Leonard Maltin has written a fine review of Randy Skretvedt's latest masterpiece...
Labelled "The Ultimate Edition," this massive volume represents the third time L&H devotee Skretvedt has published the results of his decades-long research on Laurel and Hardy - and it is magnificent. I know a fair amount about this team, having watched and written about them for many years, but I got lost in the pages of this book the other night and couldn't put it down. I also had trouble picking it up again: it's incredibly heavy, and well worth its price, not only in content but in sheer heft. There is 50% more text than there was in its second incarnation.
Bowler Dessert Online adds its own enthusiastic endorsement of Leonard's review of this book. It is the best Laurel and Hardy book ever - by a mile, we say.
Marc de Coninck of Belgium has sent information about next year's 12th European Convention taking place in Gent, Belgium, in August 2017. Marc's tent, Me and My Pal, are famous for hosting wonderful Laurel and Hardy events. Jamie and Bill, the Laurel and Hardy actors, will be there, so you know it will be lots of laughs when they are around. Gent is such a beautiful city - a great place to hold the convention. Marc says, "You can find more info (list of delegates, the entertainment, etc) on our website: www.meandmypal.be."
attractions The latest edition of
The Birmingham Bark has lots of reports on
the activities of the Laughing Gravy Tent and a
look forward to coming events...
The latest edition of The Birmingham Bark has lots of reports on the activities of the Laughing Gravy Tent and a look forward to coming events...
Another Fine Mess Tent of Northern Ireland
Our next meeting will be on Saturday 3 September 2016 at 7.30 pm. It'll be another great night of classic Laurel and Hardy films, and this time with a decidedly spooky theme - yes, it's that darn bat again.Look forward to having a good chinwag at the Pavilion as usual.
Play in Frinton
I went with David to see the Frinton Summer Theatre production of 'Laurel and Hardy'. It made a very enjoyable evening and was very well attended - some scenes recreated from the films got really big laughs and the script is heavily laced with familiar L&H dialogue. Well worth a visit.
We met the actors after the show - you can probably guess who played Stan and who played Ollie.
Pictures of the front and back covers of Stackridge's CD reissue of The Man in the Bowler Hat were spotted by Stephen Barlow
Michael Schmitz gave us a clipping from an article which appeared in an airline magazine some time ago...