Newsletter Volume 32 Issue 9, Sep 2020
From The Editor
Yes, collectors are still revisiting, and sharing, some of their favourite old films Here are some links to films, from golden oldies to more recent. Some of them are only available for a short time, so get in quick to your favourite category:
A JB Priestley satire that is still relevant today.
WHEN WE ARE MARRIED Prunella Scales, Timothy West, Rosemary Leach, Bernard Cribbins, Joss Ackland
“When We Are Married is a comedy by the English dramatist, J. B. Priestley. It was first performed in London at the St. Martin’s Theatre, London on 11 October 1938, and transferred to the larger Prince’s Theatre in March 1939 and ran until 24 June of that year.
Rockets Galore 1958 (aka Mad Little Island)
A Compton Mackenzie satire that is still relevant today.
Stars: Jeannie Carson, Donald Sinden, Roland Culver, Noel Purcell, Gordon Jackson, (and Ronnie Corbett)
“Inhabitants of a small island in the Atlantic resist their government’s plan to make their home a missile base.
Oliver Twist 1948
“Stars: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh
An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
Seven Sweethearts (1940) Musical Comedy
Starring: Katheryn Grayson, Marsha Hunt, Cecilia Parker, Peggy Moran, Dorothy Morris, Frances Rafferty, Frances Raeburn, Van Heflin, Carl Esmond, S.Z. Sakall, Diana Lewis, Lewis Howard, Donald Meek, Louise Beavers
“Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, Regina, is spoiled and stage-struck while Billie, Victor, Albert, Cornelius, Peter and George work there as boys. Henry, momentarily attracted to Regina, realizes he is in love with Billie when he hears her sing.
Sylvia Scarlett (1935) Comedy Drama Director: Geroge Cukor
Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Brian Aherne, Edmund Gwenn, Dennie Moore, Natalie Paley
“When her father decides to flee to England, young Sylvia Scarlett must become Sylvester Scarlett and protect her father every step of the way, with the questionable help of plenty others.
The Student Prince (1954) Musical
Director: Richard Thorpe
Producer: Joe Pasternak
Writer: Sonya Levien & William Ludwig
Music: Sigmund Romberg
Starring: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, Mario Lanza (voice), John Ericson, Louis Calhern, S.Z. Sakall, Edmund Gwenn, Betta St. John, John Williams, Evelyn Varden, John Hoyt, Richard Anderson, Roger Allen, Steve Rowland, Chris Warfield, Gilbert Legay, Archer MacDonald, Charles Davis, John Qualen
It’s a Wonderful World (1939) Comedy-Mystery
Starring: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee
“When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)
Stars: Bette Davis, Penny Fuller, Christopher Guest
“An elderly widow must find meaning and activity in her life when her son suggests she is no longer capable of handling her own affairs.
Monte-Carlo TV Festival 1983 Winner Golden Nymph Bette Davis
Kiss Shot (1989) | Whoopi Goldberg Dorian Harewood Tasha Scott
“A single mother (Whoopi Goldberg) with bills turns professional pool shooter and meets a playboy (Dorian Harewood) who makes her miscue.”
The Kids Who Knew Too Much (1980)
Sharon Gless, Larry Cedar, Lloyd Haynes
“A daring political assassination plot envelops four kids in this fast paced Disney thriller. When a cryptic note is passed to young Bert Hale by a stranger he inadvertently holds the key to unravelling the sinister plot and shares this mysterious message with his friends. When the kids are unable to decipher the strange clue they turn to a determined newspaper reporter for help.
THE BRAT PATROL \\ FULL MOVIE \\ 1986 Sean Astin
“A group of military brats uncovers a plot to steal base equipment.
The acronymic B.R.A.T. Patrol originally aired as a 2-hour entry on The Disney Sunday Movie. The appropriately named title characters are the children of a group of Marine non-coms. Running roughshod around a UMC base, the “patrol’s” reputation is so bad that no one believes the kids’ story about overhearing a plot to steal valuable government equipment. In true Disney fashion, the kids take on the baddies themselves. Sean Astin is cast as the head BRAT, while Brian Keith (the ostensible “star,” though he’s billed fifth) does his usually over-loud overacting as the General. The B.R.A.T. Patrol first assembled for inspection on October 26, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi”
George’s Island 1989
“George (Nathaniel Moreau) lives with his grandfather, Captain Waters (Ian Bannen), a former sailor. When the young boy’s behavior annoys his teacher, Miss Birdwood (Sheila McCarthy), she suspects the captain’s bad influence is to blame and has the child placed in foster care. Captain Waters comes to rescue George and his fellow foster child, Bonnie (Vicki Ridler), from their abusive guardians. The trio flee to George’s Island, where they meet the ghost of pirate Captain Kidd (Gary Reineke)
Quicksand Full Movie In English | Michael Keaton | Michael Caine |
“Storyline : After a workaholic banker journeys to Monaco to investigate the suspicious activities of a company, he finds himself framed for murder and running for his life.”
