I'm starting to get the feeling "Prince" Andrew will get "sacrificed" to save the rest of the monarchy. When the Sunday Express and Mail on Sunday stick the boot in, you know the game is up.

A photo from to-day's bike ride. This was at the halfway point where I stopped beside the Caledonian Canal. It was a shame it wasn't as sunny at this particular point of the morning.

Apologies to @pla for nicking his style, and not even making a good job of it.

Labour have caught the LibDem ludicrous bar chart disease.

This leaflet is being distributed in the Inverclyde constituency. The SNP won this constituency in 2017 with 38.5% of the vote. The bar chart is quoting the share of the vote for the whole UK. The SNP only fields candidates in Scotland, hence the low vote share.

I'm making this the most disingenuous leaflet of , so far. However, I expect worse to come.

Last night I watched the 2nd half of El Cid (full movie is 184 mins). I enjoyed the experience. The cinematography is great, as is the score. A great spectacle. The direction could've done with some tightening. More use could've been made of Sophia Loren. Many of the supporting cast were great, particularly Geneviève Page.

The film made several allusions between El Cid & Christ. For example, the movie starts with EC carrying a crucifix. I wonder why.

Definitely worth seeing, but not top notch.

Some trivia for movie geeks.

Douglas Wilmer plays the part of the Emir of Zaragoza, as shown in the attached screengrab. Now, Wilmer has a striking resemblance to Basil Rathbone. I checked the cast listings to make sure it wasn't Rathbone. Rathbone appeared in some notable films in his time, including The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), but is best remembered in his role as Sherlock Holmes.

Wilmer is also best remembered for playing Holmes in the 1964 BBC TV series.

Coincidence? I think not.

At several points during the film the strange trees, shown in the attached screengrab, make an appearance. The trees have such an unusual shape that they must've been chosen specifically to add drama to the film's landscape shots.

I'd love to know more about these trees. Anyone know?

Last night's was:
El Cid (1961)

Directed by Anthony Mann, & starring Charlton Heston & Sophia Loren.

The tells the story of Castilian knight Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar AKA El Cid. From a position in the minor aristocracy, he rises to become the king's champion, and ultimately an almost mythical Spanish hero.

Fantastic cinematography, and a stirring score. A true epic at over three hours running time. I'll say more about the to-morrow, after I've watched the 2nd half.

art appreciation, ruined, don't read 

It's Friday.

I haven't done a caption contest for a while. So, here's a funny Jeremy Corbyn photo for you to Munch on.

Let's have your witty comments.

How the Conservatives see Nicola Sturgeon & Jeremy Corbyn.

How the rest of the World sees Boris Johnson.

Posting this photo for three reasons:

* it is a great photo
* amazing personal bravery
* Sanjay Hegde

August Landmesser
Blohm+Voss shipyard
Hamburg, Germany, 1936.


When I first saw the Golden Gate construction photos I mistakenly thought it was the Forth Road Bridge. The two bridges are quite similar, but the surrounding landscape is quite different.

The attached photo is of the Forth Road Bridge being constructed in 1962. The FRB is near Edinburgh.

Construction of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Construction began on January 5, 1933.

Well, I was close. BoJo has visited two "factories". The second was Roseisle Distillery, near Elgin. No sign of him meeting any members of the public. Feart.

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