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1964-SEP-17 - 50 years ago today, Goldfinger (1964) premièred Link - MI6-HQ.com Goldfinger (1964) premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, GB

On the night of the premiere Honor Blackman remembers that it took nearly an hour for her limousine to travel the few hundred meters down the length of Coventry Street, across the square and to the red carpet at the Odeon. At this time Leicester Square was a normal square with a road running around its circumference.

Honor Blackman arriving at the premiere of Goldfinger

On the set of 'Goldfinger' (1964) the producers and Honor Blackman

 

2014-SEP-10 - Thanks for everything, Luca. Wish you had stayed.

Luca di Montezemolo

 

Luca di Montezemolo

 

Luca di Montezemolo

 

 

2014-SEP-10 - Death of Richard Kiel Wikipedia - Richard Kiel

 

Horst P. Horst's silver cigarette lighter and silver cigarette case. The cigarette lighter was made for him by Coco Chanel
Horst P. Horst's Wikipedia - Horst P. Horst silver cigarette lighter (top) and silver cigarette case. The cigarette lighter was made for him by Coco Chanel Wikipedia - Coco Chanel.

Horst had been round at Coco's house and had been playing with a piece of putty while he had been conversing with her. After he left, Coco had the piece of putty cast in silver and made into a cigarette lighter.

 

Stamp Theatre at the Royal Postgraduate Medical Centre, showing the Cyclotron building
The Ipcress File (1965): Stamp Theatre at the Royal Postgraduate Medical Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road. In the background (NE) is the Cyclotron building. This is the upper corridor on the east side of the building. The location of the theater is to left of camera.

 

 

2014-AUG-27 - If you have not already, see the Expendables 3 (2014) on general release. Fans of the Expendables will not be disappointed.

 

 

 

2014-AUG-25: Death of Sir Richard Attenborough Wikipedia - Sir Richard Attenborough. Civilization crumbles around us. Things fall apart and the center cannot hold Wikipedia - Second Coming. A few years ago he and his wife had to move out of their own house into a home because life was becoming physically difficult for them. Sir David Attenborough and other members of the family used to visit them regularly.

Richard Attenborough

 

Richard Attenborough and his wife in the 1970s

 

'The Great Escape'  Richard Attenborough and Steve McQueen emerge from the tunnel

 

Richard Attenborough in 'The Great Escape' is arrested by a German officer

 

 

 

 

 

The World Crisis 1911-1919 by Winston S. Churchill, 2nd Edition, page 150 - page 151, 1914-JUL-28:  

 

»The old world in its sunset was fair to see«

 

     At the end of June the simultaneous British naval visits to Kronstadt and Kiel took place. For the first time for several years some of the finest ships of the British and German navies lay at their moorings at Kiel side by side surrounded by liners, yachts and pleasure craft of every kind. Undue curiosity in technical matters was banned by mutual agreement. There were races, there were banquets, there were speeches. There was sunshine, there was the Emperor. Officers and men fraternized and entertained each other afloat and ashore. Together they strolled arm in arm through the hospitable town, or dined with all the goodwill in mess and wardroom. Together they stood bareheaded at the funeral of a German officer killed in flying an English seaplane.
      In the midst of these festivities, on June 28, arrived the news of the murder of the Archduke Charles at Sarajevo. The Emperor was out sailing when he received it. He came on shore in noticeable agitation, and that same evening, canceling his other arrangements quitted Kiel.
Like many others, I often summon up in my memory the impression of hose July days. The world on the verge of its catastrophe was very brilliant. Nations and Empires crowned with Princes and potentates rose majestically on every side, lapped in the accumulated treasures of the long peace All were fitted and fastened - it seemed securely - into an immense cantilever. The two mighty European systems faced each other glittering and clanking in their panoply, but with a tranquil gaze. A police, discrete, pacific, and on the whole sincere diplomacy spread its web of connections over both. A sentence in a despatch, an observation by an ambassador, a cryptic phrase in Parliament seemed sufficient to adjust from day to day the balance of the prodigious structure. Words counted and even whispers. A nod could be made to tell. Were we after all to achieve world security and universal peace in a marvelous system of combinations in equipoise and of armaments in equation, of checks and counter-checks on violent action every more complex and delicate ? Would Europe thus marshaled, thus grasped, thus related, unite into one universal and glorious organism capable of receiving and enjoying in undreamed of abundance the bounty which nature and science stood hand in hand give. The old world in its sunset was fair to see.

 

Winston Churchill and his Imperial Majesty Kaiser Willhelm II, Breslau 1909
Winston Churchill and his Imperial Majesty Kaiser Willhelm II, at German army manoeuvres Breslau. 1909

Kaiser Willhelm remarked to Winston Churchill: »A fair country this Silesia, well worth fighting for«

 

0014-AUG-19 - Death of Augustus Wikipedia - Augustus

 

2014-AUG-19 - Death of Brian G. Hutton Wikipedia - Brian G. Hutton

 

2014-AUG-13 - Lauren Bacall dies.

Lauren Bacall smoking a cigarette
Lauren Bacall

 

 

 

2014-AUG-12 - Shockingly, Robin Williams Wikipedia - Robin Williams dies. I first saw Robin Williams live at the Comedy Store in L.A. in the early 1980s. He used to enjoy going on last thing at night, unscripted and just ad-lib his way through, brilliantly. One of the century's great comedians. A brilliant mind, up with the likes of Peter Cook.

 

 

2014-AUG-10 - It is odd that the balance of alliances between the Triple-Alliance (Germany, Austria, Italy) and the Dual-Alliance (France, Russia) set up by von Bismarck and intended to preserve the balance of power in Europe, was the cause of Europe's destruction when von Bismarck was dismissed in 1890 and the complex guidance system which he had built remained connected long enough that the small movement by Austria, and the amplification by Germany brought the entire structure to destruction. Without this very mechanism of Alliances, which preserved peace so well under von Bismarck's control, Austria could have pounded Serbia, probably without German help, and Russia, without the benefit of alliances would have been reluctant to challenge Germany. Peace would have been preserved, without those alliances. That long, glorious, Edwardian, Bismarckian summer would have continued through into the 1920s and beyond.

 

The World Crisis 1911-1919 by Winston S. Churchill published by Odhams Press, London, 1939, Second Edition.

Winston Churchill wrote this preface to the second, revised, edition to his Magnum Opus on the Great War after he had revised its content during 1937,1938. The excerpt starts at paragraph four and continues to the end:

I write this new Preface in a day of extraordinary difficulty and danger. So strange indeed is the present international situation and it passes the wit of man to say what new portent will have appeared in the European sky by the time these words see the light. Armed to the teeth and feverishly adding to their armaments, the nations of Europe are asking themselves, "Is this the peace for which we fought ?" What have our sacrifices brought us ? What is coming next ?" It is possible that the appalling drama with which this book is concerned was enacted in vain ? It is conceivable that in our own day the hand of Destiny will raise the curtain of a tragedy of even greater horror ? These are gloomy questions, but History's answer need not be gloomy. The attainment of a genuine peace should not be beyond the reach of human wisdoms inspired by human goodwill. But if we are to escape a cataclysm fatal to civilization itself let us lay to heart before it is too late the lesson, writ large in these pages, of the tragic years 1914-18, a lesson that the events of this Autumn have only too bitterly emphasized - the paramount necessity of preparedness.

Winston S. Churchill

November 22, 1938

 

 

In Chapter 01, page 03 » The Vials of Wrath were full: but so were the reservoirs of power «

 

 

 

From Winston S. Churchill Young Statesman 1901-1914 Volume II by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967, page 722

This is the signal sent from the Admiralty by Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty:

Admiralty to all HM ships and Naval Establishments

SIGNAL

4 August 1914

Admiralty

11pm

COMMENCE HOSTILITIES AGAINST GERMANY

 

 

 

 

In contrast to most other British war preparations for most other wars, the Fleet was more than ready, thanks in large to Winston Churchill's efforts at as First Lord of the Admiralty from the Agadir crisis onwards.
Author Martin Gilbert reproduces original documents in the type-set format in a manner which resembles the original as closely as possible. Considerable difficulty is caused by the fact that type-set cannot reproduce underlined words. With important documents he reproduces a facsimile of the document itself. This monumental biography of Winston Churchill, the world's largest was begun by his son Randolph Churchill with Martin Gilbert as his assistant. Randolph died half way through the project and Gilbert was left to continue alone in what would become a project of decades with the final volume only being printed this year. Gilbert would have enjoyed the use of .HTML in such a project because it would have allowed the creation of a document of unlimited size.

 

#EX3#EX3WorldPremiere

2014-AUG-04 - The première of the Expendables 3 (2014) took place at the Odeon Leicester Square, London GB. Present were: Avi Lerner, Sylvester Stallone, his wife and three daughters ; Jason Statham , Vinnie Jones, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Wesley Snipes. Absent: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Ronda Rousey.
A wonderful evening but on the flight back home I was spectacularly ill from something I caught during the evening. Sweating, shivering and hallucinations.

 

At a press conference at the Hôtel Corinthia Wikipedia - Corinthia Hotel, London, GB (formerly the Metropole) on Northumberland Avenue where the Expendables team was based, the production team announced the composition of a new movie project, the Expendabelles, which will feature a team of girl mercenaries. The plot was still at the planning stage but suggestions included an undercover mission requiring their disguise as call-girls.

 

Expendables 3 (2014) world premiere Odeon Leicester Square London GB movie theater interior

 

Sylvester Stallone and his family on the red carpet at the premiere of the Expendables 3 (2014) at the Odeon Cinema Liecester Square London GB
Sylvester Stallone and his family on the red carpet at the première of the Expendables 3 (2014) at the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square London GB

 

Sylvester Stallone and his family on the red carpet at the premiere of the Expendables 3 (2014) in front of press photographers at the Odeon Cinema Liecester Square London GB
Sylvester Stallone and his family on the red carpet in front of press photographers at the première of the Expendables 3 (2014) at the Odeon Cinema Leicester Square London GB

 

Sylvester Stallone not wearing his Richard Mille RM 032 chronograph
Sylvester Stallone not wearing his Richard Mille RM032 Scuba Chronograph on the evening of the première but wearing an unidentified chronograph with a white strap. Inset to the left is what the Richard Mille RM032 looks like from under Sylvester Stallone's cuff.

 

Sylvester Stallone in an action pose
Sylvester Stallone.

 

 

 

2014-1914 - 1914-AUG-04 23:00HRS GMT Great Britain declares war on Germany. The destruction of civilization as we knew it, begins.

 

 

 #GreatWar #ww1 #wwi

1914-AUG-04 24:00HRS GMT 23:00 HRS LONDON - 1914 and the Great War was arguably the destruction of Civilization as we knew it. Certainly it heralded the destruction of the British Empire, which encompassed one quarter of the world's land mass and in India alone, one fifth of humanity. British foreign policy for the previous thousand years had been to ally itself against the strongest power in Europe. This meant that the strongest power would be unable to challenge British supremacy - British Naval Supremacy - in the rest of the world. Their policy of merchant-adventurism could continue, allowing them to capture profitable pieces of trade and captive markets for their own industries. Continental wars were ruinously expensive and invariably resulted in both sides going broke and half the population starving to death. As a matter of British foreign policy they had to be avoided. Colonial wars could be executed cheaply by a small standing army of professional soldiers and in the same manner that the Roman Empire had done. The military gains could then be held down by native militia. The British Empire grew immensely rich upon this policy and was only exceeded as the richest country in the world in 1895 by the United States, which used an internal market rather than the British Empire's external market. In committing to war in 1914 the Great Britain inevitably and unnecessarily involved itself in what would have been a repeat of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. Furthermore the unforeseen nature of the warfare meant that it was particularly costly in casualties. The British lost a huge element of their manpower and the most valuable element of their gene pool as well as going broke by 1917. The United States extended their loans to the British to enable them to continue the war. If this had not happened, the war would have ended in exhausted stalemate with all parties bankrupt, exhausted, and bleeding to death. The continuation of the Great War to the conclusion of the Versailles Treaty ensured World War II, a continuation of the Great War in which, again, all parties went bankrupt. What destruction was not wrought by bankruptcy and a decimated gene pool was completed by the Marxist-Leninist revolutions of 1917. The result was the 21st Century

Chronology of the Great War 1914-1918 edited by Lord Edward Gleichen published by Greenhill Books (UK) and Stackpole Books (US), 2000, originally published in three parts Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, as Chronology of the War in 1918, 1919, 1920

 

1910: Nine sovereigns at the funeral of King Edward VII. Rank: You will never see more than this.
1910 - The Old Order: Nine sovereigns at the funeral of King Edward VII, Windsor Castle 1910-MAY-20.

