Rolex’s POW pledge – How Hans Wisldorf aided the morale of the British POWs.

February 20, 2010

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Who wouldn’t like a free Rolex? Well, in 1943 you could get one, sent direct from Switzerland with a letter from the founder of Rolex himself, Hans Wilsdorf. The catch? You had to be a British POW. Not exactly where you’d most like to be at that time. Okay, so they weren’t exactly free. The […]

To Catch A Thief

February 16, 2010

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In 1955 Paramount Pictures released Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, and based on the 1952 novel by David Dodge. Hitchcock was already known as the master of suspense, but, whilst this film contained many of his usual motifs, such as the innocent man wronged and the cool blonde […]

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Robert McGinnis – Poster boy for the 1960s generation of film-makers.

February 11, 2010

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Robert McGinnis might not be a name that readily springs to mind when thinking of 1960s cinema. You might easily be forgiven for never having heard of him. After all, he is not an actor, director, producer or writer, yet he still remains responsible for some of the most enduring images in cinema from that […]

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Shaken or Stirred – The art of ordering a Martini.

January 17, 2010

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The Martini: Simple, elegant, classic. No other drink occupies such a prestigious place in our psyche, or has such iconic standing. From The Great Gatsby to Goldfinger, Cary Grant to Daniel Craig, it has stood the test of time and yet it seems so difficult to perfect. Shaken or stirred, twist or (olive on a) […]