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IC in MC&J, PSG CAS, 2008.

Dear young friends,

After 4 months, our 40 hour IC class has come to an end with a happy life for Paul & Victoria.

Hope you enjoyed the theory classes, photography - hands on and some classical movies.

I want to get your sincere feedback, so that i can improve for my next batch of students.

If you feel you liked the course, do send me a feedback in the comments box coming below.

Even if if you dont find time/feel lazy to do such things, just type out any one of the five in the comments box.

Worst/Bad/Okay/Good/Very Good

Thanks

C.R.Jayaprakash.

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2008-09 Start

First year students of this academic year are to get briefing about this course on 17 July, 2008 at GRD Auditorium, PSG CAS. Time: 11.30 AM.

Significant change: Fee Rs. 2,000 to  incorporate 30 students.

Class Timings: Mostly 3-5 PM. Few saturdays for Practicals.

Total Contact hours: 180 (90 per semester).

Planning to start classes from August first Week.

Interested students type your Name, Class in the Comments box below or meet me in the Department from 3 to 4 PM today

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ADD ON Results

The results for the First batch of ADD ON in MC &J students is ready. You can collect it from me in the Department.

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PSG Green

Dear Friends,

Our ECO CLUB activities will have a better beginning this time. We are ready with programmes before you start your academic year on Monday (june 16).

PSG College of Pharmacy is conducting Photography, Essay, Poster making competitions for College students. U all can participate in this event which is to be held at PSGIMSR Audtoruim on Friday (June 20). The theme is NATURE INCREDIBLE.

Come prepared. Let us bag the prizes. For details please see psgpharmacy site or contact me on Monday.

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Fees & Final Classes

Dear Students,

Add on course in coming to an end. I want you all to attend the last 2 classes in full strength (March 25 & 26).

The Fee for this semester is Rs.570. You are to pay it on April 2 or 3. Hall tickets are with me. Hall tickets wont be passed through your colleagues. Please come and collect it directly before 2 PM on March 27.

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Environmental Films Festival at Coimbatore

Watch Greatest Indian Environmental Movies for free. RAAC in association with Toxics Link is organising a Environmental Film festival at PSG TECH on Friday (15, Feb, 2008). It starts at 10 in the morning.

    Important films/Documentaries are

  • Point Calimere by Shekhar Dattatri.
  • A Green Agony by Geeta Singh.
  • Thirsty Planet by Hening.
  • 1000 days and a dream (about Pilachimada and Coke) by Babu & Sarath and more.

Want a review about these films?

Traveling Quotes from the Earth – 2008

Toxics Link, a selection of environmental films from India and Europe in the traveling chapters of Quotes from the Earth Film Festival. The selection encompasses a gamut of environmental issues. Such films catalyze debates and make more tangible the complex environmental problems we are facing today. Clearly there is a need for wider viewer ship and circulation. Yet this seems to be a challenge even now.

1. Point Calimere - Shekar Dattatri - 25 minutes- 2006 - India

Synopsis - Point Calimere is a unique sanctuary by the sea in Tamil Nadu, famous for its herds of blackbuck and flocks of flamingos. It is also known for its feral ponies, and an 18 square kilometre patch of dry evergreen forest full of medicinal plants. In 2002 the swamps around Point Calimere were declared a Ramsar Site, a designation given to wetlands of international significance. Over a hundred species of migratory water birds visit these swamps in winter, but over the years their populations have been declining. Point Calimere – Little Kingdom by the Coast offers a glimpse into this remarkable ecosystem and the problems that confront it.