 

 

- Link - Cambridge University - Siegfried Sassoon's original diaries available online - Cambridge University, UK, make available Siegfried Sassoon's original diaries online

 

 

 #EX3

Sylvester Stallone wearing a Richard Mille RM032 Scuba chronograph arrives in Manchester, GB, for his appearance at the Manchester Arena
Sylvester Stallone wearing a Richard Mille RM032 Scuba chronograph arrives in England ahead of the première of the Expendables 3 (2014) on 2014-AUG-04 in London, GB

» When I give them advice they say, "Why would I listen to you?" I say, "Look at the house you're living in and look at the school you're going to - I must know something!" «

» "Yeah, but you don't know about modern stuff, Dad - and you're not as funny as you think you are." «

»In the movies, I kill guys with an axe. In real life, I can't control a 10-year-old girl. My daughters ask to be dropped off a block away.«

- Sylvester Stallone on teenage daughters

 

 

Dolph Lundgren wearing a Panerai wristwatch signs posters at COMICCON ahead of the premiere of the Expendables 3 (2014)
Dolph Lundgren wearing a Panerai PAM507 Luminor Submersible 1950 Bronzo wristwatch signs posters at COMICCON ahead of the première of the Expendables 3 (2014)

 

 


Final trailer Link - www.youtube.com Final trailer for the Expendables 3 (2014) for the Expendables 3 (2014)

 

 

1944-AUG-01 - The Warsaw Uprising Wikipedia - Warsaw Uprising

 

2014-JUL-29 - The Politics of Heroin in South-East Asia by Alfred B. McCoy Wikipedia - The Politics of Heroin in South-East Asia by McCoy This excellent text gives you the other half of the Vietnam War. No visit to South-East Asia will be complete without reading this book. Full text available here Link - The Politics of Heroin in South-East Asia by McCoy - PDF version

 

 

2014-JUL-29 - Sylvester Stallone vacations in Europe proir to flying to London GB for the première of Expendables 3 (2014)

 

Sylvester Stallone on a yacht at Cap Ferrat, the week before the premiere of The Expendables 3 (2014) , wearing a Richard Mille RM 032 chronograph
Sylvester Stallone on vacation at Cap Ferrat Wikipedia - Cap Ferrat , the week before the première of Expendables 3 (2014) , wearing his Richard Mille RM 032 chronograph

 

 

2014-JUL-28 - Development of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Atchisson AA-12 Assault Shotgun in Expendables 3 (2014). Première on 2014-AUG-04 in London, GB. On general release 2014-AUG-14.

 

Expendables 3 (2014) principal cast on location Arnold Schwarzenegger holds an Atchisson AA12 shotgun
Expendables 3 (2014) Principal cast on location. Arnold Schwarzenegger holds an Atchisson AA-12 Wikipedia - Atchisson Assault Shotgun Link - IMFDB Atchisson Assault Shotgun shotgun.

Swearengen - The Worlds Fighting Shotguns

 

 

2014-JUL-26 - Memorial Link - Louis Awerbuck Memorial for Louis Awerbuck, in Scotsdale, AZ. Many eulogies given. Boone County Firearms Range has been renamed after him in perpetuity.

 

 

Harrison Ford with Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing a Han Shot First T-shirt
Harrison Ford on the set of Expendables 3 (2014) with Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing a "Han shot first" T-shirt.

"Han shot first" Wikipedia - Han Shot First Wikipedia - Wikia Han Shot First refers to a controversial alteration which George Lucas made to the DVD release of the original Star Wars (1977) Wikipedia - movie. In the original movie, during the shooting in the Cantina at the Mos Eisley Spaceport, Han shot his former partner first. In the edition released on DVD as part of the six movie series, Lucas altered the footage to make it appear that Han was shot at first, but the shot missed him and he returns fire. The purpose was to make Han Solo appear less cold-blooded. Frankly, I do not see what is cold-blooded about killing some one who is going to kill you. 'Sensible' would be a better description. Finally , Lucas relented and released an edition of the movie in 2006 which had the original 1977 footage restored.

Han shot first - and he was the only one to shoot

 

 

The Expendables 3 - Sylvester Stallone wears a Panerai Luminor Submersible
The Expendables 3 (2014) - Sylvester Stallone wears a Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 389 amagnetic.

 

Principal cast of Expendables 3 (2014)  wear Panerai Luminor Submersible wristwatches during filming
Principal cast of Expendables 3 (2014) wear Panerai Luminor Submersible wristwatches during filming. Left to right, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgrun, Dolph Lundgrun , Terry Crews, Terry Crews and Jason Statham. It appears to be a Luminor Submersible PAM 389

 

 

 

Mad Max (1979) - Fifi McAfee gives a speech to Max

 

From the script Link - Script-O-Rama - Mad Max (1979) of Mad Max (1979) Wikipedia - Wikipedia - Wikia Mad Max 00:49:10:

FIFI MCAFEE: »They say people don't believe in heroes anymore. Well, damn them! You and me, Max....we're gonna give them back their heroes.«

MAX: »Do you really expect me to go for that crap?«

FIFI MCAFEE: »You gotta admit, I sounded good there for a minute«

Expendables at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

 

 

Quotation from Total Recall, the autobiography of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chapter 1 "Out of Austria":

I WAS BORN INTO a year of famine. It was 1947, and Austria was occupied by the Allied armies that had defeated Hitlers Third Reich. In May, two months before I was born, there were hunger riots in Vienna, and in Styria, the southeastern province where we lived, the food shortages were just as bad. Years later, if my mother wanted to remind me about how much she and my father sacrificed to bring me up, shed tell me how shed foraged across the countryside, making her way from farm to farm to collect a little butter, some sugar, some grain. Shed be away three days sometimes. Hamstern, they called it, like a hamster gathering nuts; scrounging for food was so common.

 

 

The Expendables at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

 

2014-JUL-19 - Death of James Garner Wikipedia - James Garner

 

2014-JUL-12 - Attended a really quite extraordinary event, even more extraordinary than the Skyfall (2013) première.

- Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc: 2014 Cannes Film Festival shoot for The Expendables 3 (2014) cast Link - Vanity Fair photo shoot at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc for 'The Expendables 3" (2014)

 

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a U-Boat U-1942 wristwatch in The Expendables 3 (2014)
Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a U-Boat U-1942 wristwatch in The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3 (2014) Cannes Film Festival 2014 wears a U-Boat U-1942 wristwatch
The Expendables 3 (2014) Cannes Film Festival 2014 Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a U-Boat Link - U-Boat watch Link - pinterest - U-Boat wristwatches U-1942 Link - U-Boat wristwatch U-1942 Link - TimeZone U-Boat U-1942 wristwatch. Above, Arnold Schwarzengger is standing toward the far upper left of the lens, which accounts for the distortion.

The Expendables 3 (2014) Cannes Film Festival 2014 Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a U-Boat U-1942 wristwatch

 

 

2014-JUL-10 - Sylvester Stallone wears a wristwatch by Richard Mille Wikipedia - Richard Mille wrist-watch , the RM 032 Ti Link - Oceanic Time - Richard Mille wrist-watch in Expendables 3 Link - Watches in the Movies - Expendables 3 Link - Expendables 3 wrist-watches Richard Mille Link - Richard Mille Blogspot - Expendables 3 RM 032 Ti SCUBA chronograph, in The Expendables 3 (2014)

Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross in The Expendables 3 (2014) wears a Richard Mille Rm 032 chronograph in titanium
Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross in The Expendables 3 (2014) wears a Richard Mille RM 032 chronograph in Titanium

 

 

» Going one more round when you don't think you can - That's what makes all the difference in your life « - Sylvester Stallone

 

 

Expendables 3 (2014) line-up. Sylvester Stallone lights a cigar, wearing his Richard Mille wrist-watch RM032 Ti chronograph

 

Expendables 3 - Final One Sheet
Final one-sheet for The Expendables 3 (2014)

 

 

2014-JUL-04 - Top Gear will be in Torino at the Piazza Vittorio Veneto Link - Top Gear Live Facebook Turin 2014

 

Map of Liege - Sophia - Liege rally  1964
Map of the 1964 Liege-Sophia-Liege rally Wikipedia - route: Liege - Frankfort - Ulm - Lindau - Passio de Resio - Bled - Zagreb - Belgrade - Sofia - Pec - Titograd - Split - Novi - Enego - Bagolino - Trafoi - Lindau - Ulm - Frankfort - Spa - Liege

 

 

1927

1944-JUL-01: Those men born in 1927 were called up for service in the German Army. This was the last hope of the German Army in this year of decision 1944.

 

 

 

 

2014-JUN-30 - Top Gear's The Stig in Piazza San Carlo, Torino, which was used several times as a location in The Italian Job (1969)

The Stig in Piazza San Carlo , Torino, 2014
The Stig, in Piazza San Carlo, Torino Link - The Stig in Piazza San Marco in Torino  Link - The Stig in Torino 2014-JUN for Top Gear

 

Stig in Turin in a FIAT 500

 

The Stig in Turin

 

 

 

2014-JUL-01 - Section on winter and summer transit routes of Switzerland. In winter only valley routes are possible because on the summer routes the passes are blocked by snowfall from September to June.

NATO ONC F2 section Alps - transit Switzerland Pennine Alps to Arlberg and Inn River valley.
NATO air chart ONC F2 Schweiz Link - University of Texas NATO air charts section Pennine Alps - transit Switzerland Pennine Alps to the Arlberg and Inn River valley to ski Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Arlberg (St Anton, Lech-Zurs).

 

2014-JUN-28 - 1914-JUN-28 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated Wikipedia - Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo, one hundred years ago today. Chronology of the Great War including the days immediately after the assassination of the Archduke.

 

Chronology of the Great War 1914-1918 edited by Lord Edward Gleichen published by Greenhill Books (UK) and Stackpole Books (US), 2000, originally published in three parts Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, as Chronology of the War in 1918, 1919, 1920

 

Staff car of the Austro-Hungarian Army
Staff car of the Austro-Hungarian Army

 

 

2014-JUN-28 - Wiener Philharmoniker Link - Wiener Philharmoniker concert in Sarajevo - Concert on this day to mark the centenary in Sarajevo at Sarajevo City Hall.

2014-JUN-28 - Link - BBC News recreation of news on that day BBC recreation of news on that day

- Link - Centenary News - The Great War http://www.centenarynews.com - Site dedicated to listing events commemorating

- Link - Economic consequences of the Great War http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/ - Economic history of the Great War

2014-JUN-25 - A black day for Mitteleuropa: Eli Wallach dies at 98 Wikipedia - Eli Wallach. My mentor Louis Awerbuck dies at 66 Wikipedia - Link - Bayour Renaissance Man - Obituary Link - Awerbuck interview Link - Louis Awerbuck Gunsite Blog Link - Massad Ayoob Link - yfainc.com Link - Robar on Louis Awerbuck Link - Louis Awerbuck Memorial . There will be a meeting to celebrate his life in Scotsdale,AZ in 2014-JUL

 

Louis Awerbuck - 1949 - 2014

 

2014-JUN-23 - Link - Centenary News http://www.centenarynews.com/ - Website dedicated to the Centenary of the Great War

2014-JUN-23 - The Wiener Philharmoniker will be giving a centenary concert in Sarajevo on Satruday 28th June Link - Wiener  Philharmoniker

 

 

 

2014-JUN-16 - News of Michael Schumacher appears to indicate that he has recovered from his coma. However it may be that he is in terrible shape and struggling to function at even the most basic level. I suppose this news can be regarded as good news of a kind, but what he need is the old Schumi back.

 

 

2014-JUN-15 - New trailer Link - new trailer for The Expendables (2014) for The Expendables 3 (2014)

 

2014-JUN-12 - Chapter on skiing and ski-resorts incomplete but starting to fill.

