Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Ten

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave -Heat makes her way home carrying the print Rook gave her, only to find out her block is in blackout. And when she gets home she puts Rook on his ass for jumping out of the dark, leaving him bruised jaw. Then they have a black and white pass them getting the wrong idea. Heat waves them off and they walked inside. Lighting your apartment with candles and a hurricane lamp Heat calls the precinct and asks if she should come in what is tall she is better off to stay where she is. So she helps Rook put ice on his jaw and they eventually use the ice to make margaritas which works as a catalyst and they kiss. And Heat takes him to her bedroom.

And the continuation.

Ten – Once they are in her room they make love, both letting go and being free. Rook’s passion matching hers. In the early hours of the next morning Heat wakes up with Rook by her side, In her head she questions how it happened, yes from very beginning there had been a spark of attraction, and had denying the feeling, avoiding relationships done more harm. Rook made the world around her playful, he showed her the world anew. And she rolls towards him and slips down his chest.

Three hours later Heat’s phone wakes them both up, its Lauren on the other end, she’s working a crime crime scene in fact she’s at an impound lot for cars and she has information that he might find useful on her case. But Lauren hears Rook but Heat is able to brush her off. Much to Rook’s dismay.

Outside Rook is able to get a minivan cab heading northbound, Heat gives the driver Rook address which Rook doesn’t understand shouldn’t they be going to the impound lot. Heat wants Rook to change his clothes, she also does not want them turning up at the crime scene in the same car. Heat is going to lean on the lab for the forensics report on Pochenko jeans. The cab pulls up and Rook makes his way into his building looking like a rejected puppy.

Heat badged herself the gate of the impound and found Lauren who is next to and you wish metallic Volvo wagon and in that the driver’s seat is a woman slumped down, the top of the head pointed out of the open car. a Jane Doe A little impatiently heat asks what the connection is, Lauren has found a ring which matches the brushing on Matthew Starr, the ring was found on the floor of the Volvo. So now we have a female aged fifty death by strangulation by persons known or unknown sitting in the backseat. Lauren believes the ring belongs to whoever strangled and probably came off in the struggle. After a few minutes Heat thinks she seen this woman before of the on the tapes from the Guilford, but just her phone rings and its Rook, he and Roach are starting in Matthew stars department after a call about a burglary all the paintings every single one of them have now been stolen.

What I think – Well that was something, Mr Castle nicely folded the sex into the story and then just got on with the story and the mystery of Matthew Starr, he didn’t make it the whole chapter and didn’t give Rook the power in this relationship it’s all Heat, Rook is sent home and Heat is back to being Detective Heat once again. I hope that this reminds the power play and that Rook doesn’t try to use the sex as some kind of hold over her or any problems with her work environment. We don’t need the the tired old cliche of them falling out and then falling back in beds with each other.

Now back to the case Lauren now has a mystery Jane Doe, with links to Matthew Starr well hus building at least and who owns the ring that made made the marks on her and Starr, will it hold the vital DNA that will close the case. and will Pochenko even be found ?

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

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Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Eight.

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

In the Previous in this blog – with Oliver’s career moving ever forward there is not really anything to occupy his mind so he begins to look outside of both his marriage and work life, So unfortunately he comes up against the fringe criminal element and in one particular instance becomes a heavy for a known crime family. And to add more worries is to his lap he gets into a fight a quite dramatic fight which causes several days of pain and leaves him with a permanent scar across his face. however incident does not stop the maverick documentary filmmaker Ken Russell from taking me on as Debussy in a BBC production, and then on two more times. And with this money he is able to buy a bigger much larger family home but it will be a last one spends with both Kate and his young son.

Chapter Eight – ‘Contrary to popular belief, I am not the greatest crumpet bumper of all time’

Michael Winner had a new project called The Jokers he had hired writers Dick Clement and Ian la Francis those award-winning Thames Television comedy writers of The Likely Lads, and actor Michael Crawford. Who is quite astonished that Michael Winner would want to cast Oliver as his brother. Rofford Lodge The Script but refused to commit himself as he was about to start rehearsals for a West End show and did not really want another disastrous film. So with time running out Winter finally suggested that the two actors should meet. And when Oliver arrived at produces office accompanied by his skinny younger brother Simon, to Michael Crawford astonishment Simon looked almost identical so there was no more argument.

Crawford soon discovered that was always a certain amount of physical risk working with his new co-star. Oliver wood and periodically at random run up to his co-star and give him a huge brotherly bear hug. Crawford was exceptionally dedicated and hard-working style of acting was already showing glimpses of the dysfunctional and maladroit character he would only 7 years later as Frank Spencer some mothers do have em. He would dislike his co-star Oliver by leaping across the appraisement and jumping head first into an open door of a Rolls-Royce however this style did not go down with the director Michael Winner and was more of an annoyance. Oliver and Crawford were not above the odd practical jokes the director’s expense and with the use of black shoe polish smeared across the mouthpiece of winners megaphone it made him look like he was wearing black lipstick and the instrument was finally removed from set.and when a year later the film was finally released it was given universal praise and some were calling it the British best double act since Laurel and Hardy.

Peter Draper had written The System for Michael Winner and accepted the idea of the same thing trilogy but was finding it very hard to commit himself to a second script, set five or six years after the first and having Oliver’s character head to London. Winner even got the Legendary Hollywood actor Orson Welles play apart. The flim’s title I’ll Never What’s ‘isname – was meant to symbolise the Jenny and Quicksilver mentality of the 60s advertising industry. Oliver Reed and Orson Welles met a few days before filming started their friendship will last until 12 he’s Hollywood deaths in October 1985. and it was through Welsh Oliver was given the best piece of advice ever had if in doubt do nothing.

By the end of shooting Oliver had developed another more physical relationship with his co-star Carole White star of the BBC Television documentary style play Cathy come home about the homeless problem in 1966. However her role in this was seen as step down and it was in her company Oliver had his first encounter with drugs, beginning one drunken night with a joint and then slowly she spiked his drink with LSD. Which left Oliver with a psychedelic hangover and an angry determination never to repeat the experience. unfortunately Miss Carol White died of liver failure in Miami in September 1981 she was 48.

