Richard Attenborough and two Jewish girls

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in latest | one comment

Richard Attenborough was the doyenne of the British Movie Industry. A great actor, director & producer and a lifelong Labour Party member and progressive voice who died five days short of his 91st birthday. Part of his social conscience was developed as the son of two Cambridge academics with strong egalitarian instincts. He was born […]

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Happy 94th Birthday to Maureen O’Hara

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Ireland | Comments Off on Happy 94th Birthday to Maureen O’Hara

The Skibbereen Eagle’s nomination for the title of “The most wonderful Irish woman in the world” is Hollywood Legend Maureen O’Hara who is still going strong at 94, having celebrated her birthday yesterday 17, August 2014. Seems like only yesterday the “Quiet Man” John Wayne was being offered a stick to beat “that beautiful wife!” […]

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Na-Nu, Na-Nu, Robin Williams

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in latest | Comments Off on Na-Nu, Na-Nu, Robin Williams

Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Rae, took to social media Monday night to remember  her father who was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, California, home near San Francisco earlier in the day. The 25-year-old actress posted a quote by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, taken from his timeless classic “The Little Prince,” […]

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The White Rose Group

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in Movies | one comment

In memory of Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst who were guillotined by the Nazis in Munich 70 years ago today for bravely opposing the Fascist Tyranny. The White Rose group were a small and very unrepresentative group of German students who have assumed enormous symbolic importance in modern Germany, particularly for young people, […]

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White Christmas

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 in Movies | Comments Off on White Christmas

Last weekend I enjoyed another lovely evening at Britain’s most beautiful cinema, The Rex in Berkhamsted, watching a digitally restored “White Christmas” in alarming Technicolor.  Lips have never looked so red, George Clooney’s aunt is wonderful, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are just great guys, the old General is the salt of the Earth and […]

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JR goes to the Big Oil Well in the Sky

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 in Movies | one comment

The original cast of Dallas I was sad to hear veteran actor Larry Hagman has died in Dallas, TX. Ill with throat cancer from his smoking days at the age of 81 he was in Dallas to reprise the TV series which made him famous and though in hospital had spent the Thanksgiving Holiday peacefully […]

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Elizabeth Taylor

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 in Movies | 2 comments

Elizabeth Taylor 1932 – 2011 Like many I was saddened at the passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor today. A great actress and humanitarian she had received the British honour and was entitled to use the style as she was born in Britain to American parents. She first achieved fame at the age of twelve thanks […]

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Priceless (Hors de prix)

Posted on Aug 9, 2009 in Movies | Comments Off on Priceless (Hors de prix)

It has long been the contention of the Celtic sage that there may be more wonderful actresses than Audrey Tautou but there is none more wondrous! I had wanted to see the French actress as the iconic couturier Coco Chanel, who died aged 87 in 1971, in her new movie ‘Coco Before Chanel’ -“Coco avant […]

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Gran Torino

Posted on Mar 29, 2009 in Movies | Comments Off on Gran Torino

The Celtic Sage has long complained about the endless popcorn movies emanating from the US of A and the stranglehold on movie distribution in the UK which means non-mainstream offerings find it impossible to find a screen. So our wide choice multiplexes fill up with derivative offerings designed by committees of cynical marketing wallahs. Therefore […]

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Le Rayon vert

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 in Movies | Comments Off on Le Rayon vert

Once again the local six screen multiplex offers a REDUCED choice as it is full of kid’s popcorn movies. There really needs to be an enquiry in the UK on how the two big chains, Odeon and UCI, have a stranglehold on distribution as the Odeons in particular seem to have the same movies running […]

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The Eagle On London

Schools to Prison on the Tube

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in latest | 15 comments

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | 18 comments

Millicent Fawcett

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Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

The Eagle on Ireland

The Longest Day

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Longest Day

Bloomsday 2019

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on Bloomsday 2019

My Old Man

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on My Old Man

An Irish song for May Day!

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on An Irish song for May Day!