Month: February 2018

Indians Again: No Oscars for Movies about War Criminals

Indians Again: No Oscars for Movies about War Criminals

If some peo­ple have any­thing to say, Gary Old­man and Dark­est Hour are inel­i­gi­ble for praise. “Oscars cel­e­brate Win­ston Churchill,” writes Tom Black­well in the Van­cou­ver Sun. “Some won­der if he was more war crim­i­nal than war hero for starv­ing Indi­ans.”

No doubt some peo­ple also won­der if it rains up.

Fair and Balanced?

Mr. Black­well makes a weak effort at bal­ance, quot­ing Arthur Her­man, emi­nent author of Gand­hi and Churchill. “Absent Churchill,” Her­man says, “Bengal’s Famine Would Have Been Worse.” He lists the true caus­es of the Ben­gal famine—which were many and varied—and Britain’s efforts to relieve the plight of Indi­ans.…

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“Churchill’s Bodyguard” Mini-series: Walter H. Thompson

“Churchill’s Bodyguard” Mini-series: Walter H. Thompson

The suc­cess of the movie Dark­est Hour has prompt­ed many to look up oth­er film and video pre­sen­ta­tions of the Churchill saga. One of these is the 2005 series on Wal­ter Thomp­son, Churchill’s Body­guard, which a col­league tells me is a use­ful doc­u­men­tary. It is. All thir­teen episodes are on YouTube. I watched sev­er­al with­out complaint—rare for me.

Walter Henry Thompson 

…was Win­ston Churchill’s pro­tec­tion offi­cer and detec­tive, on and off between 1921 and 1945. They had many adven­tures togeth­er, and Thomp­son wrote four books about his expe­ri­ences. The first, Guard from the Yard (1938, now very rare) involved Churchill and oth­ers whom Thomp­son pro­tect­ed.…

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Lady Diana Cooper on Winston and Clementine Churchill

Lady Diana Cooper on Winston and Clementine Churchill

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Famed for her beau­ty and the “durable fire” of her mar­riage to Alfred Duff Coop­er, First Vis­count Nor­wich, The Lady Diana Coop­er was ear­ly admit­ted to  friend­ship with Win­ston and Clemen­tine Churchill. A stun­ning beau­ty and an accom­plished actress, she was a glit­ter­ing writer. Her tril­o­gy of mem­oirs is redo­lent of that van­ished Eng­land the Coop­ers and Churchills loved. Her books are worth seek­ing out: The Light of Com­mon Day, Trum­pets from the Steep and The Rain­bow Comes and Goes (1958-60).

In anoth­er age, when even Churchill’s mar­riage is ques­tioned by the igno­rant, Lady Diana offers words worth remem­ber­ing.…

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