Oliver and Kate would follow an estimated set of rules and until his affair became the battleground, and then the best thing to do was to duck, coping with the press was still fun, but it wasn’t until June 1967 that Oliver’s presence attracted the attention of the local paper interview wrapped around a picture of him scowling and clutching a glass of beer it read more like a curriculum vitae and a than a profile of the actor.

One of the stage hits of the early 60s Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver for the film director Carol Reed and held special fascination and adaptation of Oliver Twist, After casting Mark Lester the title role Carol had problem of a quite different strike auditioning for the movie brutal villain Bill Sykes was his 28 year old nephew Oliver, it was the older Reed who was anxious about claims of nepotism, and it was only when ordered did Carol give in. The musical won six Oscars and overnight France pub Oliver Reed into international star also confirmed as one highest paid film actors but while it took his bank balance into the Millionaire bracket the film would bankrupt his marriage. As he began yet another affair.

It was while still working on Oliver was still on set of the musical but several offers arrived from the most prestigious and Sons biggest never made came once again for Michael Winner it was a part in multi million dollar project called William the Conqueror funded by Universal Pictures, but when studio found out how much Winner was asking they cancelled the whole thing.

But not long after this Winner sets up yet another project this one at true life story of a prisoner of war Mr Tom Wright who was captured in France after taking part in the D-Day landing and sent to Mustang camp near Munich throughout his captivity write a diary and after the war he used it as a basis for the Hannibal books an unpublished novel which describe what might have happened if he and the stas had a escape across the Alps to Switzerland. the trouble was that they need several elephants and winner recalls having photographs sent to him had to show the elephants and there enormous size the photographs were taken with children dressed as adults are most of the animals were too nervous to work with more than just their trainer. but eventually he came across an Indian elephant called Aida a 15 year looked after by a Dutch zoo who had appeared in several films and was being temporary house in Roman slaughterhouse. Oliver flew Austria and was introduced to his five ton coaster they formed and forged a bond during the free filming training sessions and when the Script call for Oliver 2 lead her through and under a hidden waterfall Aida did the scene without flinching even though it had be enhanced by winners instructions to be a raging torrent rather than small stream.

fate once again played it’s hand and when on June the 6th 1968 Michael Winner decided to abandon the day’s filming after the news about Robert Kennedy being assassinated at a rally in a Californian Hotel, it was lunchtime that day Oliver Reed informed Michael Winner that Ken Russell wanted him to star in the film adaptation of the DH Lawrence novel women in love. To which Winner told him ” I think Ken Russell is very talented my advice would be to do it… it will be good for your career.”

What I think – we have gone from Oliver Reed the bit part player to Oliver Reed the semi internationally famous character actor who’s personal life is beginning to show signs of of becoming coming he’s Achilles heel, which no a amount of good natured banter or wit can save him from and at this point good luck to him I say. His marriage is slipping quickly out of his fingers but that was never really want him a Kate wanted but at that time marriage was pushed on everyone the very second two people went out on a date. I just hope that there is no lasting damage to there son.
Do I feel sorry for the man no, you make you own choice in life and if you’re presented with two possible ways of doing a thing an easy way or I was slightly hard away but both paths take you to the same inevitable conclusion I know which one I would choose.
Oliver isn’t a bad man his what people would call a lovable rogue, and so far just damaged himself. The sadness of this chapter from the unfortunate Miss Carol White.

So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering chapter nine of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.

Narrowboat Ezri – Hello And Welcome Back

I guess that this blog is more of a reintroduction, So Hi, welcome aboard my name is Martyn and for the past most 3 years I have lived on a 35 foot narrowboat named Ezri.

We have together with help (me following learning and watching) traveled from Blue Water Marina Thorne in Doncaster to Castleford Junction. And in a second convoy made it to Dewsbury Junction. Where then single handedly I made it Sowerby Bridge to be joined by my Dad and brother as we when though Tuel Lane Lock. Then I headed to want I believed to be journey’s end but was in fact no place for anykind of boat so I turned around and headed backwards to Littleborough. Were we got stuck first by the winter flooding and then by someone leaving the lock gate open in center of Rochdale which put Ezri on the bottom of the canal for two day’s.

But with my Dad’s help in the end we made it into Manchester, spending three weeks in the center of the city until making our way on to the Peak Forest and finding a “home” mooring, And so at the start of January last year my Dad and I set out on 100 mile round trip passing though Macclesfield, Congleton, Middlewich, finally Northwich, the Anderton Boat Lift and a little trip on the River Weaver. Ending in December back at “home”

A more detailed description and reflections of the journey and adventures from the very start can be found dotted around the whole of this blog as well as some links to the videos I took at the time.

Well that’s to cut down simple version of the Ezri Narrowboat story and it misses out all kinds of things like the people who helped me on those few days, the place I have seen, a myriad of wonderful things, and I still finding out and learning and I hope you can join me and Ezri as we discovery together.

I don’t do the whole YouTube thing when and if I do the videos I upload are just raw five/ten minute things just as the world was at that place and time. I like to write and if that’s your thing please take a look at the rest of the blog. I think that covers about everything. But for now thank you for reading and see all soon.

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Nine

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave – Still trying to recover from the previous night Heat watches on as Ochoa and Raley try to lighten the mood. But Rook doesn’t join in. And then with Rook to takes a ride. She’s set a meeting with Matthew Starr’s former mistress Morgan Donnelly, who works/runs a cupcake bakery called “Fire and Icing”. She tells them about the affair and she ended, without being paid out. Both Rook and Heat see she happier now so why who Morgan need to kill Matthew Starr. But they will still check her history.

Later that evening, Hat is carry home the print Rook gave her when he asks if she needs a lift but she turns him down only to find out the hot weather has caused a blackout, on her block so slowly she makes her way in dark, only to shocked by Rook sitting outside waiting for her and just as patroll car goes past. Much to her embarrassment. Having put Rock on the ground.

