Doug McClure And Kevin Connor Movies
Nov15

Doug McClure And Kevin Connor Movies

In 1978 I was taken to the cinema to see a movie called Warlords of Atlantis. It was a movie that appealed to me on a lot of levels; Atlantis!; nasty creatures!; a bathysphere! I was young and bathyspheres were cool, so sue me. The movie’s lead was played by Doug McClure and over the years that followed thanks to the explosion of VHS films and then weekend showings on television I became introduced to a few other Doug McClure...

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Ghost Chili
Oct18

Ghost Chili

What happens when you eat a ghost chili? Does it hurt to eat a ghost chili? Should you drink copious amounts of milk to offset the searing pain that comes from consuming a ghost chili? I’ve no idea. Personally, I think you have to be certifiable to want to eat anything that will hurt you. I’ve got a scientific background and I’ve no interest in investigating these questions but your luck’s in if you’re...

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Tool Triple
Oct18

Tool Triple

You wait ages for any posts with a reference to the word tool and then two come along at once. Hot on the heels of the Ridgid Tools Calendars post comes this trio of music videos from American rock band Tool. Not a lot to say about the videos other than that they seem to perfectly fit the dark, brooding music and the styles of stop motion animation along with bizarre creature make up – the sort of things that wouldn’t look...

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Massenet’s Cendrillon
Oct05

Massenet’s Cendrillon

Out of nowhere while flicking around the TV channels yesterday I spotted that an opera whose name I didn’t recognise was about to start. Every now and then I like to pretend I’ve got a smidgeon of class about me so I settled down and watched from start to finish a performance of Massenet’s Cendrillon as played out at the Royal Opera House in 2011. I was captivated by it. This was the first non-English opera I’d...

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Lauren Bacall – Key Largo
Aug13

Lauren Bacall – Key Largo

A wonderful actress and stunningly beautiful woman died today and to celebrate her life here’s the delightfully atmospheric Key Largo, in which she starred alongside her first husband, Humphrey...

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Portsmouth In Colour, 1939
Aug03

Portsmouth In Colour, 1939

Film footage from 1939 of Portsmouth shot in colour. Interesting to see familiar and not-so-familiar parts of Portsmouth and quite amazing how much some of it has changed, some of it obviously lost to bombings during the war and other areas changed just as a matter of course. The film includes shots from the Brickwoods brewery, Clarence Pier amusements, the airport, one of the first festivals of the sea, a parade taking place in...

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