RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. The second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, she was built between 1909–11 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She carried 2,223 people.
Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. She also had a powerful wireless telegraph provided for the convenience of passengers as well as for operational use. Though she had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, she lacked enough lifeboats to accommodate all of those aboard. Because of outdated maritime safety regulations, she carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people — slightly more than half of the number travelling on the maiden voyage and one-third her total passenger and crew capacity.
After leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912, Titanic called at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown (now Cobh) in Ireland before heading westwards towards New York. On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles (600 km) south of Newfoundland, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm (ship’s time; GMT−3). The glancing collision caused Titanic’s hull plates to buckle inwards in a number of locations on her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea. Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partially filled. A disproportionate number of men — over 90% of those in Second Class — were left aboard because of a “women and children first” protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. Just before 2:20 am Titanic broke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Many of those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. Some, however, were rescued by lifeboats able to hold more passengers, and others able to board Collapsible A, partially submerged, or Collapsible B, floating upturned. The 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by RMS Carpathi


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The Inside of the White Slave Traffic (Moral, 1913)

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The Inside of the White Slave Traffic posterThe Inside of the White Slave Traffic (Moral, 1913)
Directed by Frank Beal
Starring Virginia Mann? and Edwin Carewe?

“White slavery” was a term quite familiar to audiences of the 1910s, but for the benefit of everyone else, let me explain. It was first used by Christian Evangelical magazines in the early 19th century in reference to European women being abducted by Muslims and forced to serve in the Sultan’s harem as concubines. Whether that ever actually happened didn’t matter much, the concept captured the public’s attention either way. By the 20th century, a few details had changed – Chinese brothels had largely supplanted Muslim harems and working-class Americans and recent immigrants had taken the place of European beauties – but the practice of white slavery was still rampant as far as most were concerned. It was the talk of all the moral crusaders and it led to…

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Mark Twain – Edison Film 1909

The iconic film of Mark Twain walking in front of Stormfield, his house in Redding Connecticut, where he would later die. TFG Film & Tape has performed a digital restoration to the 1909 Edison film of Mark Twain. The image has been flipped left to right to correct the camera-to-subject orientation. It has had it’s speed corrected from the camera frame rate of the day. The detail has been enhanced dramatically bringing out visuals never before seen. The fluctuations in the exposure have been reduced markedly making the image much more pleasing to watch. We hope you enjoy the results! Contact us for help with your film restoration projects. TFG Film & Tape 860-529-1877

Florence Balcombe and the war for Nosferatu

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Nosferatu Poster for the 1922 film Nosferatu.

In December 1878, Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe in St Anne’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street. Once pursued romantically by Oscar Wilde, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel James Balcombe of Clontarf was instead smitten by the future author of Dracula. A bust of the author can be found in the church today, celebrating the connections between the historic church and one of the most celebrated writers this city has produced. During a memorial service to mark the centenary of Stoker’s death, a copy of Dracula was carried to the altar of the church. I doubt that’s happened anywhere else!

Florence would outlive her husband by some twenty-five years, and lived to see Dracula become something of a classic. She also became entangled in a very bitter legal battle in 1922 over Nosferatu, the ground-breaking German Expressionist horror film. An unauthorised adaptation of  Stoker’s work…

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Trip to Nong Bua Lai

Nong Bua Lai – Nakhon Ratchasima Province N.E Thailand – Issan Region

This is where my good lady comes from and last week we made the trip to visit her Mum who is now in her mid eighties and still hail and hearty. I will not go into to much detail but basically they are farmers – rice farmers and now is harvest time.




Above sticky rice being cut by hand


A Buffalo who was not to happy to have visitors


Tan and her mother



One of two Buddhist temples in the village


Phimai Historical Park

Pimai is about an hours drive from Nong Bua Lai and makes for an nice day out.

The temple was built during the 11th and 12th century and what makes this temple unique is that is constructed as a Buddhist temple, even though the Khmer who built it were Hindu at the time. The Temple is regarded as being one of the finest examples of Khmer architecture in Thailand.

The temple marks one end of the Ancient Khmer Highway from Angkor wat(Siam Reap, Cambodia)

One of the specially nice things about this place is that it is not overrun by tourists. It’s a very peaceful place to wander about, sit, meditate or just muse

CNN – Travel – 17 best places to visit in 2017

  1. Isaan, Thailand
    Chiang Mai? Bangkok? Phuket? Been there, done that. Those looking for a piece of Thailand that’s still largely unexplored by the international market should head for the northeast region, referred to as Isaan.
    This vast section of Thailand is equipped with excellent infrastructure that includes several domestic airports and a range of upmarket hotels.
    You know that sticky rice and papaya salad that’s all the rage in trendy New York restaurants? Here’s where it comes from. Along with plenty of other fantastic dishes that are among the country’s best — provided you can handle a bit of spice. It’s impossible to see it all in one visit so you’ll have to pick and choose.
    There are also ancient Khmer ruins outside Buriram, mountainous national parks in Loei and Bronze Age artifacts in the UNESCO-listed Ban Chiang Archaeological Site. And that’s just scratching the surface. You’ll just need to come back for more.

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Hidden aces 1927

7.6/10 IMDb

Hidden Aces

Brief Synopsis
Princess Orloff and her friend Serge Demidoff arrive in the United States with valuable jewels; and Larry Hutchdale, Serge’s secretary (Natalie Kingston), and Burke (a private detective) all plan independently to get possession of them. The police captain accuses Natalie, who steals the jewels from Serge, then makes her getaway in an automobile, followed by Larry on a motorcycle, the police also pursuing. Larry overtakes her, springs from his cycle to her car, and diverts it from the path of an express train. Larry pretends to join her in flight, and when the police arrive, he assumes all blame. It is revealed that the princess has stolen the jewels from a consulate in Shanghai and that Larry and Natalie are both Secret Service agents.

Director: Howard M. Mitchell (as Howard Mitchell)
Writers: Jack Natteford (screenplay) (as John F. Natteford), Jack Natteford (story) (as John F. Natteford)
Stars: Charles Hutchison, Alice Calhoun, Barbara Tennant |



Refuge 1928


refuge 1928

7.7/10 · IMDb

Also known as Zuflucht 1928 with English subtitles.

Melodrama about a revolutionary who spends nine years in Russia, ignoring the headaches that such a crazy decision will cause in his bourgeois family. When he finally returns to his country, ragged, hungry and sick, a poor girl will take care of him

Director: Carl Froelich
Music composed by Walter Winnig
Producer: Wilhelm von Kaufmann
Cast: Henny Porten, Max Maximilian, Margarete Kupfer

Screenplay: Friedrich Raff, Walter Supper