 

 

2014-JUN-11 - 150 years ago today, composer Richard Strauss was born.

 

D-Day anti-aircraft fire lights the sky on the first night
D-Day: Anti-aircraft fire lights the night sky on the first night

 

 

2014-JUN-06 -   "  . . . _  "    D-Day Normandy landings Wikipedia - D-Day , 1944, 70 years ago. Radio Londres Wikipedia - Radio Londres broadcast regular coded messages to SOE operatives in occupied France. The coded message which was to signal that D-Day with begin within twenty-four hours was the first stanza of Paul Verlene's poem Chanson D'Autumne Wikipedia - Paul Verlene's poem Chanson D'Autumne :

The long sobs Of the violins Of Autumn Wound my heart With a monotonous Languor

 

 

2014-JUN-01 - The house in Chicago used as the location in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Wikipedia - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is up for sale Link - Chicago Tribune Link - Chicago Mag .

2014-MAY-20 - The Aston Martin DBS  BS1  Link - Facebook page for BS1 Aston Martin DBS used in The Persuaders (1971) is sold at auction for GBP533,500 Link - Bonhams auction Persuaders Aston Martin DBS Link - Classic Driver Aston Martin DBS Persuaders auction 2014. The way to make money in a bull market is to sell too early.

- Link - - PHS Collector Car World Blog - Some superb original research into Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 Cadillac de Ville convertible

2014-MAY-19 - Death of Sir Jack Brabham Wikipedia - Jack Brabham

2014-MAY-18 - The cast of The Expendables 3 (2014) assemble at the Cannes Film Festival Link - Zimbio Link - Zimbio Link - Twitter - The Expendables 3 #EX3

 

Expendables 3 promotional poster with full cast

 

 

Cast of Expendables 3 assemble at Cannes Film Festival
Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgrun enjoy some luncheon at the Cannes Film Festival

 

 

 

2014-MAY-12 - Death of H.R. Giger Wikipedia - H R Giger

 

2014-MAY-07 - Sixty years since the fall of Dien Bien Phu Wikipedia - Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The definitive work is Hell in an Very Small Place by Bernard Fall. That there was a battle in Dien Bien Phu was the result of a lunatic plan by French Generals which could not hope to succeed even on paper, let alone on the ground. Even a brief session of war-gaming in a sand-box would have predicted Viet Minh victory and French defeat. The battle was won by artillery. The French could not occupy positions where artillery spotters could call down counter-battery fire and the Viet Minh could gradually dig forward their artillery and their spotters to the point where the whole of Dien Bien Phu was under accurate, registered artillery fire. This prevented use of the airfield upon which any prolongation of French resistance at Dien Bien Phu depended. Once the Viet Minh had brought the airstrip under their observed artillery fire, the result was a foregone conclusion, even if they just starved the French forces to death. The rest was detail. Many ex-Wehrmacht troops joined the French Foreign Legion in 1945 and many of them ended up at Dien Bien Phu. It must have been tough to have survived some of the sieges and encirclements on the Eastern Front only to end up at Dien Bien Phu: Hell in a Very Small Place.

 

Colonel Bigeard, a French Army Regular and Colonel of Paratroops, leading the 6th BPC (1st Battalion de Parachutistes Coloniaux), hated by the Viet Minh and the most effective of the officers and fighters at Dien Bien Phu told Bernard Fall ten years after the battle

"If you have given me 10,000 [Waffen] SS troopers, we'd have held out."

From Page 51.9:

General Giap told: "The French Expeditionary Corps faced a strategic surprise - it believed that we would not attack and and we did attack: and with tactical surprise - we had solved the problems of closing in, of positioning our artillery, and of getting our supplies through."
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was lost during the brief fortnight between November 25 and December 7, 1953. It was not lost in the little valley in Viet-Nam's highland jungles in the air-conditioned map room of the French commander-in-chief. Once Giap had decided to accept trial by battle at Dien Bien Phu, it remained only for the 15,000 French and 50,000 Viet-Minh troops to act out the drama in pain and blood and death.

 

 

2014-MAY-04 - I have received intelligence that the heretofore unidentified schooner in Monte Carlo Story (1957) was the Favorita, the yacht of the then deposed King Farouk of Egypt.

 

 

 

142 Portobello Road, the 'bookshop'
Notting Hill (1999)

 

 

 

2014-APR-27 - PANIC: Tuned into the website and the main page reads something about fantasy football. The rest of the pages do not serve. Logon to the webhost but cannot get through to my account. Checking the statistics it appears to be today only. Perhaps the webhost has been hacked.

 

2014-APR-25 - If you wish to know what is going in on Syria right now then a read of first half of George Orwell's 1938 Homage to Catalonia is an excellent example. The second half deals with the politics of the different Communist and Anarchist factions on the Republican side, which makes Monty Python's Life of Brian look sensible and straight-faced. There are .PDF copes of Homage to Catalonia on the web.

 

 

2014-APR-25 - An excellent introduction to the Ukraine and its many different ethnic groups and politics can be had by reading Gogol's magnificent novel Taras Bulba , which is available from www.gutenburg.org

 

 

2014-APR-23 - William Shakespeare's Wikipedia - William Shakespeare birthday Link - Shakespeare's Birthday. He is 450 years old.

 

 

 

Railway Viaduct, Fermoy, Ireland
The bridge scene, in The Blue Max (1966)

 

 

Great battles, like epic tragedies, are not always staged or the product of human calculation; and disaster is less likely to derive from one gross blunder than from reasoned calculations which slip just a little. - Brigadier General S.L.A. Marshall Night Drop - The American Airborne Invasion of Normandy, 1962, quoted Hell in a Small Place - The Siege of Dien Bien Phu by Bernard Fall

 

 

 

2014-APR-20 - Virus all-clear on my machine. The infected files never made it to the website.

2014-APR-17 - The Ford Mustang Wikipedia - Ford Mustang was born, 50 years ago today Link - Chicago Tribune - First Ford Mustang Link - www.cbc.ca news - Ford Mustang 00001 VIN.

2014-APR-13 - PANIC: A virus has infected some of the .HTML pages on my laptop, which means some of the copies on the web server, the ones you are reading, may be infected. The virus was VBS/Heur, VBS/Dropper and Watermark.EXE. This may take a week to extinguish.

 

Problems with a virus: Heur virus and Dropper virus. They infect both .EXE and .HTML. They insert malicious java code into .HTML files or replace them completely. The files end up being just under half a MB in size. I think it must add the code because some of my .HTML files which were around 1MB in size. In theory you could edit out the code but if you are running an anti-virus program it will not let you open the file. Nor can you or the anti-virus delete the file. I did find you could overwrite the file though, either with a file from backup or just overwrite it with a short text file of the same name. I had to make a list of the infected files using DIR *.HTML > LIST.TXT then edit that file in Notepad++.EXE with a macro until I had a list of commands which over-wrote the infected files, in this manner

Now seem to have an infection of a virus called Ramnit.As, which writes to :\system volume information\virusname.exe

Lessons learned: If you are keeping \directory\ for monthly backup so the website .html then those files should be zipped into a single .ZIP file with a password, to make sure they cannot be written to by a virus. Also, if you use a pair of USB drives one live, one backup, make sure both a never in a machine with no anti-virus at the same time. The virus then destroys both copies. It has taken me a week of work to sort out this mess, restore all infected .EXEs and find true copies of .HTML

ECHO test > FILENAME.HTML

While the Windows delete command did not work, Evidence Eliminator delete did work because it was an overwrite command. You could perform a global search of the harddrives in Windows *.HTML and sort by date. The infected files showed up with today's date and the just under half a MB filesize. Then you could select the infected files and right-click, selecting the Evidence Eliminator secure delete. This handled most of the infection. Even after this a virus .EXE called WATERMARK.EXE kept showing up in C:\Program Files\Microsoft\ directory. (Which idiot put a space in that filename ?).

I would have rather edited out the code and kept the file but it was going to take too long because there were so many files to edit. I would have had to do a global replace command in Dreamweaver.EXE (or in Notepad++.EXE ) but the only way to do this would be on a machine which had the virus checker suspended. This would have meant creating a USB chip with just Dreamweaver.EXE and the .HTML files on it and inserting it into a machine with the virus checker turned off.

What I have done is restore from backup. Without a backup this would have been a very upsetting experience. When I am God-King & Emperor there will be the death sentence for spammers and those who write viruses.

Appears that the virus also infects .DLL, which emans you have to search for .DLL with that date as well as .EXE and .HTML and .XML . In fact every time your run a program with an infected .DLL, the WATERMARK.EXE virus in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft\ pops up.

 

 

 

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

 

 

 

2014-FEB-18 - Day of Anger (1967) is a spaghetti western which is worth a look. Lee Van Cleef in his element. The theory behind the gunplay is not factual, in case you were wondering.

 

 

 

»Gute Besserung! Du Schaffst Das, Michael«

 

2014-FEB-17 - Michael Schumacher's Skiing Accident in Méribel - Locations:

Maps and photographs of Michael Schumacher's skiing accident at Méribel from Bild magazine - Link - www.bild.de - The story of Schumi's accident http://www.bild.de/ - This just to the south-east of the line of the Saulire2 bubble lift and well to the north west of the Pas du Lac 2 bubble lift. He was crossing from Piste Chamois to Piste Maudit.

He was descending the line of the Saulire2 bubble lift keeping the cable on this right hand side. The serrated ridge with multiple Gendarme in the background is the Croix du Verdon / Dent de Burgin.

The boulder field is a long one but Michael Schumacher crossed it just below the pylon marked 'P4', on the Saulire2 bubble lift cable. If you look on the photographs and on the IGN topographic map you can see that there is a rock outcrop which appears from the snow and incurs into the snow of the couloir below the line of the cable. The pylons, P1, P2, P3, P4 are numbered from this pylon, which is visible both in the photographs and on the map.

Below this is one of the tubular orange pads which the pisteurs use to place around obstacles, which is marked with a 'heart' shape symbol on the photographs.

Descend past the tubular orange pad and thence to the end of the boulder field. Below you, down-piste, on the edge of the boulder field are two rocks, marked as 'Gate', on the photographs. It is likely that Michael Schumacher entered the boulder field close to the 'Gate', possibly below it rather than above it or through it.

Below the 'Gate' on the fall line are two low rocks, covered in snow on their north, uphill, sides. Immediately after them is a large rock labeled 'Tooth'. It is likely that Schumacher either

(a) became unseated before these two rocks, and struck one of them with his head, or

(b) became unseated over these two rocks and thence hit his head on the rock marked 'Tooth'

The beaten area of snow to the left of the tooth was where first aid was administered. This suggests that Schumacher did not travel further than the rock marked 'Tooth'.

IGN 1:25,000
IGN: 1:25,000 "Les Trois Vallées", section showing the Méribel side of Saulire.

 

IGN Meribel Saulire map
IGN: 1:25,000 "Les Trois Vallées", section showing the Méribel side of Saulire. The blue line descending from Saulire marks the path Michael Schumacher took from Saulire. The pylons which support the Saulire2 cable are marked by numbered red lines. The pylons marked 'P1', 'P2'. 'P3', 'P4' are numbered from the pylon 'P1' which is next to the rock outcrop visible in the snow of the bed of the couloir through which the Saulire2 cable runs. You can see the rock outcrop on the map visible as a 'W' shape to the lower left of the position of the pylon marked 'P1'.

 

Panorama assembled from helmetcam video frames taken at the edge of the off-piste area
Panorama of the boulder field assembled from helmet-cam video frames taken at the edge of the off-piste area of Michael Schumacher's descent.

 

Foto showing off-piste area south west of Saulire2 cable
Photograph taken from below the off-piste area to the south-west of the Saulire2 cable (on the right hand side as you look uphill). The ski tracks which might have been Schumacher's are marked in red. Either he entered the boulder field well below the 'Gate' where the beaten zone of snow is or he made the tracks which are highest in the photograph and start from above the 'Gate'

Meribel - Saulire
Schumacher's probable route is marked in blue

Meribel - Saulire
The beaten area next to the rock marked 'Tooth' is the area where the treatment was administered. On the right is Piste Maudit and on the left is Piste Chamoix.

