A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette



Where do you start with a man whose nickname is "The King of Cool"? How on Earth can anyone be called that? I mean, it's a bit much 'init? Well, not really... 'cause it's the nickname of Steve McQueen.

 
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It was with a great sense of sadness that I learned of Sir Norman Wisdom's demise the other day. After a six month illness, at the grand old age of 95, our Norm, Norman Pitkin, the loveable Gump, quietly passed away at an Isle Of Man nursing home. A true working class hero, Norman certainly was a chap of many, many talents… his greatest being the ability to make us laugh, something he always tried very hard, sometimes too hard, to achieve…

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In late September of 1967 Patrick McGoohan returned to London a compromised man. Throughout his highly successful career, the 39 year old actor had consistently and publicly maintained he would never, ever ‘sell out to Hollywood,’ and act in a meaningless blockbuster. Yet that summer that is exactly what he had done by accepting a major role in the big budget film adaptation of the Alistair MacLean novel, Ice Station Zebra.

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“Being in the right place, at the right time,” is how Brian Jones, then of The Rolling Stones,   described the discovery of the band. Certainly there is more depth to Brian Jones’s statement. Nevertheless what is true with his train of thought is the essence and spirit of the 60’s. An era where new ideas and new acts, seemed to be an everyday occurrence.

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For someone who never had the intention of ever being an actor, Tamer Hassan has certainly achieved a great deal of success. He has worked with the likes of Christian Bale, Bob Hoskins, Orlando Bloom, and Morgan Freeman. His career path all started from a small part in Eastenders in 2001. Tamer was fortunate enough to pass by the failed auditions, and wondering where his next meal was coming from.

Columbo

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Most people’s relationship with Lieutenant Columbo is relatively simple – he’s the shabby detective that clogs up ITV on Sunday afternoons. But look closer, you’re missing a genuine TV great.
 

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