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Christmas Steam...

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Christmas and steam trains are made for each other. At the Leighton Buzzard Railway in Bedfordshire UK you and the family can enjoy an absolute dream. You can take a 25-minute festive ride througout the holiday period along a narrow-gauge railway with a history dating back to the First World War, then take a walk through a magic tunnel and meet Santa in his grotto where children up to the age of 12, will recieve a present and for the grown-ups, hot mince pies and hot punch await them in the Dobbers buffet!
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Forgotten British Films...

I Know Where I’m Going 1945 A slightly odd movie with wonderful scenery and a warm feeling to it. It holds excellent camera work from the director, writer and producers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and features Wendy Hiller in a quest to marry a rich business man on the Hebridean Island of Kiloran. She is stranded by fog on Mull and there meets Torquil the Laird of Kiloran played by Roger Livesey. She tries to reach Kiloran during a savage storm with the help of a young boatman whom she pays well. Torquil forces her to return to Mull and she begins to fall in love with his manner. Some pretty strong characters help the plot along, so it’s a film I often take out, dust off, and immerse myself in.

The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp...

Written and serialized by Patrick George Callaghan Part 12

There were many excuses that Constance made to herself in the years of her life, none so, for her behaviour at that time and in the months that followed.  Soon after, Esme was packed smartly off to a small residential villa, west of Paris. There, she was to spend the summer months of 1925 as a companion to her elderly and overbearing widower-aunt – Madame Bourges, and in the words of her mother; ‘learn to become respectable!’
For Esme it was a most miserable time. She had lost him, and she was hurt and alone. Even now, in her bewilderment; English was no longer a common tongue to her.
Constance for her part sought rationalization through alcohol and at times would fairly burst with drunkenness. Throughout her life she never lived far from her medicine bottle and she told herself secretly that it gave her strength in a man-dominated world. Perhaps it did, and perfectly, and somehow, it was acceptable within the …

Forgotten British Films...

Good Morning Boys 1937(US: Where There’s a Will) Not so much a forgotten film as more of a cult film as Will Hay battles with the boys of St. Michael’s school in their pursuits of drinking, smoking and gambling. Will plays Dr. Twist a hapless school master at the mercy of the pupils who fix a French Exam in order to get a trip to Paris, Here, they assist in the theft of the Mona Lisa, but in the end retrieve it and clear themselves. An enjoyable romp with a likeable cast in Graham Moffatt, Lilli Palmer, Marita Hunt, and Peter Gawthorne

Remembering "The Darling Buds of May"

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