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Michael Collins – The Movie

Michael Collins

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A Film Review by sirpeterjames.com.

Neil Jordan directs this film, and it stars Liam Neeson as the man, Michael Collins, Aiden Quinn as Hary Boland, and Julia Roberts as the romantic figure in both the lives of Michael and Harry.

The filming of this movie in 1996 took place in County Dublin and the city of Dublin. Filming also took place in County Wicklow, and a reshoot was done in New York.

The movie takes you back to the critical Irish history period of 1916-1922.

The film received many awards and was the highest-grossing film in Ireland. (4000 Irish pounds in 2000.)

There were many positives from critics around the globe and a few negatives. One of these is that certain of the scenes and statements made by characters in the film were inaccurate in terms of historical records. Jordan responded that filming time was limited, and in any event, most audiences needed a general idea of what took place, not the minutiae of Irish culture and history.

As a newcomer to this beautiful country and someone who has breezed through books and old films and visited a few historic sites, my local knowledge is somewhat limited. Therefore, the movie provided a fair amount of enlightenment about the establishment of the present Republic of Ireland and how it came about.

The performers were superb, the special effects were terrific, and the film was excellent. I considered my investment of three dollars ninety-nine to be the top value for my money.

Movie time was an hour and 33 minutes but I would not stake my life on this guess, though.

The storyline begins with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) surrendering to the British Army at the Easter Rising in 1916. Several key figures, Michael (Mick) Collins, Harry Boland, Eamon De Valera, and others, were imprisoned.

In 1918 in the Irish General Election, the Sein Fein Party was victorious. De Valera was elected president, Michael Collins, Director of Intelligence for the emerging IRA. The party then declared Irish independence unilaterally, leading to the Irish war of independence.

We now see the IRA coming into its own as Michael Collins launched his guerrilla tactics.

These tactics take you through the movie and a sprint pace. I wouldn’t comment on how much of the activity is true-to-life and how much is pumped up movie drama. But I would say that the man’s character, Michael Collins, was that of a sharp-witted, fearless man who went out against one of the greatest empires in the world with small numbers of poorly armed fighters. They were hopelessly outnumbered by the well-trained, well-armed British.

Michael Collins saw the chink in the British armor was their intelligence network, which he systematically destroyed, causing the British to call a truce.

Irrespective of your political beliefs, you cannot but appreciate what one man’s dedication, audacity, and intelligence accomplished against a mighty empire that had ruled Ireland with an iron fist for over 700 years.

To look at the whole storyline, you need to see the movie. You will be on the edge of your seat, so brace yourself.

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Eleanor Lorene Lowe-a Challenge!

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I had Rather wanted you to share in a challenge for which I was nominated by my dear friend Eleanor Lorene Louwe on her beautiful exhilarating site: ✨ Sunshine Blogger Award ✨ – You Lil Dickens.

Unfortunately, due to some vitally important commitments I have at this time, I can’t participate. As you have not been nominated you can’t be lined up for the award. But visit her site, answer the questions and take it from there.

Eleanor Lorene Lowe-Questions

  1. Do you think free will exists? If yes, please explain why and the role it plays in the world.
  2. In your opinion, does weed, overall, have more of a positive or negative impact? In other words, does it do more harm than good or the other way around?
  3. If you could live in any era which would it be and why?
  4. What is your favorite quote of all time and why that one?
  5. Pick one of the worst events in history. If it were possible to change or prevent it, would you? Why?
  6. Should euthanasia be a legal option for all if the law was written with great care and consideration?
  7. Why does evil exist in the world?
  8. What is your superpower (AKA Your Greatest Strength)?
  9. Who do you think is currently one of the most influential individuals in showbiz? Why?
  10. How do you like your eggs? Do you think your preference reflects your personality?
  11. Are Myers-Briggs Personality Types all their cracked up to be?

Eleanor Lorene Lowe – https://youlildickens.com/

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Peter’s Quote for The Day-Love to Explore.

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Change your Life-Explore .

I am an explorer by nature, and this has continued through my adult life to this day. As a child I rode around the bush roads on my bicycle, to discover new places and exciting things. Today I am fascinated by the phenomenal history of the country in which I live. Without a bicycle, and having to monitor journeys in my little car to avoid high costs, things needed to change.

It was then that I discovered, exploring places and people is not limited to leaving my desk. With an invaluable tool like the internet, I am able to explore all I want. On the internet, I can explore the world without leaving my office. Now my life is never dull, and I don’t stop my journey of discovery. Isn’t it amazing that exploring is also not limited to places and people? We can find out how to do anything. Also, learn how something works. Almost anything can be purchased online and we can watch sporting events as well. The list is limitless. Why not create your exploration.

Make a list of ten things that interest you as I did, then search the net, saving your most exciting finds in your favorites – you will be so surprised at what you discover.

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Peter’s Quote for The Day- The Sun Has NoSorrow.

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The Only Trustyworth Shadow Comes From The Sun.

Have you ever stood on an early winter’s day, before the sun has reached its Zenith, and noticed you have a shadow? Did you also see, once the sun does get to its Zenith, your shadow slips away? I have often observed these interesting frolics of the sun. Did you notice something about your shadow? It moves wherever you do. I made a remarkable discovery. While my shadow is visible at certain times and other times it slips out of sight, It never leaves me. Because it is my shadow, not belonging to anyone else. But, there is a more sinister shadow that enters my life now and again. This shadow is named Sorrow. Of course, it has other names, too; depression, rejection, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, to mention just a few.

