"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Green Islands (1954)

It's sobering to consider the change of pace and the degradation of some aspects of society wreaked in just fifty-five years. Nowadays the voice-over wouldn't do at all - far too sexist, m'dear. There were no 'security guards' in high-viz jackets confiscating parents' cameras or demanding to see CRB checks and no-one threatening to arrest the man feeding the ducks on the grounds that he was littering (yes; it happened). There's been a collective, national, loss of innocence; progress is essential and wonderful but not at the expense of a country's heart and soul - there are things we can still learn from the past.


  1. Cheesy, sexist, not particularly Pee Cee.


    I did spot one slightly vicious looking parkie, but apart from that it was a gay old romp down memory lane.

    Nice find GV.


  2. As CR said: nice find GV, so I have nicked it with ack.

  3. I have to admit CR, the voiceover had me laughing aloud in places - simultaneously cheesy and patronising - I loved that only people 'of the right shape' went swimming.

    Hi JPT - yes, it was made by London County Council, as was, in an effort to get people out and about. I loved the children's adventure playground and the pic of them hanging out of bus windows; HSE would have a fit.

    Conan, I wouldn't take any bets that much of it hasn't been built over though I spotted Parliament Hill Fields and, I think, Primrose Hill which are definitely still there. The new planning laws will make it much harder for people to hold on to their 'green' belt.

    You're welcome Mr Witterings, I'm glad you enjoyed it as well. If only our 'progressive' government of the past 13yrs had managed to hold on to even a tenth of the heart that this film shows, the country would have been a better place now. Instead, they just destroyed.

  4. Never having experienced it, youngsters don't understand what's been lost.

  5. Hi Scunnert, I think 'trust' comes closest to describing something so intangible. People seem more suspicious and angry now. I suppose Labour were hoping to hang on long enough for the older generation to fade away because, let's face it, they've got state education more or less sewn up now. A new generation of children, ripe for the plucking.

  6. Labour out.

    As a group of musicians sang, 'If you tolerate this, then your children will be next.' Prophetic.

    Vote Labour out for the sake of your young, before the three R's are all but forgotten and state sponsored brainwashing is all that remains.

  7. Hi VotR, the EU has been meddling in the schools' curriculum for years now - the propaganda and manipulation is despicable.

  8. This is what local councils should be doing, looking after parks and gardens, not worrying themselves about tackling the effects of man-made clobal warming.

    I remember being able to walk from the boating pool at Aleaxandra Palace, down to Priory Park in Hornsey, through some cricket cubs and into Queens Woods. Then into Highgate Wood and onto Hampstead Heath with maybe a bit of lunch at Kenwood House before going to the Zoo in Regents Park.
    Happy days though dunno if you can still do that now, as a single adult male I would expect to get arrested for suspicious behaviour..

  9. That's some walk, Banned! They're all familiar landmarks to me so we obviously lived in the same neck of the woods at some point.


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