AG wanted to play him with a kind of dark, begrudging humour, and much more. Good article...
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    All potential apprentice's have to have the eye test these days. Red/green blindness is quite common in men, apparently. If you fail, that's it, no sparky. I think in the old days it was different.
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    Was it in Poland then?
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    Not sunglasses, corrective lenses for colour blindness apparently.
  5. The portrayal of the killer, played by Antony James, is also a fine piece of acting. He captures the nervy and scheming psychopath perfectly, the careful use of the close-up lens adding to his seething menace... The film, 'Return from the River Kwai' didn't do it for me, but it had a hard act to follow. Guinness succinctly capturing the foibles of the typical British officer: the rigid, stiff upper-lip type always setting the example. Especially on release from the 'cooler' where his vain attempt at keeping his composure figuratively collapses in a heap. The film went some way to portraying the cruelty inflicted by the Japanese guards on the prisoners, though the reality of the time was far worse. Which brings me to another film I'd like to see again- 'King Rat.' Once again set in Jap prisoner of war camp. Directed by the brilliant Bryan Forbes. A great cast, including a young Leonard Rossiter in a straight role. Can't remember the whole cast but it is quite a line up. One to watch...
  6. Yeah, must've seen it myself half a dozen times. Steiger played a remarkable Napolean too, possibly the best portrayal by any actor before or after. There's a line in the film where one of the racist cops (Warren Oates?), sarcastically asks Poitier what they call him back in Philadelphia. Poitier reply's, "They call me Mr. Tibbs" which became the title of the 1970 sequel. It was actually filmed in a town called Sparta, Mississippi, and Poitier raised concerns that the local population might be troublesome so some scenes had to be shot in a different town. The scene where he slaps the racist slave owner back was controversial, Jewison had reservations about including it in finished edit but Poitier insisted. Apparently, he, Steiger and Jewison attended screenings around the area on release to assess its reception and that particular scene, where he slaps the fucker back, gave them some indication of the mood of the audiences. It is said that there was a collective gasp and a sharp intake of breath from the Rednecks when he whacked him back. Poignant.
  7. Just watched the 1967 film 'In the Heat of the Night' with Sidney Poitier and Iwo Jima veteran, Rod Steiger. Director Norman Jewison's sharp observation of vicious, endemic racism in small town America and its even smaller-minded population. Some of the scenes had the feel of Edward Hopper about them and the soundtrack by Quincy Jones sits perfectly with the mood of the film. Convincing and powerful performances from the leads and accurate attention to detail. Definitely worth a watch on iplayer. Quality.
  8. Oh, er, thanks for the reassurance.
  9. Don't know if anyone watched QT last night but one woman's opinion hurt and offended the deplorable guardianista, Owen Jones, had him pissing down his leg and demanding the BBC should've edited her out, with claims our national broadcaster was promoting and normalising "racism." Typical woke. Piss-poor whining and finger-pointing labelism, as usual and attempting to curtail free speech that he and his ilk doesn't like. That's it. To end racism, shut these people down lest their opinions influence the masses and bring chaos and anarchy. Every time that boy opens his pouty little gob he commits social suicide, imo... https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/21/normalise-bbc-racism-hate-crimes-question-time
  10. Did I tell you about a time when Bill saved the day? A load of us, including Bill, were on the red-eye patient transfer to various specialists in Liverpool hospitals, more than half of us including Mrs Q were having procedures. It's a long day doing this, tiring, we all just wanted to get home. When we were collected, and returned to John Lennon, after standing around for ages, Flybe, without warning, cancelled the flight! We were dumbfounded and immediately some of us began ringing the Steam Packet to see about catching the ferry. This resulted in either an unanswered call or engaged tone, for what seemed like forever. Some people were panicking, one woman had had a painful eye procedure. The situation was tense. A mother whose daughter had received treatment declared she had no money and as most of us, totally unprepared for this eventuality. Suddenly Bill got through on the phone and proceeded to take our names and book all of us on the ferry and paid for the whole bally lot of us, using his personal credit card. The relief in our little group was palpable. Bill once again dipped in his pocket to buy refreshments on the ferry for the skint and exhausted mother and daughter. He didn't have to do any of this. Granted, he was able to claim the expenses back, eventually, but the point is, he was decent enough to step up to the mark when needed. Changed my opinion of him there and then. He was suffering himself too, that day. It might've been the day he'd received some bad news. Anyway, cheers Billy...
  11. Euronews, much discussion taking place...
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    Manx Radio

    Uhtred the ruthless. (lol, try saying that when you're pissed!)
  13. There is certainly a debate to be had about dredging. The NFU, in 2014, wrote to the then environment minister, Owen Patterson, to reintroduce river maintenance, which was restricted by an EU directive, in 2000. This was during the flooding which occurred that year which swamped 170,000 acres of farmland in Somerset. The farmers there said that flooding had worsened since maintenance was stopped. The banks and rivers were clogged-up 42% which led to a vast reduction in the transit of water. An excuse given by the Agency was that they didn't any longer have the personnel to carry out the work. Possibly because they'd been laid off due to the EU directive, 14 years earlier. Dredging may not prevent flooding but there's plenty of professional opinion which would say it helps, especially in the estuaries and gates further upstream. Common practice in the States and other countries elsewhere.
  14. He won't. The truth hurts. Frightens the crap out of him...
  15. It would be so easy to knock up an equally-effective incapacitant from one's kitchen cupboard.
  16. What would you expect Boris to do, put his wellies on and get stuck in? Is it his fault that the environment agency and rivers authority decided to stop dredging the waterways? Or developers being allowed to build empires on flood plains? Point the finger of blame were it's deserved.
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