Watch Jeremy Clarkson’s show about the Victoria Cross: where it comes from, how it’s made and who makes them, and who deserved to win them.
The sting will come in the tail.
Then watch the sorta-sequel, of the greatest raid of all.
We are not worthy of men such as these.
The Swiss made cars? Who knew?
And I would have any of them, but most especially the 650 F1, in a heartbeat.
Loyal Readers may remember that a couple-three months ago I talked about fine shotguns, and my takeaway was that even if the Lottery Gods were to smile upon my choice of numbers, I’d be unlikely to buy a matched pair of Purdeys.
So what makes one of Purdey’s bespoke guns so exclusive, and yes, so expensive?
This evening, gather about ye a quart or so of your favorite beverage (Scotch, gin, coffee etc.) and spend the following hour and a half walking through the Purdey process — all of it — to see everything that goes into making one of these:
All that said: even with all the money in the world (so to speak), I don’t know if I’d ever buy myself a Purdey (let alone a matched pair) — but I would seriously consider buying one, or a pair, for the Son&Heir under those circumstances. (He’s a better shot than I am, and he’d have longer to enjoy shooting it than I would. Plus, it’s a good investment.)
And one final warning: do not go and browse around Steve Barnett’s website; it is a Very Bad Place, and will cause you to think Unworthy Thoughts.
I seldom watch movies these days — “these days” being the last quarter-century — that for me to compile a list of “Best Movies Of Recent Times” would be a hopeless proposition.
However, Breitbart’s John Nolte is a movie buff, and as I generally agree with his opinions about those few movies I have seen, it’s worth pointing to his “Best 53 Movies” lists:
I don’t agree with his choice for #1 — fine movie though it was — but it’s a good list nevertheless.
The only glaring omission I could see (inexplicably, it didn’t even make Nolte’s list of finalists) was 2009’s wonderful Taking Chance, in which Kevin Bacon (finally) gave a really good performance.
Have at it — and if (like me) you haven’t seen many of Nolte’s 53 movies, it should give you a decent reference list to look up on the various streaming channels.
Friday Night Movies tonight will be a little different from normal, in that there won’t be an actual movie linked.
There will, however, be over fifty movie recommendations for everyone to pick from.
For tonight’s Friday Night Movie,
Girl With The Pearl Earring