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June 2015

(29/30) Leafy Berkshire – Record Collector deadline day loomed large again when Keith penned / compiled a piece on Monkee, Davy Jones’s rarely-covered June 11 1968 trip to Manchester’s former Belle Vue Zoo & Gardens to leave his mark in their (short-lived) ‘Walk of Fame’.

(26) Leafy Berkshire – Mega busy day preparing proposals and setting the wheels in motion on two new, rather illustrious projects; one involving Mike Randolph and his Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus images, the other, a TV idea circling around the legendary DJ, Dave Cash and some of his former colleagues. (A rather pleasant chat with the latter was also had this morning.)
- Canada – A rush in sales meant that the softback version of Marilyn climbed back up to the #2 position in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada. While on the same day, on the same site, the paperback version was also spotted at #10 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” listings.

(23) Canada – On Amazon Canada today, in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site, the hardback version of Marilyn was spotted at #21 and the softback at #35 It didn’t end. In the “Most Gifted” in Marilyn section, on the very same day, the softback version was placed at #9 while the hardback was at #16.

(18) America – Well, here are some fascinating statistics, found today on Amazon.com. Keith’s Marilyn was spotted at #5122 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Actors & Entertainers” section, at #5290 in the “Humor & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and at #6457 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women” listings.
- Keith also had a most interesting conversation with Mr. Dave Cash today. ("The mooted project is moving along quite nicely, thanks, in case you're wondering.")

(16) America – Thanks to “Rebecca Cruzon” for her four-star review on Marilyn on Amazon.com. “Very interesting and down to earth,” she wrote.

(12) Canada – Well I never… too pleased for words. The paperback version of Marilyn suddenly returned to the #1 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. “Unbelievable,” Keith screamed. And on the same day, on the same site, the same softback edition was at #5 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” listings. “Wonderful, just wonderful, thank you, Canadians.”

(09) Italy – The Kindle version of Keith’s Marilyn, Gli ultimi giorni di Marilyn Monroe: Le relazioni pericolose, le trappole, il presunto suicidio: tutta la verità sulla fine, was spotted at n.22 in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of Amazon Italy.

(6) Leafy Berkshire - A most welcome, return visit to the fine diner, Barratt’s Bistro. "Top food, delightful conversation... what more can you ask for?"

(5) Leafy Berkshire - Work on the new Odeon Entertainment, Beatles programme moved-up another notch today, when Keith placed a call thru to Freda Kelly... who just happened to be relaxing on holiday. ("Thanks, Freda, you're a star!")

(4) South East London – Keith travelled to the Westminster Live Studios, on the Albert Embankment to tape an interview for the new Beatles documentary, which is being produced by Alan Byron for Odeon Entertainment.

(1/3) Leafy Berkshire – Mr Badman penned / compiled his latest Record Collector article; a tribute to the late, great, sadly missed Hot Chocolate singer, Errol Brown.

May 2015

(28) Canada – Six-days on, and Marilyn was placed at #2 in the “Most Gifted…” section on Amazon Canada… one place behind the actress’s only, officially-endorsed (co-authored) book, My Story. “How cool is that!”

(26) London – Logistical problems meant that Keith was unable to accept (from producer, Lucia Walker) an invitation to appear on today’s ITN News bulletin to talk about the eight photos taken of Marilyn Monroe by her friend, George Barris approximately 3 weeks before she tragically died.

(23) Leafy Berkshire – Aside from house renovations, our Mr. Badman spent the day doing more research on the forthcoming, new Beatles documentary.

(22) Canada – Early this day, Marilyn’s run at #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada came to an end. The paperback had been in that position for precisely three weeks, four days. “Thanks to everyone who purchased it!”
- On the IMDB, Keith stood at No.25 in the “Most Popular People Born In Slough/ England/ UK” listing on the site.

(20) Leafy Berkshire – Another almighty catch-up with long-time friend, Daniel J.

(19) Leafy Berkshire – Further work on Cash’s project plus lengthy discussions with the “Geezer & A Blonde” proprietors, Alan G and Alexa M. “Yes, folks, the KISS movie project is finally underway again,” our Mr Badman announced afterwards.

(18) Leafy Berkshire –Further business-related discussions with Dave Cash. Keith also prepared / outlined his video show for this year’s Beatles Convention in Liverpool.