Comd de Saulire - Piste Maudit boulder field

 

Meribel - Saulire

 

Foto uphill from cable

 

 

Foto uphill from the line of the cable
In the above you can see the inset image of the accident location, and the same group of rocks taken through a long lens.

It appear that either

(A) Michael Schumacher hit rocks A&B and then hit his head on the rock labeled "Tooth"

or

(B) Michael Schumacher became unseated before rocks A&B and then hit his head on one of them.

- Several of the press graphics are showing the wrong piste entirely. Several press photographs are showing the wrong area of the boulder field. One press photograph shows the upper part of the boulder field and from a camera which has been tilted to the right to make the angle of inclination look steeper. The pistes and boulder field are not very steep, which you can see from the fact that the pistes are not moguled. The level of moguling on a piste is directly proportional to the angle of descent. The moguling sets in very quickly after the piste has been groomed. There is almost no moguling on the pistes.

 

 

Meribel - Saulire
The panorama of the boulder field, with Schumacher's probably route indicated in blue, far right.

There is nothing remarkable about the area between the pistes nor are there are any conditions which would make that area particularly treacherous. It was an ordinary off-piste area in ordinary conditions. If Michael Schumacher had not landed on a rock he would have been uninjured, apart from a mouthful of snow and bent sunglasses. Plenty of people die falling down stairs and steps and indeed a friend of mine died while walking down a stone helical staircase in her Schloss.

 

IGN Les Trois Vallees: Meribel
IGN 1:25,000 "Les Trois Vallées", section showing Méribel valley

NATO TPC F-2A Western Europe: Les Trois Vallees
NATO TPC F-2A Western Europe: Les Trois Vallées, environs. Map data circa 1972. You can see the altiport at Courcheval marked. Méribel has its own altiport now.

 

 

Google Glass banned in this building

 

 

2014-FEB-19 - In Top Gear Series 21 Episode 02 Jeremy Clarkson, riding a Gibbs Gibbs Quadski Wikipedia - Gibbs Quadski Link - , races Richard Hammond driving an Alfa Romeo 4C, down the length of Lake Como.

 

 

2014-FEB-07 - Disappointed that Aleksandr Karelin Wikipedia - Alexander Karelin was not the Olympic athlete to light the Olympic flame. All the sportsmen represented were significant but Karelin was without equal.

Alexander Karelin - Reverse Body LiftAlexander Karelin - Reverse Body LiftAlexander Karelin
Left and center, Karelin demonstrates the move he made his own, the reverse body-lift.

Note the use of the music Time! Forward! Wikipedia - Time! Forward! Link - www.youtube.com - Time! Forward! Link - www.youtube.com - Time! Forward! during the part of the opening ceremony depicting the Stalinst era Electrification of the Soviet Union. Time ! Forward ! was written by George Smirdirov and used in the opening scenes of a Soviet motion picture of the same name. Time ! Forward ! was also used in the dance program of the Soviet ice-dance stars Irena Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev, who dominated Olympic ice-dance during the 1970s. This makes its use in this ceremony doubly evocative.

 

 

+ Olympic Sports:

- Mitteleuropa-approved Olympic Sports:

-- The Biathlon: Not a Langlauf-with-rifle event, but a downhill ski event with a squad MG like an MG42, FN MAG58, PKM or M60

-- The Grenade Throw: Legend has it that a big man could throw one of the Heer potato masher grenades 100 meters. There was even a sport-grenade produced, which had the same outline, in wood, but with a section of steel pipe of the same size and weight where the grenade body would be.

-- The Artillery Pull: Over a twenty-six mile course of thigh-deep mud, the team have to pull a 15cm artillery piece while pursued by a horde of starving Soviet infanterie, Hell bent on raping anything with a pulse and eating anything with a caloric value slightly higher than rock.

-- The Gulash Dash; Under sniper fire, an infantryman has to run 500m there and back with the squad Gulash tin to collect the squad's rashion of steaming Gulash. The course consists of flooded trenches, shell-holes, broken sections of wire and finally a spring across open, muddy ground.

-- See also: Carrera Pan-Alpina ; Hans-Ulrich Rudel's 3-day dash from behind Soviet lines all the way back to his home airfield after getting stuck

 

2014-FEB-05 - Start of the Winter Olympics at Sochi.

2014-FEB-01 - Death of Maximilian Schell Wikipedia - Maximilian Schell

 

Maximilian Schell
Maximilian Schell 1930-2014.

"Cross of Iron" - The Cross of Iron
Cross of Iron (1977) Wikipedia - Cross of Iron (1977)

Captain Stransky: I will show you how a true Prussian officer fights.
Sargeant Steiner: Then I will show you, where the Iron Crosses grow.

 

 

 

2014-FEB-01 - It is 2014 which means that 1914 is one hundred years ago. Seems like yesterday. The Great War 1914-1918, the war to end all wars, began in June 1914. To follow events you will find useful Chronology of the Great War 1914-1918 edited by Lord Edward Gleichen published by Greenhill Books (UK) and Stackpole Books (US), 2000, originally published in three parts Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, as Chronology of the War in 1918, 1919, 1920

2014-JAN-31 - Death of Miklós Jancsó Wikipedia - Miklós Jancsó . The Roundup (1966) Link - The Roundup (1966) a horrifying film. Witness the chilling scene at 00:50:00+

2014-JAN-24 - Davos World Economic Forum: This is always a great time to ski Davos because the hôtels are full of delegates, who are attending the events, which means that there are no skiers in the hôtels and the lifts and the slopes are all deserted.

2014-JAN-22 - Link - www.youtube.com - Trailer for the Expendables 3 www.youtube.com - Teaser trailer for the Expendables 3 (2014)

 

Kronstein, played by Vladek Sheybal, attends the meeting with the head of SPECTRE and Klebb, played by Lotte Lenya

2014-JAN-20 - Death of Claudio Abbado Wikipedia -

2014-JAN-19 - Started the page on border crossings. It may be a long time before all the material for this page is assembled. It's only taken me twenty years to get all this material into .html .

2014-JAN-18 - Death of Hiroo Onoda Wikipedia - Hiroo Onoda

Hiroo Onoda 1922-2014

 

 

2014-JAN-17 - Exploration: Zoo Quest for a Dragon including the Quest for the Paradise Birds by David Attenborough published by The Companion Book Club, London, 1959. Previous edition 1957. 1959 printing is expanded, and should be edition you obtain.
- Superb account of crossing Java, Bali, Borneo, Komodo, and Papua New Guinea. At that time Papua New Guinea still had large parts of Terra Incognita. Attenborough and his camera man have to improvise travel across the Indonesian islands, which at one point meant borrowing a Jeep upon which no two tires were the same. The voyage to Komodo began on what they thought was a fishing vessel but turned out to be manned by pirates who plotted to kill them and rob them. Worse still, the pirates had never sailed the treacherous waters around the islands, which included hazards such as giant tidal whirlpools.

2014-JAN-15 - On location, if a motion picture is being shot digitally, then a typical day's shooting will generate 500GB of footage. Sometimes four times that amount.

2014-JAN-13 - A superb site on exploration : - Link - Luxury Rogue http://luxuryrogue.travellerspoint.com/ - at www.twitter.com Link - Luxury Rogue at www.twitter.com

2014-JAN-04 - Magnificent site of photography of heavy industry Link - Viktomacha http://www.viktormacha.com/ - Enough to warm the heart of even the most exhausted Stakhanvite shock-worker !

 

St Peter's Moscow Road, Foyer East
Goldeneye (1995) : St Sophia, Moscow Road, London, GB

 

 

2014-JAN-01 - Prost Neu Jahr to all our readers.

 

2013-DEC - Death of Comrade General Mikhail Kalashnikov

Comrade General Mikhail Kalashnikov

 

 

2013-DEC-17 - They are all gone now: Richard, Oliver, Richard and now Peter

Death of Peter O'Toole Wikipedia - Peter O'Toole. I feel particularly miserable because it was difficult to get letters to Peter O'Toole which meant that interviewing him about his incredible career was not possible.

Peter O'Toole as T.E.Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). A gigantic figure in a gigantic role in an epic motion picture celebrating one of the most epic tales of all time
Peter O'Toole Wikipedia - Peter O'Toole as T.E.Lawrence in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962). A gigantic figure in a gigantic role in an epic motion picture celebrating one of the most epic tales of all time.

 

Hellraisers - The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed
"I do not regret one drop. We were young people who'd been children throughout the war – well, you can imagine what it felt like in 1945 to be free – not to be bombed, not to be rationed, not to be restricted. There was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm. We weren't solitary, boring drinkers, sipping vodka alone in a room. No, no, no: we went out on the town, baby, and we did our drinking in public!"

"The common denominator of all my friends is that they're dead. There was a time when I felt like a perpendicular cuckoo clock, popping up and down in pulpits saying: 'Fear no more the heat o' the sun.' They were dying like flies."

"One of Michael Caine’s favourite Peter O’Toole anecdotes involved his time as the older actor’s understudy for the Royal Court play The Long And The Short And The Tall, in 1959. O’Toole invited Caine to dinner, and they sat down to a plate of chips; the next thing Caine remembered was waking up in a strange flat. It was 5pm, two days later; curtain up was at 8pm. "Never ask what you did,” O’Toole told Caine later. “It's better not to know"

"I did quite enjoy the days when one went for a beer at one’s local in Paris and woke up in Corsica."

"It was around 1985 before I heard the news of President Kennedy's assassination."

 

 

Peter O'Toole types a letter on the set of "Lawrence of Arabia"
On fame, after starring in Lawrence of Arabia (1962): "I woke up one morning to find I was famous. Bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum. Nobody took any f---ing notice, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself."

 

Peter O'Toole and Jeffery Barnard seated at a table outside the Coach and Horses Inn, Soho, London GB smoking Senior Service cigarettes
Peter O'Toole and Jeffery Bernard Wikipedia - Jeffery Bernard seated at a table outside the Coach and Horses Inn Wikipedia - , Soho, London GB smoking Peter O'Toole's trademark Senior Service cigarettes. The Coach and Horses is a haunt for literarti, thespians, and press. Together with the Fitzroy Tavern Wikipedia - Fitzroy Tavern it is one of the two most important public houses in London.

 

 

2013-NOV- 25 - One of the falcons used in The Maltese Falcon (1941) Wikipedia - is sold for four million dollars at auction. Link - Link - Link - . Replicas Link - of varying quality have been available from various makers over the years. No evening of whiskey and late-night yarn-spinning is complete without a replica of the Falcon to preside over the table. The Maltese Falcon: One of the greatest stories every told.

John's Grill on Ellis Street, SF, now has a replica of the Falcon movie prop they used to have before it was stolen. Link -

 

The Maltese Falcon

 

2013-NOV-01 - Cameras: Avoid Canon's cash-back scheme.

 

 

Bullit (1968) on location, photography by Barry Feinstein of Steve McQueen driving the Ford Mustang

 

 

2013-OCT-05 - Red Hill (1995) is worth a look.

 

2013-OCT-04 - My friend Mike Hughes, killed in a plane crash Link - www.townhall.com - Death of Mike Hughes at Gunsite in plane crash Link - Gunsite.com - plane crash kills Mike Hughes Link - Gunsite.com - Memorial Service for Mike Hughes Link - www.myfoxphoenix.com - news report Mike Hughes plane crash at Gunsite.

 

2013-OCT-04 - Cinema Retro Wikipedia - Cinema Retro Link - Cinema Retro Magazine have published a special edition devoted to Dr No (1962)

Cinema Retro edition "Dr No"

2013-OCT-02 - There is an excellent month-long series of radio programmes on motion picture soundtracks and their composers on English radio station BBC Radio Three Link - BBC Radio Three "Sound of Cinema" season which may be followed over the internet. There are many interviews with the composers themselves and quite some number of anecdotes of dealing with famous directors and producers.

- BBC Radio Three www.twitter.com feed is here Link - BBC Radio 3 twitter feed.

- The www.twitter.com hashtag is #soundofcinema Link - #soundofcinema twitter posts

 

2013-OCT-01 - Douglas Hayward Wikipedia - Douglas Hayward Link - Douglas Hayward Tailors , tailor to many celebrities including Michael Caine in The Italian Job (1969) has now opened on Mount Street opposite Scott's Restaurant.

