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Forgotten British Films...

Where’s That Fire 1939 Nearly a lost film at one time but has now resurfaced on Amazon. It’s a Will Hay comedy vehicle that can almost match his big success of 1937 Oh Mr Porter! As bungling Captain Viking, Will hay is assisted by Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt in their role as the town’s fire brigade. When the Town Hall burns down the trio of Bishops Wallop along with their horse drawn engine are told to pull their socks up or be sacked! Viking invents a foam extinguisher and hearing of a plot to steal the Crown Jewels they head off to the Tower of London and when the crooks set fire to the Tower Viking saves the day with his special foam. I have not seen it broadcast on Television since I was lucky to made a basic recording of the film from Channel 4 some 21 years ago, so I may just treat myself to a brand new shiny copy from Amazon. An enjoyable romp in true Will Hay style.

Forgotten British Films...

Snowbound 1948 This is almost a lost film, there are certainly no available copies around that I can find. Based on the novel by Hammond Innes and featuring Herbert Lom, incidentally not listed in his filmography, Dennis Price and Robert Newton. It tells the story rather well of seven people who on holiday rent an Alpine hut but are there for the purpose of searching for hidden Nazi gold thought to be buried beneath the hut. When heavy snow traps them in the hut a deadly game follows. Empty boxes are dug up but there is no gold. Under the weight of the snow the hut collapses and several of the inmates are killed. I remember seeing this on TV some 25 years past and I don’t recall it ever being shown since, perhaps their print has since deteriorated. Directed by David Mcdonald, it was made at the Gainsborough Studios, and as I remember it was an exciting and dramatic film. Lets hope someone finds a print soon perhaps in some old attic or dusty studio back room and is able …

BBQ Time!

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As Sunday was a really hot day, it was off to Jennie’s and out with the BBQ. Aige was armed with a great number of Sainsbury’s quarter pounders, a mountain of West Country sausages, free range Chicken legs, and thick rashers of Bacon and Cheese! YUMMY!

The Calthorpe Project...

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Adrian and Me still pass the Calthorpe Project on our visits every few months to the Eastman Dental Hospital built by George Eastman of the Kodak Company for the research and treatment of dental health. Set beside the historic Eastman Dental Hospital on the Grays Inn Road in North London is the Calthorpe Community Garden Project. Its aim is to provide a safe green space for the whole community and all cultures. It was opened by the Mayor of London on the 29th September 1984 and is funded by the London Borough of Camden. Local people fought and won against office development and created these community gardens, play space and under fives area.