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) Van Johnson, Joseph Cotten
“In the border town of Nogales, Arizona, a wealthy attorney and rancher is solicited by his escaped convict brother in aiding him to cross the border into Mexico where his wife and children are living in poverty.”
Framed (1990) Jeff Goldblum | Kristin Scott Thomas – Crime Comedy HD
“A talented artist seeks vengeance on the woman who got him banged up abroad.”
Bad Company (1995) Full Movie In English | Action – Thriller Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Barkin, Frank Langella
“Storyline : Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. “
Death Drums Along the River (1963) Richard Todd, Marianne Koch
(Based on Edgar Wallace’s Sanders of the River)
“A British colonial policeman in Africa investigates a murder in a hospital up river and ends up uncovering a plot involving diamond smuggling and the local indigenous tribe.”
(QESP Editor’s Note: Compare this with 26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation in our Science Section – the 26-Year-Old Woman is Charlette N’Guessan an Ivorian technology entrepreneur who is CEO and co-founder of the BACE Group.)
I Cover The Waterfront (1933) CLAUDETTE COLBERT
Stars: Ben Lyon, Claudette Colbert, Ernest Torrence Director: James Cruze An investigative reporter romances a suspected smuggler’s daughter.
Algiers (1938) HEDY LAMARR
Stars: Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Alan Hale Director: John Cromwell
“In this classic love story, an alluring tourist steals the heart of an infamous master thief but puts his life at risk when his mistress betrays him to the French authorities. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor and Best Cinematography!”
Perfect Witness (1989) Aidan Quinn | Brian Dennehy – Crime Thriller HD
“The sole witness to a mob hit is compelled to testify in a trial which could endanger the lives of him and his family.”
Rising Son – Matt Damon, Brian Dennehy, Piper Laurie, Emily Longstreth
“A factory foreman with 36 years experience becomes despondent after being laid off by his company which has just been taken over by a Japanese conglomerate and is unable to find any other work. Meanwhile, his son uses his father’s unemployment as an excuse to drop out of the pre-med program his father pressured him to enter.
Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971)
“Four elderly ladies with a lot of time on their hands get the idea to create a fictional “girl” for a computer dating service.
Stars: Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick, Sylvia Sidney, John Beradino, and Vince Edwards as Mal Weston
Count Five and Die (1957)
British movie, Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Annemarie Düringer, Nigel Patrick |
“American and British counter-espionage combine to convince the Germans the cross-channel invasion will be in the Netherlands instead of France.
Breakthrough -1979- Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum (FULL MOVIE)
In this sequel to Sam Peckinpah’s film ‘Cross of Iron’ German sergeant Steiner gets involved in anti-Hitler conspiracy, and saves the life of an American colonel.
The Stranger (1946) | Full Movie | Orson Welles | Edward G. Robinson | Loretta Young
“Watch The Stranger (1946) Full Movie on The Film Detective. The Stranger is a post-war suspense film about an escaped Nazi who disguises himself as an ordinary high school teacher in a small town in Connecticut. An officer for the war crimes commission, Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), is tasked with tracking down Franz Kindler (Welles), a mastermind of the concentration camps who, in the aftermath of World War II, has erased all traces of his identity and settled into suburban conformity. It is Welles’s third completed feature film as director and his first film noir, about a war crimes investigator tracking a high-ranking Nazi fugitive to a Connecticut town. It is the first Hollywood film to present documentary footage of the Holocaust.”
Red King, White Knight (1989) Tom Skerritt | Helen Mirren – Spy Thriller HD
“A retired CIA agent is sent back to the Soviet Union to substantiate rumors of an impending coup being orchestrated by the KGB.”
To Serve Them All My Days – Episode 1
“A BBC production from 1980 of “To Serve Them All My Days” by R. F. Delderfield. Starring John Duttine and Frank Middlemass.
Episode 1: David Powlett-Jones arrives to teach at Bamfylde public school in North Devon after being taken off the line in World War I due to shell-shock and other injuries.”
