Pipes and Piping (If the Cap Fits)

Local Defence Volunteers. The original name of the British Home Guard (Dad's Army).

Local Defence Volunteers. The original name of the British Home Guard (Dad’s Army).

Dad’s Army: Part II

After posting the last blog and sitting back and allowing the little grey cells to wander it occurred to me that Dad’s Army must have explored the bagpipes. Sure enough with a little bit of searching we have managed to find the clip from If the Cap Fits included here for your viewing enjoyment. An easy path of discovery this time around but not always so with some projects. Some work (actually much work) is required to pull research projects together. Each sentence in a story or book takes an hour or more of searching and writing, checking and rechecking.

Thoughts on Research with Banzai Pipeline and Paper Clip Analogies

These wanderings of the grey cells however, are always fun and they remind me to keep digging and searching. It reminds me, as well, to encourage others to keep ferreting about, to think of new ways to find information. What we seek is the key that unlocks the door to our discoveries and sometimes these doors are not always obvious. My quest for discovery is always around the corner, or the next corner. One more thought, one more striking of the enter key and where will I wind up? Try thinking of different ways to ask the same question. What combination of words takes me to where I need to go?  (And don’t forget to search out old reference books hidden in the mezzanines of your local libraries, archives and other repositories.)

There is one project that I have worked on for many years, and as it started before the home computer and the internet, the gathering of information was, at one time, few and far between. Now, and at least a few times a year, I run the soldier’s names and units of my project through the pantheon of search engines and databases in a continual surfing of the web that has become my Banzai Pipeline. It is the challenge I enjoy and after all this time I still must remind myself “What was the Google search that got me here?” Still it is fun to ride the tube and see what comes out at the end. If only I could actually have that picture of me within the water’s curl!

Of course some ideas come to me quicker than others. Occasionally one becomes lost for words, these vowels and consonants becoming twisted paper clips with no purpose and no hope of regaining their form. So today’s ramblings are a tribute to the quest and discovery, the words that come from the references we have found and to the analogies that help us propel our ideas forward providing colour and imagination to our world of knowledge.

About The Author

Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and in Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was further amazed by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and with time he became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was entranced when he learned Weir had visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. The film "Gallipoli" alone led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii and Gallipoli. It was, however, when Paul watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", that Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests would be a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, he believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.


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