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Midland Red
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376 of 390  Sat 8th Jun 2019 11:34am  
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On 18th Jul 2013 3:23pm, Dreamtime said: Lee Child, leading thriller writer, well known for the character Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). Born in Coventry but now in New York. I would recommend his thriller 'Worth Dying for' also 'The Wreckage'. Thumbs up
Lee Child has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019, for services to literature
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Dreamtime
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377 of 390  Sat 8th Jun 2019 1:18pm  
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Well deserved I would say Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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378 of 390  Sat 8th Jun 2019 1:54pm  
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But Tom Cruise, playing a six-foot-five giant, he loses the whole character of the man.
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MisterD-Di
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379 of 390  Sun 9th Jun 2019 1:19pm  
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You are right, Kaga. It was poor casting and Cruise never looked credible as Reacher. I've read and enjoyed all the books but the films never quite hit the spot. I went to a book launch event some time ago where Lee Child was talking, answering questions and signing books. He was questioned about the casting of Cruise and explained that films don't necessarily get the lead actors they want, but have to take whatever big name is available and 'next on the list'. It's something of a closed shop and Cruise was who they ended up with. He also said that most A-listers are nowhere near as big as they appear on screen. Cruise is about 5'6" in his built up shoes. I read recently that Child said another actor is being sought to play Reacher in the next film and they want someone of the right stature. Incidentally, Child plays a small cameo role in the films, rather like Hitchcock used to. I did get to have a chat with Lee Child and I asked him why, as he was born in Coventry, that he was an Aston Villa fan. He did say that he was raised in Birmingham and Villa were his local team. He has few memories of Coventry, unfortunately. I did commiserate with him. Wink
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Kaga simpson
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380 of 390  Sun 9th Jun 2019 5:20pm  
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MisterD-Di, Thank you for your reply. I thought I might get flak. I would like to meet him, ask him where he got the idea of Reacher from, for I had the same idea thirty years before him. I wrote several books along the same lines. Mine were about a British Red Cap. They are still here in the bottom of the cupboard. Years ago a gangster was washed up on the beach of Brighton - made excellent material for a book, so did the peace process against the Yanks, the black market etc. I met several real old-time gangsters, was offered a job on the train robbery in the fifties - it was a lively time. The film Dirty Dozen came from death row at Shepton Mallet Prison in the forties, so did Oceans Eleven, Saving Private Ryan, The only time I did a guard duty in plimsolls was SMP Hospital. There was so much you wouldn't believe.
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NeilsYard
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381 of 390  Thu 13th Jun 2019 11:43am  
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I am a National Trust Member and I recently contacted Smallhythe Place in Kent which was the final home of Ellen Terry and where she died in 1928. This was prompted by some images Rob has in the Library. Sadly they have no further resources relating to her in Coventry however I got the following response. I must visit one day. Subject: RE: Ellen Terry in Coventry Hi there I am afraid we have no photographs of Ellen Terry in Coventry, as you know she was born at a theatrical lodging in the town and would have returned to London as soon as her father’s job as a theatrical extra was finished. What I do know is that she was very proud to have been born so close to Shakespeare’s home town and often referred to that. Best wishes Susannah Mayor Senior House Steward Smallhythe Place Smallhythe TN30 7NG 01580 762334 Edited by member, 13th Jun 2019 11:43 am
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argon
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382 of 390  Thu 13th Jun 2019 4:07pm  
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N Y. It may be that you already know but an article in the Coventry Herald in 1923 about her 75th birthday states that she was born in Market Street.
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NeilsYard
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383 of 390  Thu 13th Jun 2019 4:23pm  
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Hi argon Wave Yes Rob even has a postcard of the house in the Library section - Rob, I took the liberty of trying to enlarge it - hope that's ok, pal Edited by member, 13th Jun 2019 4:24 pm
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Midland Red
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384 of 390  Fri 9th Aug 2019 7:38am  
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Sad to read of the passing of one of our “Famous Coventrians”, Basil Heatley on 3rd August, at the age of 85
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Kaga simpson
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385 of 390  Fri 9th Aug 2019 9:48am  
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Dame Ellen Terry, died one year after I was born. Did not act in the theatre you know as it burned down in 1931, the new theatre in Stratford opened in 1932 - the same year as the Sydney bridge in Oz. Basil Heatley, who can forget that Tokyo marathon of 1962?
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JohnnieWalker
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386 of 390  Fri 9th Aug 2019 9:31pm  
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On 9th Aug 2019 7:38am, Midland Red said: Sad to read of the passing of one of our “Famous Coventrians”, Basil Heatley on 3rd August, at the age of 85
He was one of a number of great local athletes who inspired me as a younger member of Godiva Harriers. RIP Baz!
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MisterD-Di
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387 of 390  Sat 10th Aug 2019 11:41am  
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On 9th Aug 2019 9:48am, Kaga simpson said: Basil Heatley, who can forget that Tokyo marathon of 1962?
I'm afraid you forgot it, Kaga! Lol There were no Olympics in 1962, they were in 1964. Heatley won the silver medal at those games, behind defending champion Abebe Bikila, who broke Heatley's world best time in the process. I believe the fastest ever time for a marathon by a Coventry runner is 2:10:30 by Dave Long in the London Marathon. Dave ran in two Olympic marathons, Seoul and Barcelona.
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Kaga simpson
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388 of 390  Sat 10th Aug 2019 5:32pm  
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You’re right - don't tell the wife, she'll say I have dementia! Didn’t Ann Packer win a medal?
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MisterD-Di
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389 of 390  Sat 10th Aug 2019 6:38pm  
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Actually Ann Packer won two, Kaga. She won silver in the 400m which she had hoped to win. So she decided to try the 800m, seen as her weaker event, and won gold. Mary Rand also won the long jump that year, the first female GB athlete to win Olympic gold. So don't worry, your memory can't be that bad. And to keep a local connection to this, Ann Packer's son was Ian Brightwell, who briefly played for the Sky Blues in the late 90s.
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Kaga simpson
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390 of 390  Sun 11th Aug 2019 9:29am  
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MisterD-Di Thanks, yes the names return, but I'm not really out of the woods, my first son was born in 62 and I forgot.
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