– (QESP Editor’s Note: If anyone has a favourite old film to share, send the link to me at [email protected] . Thanks, Ted )
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Abba – The Last Video (Official Video)
In full: Rowan Atkinson on free speech
2,037,287 views • Aug 15, 2018
Still relevant & still funny
September 5, 2020
This is how Italian family making tomato pasta ?? ? Love to watch the whole family working together
I got to pick grapes and squash them in the barrel by foot but this has always been on my list too! The simple things in life.
https://twitter.com/i/status/1302358140193828871 big hearted kitten
"so close i can almost taste it"
?: Imgur user OctopussSevenTwo pic.twitter.com/5ns6pzkGuA
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) September 5, 2020
https://twitter.com/i/status/1302292274521550850 big hearted pup
A rare video of me chasing my dreams
? IG pixieminiaussie pic.twitter.com/RzkzvOa9TW
— Aussies Doing Things (@aussiesdointhgs) September 5, 2020
UNILAD September 3, 2020
Encounter With A Pod Of Orcas
“But I was also thinking they eat seals and I’m in a black wetsuit”
This brave swimmer had an incredible encounter with a pod of orcas
This brave swimmer had an incredible encounter with a pod of orcas ?????UNILAD Adventure
Posted by UNILAD on Wednesday, 2 September 2020
A survival guide for staying at home
Evidence-based encouragement and useful links from The Conversation, 27 September 2020
“Whether you’re reading this in Coburg, Cairns, Katherine or Kalgoorlie, there’s a good chance life for you has changed since the beginning of this year. For one thing, we’ve learnt the challenges of spending time apart, alone and inside.
So today, let’s not talk about anything grim, and instead focus on you.
In this newsletter, we’re providing some evidence-based ways to stay sane, keep calm and get through the rest of 2020. Whether you’re struggling without a routine or simply feel overwhelmed by COVID-news and advice, it’s going to be OK.”
“In the middle of the shocking lockdown of North Melbourne public housing this July, another serious abuse of power was taking place:
Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate threatened to call police unless the City of Melbourne delivered more than 100 of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation-branded stubby holders to every apartment in a locked-down suburban public housing tower in July.
Ms Holgate’s written ultimatum…came days after Senator Hanson had labelled residents of the Melbourne towers “drug addicts” and “alcoholics”, and at the same time Australia Post was attempting to win over One Nation’s vote to ensure a temporary relaxation in daily postal services was not overturned by the Senate.*
* “Australia Post, Pauline Hanson and the locked down public housing tower” – Sydney Morning Herald, 10.09.20 ”
The Donald Trump won’t need his own library. His presidency is giving publishers plenty already
Creator Of ‘1619 Project’ On Trump’s ‘Patriotic Education’
September 18, 2020
“NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The New York Times “1619 Project,” about President Trump’s “patriotic education” commission and his attack on her project.”
4-Minute Listen, plus Transcript
Heard on All Things Considered
“In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed. In the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.
This Chinese cockroach farm houses a billion roaches, kept contained by a moat filled with hungry fish
By China correspondent Bill Birtles in Jinan, Shandong province
‘”We have 60 small rooms. There are 20 million cockroaches in each room. In total there are 1 billion cockroaches,” farm manager Yin Diansong tells me.
“Every day they can eat 50 tonnes of kitchen waste.”
“What started as an experiment to deal with food waste has blossomed into a commercial operation, although Mr Li admits it’s still early days and unclear if it will be profitable in the long term.
But the sprawling fields around the cockroach farm already have pigs, ducks, chickens and goats that are feeding on the nutrient-rich cockroach mix.”’
The Conversation Friday essay: shifting identities – performing sexual selves on social media
September 18, 2020
Emily van der Nagel, Lecturer in Social Media, Monash University
Katrin Tiidenberg, Associate Professor of Participatory Culture, Tallinn University
“Sex is fascinating, important, and sometimes scary. Sex is a normal part of life. Yet, the multiplicity and richness of sexual practices on social media rarely make it into everyday conversations.
Nudes, it seems, are now part of everyday life. On social media, there are platform rules around what kinds of adult content is allowed. Some platforms heavily restrict displays of nudity or sexual activity; others allow it. But between these rules, people engage in a variety of tactics to control what facets of their identities can be seen by their audiences.”
