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Once I Built A Tower [Sep. 3rd, 2009|10:05 am]
Tony Grist
Alice took a call yesterday from the Oldham Advertizer. They'd heard about her book (now on sale at Amazon) and the eager cub reporter wanted to talk to her about her life growing up in Oldham- and in particular about her rascally, old dad.

She didn't give him my phone number, but I have his. I'm not going to call it. This is Alice's gig not mine- and I'm no longer in business as a mad-eyed deflowerer of virgins and trampler on crucifixes; that's a story of long ago and far away. If he manages to track me down I'll speak to him- as a reward for being a proper newshound- but only if.

[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-09-03 09:36 am (UTC)
Congratulations to Alice. Yes this is her day in the sun for sure!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 12:19 pm (UTC)
That's right. I'm just the backstory.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-09-03 10:02 am (UTC)
I am sensing that rascally, old dad is also Very Proud Dad.
Congratulations to Alice!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 12:20 pm (UTC)
Very, very proud.
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2009-09-03 10:15 am (UTC)
Now that is pretty savage.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 12:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: aellia
2009-09-03 10:36 am (UTC)
Well done Alice,this is Ailz,yes?
I don't buy many of those sort of books these days,but it looks really good. I think I'm tempted :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 12:24 pm (UTC)
No, Ailz is Aileen. This is my daughter Alice, otherwise know as Ally-pally or Al-the-gal :)

The book is rather different. She's spotted a gap in the market and filled it. There's a bit of a buzz around it- and a fair amount of media interest.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2009-09-03 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying. I'd jumped to the wrong conclusion too.

Well done your daughter! I hope the book sells well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 03:14 pm (UTC)
Too many people with the initial "A" in this family!:)
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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2009-09-03 01:23 pm (UTC)
*chuckles at the last sentence* You are still pretty rascally, though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's good to know I've not been entirely blunted by old age :)
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-09-03 01:26 pm (UTC)

passing by

life does get tamer as one goes along
doesnt it? well...
got some sleep last night and I believe
I will again survive the trip and will
wave as we cross yr lattitude,
wishing good days!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 03:16 pm (UTC)

Re: passing by

I wonder if you'll be in one of the planes that passes directly overhead? What a strange thought- to be within hailing distance (almost) and yet completely unreachable.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-09-03 03:25 pm (UTC)
yes...I expect it can depend on
weather conditions what course they take
but I think most commonly the go further
north (shetlands or so, norway,
sweden, st pete ...)
well Im not quite sure of the route but
"Whenever they's a fight so hungry people can eat,
I'll be there. Whenever they's a cop beatin' up a guy,
I'll be there . . . . I'll be in the way guys yell when
they're mad an'-I'll be in the way kids laugh when
they're hungry an' they know supper's ready. An' when our
folks eat the stuff they raise an' live in the houses they
build-why, I'll be there.

Steady on. that's not me at all! still
its a nice quote.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-09-03 06:06 pm (UTC)
Tom Joad in the sky over the UK? How very 21st Century! I hope by the time I am typing this that you are well on your way.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure, but isn't that the Ballad of Joe Hill?

Have a good time in Russia!
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-09-04 09:09 am (UTC)
a good guess but no it is tom joad
saying goodbye to his mother at the end
of grapes of wrath by john steinbeck.
which was also a not terrible movie...
sentimentail of course but...
well I am here. the plane was absolutely
full, they checked us with temperature reading
for swine flu on arrival and had only two lanes
open for passport control an hour in line but
some of us got in the russians only line which
was the only one of the two that was moving
and got through..,
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-04 10:05 am (UTC)
Ah yes, I should have recognized it.

I haven't read the book, but I love John Ford.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-09-03 06:04 pm (UTC)
I clicked on Amazon.com to see the progress on the book. It's scheduled to be up for sale on the 29th, I believe. I got to read an excerpt on line at the Amazon web site, and it looks interesting. I am planning to buy a copy from Amazon when it is available.
You are acting correctly - it is Alice's gig, and you can be the proud Dad!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-03 07:19 pm (UTC)
Alice tells me Amazon jumped the gun and it's on sale now.

I'm not being entirely selfless. I'm not sure I've actually got anything to say about the "good old days".
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