Last night, my family and I naturally joined in with the 8pm clap for Health Careworkers, we were worried that we’d be utter pratts in doing it but the entire estate as far as I can tell took part and a few even set off fireworks.

finally finished E C R Lorac’s “Murder by Matchlight” which I have been procrastinating over reading and it reached a satisfactory conclusion, as with a lot of books of the era there is an entire chapter summing up the crime and the conclusion which helped aide me a little bit on the odd moments I had forgotten about since I last picked it up. I am now going to plow on with James M Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” which seems a very simple read with the bulk of the book apparently taking place in conversations. The short sentences echo the styling of Hemingway but it seems less demanding on the reader… so far that is.

I have watched a few films and a few TV bits and bobs over the past week. The first was “Spiderman: Far From Home” which I saw in the cinema earlier in the year and it was a fun entertaining romp much needed. The second thing I watched was an episode of a 1960s/1970s show called “Strange Report” which starred Anthony Quayle, Anneke Wills, Kaz Garas and occasionally Charles Lloyd-Pack and Robert Hardy. It seemed fairly good but I will admit for reasons I don’t know I wasn’t really paying attention, I will no doubt watch it again.
Monday I watched Terence Fisher’s Spaceways, this dates from 1953 and despite the title this is a crime melodrama which has a vague science fiction setting of a rocket research station. It concerns a love triangle with one of the scientists with his wife and an old girl friend of his who works at the station, jealousy begins to show its ugly head and the wife soon disappears along with another member of the team. When rocket test goes wrong due to fuel displacement, suspicion soon falls on the central character. I will post a full review later. Last night I watched the mid-90s Addams family film which is still good fun and the cast effortlessly step into the shoes of the original cast- though I still maintain that the Uncle Fester amnesia plot is rather forced and pointless. This afternoon I watched an episode of the anthology series Armchair Theatre called “A Magnum for Schneider”, I was on the sofa not and not in an armchair so I did wonder if I was going to be allowed to watch it but I thought “sod it- they’ll never know”. The episode was written by James Mitchell who would later go on to write the drama “When the Boat Comes In” and had a man named Hunter (Ronald Radd) who runs a sort of secret service who deal with ‘disposals’ who hires a former agent (Edward Woodward) who retired to come back and take out a man called Schneider (Joseph Furst) who is using his import/export business to gun-run. It is an interesting episode and it is quite clear why the premise and character was picked up for a full series which arrived 5 months later under the title of “Callan”, this series really launched Edward Woodward’s career.

Not sure what else to say now. Be seeing you

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