Cleopatra Burton Taylor and Harrison

15 Films That Made an Impression On My Younger Self

I’ve been tagged on Facebook again for another list. This time films.
Implied is that they are films that had most impact. So I’ve elected to pick a set that reflects films that, seen when very young, have stayed with me. I will, given the chance always watch again. Cue family groaning… Needless to say, given may age, they were mostly enjoyed at home on the telly. In fact I believe the only one I have ever seen in the cinema, and much later in life, is Lawrence of Arabia.

A Hard Day’s Night
The Ladykillers
The Third Man
Ice Cold In Alex
Lawrence of Arabia
I’m All Right Jack
The Naked Spur
Genevieve
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
A Matter Of Life And Death
Blow Up
Kind Hearts And Coronets
The Ipcress File
Cleopatra

Parallel Lines

Top 10 Books About Trains; No. 9 Parallel Lines by Ian Marchant

This week’s Guardian Newspaper published Andrew Martin’s stab at the Top Ten books about railways.

Proudly I can say that at No 9 is Parallel Lines (Or, Journeys on the Railway of Dreams) by Ian Marchant. I’m not only pleased to say he is one of my best friends but also I provided photos for his book.

What Andrew says about the book;

The “railway of dreams” is compared with the (“largely shit”) modern network as Marchant tries to comprehend rail enthusiasm. His journey by train through Britain and Ireland is apparently rambling, but is also compelling and amusing. The reader learns a lot about both British railway history and the cussed, ultimately humane character of the author.

And here are a few of the shots that never made the book…

blogging by Paul Williams