And now the continuation

Nine – With help from the light on the black and white Heat is able to see and unlock her front door, and using her own light she heads over to the elevator not use but to see if someone could be inside. With Rook using the lighter app from his IPhone and Heat using her maglite they head up the stairs to the third floor. Reaching her door Heat let’s Rook in and as he step inside looking for ice for his jaw. Heat calls Captain Montrose to ask if she should come back. He tells her no things are being taken care of. Heat then helps Rook with the ice but pulls away from him before the magnetic feeling gains real force, they then spilt a beer. And in the light of a hurricane lamp they talk about the art print. Rook name dropping, Rook asks about how Heat when from a English major to police detective. But it’s personal and when she knows him better. Rook thinks it’s because he’s a guy. Heat would he change want he does for a woman. He says for the right woman sure but in a vacuum no.

Heat says they need better alcohol, with a handful of bottles Rook sets up shop on the coffee table, showing Heat now make margaritas, first watching each salt, lime and the shot. But then Rook holds out his salted hand slowly she takes it not looking at him, She wasn’t drunk far from it in fact all she was doing was letting go, she then offered her own hand to him, They move closer she first reaches out and touching his jaw lightly kisses his cheek, it becomes more passionate and one of the candle lights go out, she pulls away, she then takes Rooks hand and using the remaining lit candle re lights the other and uses it to show them the way to her bedroom.

What I Think – Well it’s taken nine chapters to get to this point, and in the dark of the night, Heat and Rook enjoy each other’s company, and she leads him into her bedroom, In the chapter before we get a head in the investigation interviewing Starr’s ex and are starting to learn that Captain Montrose looks after his own.

The thing about this chapter is that flows quite well, there is no obvious push, to get Rook and Heat together, things just happen and when they do it’s Nikki that controls everything. Which how it should be Nikki is a strong woman and that shouldn’t change in way because she wants to be with a man. Mr Castle has written a well-rounded believable character not just an action Barbie, who needs a man or breaks down having put on a act this whole. And it just proves that his muse NYPD homicide detective Katherine Beckett is one powerful influence.

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Seven

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

In the Previous in this blog -Thanks to a combination of a highly skilled make-up artist Anthony Nelson Keys and Oliver’s own talent he’s able to land the role in The Hammer horror film curse of the werewolf. And on 21 January 1961, Kate gave birth a boy they named Mark Thurloe Reed, a few other rolls followed most notable a role that would inspire the writing of A Clockwork Orange.

In late 1962 October morning winner had a phone call from Oliver who trying to get a short screenplay he had written into a film, all about two men living in a wardrobe on top of a hill it was too esoteric even for Winner but a low budget movie certainly couldn’t do his reputation any harm so he arranged an interview. This would be the start of a long running relationship between almost define Oliver’s work for the next two years. With the list of credits growing the curse of the werewolf, Captain Clegg, The Pirates of blood river, Paranoiac and The Party’s Over an official fan club was now being formed to deal with all his mail. And is Oliver still behaving like a single man.

Warning this entry contains several swear words

Chapter Seven I have made many serious statements – I just can’t remember any of them. I guess they mustn’t have been very important.

The crazy Elephant was a smart but dubious nightclub and with his 21st flim just out Oliver decided it was time smarten himself up and get noticed, but as he brushed past a table a jeering young man calls him Dracula, so he comes back with “Watch it or I’ll bite your jugular vein out” him and his friends had emptied their second bottle of champagne, when the guy from before turns up
” Did you mean what you said over there”
“Fuck off and play with yourself”
and in seconds a huge fight brakes out. Oliver tried to protect his face from the storm of blows, outside the club Oliver had hold together what remains of his face with one hand and began waving down taxis, He could still feel the shards of broken glass in his mouth and his tongue to swell painfully. The driver Andy Cohen wasn’t best pleased with all the blood on his seats. Oliver passes out twice on the way to St. George’s hospital and his jacket and trousers were covered in several pints to his own blood. After several hours and the careful work of the young nurses, he made it home covered in several bandages almost mimicking his hammer horror scenes, Kate took one look at him and announced “You stupid bastard”. Yet hi on the combination of alcohol, analgesic and painkillers Oliver still tried to make love to Kate who just pushed him away.

The glass had sliced through his cheek and shaded part of his tongue convinced if the stitches he had, saved his life did also ruin his acting career, and he began to believe that the attack was retribution for his drunken behaviour so began to walk around with a bodyguard. Michael Winner told him he may not play a conventional leading man but honestly it will have a bit of interest.

By the mid 1960s Oliver was now living on the world fringed by the criminal underworld and blurred by alcohol. His scars have healed but he’s punching manner attracted their own attention from both sides of the law. and it was not uncommon for Oliver and his circle of close friends to be offered the occasional stolen item which he would sell on for a profit. he even stepped out over the line teaching a local villain a lessened by beating him into semi consciousness, the attack did attracting Abbott police attention Oliver questioned but never charged. Face brush with the law did put the brakes on his criminal explodes but it did little to curb is disastrous plugs towards alcoholism.

Oliver any alcoholic gathering was a wonderful mingling of personalities building site labourers Petty criminals businessman want to be writers poets artists unemployed and the unemployable beautiful women strong men good talk all against the background of left and lies and the latest hit record on the radio.

In late 1965 Oliver me a thriller the shuttered room set on a isolated Island off new England the story it was adapted from a HP Lovecraft and August Derleth thriller, however within weeks Oliver and started a passionate affair with his co-star Carol Lynley, and in fact when invited to celebrate the new year with actor John and Nita Hogg it was Carol who he took with him.

During his time at Bray Oliver had died in in the Flames of burning Chapel, shot to death by a silver bullet and launch over cliff in a stolen car, after six films with hammer he decided it was time to move on. In 1965 he played his final death in the adventure called The Brigand Of Kandahar as Eli Khan being killed in a hand to hand combat, but it was the British film institution that delivered the fatal blow and in later years Oliver would readily admit it was the worst film he ever made for hammer.

