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World War III

Today is the feast day of St. John Paul the second. As any of us old enough to remember he was one that triumvirate, including Reagan and Thatcher, who defeated the Soviet Union, and did it peacefully. Some friends of mine say that he was the greatest of them, I think it may be so. […]

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Experts?

The other day, over on The Conservative Woman UK, Cresta Norris wrote about our growing distrust of experts. Here’s a bit of it, but you should read it all. ‘People in this country’, said Michael Gove, ‘have had enough of experts’. During the run up to the referendum, geeky Gove was ridiculed for his views. Brexiteers who […]

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Myths,legends and facts

I don’t know about you guys, but one of the greatest pleasures of this site for me, is going into the archives and reading what we have written, especially for me what Jessica has written. She has a gift, of drawing lessons for us from many things, and making them stick. And mind, there is […]

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56 Movie Mistakes: The Longest Day

Then there is this attempt to denigrate the movie The Longest Day recounting the Overlord operation to liberate Europe. The Longest Day, which was made in black and white, features a large ensemble cast including John Wayne, Kenneth More,Richard Todd, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Red Buttons, Peter Lawford, Eddie Albert, Jeffrey […]

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Top Gun – Still Flying High after 30 Years

Funny what gets out attention going on subjects sometimes. I fell in love with the American Civil War in elementary school, during the centennial celebration, especially the books by Bruce Catton. As someone said, you could feel the heat, the dust, the boredom, and the horrors of battle in his words. Those legendary armies still, […]

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A bit of Nostalgia

I ran across these yesterday and thought you might enjoy them as well. One for the cousins   And one for us   And a great disaster  

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Ford, Wayne and the old West

  Before we enter the Easter period, I want to spend one more post looking at the world created by John Ford and John Wayne. I will leave it to learned film historians (if they still looks at these films) to tell us the obvious in long words, but for many of us, these films […]

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Myths,legends and facts

“This is the West, sir, when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” One of my favourite quotations from any film, and it is what the newpaper editor, Scott, says to Jimmy Stewart’s character, Ransom Stoddard at the end of The Man who shot Liberty Vallance. Even for the great John Ford, that’s some line. Stoddard, a […]

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A spanking good time?

McClintock is a much later Wayne/O’Hara pairing – ten years later – which is a long time in the life of a female movie star, and the great and wonderful and beauteous Maureen (is there anyone of either gender who doesn’t just adore her?) has moved from being the youthful love interest to being an […]

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Quiet men and quiet lives?

Neo has, as my last post (and one of his comments) suggested, begun to weary of the political round. It could all get technically interesting at Convention time, but Clinton versus Trump looks a bit like LBJ versus Goldwater – but who can tell? In the meantime, we either go to ground and contemplate our […]

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Quiet (wo)man

Firstly, happy Christmas to Neo – and you all. He’s left me in charge until he returns. Christmas is a quiet time, a family time, and hopefully I can’t kill the blog in a few days. Bear with me, it’s a bit of time since I blogged, and there will be some rust and creakiness. […]

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