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   FlatCityGirl  Highway Thru Hell

This is one riveting television program. It's set in Hope, British Columbia and Lac la Biche, Alberta [the oil fields]. Hope, BC is the start of the Coquihalla Highway, an engineering marvel according to National Geographic; it winds through some of the most rugged areas of the Canadian Rockies, and in winter it is a nightmare. You can not believe all of the different ways that drivers of the big rigs find to twist metal into unrecognizable shapes and spread cargo across six lanes of highway.

And you can't believe what it takes to retrieve the tractors and trailers when they've gone over a 300 foot drop off to a raging river below. But they have to be recovered.

And it's always in a blizzard.

The show is a National Geographic production, but I get the show on the Weather Channel on Wednesday night and Sunday night.

If you ever wondered how those big rigs are recovered after a major crash, ride along with Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue and his drivers, in some of the largest heavy wreckers known to man [60 tons], and you'll learn all about it.

This particular piece of equipment was built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Viewers got to go with Jamie when he flew out of Canada to Chattanooga to pick it up and drive it back to Hope. There is a length limit for vehicles entering Canada from the US; there was a mix up at the factory, and this Rotator was within an inch of not getting into Canada.

   January 29 at 15:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Since I've stopped watching current events television [FOX], I have discovered some great television.

Great American Country {GAC]. I don't watch it during the day when all they have are music videos --I don't care a thing about today's "country" --it ain't country; but --after 5:00pm [Texas time], a lot of good stuff comes on, and my favorite is new show called Flipping RV's. It a young couple in Bend, Oregon who find old RV --30's and 40's mostly and refurbish them, bring them back to life. Apparently that's a big deal, based on how many rallies are held around the nation featuring vintage travel trailers. Some of the work they do is just amazing.

Yesterday on GAC [Saturday] was "Barn" day; a man who reconstructs barns into homes, high-end homes; and another man who buys old barns, tears them down for the wood, or to reconstruct houses with the wood. Both of those shows were just excellent.

I love Food Network --Kid's Baking Championship competition has started. I like the cake decorating competitions; new Cake Wars starts Monday night.

Hallmark now has two channels, one of which reruns Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Hart to Hart, Columbo, and lots of great original mysteries. I swear, some of that stuff is like an old friend you rediscover after a years-long separation. Given what's going on in the world today, I need old friends.

Another show that is Appointment Television for me is Highway Thru Hell --wrecker/heavy rescue on treacherous Canadian highways in really bad weather. Does anyone watch that? I can't even begin to imagine what it's like to try to pull a semi tractor and fully loaded trailer up an icy mountainside in -20 degree weather. I watch it on the Weather Channel, but it's also on National Geographic, I think. It comes on on Sunday and Wednesday nights here. It's always a nail-biter. It makes you wonder why, when those truckers know the dangers, they don't just slow it down, but they don't. If you like that kind of thing, it can't be beat. Those heavy rescue workers are nothing short of miracle workers. One thing I like about it is that even though the show is about a bunch of rough-neck men doing rough-neck men's work, not every other word has to be bleeped out. I used to like Ax Men on A&E, but I quit it. It got to where you couldn't follow the dialog for the bleeps so I just turned it off one night and never went back.

Anyway, I discovered there is life after FOX.
   January 10 at 20:10 EST .

   5 people like this.

   FlatCityGirl  Flyte Camp is the Website for the Flipping RV show is you want to look at the work they do on vintage travel trailers.
January 10 at 20:12 EST .

  2 people like this.

   MeiDei  Final season for Downton starts tomorrow ...
January 2 at 19:03 EST .

   3 people like this.

   MeiDei  Maybe I was too tired to appreciate it, but I was a bit disappointed in the season opener - anyone else?
January 4 at 22:30 EST .

  2 people like this.

   FlatCityGirl  I'm not a movie goer. I refuse to support Hollywood any more than I have to. I don't even watch many movies when they come on television, but this weekend I saw one that really grabbed me, and I don't even know the name of it. Blindsided, or The Blind Side, or something like that. Stars Sandra Bullock. And it's a true story about a very wealthy white family who took in a black ghetto kid. I don't know who the boy was who played the ghetto kid, but he was wonderful, and I don't know anything about Sandra Bullock's politics --she may be the biggest Liberal in Hollywood, but she doesn't advertise it. I've always liked her, but I've only ever seen a couple of movies that she's been in. The little boy who played the youngest son in the family was a real cutie.

