Out Of A World and Into A New.

As the remains of adrenaline that’s been driving for the last nine hours leaves me, With the light fading around I slowly walk away from the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club. My shift done and dusted until the next time.

But over the past month the Stadium been home to Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Beyonce. All drawing huge numbers of people, from all over the country and even some from the other side of the world.

I looking back, at the Stadium and hearing the music seeing the lights reflecting of the steel work. I hope I’v done my best for everyone, helped them enjoy themselves.

Getting to end of Joe Mercer way and heading into to car park now my feet start to ache and throb just a little bit, but that’s want I signed on for, all part of the job and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet want I do takes you out of a world.

Yes I live on a narrowboat in the middle of nowhere some people would say I not in the world there to but that’s so how different, working a lock or swing bridge, heading down the canal. I don’t feel cut off in fact totally the opposite.

But managing the queues of people, pointing out directions giving and them that’s nights running order for each of the artists, the constant flow of people. Fast quick and simple, trying to guess the next question and having the right answer. So when I do get a break I find doing the same thing as everybody else, reaching for my phone and going on the internet.

I grew up without the internet and we had it first it was just a hour everyday, a rule I reapplied to myself when I moved aboard Ezri and it’s easy to do, never touching the limit of my data cap for my phone 500 MB. Yet 10 minutes here 20 minutes there and I reached the 80 % warning I don’t care it resets in 4 days and I’ve got plenty left on my pad. But in the end you don’t really connect with the people you want and or the information you need. The replys you make are a few hours to late or the information you see is just crap a unless.

And that’s want I mean about being taken out of a world, I have never really cared about the internet it works or doesn’t work. It’s a tool, not a necessity, it’s a thing you use to make someone’s day a little bit better or to make them feel less alone. I can’t understand how people live on it.

I’m reaching the end of the car park now, Jay-Z and Beyonce are still on stage, all lights and sounds slowly fading behind the hill, and behind my back, the adrenaline is gone, the work is over and my mind is thinking about sleep. As I re-enter my world of canals and little blue narrowboats.

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

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 takes Buckley down to the Medical Office and shows him the body of Pochenko and after a few simple questions he finally decide to tell her who had them for the heist.

And now the continuation.

Chapter Eighteen – Rook is more than a little pissed at Heat because she made him stand outside the ME room when Buckley told Heat who hired him. But she tells him he already could work it out. And its Rook who what’s to play detective, So he outlines his theory that it could be Agda but it’s not a totally complete one, questions like why kill Barbara and how did she get the pictures out need an answer. Heat doesn’t says he’s right or wrong she just turns away and hides a smile.

Back at the precinct, Rook Raley and Ochoa had to hustle to keep up with Heat, as she starts to work out when Agda started to work of Matthew Starr and family, two years ago and two years Casper said the painting were sold. So Agda could be part of art theft and forgery ring, But how could she take the painting out without someone seeing. Heat is still building her case so no answer on that yet. She get Raley and Ochoa to go a flash Buckley photo around out of the city the place he met Pochenko. While she gets a few warrants together. Rook steps in at this point to get judge Simpson to sign off on a warrants but, Heat points out that as she is his poker buddy she is the one that will ring him.

Horace Simpson came though with the warrants, Heat heads out to carry out the search warrant leaving Rook to work on his theory, Two hours later Heat comes back Rook has been working on his new theory, which Heat makes him tell before she tells him want she found. He doesn’t thinks it Agda now because she said something about the new piano. Who delivers them in crates anymore. Yes there was a piano but what went in the crate when they took it away. He now thinks Kimberly is the helping hand. But Heat doesn’t tell if he’s right or wrong. Raley and Ochoa are back to and have two hits and they will testify. And now they have wiretap Rook can come along a see.

Heat and Rook are wedged in the tiny room behind the police technician is recording me incoming calls, the line comes alive and its Kimberly calling Noah she tells him that she knows about the things he did for Matthew and now needs the same help. And that she took the paintings and wants to sell them. She wants something out the marriage. She want meet face to face with Noah and yes she has the painting they never left the building. The calls ends and Noah is heading to meet Kimberly if killed Matthew they better go to.

What I think – That was very interesting chapter it was more about the police work, than about the Flash and bang than we have been witness to in previous chapters in fact Focus more on Rook and his way of thinking then heat and her squad. And if Kimberly is to be believed she was able not only get away with murder but she the Mastermind behind the theft the paintings. But I can’t think we are forgetting about Pochenko friend and the fact Pochenko had bullet put in him. Will there be a showdown with Heat and Kimberly or will Rook put his foot in it again.

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 – The Life Oliver Reed – Evil Spirits – Chapter Sixteen.

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.

Previously in this Blog -.We witnessed Oliver begin to try a control his drinking and behavior, and start a new relationship with a young woman who was about leave sixth form collage much to the shock and horror of the British press. But there ideas couldn’t further from the truth if they tried. But the old hellraiser Oliver doesn’t go down with a fight.

Chapter Sixteen – I’m always wondering whether I’ve got to apologise for my behaviour last night.

Oliver’s patriotism, was uncompromising and with a little help from drink serious and dangerous concern. While filming the Hannibal books film in the Alps he ended up drunken me Tearing Down the Australian flag, and a few years after he wrecked a bar because the Union Jack was prominently displayed. And in 1982 the start of the Falklands War Oliver was given the opportunity to indulge in the kind of jingoism he had witnessed in his Grandfather. He would have phone calls at 3 or 4 in the morning, and run around his house relaying troop movements to anybody in ear shot.

In many ways Oliver was a relic of his class he was born into living by the Old standards was desperately trying to keep the new ones. When he wasn’t defending his country, he was marching another fixation out of a blind and time as a basket but more than likely from his time in the army as a squad corporal at church Cookham.

