Sound and Film and a Combat Medic

| February 26, 2017

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing… …and the Oscar goes to…the team of Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace for their work on Hacksaw Ridge the story of American soldier and conscientious objector Desmond Doss. The story of Desmond Doss was a familiar one to me and the Mel Gibson film certainly did […]

Remember them Well

| November 4, 2016

Mountains and Places – Any Day and Any Table Many of us enjoy watching movies time and time again. Each year I promise myself to find a few others and as I sit with pencil and paper in hand, neatly levered into my chair – my place, I jot down a few titles or more. […]

The Water Diviner and the Search for Canadian Great War Stories

| August 29, 2015

Finding Water – Finding Story When I was young, some forty years ago, I came to British Columbia and lived near a place that my maternal family had called home since the 1860s. Having lived in many places, across Canada and overseas, this new place of generational connection was foreign to me. Yet I wanted […]

Rhodes Scholars Lost in the Great War

| June 23, 2015

Individuals Are Not Nations It may have taken a while – yet once again I have managed to relocate a section of the library stacks familiar to me many years ago. With development at the University’s library rows upon rows of books have shifted to other areas of this repository of knowledge. I love my […]

London Scottish Film Stars

| March 5, 2015

Actors and the Great War Seemingly one just has to ferret about the internet and much will be revealed simply by coming up with the right combination of search terms. Recently I was reviewing none other than Basil Rathbone’s Great War service, with the Liverpool Scottish, when I learned of three actors who served during […]