I really liked that movie. It was funny and serious at the same time, and a tear jerker, sort of. I didn't know Hollywood was turning out anything like that. No nudity. No foul language. No blood and guts in the streets. No drunks. No druggies. No car chases. Just a nice movie about a kid who was saved from the streets and I suppose, went on to make something of himself. It ended when he was picked by the Ravens.

Good movie.
December 6 at 23:34 EST .

   6 people like this.

   Surfhut  Can't tell you how many times I've watched this movie. Never get tired of it.
December 24 at 10:30 EST .

  4 people like this.

   StormCnter  I just finished a Dorothy Rabinowitz review of a PBS Masterpiece series beginning tonight. "Home Fires". Here is Rabinowitz's opening paragraph:
In the Cheshire village of Great Paxton, uniformed men rumble by in army trucks, daily reminders to the villagers of the men who will inevitably soon be called up. The time is 1939, three weeks after Britain’s entry into the war against Germany, and the members of the local Women’s Institute are struggling to decide their role in this national emergency.
I think I will like this one. Rabinowitz says Season 2 has been assured, too.
October 2 at 10:08 EST .

   15 people like this.

   HopeandGlory  Keep the Home Fires Burning

They were summoned from the hillside
They were called in from the glen,
And the country found them ready
At the stirring call for men.
Let no tears add to their hardships
As the soldiers pass along,
And although your heart is breaking
Make it sing this cheery song:

Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home.
There's a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out
'Til the boys come home.

Overseas there came a pleading,
"Help a nation in distress."
And we gave our glorious laddies
Honour bade us do no less,
For no gallant son of freedom
To a tyrant's yoke should bend,
And a noble heart must answer
To the sacred call of "Friend."

Keep the Home Fires Burning,
While your hearts are yearning,
Though your lads are far away
They dream of home.
There's a silver lining
Through the dark clouds shining,
Turn the dark cloud inside out
'Til the boys come home.
October 2 at 21:34 EST .

  10 people like this.

   RoseOfTexas  Mom & I watched the first episode & liked it...looking forward to tuning in Sunday. A PBS show that started the week before ~ Indian Summers ~ only watched the first episode & couldn't get into it.
October 9 at 23:18 EST .

  3 people like this.

   MeiDei  Am playing catch-up with this series, I like it - interesting role for Francesca Annis.
October 11 at 22:43 EST .

  4 people like this.

   MeiDei  I don't like Pat's abusive husband!
October 12 at 16:59 EST .

  6 people like this.

   MeiDei  In case you missed the article on Downton A. (starts later this month in the UK ) here it is from Jim Carter's interview:
September 13 at 09:00 EST .

   15 people like this.

   NotaBene  M2, Season 2 of Velvet is out in Netflix. It is wonderful, just finished watching it today.
July 6 at 02:24 EST .

   15 people like this.

   Flaming Sword  My favorite is Acorn TV. It's all British Tv. Comedies, series,mysteries,drama. It's wonderful $4.99. per month or 49.00 per year.
You can get a free month and cancel it if you don't like it. But you won't.
I watch it constantly. Go take a look.
June 4 at 21:31 EST .

   21 people like this.

   RoseOfTexas documentary on the life of Navy SEAL Michael Murphy in honor of Memorial Day
May 24 at 21:21 EST .

   17 people like this.

   Gram77  Has any one seen In Pursuit Of Honor? I have never heard of it but found a review on YouTube. It looks quite good and apparently a true story.
May 12 at 13:48 EST .

   14 people like this.

   MeiDei  Reposting this from the Movie Wall for you.
1995 HBO Movie In Pursuit of Honor with Don Johnson & Gabrielle Anwar

A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. - Written by Rob Hartill

Based on a true story. In 1932 some American soldiers risked their lives and career for the respect to the horses who fought with them in their battles. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the horses. General MacArthur himself ordered the shooting of 509 healthy horses in order to prepare the army for a foreseeable world war.
May 19 at 09:05 EST .

  20 people like this.

   MeiDei  The youtube link is the full movie, just watched it & happy to have. Enjoy.
May 19 at 10:58 EST .

  13 people like this.

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