Whether the sun shines or not, this shadow is invisible. It never appears or disappears. It is an intruder on my life, although it never comes into my life uninvited. When conditions are favorable to this intruder, it taps on my mind and says, I have something to give you, and it’s entirely free.

My interest is piqued, and I respond, tell me more. As it is often said, ‘The rest is history.’

A sage counselor of mine warned me, “John be cautious, Sorrow, is not your shadow; it does not belong to you. You invite guests into your life but throw intruders out. Never entertain Sorrow; throw it out the door of your mind.”  “What shall I do then; try and be happy?” I questioned. “You can never try and be happy because happiness is a result of your state of being.” The counselor responded. “Become aware of your authentic self, the person inside you, untouched by all the spin-offs of life’s misfortunes, then happiness becomes your bedfellow, and you eject Sorrow.”

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Peter’s Quote of The Day

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  1. I never run away from the upheavals in my life, choosing instead to face them head-on; this way they never pursue me. A forest fire, once abated, does not raise its fury again for some years.

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Peter James

I love each new day; the advantage of waking up and finding I’m alive, and the fact that once again, opportunity calls from outside the covers. Its so worthwhile waking and having gratitude for being alive; because one day I will wake up and find I’m dead! On that day I shan’t bother to find out what’s outside the covers – I will know.

I am an Author, Writer, and Blogger.

Whilst the titles might make me sound important, I am not. I love people and have a strong passion to encourage people and help them to love themselves.

Writing and publishing on my blogsite is simply what I do.

What do I write? Over the years I have published, short stories, Inspirational articles, poems, reviews of books, movies, restaurants and more.

Although of late I have focused more on ‘Words of Wisdom’ articles that invite people to challenge themselves as far as their self-development is concerned and these I publish weekly, under the title, “Weekly Words of Wisdom” on my blogsite: http://www.sirpeterjames.com.

Having had an excellent response to the “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” it makes sense to publish a daily, “Peter’s Quote for The Day,” in the hopes that you will, not only read it, but let the words be drawn into your very soul and finally, and most important of all – you will apply them to your life.

Save this link: https://sirpeterjames.com then click on “Peter’s Quote for the Day.”

Do you need something to be written for you? Contact me: https://sirpeterjames.com/contact/

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Failings are not Failure

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The overriding failure in my life was seeing my failings as a failure, when, in truth, they were simply steps on the ladder of my ultimate success.

I turned my life around, simply because it wasn’t working for me. I woke up to the fact that the reason for this was; I was living in my past.

It is said; with age comes wisdom. I’m not sure if this is true as I recall asking for wisdom, and progressively, over the years I was aware of growing in wisdom.

Wisdom has revealed to me; I can learn from my past experiences, I can plan for the future, but I must live only in this moment now.

Not only did wisdom come to me, it also brought along its close friend, adventure. How I know this is, I started to become exceptionally curious. Curious about everything not only of myself, but the world around me. This led to many of the most amazing discoveries I began to make in all the different aspects of my life.

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As a writer, I constantly crawl the net for information and am daily amazed at what I discover there.

Today’s technology has provided a mammoth library; the most dynamic ever established in the history of humankind. And, it’s largely free!

Along with this new experience, I began to practice self-development in many of its different forms; the discovery of me and how I can I improve myself.

Finally I established a daily routine of meditative prayer, meditation and mindfulness.

I never knew adventure could be both so exciting and interesting.

I see my life as ever-changing, each moment of every day and yet, the direction of my journey remains constant toward refining the relationship I have, the Spirit within me and I.

Thankfully, I no longer look to my past, as that door is firmly shut, yet I plan for my future, but above all – I live to the full in this moment now, there is no place like it!

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The Art of Sabrage

“Sabrage /səˈbrɑːʒ/ is a technique for opening a champagne bottle with a Sabre,[1] used for ceremonial occasions. The wielder slides the Sabre along the body of the bottle to break the top of the neck away, leaving the neck of the bottle open and ready to pour. The force of the blunt side of the blade hitting the lip breaks the glass to separate the collar from the neck of the bottle. One does not use the sharp side of the blade. The cork and collar remain together after separating from the neck.”  Wikipedia

The origins of Sabrage are said to have come from Napoleon’s troops who received gifts of Champagne from people as they rode from their victory ground. They could not open the bottle with one hand on the reign and used their Sabre’s to dislodge the bottle tops.

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Saint Pinard

Saint Pinard

 

 

Saint Pinard

I recall some years ago a conversation I had with a French family, concerning my origins. At the time it raised much mirth among them resulting in the only member of the family, who could speak English, confiding in me.

“Peter” he said, “This name, Pinard is a beet of a joke in France”.

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The Gravy Train

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You and I are living in one of the most exciting ages in history.

Do you agree with this statement and does it excite you?

This is the age of discovery – discovery in almost every dimension of our daily lives. Science, anthropology, the human mind, medicine, human behavioral science, earth and environmental science, mechanical science etc. the list seems to be endless.

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Book review: The Lost Boys of Bird Island

History shows that all political systems have their cupboards filled with skeletons; most, that were the result of terrible tragedy, often for millions of people. Yet, in every age, there are women and men who rise to the challenge of exposing these horrors; even if the result is the loss of their own lives……..