A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette


/Honor Blackman Gale The Avengers Hamlet


There is no doubt that Cathy Gale helped change the perception of women on British television forever. "When I started, men were still of the opinion that women would always be seen as the weaker sex due to their lack of strength. I was the first woman to be seen defending herself and so illustrated that this was no longer the case. Despite being glamorous and witty, Cathy was also Steed's intellectual equal.
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With details of the latest in the line of Bond films “Spectre” being recently announced, ZANI takes a look back and remembers the life of one of its most infamous characters.
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Very few actresses have ever been given a role that redefines the public's vision of women on television. That in itself would be a significant achievement; but as Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Honor Blackman not only altered that public perception and re-characterized the role, she also single-handedly kick-started the whole 1960s 'second wave' feminist movement.
David Mcalmont remembers Film Director Mike Nichols.


In the mid eighties at high school in Guyana a friend of mine was reading a Liz Taylor biography. I remember leafing through the glossy black and white photos in the centre and seeing a photograph of Liz looking dishevelled and deranged. I thought she was playing a character called Virginia Woolf because the title attached to the picture was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 

/Thin Lizzie -Phil Lynott -Gary Moore

For over a decade Thin Lizzy was one of the most successful rock bands in the world. The trio of Phil Lynott (bass player), drummer Brian Downey and a string of flamboyant lead guitarists including Scott Gorham, Gary Moore and Snowy White, gave the world a taste of Celtic Rock, long before U2 were to braze a similar trail. Their mystique was fashioned upon a combination of romantic Celtic imagery and tough macho cool, both superbly crafted by the front man, Phil Lynott. Labeled progressive rockers, they broke with tradition and released an updated arrangement of a traditional Irish folk song "Whiskey in the jar" (1973). 

/Frank Sinatra - John Kennedy - JFK

During the swinging sixties, Sinatra’s Mafia connections returned to haunt him, with regard to his friendship with Salvatore ‘Mooney Sam’ Giancana, head of the Chicago Mafia syndicate. During the 1960 presidential election, John F. Kennedy was running against the sitting Republican vice president, Richard Nixon.

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