By the mid 1960s Oliver had already a mass and impressive Arsenal of antique weapons. One summer night after the pubs that closed he equipped seven of his friends with a swords, blunderbuss and several other implements and then formed them a squad. He informed them in his best colonel blimp voice that they were going to take the police station and without question the heavily armoured party was marching down Wimbledon Hill Road, and brought to a halt beneath the blue lamp of the town’s police station. Oliver strutted in and merged a few seconds later with a stone faced sergeant Oliver brought his men to arms and quickly match them through the station yard and into a big black Mariah where they all were taken back to Oliver’s home like a bunch of a naughty school boy with a warning if the sergeant caught them with those weapons again he would confiscate a lot. Another such incident occurred when he was at a scouting event in a village green at Ockley, when he marched a pack of cubs straight through the village pond not one cup broke ranks and what all splashing through the pond in waist high water to emerge on the other side dripping and smiling.

By the mid 1960s film studio bosses on Malta realised it was not the island cloudy sky and long hot summer days that would win them a place on the Worlds filmmaking map, but fact they were able to deliver storms on-demand in a safe and controllable manner. with a 600 by 400 ft like built next to the shipyards yards from the sea and using the natural Mediterranean as a backdrop. In 1983 it was Oliver’s turn to face the full Force of the world’s fiercest man-made storm when recreating Christopher Columbus epic discovery of North America. For the six hour Italian mirrors series Christoforo Colombo written and shot in English but later to be dubbed into Italian. It was Oliver’s first visit to Malta, hired to play Martin Pinzon, the captain of the caravel Pinta. He slowly fascinated with the tanks and refused a stand up when one was called fliming, in fact he remained on deck of the ship the whole night, Impressing many of the crew playing grown-up pirates.

for the first time in almost 30 years Oliver, was considering quitting the film industry he was depressed by a series of of health problems and also acting he felt he had a little more than become an emotional prostitute, saying “I love you” and not really meaning it when he smile he didn’t feel happy, there was a whole new new generation watching movies and not having the first clue who he was they see this old chap on the screen and they read about my punch ups in pubs but they don’t really know what I am and the things I have done. Andrew Rissik a writer of Guardian newspaper had his own theory about the actors apparent decline.
Perhaps Oliver himself took to lightly a view of his own stardom, the dyslexic boozer and practical joker inside him they always have bridled at the serious pretensions of straight acting as an artist as a screen presence he was in decline not because of any lack of capacity but because directors could no longer be bothered to put into the test.

the child within Oliver never really left him, and he had one real fear that he should never become boring, ” he suffered from a very low threshold of boredom and irritation” one interviewer said and “frankly likes to make things happen and usually at most unexpected moments.

When Cristoforo Colombo was finally ready for launch the Producers hired an Italian cruise liner, where guests were wine and dine and treated to 3 to 2 hours screens of a many days, the final night was marked with a black tie dinner in the luxury liners main dining room by Constance Lino Cassar the managing director of the film studio in Malta all went well until the pre-screening interval when Oliver excused himself and left to visit the bathroom but a few minutes later Caesar caught sight of the actor notting to guests as he nonchalance returned to the table his trousers.

making things happen in a London television studio produced predictably bigger reaction than Oliver would ever imagine and unlike his later on air exploits this was not one he could ever conveniently pass off as a prearranged stunt, he was booked to make a surprise appearance at the end of a London weekend television programme called all the stars secrets. The show’s subject was boxer Henry Cooper who the Actor at last with while filming royal flash 10 years earlier. Psyching himself up in the green Oliver ended up performing a spontaneously shadow boxing session and slicing hand up on the mirror with the left hook, he history punch himself up and signal off screen arrival by punching a hole through the screen of the studio Stage and then when the Host Michael Parkinson asked how many rounds you would like to go with Cooper Oliver failed to reply with the prescribed line “as many as he is willing to buy” instead he took a powerful aimless swing at the boxer. one crew member later described the incident like a hurricane that blue through but did not tell anybody.

Oliver’s and Josephine marriage surprised no one, Early in their relationship Oliver tried to get to accept a philosophy that might hold them together thorough the bad drunken times ” I’ll do something you will hate, and things that I would hate you I just want you to know that it’s not really me and that it will be alright in the morning” On the 7 September Josephine Mary Burge become the second Mrs Oliver Reed.

Castaway next to the Lion of the Desert was Oliver favourite film had fun making it. And to anyone who Oliver personally and for the good many who didn’t. Gerald Kingsland is Oliver Reed just like Oliver, they would be writer is virile, handsome, insolent and smoulderingly dangerous. to accompany Kingsland to his tropical island and play Lucy Irving on who booked the film was based the director Nicholas Roeg chose Amanda Donohoe a beautiful but relatively unknown actress. it took almost two weeks to ship the cast and crew and it’s equipment the 5000 miles to the Seychelles each day Oliver and Amanda attempted to deliver their best in extremely hot and humid conditions that dulled their enthusiasm and sharpen the tempers.

And despite Josephine’s best efforts Oliver was by now drinking copies of the local brewed beer imported spirits, added to the obstacle of the presence of Reg Prince, want the members of the film crew decided to use the Indian Ocean assignment to get married prince and Oliver arrived at the exception extremely drunk and aggressive when the actor unzipped his shorts and offered his tattooed manhood for inspection all male guess Prince was forced to step in and escort Oliver out.

In November 1986, Castaway was selected as the opening event at that year’s London film festival I started celebrating early and as the rest of the national Film Theatre audiences they were treated piercing whistle and according to One review. choice samples from Oliver Reed Lexicon of invective. 3 months later at a second Castaway promotion this time of London weekend television would go down in history as triggering the most protests from scores of viewers ever for the show.

It wasn’t the first time Michael Aspel had interviewed Oliver but nothing prepared for this appearance, Oliver was booked as the last guess on the live show Aspel & Co. Oliver had still yet to arrive at the LWT studio by the time the show was on air. And when the actor finally appeared his hair was ruffled, his shirt was half open and hanging out and carry a large jug of want both Aspel and the two other guess believed to be gin and orange. On the one hand Aspel could have taken the Mickey out of Oliver, but Oliver was incapacitated and vulnerable so Aspel did the only thing he could carry on and make great television. after slurring his way through the interview during which Oliver apparently forgot the plot of Castaway he insisted of singing a version of wild thing with the studio band.

