|For many years I enjoyed annual walking holidays in the Lake District, accompanied either by members of my family or good friends and stalwart walking companions Alan and Tim. Once we were walking round Derwentwater on a rather overcast day when, noticing a large rock on the lakeshore, Alan commented that this reminded him of the chess playing scene at the beginning of Ingmar Bergman's film 'The Seventh Seal'. A little cut and paste led to the 'Seven Sealers' images opposite.|
|Alan, Tim and I, being regular visitors to the cottage we rented in Keswick, were known by our next-door neighbours as 'the old men', maybe rather unflattering, but undoubtedly true. Perhaps in their eyes we resembled characters from the long running television series 'The Last of the Summer Wine.' If so, who was who? Being much the tallest I was obviously 'Foggy', but was Tim 'Compo' or was it Alan? I leave that for you to decide.|
|One of my favourite films is the wonderful 1951 Ealing Comedy
'The Lavender Hill Mob', directed by Charles Crichton and
starring Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James and Alfie Bass. One of the classic images from this film was used widely in the
film's publicity material.
For several years one of my sons and his family lived in Lavender Sweep, just round the corner from Lavender Hill. Imagine my delight when he sent me this snapshot of two of my granddaughters - the actual 'Lavender Sweep Mob!'
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