2. A Green Agony - Geeta Singh - 22 minutes - 2006 - India

Synopsis- In an idyllic corner of the Bay of Bengal, where rivers meet the ocean, lies a labyrinthine maze of a world that obeys no boundaries. A world that has long defied all descriptions and set its own rules; but one gradually vanishing under the burden of an industrialised world. Green Agony explores the unique ecosystem of the Sundarbans, and analyses the impact of global climate change on the inhabitants of the region; man, mangroves and wildlife. Having already witnessed the submergence of four of its islands due to accelerated sea-level rise, Sundarbans today fights the battle to stay afloat

3. Thirsty Planet - Henning Hesse Martin Fensch - 30 minutes- 2004 - Germany

Synopsis -Over 1.2 billion of the world’s population has no access to clean drinking water. The global crisis is real. But how to solve the problems? The Documenatry shows the dramatic development as well as new approaches and solutions around the world. Sustainable water management against hunger, disease and poverty. It shows approaches from all over the world. Questionable monumental water projects, excessive water waste and intergovernmental conflicts in contrasts to sophisticated approaches for smart water management – be it water conservation, sustainable financial policy or international cooperation.

4. Mountains in the Mist - Alex Wohlgroth - 40 minutes - 2004 - Switzerland

Have you never heard of cloud forests? Then you are definitely not alone! These intriguing ecosystems are very rare. Only 20% of the world’s tropical forests are cloud forests - and yet, these mountainous brothers of lowland rain forests are important treasure houses of biodiversity and suppliers of large volumes of high quality streamflow. For hydrologists, these forests still harbour many secrets. But they have to hurry with their investigations because cloud forests are among the most threatened forest ecosystems of the world. Enjoy with this film the beautiful and mystical world of these forests high up in the clouds. See how scientists try to unravel the secrets of these amazing ecosystems and how the forest protection works in Costa Rica - and hope with us, that these forests in the mist can be saved for future generations.The Swiss Grammy Award winner and harp musician Andreas Vollenweider offered his music for the music track.

5. 1000 Days and a Dream - P. Bauraj & C. Saratchandran - 75 minutes - 2006

Synopsis- The film ‘1000 Days and a Dream’ documents the poignant moments in the four and a half years of anti-coca cola struggle in Plachimada, Kerala. The film captures the spirit of the anti-coca cola struggle, trace the history of the struggle and discuss the several issues raised by the struggle. The film shares the dreams and sorrows of some of the active participants.

6. Journey: Exploring Traditional Water Harvesting Methods - Rakesh Khatri -23 minutes - 2006 - India

Synopsis - The film makes a serious effort to understand the traditional, popular and successful water conservation methods. The film was shot in the semi desert area of Rajasthan, which registered an average annual rainfall of 60 to 100mm, but had century’s old traditional methods of water conservation. These are known by the name of Taanka and Kuin. In this film we will examine these water collection methods. How they were made and what are the socioeconomic and cultural aspects of these methods.

7. Ganashatru (Enemy of the People)- Satyajit Ray - 100 minutes - India

Synopsis - Dr. Ashok Gupta, a scientifically – inclined physician in the small town of Chandipur in West Bengal discovers that water – bourne diseases are suddenly on the increase. Investigations reveal that the water from the holy well of the Tripureshwar temple is contaminated. Dr. Gupta suggests that the temple be closed down till the holy water is made safe enough for drinking. His younger brother Nishith, who is the Chairman of the Municipal Corporation, does not accept the suggestion, since his business partner Mr. Bargava who is a trustee of the temple, wants the affair hushed up for fear of scaring away the devotees who represent good business for the small temple town. A fierce confrontation ensues with Dr. Gupta being declared..

Hope to meet you there.

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Siruthuli Event at VOC Park

Siruthuli event at VOC Park starts by 10 AM tomorrow, Saturday (19 Jan).

Till now 12 students have enrolled from ECO CLUB, PSGCAS.

 All can come there directly by 9.30 AM.

No dress code. Girls can go home earlier in the evening. Any doubts, call me in 98942 59100.

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Need Volunteers

Siruthuli, the reputed NGO of CBE is conducting a 2 day programme at VOC Park grounds on Jan 19 & 20.

The theme is on Rivers. 50 schools are participating in this mega event. They have sought 15 Volunteers from PSGCAS.

Our Principal & Secretary have permitted me to take 15 students there. If Saturday is a working day, you can avail OD.

