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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 00:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Forget what I said about the new cover of "Freddie Mercury: A Life In His Own Words". I was looking at the hard cover version (a drawing) when I expressed my preference. I just noticed the cover of the updated paperback release...that does have a great photo of Freddie on it.

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 04:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@Katydyd5, I sent you a PM about "Come From Away." Congrats on uploading your 1st photo!

@Amidds, I'm sorry to learn of your MVA. Sometimes, the aftermath is more stress than the actual collision itself. You lose your faith in humanity. At least it appears you and others weren't physically injured. That's ALWAYS a blessing!

@doughnut, thanks for the link to Amazon in the U.S. for "Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words." I pre-ordered it. It was only $11.99. Again, I'm having it sent to work, because I once had an item stolen off my porch. I need to remember the man in my mailroom for X-mas. I've kept him busy the past year dropping off all my Freddie Mercury and Queen-related orders! LOL

@JB050, thanks for sharing your VIP experience and photos. I LOVE the robe! It's practically regal, the purple and gold. Was it one-size-fits-all?

@Rainbow61, I hope Queen + AL tour the U.S. again. Maybe it'll be over Brian May's 75th b-day year. That would be the perfect age for a "farewell tour."

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 08:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Having an excellent mini-vacation at the Palm Canyon Resort. My friend Victor left for a couple of days to New Orleans.
I've got a big suite all to myself...What to do? What to do?
Well, thinking for about 3 seconds, I invited Lee for a sleep over on Tues. night. It will be like high school and I am thinking, lots of fun.
However, book work all day Wednesday! No ifs, ands, or buts about it!.
Happy Labor Day here in the US.

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 13:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thor...A mini-vacation at the sunny Palm Canyon Resort...sounds heavenly. Lee probably only took about 3 seconds to say "Yes" to that invitation! Undoubtedly, there is a gorgeous pool there... are you able to go swimming this soon after surgery? Have only stayed at a resort once in my life, for 2 days, about 35 years ago.

Nothing like a little R & R before you and Lee dive back into your publishing work. Hopefully, you are on the final leg of this "book journey". Enjoy!

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 14:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmmmm………...I have some catching up to do.

Amidds, hope things have worked out as far as your MVA. It can be such a frustrating process.

Doughnut, Rainbow, and others, I'm on the fence about In HIs Own Words, but I can feel myself slipping over to the purchase side of things. After all, I can take my old copy to the half-priced book store and someone will love it. Rainbow, Jer's intro is extremely short, but still nice to see her vote of approval. Jacky wrote a review of the new words on the FB Queen page today and she swayed me by saying some of it is from never published or obscure print articles. I think she also said some is from never seen interviews, but I could be incorrect on that. Either way, I'll probably get it because the price is so reasonable. Plus I have a Freddie Mercury 2020 calendar sitting in my cart on Amazon and this would be a good excuse to put that order through. It is not a book I've read over and over and it isn't sourced at all, but I found when reading it that I could "hear" Freddie's voice since so many of the quotes are familiar and that's fun. It's nice to have so many of his words in one place too, and I do occasionally go to find something obscure.

I do own As It Started, and while it isn't a top favorite either, I think I'll re-read along with you all.

Jo T, so good to see you! I've missed you and the other regulars! Thanks for the PM regarding Come From Away. That was exactly the info I've been looking for. I've had packages stolen from my porch too. During the holiday months I think cars follow the UPS trucks and make the grab as fast as the truck leaves. I don't have the work option, so I just keep an ear open if I'm expecting something. I order a lot from Amazon and Zulilly so my mailman has to trek up my steep slope of a driveway frequently. For the month of December I leave a basket of goodies on my porch. Things like bottled water, candy, peanut butter crackers, etc. with a sign that says "thanks for all you do". I can tell you my mailman loves it, and UPS, etc are also quite happy to see it. I figure it's a fun way to say thanks.

Thor, good to see you pop in too. I've never stayed at a resort but I imagine it's pretty fabulous. Oh wait...……..I forgot a trip to Hawaii that my ex won as a top salesman. It was a dream! I hope you are having the same experience. You and Lee have such a long and enduring friendship. Do either of you ever consider moving closer?

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thor- Happy Labor Day ! It sounds like you are really enjoying yourself. It’s true what they say, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Last day to go to the beach here. The kids go back to school on Tuesday, my daughter is actually excited to go back! Sad to see the summer end but at the same time love the fall; Halloween, apple picking, pumpkin pie, leaves changing colors...love it! There are a couple of photos of Freddie dressed up for Halloween, I wonder if there are going to be stories about those times in NYC. I can’t wait to read about it all!