As with his Castaway Oliver had delivered his best performance in the years, The whole thing had been a prank, He’d been able to fool a show’s entire production crew and millions of people of a primetime show. unfortunately he had also done with the very people who spent a lifetime trying to impress, producers and directors who have 2 Castaway had considered Oliver the various roles once again turn their back to him and through the Grapevine the word was out stay away from reed.

What I Think – Keep saying this, in hope that it maybe it will soon be true. Oliver is at the cross road of becoming a international flim star and man in control of his own destiny. This chapter proved second part to be true he was able fall in love and marry Josephine, and protect her from the backlash of the world. He was even able explain to her why and how he acts the way he does. but unfortunately even with the glorious acting in Castaway Oliver couldn’t help himself once again and this time even though it was all an act this type of Acting cost him quite a lot. The question is now will Oliver be able to recover from this or will it cost him another marriage. Now 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 – Seventeen

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 – Pochenko is dead shot at close range, Agda Larsson has told Heat that Mr Starr was nice her and brought her things but they did sleep together and now Casper Rook’s art thief has told her that Starr art collection was being sold off two years ago

and now the continuation.

Seventeen – Heat rings Paxton at Starr Estate Development, and she get the name of the insurance company who were looking after the policy until Starr stopped it. And she asks about the piano that Kimberly just had brought but Paxton has no idea how she was able pay for it.

Raley calls the archives manager at GothAmerican who will now been sending photos of the documents of Starr art collection over to forensics, and a hour later they learn that all Matthew Starr’s art work are fakes, the one in the insurance photos are real but the photos that Barbara Deerfield took all fake. It provides a motive for her murder. So who did Rook thinks Pochenko did but Heat doesn’t think so not without being told. Heat does have a idea but she not about to tell Rook as he needs to start thinking like a homicide detective. She think she will try Gerald Buckley again one more time but this go with few theatrics.

Heat, Roach and Rook are waiting for Gerald Buckley in the Medical Examiner’s office, Gerald is now in Riker prison coveralls, with attorney who.doesn’t want Buckley to talk. They aren’t to happy to be there and even less happy when Heat shows them Vitya Pochenko body. Lauren walks in a few seconds later and the police officers go into as much detail when talking about how how Pochenko was killed. Which makes Buckley week at the knees so Heat pushes a little more and asks for names which attorney doesn’t like but Buckley desires to tell her who hired him.

What I think – We getting to the centre of this web slowly and neatly, what began as a simple rifle murder the guy falling off a tower block in a middle of Manhattan New York has now become a quiet interesting art heist which then turns out to be the complete croc, as they are stolen is fake anyway. Heat takes a leaf out of Rook’s playbook and gets the answer he needs. It’s funny in my mind it can be only one of three people we have meet before unless Mr Castle is going to pull some trick and add in some one new, which I wouldn’t put past him. The art heist was a nice touch. How it will end with Heat and Rook is another thing will case call time on their relationship or will they become something more?

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 Fifteen

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.

Previously in this Blog – In the last post we hit the crossing point, Were Oliver’s behavior impacted on his real life costing him a lot more that money. His lover and his home, it’s not a case of Oliver doing something because it will bring the media to him, it was case of Oliver not knowing were to draw the line and not really wanting to in the end. So the people around him drew their own lines and left him out in the cold.

Chapter Fifteen – Perhaps I afraid, with scarred and baker’s hands, to confess to the softness

Oliver was balancing himself on the bar in the Rowhook pub, when he first saw Josephine Burge, she was sixteen and about to take her O levels. When her two older brothers started talking about the film star who used their local pub, she had never even heard of Oliver Reed or even knew if she’d seen one of his films in fact she was so unaware of who he was that fun the spring of 1964 the day she was born Oliver had been on the film set that would make him an international star.

Oliver’s search for new pub in 2 miles down A29, at the far end of what the Romans called Stane Street. Pinkhurst Farm, it was far less crowded than his former home yet contain enough spare rooms to accommodate guests and more than enough grazing for Oliver’s horses.

Oliver wanted to tell the whole world, about Josephine but before breaking the news to his family he sought the approval of friends, But his friend Stephen Ford was not sure about the whole thing and the fact Josephine looked like a very shy fourteen year old made him even more worried. Ever the gentleman Oliver new his first responsibility was to clear the field when Josephine’s boyfriend turned up at the village pub Oliver felt obligated to reassure him. It was a big nasty he was the 42 year old International Film start talking with a 17 year old boy about teenage girl who was younger than both of them in the end the pair shook hand and Oliver resume his courtship. During the summer of 1980 Josephine pick fruit from the quince tree in her garden Oliver bought the entire harvest to supplement her pocket money it was she later recalled, ‘a very lovely courtship, Oliver was extremely gentle and charming’

Soon it was time to tell his family, Simon Reed had been introduced to Josephine and her mother Anne on one occasion when he visited Pinkhurst, but Oliver had waited for the safety of a telephone call before announcing his intention to one day Josephine 26 years his junior. ‘ I flipped I totally lost it it was something beyond my comprehension beyond anything I thought I had done in the past I would ever do in the future’

No matter how compelling his need to remain in Surrey that summer, Oliver never hesitated on activity schedule in the middle of August he found himself in Dublin adding his name to an all Star cabaret guestlist raising money for Irish hospitals. In the bar one night he found himself drinking with Phil Kelly a singer comedian who was appearing in the Al Jolson show at the Dublin Theatre, there was one, explained Kelly the only outfit he possessed was a bright green suit, and so Oliver took Kelly the two hundred yards to the men’s outfitters for a black tie handing over a £20 note for the £3 tie and telling the assistant he could keep the change.

Two flims that Oliver made during the 1980s both proved lucrative but undistinguished, Dr Heckyl and Mr Hype. in which other played both roles a sad attempt by the Americans to update the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Victoria Horror Story into a classic. The second won but what an entirely different reason The lion of the Desert in which Oliver co star Anthony Quinn, was only made possible through an international scam master money by producer and director Moustapha Akkad, Lion would tell the story Omar Mukhatar an elderly teacher who could not ride a horse or shoot a gun but who accepted a role of patriarchal partisan and forestalled of Italy’s advanced into Libya Mukhater who was hanged in 1931 was hero of Qaddafi.

