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February 2019



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Media Watch

I was up at six this morning so I’ve already heard a lot of radio. On every news bulletin it’s been announced that ‘Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s First Minister’ has blah blah. What a strange emphasis. It suggests that Northern Ireland has a second, third, possibly even a fourth Minister.

GMS was out to get me this morning. Aled Jones and Canon Ann Easter (the unlikely Chaplain to the Queen) were discussing the sad death of a friend and said that only Bob Dylan would do to remember her by. So they played Forever Young, causing crack-up number one. After a little more chat came Adele’s version of Make You Feel My Love. I nearly emailed in begging them to stop.

Nothing on television yesterday evening so I knitted socks to Ill Met by Moonlight, my latest from LoveFilm. Even though it’s a Powell and Pressburger film starring Dirk Bogarde, I didn’t like it. The film is based on the true story (look it up yourselves) of a SOE plot to capture a German general in Crete and ‘make the Germans look fools.’ This is typical of the kind of brave but crackpot scheme which lost lives while doing nothing at all to end the war. Film makers really should have known that the war was not won by suave British officers cocking an eyebrow and spouting poetry. And Dirk Bogarde looked too damned pleased with himself throughout.

photo from IMDb

When I was about twelve I had a photo of Dirk Bogarde on my bedroom wall. Little did I know.


Dirk Bogarde

Still impossibly, properly old-fashioned handsome, though, don't you think?

Re: Dirk Bogarde

Telly was particularly poor last night wasn't it?I watched dvds instead.

Dirk Bogarde was such a handsome man but I never cared for his films at all.

Re: Dirk Bogarde

Not even The Servant? I fell for him as a child (!) when he made the Doctor films but I can't bear those now.

As usual with LJ these replies are coming in the wrong order.

Re: Dirk Bogarde

Not even The Servant which is a very good film. My dislike of Bogarde runs deep and I really don't know why. Sometimes I just don't gel with some actors. Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Al Pacino are others, who I know are hugely talented, but their films leave me utterly unimpressed with the feeling I'd have enjoyed them more with a different actor. Clint Eastwood is another one who for me is a boring actor but a fantastic director.

Re: Dirk Bogarde

Oh yes! In a 1950s way.
Wasn't Patrick Leigh Fermor involved in that plot? I thought it made him a war hero in Britain.
Yes, that's right. Strangely, I think people now remember him more for his books.