Posts Tagged ‘WW1’

Carol For Another Christmas – Tom Secker on PPR

Published December 24th 2016

Pearse invited me on his radio show to discuss the 1964 TV movie A Carol for Another Christmas. This was the first in a series of TV films designed to promote the United Nations and sponsored by the Xerox corporation. A Carol for Another Christmas is a remake of A Christmas Carol, only this time the protagonist’s three visions (of Christmases past, present and future) convince him to abandon his isolationist beliefs and embrace the UN’s vision of international affairs.

Disinfowars 16 – Lawrence of Arabia

Published September 9th 2015

Was Lawrence of Arabia the first Gladio B operative? In answering this question, today’s episode presents a view of World War One from the perspective of British geostrategy in the Middle East. Using a fascinating lecture as the basis for our discussion I outline how Turkey got drawn into the war, at a time when the Ottoman empire was crumbling. The British government adopted not just a double-dealing but a triple-dealing strategy to counter the Ottomans, which bears remarkable similarities to what is happening today. The agent at the centre of carrying out this strategy was TE Lawrence a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia.

ClandesTime 045 – Conspiracy Theories: The Titanic

Published January 4th 2015

In this episode I take a look at the alternative/conspiracy theories about the sinking of the Titanic, in the context of mass trauma events and disaster capitalism. I look at the theory that the Titanic was switched for its sister ship, the Olympic, and that it was the Olympic that actually sank in April 1912. I suggest a way of potentially resolving the mystery, as well as critiquing the mainstream and alternative media coverage of disasters.

Profile: Alfred Hitchcock

Published May 15th 2013

Sir Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone in what is now part of London, the son of a normal family of mediocre means. After a brief stint in the Royal Engineers during WW1 he began writing short stories, often with the narrative twists and comic-macabre subjects that came to dominate his films. After initial writing and directing forays proved unsuccessful, Hitchcock’s filmmaking career really took off with his first thriller, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, in 1926.

In the 1930s, as British writers came to dominate the spy novel genre, Hitchcock practically invented the spy film as we now know it. The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, Sabotage and The Secret Agent were all very successful movies. The 39 Steps was originally a WW1 invasion-paranoia story by John Buchan, reworked in the 30s for an audience anticipating another war with Germany. Sabotage is based on Joseph Conrad’s classic novel, itself inspired by the theories and intrigue surrounding the 1894 explosion in Greenwich park. The Secret Agent is an adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s Ashenden spy stories. Buchan and Maugham both worked for the British government in WW1 in propaganda and intelligence roles.