22 NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1990 At Your Leisure
of the songs performed by Mr. Tawney to his own guitar accompaniment — has lashings of nostalgia and no lack of sardonic humour. Much is based on fact, if somewhat exaggerat- ed, and titles include Cheering the Queen, The Lean and Unwashed Tiffy, The Ballad of Sammy's Bar and Chicken on a Raft, all dating from the late '50s.
IN the third of the Neptune series of maritime cassettes, ex-Navy balladeer Cyril Tawney offers a collection of his own Navy songs. Sally Free and Easy — also the name of one
cassette is not simply a transfer from an old LP, but a new solo recording with several titles not on "In Port." Details of how to obtain the cassette can be found in an advertisement on page 23.
Incidentally, Mr. Tawney points out that the GRIPPING CAMPAIGN FOOTAGE
THE power of black and white film to portray the menace of sea battle, especially in sombre northern waters, is fully exploited in Tragedy and Triumph, latest in the Episodes of the Royal Navy video series. While there is intriguing pre-war footage, not least of yesteryear's primitive
Scores of famous ships feature — small, medium and large ones like the Glorious, Resolution, Warspite and Duke of York, not forgetting the Scharn- horst. The finale has contemporary shots of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fraser of North Cape and some of his senior officers and ratings recalling the battle with the restraint and "job to be done" attitude typical of those times. Roland Smith has produced another one to stir the memories of some and
remind many more. For details how to obtain the video, see advertisement in page 25.
naval aviation, it is the sea scenes associated with the Norwegian campaign and of ships involved in the Battle of North Cape which grip for their raw action. Much of it has the added dimension of being shot from the German side.
CUMBERLAND SNAPS UP A BEAUTY
DURING a break in operational commitments and syllabus training HMS Cumberland took the opportunity to further her connections with the beautiful county of Cuntbria.
Gregory handed over cheques totalling £3,000 lo three local charities. HMS Cumberland's ship's company participated in a variety of activities to raise the cash for St Stephen's House, Sunshine Homes and the NSPCC.
Mike Gregory also welcomed on board Cllr. Geoff Whalley, chairman of Cumbria County Council, Mr John Ford, Cum- bria's Chief Executive, and Cllr. Jim Parks, Mayor of Barrow-in-Furness. They had lunch on board and toured the ship. On a visit to Carlisle Capt.
Miss Great Britain, was imme- diately press-ganged by the ship's company to become Miss HMS Cumberland as well. Commanding officer Capt.
north west coast near Barrow- in-Furness, one of the town's loveliest residents. Miss Aman- da Dyson, flew out for a visit. Amanda, already crowned
While ihe frigate was off the
others are RO2(G) Tonks, AB(S) Sheppard and LS(S) Bedworth.
HMS Norfolk, first of the Duke class Type 23 frig- ates, has produced a com- missioning book. A 40-page softback, it is
filled with colour and black and white pictures of the ship, her ship's company, a history of her predeces- sors and articles on her close links with the Duke of Norfolk and the county. Copies, costing £5, may
Above: Amanda Dyson takes the chair on a visit to the Ops room. Beside her is Lieut, - Cdr. Best and (from left) the
be obtained by writing to The Supply Officer, HMS Norfolk, BFPO Ships. Che- ques should be made pay- able to "HMS Norfolk Wel- fare Fund".
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Above: Death-defying stunts are just what you expect from a hero. Arnold Schwarzenegger leaps into action in Total Recall.
AMONG its other virtues, Total Recall neatly sug- gests the way a science fiction writer's mind must work. We can imagine the story's author (Philip K. Dick) stuck in some airport-lounge purgatory or doubled up with a severe case of Delhi bel- ly, thinking to himself, "What's the point of holi- days, anyway? At the end all you have left are the memories."
if some future technology enables us to have memo- ries — say, the perfectly viv- id recollection of a fort- night's sin and sun in some exotic hot-spot — with all the messiness of real life edited out? Taking it further: wouldn't
And so a plot is born: what
most demanding fan of its star, A. Schwarzenegger. Equally impressive is the imaginative look of the film — you can see where the money went — as, for in- stance, the scenes set in a
Martian red-light district, where various mutants and extra-terrestrials hawk their rather startling wares. It's clear, incidentally, that
such a procedure be highly useful to people wanting to change their identity for pur- poses of espionage or infiltration? The ensuing yarn was published as We Can Re- member it for You Wholesale. and is now adapted for the screen as a super-produc- tion costing reportedly some sixty million dollars. It's an unusual film in that
it manages to combine a complex, provocative story with enough fights, hernia- defying stunts and general commotion to satisfy the
Red October, the plot of which depends on a context of East-West hostility, a scroll has been tacked on to the opening, assuring us that what we are about to see happened in 1964, "be- fore Gorbachev came to power". But '84 or '90, it's still a tallish-tale, relating the ad- venture of Russian naval captain Raimus (a grey- bearded Sean Connery) who
the film is a worldwide hit and that its backers will do very nicely out of their huge investment. An admittedly marginal consequence of the Cold War's abrupt suspension has been that several new thrillers have had to undergo last-minute tinkering, so as not to appear overtaken by events. In the case of The Hunt for
tension trio is Internal Af- fairs, in which Richard Gere decisively shakes off his he- roic image, playing a char- acter who's about as friend- ly as a sinkful of scorpions. As a crooked cop whose services include murder if the price is right, he creates a character of memorable nastiness, waging a cam- paign of psychological and physical warfare against the police investigator (Andy Garcia) who's determined to unmask him. It's an adult thriller, and an auspicious American debut for its British director, Mike Figgis. • The RNFC's Portsmouth Library has now moved from Sunny Walk to Building 1/ 154 situated on Main Road adjacent to No 5 Dock. — Bob Baker
cutting between its various sets of protagonists in Washington, Moscow and on board the several vessels involved, maintaining a sense of urgency if not al- ways of credibility. Last of this month's high-
Soviet forces, unsure of what sort of reception to ex- pect from a dangerously sceptical US fleet, poor old Raimus even has to contend with a KGB saboteur among his crew. The film bustles along,
decides to defect to the West, bringing his sonar in- audible sub along with him. Pursued by vengeful
ronicle reports the War week by week
LATEST in the enormously popular Chronicle series is Chronicle of the Second World War, which reports the news week by week from September 1939 to August 1945. This is accomplished — to-
Published by Longman/ Chronicle Communications at £29.95 hardback this is literally a weighty tome, recapturing both front line and home front. It was written by a team of leading journalists and checked for accuracy by military experts and historians. Derrik Mercer edited. Among the consultants were Admiral of Ihe Fleet Lord Lcwin, former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Defence Staff during the Falklands War, Field Marshal Sir John Stanier, former head of the British Army, and Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage, former Chief of Defence Intelligence and Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies. For some this book will bring
back memories, for others it will be a readable introduction to Ihose six dramatic years of global warfare. In all, it is a very useful reference.
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