Interested students, can enroll immediately. Send your name, class, e mail, mobile number in the comments section below.

Selection will be based on student’s previous performance record in the ECO CLUB.

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Extra Terrestrial

EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

From Wikipedia

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote.
It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends a friendly alien, dubbed E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the alien return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.The concept for E.T. came from an imaginary friend Spielberg created after his parents’ divorce. When work on Night Skies stalled, Spielberg met screenwriter Melissa Mathison, whom he hired to pen the script for E.T.. The film was shot from September to December 1981 in California on a budget of US$10.5 million. Unlike most motion pictures, to facilitate convincing emotional performances from the young cast, the film was shot in roughly chronological order.

E.T. was a box office hit, surpassing Star Wars to become the most financially successful film released to that point. Critics acclaimed it as a timeless story of friendship, ranking it as best science fiction film ever made in a Rotten Tomatoes poll. The alien became the subject of analogies for Jesus. The film was rereleased in 1985, and in 2002 with altered special effects and additional scenes. Spielberg believes E.T. epitomizes his work.[2]

Plot
The film opens in a California forest as a group of alien botanists collect vegetation samples. U.S. government agents appear and the aliens flee in their spaceship, leaving one of their own behind in their haste. The scene shifts to a suburban California home, where a boy named Elliott plays servant to his older brother, Michael, and his friends. As he fetches pizza, Elliott discovers the stranded alien, who promptly flees. Despite his family’s disbelief, Elliott leaves Reese’s Pieces candy in the forest to lure it into his bedroom. Before he goes to bed, Elliott notices the alien imitating his movements.

Elliott feigns illness the next morning to avoid school so he can play with the alien. That afternoon, Michael and their younger sister, Gertie, meet the alien. Their mother, Mary, hears the noise and comes upstairs. Michael, Gertie, and the alien hide in the closet while Elliott reassures her everything is all right. Deciding to keep the alien, the children begin to ask it about its origin. It answers by levitating balls to represent its solar system, and further demonstrates its powers by healing a dead plant. At school, Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with the alien. Elliott becomes irrational due partly to the alien’s intoxication from drinking Coors beer and he begins freeing all the frogs from a dissection class. As the alien watches John Wayne kiss Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man, Elliott’s psychic link causes him to kiss a girl he likes in the same manner.

E.T. makes Elliott’s bike fly to the forestThe alien learns to speak English by watching Sesame Street and dubs itself E.T. It enlists Elliott’s help in building a device to “phone home”. Michael starts to notice that E.T.’s health is declining and that Elliot is referring to himself as “we”. On Halloween, Michael and Elliott dress E.T. as a ghost so they can sneak it out of the house. Elliott and E.T. ride a bicycle to the forest, where E.T. makes a successful call home. The next morning, Elliott wakes up to find E.T. gone, and returns home to his distressed family. Michael finds E.T. dying and takes him to Elliott, who is also dying. Mary becomes frightened when she discovers her son’s illness and the dying alien, before government agents invade the house.

Scientists set up a medical facility in the house, quarantining Elliott and E.T. The link between E.T. and Elliott disappears as E.T. suddenly dies. Elliott is left alone with the motionless alien when he notices a flower coming back to life. E.T. revives and reveals that its people are returning. Elliott and Michael steal a van that E.T. had been loaded into and a chase ensues, with Michael’s friends joining Elliott and E.T.’s bicycled evasion of the authorities. Suddenly facing a dead-end, they escape as E.T.’s telekinesis lifts them into the air and toward the forest. E.T. stands near the spaceship, his heart glowing as he readies to return home. Mary, Gertie and Keys, a government agent, show up. E.T. says goodbye to Michael and Gertie, and before entering the spaceship, tells Elliott “I’ll be right here”; pointing its glowing finger to Elliott’s heart.

