Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Gran Torino


AW and I watched "Gran Torino" last night. We both like Clint Eastwood and AW used to own a gold Gran Torino Sport so we settled down for what we thought would be a good movie. It wasn't a good movie -- it was a great movie. The language was awful -- the racial slurs were awful but all of that was pretty realistic, I would imagine in certain areas of our population. There were many comedic asides -- didn't know Eastwood could be such a funny, old guy. The story line was great -- but sad. For anybody thinking of watching it, if there is anybody out there that hasn't already -- be prepared for the language and the subject matter but get ready for some laughs, some anger and ultimately, some tears. This movie will definitely go into my personal DVD library.

Molly Sugden 1922-2009




Anyone who is a fan of British comedy is familiar with Molly Sugden who played Betty Slocombe for many years on the hit Britcom "Are You Being Served". Ms. Sugden was born in northern England in July, 1922 and was educated at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. During this time she met her husband, William Moore whom she married in 1958. Mr. Moore passed away in 2000. Ms. Sugden leaves two sons, Robin and Simon Moore.

While Ms. Sugden was active in other roles, she is best known for her role as Betty Slocombe. She played the character from 1973 to 1985. While she may have passed on, she will remain with us as these shows air regularly on many PBS channels.

So, farewell, Molly -- you served us well!