Christopher Crossley

"The Man from Hubei"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (84 of 95)
Location: Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
In My Own Words:
I've been in Wuhan, China, teaching English since October 2001, and I have a gorgeous Chinese wife and a little daughter. For fun, I just love to eat out (my favourite food is pizza), and I and my wife love to chill by watching movies on my PC - since I can get them in English!

I don't have all-time favourite book or movie, since either would be 'subject to change' (though that would be a good … Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,925,462 - Total Helpful Votes: 84 of 95
Character in Action: The U.S. Coast Guard on Leade&hellip by Donald T. Phillips
As I read through this book, I did not encounter any case studies of conflict management between U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnal that required resolution, though there were the occasional references to "Coasties" who felt that they were really doing unimportant jobs (like looking after a power generator) - until a more senior man comes in and convinces them otherwise.
The USCG prides itself in recruiting talent who can do more than one job and can take command in field situations on their own initiative without waiting for orders from on-high; basically, it has an "act-first-tell-me-later" approach, which appears to have served this two-centuries-old organisation well, including… Read more
The Great Escape [VHS] <b>VHS</b> ~ Steve McQueen
The Great Escape [VHS] VHS ~ Steve McQueen
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
"Putting all the rotten eggs in one basket" was how the German kommandant of Stalag Luft III allegedly described to the senior British officer, Ramsay (James Donald), the task of getting the most "troublesome" escapers from the "Big X" organisation from POW camps scattered all over the embattled Third Reich to one place. Looking at the set based on the real camp, it was nothing like Colditz Castle - rather like something thrown up in haste on a patch lacking greenery but located conveniently next to a wood.
Yet, under the direction of "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough in what, for me, was his most memorable role), seething with rage at ill-treatment from the Gestapo who threatened… Read more
Mosquito Squadron [VHS] [1969] <b>VHS</b> ~ David McCallum
Mosquito Squadron [VHS] [1969] VHS ~ David McCallum
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This movie is not supposed to be a carbon copy of its highly successful predecessor, "633 Squadron", yet, to one's horror, one discovers that the opening footage of the V-1 launch, flight and ultimate destruction in a London street, has been lifted straight from "Operation Crossbow" - and I only discovered THAT years after watching this movie several times on television.
One can take proverbial potshots (like the Germans at the Mosquito bombers flying at zero feet) at David McCallum for what people have described as his wooden, deadpan portrayal of Squadron Leader Quint Monroe, who appears relatively unemotional when reporting the "death in action" of his previous commanding officer,… Read more