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PostPosted: 03-08-2014 21:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaaand...

... Mornington Crescent! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 03-08-2014 21:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

escargot1 wrote:
aaaand...

... Mornington Crescent! Very Happy



Damn. I thought I played that one carefully.
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PostPosted: 06-08-2014 18:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread has reminded me. Did Roald Dahl (whose "N" was shot off during WWII, per Victor Lewis-Smith) coin the word "Skyhook" (in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator), or was it already in use in its military sense (or, indeed, any other sense)?
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PostPosted: 10-08-2014 06:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was in military use. Project Skyhook was a prototype aerial retrieval system, allowing a plane to scoop up items or personnel from the ground. It wasn't without its problems. There's a neat clip about it here (particularly enjoyed the sheep bit about thirty seconds in Smile.)
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 10:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

How very helpful you all are.

I wonder if someone can assist me with an aincient Tales of the unexpected / hammer house of horror type query.

Basically the plot was about a guy who is asleep but keeps dreaming that he is awake and then asleep and then awake - after a while the viewer is not entirely sure if the bit they are watching is real life or just part of the multiple dream sequences.

I do recall a particularly scary in a big red public phone box if that helps.

I have checked the plot lines for all the Tales of the unexpected and hammer house of horror that I could find on wikipedia but nothing seemed to fit.

It would have aired in the early 1980s and like the poster at the beginning of this thread I would love to see this episode again.

Many thanks if my limited description rings any bells in your distant memory.
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 11:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's definitely a HHH episode -- I remember it distinctly, having seen it recently (last year) on The Horror Channel. Can't remember the title though.
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 11:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow thanks a lot for your speedy reply that helps me narrow it down a bit.

I will focus on HHH plot lines to see if I can locate it.

Sadly I can't access the horror channel where I live (Ukraine) but I am hopeful that when I find the episode some kind soul will have put in on youtube.

Many thanks
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 12:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the episode: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166331/.

I can't remember why the red telephone kiosk is involved, but think it's something to do with a car breaking down and needing to phone the AA or something like that.

I do remember it happening though -- quite claustrophobic, filmed inside the kiosk.
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 13:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fortean Times to the rescue once again.

garrick92 thank you very much!

Greetings from a sunny Kiev.

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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 13:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to be of help! I know how frustrating memories of old TV shows can be.

Incidentally, the whole series is available on DVD for around £10. Not looked into it, but some versions might have commentary/extras and whatnot.
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 13:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

also found the whole show on youtube if anyone fancies a look.

34 years later and this one sticks in my mind so it must have been a good episode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyshJrVNU1Q

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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 19:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey.
I picked that up in The Works bookshop along with 2 other episodes for about £3 each.
There were about 5 different compilations in stock with 3 episdoes each. I did tell you all about on here though.

I may as well tell you all there's currently a 6 disc boxset of The Unexplained going for £5.99.


I hope this is of some interest.

http://www.theworks.co.uk/p/dvd-box-sets/dvd---the-unexplained---6-disc-collection/5055298067827
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£5.99 for a six-disc set looks like pretty good value. But what actually is it? The title makes me think of the legendary Orbis partwork, but I don't think that it was ever 'filmed', so it must be something else going by the same title.

Googling is throwing up lots of confusing and varying results, so could you provide a little description, please?
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 20:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

garrick92 wrote:
£5.99 for a six-disc set looks like pretty good value. But what actually is it? The title makes me think of the legendary Orbis partwork, but I don't think that it was ever 'filmed', so it must be something else going by the same title.

Googling is throwing up lots of confusing and varying results, so could you provide a little description, please?


What's this - EBay?
I'm not the vendor of this item. Do what I do and take a punt if you're interested. If it's bollocks it's only £6.
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PostPosted: 09-09-2014 20:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

garrick92 wrote:
This thread has reminded me. Did Roald Dahl (whose "N" was shot off during WWII, per Victor Lewis-Smith) coin the word "Skyhook" (in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator), or was it already in use in its military sense (or, indeed, any other sense)?


Skyhooks were one of those fools' errands that were part of the initiation of apprentices in the days we had factories. Unsuspecting lad - t'were always a lad, then - was sent to t'store to fetch striped paint and sky'ooks.

If the hapless laddie ended the day without being tarred and feathered, he could count his workmates as the merciful type. wince
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