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Your Golden Valentine

Your Golden Valentine
Valentine's Day is just round the corner, mere hours in fact! Somehow it always takes me by surprise how quickly after New Years it is, even though I know it's coming. If you're like me, and by that I mean tardy, and you're still looking for a romantic night with your amour: you're in the right place. I've chosen my top five romantic movies from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, along with ways stream (I've got your back), to bring some Golden Age of Hollywood glamour to your 14th February. 1. The Ghost and Mrs MuirThis is the movie where I fell in love with old Hollywood. It's a romance but don't expect too much on the comedy front: a young widow (played by the beautiful Gene Tierney) falls in love a salty mariner (see what I did there 😉) played by Rex Harrison. He falls for her too. The only obstacle is that he's dead and is now a Ghost haunting her house. I defy you not to cry. Google Play: (£7.99/£3.49) https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=wJN3jV7y96o YouTube: (£7.99/3.49) https://youtu.be/wJN3jV7y96o Apple: (£7.99/3.49) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/the-ghost-and-mrs-muir/id1021423181 Amazon Prime: (£7.99/£3.49) https://amzn.to/2Sevlmt 2. The Lady EveRomantic comedy, for me the quintessential RomCom, from the 1940s starting ...
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The Bombshell who fought Bombs with her mind

The Bombshell who fought Bombs with her mind
Hedy Lamarr was an incredible woman. In fact she's the reason I'm able to post this blog to my website and you're able to read it. Yes, she was an inventor and responsible for wifi. She invented the concept of packet switching during the Second World War, although I believe it had a different name then. Born in Austria, Hedy fled the Nazi occupied country in the middle of the night (or so goes the story) and wound up under contract in Hollywood. Her beauty combined with the riské content of one of her early Austrian films, Ecstasy, meant she was typecast and not given much of a chance to develop as an actress. But that didn't stop her developing her mind: she had a small silence lab on set and worked at inventions while shooting. All her life, in fact coming up with many inventions including one to help the US war effort. Unfortunately, her Austrian roots led to her being regared with suspicion by the America government and neither she, nor her collaborator, ever earnt a thing for their invention and she wasn't even recognised for it until about 50 years later! Among many other things inventor's mind ...
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