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Tubular Bells ... skiing

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Just watching Old Grey Whistle Test revisited on BBC4. They had a clip of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells with skiing. Here is the clip in full.

Enjoy.


http://youtube.com/v/FG9vPRTWA_U
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@sequoiaboard, can't remember it at all!
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Looks like skiing whilst having a bad trip to me!
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I really should have gone to see Albert Lee last year in Chelmsford
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@sequoiaboard, Those skiing scenes are from the "fox and hounds" chase event in the 1931 film "Der Weisse Rausch" directed by Dr Arnold Fanck with the founder of the Arlberg ski school Hannes Schneider being chased by the rest of the skiers. Smile
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@Alastair Pink, I had you down to know that!.... I didn't. I only knew that I had seen the footage before on some Austrian related stuff.
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@flangesax, For anyone interested you can watch the whole film on YouTube:
http://youtube.com/v/QSYrvA59F5M

The film opens with some scenes of a train arriving at the (original) train station in St Anton. Smile Apart from Hannes Schneider the film also includes the actress Leni Riefenstahl (before she became a notorious but innovative film director for the Nazi regime). Incidentally I believe Hannes Schneider did not get on well with his co-star, after Hitler's military takeover of Austria (the Anschluss) in 1938 Schneider fell foul of the Nazis and it was only because of international pressure that he was allowed to leave Austria in 1939 for the US where he set up a ski school in New Hampshire and spent the war years there.

The film plot is pretty clunky (as is the sound, mind you it was made in 1931), but the skiing scenes are fascinating! Cool
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@Alastair Pink, for me the thing about Der Weisse Rausch is that fun on the snow isn't dependent on modern technology. Sure the skis of the day didn't offer the performance of modern ones; but there was an awful lot of fun to be had.
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@achilles, +1
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Fascinating, @Alastair Pink. You are a fount of knowledge and wisdom. Mike Oldfield's "Ommadawn" is imprinted on my mind because for an entire year in Kenya my then 4 year old son wouldn't go to sleep without it. We had no TV or radio - just some tapes and a small cassette recorder.
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@Alastair Pink , not in the least bit surprised that you would know this. Laughing
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Wow, can't believe they had Gopros's all those years ago Very Happy
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I think they had better hats, back then.
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I'll watch this in a moment ... But I went to see Mike Oldfield about 20 years ago at a concert in Furth, probably the best gig I've been to.

I'll go to my office so I dont disturb the rest listening to it.
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@sequoiaboard Thanks for bringing this along.

That was fun back in those days ... no helmets, crap skis, no lift pass.
No goretex,
But deep snow Smile
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@Alastair Pink, Wow ... I havent got time to watch the whole film this afternoon, but I just rolled along the timeline and ended up at a point where a couple of apprentice carpenters turn up.

This is amazing ... the wandering apprentice carpenters still turn up in a similar uniform that they have worn for centuries. You have to hand it to the Germans, there is a right way to do things.
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DrLawn wrote:
@Alastair Pink,
This is amazing ... the wandering apprentice carpenters still turn up in a similar uniform that they have worn for centuries. You have to hand it to the Germans, there is a right way to do things.


The two carpenters are there for a bit of comic relief, supposedly teaching themselves how to ski from a book! (but in reality they were excellent skiers, I think one of them was an Austrian champion). There's one bit where the taller of the two is doing 360 degree spins on his skis, if you look closely/ freeze frame it you'll see that the skis he's using at that point are twin tips!! Shocked So there's nothing new under the sun! Laughing
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I dont know when I'll have time to watch the whole film.
But you never know.
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