(16/23) BBC Four – The award-nominated, four-year old, 2-part documentary, Queen: Days of Our Lives was repeated on this channel.

(11) Canada – For two straight weeks now, Keith’s Marilyn stood at #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. While in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > (M) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site, the December 2013, softback, re-print edition resided at the #18 position.
-Leafy Berkshire – Keith had a most enjoyable conversation with Status Quo’s songwriter/ collaborator and long-time close friend, Bob Young. A rather interesting new project was discussed. More news soon!

(9) Canada – You’ll never believe this but it was still there. For 12-straight days, Marilyn was still in the #1 position in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(6/7) Leafy Berkshire – Certainly comes round fast…it’s that time again, and Record Collector magazine came a'knocking for another piece. This month, Peter Gabriel’s never repeated 1982 appearance on ITV / LWT’s The South Bank Show.

(4) Canada – Bank Holiday Monday saw Marilyn STILL in the top slot of the “Most Gifted In Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada. "Been there for a week, ya know…Happy Holiday!"

(1) Canada – What a splendid start to the month. A quick peruse of the Amazon Canada book charts see Keith’s Marilyn STILL in the #1 position in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section. “Onwards and upwards,” said Keith.

April 2015

(30) Canada – Incredible to say the least. Two days on and the paperback edition of Marilyn was still in the #1 position in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

-Meanwhile on the IMDB, Keith could be found in the No.25 position in the “Most Popular People Born In Slough/ England/ UK” listing.

(28) Canada – Still on the move! In the Amazon “Bestsellers in Marilyn” rankings on Amazon Canada, the softback edition of Keith’s Marilyn suddenly climbed back to the #1 position; yes Number One in the “Most Gifted in Marilyn” section. The great news didn’t end there. Also today, the book was seen at #4 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and #58 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” listings.

(23) Canada – Get this! Get this! The paperback edition of Marilyn had completely out-of-stock on Amazon Canada. Impressive sales meant that, in their Bestsellers Rank, it had risen, quite healthily to #6 in their “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and to #30 in their “Books > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” listings on their site.

(19) UK – A big thanks to “sylvia blyth” for her great, five-star reviews of Marilyn (Kindle version) on Amazon.co.uk. “I really enjoyed this book,” she said, “it seemed more believable.” (Incredible to think the writing/ typing / researching on the book was completed five years ago.)
-Leafy Berkshire – A brief part of the day was spent engaged in more research work on the new, Dave Cash project.

(17) IMDB – Keith was at No.24 in the “Most Popular People Born In Slough/ England/ UK” listing on the world famous, IMDB website.
-“Never stops here, ya know.” Further time was spent working on the decorative angle of Chez Badman.

(15/16) Leafy Berkshire – Our Mr. Badman spent time renovating his house and developing two, rather exciting new projects.
-Keith caught up again with old, long-time mate, Danny during the evening of 15 April.

(13) Goodreads – Thanks to “Herb” for his review of Marilyn on the Goodreads website. “Very well researched biography of Marilyn Monroe,” he said, “especially as to how she really died.”
-Leafy Berkshire – Keith continued work on his Dave Cash project.

(11) Aintree, Liverpool / twinned with Berkshire – Keith’s winning streak, in the world’s greatest horse race, The Grand National, continued when his picks, Many Clouds and Shutthefrontdoor finished first and fifth respectively.

(7) Leafy Berkshire – That time again. Keith was back on Record Collector / Rockin’ The Box duties today when he started preparing his latest article, a piece on the 1968 LWT / ITV musical revue, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
-Meanwhile on Amazon Canada, just one copy of Keith’s Marilyn (paperback edition) remained in stock. Incredible! “Three years after its release in the fine country and it’s still selling!” As of today, the softback version stood at #11 in the “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site.
(6) IMDB/ the world – Our Mr. Badman was placed at No.24 in the “Most Famous People Born in Slough” listing on the world-famous IMDB site.

(4) UK / Europe – The 2012 documentary, Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender (extended Director’s Cut), which featured Keith in the role as archive researcher, was repeated on BBC Four late this evening.

(3) Canada – The run continues. Keith’s Marilyn (paperback edition) was placed at #9 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Another project began when Keith held a lengthy conversation with the legendary, 60s/70s pirate, BBC and Capital Radio DJ, Dave Cash.