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It’s a wonderful life

It’s a Wonderful Life
From Wikipedia

Directed and Produced by Frank Capra
 Screenplay:
Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Jo Swerling
Frank Capra
Short Story:
Philip Van Doren Stern
Starring James Stewart
Donna Reed
Lionel Barrymore
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) December 20, 1946
Running time 130 min

Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,180,000[1]
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile
It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American film produced and directed by Frank Capra and based on the short story, “The Greatest Gift” written by Philip Van Doren Stern.

The film takes place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls shortly after World War II and stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose attempted suicide on Christmas Eve gains the attention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) who is sent to help him in his hour of need.

Most of the film is told through flashbacks spanning George’s entire life and narrated by Franklin and Joseph, unseen Angels who are preparing Clarence for his mission to save George. Through these flashbacks we see all the people whose lives have been touched by George and the difference he has made to the community in which he lives.

The film is regarded as a classic and is a staple of Christmas television around the world, although, due to its high production costs and stiff competition at the box office, financially, it was considered a “flop.” The film’s break-even point was actually $6.3 million, approximately twice the production cost, a figure it never came close to achieving in its initial release.[2] Mark Eliot writes, “Although it was not the complete box-office failure that today everyone believes… it was a major disappointment and confirmed, at least to the studios, that Capra was no longer capable of turning out the populist features that made his films the must-see, money-making events they once were.” [3] Although not an Oscar winner at the time, it has been since named by the American Film Institute one of the best films ever made and was placed number one on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Cheers list of the most inspirational American films of all time.

Plot
The story begins on Christmas Eve, 1946, and George Bailey is in a dark place. The prayers of his family and friends alert Heaven to George’s state of mind, and Clarence Odbody, an Angel Second Class, is sent to Earth to save George — and thereby perhaps, after 200 years of trying, to earn his wings. To prepare for his mission, Clarence is brought before Joseph, the head angel, to see a review of George’s life to date, highlighting all the good he has done for others:

As a boy in 1919, George saved his brother Harry’s life in an ice sledding accident, a heroic act that cost him the hearing in his left ear.

About six months later, George was working for the local pharmacist, Mr. Gower (H.B. Warner), when he prevented Gower, grief-stricken from his son’s death, from accidentally poisoning a child.

George’s most compelling ambition is to see the whole world; he plans to become an architect and design magnificent bridges and skyscrapers everywhere.

However, as George matures, he continues to extend help to whoever needs it at the sacrifice of his dreams: He puts off going to college until Harry graduates from high school to take over the family business, the Bailey Building & Loan Association, essential to many of the disadvantaged in Bedford Falls.

 On Harry’s graduation night, as George fantasizes about his future to childhood sweetheart Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) in front of a dilapidated old mansion, their father suddenly dies.

 An avaricious and opportunistic board member of the Building & Loan (and owner of most of the town), Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) seizes the opportunity to gain control of the Board of Directors and end the “nonsense” of home loans for the working poor; George makes a reluctant but impassioned plea to keep the company independent, moving the board members to agree, but only if George remains to run the business.

Harry goes on to college, but George’s hopes of being able to leave Bedford Falls on Harry’s return are dashed once again when Harry unexpectedly brings home his new wife Ruth, whose father has offered Harry a well-paying job in his company.

Depressed, George is persuaded by his mother to call on Mary, also back from college. Their mutual school friend Sam Wainwright telephones her; he has gone on to wealth and success in the plastics industry, and is doing much of the traveling George always wanted to do.

 George and Mary are forced to share a telephone handset during the call, and in an emotional cartharsis, George finally expresses his love for her. On their wedding day, as the Great Depression looms, George and Mary see a run on the bank that leaves the Building & Loan in serious danger of going under.

Potter, sensing another opportunity, offers all its customers “50 cents on the dollar”; George argues vehemently for his customers to remain with the institution, and Mary offers money from their honeymoon fund to lend the townspeople enough to sustain them.

The plan is barely a success: At closing, the Building & Loan holds exactly $2.00. Later Mary, with Ernie and Bert’s aid, sets up an elaborate mock tropical honeymoon in the old mansion, which is eventually rebuilt as their new home.