To bait the trap Quinn was photographed as the agent guerrilla leader using archive material as a guide and hired the best makeup men and costumes he could find when the pictures were ready the Producers are red meeting with the Libyan leader. The producers made out as if the photos were real and the in the end netting the flim several million pounds. the film flopped at Western Cinemas remains one of the highest grossing Arabic pictures of all time.

So after needing a break from the North African desert Oliver with Josephine flew to Barbados. and it wasn’t long before all they were spotted by the local paparazzi and the British papers began to dub Oliver a the dirty old man and the hunt began for intimate pictures as a couple together and the price for these pictures began to leap frog ever skyward. For Josephine mother it became obvious that her daughter had fallen for Oliver. And was only a few of the voices who supported them when the press came calling trying yo paint Oliver as sick.

To save Josephine from the worst of the press Oliver took her on holiday. along the way meeting up Michael Crawford.once again as he was fliming the Disney flim Condorman, and when they got to Canada to work with Peter Fonda on Spasms and instead of returning home for Christmas in 1981 Oliver desided they would go to Los Angeles and when Josephine was out shopping. Oliver fuelled by beer and whiskey after meeting an ex soldier when and got his manhood tattooed.

What I think – The last chapter was all about Oliver loseing everything and everyone. Because his drinking was becoming the main way he could handle life and sometimes he would drink to get drunk. But this one he’s reshaping himself into first an old man of the British cinema and second a farther figure for the people around him. Yes to the outside world the age gap between him and Josephine can be seen as something hideous but so far he’s never but her in danger in fact he’s pulled her closer and away from the press. Maybe running away around the world wasn’t the best plan. But he was working so he was dammed if he did and dammed if he didn’t. But the old Oliver is there but almost but not quite controled getting his manhood tattooed is one hell of thing to do.

Now 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.

NarrowBoat Ezri – Into The Blue

Today I spent the day laying across Ezri’s rooftop with a small tin of blue paint and brush, beginning paint the hatch top, the runners and her hand/rope rails. Ezri is a dark blue and the idea is that I will highlight what I call her moving parts with a lighter blue, so people can see were to put their hands and Ezri will not look like a patchwork of rust held together the dead leaves and twigs. Ok she not that bad but there a few places that don’t look to good.

There is a myriad of people who say that you have to use expensive marine paint, if want to paint anything on a narrowboat and equally the same amount of people who says use expensive metal paint, to do the same job. I fall some were in the middle, Yes for under the waterline and just above it and Ezri sides and roof use marine stuff but for want I doing a small tin of Hammerite paint will do.

And yes I know will work because two things, the first being right at the start I paint some yellow Hammerite on Ezri’s hinges for the gas locker, (the idea was I would slowly use Star Trek starship colours to make Ezri the same as shuttle craft but there just battleship grey, red yellow and a little very little blue. I want Ezri to standout but not that much) and until my Dad painted over them they were as good as three years ago. Second its all just shaped metal, the hatch cover and the gas locker simple metal sheets so the Hammerite works a amazingly well. The hand/rope rails same thing and it would look odd not to have the light blue all the way down.

However I am not going paint the rail on Ezri’s back deck, it won’t work I just want highlights painting the whole thing would be to much but if I paint the engine wood panel cover in very similar colour should work and link the whole thing together. And when Ezri been out the water this coming September I may look into get paint for the rest of her.

By the way in the last blog I talked about Marple Locks which have now since reopened but with a size restriction notice on the top number one lock, I don’t think Ezri will trouble fitting down or even coming back up but we have got in a moment pattern which I enjoy all the way to Bosley Lock with four swing bridges in the way and that’s it. So happy days and besides there is no real rush to get back into Manchester. As always if you have done thanks for read and hope to see next time of next narrowboat Ezri blog

Bookends – Book Review – Tie In – Richard Castle – Heat Wave – Sixteen.

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 – We find out that Buckley somehow got the camera of Miss Deerfield photos from Pochenko and let him to the building from the sky light. Rook then takes Heat to meet a man called Casper who at one time art thief who could help find the missing pictures from Matthew Starr’s home. And yet finally when Heat is able to sleep she’s woken up by Ochoa telling her they have found Pochenko.

Sixteen – Heat gets a lift from a black and white to 79th street and sees Lauren Parry working on Pochenko he been dead for sometime it was the homeless outreach that found him. He’s been shot in the back of the head. Back at the precinct Rook brought Heat a coffee, she tells Ochoa to make sure they still have eyes on Miric and to Raley she says thanks for bringing in Agda Larsson the Nanny.

Heat starts the interview by asking how Agda feels about everything, and then about her life inside the Starr family, Agda says that Mrs Starr told her that the police would ask her about that and to tell them were she likes as the police are incompetent.

Heat finds out that she didn’t go with Mrs Starr to Dr Van Peldt’s in fact she was at NYU with a friend, and then she asks about Matthew Sr. He’s very sweet to her dinner out and extra money all without telling Mrs Starr but no they never had sex.

Outside in the Observation room the three aren’t to willing to believe Agda and in fact have her down like a piece of Swedish made furniture beautiful to look at but with a few pieces missing, Rook gets a call from Casper, Casper was to talk with Heat and not him, Casper tells her he knew Barbara and she was one of the best, plus one of the pictures has been sold but the sale took place two years. Heat asks Casper if he’s got the right information yes, yes has.

What I Think – Well that’s something I thought the end of the book would be a showdown with Heat and Pochenko, and with a bullet in the back of his head I don’t think that’s going to be happening anytime soon. The big bad wolf it’s still pulling the strings somewhere and the master mind is yet to be found alright it was a short chapter but we got the information we needed. Rook has settled in to be one of the group and in fact almost too well. But even when he invites Heat to share in his trying to show off a little, the people around him take a liking to Heat and not him. We have four chapters left in the Nikki Heat and it’s still keeping me guessing, which is always a good thing.

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 Fourteen

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.