Douglas Hayward, Mount Street shop

 

 

 

Errol Flynn climbs the mast of the Zaca

 

2013-SEP-26 - Worth seeing: El Dia de la Bestia Wikipedia - El Dia de la Bestia

2013-SEP-08 - France has started sending speeding tickets to the drivers of automobiles with foreign license plates. When France introduced its gantry mounted digital speed cameras, originally, the computer system could only handle French registered automobiles. This has changed and they now send out tickets for excess speed as little as 10km/h over the limit. Further information when I receive it.

2013-AUG-20 - Death of writer Elmore Leonard Wikipedia - Elmore Leonard

2013-AUG-21 - Page on Predator (1987) is largely complete. Many scenes were shot in 'jungle' a few yards from the two main locations at Puerto Vallarta and Palenque in Mexico, and thus are impossible to find. The major scenes, such as the waterfall scenes, are recorded. Predator is one motion picture which keeps growing in one's estimation each time one reviews it and studies it more. A really outstanding motion picture in every respect.

2013-AUG-21 - Bullet to the Head (2012)Wikipedia - Link - is worth seeing. Well written, well crafted. An admirable piece of work.

2013-AUG-20 - Lamborghini's marine engine division appears to have been sold to one of the offshore teams. They produced the L804 V12 marine engine, which was the only other gasoline burning racing marine engine outside of Mercury Marine's V8s.

2013-AUG-15 - France - English Automobile Assocation route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s

 

2013-AUG-01 - This is Aston Martin's centenary year: Watch out for events held by the various owners clubs in your country.

Aston Martin David Brown hood badge from Aston Martin DBS

 

 

National Gallery, London
London: National Gallery Wiki - National Gallery Room 34, east wall.

 

 

2013-AUG-15 - Page added on AA route finding table across the French Riviera, circa late Sixties.

AA route finding tables for the French Riviera circa late 1960s
Maps of the Côte D'Azur showing distances circa 1960s

 

2013-JUL-17 - Top Gear Episode 03 Series 20 Wikipedia - Wiki Top Gear Link - BBC iPlayer Top Gear Series 20 Episode 03 - Hill Climb from Sierra Nevada Wikipedia - Sierra Nevada Wikipedia - Sierra Nevada , Granada Wikipedia - Granada Wikipedia - Granada A395 Wikipedia - Highest Paved Road in Europe to Veleta Wikipedia - Sierra Nevada Ski Station Wikipedia - Veleta Wikipedia - Veleta

2013-JUL-04 - The Richard Burton Diaries by Chris Williams make an interesting read. While Williams meticulously annotates the diaries to make Burton's references to places and people intelligible, he omits to place the year, month and location above each entry (probably because of space limitations) which leaves you with no idea which year you are in or where. Published diaries are difficult enough to read without this. It is interesting to contrast the biography of Ian Fleming, mainly because there is very little contrast: House parties, drinking, party games, exotic foreign locations, grumbling about other party guests being bores, affaires, drinking, party games ...

Richard Burton does read a lot and treats us to assessments of what he is reading as well as opinions of writers. Just as you would expect, Richard Burton is perspicaceous and a good assessor of character.

2013-JUL-04 - 1913 Alpine Trial recreated Link - 1913 Alpine Trial http://www.businessinsider.com/

2013-JUL-03 - 75th anniversay of the A4 Mallard Wikipedia - setting the world speed record Link - Yorkshire Post Link - British Pathe News on Joseph Duddington Link - .

A4 Mallard

 

 

2013-JUN-20 - An article from Classic and Sportscar magazine entitled "The Italian Job", which features a road trip by two Lamborghini SV to the locations used in The Italian Job (1969) .

2013-JUN-20 - Death of master couturier Jean-Louis Scherrer Wikipedia - Jean Louis

2013-JUN-19 - In The Italian Job (1969) , the sides and rear of the Harrington Legionaire coach display the "Charlie Croker Tours" moniker. On both sides and at the rear, the words MIDDLESEX ENGLAND appear below:

Harrington Legionaire ALR 453 B - Charlie Croker Tours Middlesex England


- Link - Classic Driver - The Thunderball Brietling at auction http://www.classicdriver.com/ The Brietling Top Time Chronograph used by James Bond in Thunderball at auction

- Link - ClassicDriver - Riva Tritone http://www.classicdriver.com/ 1960 Riva Tritone special ordered by Achille Roncoroni

2013-JUN-02 - Uploaded the route-finding tables which the crew of The Italian Job (1968) would have used to plot their route from England to the Val D'Aosta

2013-MAY-30 - Finished the page on The Searchers (1956)

2013-APR-02 - Couple of new sites on Dirty Harry (1971) Link - Diry Harry on Location - Dirty Harry on Location , Link - Inspector Harry Callahan Blogspot - Inspector Harry Callahan Blogspot

Rooftop panorama from the panning shot in the opening scene
Dirty Harry (1971): San Franciso: This is the rooftop of the Bank of America Building at 555 California used by Scorpio in his first murder. It overlooks the Holiday Inn, Chinatown, 750 Kearny Street, upon the roof of which was the swimming pool. The Bridge is the Bay Bridge. The overall direction of view is south east.

 

2013-FEB-07 - Sir Roger Moore Wikipedia - is supervising the remake Link - The Saint Blog of The Saint series, which will include a cameo by Sir Roger.

 

2013-JAN-31 - Death of fighter pilot Ed Rasimus Wikipedia - Ed Rasimus Link - Thundertales Blogspot. He was one of the best. A consummate all-rounder. Fighter pilot, warrior, hunter, historian, writer, gourmet, bon-viveur. Tireless political analyst. On two tours of Vietnam, Rasimus completed the prestigeous "100 Missions North" in Route Pack VI, over the the thick of the air defences around Hanoi. This was so dangerous that the "100 Missions North" decoration counts with the Ritterkreuz (Knight's Cross) when awarded with the medal for ninety days in contact with the enemy. A man bearing either of these decorations out-ranks all other men. Rasimus tells that during the worst weeks of the combat, when they were losing several aircraft a week, while walking-out he was saluted by a superior officer. As Napoleon said "There is no glory except that which lives in the minds of men" and this is the kind of glory that shall outlast the Earth itself.

Ed Rasimus

"Press on, Lead, we have your Six...."

 

 

2013-JAN-03 - Ace location hunter Mr Location , one of the "Big Four" will be moving his website soon.

2013-JAN-01 - Prost Neu Jahr to all our readers. Other projects prevent work on motion picture location at present.

2012-DEC-15 - The Expendables 2 (2012) is recommended. A very enjoyable adventure.

2012-DEC-15 - Screenshots for Dark of the Sun (1968)

2012-DEC-14 - Knight without Armour (1937) - Marlene Dietrich plays a countess escaping the horrors of the Russian Civil War. (Screenshots only)

2012-DEC-13 - Last year at Marienbad (1961) - screenshots only. Last Year at Marienbad (1961) inspired the scenery for the pre-credit "Kill Bond" teaser in From Russia with Love (1963) which was shot in the Renaissance Gardens at Pinewood Studios.

2012-DEC-12 - Extensive update for The Ipcress File (1965). The locations are now complete.

2012-DEC-10 - Death of Bob Munden Wikipedia - Bob Munden Link - Bob Munden Obituary world's fastest gun. God's Speed, Bob.

2012-NOV-30 - Association de Malfaiteurs (1987) Wikipedia - Association de Malfaiteurs Wikipedia - Association de Malfaiteurs - Screen shots only. The opening scene shows the classic French speed trap in operation from the mid Seventies to the mid Nineties.

2012-NOV-21 - The pistonheads on a 2011 touring taking in a lot of locations mentioned on this website. Link - Pistonheads in Europe

2012-NOV-12 - Link - May of Paris proposes ban on older vehicles Mayor of Paris proposes to ban older automobiles, motorcycles.

2012-NOV-09 - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Wikipedia - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Another motion picture shot entirely in Monument Valley. The Searchers (1956) Wikipedia - The Searchers will also be complete soon.

2012-NOV-01 - Erik Lorincz, The cocktail barman at the American Bar at the Savoy Hôtel in London are serving a Skyfall Cocktail, the ingredients of which are secret, presently. For the production of a Martini as described by Fleming in Casino Royale (1953) the American Bar have (supposedly) sourced some 1950s era of Gordon's gin and Smirnoff vodka in addition to some Kina Lillet Wikipedia - Kina Lillet. This is very worthy but I am skeptical when I hear "new old stock" stories because the wrist-watch trade use them a lot to cover the fact that they are trying to sell reproductions. I am prepared to be convinced by proof, however. The cost of the Martini appears to be the best part of a thousand Pounds (that is Pounds, not Euros or Dollars). At that price I would want to see proof.

2012-NOV-01 - Estate sale of master horologist George Daniels Wikipedia - George Daniels at Sotheby's in London Link - Sotheby's George Daniels Estate Sale

2012-OCT-31 - I have checked a few pages on the site and noticed that many pages have not uploaded, and finish about half way down the page. I am not sure why this is. When I upload again, they appear fully, all the way to the footers. If you cannot see the footers, the page has not uploaded fully. I checked the technical&equipment pages but I am now concerned that some of the large and important pages on movie locations may not be serving full pages. --- Some of the large movie pages have not loaded and may have been like that for weeks ---

 

Skyfall (2012)

2012-OCT-23 Première of Skyfall (2012) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England.

 

The South Steps of the Royal Albert Hall near the Stage Door.
South Steps and South Porch of the Royal Albert Hall from near the Stage Door, looking toward the Royal College of Music (frame left).

South Steps from Prince Consort Road
South Steps of the Royal Albert Hall from Prince Consort Road, eastern end in front of Albert Court. VIP's approached from Queen's Gate end.

Daniel Craig and Dame Judy Dench
Daniel Craig: »Hey look ! There is the guy from the Mitteleuropa website«

 

I have never ever seen so many glamorous women, nor so many outstandingly beautiful women, at any event, either sporting, of the arts, or of the movies, anywhere. Not the Kentucky Derby Wikipedia - , Royal Ascot Wikipedia - , the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Wikipedia - Prix de la Arc de Triomphe, not the Oscars Wikipedia - , BAFTAs Wikipedia - or Cannes Wikipedia - , not the Metropolitan Opera Wikipedia - , Royal Opera House Wikipedia - , nor La Scala Wikipedia - . It was breathtaking. It was like being at the center of the world. Thank you Ian Fleming. Thank you EON Productions. Thank you.

 

Skyfall (2012) is well worth seeing and ranks with the Connery Era Bond movies.

More photographs uploaded as soon as possible.

 

Skyfall Premiere, Royal Albert Hall, South Steps from Stage Door
Skyfall première, Royal Albert Hall, South Steps from Stage Door. The VIPs were dropped at the start of the red carpet which was about 150m down Prince Consort Road, walked in front of the big screen in front of the Royal College of Music (center left frame) and then all the way up the South Steps (center foreground) and past the monument (center) into the South Porch, then up the stairs into the restaurant which is around to the right, over the Stage Door.

- Link - Royal Albert Hall Video from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

 

Royal Albert Hall - Skyfall  Première

 

Premiere of Skyfall: Ticket

 

 

 

2012 -OCT-18 - They were not Divided (1950)

 

Desmond Llewellyn in "They were not Divided" (1950) and "Goldfinger" (1964)
Desmond Llewllyn, in in They were not Divided (1950) and Goldfinger (1964)

 

 

2012-OCT-20 - New anti-speed camera license plate Link - License Plate Flash

2012-OCT-11 - Uploaded a page on luggage, including James Bond's Q-Branch issue Swaine Adeney Brigg briefcase.

05-OCT-2012 - 50 years ago today James Bond arrived on screen with the premiere Wikipedia - release of Dr No (1962) of Dr No (1962) at the London Pavillion

29-SEP-2012 - Auction of James Bond memorabilia by Christie's to mark 50 years of Bond on film Link - Christie's Bond Auction

27-SEP-2012 - Death of actor Herbert Lom Wikipedia - Herbert Lom

2012-AUG-23 - Speedtrap iPhone APP Link - FoxNews on Speedtrap iPhone APP Link - Iphone

2012-JUN-19 - New Owner for the Aston Martin DBS used in The Persuaders! (1971) Link - Classic and Sports Car Link - AMOC - Aston Martin DBS - The Persuaders!

