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#1 RTH

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Posted 24 January 2004 - 18:06

Dropped through my letter box this morning, and its another excellent collection.

Doug appears now to be sinking under a rising tide of piles of books, they are now up to beard level , I fear in another 3 months he will be completely submerged.

Cream of the crop for me is the Shell 1949 Silverstone British Grand Prix over 300 miles. Its B&W, wonderfully well filmed - didn't the late and great Bill Mason make and leave us some just splendid motoring and motor sport films - I do hope there is still a big pile left that have yet to be seen ! Nick Mason can be rightly very proud of his Dad. The delightful period tones of commentator Rodney Walkerley (of "The Motor ") fit beautifully.

The 1950 Alpine Rally - the earliest colour rally film is a gem

You can also see Colin Chapman win a saloon car Silverstone GP support race in a MK 2 Jaguar, and Alec Issigonis racing the lightweight Special.

I commend it to the House !

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#2 WDH74

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Posted 24 January 2004 - 21:59

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of Volumes 7 & 8. They sound fantastic. Any day now....
-William

#3 Gary C

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 09:52

I received mine on Friday morning,. funnily enough, the first thing I went to was the 1949 British Grand Prix too! A great film!! Good stuff yet again!!

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 12:31

The piles of books do change and move around - I'm still convinced there are hidden messages in the the spines, depending how they are arranged. Maybe clues as to what's in the next edition or some arcane BRM gossip, perhaps.
What's teddy up to this time?

#5 RTH

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 14:20

Was it "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" that if you played the last 20 secs backwards you got a secret message?

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 15:30

I once heard it declared that if you began playing a video of ''The Wizard of Oz" and a record of "The Dark Side of the Moon" at the same time (using the latter as the soundtrack to the former) you would gain an entirely new perspective on both.

(I may, though, have got one or both of those components wrong!) :eek:

#7 Doug Nye

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 16:24

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#8 Gary C

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 16:57

don't you come in here with that foul mouth, young 'un!

#9 Eric McLoughlin

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 17:30

It made perfect sense to me.

Wasn't it the language they used to use in "2000 AD" (from the planet Tharg - I think).

#10 RTH

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 19:03

The planet "Tharg" was a Rowan Atkinson 'Not the Nine O'clock news' sketch.

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 21:01

I have found the hidden message in BRM Vol 2....the same paragraph appears twice, on page 111 and page 112, clearly hinting that there must be secret knowledge of deepest importance concealed amongst its words.....

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 02:34

Playing "Dark Side of the Moon" at the same time as "Wizard of Oz" is very strange indeed, if done correctly. The timing has to be just right, starting the record just as the MGM lion appears or something similar (I forgot exactly when to start). Most of the songs match up to the action on the screen, in that new songs start when new scenes start, someone jumps when theres a guitar riff, etc. It's eerie how it all syncs. Supposedly it's just coincidence.
-William

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 10:30

Dark Side of the Rainbow works quite well, but personally I prefer the combination of 2001 and Pink Floyd's 'Echoes', as described here . Most effective, especially when one is in a suitably 'relaxed' state of mind....

#14 RTH

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 15:24

Blimey Doug , - what has your book arrangement started !

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 18:37

In between the voice-to-camera bits (while the films are showing) Doug slopes off for a cuppa and that teddy bear shuffles all the books around.

I wonder what musical work might render a new perspective upon ''Grand Prix"...