Category Archives: Film

Songs on Saturday ~ Jackie Wilson

love and music can change the world

Recently I’ve been pretty sick with this fucking terrible COVID-19 thing.  My symptoms were fairly mild, and I’ve pulled through fairly quickly.  One of the reasons I’ve recovered so fast is the support and love my friends have given me ~ that’s marvelous and it’s also helping now that I’m in lockdown.

This Jackie Wilson song is for them.

The Fred Astaire  / Ginger Rogers clip goes brilliantly.  And who ya gonna call…..?  (You have to remember Ghostbusters to get the connection.)

Please listen with my thanks.


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and she did it all backwards

in tall heels

Songs on Sunday ~ Lisa Gerrard

Sunday clears away the debris from the rest of the week

Something tells me that I should be posting more spiritual and inspirational music on Sundays than I’ve been doing thus far.  Ergo, this seems to be quite spiritual to me.

Lisa Gerrard is the most famous Australian singer, musician, and composer I’ve never heard of ~ a musical polymath and Renaissance woman.  Perhaps it’s time I listened to more of her work, on vinyl.

Please listen with reverence.


jack collier


one man’s weed is another man’s wildflower

Bond Themes

Bond.  James Bond.

The 25th Bond Film No Time To Die is out soon, with a theme song by Billie Eilish.  Nice song, great lyrics, cute singer, but Billie Eilish would never make the cut as a Bond Girl.  (Maybe that’s why there isn’t a great video to go with this theme.)

But there is only one true Bond theme.  This has been played sometime in every single Bond movie. (Don’t know why the Old Glory, there is nothing American about Bond films, Bond is a quintessential Englishman if ever there was one.)

Please listen without striking a pose.


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an Aston Martin features in more than half of all Bond Movies

Monochrome Monday ~ Bond, James Bond

I like to do some things the old-fashioned way







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Bond was not always saintly

but there’s a devil in all real men

Songs on Saturday

Bond, James Bond

There is a new Bond Movie out soon, with a new theme song.  There is only one Bond theme, maybe it’s not this from Billie Elish.

The name is Bond, James Bond.  She is good, but no vodka martini.

Please listen like an Englishman.

jack collier

not a Walther PPK

but that was just for show

Movie Night

it was Beauty killed the Beast

As it’s Valentine’s weekend, these are the movies I would have lined-up for my best girl to chose from for a feel-good movie night in.  Wine, appetisers, a log fire, and perhaps playing on the big-screen TV:

  1. When Harry Met Sally.
  2. Sleepless in Seattle.
  3. Groundhog Day.
  4. Ghostbusters..
  5. Casablanca.
  6. Beakfast At Tiffanys.
  7. Doctor Zhivago.
  8. Gone With The Wind.
  9. Grease.
  10. Die Hard, (just for Yippee Ki Yay, Mother Fucker).

Missing from my list are; Alien, As Good As It Gets, Beauty And The Beast, Blade Runner, The Blues Brothers, The Devil Wears Prada, Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Gladiator, The Great Escape, King Kong, Lady And The Tramp, The Magnificent Seven, The Maltese Falcon, Pretty Woman, The Princess Bride, Pulp Fiction, Singin’ In The Rain, Sparticus, Star Wars, The Thomas Crown Affair, Titanic, Wall-E and Zulu.

Perhaps not everyone’s glass of Cabernet, but I am open to suggestions.

Some say that you can tell a lot about a guy from his choice of movies.  And that if he really loves her he will order take-out.  All I know is that for every couple there exists their favourite movie, they just have to find it together.


jack collier

that scene has got to make every man ponder

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Fleetwood Mac

a chain is only ever as strong as its weakest link

I listened to this track on vinyl yesterday ~ the album Rumours.  The beat is incredibly powerful when you’re playing analogue music on a proper record player.

The guitar riff was used for many years as the opening theme for the BBC’s Grand Prix motor racing program.  There is a world of difference between how the digital version of this track sounds, and the experience you get from the analogue track.

It’s an album I’d play if ever I beak rule #2 and have a woman up here in the garret.

Please listen responsibly.


jack collier

Lotus 72 ~ the most successful Grand Prix car of all time


to avoid attachments and entanglements in foreign affairs

at 11 o’clock tonight Great Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union

the rest of Europe doesn’t like that much



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England has a rich history

it’s time we made some more

Shakespeare St Crispin’s Day

The Perils of Living Alone

we realise we are all alone when we need others the most

Gary Cooper in High Noon

Discharged from hospital and back at the garret much earlier than I expected.  At first it was very quiet and very strange in here, after the organised hustle and bustle at the hospital.  It was also cold, the heating was off, maybe I turned it off before I left.  The thing is, if you live alone you are completely responsible for what happens in your place.

The first time you try living alone can be both strange and exhilarating.  In theory you can do whatever you want whenever you want.  You can stay up late watching TV, or you might work through the night on your latest creative project with no threat of interruption.  You can decorate your place however you like.  If you want to be sexually promiscuous you can bring whomsoever you want back to your place, and if you want to smoke pot and drink all night you can do that too.  You don’t have to clean the place except when it suits you, and if you want to you can stay in bed all weekend.

The astute among you may have noticed a worrying trend in what I’ve just said.  If you live alone it’s very easy to lose control and start living the life of a lazy hedonist, and many who live alone adopt that lifestyle for the whole of the rest of their short, sad, dangerous, reprehensible lives.  There is another issue with living alone, you will have a higher probability of developing a mental illness than those who live with someone else, as long as the someone else is congenial.

For most of the time I have lived alone I have stayed sane and safe, displaying self-control and a sense of self-worth, but…..  every now and again I lost that control and became something of a hedonist alcoholic fool.  The thing is, I have enough money to afford to be a hedonist alcoholic from time to time without worrying about my finances ~ and that’s a dangerous place to be.

Things will be different now, I have put some secure checks and balances in place, I’m in the process of building myself a much stronger support network, and most importantly I don’t really want to suffer that much pain, or be at Death’s door again.  It’s all very well being able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, but it’s going to be much better if the things I do are worthwhile and benefit myself and others.  Most of all, I need to look after myself; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  I don’t want to find myself back in hospital, not knowing how I got there.

Some say they like to be alone, but hate to be lonely.  And that it’s OK to live a life others don’t understand.  All I know is that if you live alone you have nobody else to blame when things go wrong.


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for some, living alone is very like being in solitary confinement.

Christmas Fun ~ Crosby

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,
but if the white runs out I’ll drink the red.

As old and as cynical as I am, this song, at this time of year, can still bring a tear to my eye.  It reminds me of Christmases past, and gives me hope for Christmases still to come.

Please listen joyously.


jack collier

Snoopy always seems to have a white Christmas…..

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