To Sir, With Love: entertaining!

We settled down with our wine and chips, back again in the Club Room. We had a nice chat, and then watched our film. Maureen spoke for all of us when she said that we are all really enjoying this.

To Sir, With Love (1967) is a British drama that deals with social and racial issues in inner city schools in London, England. It’s based on a 1959 autobiographical novel by the same name, by E.R. Braithwaite. James Cavell directed from his own screenplay.

Sidney Poitier played Mark Thackerey; “Sir”. He is so good-looking, and has such a lovely personality, he has a head start in this part. He played well the new teacher who is faced with educating a class of young adults who have been expelled from other schools as incorrigible. This is their last year in school, before they face the unforgiving outside world of reality. They don’t want to learn, and take a delight in baiting the teacher. The headmaster has given up on the pupils, and warns the inexperienced teacher not to worry too much, and wonders how long he will last before being broken.

Lulu, the singer, is among the group, and she was excellent, and also sings the film’s theme song, of the same name. Patricia Routledge, of Hyacinth Bucket, Keeping Up Appearances (1990-95), fame, played Clinty Clintridge. The rest of the actors were well-cast, and rang true.

Rang true, that is, if you overlook the fact that this is really not too realistic. It is a little bit sentimental, and a romantic take on the situation. The hooligans are true to form, and the attitudes of the staff are probably pretty true also. Sir is the ideal school master. He treats the young people as adults, and teaches them what they want, and need to know. He sets them the example of how to behave, and in the end, wins them over. He has been looking for a job as an engineer, and at the end of the film, tears up a job offer. He is not broken, he is going to stay. The happy ending leaves the audience feeling good. Obviously, this is what people like. The film grossed $42.500.000 in the United States on a budget of $650,000.


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Meaningfulness

I know most of you think I only use words with two syllables or less so why did I put a long word in a title. Simple answer would be I copied and pasted it. The more complicated answer is I wanted to share something profound. You get to take your pick.

I remember reading a memory book. (That sounds like a joke, doesn’t it?) In the book it used the term meaningfulness. We only remember things that are meaningful. That is why a mnemonic is so helpful. Heron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior don’t have much meaning to someone who has just heard the names of the Great Lakes but HOMES does. By connecting to HOMES we remember the Great Lakes. It is the hook that reels in the fish. ROY G BIV is meaningful to many of us because it connects to red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. We not only get all the colors of the spectrum but in the right order.

This is where I make the transition pass mnemonics to good writing. (Other people’s good writing.) Great writing has a way of making concepts meaningful. It is more than data and good logic but it tells a story. Often that story has pathos and humor. It gives us an image that makes things clear. Without that meaningfulness it is soon forgotten.

How does one best bring meaningfulness? That is the million dollar question. Literally it can make someone a million dollars in book sales, movies, or TV programs. The movie Rocky became meaningful by pairing music to video of exercising. Chariots of Fire too. A great comic in a short skit can crystallize the thought better than almost anyone. Images can be powerful. Using satire to make fun of the other side can persuade others to your side. Science fiction writers have a way of influencing the present by writing about the future. They start the dreams that make the inventions. They make the impossible common place. The common thing in my opinion is meaningfulness.

Anyone have a million dollar idea that you want to share with a Sock Puppet?


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Reward The Uninvolved

Sometimes you get a win because of your opponents timing.

Trump has the economy roaring, but if you recall, many blue states were jacking minimum wage to $15.00 just before the election, on the theory they would reap the political benefit.

Yesterday I encountered a restaurant crew who were excited that their paychecks were going up on 7/1.
They were all liberal millennials and the next younger group (what is their designator?), but one said “I guess Trump is raising wages” and the others nodded.

While raising the minimum wage is not a great idea, I have to smile at the America First side getting the credit for the Progressives legislation.

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A View From Twitter.

This caught my eye. He is apparently a long time Trump supporter, but here is a guy showing this to the world. I do believe we live in an age of miracles.

This kind of message bypasses all kinds of mental filters.

I do believe 2020 may make 2016 seem like a normal election with no surprises.


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We Could Run the World

I was just thinking about my brief exchange with member JJ today and frankly, over the years both here and at the legacy site. I wish we could run the legislative branch together. This is why:

I enjoy the fact that we both reach the same conclusions for completely different reasons. Her decisions are based upon religious and moral beliefs; mine are usually based upon pragmatism. Somehow, I believe this is an all-inclusive combination and could form the basis of true bipartisanship.

Now why can’t the others in D.C. figure this one out?


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Trump Does It His Way

Every once in a while the Standard writes a gem and this is one of them. Please read; it is a perfect analysis of our president. Fred Barnes got it so right.

https://www.weeklystandard.com/fred-barnes/trump-does-it-his-way

My favorite quote? President Trump now dictates to aides what he would like to see happen as opposed to seeking a range of views according to the NYT.


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