2012-AUG-19 - Death of Tony Scott Wikipedia - Tony Scott

2012-AUG-18 - Added screenshots from Flight to Tangier (1953) and obscure but good motion picture set in Tangier during the Cold War.

2012-AUG-12 - Stop Press ! Cinema Retro Wikipedia - Cinema Retro Link - Cinema Retro Magazine have a second, expanded special issue of their special on Where Eagles Dare (1968) featuring information which even I had not discovered:

Cinema Retro write:

When we first interviewed producer Elliott Kastner back in 2004, he told us, "You don't remake Sabrina. You don't remake The Blue Angel. You don't remake Casablanca and I won't remake Where Eagles Dare.

This is a stance that Cinema Retro has taken in regard to reprinting sold-out issues of our magazine. However, the response to our Movie Classics Special Issue #1 dedicated to this great WWII adventure was beyond our expectations and it sold out almost immediately when published in 2009. Since then, we have had many requests to republish and also saw the value of this issue exceed $200 per copy on eBay. Thus, we've bowed to the wishes of our readers and created an updated and expanded version of that classic issue. By doing so, we're not devaluing the original, which will remain a highly prized collector's item. Inside these pages, you will find the original issue (slightly changed with the addition of many new, rare photographs) plus new features that were not available to us at the time of the original printing. Topping it all off is an exclusive new interview with the film's director, Brian G. Hutton, plus an abundance of rarities we've just unearthed including another deleted sequence and original studio memos from the Kastner family files that shed light on who was supposed to star in the film (you won't believe it!). 

This new edition can be viewed as our sincere tribute to two wonderful friends who are associated with the film: Elliott Kastner and actress Ingrid Pitt, both of whom we lost in 2010. We mourn their passing and hope that this issue will stand as a tribute to their talents and enduring legacy.

 

2012-AUG-07 - MINI PARK LANE - Some years ago while hunting for the locations used in The Italian Job (1969) I discovered the location of the garage where Captain Croker recovers his Aston Martin DB4 at 77 Park Lane, London. The underground garage and building were occupied by BMW Park Lane Link - BMW Park Lane . After my discovery, they moved the showrooms of Mini Park Lane Link - Mini Park Lane to that building. Now, with BMW being a major Olympic sponsor, Mini Park Lane have made a short film starring three Minis, red, white and blue, called The Britalian Job Link - Daily Mail The Britalian Job Link - Top Gear The Britalian Job Link - Autoblog - The Britalian Job directed by Top Gear lead director Phil Churchward Link - Phil Churchward, which you may view here: Link - Youtube - The Britalian Job Link - Mini Park Lane - The Britalian Job. With inspiration and initiative such as this one wishes that this team had been given a rôle in planning and making the Olympics opening ceremony, which, in a crime of omission, did not feature either The Italian Job nor Sir Michael Caine. In my view the Olympic opening ceremony should have been started by Sir Michael Caine dropping the plunger on the explosive charge which blows the doors of a Post Office van. This omission would not have happened if Mr Bridger was still in charge. That is all I will say.

 

 

 

2012-AUG-01 - Link - Steve McQueen's Rolex at auction Steve McQueen's Rolex at Auction

2012-JUL-31 - 186mph Yamaha Motorcycle on six-lane highway in traffic Link - Yamaha 186mph six lane highway

2012-JUL-11 - Added images of the PzGr Patr 39/43 round for the 8.8cm KwK 43 L/71 gun of the Königstiger.

2012-JUL-07 - Artist Richard Wilson has installed an art work paying tribute to the final scene in The Italian Job (1969) Link - Richard Wilson's tribute to "The Italian Job"

2012-JUL-04 - Death of actor and screenwriter Eric Sykes Wikipedia - Eric Sykes who starred in Monte Carlo or Bust (1971).


Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas (left) and Eric Sykes (right).

 

2012-JUL-02 - "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" in London at the Barbican Center Link - Barbican Bond Link - Bond at the Barbican

2012-JUL-01 - Conduit Cut Blogspot Link - Conduit Cut Blogspot - The tailoring of Anthony Sinclair

2012-JUN-01 - Cinema Retro Link - Cinema Retro Magazine issued an edition devoted to James Bond in Motion

Cinema Retro

 

2012-JUN-20 - New Via Ferrata Wikipedia - Via Ferrata from Mürren to Gimmelwald Link - Via Ferrata Mürren Gimmelwald

2012-JUN-19 - Automobile Dealers Goodman-Reed Link - Goodman-Reed & Eastwood's Mercedes 250 Cabriolet of Santa Barbara have obtained the Mercedes-Benz W111 Cabriolet Wikipedia - Mercedes-Benz W111 given to Clint Eastwood by Elliot Kastner after the close of principal photography Wikipedia - Principal Photography on Where Eagles Dare. Kastner took a villa on the French Riviera at Cap Ferrat every summer and had invited many of the cast and crew to stay with him after they had finished Where Eagles Dare. Kastner kept the Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet at Cap Ferrat and Clint Eastwood so admired the car that Kastner gave it to him and had it shipped to California.

2012-JUN-11 - BOND: Anthony Sinclair names source of finance for resurrection Link - Anthony Sinclair name sources finance for resurrection

2012-JUN-03 - Death of Roy Salvadori Wikipedia - Roy Salvadori

2012-MAY-23 - Gunter Sachs's Riva Aquarama is sold at auction for GBP 385,250-00 (USD 608,645-00) Link - Sotheby's - Sachs's Riva approximately double book value.

2012-MAY-18 - Death of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Wikipedia - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

2012-MAY-17 - Auction of the estate of Gunter Sachs Wikipedia - Gunter Sachs Link - Playboys of the Sixties at Sotheby's Link - Reuters Link - Sotheby's - Day Auction Link - Sotheby's - Evening Auction Links - Artinfo Blog Link - Rocker Paris Blogspot Link - Financial Times of London Link - De Welt Link - Gunter Sachs estate auction Youtube , London, 22-23-MAY-2012, including his Riva Aquarama Wikipedia - Riva Aquarama Link - Sotheby's - Sachs's Riva Link - Artnet - Sachs's Riva. Like all luxury goods websites Sotheby's website is poor and has become worse since the ubiquity of Javascript in website construction. The pre-Javascript version was acceptable, superior to many luxury goods websites. If you have an interest in the lots then obtain a catalog immediately, it has some superb photographs of Gunter Sachs and his Riva Aquarama, which carries an estimate of USD 128,000 - USD 192,000. Sachs's luge, bobsleigh helmet, boots and pads are also being auctioned (lot 0320)

Gunter Sachs was a photographer, bobsleigh competitor, skier, aesthete, art collector and patron of the arts, bon viveur and monarch of all playboys. His life was marked by both great tragedy and great fortune.

 

Estate auction of Gunter Sachs at Sotheby's London

Cartier table cigarette case in gold, the property of Gunter Sachs
Gunter Sachs' table cigarette box in gold by Cartier

Gunter Sachs and his Riva Aquarama Dracula
Gunter Sachs and a his friends in his Riva Aquarama Dracula on the French Riviera. The auction catalog contains this image and a number of others at high resolution

Gunter Sachs

 

2012-MAY-12 - BOND: London England: Mount Street Galleries (opposite Scotts Restaurant) are selling a limited re-print's of Robert McGinnis's poster portrait of Roger Moore. Link - Mount Street Galleries

Roger Moore by Robert McGinnis

 

2012-MAY-12 - London Film Memorabilia Convention Link - London Film Memorabilia Convention

2012-MAY-12 - Death of Carroll Shelby Wikipedia - Carroll Shelby 1923-2012.

Death of Carroll Shelby

 

2012-MAY-10 - Speedtrap iPhone APP Link - FoxNews on Speedtrap iPhone APP Link - Iphone

2012-MAY-05 - More high resolution photographs of PzKw VI Tiger Ausf. E at Vimoutiers.

2012-MAY-05 - New photographs of the Auspuffhorn

2012-MAY-04 - BOND: Anthony Sinclair, tailor to Sean Connery's James Bond, to resume business. Link - Anthony Sinclair to resume business Link - Suits of James Bond

2012-APR-21 - Death of Tex Colson Wikipedia - Tex Colson

Tex Colson

2012-APR-15 - Death of Hal Chester Link - Hal Chester

2012-APR-13 - Death of Jim Marshall Wikipedia - Jim Marshall Link - Jim Marshall

2012-APR-05 - Small number of new photographs for Unternehmen Bernhard uploaded. For Where Eagles Dare (1968) I found the photograph of the Hutte guestbook for 1968 as well as a photograph of the lower meadow of the Dropzone. Numerous other photographs still mislaid.

2012-APR-05 - Death of F.A. Porsche, designer of the 911 Wikipedia - F.A. Porsche

2012-MAR - I am behind with answering my email and I am overloaded at present. If you have sent to me email , please accept my apologies for the delay in replying to you.

2012-MAR-10 - Added more high resolution photographs of the Königstiger at La Gleize, including battle damage.

2012-FEB-28 - A good site on sporting mountain roads of the world Link - Sporting Mountain Roads of the World

2012-FEB-27 - Added page devoted to maps - Maps - Karte. Most of the motion picture locations and rennsport locations require illustration via maps

2012-FEB-20 - Twitter feed now available. https://twitter.com/verlagmeyer I will reserve this for major annoucements such as if the webhost dies.

2011-JAN-18 - Added page on Tobacco, Cigarettes & Cigars and their appearance in Motion Pictures.

2011-JAN-07 - Death of stuntmaster Bob Anderson Link - Bob Anderson

2011-DEC-31 - Wishing all our readers Prost Neu Jahr !

2011-DEC-29 - Added page for all the locations at Pinewood Studios

2011-DEC-29 - Extensive additions to The Persuaders! (1971)

2011-DEC-25 - Wishing all our readers a Merry Christmas.

2011-DEC-21 - Wishing all our readers and enjoyable celebration of Solstice & Saturnalia

2011-DEC-16 - Added page on the Coppa di Dolomiti Wikipedia - Automobile Races in Italy Coppa di Dolomiti round-Dolomites rally.

2011-DEC - Unable to upload to the x10.com FTP server for a couple of weeks now.

2011-DEC-04 - Page on the Mahle piston for the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR race engine

2011-NOV-22 - Added maps for the Train-Boat-Plane race of 1931 from Kings Lynn on the coast of England to Ely.

2011-NOV-20 - Death of Sergio Scaglietti Wikipedia - Carrozzeria_ScagliettiWikipedia - ScagliettiWikipedia - Scaglietti Link - ScagliettiLink - ScagliettiLink - Washington Post

»Today is a sad day for Ferrari,« Ferrari said in a statement. »We lost a friend, a travel companion, a man who had his name forever connected to the Prancing Horse. Sergio Scaglietti leaves behind the legacy of an artist who, with his talent, created some of the most beautiful cars of our history.«

Sergio Scaglietti

 

2011-NOV-20 - Fallschirmjäger harness, parachute and parachute storage container.

Fallschirm

2011-NOV-11 - La Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti - The Circuit of the Dolomites Rally.

2011-OCT-25 - Death of master horologist George Daniels Link - George Daniels.

2011-OCT-22 - Full website satisfactorily uploaded.

2011-OCT-20 - Not all .JPGs have been uploaded. I am uploading the the .JPGs for the busiest pages first.

Stock Footage of Steam Locomotive and Train - The Saint and From Russia with Love
On the left is Episode One, Series One (1962) of The Saint Wikipedia - The Saint Wikipedia - The Saint Episodes, and on the right is the same stock footage used in From Russia with Love (1963). The locomotive appears to be a Black Five Wikipedia - Black Five. Other stock footage in that episode of The Saint shows the Black Five in BR livery Wikipedia - British Rail Livery with the BR lion symbol on the tender. Several pieces of stock footage of the same Black Five appear in this same episode.

 

2011-OCT-13 - Webhost problems resolved. All of .HTML files and most of the .JPGs are now uploaded.

2011-OCT-08 - Problems at webhost means that no pages are being served - Problem has persisted for three days.

