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A Thousand Points of Light


Nate Beeler – Columbus Dispatch – 05122018


Merry Christmas Everyone: May Christmas be a Brexit New Year


BOB – Christmas Card – 23112018


Brexit Fun


Blower – Daily Telegraph – 12122018


Dividing the loot 


Ann Telnaes – Washington Post – 30102018




Graeme Bandeira – Yorkshire Post – 15122018


Health before the NHS: #2/2 – A Medical Revolution


About the series

Health-Medical Documentary hosted by Robert Winston, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Timeshift series in 2012

The Series

The Road to Recovery

In the early 20th century, getting treated if you were ill was a rudimentary, risky and costly business – a luxury few could afford. Using rare archive footage and personal testimony, the programme tells how ordinary people, GPs, midwives and local councils coped with a chaotic and ramshackle system as they struggled to deal with sickness and disease in the homes and communities of pre-World War Two Britain.

A Medical Revolution

At the beginning of the 20th century hospitals were forbidding places very much to be avoided – a last resort for the destitute rather than places you would go to get better. Using unique archive footage from an era when infectious disease was virtually untreatable and powerful first-hand accounts from patients, doctors and nurses, the programme explores the extraordinary transformation of the hospital from Victorian workhouse to modern centre of medicine. 

History of the Royal Navy – The Sun Never Sets 1919 – Present – #4/4


About the series

This History Channel series, hosted by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, explores the dramatic rise and decline of British naval power over the last 500 years. Since its creation under orders of King Henry VIII, the Royal Navy heralded Britain’s emergence as a global superpower, presiding over what was the largest colonial empire in world history. This documentary series explores the evolution of British sea power from wooden galleons and ships-of-the-line, through to ironclad dreadnoughts and modern aircraft carriers. Discover how the Royal Navy was created during the reign of King Henry VIII, travel with Sir Francis Drake aboard his famous ship Golden Hinde in 1577, admire Admiral Nelson’s triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and learn why so many illustrious ships were decommissioned at the end of the Falklands War. Produced by Perpetual Motion Films for The History Channel

The Sun Never Sets 1919-Present

The beginning of WWII found Winston Churchill standing alone and paying the price of the Naval Treaty limitations which allowed Germany and Japan to secretly build larger and more powerful ships. The loss of England’s superiority was devastatingly clear with the quick and deadly sinking of HMS HOOD and other powerful ships by Germany’s mighty monster, the BISMARCK, and deadly raider, the GRAF SPEE.
Alone in the Battle of the Atlantic among deadly submarine Wolfpacks, Admirals such as Sir Max Horton awakened the shocked British Admiralty and began the long fight back. With the rallying cry, “Sink The Bismarck!” and the successful pursuit of the GRAF SPEE, the Royal Navy began to turn the tide of the war. 
After WWII, the downsizing of the armed forces and decline of the British Empire, signaled the end of the Royal Navy as a world force. However, The Falklands War in 1982, and the sinking of the Argentine cruiser BELGRANO by a British nuclear submarine, once again demonstrated the continuing resolve and effectiveness of the Royal Navy. 
Today, with her nuclear missile submarines and jump-jet carriers, the Royal Navy remains a decisive force in NATO and a powerful reminder of the extraordinary centuries when Britannia ruled the waves

Crime Drama: Rose and Maloney – S02 E01 – Sarah Lancashire, Phil Davis


Hiatus, limited blogging for a while



Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats – S06 E07 – Mates Rates


Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the show’s early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the show’s main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops’ personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

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