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Book Review – The Story of U.S. Gold

7 October 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch reviews The Story of U.S. Gold…

Any child of the 1980’s – perhaps early 90’s too – will have the medallion of U.S. Gold burnt into their brain.  You’ll possibly blink and it’s scarred onto your retina for it was emblazoned on virtually – what seemed like – every advert, game, free poster, bouncing novelty whatever.  I myself was one of those children that hunted out these American Classics that flowed across our country, they occupied every independent gaming shop, Boots, John Menzies, practically anywhere with a shelf.  Though what I didn’t realise until reading Chris Wilkins & Roger M. Keans, The Story of U.S. Gold, is that they were as American as Fish & Chips and Coronation Street!?

It’s true!  From the streets of Birmingham comes Geoff Brown, a former musician and maths teacher, who had a love for computers from when they first emerged in the homes, »

- Villordsutch

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The Dam Busters: hits its targets – and doesn't dumb down

7 August 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Anderson’s 1955 dramatisation of the 1943 Raf mission to bomb German dams is fairly true to life and bounces along entertainingly

The Dam Busters (1955)

Director: Michael Anderson

Entertainment grade: A–

History grade: B+

On the night of 16-17 May 1943, 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force – later nicknamed the Dam Busters – carried out Operation Chastise to attack German dams in the Ruhr valley. The last surviving pilot, New Zealander Les Munro – who is name-checked twice in the film – died this week at the age of 96. Just two of the original 133 Dam Busters are still alive (George “Johnny” Johnson, from the UK, who was a bomb-aimer and Canadian front-gunner Fred Sutherland); 53 were killed during the operation. Three men who baled out of planes that were shot down were taken prisoner by the Germans

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