Back CTCS call for funding for cycling November 20, 2015Cuts at the Department for Transport could be bad news for cycling, so we need the Chancellor to come up with the cash in next Wednesday’s Spending Review. Please call on your MP to back #funding4cycling! With your help, secure funding could be the next big campaign win, following on from two rather diverse successes […]

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Calderdale Cycle Forum – 11 November – Agenda November 7, 2015CTC has asked for a number of items to be included on the Agenda for the November meeting of the Calderdale Cycle Forum. These are:- Appointment of Representative to the City Connect Advisory Group; Consultation on City Connect; Calderdale Cycle Strategy; Leeds University report on Cycle Accident statistics in West Yorkshire; Cycleproofing; Date of next […]

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Calderdale Cycle Hub Forum Meeting November 2, 2015would great to see a good turnout from both CTC members and other cyclists

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Calderdale CTC AGM 2015 Right to Ride Report October 30, 2015You can find a copy of the Right to Ride report for 2015 here 151106agmreport This will be presented to the Calderdale CTC AGM on 6 November 2015 and is published in advance so Members have the opportunity to look at it before the meeting. It highlights key issues, some encouraging, others less so, that have […]

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Calderdale CTC AGM October 24, 2015The Committee of Calderdale CTC invites any member of  the Club to propose a motion for the consideration of the Committee at the Annual general Meeting, to be held 7.45pm at the Oddfellows Rooms, Coleridge Street, Halifax on 6 November 2015. Motions should be sent to to arrive by 30 October. Existing members of […]

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Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day
A three day trip for social walks in Silverdale, contact Carol Hare for more details
Xmas Lunch at Windmill Court meet at Windmill court
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm
John Sutcliffe meet at Oddfellows Rooms
Dec 4 @ 7:45 pm
John Sutcliffe @ Oddfellows Rooms | Halifax | United Kingdom
  Another of John Sutcliffe’s illustrated sauntering jaunts
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am
Ride Leader : Carol Hare
Skipton meet at Morrison's Illingworth
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am
Skipton @ Morrison's Illingworth | Halifax | United Kingdom
Ride Leader: John Southworth
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am
Ride Leader : Paul Barnes
Bonnie Scotland of Old meet at Oddfellows Rooms
Dec 11 @ 7:45 pm
Bonnie Scotland of Old @ Oddfellows Rooms | Halifax | United Kingdom
  We have some films shot in the 1930s advertising travel to, and within, Scotland and showing the way of life in the Highlands and Islands.
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am
Ride Leader : Graham Firth
Whalley meet at King Cross
Dec 13 @ 9:15 am
Whalley @ King Cross | Halifax | United Kingdom
Ride Leader: To be Confirmed
Otley Club Room meet at Windmill court
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am
Ride Leader : Colin Chapman
Christmas Party meet at Oddfellows Rooms
Dec 18 @ 7:45 pm
Christmas Party @ Oddfellows Rooms | Halifax | United Kingdom
Ride Leader : Leslie Baker

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Dave Power Dave Power 27 November 2015, 14:15

High Noon

Director: Fred Zinneman
Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly
B/W 1952

A timeless classic, dripping with atmosphere and tension from the outset, underscored throughout by the haunting lyrics of Tex Ritter’s ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’. Gary Cooper winning his second Best Actor Oscar as the newly married town marshal deserted by all, including momentarily his new bride, as he prepares to face down a released killer and three henchmen with revenge on their minds. Grace Kelly starring in her first major role as the straight laced Quaker bride, reluctant at first to do the right thing by her man, but eventually coming through as we always knew she would.
80 minutes long and covering in real time the hour before the killer’s arrival on the noon train, the suspense builds until the inevitable climactic showdown. Starkly directed, this is an outstanding film which reaches far beyond the clichés of a simple Western, highlighting not only Cooper’s strength of character as he visibly agonises under the increasing tension, but questioning equally the inner demons of a community under stress, searching for the right thing to do but ultimately turning the other way.
Controversial at the time because of the clear analogy with the fear engendered by McCarthyism, John Wayne considered the movie to be positively ‘un American’ in its portrayal of both Cooper’s anguish and the town’s moral weakness. Nonetheless, it was to remain a high water mark in the careers of both director and star. Definitely one for that wet afternoon!
Reid Anderson Reid Anderson 27 November 2015, 09:24
As Sunday 29 November is the last Sunday of the month our ride starts at Mytholmroyd, meet Community Centre at 9.00 for 9.15 start. Destination is Slawit, outward route the wriggly snake that is the anticlockwise West Yorkshire Cycleway. This is fully signed so should help navigation. A lumpy start, but we should weather permitting get some nice views as we wind around the reservoirs at Baitings, Booth Wood, Ringstone and Scammonden. At Slaithwaite we can either dine at the Artisan cafe on the canal or consume food at the Cookhouse. Return to Mythomroyd via a bit more direct route - Scapegoat Hill / Ripponden / Cragg Vale. Have only reccied part of the route, but looks around 40 miles from Mytholmroyd and should be back for 2 ish. Weather forecast does not look promising but there you are.
Dave Power Dave Power 24 November 2015, 17:35

Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
B/W 1942

A wonderful, wonderful film, up there with Shane as one of my top two. To see it on the big screen is to fully appreciate the masterpiece that it is. Superbly drawn characters and a supporting cast to die for, backed up with a brilliantly paced, sparklingly witty script and noir cinematography of the highest order.
Drink in the atmosphere of Rick’s Café Americain with its collection of desperate refugees, corrupt policemen, Claude Rains at his best, Nazi Officers, vagabonds and international eccentrics. So much cigarette smoke that by the end you’re feeling like a 40 a day man. Bogey, never better, and Bergman, beautiful and torn between the two men she loves. Listen to ‘As Time Goes By’ and you’re there with them. Such iconic lines too – “Play it Sam, play it one more time,” “Here’s looking at you kid,” “Of all the gin joints in all the towns,” and then of course, “The three of us don’t amount to a hill of beans etc..” Those final airport scenes tying it all together, Rick sacrificing the love of his life for what he knows is the right thing, and in doing so, rediscovering his own soul. Unsurpassable.
Dave Power Dave Power 24 November 2015, 17:33
If music is the soundtrack of our lives, which to my mind it is, then it follows that movies, the pictures, the flicks must be its wallpaper.
From an early age, well before the telly made an appearance in my front room, I have loved movies. A child of the 50s and 60s, the camp cinemas at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and RAF Wildenrath in Germany have much to answer for! Remember those Saturday morning matinees, a staple in every young boy’s life. Do they still have them? A shilling to get in and see Tarzan’s latest adventures or maybe Roy Rogers the singing cowboy and his horse Trigger, along with the ubiquitous cliff hangers that were always shown beforehand - ‘Don’t miss next week’s exciting episode!’ A can of pop and a bag of hot popcorn for a tanner and the experience was complete. Watching Gary Cooper in High Noon for the first time, John Wayne in The Horse Soldiers and Alan Ladd in Shane, all with my father, himself a big western fan, are firmly etched in the memory banks as big events in my formative years. To heck with reality. It was pure escapism and all the better for it. Three years at RAF Wildenrath without any television at all (how did we survive?), going to the flicks at The Astra several times a week and getting the airmen, not that much older themselves, to take us into films that we were underage for. Then of course there was meeting that girl of the moment and going in to see anything really – you weren’t there for the films on those occasions. Where else could you get to be alone? They had to pay their own way in of course; the pocket money didn’t stretch that far! Nothing risky and quite tame by today’s standards. An endless diet of Westerns, war films and other adventures surely made their mark and are now an inextricable part of my DNA. Happy days!
That magic and romance have never gone away. Nowadays, I get my fix, not in those dreadful multiplexes, but by supporting local independents, particularly when they are screening an old black and white noir. Entrance, a mug of tea and a biscuit, six quid. Ever seen Casablanca, The Third Man or Brief Encounter as they were meant to be seen? Up there mate, on that big screen. How can people NOT get Black and White. Just as likely though, I’m to be found in the comfort of my own back room indulging myself in any one of a number of old classics, movies that I wasn’t around to see the first time, together with others that I have become attached to over the years. American Graffiti, a movie I can watch over and over again, and indeed, have.
That’s where the Rainy Days come into it. There are those days when you have to be out and about, doing; but equally, there are those days when it’s wet and grey outside and you need somewhere to escape. It’s snug in here, so I think I’ll just spend some time with Humphrey Bogart or the divine and wonderful Barbara Stanwyck playing the femme fatale in Double Indemnity. Can an ankle bracelet and some lip balm really be that sexy? You bet!
Which brings us to my collection of 25 Rainy Day Movies. Favourite films, like favourite songs, are always going to be a personal thing. Some people will say, “What did he choose that for? How come he didn’t choose that one?” Each to their own, we’re all different. These for varying reasons mean the most to me. There are others I could have gone for, but when you’ve limited yourself to just 25, something’s got to give. For instance, I could have included any one of John Wayne’s Cavalry trilogy, or The Searchers, but The Horse Soldiers does it best for me. It’s not to say the others aren’t classics too. They clearly are and someone, somewhere would undoubtedly choose them. After much thought though, the movies that I have finally selected here have been narrowed down from a much larger total that I’ve watched and reviewed at home over the years. Not written in any particular order, although my top ten should be easily spotted, I hope that the reader will gain something of my own enthusiasm for these classics of the silver screen, and if they haven’t already seen them, maybe take some time out themselves one Rainy Day and get acquainted.

David Power – September 2015