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Interesting Movies From The Past...

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Buggleskelly Today… Buggleskelly Today… The year of 1937 began the birth of Buggleskelly, the mythical Irish railway station set on a stretch of disused line near Basingstoke in Hampshire England. The setting was for the film Oh, Mr. Porter starring Will Hay, Moore Marriot, and Graham Moffat… The film was to become a classic! A tumbledown railway station, representing Buggleskelly was built at an old halt, and even during filming the line was being taken up by The Basingstoke and Alton Railway Company. The film itself is one of the funniest of British comedies in the Music Hall tradition of the 1930′s. The location of the run-down mythical Buggleskelly station was very overgrown when we visited there with our cameras in 1996, but it was still possible to make out where the booking office, rail lines, and signal box had once stood. There are more pictures taken at the location on http://twitpic.com/photos/patricallaghan3

Interesting Movies From The Past...

Whisky Galore! 1949

It was in the summer of 1948 when the Ealing crew arrived on the beautiful Island of Barra in the Western Isles of Scotland. Michael Balcon, head of Ealing Studios had not been happy about the production, saying as he looked at the story board, he just did not understand it!  “It holds few laughs” he was heard to comment. Based on a Compton Mackenzie novel, shooting almost entirely on location presented huge problems, everything, including cast and crew, and a huge amount of camera equipment, had to be shipped from mainland Scotland. Actors were billited with a number of the Islanders, and in fact, many of the inhabitants appear in the production. Their view of the film people was… That they were quite mad! Prefabricated sets were constructed at Ealing Studios in London then shipped for assembly on Barra. Under the brilliant direction of Alexander Mackendrick, an American born Scot, the film gently eases you into a world of w…

A Great Christmas Fayre...

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Well, it was a really cold day when the family visited the Leighton Buzzard Christmas Fayre in Bedfordshire, but we all had great fun... The market town had closed its doors to traffic and a fun fair had been set up in the High Street, there were street entertainers, a Santa's Grotto, barrel organ sounds, and lots of lovely food to eat from dozens of stalls, washed down with mulled wine. In the picture above younger members of our group enjoyed mega slap-up burgers and ice cream at TheLancer, whilst looking at the shots taken during the fayre.