Hier is het laaatste nieuws over de Internationale Conventie in julli in Cumbria, Engeland. Chris Coffey schrijft:

This is just a brief update from Busch Hall after a long hibernation. All is still on course for a great time.
Some delegates have had to drop out and we may have a few vacancies. You don’t need to send any money now. Just email

We have made some initial tests for the live link-up between Harlem and Ulverston on the Saturday night.

Wednesday 13th July – arrivals and evening meal.
Thursday – Day trip to Lake Windermere and Bowness and evening meal  back at the Cumbria Grand.
Friday – A day full of events in the Cumbria Grand Hotel,.and the evening meal.
Saturday – A day in Ulverston including a visit to the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston, and an evening meal and a live twinning ceremony between Ulverston and Harlem, in the Coronation Hall. (delegates only).

The Cumbria Grand Hotel is just over a mile from Grange-over-Sands railway station, and both are on Google Maps.. To get to Grange-over-Sands, catch a train travelling up the West Coast main line from London Euston, or from Liverpool Lime Street or Manchester Airport, and change at Preston or Lancaster for a train heading for Barrow in Furness.  It’s best to book your ticket online at least a week before as the prices shoot up buying on the day.
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Blotto 51 ingepakt

Gisteren was het inpakmiddag. Het  bestuur van de PD-tent kwam bijeen in Hilversum om met assistentie van Marleen de 51ste editie van Blotto postklaar te maken. Dinsdag gaat de hele oplage naar PostNL voor bezorging op woensdag of donderdag.
Op de foto van l. naar r.: Piet, Marleen, Robert en Anton.inpakken Blotto 51

Vandaag werd bekend dat de “Ultimate Edition” van Randy Skretvedts boek Laurel & Hardy, The Magic Behind the Movies niet meer deze  maand  kan worden verwacht, zoals in deze nieuwe Blotto wordt vermeld. Het zal wel mei worden. Het boek is gedrukt, maar het zal tenminste twee weken duren voor ook de begeleidende cd klaar is. Dan begint Randy met het signeren van de boeken en daarna pas volgt de verzending vanuit Los Angeles.

Stan en Ollie in Bussum


Filmhuis Bussum en de Stichting Steinmeyer-orgel Koepelkerk Bussum organiseren op zondag 21 februari om 17.00 uur een filmconcert met orgelimprovisatie bij de vertoning van drie ‘silents’: Liberty uit 1929, From soup to nuts uit 1928 en Two Tars uit 1928.
Meewerkende organist is Gijs van Schoonhoven, stadsorganist van Enschede. Hij heeft zich gespecialiseerd in het improviserend begeleiden van zwijgende films uit het begin van de 20e eeuw.
Kaarten €10,– (inclusief consumptie tot 18 jaar gratis) via en aan de kerk (aan de Brinklaan) vóór het concert.
(Kerk open : 16.00 uur).

Acteurs voor ‘Stan & Ollie’ gekozen

bbc-filmDe plannen voor de biografische BBC-film Stan and Ollie zijn rond. Steve Coogan en John C. Reilly zullen de hoofdrollen vervullen.

Het Amerikaanse vakblad Variety schrijft vandaag:

“Philomena” writer Jeff Pope has written the script for the project, which was developed by BBC Films and will be produced by Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures and Pope’s Sonesta Films.
Pope said: “Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes. When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound.
“I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose-colored specs. They are living and breathing characters, with flaws and shortcomings.
“The research into this story threw up so many details and facts that I had no idea about. But everything I have done has come from a place of love and more than anything else I hope this shines through.”
The movie follows Laurel and Hardy as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of comedy behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they crisscross the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they’ve always been able to make each other laugh, and as the charm of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and the tour becomes a hit.
But they can’t quite shake the specter of their past, and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their partn
But they can’t quite shake the specter of their past, and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their partnership. A portrait of a creative marriage unfolds as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.
The film is produced by Ward, and executive produced by Christine Langan and Nichola Martin for BBC Films, Pope for Sonesta Films and Gabrielle Tana.