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Monday, 13 April 2015

March 2015

(31) Canada – On the rise again! On Amazon Canada, the paperback edition of Marilyn climbed back to the #9 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and the #72 slot in the in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” sections of the site.

(30) Leafy Berkshire – Despite it being given the go-ahead, Keith still continued to fine-tune the archive aspect on the forthcoming David Essex movie. He also spent part of the day compiling info for the recently started Dave Cash project. A plan to speak to the legendary Pirate/ BBC and Capital Radio DJ, in a few days time, was also formulated.

(26) USA – Still selling! Just one copy of Marilyn (paperback edition) was in stock on Amazon.com.

(23) Leafy Berkshire – A big “thanks” to Rosemine. (“She’ll know who she is.” Thanks.)
-Later that evening, Keith spent the night catching-up with his old mate, Daniel J. Wall.

(22) IMDB / World – The run continued. Keith was placed at No.25 in the “Most Popular People in Slough” category on the highly influential, worldwide film/TV database, IMDB.

(21) South London – Keith travelled into London to celebrate his ol’ mate, Tel’s birthday. A lovely (wine-fuelled) evening was had by all.

(16) South West London – Keith journeyed out to Wandsworth to meet with Alan G. Parker for further, post-production work on the David Essex movie. Another screening of the final cut of the 98-minute production also took place.

- Italy – The Kindle version of Keith’s Marilyn climbed back up to the n.14 positon in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of Amazon Italy.

(15) Leafy Berkshire – Mother’s Day again and Keith spent the duration of it with his dear Mum, Kathleen who is, without doubt, the greatest one in the entire history of the world!!

(14) UK – A very big thank you to R. Hw Pitney "hazron" for his Five-Star rating of Marilyn (kindle edition) on Amazon.co.uk. As of this day, 20 of the 23 reviews posted on the site came with either top, or near top, four or five-star ratings. (The other three, less impressive ones were obviously penned by those who have no taste.)

(10-12) South Coast – Keith made a return trip to “Peter Lawford-land” on the South Coast. In addition to tending to his palm tree, and breathing in the beautiful sea air, a most pleasant two-day stay was had by all.

(9) Leafy Berkshire / entwined with Manchester – Keith was there in spirit watching his beloved Arsenal wallop Manchester United 2-1 and send them crashing out of the FA Cup. (“Love it!”)

(3-4) Leafy Berkshire – Yep, that time again. Keith compiled his latest piece for Record Collector magazine. This month, a full-page tribute to the New Romantics leader, Steve Strange who recently passed away. The piece in question focused on his 1981 appearance on the LWT/ITV Danny Baker series, 20th Century Box.

February 2015

(28) Leafy Berkshire – Keith paid a return visit to the fine diner belonging to John and Richard Barratt. The chicken dinner served was, once more truly exquisite. (“Thank you, Gents.”)

(27) Twickenham, South West London – David Essex watched a preview of his movie and gave it a massive, big thumbs-up! In a tweet shortly after, he reported how “mind-blowing it was… to see most of your life flash by in 98 minutes.” (“Well done to director, Alan G and to everyone else involved in the production. Well done to you all!!”) David’s son, Billy watched the film a couple of days later, and he too loved it.

(26) Leafy Berkshire (morning) – With one of Paul McCartney’s childhood homes being put up for sale, Keith made a live appearance to talk about it on BBC Radio’s The Anne Diamond Show.

-While on the mighty Amazon.com, just one copy of the paperback edition of Keith’s Marilyn remained in stock.
-And talking of the great actress, Keith thanks reader, Charlene Morris for the great review of his book on the Goodreads site. “A wonderful book,” she said. “It allowed one to see the real person that Marilyn Monroe was. It clearly laid out what happened to Marilyn in her final months.”

(25) Leafy Berkshire – Some hurried last-minute archive research on The David Essex Story which is now practically completed. A private screening of it, to the great man himself will take place in just three days.

(24) Italy – a most pleasant increase in sales meant that Keith’s Marilyn (kindle version) climbed back to the n.5 position in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television,” n.47 in the “Libri > Arte, musica e cinema > Cinema e television,” and the n.84 slot in the “eBook Kindle > Biografie, diari e memorie > Biografie e autobiografie” listings on Amazon in Italy.

(10) The World – Rumours on the internet, the www as they say, began circulating which said the forthcoming official KISS movie, You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best is all set for release this coming April…but alas it’s not. Take it from Keith…it’s definitely not.

- Amazon – Thanks to Mrs G Thompson for her Five Star review of Marilyn (paperback edition) on Amazon.co.uk.
- And a very special thanks to 1970s singing legend, (the) Linda Lewis for her rather nice, “film” endorsement of Keith on the professional networking site, Linkedin. (“Thank you, Linda. You’re a star... and still love your music.”)

(9) Leafy Berkshire – It certainly comes round fast; Record Collector deadline day. This time, under the spotlight was the long-forgotten, 5-part Granada TV series, Cover Stories. “This 2000 run of shows really does deserve to be seen again,” Keith said.

(7) UK/ Europe – The 2-part, Award Nominated, 2011 documentary, Queen – Days of Their Lives, which featured Keith as archive researcher was repeated on BBC Four again this evening. Once more, the viewing figures were very high indeed.

(3) Leafy Berkshire – Not over yet! Keith carried-out even more delicate fine-tuning on his text for the forthcoming, definitive, mighty, highly-weighty Hunter Davies “Beatles Encyclopaedia” book, which is still for release in mid-2016.
-Another one for the “it slipped thru the net” files; a superb review of Marilyn, published on Amazon.co.uk last August by “BeautyGirl” which read, “Fascinating book full of new information and extremely factual...didn’t want it to end…on my 3rd read ...for any Marilyn fans out there it is a must have ...buy it while you can highly recommended...” Thank you, BeautyGirl, much appreciated.