As time passes, George and Mary have four children, and he starts Bailey Park, an affordable-housing project, with the family of the local bar owner Martini as its first tenants.

 When World War II erupts, George is unable to enlist due to his bad ear; he stays at home to assist in the war effort while his brother Harry becomes a Navy pilot, awarded the Medal of Honor for shooting down 15 enemy aircraft, including two kamikaze planes that were about to crash into a Navy troop transport.[4][5]

On Christmas Eve, entering the bank lobby to make an $8,000.00 deposit for the Building & Loan, Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) encounters Mr. Potter and, bursting with pride, shows him the newspaper article about his nephew Harry, about to be honored by the President.

Absent-mindedly, he leaves the deposit money in the newspaper that he drops in Potter’s lap. Potter finds the money moments later but does not tell anyone. This is also the day the bank examiner has come to inspect the Building & Loan’s records, and arrives to find the money missing and George and Billy ransacking the place looking for it.

 In desperation, George goes to appeal to Mr. Potter, telling him he (not Billy) lost the money; Potter implicates George’s “generosity” — specifically his charity to troubled childhood friend Violet. When George offers his $15,000 life insurance policy, Potter laughs mockingly, “You’re worth more dead than alive!”

Returning home in anguish, George perceives his entire life as a massive failure. His children, exuberantly preparing for the evening’s festivities, send him into a rage.

George talks to Zuzu’s teacher on the phone, unfairly chastising her for getting Zuzu sick; he then tends to Zuzu and, in an emotional shift, tenderly places her flower’s petals into his pocket. He leaves the house and goes to Martini’s bar where he prays for guidance, admitting he is not a praying man. The school teacher’s husband, upon discovering George in the bar, punches him in the face, cutting George’s lip.

 George leaves the bar and, in a snow storm, crashes his car into a tree. He runs to the nearby bridge over the river, intending to commit suicide.

Henry Travers as Clarence after “saving” GeorgeBefore George can jump into the river, however, Clarence the angel jumps in first. After a shocked George saves him, Clarence reveals himself to be George’s guardian angel and that he saved George from committing suicide.

Clarence pleads with a reluctant George to let him help, so he can finally earn his wings. George concedes that killing himself wasn’t going to better things and instead wishes he had never been born.

At that instant it stops snowing outside, and Clarence allows George to see life as it would have been if George Bailey was never born: Bedford Falls is called Pottersville and is mostly a slum; Main Street is dominated by pawn shops and sleazy bars; Bailey Park was never built and remains a desolate cemetery; George’s home remains a run-down, abandoned mansion.

George sees the people he knows and loves, but in this alternative world, none of them recognize him and their lives are hard and grim. His mother, now a widow eking out an existence from running her house as a room-and-board, and Mary, a spinster librarian, are both lonely, embittered women. Uncle Billy has been in an insane asylum for years; Harry has been dead since he fell through the ice in childhood since George wasn’t there to save him (and consequently the men on the transport ship were all killed). Violet has become a dancer whom George sees when she is arrested for pickpocketing, Mr. Gower was convicted of poisoning the child that George had saved and is now a panhandler and Martini no longer owns the bar. Ernie and Bert, although still friends, are much darker characters, and are suspicious of George, thinking he is insane when he claims to know them.

After finally realizing Mary and the others do not remember him at all, George returns to the bridge and calls upon Clarence, and then to God, to let him live again.

 It begins to snow again; Bert spots George and tells him the whole town is looking for him. Ready to fight, George realizes Bert now recognizes him, then notices his mouth bleeding and his pockets containing Zuzu’s petals:

George has returned to present-day Bedford Falls on Christmas Eve, at the instant he witnessed Clarence. Screaming his ecstasy to buildings and people alike — including even Potter — George runs home and basks in his family’s recognition, even welcoming the bank examiners. Mary urges him to prepare for what is coming: Caroling “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” his friends and family (even the bank examiners) have rallied to collect huge amounts of money to save George and the Building & Loan from scandal and ruin.

