The Anonymous Widower

Any Politician Who Advocates A Circuit Breaker Is Ignoring The Dynamics

As a Control Engineer, trying to control things with an on-off control like a circuit breaker is like trying to ride a bike only turning hard left or hard right.

We need to apply lots of small actions to nudge the pandemic to a safe equilibrium with the UK population.

  • A small action, I would do is shut betting shops, as this can be done on-line and most are owned by big groups, so commercial damage wouldn’t be great. Some staff surely could be redeployed.
  • I would also close down all religious services with more than six people. Obviously, God is working on a bigger project at the moment and is too busy to help with the pandemic.
  • I would also encourage working from home where possible, as that has been shown to reduce spread.

But perhaps we need to take some serious dramatic action.

Why not release the latest James Bond film on a Saturday evening on free-to-air television? And do it worldwide, except to China!

It wouldn’t do the cinemas any good, but if they got on with the next one, if this one is any good, everybody will flock to see it.

October 13, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 3 Comments

An Inappropriate Advert

I didn’t think that this taxi-advert was in good taste.

No Time To Die has been put back to the 12th of November.

May 4, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , | 3 Comments

If The Wig Fits, They’ll Wear It

The title of this post is the same as that of an article in the diary in today’s copy of The Times.

Apparently, there has been criticism, of the new film; The Children Act, about the wearing of wigs by barristers.

The tag line of the story, quoting a daily e-mail called The Brief is.

Who cares about accuracy?” The Americans expect to see English lawyers wearing bloody wigs.

C rarely wore her wig, if ever.

In fact, in one case that involved some Americans, they asked her, where they could buy one, so they could take it home as a souvenir.

August 31, 2018 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Will Danny Boyle Direct The Next Bond Film? Here’s What We Know So Far

The title of this post is the same as this article on the BBC web site.

Certainly today’s news gives lots of ideas for a plot.

 

March 18, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The Last Cowboy Rides On

Kirk Douglas is a hundred today.

I always liked his film; Lonely Are The Brave, ever since I watched it late one night, whilst programming Artemis.

Happy Birthday, Kirk!

December 9, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Did They Give This Building An Unlucky Name?

This article on the BBC describes a fire in a residential building called The Torch.

I suspect, if it is save, that the building will be renamed.

I’ve lived in a tower block in the Barbican and I can remember discussing with C at the time, the film Towering Inferno. It didn’t bother us living high in a tower, but we never saw the film.

I still haven’t!

February 21, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Why Should Hackers Censor What I Watch At The Cinema?

As one of my friends was born in Korea, I was quite looking to seeing The Interview.

However, it now appears that Sony has cancelled all showings of the film in response to threats from hackers.

In response, I will not buy any more Sony products. Not that I have for a couple of years.

Surely, the film makers were only following the route of Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

Properly used humour is a vicious weapon and I’ve been wondering what Joan Rivers would have said of the cancellation.

I hope that Have I got News For You give the whole story comprehensive coverage.

I decide what I watch, not dictators, hackers or those with weird political views!

At least the film will soon be available on the Internet, as Sony’s Plastic Collander Of Security, will have let at least one complete copy escape.

December 19, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | 2 Comments

The Titanic, Ipswich

This was my nickname for the Odeon cinema in Ipswich which was built in 1991.

I gave it the nickname, as I thought it would never be a success and would sink as the ill-fated liner did. According to this report from the Ipswich Star it lasted until 2005.

C and I only ever saw one film in the cinema.

It’s all very sad!

November 4, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The Battles Of Coronel And The Falkland Islands

Thebattles of Coronel and the Falkland Islamds were fought between the Royal and German Navies in the First World War. In 1927 a silent black and white drama/documentary was made telling the story of both battles called the Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands.

The British Film Institute have restored the film and on Friday, I went to see it at BFI Southbank.

It is a superb restoration to which has been  added a modern score. Usually, when films of this age are restored you see the odd bit of blankness on the screen. But not with this film!

The film is also unusual in that no actors are given any credits, but the Royal Navy ships, who played the actual combatants in both navies are named.

It is a serious reconstruction of the battles, but it is not without dramatic and comic moments.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and it reminded me of when at about eleven or so, I saw the Powell and Pressburger film; The Battle of the River Plate, made about the battle in December 1939. I had seen the film in the Rex cinema in Station Road, Wood Green, which was close to my father’s print works.

It would be interesting to see that again to compare it with the earlier one. Both were made with real warships!

 

If you want to see the film, but can’t get to a screening it is available for download on the BFI Player.

November 2, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

A Dog Of A Film

The Times today gave the film Pudsey: The Movie, the score of zero stars. The review included this paragraph.

Given the half-chewed dog’s dinner of a movie that resulted, it seems likely that makers of Pudsey the Dog: The Movie decided to maximise their investment by getting Pudsey to write the screenplay as well

No wonder, it’s being advertised on a high proportion of buses. The busometer is never wrong.

July 18, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment