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by Alan
Fri 19 Mar, 2010 13:31:31
Forum: General Topics
Topic: marketing and merchandising
Replies: 28
Views: 20756

as for the sport angle if you think about it there isn't any lulls in any DW book for such triviallities. ken[/quote] Oh come on - plenty of lulls. What about all the gargantuan feasts that the musketeers have (with the Duke whipping up the batter for the pancakes, no less) and the "mild games of vi...
by Alan
Thu 18 Mar, 2010 09:22:07
Forum: General Topics
Topic: marketing and merchandising
Replies: 28
Views: 20756

Ken68, the reason golf is not mentioned in any DW book is that DW hated sport - even in "The Time Has Come" he mentions that when he told bedtime stories to his boarding school companions, none of them were sports stories. In fact I'm flat out recalling ANY sporting reference in a DW work, unless of...
by Alan
Mon 11 Jan, 2010 03:54:13
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW anecdote over at the Michael Moorcock page
Replies: 5
Views: 4224

A conservative like DW doing on line stuff? Doubt it... We have had previous discussion here on what the content of DW's tales would be if he were writing today though... As usual I let my imagination soar off into the borders of faeryland with the Duke taking on Al Quida etc... Others, I recall, ha...
by Alan
Fri 8 Jan, 2010 10:19:18
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW anecdote over at the Michael Moorcock page
Replies: 5
Views: 4224

DW anecdote over at the Michael Moorcock page

http://www.multiverse.org/fora/showthread.php?t=12601

Many here probably knew about this anyway, but it's still interesting.
by Alan
Fri 8 Jan, 2010 04:31:13
Forum: General Topics
Topic: possible DW reference in "The Goodies"
Replies: 2
Views: 2504

Well, I last saw the episode in the seventies, so can't help a lot, except to confirm that it definitely DID exist - though whether it ever found its way to DVD or video is another question of course. The only piece of it I remember (since it struck my 13 year old self as totally hilarious) was the ...
by Alan
Fri 8 Jan, 2010 04:22:05
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dennis Wheatley's influence on Ian Fleming
Replies: 17
Views: 20516

Jeremy's article (Which, by the way, was excellent despite the single niggling point I made) brings all sorts of such ideas to mind. Imagine Roger Brook coming up against Brigadier Gerard, or the young Armand Duplisse (before he was the Duke, maybe) encountering Sherlock Holmes or Raffles, or even a...
by Alan
Thu 7 Jan, 2010 09:32:01
Forum: General Topics
Topic: possible DW reference in "The Goodies"
Replies: 2
Views: 2504

possible DW reference in "The Goodies"

Over the festive break I held a conversation with a friend I hadn't seen for a while, a great fan of the seventies British Series "The Goodies", featuring Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke Taylor and Bill Oddie. For those that haven't had the privilege of seeing this hilarious show, it's about a group of mi...
by Alan
Thu 7 Jan, 2010 09:19:09
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Dennis Wheatley's influence on Ian Fleming
Replies: 17
Views: 20516

An excellent article - many thanks. Only criticism is saying that DW smoked Hoyos - His autobiography makes it clear that he didn't, and that he was often embarrassed at dinner parties by his host producing such a cigar at great cost, thinking that because the duke liked them, his creator would too....
by Alan
Wed 2 Dec, 2009 12:13:00
Forum: General Topics
Topic: How about this for Cardinals Folly?
Replies: 34
Views: 27255

[quote="Nick"]I think the reason why Cardinals Folly is so compelling is because DW's description is so precise. No other venue is described in as much detail, including DeRichleaus flat...... On the other hand, at least we have a street for the Duke's gaff. If ever I get back to London, I'm half te...
by Alan
Wed 18 Nov, 2009 14:26:01
Forum: General Topics
Topic: How about this for Cardinals Folly?
Replies: 34
Views: 27255

LOL, thanks for saying I could never be unpopular. You're no judge of character, I'm pleased to say... As to whether or not this line is worth researching, I still say a resounding yes, (a) because I could be wrong (it's been known, :D ), and (b) because the search may in itself reveal a lot of inte...
by Alan
Tue 17 Nov, 2009 11:46:56
Forum: General Topics
Topic: How about this for Cardinals Folly?
Replies: 34
Views: 27255

Well, guys, I guess someone has to play devil's advocate here - which is pretty apt for a DW site I suppose. When writers create a place - or for that matter, a character - they don't necessarily base it entirely on a single source. It is more than probable that Cardinal's Folly is a composite, base...
by Alan
Fri 6 Nov, 2009 05:14:30
Forum: General Topics
Topic: How is the site doing?
Replies: 5
Views: 3808

As for me, am still logging and and following the threads, just not had anything much of interest to say lately (OK! Stand up who said "What do you mean LATELY"!!!)
by Alan
Thu 1 Oct, 2009 07:22:15
Forum: Codeword - Golden Fleece
Topic: Codeword - Golden Fleece
Replies: 8
Views: 25259

I probably should clarify my attitude about Yates here - I'm a *Berry* fan rather than a Yates fan. Some of Yates' earlier books - when he was writing in his lighter style - leave me cold. It wasn't until I read "Berry & Co" that I came to regard the man in a new light. Mr Mercer does high adventure...
by Alan
Thu 10 Sep, 2009 11:47:48
Forum: Codeword - Golden Fleece
Topic: Codeword - Golden Fleece
Replies: 8
Views: 25259

There's another thing that struck me on re-reading this work a year or so ago. I know at least one poster here (Steve Whatley) is a Dornford Yates fan, and I'd be surprised if he was the only one. To me, this is the most Yates-like of all DW's novels - the humour is more pronounced than in previous ...
by Alan
Sun 28 Jun, 2009 13:21:26
Forum: General Topics
Topic: le duke becomes a knight
Replies: 3
Views: 3003

I agree with both points - congratulations, Sir Christopher. And as for DW, perhaps he trod on a few toes while doing his undercover war service...

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