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  1. Five of our group, photographed as they walk away from 10 Downing Street ( We were supposed to be delivering a petition to the PM at No 10) LEFT TO RIGHT - 1) Linda Benjamin, 2) Jim Smith, 3) ? Unknown, 4) A woman friend of Del Smith, 5) David Simkin (me)
  2. This photo shows the policeman on the right still simmering after my accidental attack. I am smiling as I walk away, but I was probably feeling pretty nervous after the scuffle with the afore mentioned policeman.
  3. Here is the first of three photographs showing Young Socialist from the Havering area outside 10 Downing Street on the day of the large anti-Vietnam War Demonstration in London on 17th March 1968. This picture shows me accidentally hitting the policeman outside No. 10 with my placard. To my left is Jim Smith, a fellow member of the Harold Hill Young Socialists. I was lucky that the policeman I clobbered by mistake cooled down quickly and did not take the incident any further. The bloke on the following BBC website describes how he was not so lucky. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/witness
  4. I agree that all these films are good examples of filmmaking. However, I would question whether two of these films (Godfather and Mean Streets), should be in the top ten. Martin Scorsese is obviously a great filmmaker but shouldn’t we demand more of him? The subject matter of Scorsese’s films give me concern. What do we learn about the human condition from his films? (Too much according to the Italian-American pressure groups.) For my taste, Scorsese gets too much pleasure of showing violence on the screen. This no doubts adds to his box-office appeal, but raises serious questions about his ob
  5. Chris Sweeney makes the point that many secondary school pupils "actively dislike" poetry. Many adults ( particularly those men who regard poetry as a "cissy" activity) have an antipathy to poetry. This may have something to do with the perception that poetry is "difficult", or as Chris puts it, less "accessible" than prose. It could also be associated with a reluctance to deal with personal feelings or emotions - many people feel awkward and embarrassed when a person shares their innermost feelings with them. As a teenager, I shared this antipathy towards poetry, but ironically it was a poem
  6. In February 2001, Observer film critic Philip French nominated his 10 best sporting films of all time. They were in order : 1) The Hustler ( Robert Rossen, 1961 ) - pool 2) Raging Bull ( Martin Scorsese, 1980 ) - boxing 3) This Sporting Life ( Lindsay Anderson, 1963 ) - rugby league 4) The Arsenal Stadium Mystery ( Thorold Dickinson, 1939 ) - football 5) The Longest Yard [aka The Mean Machine ] ( Robert Aldrich, 1974 )-American football 6) Chariots of Fire ( Hugh Hudson, 1981 ) athletics - running 7) National Velvet ( Clarence Brown, 1945 ) - steeple-chase horse racing 8) Eight Men O
  7. For what it's worth, here are, in chronological order, ten of the best films I have seen. 1. Seven Samurai ( Akira Kurosawa. Japan. 1954 ) 2. Battle of Algiers ( Gillo Pontecorvo. Italy/France/ Algiers. 1965 ) 3. Andrei Rublev ( Andrei Tarkovsky. USSR. 1966 ) 4. The Conformist ( Bernardo Bertolucci. Italy. 1969 ) 5. The Godfather ( Francis Ford Coppola. USA. 1972 ) 6. The Spirit of the Beehive ( Victor Erice. Spain. 1973 ) 7. Mean Streets ( Martin Scorsese. USA. 1973 ) 8. The Lacemaker ( Claude Goretta. Switz./ France. 1977 ) 9. The Tree of Wooden Clogs ( Ermanno Olmi. Italy.
  8. In John Simkin's reply to my posting, which posits the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin, he outlines Oswald's actions in connection with the shooting of President Kennedyand highlights those features which indicate that Oswald was not a professional hitman. The points mentioned by John ( the purchase of the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, etc. ) merely reinforce my argument that Lee Harvey Oswald was not part of an organised conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. When he discusses Oswald's possible motive, John writes : This is all well and good, but these are not the motives that I
  9. The Role of Lee Harvey Oswald Twenty years ago I was the co-author of a booklet entitled "The Kennedy File:The Assassination of President Kennedy," part of the Active Learning in The Humanities series published by Tressell Publications, a teachers' publishing co-operative. While working on the book, I read a large number of books on the Kennedy Assassination, most of which peddled a particular theory concerning the persons or groups who carried out the killing of the President. It soon became clear to me that there was in effect a "conspiracy theory industry" associated with the assassination
  10. I take it everyone will know of The Internet Public Library? http://www.ipl.org/div/books/ Thanks for the above 'tip off', ChristineS. This site not previously known to me. It is a great resource and I have added it to my "Favourites".
  11. For those interested in the early history of photography -daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, calotypes etc., I can recommend the following sites : The Daguerreian Society http://www.daguerre.org/home.html The Library of Congress - Daguerreotype Portraits and Views http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/daghtml/daghome.html Lost and Found - Rediscovering early photographic processes http://imsc.usc.edu/haptics/LostandFound/t...uerreotype.html http://imsc.usc.edu/haptics/LostandFound/t..._ambrotype.html University of Glasgow - The Calotype Process http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/hillandadamson/calo.html
  12. My name is David Simkin. I trained as a teacher in the early 1970s and taught in secondary schools in Essex from 1975 to 1982. In 1982, I moved to Brighton and from 1983 to 1993 I worked for Tressell Publications, a Teachers' Co-operative which produced active learning materials for primary and secondary schools. During my time with Tressell, I produced a number of books and learning packs in the field of History and Integrated Studies and designed several computer assisted learning packs and historical simulations. When Tressell Publications folded, I returned to teaching and worked briefly a
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