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« Reply #12100 on: May 21, 2015, 07:47:50 AM »

Woke up to the 75th Anniversary of Dunkirk today, not to be confused with the 70th Anniversary we had last week for VE Day or, of course, the various and numerous 100th Anniversaries relating to the Great War. It's OK cos all this remembering ensures that we don't have wars today.

So.....50 years ago Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' was bothering the upper reaches of the album chart and that's what I'm remembering.
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« Reply #12101 on: May 22, 2015, 07:42:16 AM »

Woke up to the 75th Anniversary of Dunkirk today, not to be confused with the 70th Anniversary we had last week for VE Day or, of course, the various and numerous 100th Anniversaries relating to the Great War. It's OK cos all this remembering ensures that we don't have wars today.

So.....50 years ago Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' was bothering the upper reaches of the album chart and that's what I'm remembering.
I like remembering wars, especially the world ones.

I don’t think the first one deserves it’s “Great” reputation. First off the beginning is very confusing – who did what to who? Why does he hate him? Then it gets really plodding in the middle, basically the same scene over and over, and then a real cop-out finish. It’s like Lost – they couldn’t think of a decent end so they just let it fizzle out, last shot everyone in a room together saying "what the hell was that all about?" You don’t know who won or why. The characters suck (Ottomans and Austro-hungarians!) and you’re never sure who the good or bad guys are.

Like The Godfather, Aliens and Star Wars the second one is the best. Characters are excellent – Baddy Darth Vader Hitler and his evil but buffoonish henchmen taking on the good guys Churchill and Roosevelt (and top marks for putting a disabled person in a lead role) with Uncle Joe Stalin in the back ground – is he good, is he bad? You have to wait for number three. The plots easy to follow, you know exactly how it starts, the set pieces are great and the finish with that big mushroom cloud over Hiroshima is awesome.

Should have led nicely to World War Three (The Empire Strikes Back). Remember the trailers – Soviet tanks rolling across Western Europe, billions of Chinese falling from the sky  and Nuclear Armegeddon laying waste to humanity. Close with a tease shot of monkeys riding horses on a beach. But they bottled it and released the Cold War instead. More of a drama really – lots of grim faced men in suits saying “the situation is grave Mr President, what should we do?” Mr President:” Absolutely nothing.” Boring. The Vietnam bit was okay I suppose, and brownie points for finally casting some lead women (Thatcher, Meir, Ghandi) but it could have been so much better. Though at least  it was in colour and had a killer soundtrack.

I think they bottled it because they didn’t want to close the door on a lucrative part four. Still on the cards, though I hope they give it to Disney and not George Lucas. If nothing else they’ll nail the merchandise.
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« Reply #12102 on: May 23, 2015, 06:47:45 AM »

Good one Kevin  ha2ha
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« Reply #12103 on: May 23, 2015, 06:49:09 AM »

Here's a nice song for all of the Coodabeens, Woodabeens and Actuallydids among us.



I Was Meant for the Stage - The Decemberists.

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« Reply #12104 on: May 23, 2015, 11:11:55 PM »

The King...


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« Reply #12105 on: May 24, 2015, 09:00:30 AM »

Very droll, Kevin!
Great news.....there's another anniversary for us all in Britain to get hung up on round the corner. VJ Day apparently.
A chance for some BBC/Sky type to stare mournfully at the camera and say, 'We must never forget', completely without irony.
Isn't all this confusing for the young? You do a 75th one day, then a 70th. I wouldn't blame anyone for thinking that Dunkirk (1940) came after VE Day (1945) as they bizarrely have in the commemorations.
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« Reply #12106 on: May 24, 2015, 01:47:35 PM »

Very droll, Kevin!
Great news.....there's another anniversary for us all in Britain to get hung up on round the corner. VJ Day apparently.
A chance for some BBC/Sky type to stare mournfully at the camera and say, 'We must never forget', completely without irony.
Isn't all this confusing for the young? You do a 75th one day, then a 70th. I wouldn't blame anyone for thinking that Dunkirk (1940) came after VE Day (1945) as they bizarrely have in the commemorations.
Hang on to your hat. We've got the Waterloo bicentennial next month.
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« Reply #12107 on: May 24, 2015, 05:50:08 PM »

Not ecstatic about that but 200 years is outside human memory and so doesn't quite have the political strength that a relatively recent war has. I'm convinced that post 9/11, WW1, WW2, The Falklands etc. have been used to legitimise foreign policy (mistakes).
e.g. If you don't support our policy in Iraq you are necessarily disrespecting the dead of all these other wars. War was a worthy thing then, why don't you consider it a worthy thing now?
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« Reply #12109 on: Today at 05:05:20 AM »

Is he driving you nuts yet Barry?
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« Reply #12110 on: Today at 05:16:34 AM »

He's been singing every night for the past three weeks, Kelley.  He added a Blue Jay to his repertoire tonight.








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« Reply #12111 on: Today at 05:20:52 AM »

Don't play your music too loud or else he might come down your chimney!
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« Reply #12112 on: Today at 05:29:15 AM »

I have a screen over the chimney.  I put it there several years ago when a raccoon got into the house.




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« Reply #12113 on: Today at 05:33:36 AM »

Ah, yes. I remember hearing about that. Those things are only cute when you see them on TV!
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« Reply #12114 on: Today at 05:39:00 AM »

Yeah.  I still have his claw marks on the brick wall in my den.  Anyway, I don't mind his singing all night, Kelley.  It's good country music.



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