2011-OCT-06 - Death of Diane Cilento Wikipedia - Diane Cilento

2011-OCT-04 - Ridley Scott is making a pre-quel to Alien entitled Prometheus Wikipedia - Prometheus . To be filmed in 3D and costing 160m USD. Sets are in construction at Pinewood.

2011-OCT-03 - Uploaded most of the remaining pages. Site nearly complete

2011-OCT-02 - Long upload session to FTP server

2011-OCT-01 - Long upload session to FTP server. Most of the important pages have been uploaded

2011-OCT-01 - Difficulty connecting to FTP server at x10hosting.com

2011-SEP-30 - Website partially uploaded. Unable to get onto FTP server to complete due to "rush hour" traffic.

2011-SEP-29 - Website has been up for less than an hour but already http://x10hosting.com/ is proving greatly superior to www.t35.com. The ftp server is fast and smooth and does not drop connections. Website should be back late tonight or during tomorrow.

2011-SEP-29 - I think we will be using www.mitteleuropa.x10.mx

2011-SEP-29 - Have tried to find new host urgently. If I had known I would have been testing new hosts for weeks. The best solution is a pay-domain with an index.html page on it and all the link off it to the pages, which are hosted on free sites. This way, permanent links can be created out on the web to the index.html on the pay domain and the pages on the free web host can be moved around whenever necessary.

2011-SEP-28 - Two days ago www.t35.com stopped their free web hosting service. I found out when I could not connect through ftp.t35.com for two days. This means that I have no web site and must find another free web host. There is a web page for Mitteleuropa at Picasa Link - Picasa Mitteleuropa onto which I will paste announcements.

2011-SEP-22 - 30 Years of the TGV. French Autoroutes in 1981.

1980 Autoroute Lyon Macon Geneve

2011-SEP-20 DDAC Durchfahrtspläne fur 150 deutsche Städte - DDAC's town plans of 150 German towns for 1939

DDAC Durchfahrtspläne fur 150 deutsche Städe
Berlin

2011-SEP-03 - From Russia with Love (1963) - SPECTRE Island

Pinewood Studios aerial shot showing the location used in the opening scene of "From Russia with Love" (1963)

 

 

Pinewood House from the air

 

 

2011-AUG-29 - English motorsport television program visit the Transf?g?r??an Highway DN7C across the Carparthians.

Top Gear Series 14 episode 01 Romania The Transfagarasan Highway DN7C

 

2011-AUG-27 - Something seriously wrong at web host ftp.t35.com because it is running very fast for once.

 

2011-AUG-22 - Web host www.t35.com have suddenly changed the domain name from www.mitteleuropa.t35.com to www.mitteleuropa.t35.me. I do not know the absolute size of the problem this will cause yet. It was difficult enough to find this site before this change.

 

2011-AUG-20

Royal Lancaster Hotel
Royal Lancaster Hôtel, 2008 and inset, 1968

 

2011-AUG-06 - Scarlet Empress (1934). Marlene Dietrich's best movie and one of the best movies of all time.

 

Junction of Colville Terrace and Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, England
The Duke of Wellington public house from the Harry Palmer series Bullet to Bejing (1995)

 

Looking south down Haymarket from Coventry Street
Looking south down Haymarket from the window of Ian Fleming's favorite restaurant.

 

2011-AUG-04 - The Mitteleuropa webpage at Picasa Link - Picasa Mitteleuropa. This has been added to house large images and to provide a subsidiary page should the hosting at www.t35.com fail. The entire site may have to be removed to another webhost and I will announce the redirection from that page.

2011-JUL-31 - Paris-Cannes: Racing the Train Blue

1935 Bentley Top Hat Saloon

 

Wittmann at Gaumesnil
Michael Wittmann's last mission

 

Schloss Kufstein from the North
Schloss Kufstein from the North

 

Interlaken to Meiringen

 

2011-JUL-01 - Birthday of the E-Type Jaguar 1961-2011 fifty years old. The full text of the communiqué of English motorsport journalist Jeremy Clarkson is worth reading if you can find it.

Birthday of the E-Type Jaguar

2011-JUL-01 - Impossible to get through to ftp.t35.com after 09:00HRS EST. I managed one upload session before 09:00HRS EST which may have been complete.

2011-JUN-22 - Unending difficulties trying to upload through ftp.t35.com mainly after 09:00HRS EST. Receiving emails telling me that www.mitteleuropa.t35.com is down which means that it must be down often because few people send to me emails and therefore many more people must be finding the website is down.

2011-JUN-19 - Dryderdale Hall, the manor house used as crime boss Cyril Kinnear's house in Get Carter (1971) is up for sale.Link - Link - Northern Echo

Dryderdale Hall

 

2011-JUN-11 - Death of Patrick Leigh-Fermor Wikipedia - Patrick Leigh-FermorLink - Patrick Leigh-FermorLink - Patrick Leigh-Fermor Obituary

Patrick Leigh-Fermor

 

Patrick Leigh-Fermor and W.Stanley Moss in German uniform on an SOE mission in Crete
Patrick Leigh-Fermor and W. Stanley Moss in German uniform on an SOE mission on Crete. Leigh-Fermor was a Byronic figure, able in both adventure and Arts & Letters.

 

2011-MAY-01 - Death of Sir Henry Cooper Wikipedia - Sir Henry Cooper. This image is of Sir Henry Cooper appearing in Royal Flash (1975) as John Gully MPWikipedia - John Gully, MP. In this scene a boxing match is staged between the John Gully and Oliver ReedWikipedia - Oliver Reed. Oliver Reed as a noted drinker and Sir Henry told that on the day of the shoot he could smell drink on the breath of Oliver. As the action started, Oliver deviated from the script slightly and punched Sir Henry on the cheek. Sir Henry was asked how he responded, and he said

»I chastised him severely«

which meant that he knocked Oliver Reed on his ass.

Death of Sir Henry Cooper


2011-MAY-11 - General connections to http://mitteleuropa.t35.com seem to have been poor which may have resulted in the website not appearing at all.

Wartime Wehrmacht map of the environs of Berlin 1939

2011-MAY-10 - Added images from The Tall Men (1955)Wikipedia - The Tall Ten, western with Clark Gable, Robert Ryan and Jane Russell. Period photographs of the Silver City Airways air ferry service have been added to Ian Fleming's novel Goldfinger (1959).

Fresh snow on the Dachstein from the Radstädter Hütte

2011-MAY-09 - Added page on Jochen Peiper.

2011-APR-16 - I have been able to upload to ftp.t35.com. Image search engines (such as images.google.com) are not picking up the images from the site. www.google.com is not picking up text from the site. It appears that this has been happening throughout 2011 from when the entire site was lost by www.t35.com.

2011-APR-10 - Still unable to reach ftp.t35.com to upload.

Zlatousk Soviet Navy dive watch, Belmorkanal papirossi cigarettes, Soviet Army compass, 7.62mm cartridge, Soviet cigarette papers

 

 

2011-APR-19 - Death of Serge Nubret Wikipedia - Serge Nubret

Serge Nubret 1938 - 2011

 

2011-APR-09 - Still unable to reach ftp.t35.com to upload.

2011-APR-09 - Death of Sidney Lumet Wikipedia - Sidney Lumet

Obituary - Sydney Lumet

2011-APR-08 - Problems continue when trying to reach ftp.t35.com. After 09:00 Eastern time it is impossible to get through to ftp.t35.com

DDAC 1939 map of Europe.

2011-MAR-31 - Problems uploading to ftp.t35.com over the last two weeks.

2011-MAR-23 - Death of Dame Elizabeth Taylor Wikipedia - Dame Elizabeth Taylor Link - Der SpiegelLink - LA TimesLink - NY TimesLink - Daily TelegraphLink - Daily TelegraphLink - FuneralLink - In PicturesLink - On Magazine Covers. Before his death, Richard Burton wrote to Elizabeth Taylor proposing that they be together again. She decided they would, but sadly he died before their reunion could be brought about. She kept the letter in her bedside drawer.


Death of Dame Elizabeth Taylor

 

Elizabeth Taylor by illustrator David Downton

 

2011-JAN-18 - Death of Kodachrome (1935-2011) Wikipedia - Kodachrome

Kodachrome

2011-MAR-03 - After the disaster at the web host last month, not all pages have loaded correctly. If you cannot see all the way to the menu footer at the bottom of the page, it has not loaded correctly. Please feel free to email me and I will upload it. It will take a long time for me to check all the pages myself.

2011-MAR-02 - Additions to The Eiger Sanction (1975).

2011-MAR-01 - Death of Jane Russell Wikipedia - Jane Russell

Obituary of Jane Russel

2011-FEB-13 - Entire site was uploaded but some images have not loaded at best quality. This will take time to remedy because each page much be checked.

2011-FEB-10 - Veteran actor, and Hollywood mainstay George Kennedy Wikipedia - George Kennedy will publish his memoirs entitled »Trust Me: A Memoir« this Fall of 2011. George Kennedy starred in movies such as The Eiger Sanction , The Dirty Dozen and Cool Hand Luke as well as finding time to fight in World War II.

2011-FEB-09 - The website .HTML and .JPGs have been restored. Normal service resumes.


2011-FEB-03 - Two thirds of the images have been re-uploaded. One third are still missing and will be uploaded as soon as I can make a good connection to ftp.t35.com

2011-JAN-30 - Death of John Barry Wikipedia - John Barry 1933 - 2011

John Barry 1933-2011

 

2011-JAN-29 - Uploading most of the image files I have managed to

2011-JAN-28 - Partial upload the images for The Italian Job pages. Most pages remain up but without images. The Mitteleuropa site appears to be up and serving pages but I am having difficulty uploading.

2011-JAN-22 - Serious problems at host. I had to upload all the pages again. Only some of those pages have their images uploaded, most are only .html text. There are problems getting through to the ftp host to get the images uploaded. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

2011-JAN-19 - There was an outage at the website host. The website would have been unavailable on the 18th, 19th and 20th. Normal service will be resumed as soon as the complete website can be uploaded again. This will take at least twenty-four hours.

 

2010-DEC-13 - Transsiberian (2008)Wikipedia - Transsiberian (2008)

Transsiberian 2008

2010-DEC-12 - Extensive additions to Goldfinger (1964).

Shirley Eaton in gold bodypaint as Jill Masterson on the set of the Hotel Room of the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort Hotel at Pinewood Studios

2010-NOV-23 - Shockingly: Ingrid Pitt Wikipedia - Ingrid Pitt dies.

Ingrid Pitt Obituary

 

2010-NOV-21 - Death of Henryk Górecki Wikipedia - Henryk Górecki.

Henryk Górecki 1933-2010

 

2010-OCT-27 - Aston Martin DB5, license plate BMT 216 A, sells for USD4.6m.

2010-OCT-25 - One of the pair of Aston Martin DB5, license plate BMT 216 A, used in Goldfinger (1964) arrives in England to be sold at auction.Link - BMT 216 A to be auctionedLink - BMT 216 A up for saleLink - EON's Aston Martin DB5Link - BMT 216 A sells for 2.6M GBP

2010-OCT-23 - Further light is shed upon the mystery watch which appears on Sean Connery's wrist in From Russia with Love (1963)Wikipedia - From Russia with Love (1963) when he leaves the Gypsy Camp: The watch appears on his wrist again in publicity still photographs for Shalako (1968) Wikipedia - Shalako.

 

2010-OCT-20 - Added paragraphs on the Auspuffhorn, a mysterious pre-war Aston Martin saloon fitted with smuggling devices for concealing diamonds being illegally shipped across Weimar Europa..

 

2010-OCT-18 - Added 1971 period map for the Riviera of The Persuaders! (1971).

The French Riviera of The Persuaders (1971) as it was in 1972

2010-OCT-13 - Added several more photographs for Ebensee and the Feuerkogelhutte in Where Eagles Dare (1968). Several still photographs from the set of Zum Wilden Hirsche.

2010-OCT-12 - Added text of Alistair MacLean's novel Where Eagles Dare (1968).

2010-OCT-10 - Death of Dame Joan Sutherland Wikipedia - Dame Joan Sutherland 1926-2010

Dame Joan Sutherland

2010-OCT-04 - Death of Sir Norman Wisdom Wikipedia - Sir Norman Wisdom 1915-2010

Obituary Sir Norman Widsdom

2010-OCT-02 - Added a list of the broadcasts of The Lives of Harry Lime.

