Friday, June 25, 2004

TCM - Turner Classic Movies http://www.tcmonline.co.uk/listings/index.jsp
05:00 Seven Hills of Rome
Mario Lanza sings his heart out as the lead of this romantic tale of an TV star who flees to Rome for a much-needed break and falls in love with a local girl. D: Roy Rowland (1958)

A few false tune notes at the start but lots of out door tracking shots with trains and helicopter
I never liked him but at the end he showed his great talent as an operatic tenor


06:40 The Adventures of Quentin Durward
Robert Taylor takes the title role in this energetic swashbuckler, based on Walter Scott's historical classic. Also starring Kay Kendall (1955)

Robert Morley quite thin too
a silly fight scene hanging from bell ropes above a burning staircase

08:20 Lone Star
As the Texas war for independence rages, cattle baron Clark Gable battles the evil Broderick Crawford. Ava Gardner stars as the woman they both desire. D: Vincent Sherman (1952)

Black and white always gets me
I love the corny music too

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Die BR 143 der DB
German railway freaks
The World's longest tunnel page - Railway Tunnels in Norway statistics 2002 Norwegian railway network pdf

back with ARD tv by train from Asket through the tunnel to Drammen

Lieråsen 10 723 m 01.01.1973 2 tracks. (Asker) - Drammen
a cut and a brief shot of the traindriver at work
which is new to "die schönsten bahnstrecken"

This is the Bergen Olso line in Norway
NEVER TAKE A SLEEPING CAR on this route which is the most dramatic and beautiful I have ridden up over the mountain backbone of Norway through the snow sheds whithin sight of the glaciers.

OK Ok it was dark when the Sadlers Wells Opera took the train from Bern airport to Geneva because the latter airport was fog bound - the most memorable dining car then.

from the these ARD films I know I want to take the little railway from Italy to Switzerland

"There are easier ways of getting from Italy to Switzerland, but few are as spectacular as the train journey through the valley of the “hundred valleys”. Dale Bechtel took the 55-kilometre trip between the Italian city of Domodossola and Switzerland’s Locarno, which crosses 83 bridges and passes through more than 30 tunnels." swissinfo Travel - Western Switzerland

European Rail Passes, European Trains, Eurail, Eurostar by Euro Railways - Official Site


Useful Links

Saturday, June 19, 2004

ARD continues on rail

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/lochailort/lochailort/

Lochailort is described in an authoritative guide to the buildings of Scotland as "little more than a place name with a telephone kiosk at the head of Loch Ailort where the A861 joins the A830." Maybe they were pressed for space, but that description undersells the facilities and certainly the charm of this beautiful place.

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/mallaig/mallaig/


The railway station itself is the first and last place that many people see in Mallaig, whether on the normal service trains or on the regular excursions of the steam hauled Jacobite from Fort William, surely one of the most enjoyable ways to experience one of the world's most wonderful railway journeys.

61264 leaves fort william with the 10.20 jacobite to mallaig on 26 jul 2000 (ref: st61264_260700)

I took the sleeper up there to Fort William from Euston and continued by diesel and ferry to the Isle of Skye


ClockWorkMouse Productions

I keep forgetting to log on to writing buddies
dr.dk: Programoversigt: "09.00 Beethovens Tripelkoncert
Kungsbacka Klavertrioen.

Dirigent: Giordano Bellincampi."

too tired to sleep
but heavenly music

Friday, June 18, 2004

dr.dk: Programoversigt: "08.00 Tasmin Little spiller
Sibelius' Violinkoncert. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra."
just woken up

a chunk of Sibelius August 7 1996

ARD tv continuing along the West Highland line
in rain and greyness
by the Loch Eil 0505 am DK time

meanwhile
10PM-Midnight ET: American Civil War in Ancestral Digs
Join HOST FMLY Bill and HOST FMLY Jayne for fireside stories about the battles, the people and the social happenings during the American Civil time period. One Thursday a month is dedicated to the sharing of songs, poems and letters from that era. Visit our Historical Ancestors message board for continued discussion throughout the week.

is drawing to a close
ARD news told of the pointless murder of Paul Johnson
a helicopter mechanic - dumb terrorists proving again their inhumanity

sunshine in Scotland on the TV
the ice formed mountains in the background
with their concave valleys

Berlingske Tidende dropped in through my letter box

ARD crawling over a viaduct - it must be full of cracks 0525am
The World Time Server - correct, current, local: "New York, United States

11:26 PM
Friday, June 18, 2004 " GLENFINNAN STATION
Google Search: GLENFINNAN

Google Search: GLENFINNAN

Glenfinnan on the Road to the Isles, West Highlands of Scotland

Filming of the second Harry Potter book, 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' took place in September 2001 with 'Hogwarts Express' calling at Glenfinnan. Pupils from Lochaber High School were dressed in wizard robes as pupils of Hogwarts Castle, the School for Wizards.
529 am local time ends







Thursday, June 17, 2004

One of my cult tv programmes

DasErste.de - Programm - Heute im Ersten:

Die schönsten Bahnstrecken Europas
Führerstands-Mitfahrten
Schottland: Glasgow - Mallaig "

430 amm Danish time

Google Search: Führerstands-Mitfahrten

Videogalerie - ICE haut nah!

now Loch Eils O B = Loch Eil Outward Bound
This is a single platform station opened in connection with the nearby Outward Bound centre.

Live! At Last: "With Campbell lands all wasted, Montrose was forced to guess
To fight Argyll or Lord Seaforth on the road to Inverness.
It came to pass that Campbell's might was smashed on Loch Eils shore
And the terror of Clan Diarmaid will hold the glens no more"

Google Search: Glasgow - Mallaig

Locheilside
a tiny staion on the single line railway

Google Search: Locheilside
West Highland Railway (Mallaig Extension Railway)
RAILSCOT | Mallaig Extension Railway
MAILAIG is the terminus of the line. In former times the station had a large glazed roof, locomotive shed, turntable and sidings into the harbour. The photographs above were taken before the new approach road from the south was built to the seaward side of the railway. Since then the disused signalbox has been demolished. This signalbox was reputed to have the best view from any signalbox in the country; viewing the 'cocktail' islands of Eigg, Muck and Rhum.

The town and port of Mallaig was expanded drammatically by the arrival of the railway. Formerly the local port had been located at Arisaig, a fairly difficult port to enter and leave due to submerged rocks.<<