Pearl Harbor – surprise attack or not?

May 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  After 7 December 1941 a lot of things changed forever in America. Until that day, for example, Americans could wander about the grounds surrounding the White House at will. Tourists would often peer in through the windows, hoping for a glimpse of the President or a family member. A high security fence was built on the edge of the grounds after Pearl and has been in place ever since. [...]

AVA GARDNER – Far from perfect but drop dead gorgeous.

April 30, 2015 // 7 Comments

    It all depends on your age group, I suppose, but most guys from mine seem to be in agreement that Ava Gardner was the sexiest woman ever to appear in American movies. Given the likes of Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and a couple of hundred more from the studio era alone, that is a pretty tall claim, but the camera certainly loved her. And so did [...]

Hollywood’s Oldest Stars

April 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

  So far, in the entire history of Hollywood movie stars, only five have managed to reach the ripe old age of 100 – three women and two men. There are, however, quite a few beating down the door to ‘The Hundred Club’, plus a handful who fell just a bit short. Here is a short rundown on the oldest Hollywood movie stars living and dead. Luise at the peak of her powers             [...]

ERROL FLYNN – Not nice, but no Nazi either.

April 28, 2015 // 18 Comments

  Errol Flynn was not a nice man. He was blessed with astonishingly good looks, charm and charisma, yet he lived his life in the singular pursuit of personal pleasure, a hedonist to the bone. Of all the books I have read on him, I do not recall the man ever doing anything for anyone other than himself. Those who knew him at the end said he was as self-centred as ever. At fifty he was a [...]

The Bali drug dealers – shoot them?

April 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

It would appear that time has at last run out for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the two leaders of the infamous ‘Bali 9’, the hard drug dealers with Australian passports who chose to ply their vile trade in a country that had very publicly made it clear what the penalty would be should they be caught. These men had a choice. We all have the same choice. Do we lead our lives, treating our [...]

‘The Sound of Music’ ( 1965 )

April 25, 2015 // 12 Comments

Enough has been written down the decades about this iconic musical to last a lifetime. I thought it might be interesting, instead, to find out what has happened to the cast members in the interim. Here is a brief rundown on the major players. Where possible I have included pictures of each player as he or she appeared in the movie, and how the children grew into adulthood, some 50 years down the [...]

The Scientology Set ( Pt 2 )

April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Yesterday I wrote a little about the Church of Scientology and its adherents (both past and present) in the world of entertainment. Alphabetically, I got as far as ‘G’. Here are the rest of them:     HAYES, Isaac: Singer/songwriter, occasional actor. An active Scientologist, the ‘church’ forced him to resign his role as ‘Chef’ on South Park because of the show’s stance on [...]

The Scientology Set ( Pt 1 )

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. One thing they are not short of in Hollywood (humility aside, of course) is scientologists. Most of us know about Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but there are many others, some of them quite prominent. Before I look at just who embraces this ‘thing’, perhaps a brief rundown of the concept might clarify it for those who are not quite sure what scientology [...]

Conspiracy or Cock-up?

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When asked for their opinion on why, for instance, America got caught with its pants down at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, historians tend to fall into one of two camps – conspiracy or cock-up. One school will argue that the US allowed the Japanese to attack, even pushed them into it; a scenario that must have involved more than one person, therefore (by definition) – a conspiracy. The [...]

Western Women ( Pt 1 )

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

There have been countless stories written about the men in the American West, but very few about the women, yet there were quite a few who achieved varying levels of fame and notoriety. Of course, most of them were just hard-working, dirt poor and ill-educated sodbusters’ wives, women who slaved from dawn till dusk alongside their husbands, raised their children, and died, usually very young. [...]
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