As a final coup, Mr. Gower has telegraphed Sam Wainwright in London, who wires an immediate $25,000 advance. In the midst of the festivities, Harry returns and toasts, “To my big brother George: the richest man in town”; with that, everyone spontaneously cheers and breaks into “Auld Lang Syne.”

Seeing how many lives he has touched, and the difference he has made to the town, is enough for George Bailey to realize that despite his problems he really has a wonderful life.

The film ends with George finding Clarence’s Tom Sawyer book, inside which is inscribed: “Remember that no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings.” George and Mary then hear a bell ring on their Christmas tree; Zuzu exclaims, “Look, daddy! Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an Angel gets his wings.” George quietly agrees as “Auld Lang Syne” rings out.

Background
The original story “The Greatest Gift” was written by Philip Van Doren Stern in November 1939. After being unsuccessful in getting the story published, he decided to make it into a Christmas card, and mailed 200 copies to family and friends in December 1943.

 The story came to the attention of RKO producer David Hempstead, who showed it to Cary Grant’s Hollywood agent and, in April 1944, RKO Pictures bought the rights to the story for $10,000 hoping to turn the story into a vehicle for Grant.

RKO created three unsatisfactory scripts before shelving the planned movie with Grant going on to make another Christmas picture in The Bishop’s Wife.

 At the suggestion of RKO studio chief Charles Koerner, Frank Capra read “The Greatest Gift” and immediately saw its potential. RKO, anxious to unload the project, sold the rights in 1945 to Capra’s production company, Liberty Films, which had a nine-film distribution agreement with RKO, for $10,000 and threw in the three scripts for free.

 Capra along with writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (with Jo Swerling, Michael Wilson and Dorothy Parker brought in to “polish” the script) turned the story and what was worth using from the three scripts into a screenplay that Capra would rename “It’s a Wonderful Life.

 Filming
It’s a Wonderful Life was shot at the RKO studio in Culver City, California and the RKO Ranch in Encino, where “Bedford Falls” was a set covering four acres, assembled from three separate parts with a main street stretching 300 yards (three city blocks), with 75 stores and buildings, a tree-lined center parkway and 20 full grown oak trees.

 Due to the requirement to film in an “alternate universe” setting as well as during different seasons, the set was extremely adaptable.

Filming started on April 15, 1946 and ended on July 27, 1946 (exactly on deadline for the 90-day principal photography schedule).

The RKO ranch in Encino, the filming location of Bedford Falls, was razed in the mid-1950s. Because of this there are only two filming locations still remaining from the film. The first is the swimming pool that was unveiled during the famous dance scene. The pool is located in the gymnasium at Beverly Hills High School, 241 Moreno Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

The second location is the Martinis’ new home and neighborhood in the fictional Bailey Park. The Martini house is located at 4587 Viro Road in La Canada Flintridge, California. The roofline, window layout (including the front bay window), front path and chimney are all the same as they appear in the film.

During filming, in the scene where Uncle Billy gets drunk at Harry and Ruth’s engagement party, George points him in the right direction home. As the camera focuses on George, smiling at his uncle staggering away, a crash is heard in the distance and Uncle Billy yells, “I’m all right! I’m all right!” Equipment on the set had been actually knocked over accidentally; Capra left in Thomas Mitchell’s appropriate ad lib.

The full extent of Mr. Potter’s deviousness is never revealed to the other characters in the film, and he is never brought to account for sequestering the $8,000, although Capra filmed an alternate ending that was subsequently cut wherein Potter receives a “comeuppance.”

Later a Saturday Night Live skit reprised the scene, this time with Potter comedically brought to account.

A lapse in film editing is obvious in the scene in which Uncle Billy loses the money. George comes into the Building & Loan office with a wreath on his arm, and sets it on a desk. Moments later, when he picks up the telephone, the wreath re-appears on his arm.

While George sees what life would be like without him, Harry’s would-be grave displays the dates 1911–1919, contradicting Clarence’s statement that Harry died at the age of nine.

Hope you students realised the worth of the MOVIE.

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