My name is Lee Nolan. Perhaps you remember me. I’m the one that hasn’t had a computer or iPad for fours days.
As always I have a lot of catching up to do and I will do my best.
Chevyman: Good closing remarks on the Mary thread. We will never know for sure the answers to everyone’s questions; why she did what she did or didn’t do, who or where she is now, or how she feels about the subjects that have been broached. Sounds like a book of info in my opinion and she has chosen to not write one.
I will say, that I don’t think that Freddie made a fool of her, and I don’t take offense by the remark, whoever it was that said it, but I must add something. I came out of the closet when I was 22 years old, and had girlfriends pretty much until the year before I did so. I broke off these relationships because I was different. For the longest time I thought it was something that I was going to grow out of. But alas...that did NOT happen. It is not the intent of a gay man, who is trying to learn who they are, to treat a woman with disrespect or anything in that category. They are going through as much, if not more, than the woman who is feeling affected by this event. There is NO question in my mind when it comes to wondering how Freddie felt about Mary. It was the real thing, lthough he wasn’t wired for it. When I was in a room with Mary and Freddie, there wasn’t a question about how he felt for her. There just wasn’t. That being said, Mary was very nice to us, and I wouldn’t begin to try analyze her behavior. Just not my style. I don’t remember the exact verbiage, but Villiers summed it up the best, as I recall, but I don’t remember what page it was on.
That being said, let’s move on. I do hasten to say that anything that is brought to this thread will be addressed as long as it isn’t a theme started by a troll. You guys have brilliant things to say, and we want to hear all of it. You just might hear back from us as regularly when the group is on a roll, and that is not a bad thing. Type away.
Rainbow: Having played the piano from the age of 5, I couldn’t imagine me not tinkling the ivory at Garden Lodge. It was in a seperate room in the “westish” side of the house. (Please don’t anyone beat me up for that detail.)
Anyway, it was calling my name, I suspect, and in I went. I’m pretty sure I would have been alone doing this as it had been years since I really played. Peter and I DID sit at the piano at the Co-Op/Condo in New York and took turns. Him REALLY playing, maybe, and me trying to remember what came to mind.
Donut: I agree it is a little frustrating that people really believe everything in Bohemian Rhapsody as if it was bible, but a “based on” story line tends to lead us down different paths. I throughly enjoyed the film in spit fo the obvious hiccups in the time line, etc.
The subject of when Freddie found out he was sick. I just saw a video on Phoebe’s website, which some of you might have seen, that puts the occurrence at Easter time 1987. That was an exact detail that I was not aware of.
Junealloway: Welcome and Bon Soir
Never too late: I LOVE multi questions at one time. As Mr Thor mentioned, you’ll have to wait for the book for exact details but the here ya go...I say that because we have been accused of telling all the good stuff on this blog...NOT.
About Freddie’s Foot: the comment about people misunderstanding what Brian said made sense. When Freddie was showing us to our rooms in the Mews, which he insisted on doing so himself, the conversation had taken lightning pace. Half way up the stairs to our accommodations he stopped and showed us the sores on his ankle and foot. He would have mentioned it at that time, I would think, had there been surgery.
Freddie never had makeup on as I recollect. Maybe some pancake to improve his color? I would say no. Another question for Phoebe.
In June of 91 we assumed it was to be our last time together, as that was the reason he brought us over. Anything could have happened that would have made that not the last time, but it was. It is detailed in the book.
The last time we spoke to Freddie was on his birthday, SEP 91. I’m sure we called him, and they got him to the phone remember got way, if it wasn’t he who answered.
Thor and I feel that we definitely felt Freddie’s presence the exact moment we decided to write the book. We were sitting in a club in Palm Pings, and the video for Bohemian Rhapdsody (the song) came on. (Enter Twilight Zone theme here)
Nevertoolate: I can’t tell you how amazing it is to her Phoebe’s voice on the phone. So much comes back. He has a distinct English accent. I don’t know what it is. I actually know someone who has the same exact inflection and pronunciation, as Phoebe, and this person is German, so go figure. Phoebe is so strong in my memory that it truly is a flash back to other times.
Katydyd5: Terry Giddings. The name sounded familiar, so I googled it. He was with Freddie the spring of 91, so I’m assuming that it was he who picked me up at the airport, and then he and I went back later that day to get Thor and Brandon. I sat in the front with him. I didn’t care for the grand treatment of me being in the back, as he was so nice.
Who told that hot chocolate in front of Garden Lodge story. How great was that. I’m. currently reading Jim’s book again.
Blenkolove: Fun thinking about the old Freddie vs the 80’s Freddie. Many people do it with the old Elvis and the new Elvis. They even took a poll for the Elvis stamp to see who wanted it to be the old Elvis, and who wanted the new Elvis. And where is Freddie’s stamp if I may ask?
Freddienotfreddy: Actually, I don’t remember reporters outside of Garden Lodge when we were their either time. I think Freddie told us that he was was sure there were people in the upstairs windows across the street in 91. Diana Rigg lived across the street when we were there in 86. I’m confident she wasn’t a problem. LOL I’ve told the story of us sneaking out of the Mews’ (it was seperate form the house..someone asked) front door, which was by the garage the one day he ventured out with us during our stay.
SpiralStatic: you say anything you want. It’s always good. This is an open forum.
SM: Shaun, yes I DO know how to spell your name. I caught my mistake the first time, even the though Thor wanted to out me for it. LOL. I think it was brilliant of you to say that Jim was a genuine bloke. I couldn’t think of one word that would describe his important traits better.
Sweet&tender: Freddie's place in NYC didn’t resemble Grden Lodge at all. It was quite modern with fabric walls. There will be a couple of photos in the book that I took, and I know there are some on line. It had this great ultra modern chandelier in the dining room. I use to take off the hanging pieces and stick them in ice like that scene from the Christopher Reeves’ Superman. Yeah...I’m whacked.
I read ten pages of the blog before writing this, and now I need a glass of Chardonnay.
I miss you guys when I can’t pipe in, and once again, I will try to get back to you more often.
I probably should have spelled checked, but, ypugtta live on the edge sometimes.
Ciao from Lilio (that’s my Italian name.) I made it up. Why? No one told me not to. HA!