Previously in this Blog – We join Oliver as he enters the world of pop music, thanks to Ken Russell by joining the cast of Tommy. And then going drink of drink with Keith Moon which only adds to his reputation of the hellraiser only to only for it to come crashing down to earth with a huge on mighty bum when he meets one of Hollywood’s elite actors.

Chapter Fourteen – The tragedy of my life is that woman always leave me in the end – and usually before they get to know me properly.

Across the floor in a London restaurant a young man wanted to make a swap with Oliver his shirt of Oliver’s leather jacket at first Oliver said no but when the young man pointed out it had a laundry label with a Hollywood studios numbers and the name Errol Flynn on it, Within seconds Oliver had a new shirt. It was two days later still wearing the shirt Oliver’s phone rang and its director Richard Fleischer wanting him to play the part of Miles Hendon in The Prince and The Pauper – the part originally played forty years earlier by Errol Flynn.

The 70s remix would include some of the biggest names in British and American cinema including Rex Harrison, George c Scott, Ernest Borgnine, Raquel Welch and Charlton Heston the title roles of the Prince and the Pauper would be both be played by the teenager Mark Lester who made his film debut opposite Reed in Oliver.

Location shooting would start in Budapest in May 1976, and the producers were taking no chances, they had experienced Oliver’s drunken mayhem first hand. this time they insisted that a river and several kilometers separating him from the cast of the cast. But as ever Oliver behaved impeccably on set, he only disruptive influence was the inability to control his lazy eye which resulted in his fellow actors collapsing in a fit of giggles, which in the end made Oliver started to wear glasses.

However off set was totally different one evening Oliver had come up with the idea of staging a lavish West End production and was telling Michael Ripper and Racqel Welch when Oliver without a word smashed a huge geteau into his own face. ” in this business you have got to be able to laugh at yourself”

the way the shooting schedule had been arranged Oliver Farm himself with two or three days off a week these he had arranged and reserve for him and his friend Reg Prince to go on drinking binges and nightly romps through the bars of Budapest mostly ending in scuffles are mild fracas.

At the beginning of the film Mark Lester was legally still a minor and have been chaperon during the three months of the trip by his mother however by the 11th of July you was to celebrate 18th birthday and the producers and directors had organised a special dinner Oliver failed to turn up the dinner and that dozen so guests however when the sweet was being served the doors of the banqueting hall were kicked open and a disheveled and extremely drunk Oliver came staggering through he announced to Mark leaping onto the table this is for you. and standing in the doorway was a young woman wearing a very tight t-shirt and a very little else extremely well endowed chests were the word Mark Lester private. This president did not go down very well as you may guess and Oliver had to attempt to salvage the situation by entering a bowl of chocolate trifle over his head and frog marching out of the room. unfortunately the Prince and the Pauper would not only Mark the end of Childhood but also the end of his acting career since Oliver he made 15 films sometimes three in a year under the guidance of his parents, however coming-of-age Lester had rebel and demanded control of his financial affairs finding self access to teenage earnings he unfortunately squandered them on high living and drugs. finally at age 27 he was able to kick his addictions and sit his A-levels and become a qualified osteopath.

Alexis Camus – a distant relative of the existential writer and philosopher introduced himself to Oliver one night on a side street bar his mind she recalled was one of the most wonderfully bright and illuminating talking to the 38 year old actor she soon discovered there was a frightening difference between the sober and intoxicated personalities that Oliver held. without a drink he could take your breath away he was interested in so much politics the state of the world and a person’s character give him a drink and he was juvenile a child within a man’s mind with a little boys imagination mysterious things. Oliver’s physical side with far less attractive. he never seen white clean to his French acquaintances who got the impression that he wore the same clothes for days on end. but when he died out with Steve but it was Oliver’s lack of patience and not his clothes that attracted the attention. 1 favourite restaurant was on a street corner with a bar on the ground level the dining room was on the first floor. The restaurant was full but there was no sign of any wages when Oliver attempted to leave he was pressured to stay by Ford half an hour later there are they order still not taken, Oliver pulled himself to his full height picked up a chair and hold it through a window into the street, within seconds and irate manager and five waiters had surrounded Oliver’s table. So he sat down and placed his order.

Oliver returned to England very enthusiastic about working with Michael Winner again, The Big Sleep was the director’s 19th film and it’s 5th with Oliver in the principal role this time as Eddie Mars, a deep and dangerous London casino owner. For the first time winner noticed that his friends drinking habits work beginning to impinge on professionalism while shooting in Chorley Wood and up market Suburb Oliver arrived and announce to winner and his fellow star Robert Mitchum that he I’ve been sitting on a pole the previous evening and done himself some serious damage and he was very insistent that he showed both men. Much to the disappointment and anger of Winner.

on Thursday the 8th of September 1977 Oliver walk to be confronted by the newspaper long knowing it was inevitable the front of the Daily Mirror contains just one headline, drug death drama for wild man Moon Keith Moon the man forever responsible for Oliver Reed’s sense of the bizarre was dead. to Oliver it was a wasteful frightening self deprecating death and for the first time, sowed within the actor thoughts of his own mortality.

by the late 1970s Ian Ogilvy has taken over from Roger Moore as TV Simon Templar, and instead of filming on the back lots of the English Studios they were now replaced with European towns and cities for most of the episodes. and in 1980 the return of the sacred where in the South of France was Oliver, One evening Ian and producer Robert Baker were joined by the Saints elderly creator Leslie Charteris, the Trio were enjoying a drink with Oliver staggered into the bar the barman experience in the ways of the Drunken actor promptly disappeared.
Baker introduced Oliver to both men Oliver was visibly impressed to meet Charteris and pulling a knife insisted that they become Blood Brothers unmoved and unimpressed charteris coldly placed his hand behind his back and picked up the conversation from where they were had been interrupted. Oliver eventually mumbled his way out the bar leaving a trail of blood across the carpet.

Oliver’s relationship with women, was uncompromising and dictatorial and total, he would exercise a kind of Long Distance control over his former mistresses, often telephoning them at hours to pass judgement on theiAr dress up outfit to disapprove of the choice in new boyfriend. one actress in Oliver had an affair with during his marriage to take returns to her Hotel from an award ceremony find a few minutes later the telephone ringing it was Oliver and it was 3 in the morning he had seen her on the television news with a certain man on her arm and called him called her to warn her off the man. after the phone call she suddenly realised that it wasn’t an ex lover calling it was a father or grandfather figure giving her a bit of gentle advice to his favourite relative and it was 14 years after Oliver and her had broken up.

