Old Pathe newsreels are being put online. The site itself was quite fast loading at lunch time, but is now (9pm) running horribly slowly. When I manage to hit it at a bandwidth happy moment I’m going looking for footage of First World War tanks, because I have a model of the Mk.IV ‘Female’ sitting in my to-do pile.
I’d been ignoring the BBC’s Great Britons thing, until I discovered today that Brunel is a serious contender. You should vote for him. In the days of I’m a Celebrity Popstar’s Big Brother, Give Me Some Money it’s vitally important that someone who actually did something should come out on top. Darwin and Newton are second and third on my list. They should place high to show the importance of learning. Churchill was a great leader without a doubt, but we shouldn’t encourage the politicians by putting one of theirs on the top spot. And Diana? I’m not much of a republican, but to see a non-entity who married into a privileged and dysfunctional family lauded as Great is a bit pathetic. If it’s possible, she should be voted off the island.
Vote for Izzy! Do it now!