Friday, January 7, 2022

To Sir With Love

 

Belated Happy New Year to you all! Goodness me, I am always late with things these days....

Today, I heard that Sidney Poitier had passed away at the age of 94. Since I am Georgia Girl With An English Heart, you know that the 1967 film "To Sir With Love" is a movie that is special for me since it is set in an inner city school in England. (I really have been crazy about British stuff even as a kid!)  As I am typing this to you, I am listening to the news on BBC and they are speaking of his life and his films. I realize that I have seen all of his movies and enjoyed every one.    


We have had such rainy, grey days lately I wanted to share some days from November with you.  The leaves were lovely and the skies were much bluer!










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    1. He really was. From all accounts, not just a trailblazer in acting but a true gentleman.

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  2. One of my all time favorite movies and movie star. Such class he had! Not to mention handsome! I'm always surprised when I mention this movie and someone hadn't seen it. Truly a classic. He lived a long life but as I always say...is life really ever long enough? He will be missed. I'll be looking forward to TCM showing his classics. Happy New Year Kay!

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    1. Happy New Year to you! Yes, it's a bit sad isn't it when we are shown the films of those who have just passed away? Still, I hope that younger people who don't know his films might see them now and appreciate them.

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  3. Good film as most of his popular films were. You might be able to watch 'Back in time for School' on Daily Motion.( French You Tube.) just type these titles into Daily Motion search box.) Several hour long videos about a modern bunch of pupils going back to an English school in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s etc. (In English of course, not speaking French.) I've watched and enjoyed them all on that free site along with 'Back in time for Dinner' (UK version) and 'Back in time for the Corner Shop' (UK version)which are all good.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Kay.

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    1. Oh my, thanks very much for telling me about these videos! I will try to see if I can see them. You might not know this about me but I very often like to watch documentaries or films in other languages that are subtitled. Sometimes the French ones, I can figure out what they are saying without subtitles! Happy New Year to you Bob and to the quiet Alex! :-)

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  4. The world has lost a great actor and a great advocate for racial equality.

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    1. Yes indeed, I didn't go into great detail about his life but I hope everyone does know how hard to worked in his life for equal rights for all.

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  5. He was a great actor and such a handsome man. I loved 'To Sir with love' and might have a look to see if it's on netflix or amazon prime. My son and DIL have subscriptions to them both and allow us to use them.

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    1. Oh yes, you must see it again! I read that when they made the film, Columbia wanted to have a very violent scene included but the producers refused, saying that it was a very gentle story. Good for them!

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  6. Great post, and very timely. I too have been thinking of this song and film today, as we awoke to the news of the loss of this great actor. How famous he was, back in those years, and always greatly admired. I too am going to look out for those movies to watch again. 'Guess Who's coming to Dinner' was another favourite, back in the day.

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  7. I wondered where you were. I thought Christmas had done for you.
    Good pictures as always.

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    1. The whole year of 2021 was most challenging for me!
      And of course, Richard took the photos! You know he did!

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  8. He was a great actor and one of my favorites. He lived his life to the fullest and had a nice long one. Nice to see the sunny day of November. Strange but we have a sunny day here in December too. We don't get many of them and they are a joy to see.

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    1. I miss the leaves on trees during the winter but at least, it is very often sunny but lately, rain and grey seems to be the most common.

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    1. It truly was beautiful! (When it wasn't raining, that is!)

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  10. The photo with the stairs is magical, Kay!
    Yes, Sidney Poitier was certainly among the Good and Great. If I remember correctly, he was friends with Harry Belafonte, whom I admire very much. I was pleased to hear that Barack Obama honoured him.

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    1. Sidney Poitier must have been friends with almost everyone! Or it seems so after all the tributes I have seen on TV after this passing.
      The photo of the stairs is at the Monastery, those are gingko leaves that have fallen. The monks, in their great wisdom, leave the leaves as they fall, even upon the steps. It looks so beautiful to walk across them that way and also to photograph them! Richard took that shot, of course!

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  11. It's sad when one of the great ones pass.

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    1. It is sad. He lived a good long life but still, you hate to lose them.

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  12. Your November pictures of skies and leaves, are indeed lovely!

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  13. You cannot beat blue skies for cheering a person up! Thank you x

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    1. OH my, I do hope that might have brought a bit of cheer to you!
      Please get well soon! xx

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  14. Lovely photos...and I thought he'd passed away a while back...but no! Jan 6th...awww...I love anything he's in...a wonderful actor.
    Stay warm!
    hughugs
    Donna

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    1. Thank you! And great hugs to you too, Donna! xx

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  15. How I love seeing your November skies and leaves. Thank you. Sidney Poitier's death was reported around the world - he came such a long way from poor beginnings didn't he?

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    1. Such a great elegance about him.
      I read that they did research about the film "To Sir With Love" to see why the American people loved that movie so much. It came down to two words - "Sidney Poitier".

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  16. He was a true favorite of mine. LOVED all I saw of his films. So talented and good looking. A trail blazer. Gorgeous blue skies.

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    1. "Easy on the eyes" is something that I remember an older lady tell me once about one of her favorite male stars! I loved that.
      Wishing you blue skies, Sandy!

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  17. Great picture of those steps.

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    1. Thanks, John! The steps were at the Monastery here in Rockdale County. Remember me talking about it before? Seems like I wrote of it and did a link back to you! Hope you are doing well these days. Happy 2022 to you!

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  18. To Sir With Love was the first movie I ever saw in a theater. I was mesmerized by him. After that, I had a few people tell me I looked like Pam. lol.
    I hope you have a good week, Kay!!! xo Diana

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    1. And when I saw that film as a kid you know I went around trying to speak with a British accent! LOL! So great to see your comment here! Hope you are healthy and well and that you have a great 2022.

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  19. Sidney Poitier certainly was a man of class and dignity...a beautiful human being.

    All the best for 2022, Kay...take good care. :)

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    1. Hello, Lee! We need more like him, don't you think? All the best for your 2022 in lovely Australia. xx

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    2. That we do, Kay. Many lessons still to be learned by many...

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    3. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me!

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  20. I loved To Sir With Love too. I was also sad to learn we lost Sidney Poitier. I'm wishing you and yours a wonderful 2022, Kay!

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    1. We keep hearing of people we hate to lose- Betty White, Bob Saget, Ronnie Spector. Hopeful for 2022. Aloha!

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