To an individual woman Oliver could be charming and attentive and demanding the same courtesy from his male companions, once reprimanding his son for not liking a female hotel guests cigarette, But he was developing loathing for women as a gender, which frequently got him into trouble and only intensified with age. Unlike his public drunkenness which had learnt to turn on and off at will Oliver hated and intolerance of woman never wavered, and just like the Victorian monument in which he lived, his chattel mentality was lost somewhere in the dark corners, corridors and stairwells of a discredited age and he could see no sense of reason why he should try and find his way out.

by the late 70s his performances on radio and television programme, notably in America that will legendary Oliver’s first appearance on the Jimmy Carson tonight show produced sky high ratings but the actor very few friends. the vet presenter had interviewed the actress Shirley Winters who remained on set when Carson introduced Oliver who then began to expand on his attitude to women and Winters became very visibly agitated and in fact at one point stood up and put her drink of water all over Oliver’s head is comments were bleeped out in order not to offend the viewers what were quoted in full in a studio press release the following day. After the Oliver added Shelley Winters was the one without manners not him.

On-One extended to visit South of France, Oliver Twist persuaded to invest New York who is the light He discovered the yacht was in fact a 64 Chinese jump and the only vessel of its kind in the Mediterranean Sea called the Ding Hao it was on by French Canadian businessman called Cornel Demere. Demere sent his daughter Susie over to Europe to collect the cheque, ever the gentlemen Oliver put her up at his Villa when the business was concluded, She was to fly back to Canada with Oliver but he didn’t want to accept this. So backed into a corner busted to the last and on the morning of Departure he rang the villa were his friend Stevie Ford was staying. With Susie in ear shot Oliver told his friend to find his passport tickets, but as she disappeared for a second he told Ford to ignore the the instructions, but Ford felt he was being played and carry them up to the letter you bought tickets and passport and managed to make the airport just in time, But when boarding began, Oliver was nowhere to be seen he simply disappeared and Susie when back home on her own.

Oliver’s third and final pairing with Glenda Jackson should have sound alarm bells long before shooting had even started. Miss Jackson was hired by the producer screenwriter Judd Bernards to play the title role in The Class of Miss McMichael filmed in Bethnal Green, Oliver would play her authoritarian and hypocritical headmaster and it was written as a black comedy, It soon became apparent to everyone concerned that the project budget what is strictly at the battle Scarred Eastend school in which it was to be shot. For Jackson the tight schedule and budget almost ended her career after a bitter clash with the headmaster her character went around and systematically destroyed his office in a climatic frenzy of the sea she was to put the bookcase down but unknown to her the props department has not been yet be able to replace the rear glass with sugar stunt glass so when she was to pull the bookcase towards her she was showered with glass.Oliver’s meeting with Miss Jackson work professional and perfunctory and restricted to the set they only saw each other during working hours and never socialise even when the film unit went to dinner they sat at opposite ends of the table.

In 1978 Oliver was presented with an opportunity he couldn’t turn down, with the promise of a huge publishers check he began to write his own autobiography the book was written on the run with Oliver remembering indicating memories and stories in pubs and restaurants and On Films says he’s ghostwriter transcribed and polished it. and in such a mood he could elaborate and fabricate almost anything he wanted. it was only true in the sense that Oliver whished it would have happened and so he made it happen. and a among his friends at the launch party of Reed All About Me he was asked by David ball the accountant.
So this is your book then
Yeah, Load of old bollocks really

After thirteen years together Oliver and Jacquie were coming to the the realisation that they’re kind of marriage had involved and degraded into a Jekyll and Hyde situation. Which non of them truly understood very well apart they would telephone each other almost daily but together in the same house for more than a month they embarrass themselves and their friends with their long rambling arguments. The catalyst which marked the end of their time at Broome Hall was when Stephen Ford had had enough of the freeloaders that seem to congregate round Oliver every Sunday and one particular Sunday when 20 people had decided to join in with the annual trip to the Indian restaurant and the bill of £200 was presented he passed Oliver’s hat around and it became clear that many were there are just for the free booze and food.

Added to the fact Oliver’s expensives outpaced his income and in fact the whole house was now a sponge the money off at Oliver Bonas from day one but he continued to make several alterations without really thinking of the consequences even more hours were lost when he demanded is craftsman built to secret but within the estate grounds the first was a two Storey treehouse with a 13 foot ladder which lead to an invited guests area with a fully stocked rural bar. and a second behind the house disguised as a traditional garden shec which contain several easy chairs and the choice of a dozen types of cider.

by 1979 Oliver’s relationship was also nearly bankrupt he had tried to propose two years earlier but Jacquie had turned him down, been married only have made them both unhappy and very irresponsible. She said they had been some vey good times, but much of it had been very difficult as a husband would have been a mess and giving her nothing but insecurities. And on new year’s eve with the individual skirmishes merging into one running battle she finally and now she had the intention to leave as soon as the holidays are over. so Oliver loaded his favourite shotgun stormed into the kitchen round the clock hands to midnight and put both of barrels into its face
Jacquie moved out the next day and by the end of January Broome Hall had been sold.

What I think – well we reach the crossroads with this one, Oliver’s behavior has become his Legacy and legend already which was fine when it was just himself or his many members of his drinking clubs. whatever the situation is whatever the outcome It would just be put down oh that Oliver he’s harmless. But it costing him flim roles or TV interviews all of which have a domino effect no job no money no house no booze. And it wasn’t as if people were giving in ways to change all that. But it was simple to stay in a kind of holding pattern, and like Oliver sid his self he had no real desire to change no real drive. All that was taken up by the acting if he could get it and damn right stupid acts which once would make directors and producers pause for a second when they thought about casting creating a vicious circle.

And even Oliver himself is beginning to craft his own legend by writing or retelling his autobiography to his Ghost Writer, panting himself as he would want to be seen yes we have all done it but not the extent Oliver has.

