Monday, March 30, 2020

Mrs. Miniver

Greer Garson and Walter Pigeon

We see and hear about Dunkirk, as from the previous post : Just a Few Words. Seeing those young men, saved from absolutely certain death, fills me with pride. They were brave and dedicated to their countries.

The British people stood by them and gave the military all that they had.

One movie, Mrs. Miniver, released in 1942 presents the amazing commitment to these home bound men, women, and children.

A synopsis:

"A moving drama about a middle-class En
glish family learning to cope with war, told in a series of dramatic vignettes. The family, headed by the lovely and gracious matriarch, endures the departure of the father for the beaches at Dunkirk, the discovery of a wounded Nazi pilot, the death of the daughter-in-law in an air raid, and the entry of the son into the Royal Air Force." 

The Film that Goebbels Feared  :Winston Churchill credited Mrs Miniver with increasing American support for the war effort. A new programme finds out how the domestic drama changed history.

Greer Garson won the Best Actress for her phenomenal performance.

Please watch it. It would be a well spent 2 hours.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Just a Few Words

Just a few words

Over history, great speeches are given and sometimes they are remembered, most of the time not.   Some words will be recalled and forever stand tall in history.

According to different sites, some of the greatest orators of our written era are these few men: 

Lincoln,    Churchill,     Ghandi,     JFK,     

Nelson Mandela,
Martin Luther King Jr.,      Reagan,   and    Obama

What speaker about which to write? Which one strikes a chord?

Winston Churchill did something utterly amazing: he saved England with his words.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island...

If we can stand up to him (Hitler), all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.

...This was their finest hour.

Winston Churchill wrote six books about WW2, and forty-three books in total (which filled seventy-two volumes). When asked about how he would be remembered in history, "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."

Incredible man. Incredible words.

About 2 minutes long
actual footage, Dunkirk

About 3 minutes
The Darkest Hour 
Actor Gary Oldman
Best Actor in 2018
Key scene

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Game of Baseball

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Bats, balls, uniforms, cleats and dirt are out and ready for baseball. That also means there are teams of pro and not-so-pro players are ready to hit the diamond.

The fans are passionate, really passionate.  There are sports jerseys on fans of all ages and sizes.  Being clueless, I did not even know there was any sort of competition at all, except sport bars will soon show little else.

Baseball passion goes deep.

It is important to check out the gear.

And then there is soccer/football! Thank you, Dear Lord, for blessing us all with these future sport stars.

Indeed, sport passion runs deep and it also starts early. In fact, toss a ball out for these boys and girls, and the action DNA kicks in.

This was a repost from 1918. 5-1-2018.  Like all my re-posts, I do updates. These are newer videos and they fill me with giggles.