Since the early 1950’s the British broadcasting Corporation BBC had established the television program Monitor as the most prestigious arts show, tackling difficult and esoteric themes. Ken Russell was recruited to produce a 45 minute programme it’s editor Hugh Weldon commission a trial film about Sir John Betjeman. Each weekend Russell and his family would watch jukebox jury at television show in which celebrities on the latest releases one particular weekend Russell saw the panel included a young actor called Oliver Reed and Oliver bore a striking resemblance to the young Claude Debussy.
the following Monday morning Russell telephone agent to arrange a meeting the next de Oliver shuffled into the office. Russell ask Oliver what he knew about Debussy and Oliver told him he didn’t know anything, So Russell thanked him for coming in, Oliver was concerned about scars from the fight but Russell didn’t seem that bothered. After leaving Oliver rang Winner to ask his advice, ‘Ken Russell was a director he should get close to’
The flim me and fellow monitor produce that melvyn Bragg had written intended to poke fun at discreet biographies all of which inform romanticised but left the act of creation unexamined, the unique way this would be achieved is the film would completely absurd circle with a fly on the wall documentary crew following television director as he struggled to complete a fly on the wall documentary film about the composer Oliver wood play both parts of Debussy and the actor who played him.
Russell decided to shoot some scene in Chalon-sur-Saone France but for some reason at the French customs at Calais had decided to in pounds decided to press office improvised by adapting their clothes scouring chemist shops on the way to Chalon. by the end of the week shooting Russell was pleased with what he had intended and the entire 10 Man crew went to lunch courtesy of the BBC, Yet it was only when the wine list arrived David he realised the corporation were very unlikely to sanction the expense of bottles of wine so while the rest of the crew the real Russell of Oliver flitcroft nearby and cheap red and white down their trouser leg and suede their way back to the restaurant each time a single bottle of house we went down it was surreptitiously topped up with the under the table reserve the empty was smuggled out past the waiters into the ladies toilets.

with his Debussy fille Oliver redecorated and recaps his house after an evening at the dog and fox the couple invited their friends back from impromptu Pat the next morning they woke to find a new Lounge carpet was so badly scuffed by the Revellers it looked as though someone had driven of a tractor across it. rightly or wrongly one of his friend Michael monks got the blame and was instantly elevated to Oliver’s gallery nicknames as tractors. nicknames to oliva were both a leveler and a ticket admission and a badge of brotherhood. what within six months Oliver was earning enough to think about moving home for the third time in as many years this time he could for the tire house not just parts of someone else’s yett it would be the last home he would share with Kate and his young son.

Ken Russell and Melvyn Bragg worked another film called Always on Sunday which Oliver provided the commentary for the system the film with with Michael Winner was released while Oliver was in France but the Debussy film was given to a new BBC programme called omnibus. it was during filming Dante’s Inferno Oliver and Russell’s III BBC project together that the director and actor began to appreciate each others demands and delivery.
Russell was beginning to distil Oliver’s performance into directive shorthand with each command moody 1,.moody 2 and Moody 3. Oliver was also making less cultured television Appearances, heat image of the St heavy was holding very good. In fact during the winter of 1964 and 1965 appeared in two series both of which were produced by Granada television, the first was Biggles with Neville Whiting as the admin Hero and singer and actor John Leyton as his sidekick ginger just after Christmas.a third part came along it’s dark outside a detective drama starring William Melvin and Keith Barron was shown. and finally in the new year there was a third acting job for Oliver this time in the BBC science fiction cum espionage thriller cold research centre number three.

What I think – Much like Oliver in this chapter it has ranged from the almost comical to the almost shocking and downright terrifying actions or a crazy person. we began with literally a bash and a crash with Oliver spilling blood and almost ending his acting career before it even began. living on the edge of Law and Order to make ends meet would be enough for any man to swear off alcohol but it only seemed to fuel Mr Reed’s determination to make something himself, at mostly whatever cost unfortunately it does look like his marriage however shot is going to be the first casualty of this. and like most things within Mr Reeves life once he has hold of them he has a tendency to let them slip through his fingers there is a phrase I keep coming back to hold on tightly let go lightly and this seems to colour quite a lot of Mr Reed’s exploits outside his burgeoning acting career playing a collection of heavies.
the question is do I feel sorry for him and the answer is no, match of alaves drive and determination is directed solely not in the pursuit of building a powerhouse in which two push forward but unfortunately to the only thing the people around him in certain quarters understand and that is violence. so when he comes in contact with somebody he can channel that energy and that power into we get they stand up performances both working with Ken Russell and earlier on with Michael Winner.

I have noticed that this chapter does say it marks the end of beginning of the end and I hope when the dust settles that he and Kate will remain friends and his son will not be poisoned or perceived to be poisoned by him or because of him.
So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering more of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Eight

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave – After the poker game with Rook, Nikki is a home having taken a bath when Pochenko brakes in and trys to rape her but she able to fight him off by hitting him in the head with part of her bed frame, knocking him into unconsciousness she’s able to get to the door and hear the sound of sirens heading her way what do I she gets back into her room she finds he’s gone. The next day Rock is shocked that Nikki carries on as if nothing has changed and in fact goes out her way show him she ok. But Rook surprises her with a gift of a print picture she saw in Starr apartment. Alone she goes to Noah Paxton’s working where she tells him that money has been siphoned off and hidden away Noah then tell her yes he knows because he’s the one that was doing it for the sake of the child. But that Kimberly was also did and that Matthew staff found out 10 days before he died.

And now the continuation

Eight- On the ride back to the station she catches herself watching the world and its lovers and a ripple of melancholy stirs in her.

Rook is still a little put out that Nikki went somewhere without him, but gets over pretty quick, Ochoa and Raley walk in and tells her that a guy fitting Pochenko shoplifted half a drugstore’s first aid aisle. Rook, Ochoa and Raley play with the gallows humor of the situation. But Nikki had hard forgetting the smell of the man. Rock and his smart mouth was uncharacteristically silent, which gave Nikki puse to check him out but feeling she needed to clear the air of whatever this was.