I don’t think we’re done with the downfall Oliver just yet, his best friend and his wife calling out both the freeloaders and walking out won’t really things just yet there has to be a greater catastrophe or disaster which make Oliver slow down and by be stop just if only to look around at want his life has become.

Looking at the book there is about seven chapters left, one or two are as big if not bigger that this one I not going cut them down or edit them. as I said at the beginning of this project the whole idea was to give a glimpse into this man’s life, for good or bad everything. So can make your own judgements. Now 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 – Fifteen.

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 and Ochoa find out that Pocheko had killed Matthew Starr and Miss Deerfield but the question is who was first and way. Heat and Rook then go and re arrest the young doorman of the building searching his apartment they find a camera belonging to Miss Deerfield. Which now links him to Pocheko and the rest of the crew.

Fifteen – Rook is standing on the other side of the Observation room watching Buckley, Heat comes in and together they work out that Buckley either was there when Deerfield was killed or got the camera from Pochenko but which ever way Buckley and Pochenko are now linked together, Ochoa then tells Heat that lawyer Buckley wanted is here but her briefcase got lost somehow so it be a few minutes before she up here.
Heat then heads into the room and telling Buckley she doesn’t think his the mastermind of the job, but Buckley wants his lawyer so Heat gives him a one time limited offer did he let someone into the building around 12:39 but before he can answer, Buckley’s is in the room and she calls the whole interview to a stop.

Shortly after Roach clocked out, Heat heard Rook walk up behind her as she worked at her computer and pictures from Barbara Deerfield’s camera, they were obviously taking just as reference. Rook then invites Heat her meet New York greatest retired art thief, Rook met him when he wrote a piece on him for Vanity Fair a few years ago. A piece that Heat has read.

Rook takes Heat to C.B. Philips Fine Acquisitions, And to Casper a dapper old man with a European accent, he knows Heat is a detective, and that all she needs is information, calling Matthew Starr’s collection a glorified hodgepodge. Heat gives him a copy of the photos telling him she doesn’t care to much about the buying just the thief. Heat tries to thank him but Casper has once again vanished.

Back in the precinct Heat is reflecting on how much time she spends here, as she watches her food cook in the microwave, She had told Rook she had a date and when he pulled a face, She told him the turth it was with whiteboard. Now she was here contemplating all the facts they have running everything over him head. In the end she keeps coming back to Matthew Starr’s new mistress the Nanny Agda. Later she heads home and she can still smell Rook on her bed.

Much later in the dark of night her phone rings and after finding voicemail Ochoa tells her they found Pochenko.

What I Think – This a good chapter all the bits from the last were laid out and now we have links which tie everything together but its not totally as the Americans say a home run there are one or two little things that need to tidy up and without Rooks help I don’t think Heat would have been able to accomplish them. Speaking of which the Rook and Heat relationship does appear to be a little more than just the one night stand this gentleman writer is famous for. The back and forth banter is still there but Rook is not trying to impress or show off to Heat anymore.

Mr Castle and Detective Kate Beckett must have had some very interesting conversations at some point for him get away with as much as he does. 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 Thirteen.

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.

Previously in this Blog – We were witness to Richard Lester try to help Oliver to breathe new life into his fading movie roles, but Oliver’s behavior, doesn’t go down very well with the other members of the cast and local police. Yet in the end together find common ground studio decides to cut the film into two releases.

Chapter Thirteen – Darling ! Remain me ! Did I really wave my chopper around in the casino last night”

Keith Moon who at 18 years old was a bona fide a popstar and the youngest member of The Who and a 21 year old American making music and mayhem on by 25 he entered the hierarchy of the British popscene. Appointed himself Oliver Reed’s guide down on the road to insanity which would proof boozy blistering bumpy and frequently dangerous and most often illegal.

Moon who had discovered at a very early age Oliver in his mid 30s was only just coming to accept is that life was to be lived shambolically, bottle by bottle confronting disapproving and humiliation with nostrils flared. Catching the cocktails the pop age Oliver willingly and braced the three basic and enduring icons sex, booze and the ability to monumentally piss about.

According to Oliver their first meeting involved Keith Moon landing a helicopter in the grounds of Oliver’s house and him leaving a bath one Sunday morning, running out to see who it was carrying only a broadsword above his head. Yet in reality it was little more mundane.

Pete Townshend the creative Force within the who had written rock opera Tommy in 1969, first issued on record and then later adapted for the stage 5 Tonys a Grammy and an Olivier award the manager Robert stigwood decided to make a screen version by 1973 negotiations were complete and the Producers began by signing Ken Russell as director. And it was Ken who wanted Oliver to play the part of Tommy’s uncle Frank. The audition took place at Ramport recording in Battersea, which didn’t go well as Ken wanted Oliver to sing the songs from the show and Townsend wanting to find Oliver’s range. In the end presented Ken Russell with a new and unique double problem not only was the active you capable of singing but it was also obvious he would be unable to mine to the playback track that would be used on set.

The session was abandoned in Oliver and badly need advice and encouragement Oliver drove home and ran himself through the Mists of the imagination tried to explain his dilemma to his grandfather tree, he was Oliver admitted no singer and his attempt at such endeavours had sunk without Trace and his grandfather advice team against trying to play it for real with professional pop singers. But Oliver in the end was able to lip sync to at least one of his songs, however however Ken Russell effectively swap Oliver’s roll with Keith Moon on screen in essence everything moon had originally been scripted to do Oliver would now do.

As ever, Oliver proved himself the customer professional, But off camera he found it hard to keep pace wiith Moons Anarchy And the sixteen weeks schedule ranged from the lake district to the south coast of England taking in London and Middlesex on the way when they move to location Robert Stigwood and Russell decided to most troublesome members of the cast would be booked in two different hotels as far apart as possible.

Tommy wasn’t the only film Oliver made in the early summer of 1974 his contract with Russell allowed 2 weeks to fly to Germany to play the Bombastic part of Count Otto von Bismarck in George MacDonald Fraser adaptation of his own book Royal Flush. While he was away Moon took over his hotel room. And when Oliver return he found Keith Moon apparently naked and attempting to concentrate on a TV program as a very well endowed young lady perform a very intimate act on his body.

