I’m on my lunch break. I have an hour. I wonder if I can stop working for an hour. Debbie Reynolds below is still working and looks amazing for her age. She’s the Agony Aunt on the back pages in the National Enquirer (which most people think is the most right wing, vicious nasty vile publication that has ever existed). However, I ignore the paper’s politics and instead head for Stars’ outfits of the week and Debbie’s letters of advice which I find very helpful in its back pages. Of course she is also known as Princess Leia’s mother.
Some of these actors I’m afraid I haven’t heard of before…
But I do have things to look forward to. I am going back to Milan for a weekend to try and finish off an EP under the name ‘Bongo Express’ with Geppi. This started last year. We have written two tracks but we have another two in the pipeline. Maybe we will manage another one when I’m out there. I’m looking forward to spending a little more time in the city and I’ve positioned myself quite centrally. I’m not very good at slumming it these days. I’m like Diana Dors except I can’t really afford it:
But my funding comes from doing a pitch for an advert out there with a producer / composer of some renown but sadly we didn’t get it. It’s just enough to cover my costs though. This is a very funny article. Paul Grenville goes on to think that Marilyn, unless she can prove she can act, won’t be remembered particularly in years to come….
I am also performing at a Members Club in London in June which will be fun. It’s nothing too grand but it’s a chance to try out some new material. The album is very nearly done. Click here Unbeknown Records for an update on our progress!
Anyway it’s all about figuring it out…
I’ve also been trying to get back into filming artists and I have just done one for my friend Raj Curry. I do enjoy these little snapshots and I plan to do more when I can get the time.
Anyway, here’s some nonsensical ephemera I picked up from Cliff under the Westway (incidentally I went to see Dave Barbarossa play there with Youth on Bank Holiday Monday) who was on great form. This was before the gig started. I couldn’t get very near.
Cliff told me to mention his name. He’s there on Sundays (my favourite day on Portobello Market) under the Westway and he has such a wonderful collection of stuff. The Picturegoer is one of my favourites.
As a huge lover of film noir and B-movies I do love Oxfam Books further up the road. There’s a lovely man in there who recommends things to me. I recently saw upon his recommendation Attach of the Giant Leaches (1959) and The Amazing Transparent Man (1960). The fear of the atomic bomb is fascinating. Even in Marlene Dietrich’s husband in 1930’s Blue Angel (unless she can fund for him to go seek treatment in Europe) is dying of Uranium poisoning. Kill Me Deadly a 50s noir film is really bizarre!
My favourite film noirs has to have a tough moll:
Now apparently Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn a dog which she named Maf (after Mafia) which he wasn’t so happy about. He used her just as he was using in this incredible film …Poor Marilyn.
From one mystery lady to another …..
My lunch break is up….