Nikki writes two red letters NG on the whiteboard under the heading Guilford Surveillance Video but the angle she wrote hurt a little the feeling told her she was still alive, capping the pen she asks Rook to take a ride. She’s set a meeting with Matthew Starr’s former mistress Morgan Donnelly, who works at cupcake bakery called “Fire and Icing” Nikki tried to reconcile the Morgan, the baker before her with the Morgan the marketing power house there was a story there and Nikki would get it. The affair in Morgan words was the right thing to do in the middle of all that pressure. Her alibi was the fact she was with a Tribeca Flim company. Yes she’d seen Matthew after the affair but he didn’t see her at the Bloomingdale lunch counter and he was with someone Blond, young, pretty and with an accent.

Who ended things Nikki asks Morgan, she did by leaving the company used the affair as place holder, Matthew did offer her money yes but she didn’t take it. The end of the three year affair was epiphany Time for a reboot.

On the way back Nikki and Rook talk about Morgan and pull her from the list she’s happy but they will still check the alibi and the big goodbye. Rook has huge box of two dozen cupcakes of the boy’s. Yet by the time he gets them back to the station most if not all have melted and Ochoa is not happy, Raley says Morgan’s alibi checks out and so does Kimberly’s last minute appointment for a ‘consultant’ so Kimberly was cheating not only on her husband but also Barry cable with Dr botox.

That evening Nikki makes her way home with the print, only to be confronted by Rook who insist on walking with her but in the end he gives up. But a train ride later she makes her way down Park Avenue South only to find the furthest you get away from the Avenue the dark had become she fishes out her madly and it just a tiny been so she can walk on hindered on the uneven pavement. Steps Nikki set down the box again embed to get a kiss from behind it came quickening footsteps and then a hand touch the back she wheeled around and through a high back with circle kick hit Rook. Who now lay on the ground.

Rook struggles to his feet only leaving a slight gap between them they stood there not quite touching book sensing each other’s closeness in the dark the hot summer Night, the spell is broken by the passing Patrol car. Captain Montrose taking of his family.

What I Think – well to be honest it’s like reading to stories, one being the relationship between Rook and Nikki and the other being the case, each on there own would hardly break the bank but together they form a world-class story, the way I read this book and where do this blog he’s a weird one chapter write about it and then come back to it next week I will not read a head but this book the way it’s structured wants needs to be read in one sitting, unlike most books ever read in this way these last few chapters have stuck in my head I’ve not had to go back over my notes and work out where up to so the way Mr Castle writes makes it memorable. The case itself does seem to be developing into a some sort of a chase we’ve had the Russian attack Nikki in her own home, and we are on the lookout for him. the good thing about this book is that she is not your usual damsel in distress and she hasn’t become there just yet. In fact I don’t think that Rook will suddenly changed into the White Knight. it will be police work that wins the day.

So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Six

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

In the Previous in this blog -Oliver has now left the army, and is using a combination of sex and lies to get himself few walk on part in films. making the grand sum of £14 and by the 1958 he’s been in four films. Yet he feels a need to talk with his uncle the director Carol Reed all he gets in the end is advice he’s already taking. He even meets his brother’s girlfriend and future wife who is left speechless when she first sees him Oliver’s inability to read properly in the end plays a big role in him getting a part on a children’s television show the golden spur playing Richard of Gloucester. He meets and marries Katie Byrne after she Forges her father’s signature on the marriage licence, But Oliver has a problem with keeping his income balanced with his outgoing so then has to rely on his maternal grandmother and eventually his father-in-law who doesn’t want to see his daughter thrown out homeless. In the end however he is taken on as a bit role player in the hammer horror series of films by the studio of the same name. All this happens as Kate becomes pregnant. And Oliver begins to form his famous drinking Club

Chapter Six ” everyday life is my favourite people are my favourite actors”

Anthony Nelson Keys has the task of find the team of specialists needed for each new hammer production the last letter of the afternoon was addressed to Roy Ashton, has learnt his make-up skill before the War as an apprentice with a Gaumont British Film Company. And by 1957 had 25 films under his belt Ashton was invited to work on Curse of the werewolf would be his 6th film with hammer in a little over two years. After doing his usual research in the Natural History Museum Ashton therefore came to the conclusion the only suitable actor for the role would be Oliver Reed because he’s powerful bone structure. But Ashton still hadn’t officially been given the job just yet, he rang Oliver who was very co-operative.

“He was very ambitious at the time and nothing was too much trouble, after all this film was his big chance and a professional artist goes I think he was marvellous”

The shooting started on 12 September, there were still a few days for Ashton to perfect his creation, more that anything it was the werewolf fangs that he was unhappy with, and with help of fellow Australian Phil Rasmussen they came up with a solution.

” he was attempting to make the werewolf fangs from taking impressions of real teeth it was an impossible task and I suggested he decide his own from scratch”

For Oliver the application of the werewolf makeup with a tedious and somewhat painful experience each money he will arrive at Bray by 7 and sit permantly for up right to 2 hours as Ashton and one of his assistants glued pieces of the monster mask onto the actors face laying here over joints of his own skin Oliver’s on-screen transformation into the werewolf cause problems this time for the director and the camera Crews Ashton came up with a solution for this as well he suggested The Wolfman transformation was only shown using the hands to do this they would lock off a camera in set position for each shop and use stop-motion photography and plaster casts of Oliver and the whole thing would roughly take two hours.

Oliver’s work on werewolf officially terminated on the 2nd of November and the end around £1,000 for 8 weeks work, bedsit years he would remember the Promotion as his first real test as an actor

“as an extra an actor gets his first half of doesn’t films for free you’re basically paying yourself in a variety of different surroundings and then the present moment captures spoke with you and you and you have to use your imagination to create a character that’s when your real acting starts.

For devoted hammer fans the film ranks as one Bray Studios best efforts at its best ernest attempt to understand and interpret Iberian folklore, sometimes a little too closely. However verdicts on the film remain unanimously bleak, but for Oliver there was a Glimmer of hope one lone critic described his performance as mesmerising.