A few days later moon, called Oliver into his bedroom to help him fix the broken television unaware of his friends Motives Oliver help me drag to set towards the balcony window, before Oliver could react Moon had lifted the television over the rail and sent it plummeting into the car park below. A few seconds later a porter charged into the room and moon offhandedly said next time please answer the phone when I call.

By June the cast moved to Hayling Island, holiday resort near Plymouth. shooting for the day Finnieston Oliver persuaded moon and Douglas Butler to cross the solemn and visit a friend of his on the Isle of Wight by the time the Drunken trio returned to the pub the ferry had departed and they were stranded, And Oliver had to be on set at dawn the next day4 hours later they eventually break a girl and her father to Ferry them back across the Solent to the mainland in an oversized rowing boat. By the time the book approach to island astorm was blowing off show making it possible to approach the single beach moon followed by a nervous Butler and an even more apprehensive Oliver dived into breakers and swim for it. the film crew and technicians at Argos started breakfast when moon and Oliver entered the dining room they were wet shaving and totally naked. and in a very loud voice Oliver said we have not got time for breakfast.

With a break in filming Oliver return home and Moon to his Kensington flat, but moon then suddenly arrived unannounced at the Surrey Estate with a newly acquired American video camera. the next day and houseguests assistance Oliver turned the Halls Terrace into an improvised set and with Moon directions from behind the camera. Oliver Moon’s girlfriend and Douglas attempted to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream. other surreal ideas to shape in Oliver and friends summer lasted no more than Andy buy a pair of press agencies to watch and photograph as they walk around the grounds of the hall.

However one of the more darker interactions with me Sunday July 1974 moon arrived at the hall as unannounced but strangely subdued you was never the healthiest looking individual and to Oliver and his wife the musician appeared very pale and desperately washed-out. Moon’s wrist was bandaged and obviously he was in considerable pain. Oliver asked ask him how he is managed to damage his wrist and moons reply was he had got into a fight and Oliver knew this to be a deliberate lie. The previous Monday only hours after driving back to London mood has attempted to commit suicide by slashing his wrists with a broken bottle he had refused to have the wound treated and it’s slowing turned septic.

The Who and moon were due to fly to America in 2 weeks and John Eric Clapton on tour Ali who would not see his friend for almost a year but before he left the drummer had one more surprise for his newly found friend. Oliver was still in bed when he heard the sound of a lorry crunching up the gravel driveway by the time Oliver has reached the outside of the house the delivery man started unloading first out was a huge tiger rug than a chess set and the foreman handed Oliver over a note.
It was written in Moon’s hand as Andy asked if Oliver could look after a few things while he was away there was a postscript the rhinos name Hornby and the dog’s name was beanbag. the rhino was thankfully fibreglass but the Great Dane, had inherited several bad habits from its original owner including head-butting glass door and panels in attempt to search for food the dog remained with Oliver until it’s death and the fiberglass mammals were placed in the rhododendron bushes at the top of the drive to discourage many visitors it to move several times with Oliver.

For various reasons most financial, Oliver’s brother David made his latest flim contact start and end in Los Angeles and spanned the weeks either end of Christmas 1975. arriving at the Beverly Wilshire hotel dressed in a pinstripe suit Oliver ask if his co star had checked.
finding the answer with no he sent the bell by to find the Great American actor Lee Marvin who was stretched out on a bench outside using an old satchel as a pillow still half asleep and obviously annoyed at being walked he came into the lobby Oliver held his hand and introduced himself only to have Lee Marvin turn around and say
I was told I was going to work with Britain’s biggest hellraiser and all I see here is a tailors dummy dressed like a banker.
things did not improve and Lee Marvin devastated Oliver Reed from the very first moment he saw him in later years Lee Marvin did try to correct the mistake but he couldn’t it was not the professional thing to do he honestly said though Oliver was a natural given actor.

The Great Scout producers decided to ship the cast crew and equipment to the town of Durango De Victoria, the motel offered only the basic cuisine, served in large tiled dining room because of its size the cast and crew soon adopted as a out-of-hours Lounge, each evening after dinner Oliver Woodhall Court never allowing anybody to pay for a round of drinks and always ordering 6 bottles a Mexican white wine at a time. 1 most notable evening Oliver decided to pack off the only other member of the crew who had invited a female partner to the location he informed me that he was going to bed and when the Gentlemen objected he said well I’m terribly sorry but I’m going to be smashing up this place in 10 minutes and I wouldn’t want you to have your lady get hurt. and as they crossed the motel courtroom the gentleman and his partner had the sound of two wooden dining tables being held through the floor to ceiling picture window. however the next evening Oliver arrived to find the windows had been replaced and the furniture repair, as he entered the dining room he stopped by the manager who handed in a bill Oliver then took the piece of paper from him and then pulled out a wodge of dollar bills and paid the $300 and added $50 more and ordered six bottles of wine.

Oliver’s second flim of the year was irrelevantly tirled 1976 mystery in which an evil house restoring itself by feeling on its tenants, the project had some very uncanny echoes of the Great Scott film Oliver found himself once again opposite one American’s legendary stars, who took , an immediate and antagonistic dislike to him. Betty Davis her first look Oliver sniff the air and as if he had something very nasty to stuck to the bottom of the shoe. and from then on the veteran actress referred to him as that man and only spoke directly to him when the script demanded it.

What I Think – Well two of the world’s most well known hellraisers meeting for the first time. And like most cosmic events like this both men leaving wake of destruction behind them but in that something wake we get things like Tommy. I have reached the point in this biography to the effect of if Oliver doesn’t damage or seriously injure anybody else but himself then fine let him be let him let off steam. And with Keith Moon that’s want did and show the world for want it was one big joke. But when moon left his company and his history behind him Oliver was left alone and even when he tried to resume his acting in America the shadow of the hellraiser still played it part. so playing the English gentleman abroad was not what was called for and would never suit Oliver anyway. How thus will all fall into is yet to be seen .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.