In a previous post I recalled my memories of going every week to the Saturday morning pictures at the Granada Cinema in North Street in Rugby, the town where I lived.
As I thought more about the location of this once important part of the town I began to remember other buildings and places all around it in this part of the town and what they meant to me.
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Posted in Age of Innocence, Childhood, Europe, Food, France, History, Travel, United Kingdom
Tagged Evreux Town Twinning, Rugby Borough Council, Rugby Caldecott Park, Rugby Crown House, Rugby Granada Cinema, Rugby North Street, Rugby Saracen's Head Pub
Zulu has to be one of my favourite ever films because it was one of the first grown up films that I was ever taken to see at the cinema. As I have explained elsewhere my Dad was fond of anything military or heroic and stories don’t come much more heroic or military than this.
These are the facts: On 22nd January 1879 the Imperial British army suffered one of its worst ever defeats when Zulu forces massacred one thousand five hundred of its troops at Isandlhwana in South Africa. A short time after the main battle a Zulu force numbering over four thousand warriors advanced on a British hospital and supply garrison guarded by one hundred and thirty nine infantrymen at Rorke’s Drift.
The film tells the true story of the battle during which the British force gallantly defended the hospital and in doing so won eleven Victoria Crosses, which is the most ever awarded for one single engagement. The film takes a few historical liberties but it remains one of my favourites and of course I have a copy of it in my own DVD collection.
Talking about historical liberties what I find interesting is that if you buy the DVD now, Michael Caine is billed as the star but if you watch it Stanley Baker had top billing and he was the film’s producer as well, the film simply introduces Michael Caine in his first big film role. That’s how easily history is rewritten.
I like battle films and perhaps could have chosen ‘Waterloo’ or ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ but the fact is that none of these comes close to the dramatic impact of ZULU! Later that year dad bought the Zulu soundtrack LP for Christmas to play on our new record player. I’ve still got it but I don’t play it any more. I’ve also got dad’s book on the Zulu wars and his favourite Royal Doulton water colour painting of the defence of Rorke’s Drift.
Posted in Africa, Childhood, History, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Charge of the Light Brigade, Gonville Bromhead, John Rouse Marriott Chard, Michael Caine, Rugby Granada Cinema, South Wales Borderers, Stanley Baker, Victoria Cross, Waterloo, Zulu
In September 1964 the Sun newspaper was first published to replace the old fashioned Daily Herald. At about this time I had my first paper round and earned fifteen shillings (.75p) a week in return for getting up at six o’clock, six days a week, to lug a bag of newspapers around the village before going to school.
Thursday was a bad day because of the Radio and TV Times magazines but Friday was by far the worst because the addition of the Rugby Advertiser doubled the weight of the bag.
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Posted in Childhood, Europe, History, Literature, Postcards, United Kingdom
Tagged Hillmorton Chapel, Hillmorton County Junior School, Paper Rounds, Radio Times, Rugby Advertiser, Rugby Granada Cinema, School Reports, tagged 633 Squadron, The Sun Nespaper, Zulu