Monthly Archives: June 2010

East Fortune, Concorde, airships, et.al.

Today I made another trip to East Fortune. During the previous one I was the dutiful son-in-law. For this one, the dutiful grandfather. The contrast between the two visits was a real eye-opener for me. For the first there were reminiscences (father-in-law was in the Fleet Air Arm in the 1940s). For the second there was sheer wonderment – at biplanes, helicopters, Concorde (East Fortune has Concorde alpha-one), airships and rockets – all close-up and hands-on. And engines, of course (but those were for me, not for them).

The highlight, for a ten-year-old, was her flight-simulator-bloody-brilliant-landing of the R34 airship (here, then click numbers 2 and 3). She’s not in the photo, unfortunately. I was so gobsmacked by the way she controlled the thing that I forgot to take photos. I even found myself having to explain the differences between helium and hydrogen, and how it was stored in airships. The ten year old was taking it all in, as expected. But so was the three-year-old. As we drove out, a lot later, he asked ‘Papa, what’s a gasbag?’

Point taken.

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Fifth Gear

Fifth Gear is back! At last I can watch a programme on motoring and motors without the insufferable Clarkson!

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Turning in his grave? *Elementary, my dear Watson…

I have just bought the Jude Law Sherlock Holmes. Haven’t watched it yet, that’s a little something for the weekend (and if you remember barbers using that expression you really are getting old). It will make a real change from Jeremy Brett’s portrayal, he seemed to take over Holmes the way a military coup might take over a small country. His earlier performances were brilliant. The later ones became increasingly camp, and now when I occasionally watch one (a repeat of a repeat of a repeat) I can’t help wondering if Conan Doyle would even recognise his creation.

I realise of course that Law plays Watson, not Holmes. Holmes is played by Robert Downey, a name I can’t say I recognise and who has been in a lot of films I’ve never heard of. Let’s hope he’s good. Conan Doyle buffs will surely have been listening out for subterranean rumblings at Minstead Churchyard.

*as with many expressions attributed to authors, this one was not written by Doyle.

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