2010-SEP-30 - They'll be no more episodes of The Persuaders. Tony Curtis Wikipedia - Tony Curtis 1925-2010.

Tony Curtis 1925-2010

In the first episode of The Persuaders Lord Brett Sinclair (Roger Moore) and Daniel Wilde (the late Tony Curtis) have not yet met each other and simultaneously arrive in the bar at the Hôtel de Paris. Tony Curtis overhears Roger Moore ordering a cocktail, a Creole Scream. A violent argument breaks out between Curtis and Moore over whether the Creole Scream should contain one olive, as asserted by Moore, or two olives, as asserted by Curtis. The argument develops into a fight and the hôtel bar is wrecked. Curtis and Moore are arrested and it is only the interjection of Judge Fulton which saves them from ninety days in jail.

So. Mix a Creole ScreamLink - Creole Scream and raise it in salute to the Life and Times of Tony Curtis. Requiesce in Pace.

4 cl white rum
2 cl dry vermouth
1 dash Angostura® bitters
1 cl grenadine syrup
1 green olive

Mix the rum, grenadine, vermouth and angostura. Shake with ice. Add the olive.

In honor of the late Tony Curtis, you should add two olives, not one.

 

2010-AUG-24 - Located a copy of The Lives of Harry Lime, the novel written as a sequel of short stories and radio broadcasts which followed the release of The Third Man (1949).

2010-AUG-08 - Added page on The Persuaders Wikipedia - The Persuaders! (1971) the Television series starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis who drive an Aston Martin DBS and a Ferrari Dino respectively. Locations are mainly London, Pinewood Studios, Black Park and the French Riviera.

2010-AUG-05 - Death of Italian scriptwriter Suso Cecchi Damico. Wikipedia - Suso Cecchi DamicoWikipedia - Suso Cecchi DamicoLink - Suso Cecchi Damico

2010-JUN-30 - Death of Elliot Kastner Wikipedia - Elliot Kastner

Suso Cecchi Damico

2010-JUL-15 - Death of Sir Charles MackerrasWikipedia - Sir Charles Mackerras Link - Sir Charles Mackerras

Sir Charles Mackerras

2010-JUN-24 - Addendum to the James Bond Rolex page: A technical FAQ for use in selecting wristwatches for action and adventure.

Brietling Emergency Transmitter

2010-JUN-24 - Full set of Photographs added for the Swiss Side of the Grand St Bernard Pass.

Grand St Bernard - Swiss Side

2010-JUN-23 - Small section on the classification of secret documents used by Military Intelligence, the classification 'EYES ONLY' by used by Ian Fleming as the title of his collection of short stories For Your Eyes Only.

For Your Eyes Only Document Stamps

2010-JUN-17 - Death of Sebastian Horsley Wikipedia - Sebastian HorsleyLink - Obituary Sebastian Horsley in The Chap Magazine , artist philosopher and writer.

Sebastian Horsely  1962 - 2010

2010-MAY-30 - Death of Dennis Hopper Link -

Death of Dennis Hopper

2010-MAY-29 Large update of photographs for the Col di Nivolet locations in The Italian Job including one more location: Harrington Hairpin

2010-MAY-25 More photographs for the James Bond Rolex page.

2010-MAY-05 Added a few more photographs of Mafia Welcome Location in The Italian Job.

2010-APR-17 Added Map for Zion Lodge for The Eiger Sanction

2010-JAN-27 - Death of Martin GraceLink - , Stuntman in many Bond Movies and friend of Roger Moore

2010-MAR-19 - Added new Film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)Wikipedia - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon filmed almost entirely in in Monument Valley Wikipedia - Monument Valley.

2010-MAR-19 - More materials for for The Italian Job and for The Eiger Sanction.

2010-MAR-02 - Death of Winston Churchill Link - , Grandson of Winston S.Churchill.

Winston Churchill, MP for Davyhulme, posing in front of a portrait of Winston S. Churchill

Winston Churchill, Randolf Churchill and Winston Churchill

2010-FEB-18 - Added new Film Stagecoach (1939) Wikipedia - Stagecoach (1939), the John Ford Wikipedia - John Ford Western which made John Wayne's name and one of several Movies John Ford would make in Monument Valley Wikipedia - Monument Valley.

2010-FEB-17 - More material added for Goldfinger.

2010-JAN-27 Death of Martin Grace, stuntman, 1942-2010.Link - Martin Grace, Stuntman

2010-JAN-01 - More Locations added for The Italian Job and for The Eiger Sanction.

Prost Neu Jahr !

2009-DEC-12 - Added full-text of Trevanian's 1972 Novel, The Eiger Sanction.

2009-DEC-04 - Added locations in Zion National ParkWikipedia - , Utah for The Eiger Sanction.

2009-NOV-20 - Added locations in Zürich Wikipedia - Zürich for The Eiger Sanction.

2009-NOV-13 - Added main Locations for Fleming's Novel Goldfinger including Maps and Pacenotes

2009-NOV-09 - Added some frames from the film for The Eiger Sanction

2009-OCT-27 - Article on the Aston Martin DBIII in Fleming's Novel Goldfinger.

2009-OCT-17 - Large quantities of new material added for Where Eagles Dare.

2009-OCT-03 - More photographs and maps added for Where Eagles Dare. More maps for Torino added to The Italian Job.

2009-SEP-21 - Added more maps for Torino.

2009-SEP-18 - Added photographs for On Her Majesty's Secret Service and The Eiger Sanction.

 

2009-SEP-17 Death of scriptwriter Troy Kennedy MartinLink - Obituary Troy Kennedy Martin, who wrote the script of The Italian Job

Troy Kennedy-Martin

2009-SEP-15 - Added photographs for On Her Majesty's Secret Service and From Russia with Love.

2009-SEP-13 - Added photographs for Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, added frames from the movie for Goldfinger and Rendezvous.

2009-SEP-08 - Added photographs of Locations for Goldfinger.

2009-SEP-07 - Added photographs of Locations in Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald for On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

2009-SEP-06 - Added Panoramas and photographs of the Grand St Bernard Pass for The Italian Job . Added frames from the movie and photographs of 'Auric Industries' for Goldfinger. Added some location photographs for From Russia with Love.

2009-AUG-29 - Added for The Italian Job a photographs of several locations including Peninsula Heights..

2009-AUG-19 - Added for The Italian Job a photographs of Harley Street, Crystal Palace where the Minis practice jumping, the Grand St Bernard overpass, the Royal Lancaster Hôtel.

2009-AUG-14 - Added location panorama for Where Eagles Dare in the Drop Zone, and photographs of Aigen Airfield.

2009-AUG-03 - Added location photographs for Where Eagles Dare in Lofer and at the Drop Zone.

2009-AUG-03 - Added Carrera Pan-Alpina to the page on Motor Touring in Europe

2009-AUG-01 - Added some frames from the motion picture Where Eagles Dare - Colonel Turner's Briefing.

2009-JUL-24 - Added maps of the Risico location, on the Lido di Venice.

2009-JUL-17 - Added photographs of the Risico location, on the Lido di Venice.

2009-JUL-03 - Where Eagles Dare: Added location photographs of the interior of Haus Egger at Lofer

2009-JUL-03 - Where Eagles Dare: Added location photographs of the gorge above Hallein; Lofer - the wooden barn; Aigen Airfield.

2009-JUL-03 - Eon's On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Added location photograph of the Ice Race

2009-JUL-01 - Eon's From Russia with Love - Added location photograph of Sirkeci station, showing Benz's table.

2009-JUL-01 - Where Eagles Dare: Added some locations photographs of the Drop Zone.

2009-JUN-30 - The Italian Job - Added location photographs of George Yard Underground Parking Lot

2009-JUN-19 - Eon's From Russia with Love - Added location photographs of the Bazaar entrance, plus a montage.

2009-JUN-17 - Added information and screenshots of Director Budd Boetticher's Cameo appearance in Tequila Sunrise.

2009-JUN-17 - Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love (1956) - Added more photographs and information

2009-JUN-14 - Ian Fleming's From Russia with Love (1956) - Added photographs of what was SMERSH headquarters

2009-JUN-12 - The Italian Job - Added two panoramas. One for the arrival in the Alps at Champex, the other for the Dormobile meeting the Harrington Legionnaire at Champex

2009-JUN-11 - The Italian Job - Added more locations

2009-JUN-10 - The Italian Job - Added annotated maps for Champex, where the arrival in the Alps is filmed.

2009-JUN-06 - The Italian Job - Added panorama composed of frames from the Autostrada intersection.

2009-JUN-04 - Added .torrents for Ride Lonesome, The Tall T, and Seven Men from Now on the Budd Boetticher page.

2009-JUN-02 - Added a little more on The Italian Job Grand St Bernard locations. Added a page on the Italian movie starring two E-type Jaguars Danger: Diabolik

2009-JUN-01 - Air France Flight 447 crashes Wikipedia - Air France Flight 447 , killing all passengers and crew. That is what happens you let teenagers program your flight control software.

2009-MAY-31 - Added page on the Westerns of Director Budd Boetticher, the locations of which have been hunted by renowned location hunter 'The Great Silence'.

2009-MAY-28 - The Italian Job - Added more locations in Torino, Torino-Aosta

2009-MAY-25 - The Italian Job - Added more locations in Torino

2009-MAY-22 - The Italian Job - Added more locations on the Grand St Bernard

2009-MAY-20 - The Italian Job - Added more locations on the Grand St Bernard

2009-MAY-18 - The Italian Job - Added frames of the Harrington Legionnaire Coach escaping through the Alps, Grand St Bernard and Col di Nivolet. Added frames of the Lamborghini Miura climbing the Grand St Bernard

2009-MAY-17 -The Italian Job - Added most of the locations for Torino

2009-MAY-05 - The Italian Job - Added more maps / frames from the movie

2009-MAY-02 - From Russia with Love - Adding location photographs of the Bazaar.

2009-MAY-02 - The Italian Job - Added more maps

2009-APR-28 - The Italian Job. Adding more maps and satellite images - Col di Nivolet, Grand St Bernard

2009-APR-27 - The Italian Job. Adding more maps and satellite images - Col di Nivolet

2009-APR-25 - The Italian Job. Adding more maps and satellite images - Grand St Bernard

2009-APR-20 - Where Eagles Dare: Adding more maps.

Topographic maps and 'then&now' photographs will be added later.

Plus more detailed information from the field notebooks.

I will add what I can for the present. I am trying to put up the most important and most interesting information first.

 

2009-APR-19 - Where Eagles Dare: Added more maps

2009-APR-16 - Where Eagles Dare: Added maps and photographs: Aigen im Ennstal

2009-APR-15 - Where Eagles Dare: Added maps and photographs; Lofer

2009-APR-14 - Where Eagles Dare: Added maps and photographs; Hallein; Werfen

 

2009-APR-13

Where Eagles Dare : Added Topographic relief map of Feuerkogel Cable-Car at Ebensee on Lake Traun.

Where Eagles Dare : Added photograph guide showing the window to which Burton and Eastwood climb on the rope.

Where Eagles Dare : Added orientation photographs of Burg Hohenwerfen.

Where Eagles Dare : Added orientation map

 

2009-APR-12

The Ipcress File : Added images of Blomfield Road and Kings Cross

The Italian Job : Added images of London Wall Street, the scene where Michael Caine rides the milk cart home.

Where Eagles Dare : Added excerpt from the Logbuch of the Junkers Ju 52 used to drop the paratroops

 

2007-MAY-07 - Death of Gunter Sachs Wikipedia - Gunter Sachs Link - Playboys of the Sixties Link - Blick Link - Gstaadlife

Gunter Sachs

Gunter Sachs riding a motorcycle

Gunter Sachs and wife Brigette Bardot

Gunter Sachs & Arriflex

Gunter Sachs, Gstaad, 1970s

Gunter Sachs and his wife Mirja heliskiing in St Moritz in the early Seventies
Gunter Sachs and his wife Mirja heliskiing in St Moritz in the early Seventies

 

2006-SEP-25 - Death of Colonel Jeff Cooper.

 

 

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