On 21 January 1961, Kate gave birth a boy they named Mark Thurloe Reed, guessing Oliver’s profession was almost impossible already a hammer leading man he found that were few benefits if any, and enquiries about his latest film or contract were ignored or swept politely aside names would never dropped work was work and play was play. Michael Monks Oliver’s stage manager friend with an acting ambition of his own always amazed how his friend found time to prepare for part.

Not once did I see him with a script in his hand not once did he say he couldn’t come out because he was learning his lines or rehearsing.

Yet Oliver was working you may have moved from stealing from Kate’s purse are begging money from his aunt to pay for his afternoons at the cinema. he would invest his money in every public and saloon bar he visited calling every pint he bought an investment providing he could make his drink last the day he would have a whole days lesson from the best teacher on earth the genuine original if a partner man need a rough loudmouth navvy. he would traveller working men’s club until he found a character to fit watching every mannerism every flattering action every slurred and mumbled expression, and the same would go for the upper class artists he would watch in the London and drinking clubs.

By the end of 1961 cinema audiences as a hammer horror body his roll this time was Brocaire brief yet competent, and for the Damned based on hell HL Laurence novel the children of light Oliver swapped his fur and fangs for a tweed jacket and black tie his performance in this flim would also inspire one of the seminal novels of the 1960s when it’s pretty violent scenes and redistion in latest social neurosis. Anthony Burgess would later admit it was Oliver Reed’s performance of King the leader of a a predatory teenage gang that inspired him to write a Clockwork Orange, the novel was later adapted for the cinema and in response to a spate of attacks copycat in the scenes from the film it’s director Stanley Kubrick took the unique step in 1973 of adding a lifetime ban on it screenings it was finally released in the United Kingdom again on the 17th of March 2000 after Stanley Kubrick death the previous year.

the fame and fortune had failed to materialize for Oliver but a least he could have for a new home for his wife and 18 months year old son and in the charts between the 1950s and 1960s and you type of actor was a virgin two interest British film directors the fake elegant officer gentleman whose trademark was tapping have a cigarette on a monogram case was being replaced by the Rough Trade brush and physical young men who’s personal independence and drunkenness wait and constantly shooting a mouse off were more in tune with the public and were about to enter the picture.
one such part he portrayed an ugly was for the popular television show the Saint Adventures starring Roger Moore and adaptation from the Leslie Charteris novels, The episode was called The King of Beggars filmed at Elstree studios on the back lot with mockups of Italian streets and houses, John Oliver for his safe babe you were the following actors and future stars Ronnie Corbett and Warren Mitchell. So enthusiastic was he at one point Oliver’s method acting cost him to fall backwards into the scenery and not himself unconscious.

Michael Winner was a director with a passion for gold jewellery he said he could smell Talent before it was into his London and it was a man to keep his promises, and it was one 1962 October morning winner had a phone call from Oliver who trying to get a short screenplay he had written into a film, all about two men living in a wardrobe on top of a hill it was too esoteric even for Winner but a low budget movie certainly couldn’t do his reputation any harm so he arranged an interview.

Winner and Oliver talk for more than an hour according to win it Oliver came across as a very shy sensitive young man full of ideas about how he thought he should be shot and what the message should be sleeping through the script and Reading line-up we decided against the project what he didn’t tell Oliver all he was really interested in was trying to find him the right film. it took almost 2 years for this to happen the script was West Eleven an adaptation of the Laura de Rivo novel The furnished room in which a rootless drifter is offered £10,000 to commit murder winner wanted Oliver and the actress Julie Christie star but the decision was taken out of his hand as Christie and Oliver were both too inexperienced.

And in 1963 winner approach them both again this time with parts in his latest project the system unfortunately Julie Christie was busy filming Billy Liar so her part was taken by Julia Foster, impressed by winners loyalty the cast of other blooming Talent including David Hemmings, Derek Nimmo John Alderton and Harry Andrews. The flim set in the British sea side was a seafront photographer who leads a group of young men into a system which shares out the pretty women who come on holiday. Oliver’s role was that of the photographer. who falls in love with a classic model played by Julie Merrow and Unites his passion and Talent to become a London photographer . When arriving on set one day there are directive found Oliver being received by a group of young women they were in fat members of the Oliver Reed fan club although married with a young son Oliver exploited his good looks and sexual appeal and made no excuse for his rather obvious casual affairs.

On the first day of shooting Oliver discovered the flamboyant winners presents to be as intimidating as his ego, enthused with Cecil b demille megalomaniia microphone winner would insist on issuing all his on set instructions through a megaphone no matter how close he was standing to the recipient this whimsical sense of humour also indeed him to his latest Star. however once again the BFI critic found the stars performance lacking
“Oliver Reed is badly cast as Tinker in this very class conscious film accent places in firmly in the U theory while Script put him several pegs lower this plays havoc with the action and we can never really believed in let alone feel sympathy for this rather unattractive Don Juan of the beaches”

Edited and reissues two years later in 1966, as The Girl Gets the film not only established Oliver Reed is an actor capable of representing the dreams and delusions of his generation, but it also fixed him as one of the pre pop icons. Many for the studio press releases mentioned his Marriage or his young son preferring to exploit his image as new brooding teenage idol

With the list of credits growing the curse of the werewolf, Captain Clegg, The Pirates of blood river, Paranoiac and The Party’s Over an official fan club was now being formed to deal with all his mail.

Early November 1964 Oliver invited his friend David Mumford the former Royal Army Medical Corps sergeant to an event the opening of a bowling alley with the star Kathy Kirby unfortunately Mumford informed Oliver he could not drink as he had a show to perform so Oliver had him right down his address on a piece of paper and passed it to the barman and informed him to delivery a create whiskey to his friend on him.

What I think – I guess that on the one hand we have Oliver the successful Rising movie star with several credit to his name and we now have the total opposite we have Oliver Reed the gentleman not trying very hard to keep well call it within married lines. I’m not taking sides, but the studio did have quite a big influence in how the public would perceive him and Oliver obviously did not want to let his public down so to speak. As for Oliver’s professionalism does seem to be quite a high priority you spent quite a lot of time working with the makeup artists on his first film and almost goes out of his way to make sure he has some form of working relationship with people he doesn’t even really know. The question becomes then how far and how long will the professionalism and stardom last for and how long is that will his marriage last.

