Season’s Greetings

James: «By the way, the same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?»

Miss Sophie (delightedly): «The same procedure as every year, James!»

James: «Well, I’ll do my very best!»


This is, of course, an excerpt taken from Dinner for One (also known as The 90th Birthday) by Lauri Wylie. The relatively unsuccessful British author Lauri Wylie, actually Morris Laurence Samuelson, was born on the 25th of May 1880 in Southport and died in misery in 1951 near Shoreham, Kent. As long as I know this two-hander comedy sketch, most probably written during the 1920s, appeared first in the musical revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac in 1953. That was before becoming the most frequently repeated television programme ever…


Home, Sweet Home

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Dun Carloway (Lewis) is the best-preserved broch in the Western Isles,
and one of the finest in Scotland.

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Having graduated in mathematics and computer science, Reto Kromer became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration as early as 1986. From 1998 to 2003 he was head of preservation at the Swiss Film Archive, in charge of cataloguing, conservation and restoration of the film collection. Since 2004 he has been running his own preservation company (AV Preservation by, providing comprehensive services that encompass the whole range of moving image preservation. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Lausanne, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Bern University of Applied Sciences. His courses cover the conservation and restoration not only of audio-visual content but also audio-visual carriers, usually with a focus on technical issues and movie picture film. He is also author of articles for renown journals, actively engaged in the leading national and international professional bodies, and on AMIA’s Board of Directors.


I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.

~ Eric Garner (1970–2014)