A computer predicts your thoughts, creating images based on them
Date: September 21, 2020
Source: University of Helsinki
(QESP Editor’s Note: The following is a link to a September 21, 2020 ScienceDaily paper from University of Helsinki. The original, with links to related material, is available at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200921091532.htm )
“Researchers have developed a technique in which a computer models visual perception by monitoring human brain signals. In a way, it is as if the computer tries to imagine what a human is thinking about. As a result of this imagining, the computer is able to produce entirely new information, such as fictional images that were never before seen. The technique is based on a novel brain-computer interface.”
The Tech Behind the Mind Reading Pangolin Dress
Stephen Cass, September 11, 2020
The electrode-outfitted Pangolin dress designed by researchers at Austria’s Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), medical engineering company G.tec, and fashion technology designer Anouk Wipprecht combines, analyzes, and converts the wearer’s neural signals into colors displayed by light-emitting diodes and servo-driven scales. The resulting display reflects the wearer’s mental state through light and motion. The dress utilizes a single-channel chip combining an amplifier, an analog-to-digital converter, and a digital signal processor; the chip’s low energy requirements mean it can be powered by a nearby base station and send data wirelessly. This would remove the need to connect patients to test systems in a wired setup, and even make batteries in wireless brain-computer interface systems redundant.
$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19
September 10, 2020
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation named the University of Washington’s David Baker to receive $3 million for his use of computers to design complex molecules, whose latest design may lead to new treatments for Covid-19. Baker’s Institute for Protein Design developed the Rosetta software for simulating folding and other protein interactions, which enabled citizen scientists to contribute to research via the FoldIT distributed computing network. The foundation said Baker was awarded the $3-million prize “for developing technology that allowed the design of proteins never seen before in nature, including novel proteins that have the potential for therapeutic intervention in human diseases.”
Association for Computing Machinery
26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation
September 7, 2020
‘BACE Group CEO Charlette N’Guessan, 26, is the first woman named to receive the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, for her team’s BACE API digital verification system. The system combines artificial intelligence and facial recognition to verify the identities of Africans remotely and in real time, by matching users’ live images to photos on passports or identity cards. Websites and online applications can use BACE API to confirm user identities via webcams. Said N’Guessan, “I will be happy if people are inspired by my story, being the first woman to win the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation and by my work as a woman in tech.”’
(QESP Editor’s Note: Compare with Death Drums Along the River in Home Entertainment – Edgar Wallace’s Sanders of the River)
Also to: AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) see below
Mobile Devices Offer Promise in Identity Solutions
September 10, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
While the use of smartphones is quite common, the world of identity management has yet to fully harness mobile technologies.
Swedish consortium unveils mammoth wind-powered car carrier
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 5 COMMENTS 3 MINUTE READJOSHUA S. HILL
“A Swedish consortium including ship design firm Wallenius Marine has unveiled a modern-day sailing ship which will be capable of carrying 6-7,000 vehicles and be able to reduce emissions for the trans-Atlantic crossing by 90%.”
Vegan leather made from mushrooms could mould the future of sustainable fashion
September 8, 2020 (QESP Editor’s Note: Amazing that they didn’t say ‘mold’ in the title, instead of mould)
“Going from a single spore to a finished fungi-derived leather product takes a couple of weeks. But raising a cow to maturity for bovine leather can take several years.”
Secure Quantum Communications Network the Largest of Its Kind
September 2, 2020
‘Scientists at the U.K.’s University of Bristol have developed a secure quantum communications network based on multiplexing entanglement, a process that can be used to produce a secure encryption key. Multiplexing entanglement splits photons from a single laser based on their wavelength, rather than linking users one-to-one. Bristol’s Siddarth Joshi said each wavelength can support a data stream, allowing the system to accommodate 50 to 100 users with existing hardware. Joshi says this method can be used to link millions of devices together, and his goal “is to build the quantum Internet.” ‘
Lessons from History
(QESP Editor’s Note: The Lady Juliana | The 18th-Century All-Women Prison Ship
1,345,862 views • Nov 14, 2019
“A tale as wild as the Seven Seas, the story of the Lady Juliana, a special convict ship full of prisoners sent to Australia, is one of the strangest in the continent’s history. The Lady Juliana had a specific mission: carrying a cargo of female prisoners the British government hoped would help reform the struggling convict colony in New South Wales. This motley crew of British women ultimately had a lasting impact on the history of Australia.”
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Quote of the Day
“With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of coronavirus and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?” – Jay Leno
Quote from Yesteryear
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” ? Howard Zinn.