So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering more of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Seven

The following blog contains spoilers for the Richard Castle book Heat Wave is this your one and only warning, leave now if you do not want this book to be spoilt

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of a reason to kill trot out there alibis. and then, in the stifling grip of a record heatwave comes another shocking murder a sharp turn in the tents journey into dirty little secrets at the wealthy, Secrets that prove to be fatal secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Homicide Detective Nikki Heat.

Previously in Heat Wave – Nikki is out of the night with Lauren and they are talking about Matthew Starr’s murder and the fact he was thrown over the rail not pushing. When Rook calls her he tells her that it about the case, she leaves Lauren and heads out to Rook. When she gets to Rook place it turns out to be a little bit of trick and want it really turns out to be a poker game. With a few of Rook’s friends we even meet Rook’s mother who spots Nikki’s liking for Rook

And now the continuation

Seven -Nikki is getting something from her wardrobe when she hears a noise which makes her freeze stock still, her world stops her windows are open but why, in a spilt second she runs into the living room. Only to find Pochenko holding her Sig Sauer, Pochenko has been following her all day and now makes her switch on the lights but Nikki felt more violated in th interview room than standing naked here. He makes her move closer to him but in one she wedges her thumb into the Hammer of the god why she pushes away and slips into his right the floor and it all starts to get messy, They fight and Nikki is able to get her front door open and yell. But that doesn’t help in the end Pochenko carries her to the bedroom just as it looks hopeless Nikki finds a iron from the bed both bruning Pochenko and knocking him sideways she goes back for her Sig Sauer but when she get back his gone and outside emergency sirens and lights are now heading her way.

The next morning, Rook, Roach and Ochoa wait for Nikki after her meeting the captain, Rook can’t believe they are taking the attempt on Nikki as just one of those things, they have Miric back in questioning and maybe the marks on Nikki’s neck match the ones on Matthew Starr. So in short Rook thinks Pochenko throw Starr over the rail and for once Nikki thinks he right . Pochenko is now on the run

When Rocah left and Nikki is downloading a report from the forensic accountants, there is a package delivered to her, a flat box the size and weight of a hallway mirror it’s a print of Carnation, Lily Lily, Rose from the Met Museum. it was one of the pictures her and Rook saw at Matthew Starr’s place. Its from Rook Nikki laughs covering to cover the small quiver on her lower lip.

At noon Nikki stands up to go and Rook does the same telling her that she needs protection but she says she a cop she’s is the protection, And he let’s her go, but on the drive to Midtown she starts to feel a little guilty for ditching him. She drops in on Noah Paxton unexpectedly. She shows him photos of Miric and Pochenko but no he doesn’t know them, next question how did Matthew pay for his gambling all cash. Morgan Donnelly did he know about the affair yes he did. One last question there is a irregularity, Noah was hiding money for Matthew Starr child for college but Starr found it in the end then it turns out Kimberly was doing the same and when Noah found out she was devastated beyond words all of which was ten days ago.

What I think – Well that pretty powerful image, Mr Castle has taken quite a few liberties with basing his character of Nikki Heat on are detective Beckett and I can see why she was not best pleased when of the book first appeared on shelves. But having said that it does show Heat’s human side. To face such a situation and still be able to maintain her composure does take a lot have strength. Yet even when Rook does something nice for her she doesn’t really know act around him in fact she runs away from him. How this will work its self in long run will be interesting to find out.

As for the case I hope it doesn’t just turn into a chase hide and seek type of story. With all the leads Heat has dug up it would a shame if all that push under the rug, without them being delt with. So that’s your lot for is week as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter of Heat Wave but until then whoever you are and whether you be bye for now and see you next week.

Once In A Lifetime – Autobiographies and Biographies – Evil spirits – The life of Oliver Reed – Chapter Five. (Part Two)

In May 1999, after a 40 year career including 100 films Oliver Reed died as he had invariably lived, Drinking With Friends while making another film is well received performance in the Blockbuster gladiator and having Risen through hammer horror films to international starred up as Bill Sikes in Oliver Reed became in his own words the biggest star this country has got With his legendary off screen exploits and blue opinions especially of his co-stars he was one of the most infamous.

All quotes belong to Oliver Reed or others, and copyright belongs to Cliff Goodwin.

In the Previous in part one of this blog

Chapter Five – ” I’ve got face like a dustbin, but people are learning that if you kick a dustbin over and rhododendrons drop out, it’s glorious.

Oliver has now left the army, and is using a combination of sex and lies to get himself few walk on part in films. making the grand sum of £14 and by the 1958 he’s been in four films. Yet he feels a need to talk with his uncle the director Carol Reed all he gets in the end is advice he’s already taking. He even meets his brother’s girlfriend and future wife who is left speechless when she first sees him Oliver’s inability to read properly in the end plays a big role in him getting a part on a children’s television show the golden spur playing Richard of Gloucester.

And now the continuation chapter 5 part 2.

Even with the job on the children’s television show Oliver didn’t stop going to auditions in fact the makers of a popular brand of margarine needed a constant supply of customers for a supermarket, so they They could ask them could they tell Stork from butter. At this audition was a beautiful red head who was turned down for the role. Oliver burst into the office and asked if he he auditioned next so he could go after her. The producers turned him down to and Oliver when off looking for his red head.Katie Byrne was an 18 year old whose ambition to succeed as a model was only surpassed by her determination to get married, over coffees they talked and Kate told him she was already in engaged to jealous violent man. but one thing Oliver omitted was he that he was in the middle of a affair with an older women called Tina. So Oliver came up with what he thought was a simple solution he moved things around and had an affair with both of them. However the whole thing came crashing down after six weeks when he was a man in to hospital with a second bout of measles and both young women decided to visit him on the the same afternoon. With the out come of him staying with Kate.

