A Sightless Darkness Blacker Than Any Midnight (L.T.C. Rolt, ‘Sleep No More’)

A Book at Rich Time

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By way of ensuring no offence to any locals who, in real life, live in the places mentioned in Rolt’s collection of sometimes strange, sometimes outrightly terrifying tales, an ‘Author’s Note’ claims that “…I do not attribute to such places or to their inhabitants any supernatural or sinister quality”. This is the first instance of Rolt’s key theme throughout this small but beautifully crafted set of “Railway, Canal and Other Stories of The Supernatural”; that of humour. Rolt knew his rural Britain, no doubt about it. His work with conservation and the Inland Waterways Association (in which he worked alongside, then royally fell out with, Robert Aickman) earned him much national and academic acclaim, and his seminal account of life on the English waterways, Narrow Boat (1944), virtually single-handedly instigated a belated resurgence in interest in England’s proud and lengthy canal history. Rolt toured England and Wales…

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MARKED MOVIES

Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: Much of Michael Mann’s “Heat” was based on a real-life confrontation between Chicago cop Chuck Adamson (renamed Vincent Hanna in the film and played by Al Pacino) and the real Neil McCauley (played by Robert DeNiro). Adamson was a retired police officer whom director Mann had been working with off and on since the film “Thief” in 1981. They later worked together on two of Mann’s TV shows “Miami Vice” (1984) and “Crime Story” (1986). According to Chuck Adamson (and confirmed by Michael Mann), McCauley was a professional robber whom he had frequently crossed paths with. Events such as the scene between Hanna and McCauley in…

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