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A Movie Review - Dunkirk

"Dunkirk" the movie. What is it all about?

By Garth Robinson

Having grown up in England, I was privileged from a very young age to learn the story ofDunkirk, also known as "Operation Dynamo."

 I remember attending school and having a friend tell me of his father's evacuation at Dunkirk. So, it was with anticipation that I recently

attended a showing of the new movie that is being so widely discussed and heralded, today.

Dunkirk, the movie, is based on the true story of one of the greatest evacuations in military history. The evacuation of allied forces known as "Operation Dynamo" took place between 27th May and 4th June, 1940.

Between these dates Allied forces were evacuated and approximately 340,000 troops managed to get out of the French sea port and back to England. Was it a retreat? Yes, but it was a well executed retreat because had it not happened there would have been no army left to defend Great Britain from Hitler's third Reich. So what led up to this?

Before the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941 the United States was not involved directly in World II. Hitler's third Reich had invaded Poland in 1939, prompting the beginning of World War II.

The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was sent in response to help the French who shared a border with Germany.

The French were anticipating that the Germans would also invade them. They were correct and unfortunately for them German Panzer divisions cut through France very rapidly (known as BLITZKRIEG for you war buffs) leaving the "BEF" Cut off and surrounded.

The movie, in captivating images and through three narratives will give you a first-hand experience of what happened on these fateful days

early in World War II and the amazing story of how a "rag tag" bunch of small vessels was able to rescue an army and keep Great Britain alive.

It was truly, miraculous.

Garth Robinson

A View from "Away"

By Garth H. Robinson
My family moved to Lincoln in November of last year (yes, we did survive the winter) having lived in Texas.

Lincoln is a beautiful area with lots of green and lots of water. The view of Mount Katahdin is spectacular, particularly in the winter when it is covered with snow.
We loved Texas but this is so much more beautiful.

The area of Texas we lived in was very dry and in the summer you could have weeks on end with a temperature of over 100°F.
To illustrate, imagine these two scenarios: You step outside on a summers day and are outside for no more than five minutes (not necessarily doing anything) and when you come back inside you are sweating. Also, imagine being outside and having a blow dryer blowing on your face constantly. That is what our Texas summers were like.

We moved here from a suburb of Dallas which had over half a million people. Lincoln is much smaller in population so it has been quite a change.

It does seems to me, however, that there are a number of things that the people of Maine and Texas have in common:

A fiercely independent spirit. I believe that if the people of Maine and Texas could both "secede" from the United States they would definitely attempt this.

A real "can-do"attitude. The people of both states are very resourceful and if there is a way to fix the problem themselves they will do it.

An attitude of friendliness. It's when you get out into the country that you find the real people and the caring that they have for each other and their communities. This is what we have found here.

A sense for the weather. It seems no coincidence that in both states there is an expression something like this: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute."

A mosquito time. Yes, both states have mosquitoes but the mosquitoes seem to operate in different ways. In Maine, so my wife believes, the mosquitoes seem to just hover around you in general before they land and bite! In Texas, the mosquitoes seem to have a more direct approach where they just go straight for you like a "bullet."

Yes, there are similarities and differences but we are delighted to be in this beautiful area, getting to know people and being a part of this community. 

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