On 14 October 1959, Oliver picked up a newspaper in the bar he was drinking only to find out that Errol Flynn had die ” the star I most wanted to be the man who played all the parts I wanted to play had gone” He ordered another Guinness and standing to attention he downed the pint in one single swallow,

His walk on parts were beginning to rack up the first being was The League Of Gentleman a rousing crime caper starring Bryan Forbes Jack Hawkins and a young Richard Attenborough. The twenty second appearance would mark the start of most remarkable year. Not only would he make more film appearances in 1960 than any other year of his five ticket. He would also have a dubious distinction of rising from a brief 7 word appearance to playing his first lead role as a flesh-eating werewolf.

Two weeks before Christmas 1959 Oliver was summoned to the Hammer’s Bray Studios for an audition, the trip its self was very costly as no bus went there just taxis, his audition was in what looked like a half-derelict country house his partner who was silent though and lasted less than fifteen minutes. With no money Oliver had to trudge back to Windsor picking leaves off the roadside hedges the whole four miles deciding what he would tell Kate. However the next day the phone in his flat rang and the studio offered him a days work on The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll.

Unlike other studios Hammer production company never owned a traditional studio base they would hire space at large country houses and other places, At Hammer Oliver found a company and studio crew that matched both his personal and professional philosophy.

Freddie Francis was an early Hammer director,

” it was simply a wonderful business organisation, could have been making anything they wanted they would say to Jimmy Sangster write a script and he would write a script and they would come to somebody like me, and in about two weeks we would off and running.”

With his toe in the Hammer door Oliver at last gave into to Katie’s Irish persistence on the question of marriage at 20 she still needed a father’s consent, Patrick Byrne didn’t think much of his future son-in-law Oliver have been able to hold his own in an Irish pub but he still was an English toff. So in the end Katie forged her fathers signature on the wedding form. a ceremony with briefs and very formal the Bride give her full name is Catherine Elizabeth Byrne and declared she was a freelance model living at number 18 Stockwell and Oliver gave his profession as actor and his address as number 10 Carlyle mansions the witnesses were David Reed the only family member they both dare invite and John Harrison.

But the day did not end very well David has given the couple and unwanted Christmas present at voucher that be exchanged for either a long playing record or evening out at the former Leicester Square Hippodrome Kate wanted the LP Oliver wanted the night out the argument rumbled and sparked into the night, and they both came to the conclusion that they were beginning to regret the marriage.

“Everyone told me not to do horror flims but all I wanted to do was act”

Oliver’s first acting contract for hammer lasted a single day and involved in playing a tough nightclub bouncer in the film two faces of Dr Jekyll. and was paid the sum of £25 and the money directly to his agent, Although he had money Oliver he was borrowing from his Aunt Juliet an member of the family from the Beerbohm side. For the first time in his life Oliver was relying on a woman to keep afloat and subsidies his drinking. It wouldn’t last. Kate was sure she now pregnant although she’d not told Oliver just yet. In the meantime she had to keep working, each morning Kate would give her husband his daily pocket money.

Paddy Byrne even still deeply unhappy about his daughter’s deceit he wasn’t about to allow her to suffer the indignity of homelessness but with Oliver’s family connections it was hardly likely but with he being at odds with his father Paddy moved them into a council house across the river, And Oliver still without an acting job he takes a job selling vacuum cleaners, but the very same his mother in law tells him that his agent ring

The job was to star in the film the Sword of Sherwood Forest based on the television series but due to contract reasons the only person to appear in both the television and the cinema spin-off was Richard Greene and Oliver got himself the part of the 13th century nobleman melchior and he was now on the publicity campaign book issued to cinema managers and released at the same time as a film hit cinemas.

” it was hide and seek with swords it was goodies and baddies and damsels in distress I was Errol Flynn and every other hero and watched at the cinema”

After the days of make-believe he nights were taken by a beautiful blonde irish woman, and illicit sex.

But when he returned to London he was faced with a new kind of reality a keen eye photographer spotted keeps growing waistline and confirmed that she was pregnant the model job stopped, and even when she went to model clothes for expectant mothers she was classed as too young in the opening months of the Swinging 60s it was deemed unseemly for a teenager to flaunt such a condition. and then Oliver came up with bright idea to move back to his birthplace in hope everything would be more secure.

Although far from happy with, Oliver he’s agent still put him for jobs one that didn’t happen but the second was a speaking part in The Rebel written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson starting Tony Hancock.

Oliver filled the days between filming and waiting for his agent by widening his circle of friends and discovering still more places to drink.The group was made up by actors and stage hands a crawl around the eight public houses and clubs around Wimbledon

What I Think – Start as you mean to go on I guess is the feeling I get from this chapter, Oliver is young man with the whole world out there and for the most part he’s willing to go out at take it with both hands even if that mean have some of it fall apart or having to lie to people. There are also signs of his trademark lifestyle beinging to show but so far it not affecting his work or home life in fact it seems to have the up swing making contacts and friends, but I do get the feeling that now having a child on the way things may change and not for the best. So that’s your lot for this week and in the next blog we will be covering chapter six of Mr Reed’s life, as always if you have done thank you for reading and whoever you are whether you be I hope you can join me next week.

Narrowboat Ezri- The Middlewich Breach Part Two Follow Up

So this is the follow up to the blog post about about The Middlewich Breach, As is the case with anything like this it all comes down to who pays for the rebuild. I am not getting into all that, I am just going to repost two YouTube from Mr Albert Rowe the first one a short 7 minute clip posted one week ago and the second 10 minutes long a posted two days ago. They show a very up close view of the problem.

Next is a link to Middlewich Guardian newspaper and a interview with one of the boaters left stranded by the breach.

http://www.middlewichguardian.co.uk/news/16117390.boater-stranded-after-middlewich-canal-collapse-describes-dramatic-niagara-falls-scene/

Underneath you will find in map for those unfamiliar with the Manchester and Pennine network I’ll canals the Middlewich breach is the arm of the canal that goes from the Trent and Mersey canal down towards Crewe and joins the Shropshire Union the left hand side of the bottom of the map. ( this map was produced and drawn by bec cruddace)