The Schloss Adler
Every now and again, inbetwixt selling catering equipment, sundries and refrigeration like a man possessed by the very spirit of the catering equipment, sundries and refrigeration selling devil, there arises a situation, more and more rarely as it happens, where I get a few minutes to do some menial number crunching, photo editing or data inputting. During these times I like to listen to things so I shall keep you abreast of the material I put in my ears. At the moment I am listening to an old recording of Alistair MacLean's "Where Eagles Dare" being read by someone whose voice I vaguely recognise but who I am unable to name. The problem here is that "Where Eagles Dare" is one of the only instances of a book that pales in comparison to the film (probably because Alistair MacLean penned the screenplay and therefore the book could almost be considered a first draught). The main difference between the book and the film is this: In the book the heroes obey all the rules of WW2 heroes in books of that era. They risk their lives with never a thought for their own wellbeing for the purposes of achieving something that will change the entire course of the war but in a a strictly gentlemanly fashion. Never will they shoot a German in the back, never will they shoot an unarmed German, never will they even shoot a traitor until such time as that traitor becomes a threat again. They tie up witless Wermacht soldiers and leave them to attempt to free themselves and thwart plans. They beat the enemy by using wits rather than weapons. Now don't get me wrong, it's a great book. It was one of the first books I read in one sitting. However the film is much better and here's why: In the film they just slaughter everyone! Clint Eastwood weilding twin MP40 sub machine guns and mowing Alpenkorps soldiers in their dozens is one of the lasting images of my childhood. Now, what, you may ask, does this have to do with catering equipment or refrigeration or anything of that ilk? Well here's the thing... I would rather be sitting at home in front of the fire watching Where Eagles Dare with a nice cup of tea than sitting at work renaming images of Parry equipment listening to Where Eagles Dare. Case closed.