Monday, November 23, 2009

Instead of an apology

The week-end was taken up by the Bruges Group conference and, on Sunday, the Dogu exhibition as well as wonderful tea at the British Museum. Having a restaurant that is somehow linked to the Demel cafe in Vienna and a Swiss pastry cook gives Traditional English Tea a completely new dimension.

Today and probably tomorrow are taken up by the Conservative History Journal. So, in the meantime, here are a few videos to enjoy.

This is Gene Kelly's debut in For Me And My Gal. Judy Garland was the established star and she wanted Kelly; so she got Kelly and another star was born. Here they are performing the title number the first time. And no, I don't think Garland could play the piano. About the only thing she could not do.

And one more from Babes on Broadway, a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland film, made in 1941, before the US entered the war after that thoughtless bit of bombing by Japan. The chances of this film being shown ever again are slim because the usual "show in the backyard" in this case is a minstrel show with all the white stars and actors blacking up. However, this song of Judy's to the British children evacuated to the States brings a lump to my throat. And that does not happen all that often. Try to spot the young Rooney, hyperactive as ever but uncharacteristically in the background.

Enjoy them both.

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