Archive for September, 2007

Man in car accident while watching Flynn Film!!

30 Sep

Trucker watched Errol Flynn movie as he drove

By David Williams, Evening Standard Motoring Editor 07.06.04

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A Spanish lorry driver who tackled the rush-hour on the M1 while enjoying a Western in his cab was banned from Britain's roads.

Manuel Cuenca, 50, almost sparked a pile-up as he drove through the early evening traffic with a portable TV and video flickering next to him.

He was soaking up a dubbed version of the Errol Flynn classic They Died With Their Boots On when he ran another juggernaut off the road.

Stunned fellow trucker Brian Jackson had just looked into Cuenca's passing cab in disbelief when the Spaniard suddenly cut in front of him.

He had to veer onto the hard shoulder on a packed stretch of the motorway near junction 23a at Kegworth to avoid a smash.

Leicester Crown Court heard how Cuenca was heading southbound on 25 October last year when he risked causing mayhem.

Mr Jackson was climbing an incline in the slow lane at the wheel of his fullyladen, 44-tonne lorry when he spotted Cuenca's red Renault HGV in his mirror.

Jonathan Eley, prosecuting, said: “There seemed to be flashing lights coming from the cab. As it came closer to overtake, and the cabs drew parallel, he saw the light was coming from a 14-inch TV mounted on the dashboard.

“The lorry then passed him and began to pull into lane one – forcing Mr Jackson to swerve onto the hard shoulder to avoid a collision.”

Because the hard shoulder on that stretch of the motorway was triple width, Mr Jackson was able to regain control and rejoin the slow lane.

He immediately contacted police, who caught up with Cuenca at junction 21a near Fosse Park, Leicester – with the movie still running. “They could see images of the film reflecting in Mr Cuenca's glasses,” Mr Eley said.

Cuenca – driving “very close” to the lorry in front – was ordered to pull over and was arrested. He said he was only listening to the film's soundtrack – a claim repeated in court by his lawyer, James Varley.

The case, Mr Varley said, had been “a dreadful financial hindrance and a matter of personal shame” to his client.

Cuenca admitted a charge of dangerous driving and was banned from holding or obtaining a licence in Britain for the next 12 months.

Judge Peter Morrell said it was plain the prosecution could not prove “beyond all reasonable doubt” that Cuenca had been watching the television, so his ban was simply for pulling in too soon after overtaking. If it could have been shown he was concentrating on the Western his sentence would have been “far less lenient”.

Cuenca, from Barcelona, has been sacked since the incident and is now taking German haulage firm Norbert Dentressangle to an industrial tribunal in Spain.

He could still be allowed to drive elsewhere in Europe if the Spanish authorities do not follow up today's sentence.

In February the father-of-one was fined £3,000 after entering Britain with four asylum-seekers in his HGV.

— FlynnGirl

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Robin de los Bosques

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Dodge City

30 Sep

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CBC Interview re: Cuban Revolution

29 Sep

Hello all:

My first time on this board, glad to be with you.

Thought I should let you know that I am constantly making changes to… and the latest is an interview on CBC's Front Page Challenge with Flynn talking about Castrol and the Cuban Revolution.

As well, under 'filmography' there is a new section; de Havilland on Flynn with several video clips.  One in particular is a charmer.

Have a look and let me know what you think, Andrea (Little Scout)

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The Spam Monitor on the Errol Flynn Blog…

26 Sep

Chums! I have now been Spam Monitored at least twice on the blog, so please don't be upset if your comment post gets a spam notification, too! The darn thing is trying to do us a favor – even though it can't tell one of US from a stinking spam bot!

It seems the longer the posted comment is the more likely it will be flagged and then I must go in and approve the comment. In my other life (the one where I was not the Administrator of such things) I tore me eyes out if my comment was monitored in any way. How dare they? Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, after all! But this is just part of keeping out stuff about the joys of penis enlargement and what various ladies do on their webcams that don't concern us Flynn-o-philes!

Believe me, I have spent a good deal of time blocking trackbacks to Viagra sites and much worse… So please, be patient if your comments are moderated. They will get onto the blog as soon as I am notified there might be another posting for some unlikely products or services that are better left to the imagination…

Your Humble Servant, Sir Spammed-a-Lot

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We Welcome New Author Bob Peckinpaugh to The Errol Flynn Blog!

25 Sep

Welcome aboard Bob!



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Robin Hood in Technicolor

23 Sep

Today's final look back at the greatest film ever made….

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Robin Hood and the boxer

23 Sep

Flynn with heavyweight champ Max Baer (his son played Jethro)

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Another Robin Hood still

23 Sep

Photo taken in Chico, CA, (I think) but I don't recall the man's name on the left. Once, in the distant past of my youth, I knew who that was.

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Robin Hood still

23 Sep


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