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 14:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is it just me or is the updated Freddie Mercury His Life In His Own Words only available for pre-order on Amazon UK?

Terri, fall is my favorite season. I'm ready!

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 14:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here is the link for the pre-order of Freddie Mercury: A life, In His Own Words.

http://www.amazon.com/Freddie-Mercury-Life-His-Words/dp/1688967486/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1567433931&sr=1-1

If it really does have new material, then I am ordering it! Always nice to have a new Freddie book to look forward to in the mail.

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 15:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Terri and Katydyd...I agree. Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. I am grateful to be surrounded by such beauty where I live...maple tress have exquisite foliage. I love the warm days and cools nights of autumn. My husband and I always go on wagon rides at the local orchard on a trail that takes us past apple trees to a pumpkin patch in a far out field. This orchard has a great country store, festively decorated with bales of hay, pumpkins, gourds, and corn stalks. And the bakery...homemade apple pie and crisp, doughnuts, breads, cider, and of course, bins of apples. When you walk through the door the aromas immediately put you in "olfactory heaven"!

I would LOVE to see a trick or treater come to my door dressed as Freddie...that would certainly be worth extra candy!

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 16:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rainbow greg has confirmed there are 8000 new words in the book and as Jacky said new material from never published and obsecure interviews. I'm pretty sure there must be a fair bit we haven't seen from his interviews with David wigg .

David picked what went to print and a bell of a lot of their convo wasn't printed . For example in 1987 We know his comment about how happy he was in his relationship never made it to print and we haven't seen all of the ,bigger the better' interview.

Rainbow I find it strange that 'as it began ' isn't a top fav ? For me you can't get more c!oser to knowing you are reading facts as it's been read by the band , Freddie included. I'm interested in your reasons if you don't mind ?

Jo.T that's a really good price and not long to.wait now . I'm in need of some new reading material.

Thor glad you are having an excellent vacation. Happy labor day to you .

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 16:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Amidds hope you are managing to sort things ok .
Thinking about you x

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 16:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all! Been a busy/fun weekend. So much fun to read and catch up on the conversations here.

Where to start. :-). To try to keep ‘em brief. :-))

Robe Q&A—
Rainbow, I put it on once so far. I agree, I have to wear it at home once in a while for fun. For visitors. Haha I’m determined to find place to wear it out.
I’m holding out hope with all of you for more concert opportunities to wear it to..

Jo T—- it is one size fits all. Impressive how they do that, and get arm length perfect. (Haha)

And guess what I have in my hands.... As it Began! Yay! I got it from Library Friday. Amidds I’m having same first few days with it you did. Looking for concentrated time to read. But have started it.

Amidds—I am so glad that you are “okay” after being in an accident. How upsetting. Really sorry to hear you went through that!!! It really does shake you up. I had one a few years ago and recall not being able to think straight at the scene at all.

I can’t tell you how excited I am that we are starting a Freddie and Queen book club!! And with all your brainpower and knowledge!! What could be better! So cool that some are even re-reading for discussion.

I feel like I’m going to need detailed notes before mine goes back to the library.

I have also preordered ...A Life in his Own Words!!!
Katydyd! Thank you so much for mentioning it. And Doughnut for the link! It ain’t coming up right away for me in US Amazon search either. I’m crazy, I know I preordered Kindle and book. Haha. Then started re-thinking hard copy.

But? I agree fun to have book delivery to look forward to. And I’ve been looking at the pics posted online of people’s Queen rooms, Queen corner, displays, I think I’ve amassed enough to have a Queen area. With the robe of course. Also got two clocks. Where / how do “you guys” keep your items? (Wow, Freddie calendar!!! Hmmmm)

Jo T. We have ring camera and people post videos of packages being stolen, one was pharmaceuticals. I sometimes go the work route too.

Thor- of course I had to look up photos of the resort. Now that is the way to recoup!! And to work.
Is it difficult, as they say, being the patient, having been in the medical field?

All- hope this wasn’t too long. And I didn’t even get in to the concert footage yet. Haha. Will save for my next post.

Be safe. Have a nice day!




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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rainbow, Right! It’s crazy. I couldn’t agree with you more!!!! That sounds like a great trip to me!!!

(JB050...someone is trying to sell the book for $800? That's laughable. For $800 I will buy a plane ticket to England and go on a Queen/Freddie tour of important sites myself with my "40 Years of Queen" book as a reference! )



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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 18:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Have you seen this? AMAZING!!!! I want it! Haha. It’s on Facebook with link to eBay auction says 30 percent are going to Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pm-7qSu4H5c

WOW!!!

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 19:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thor,

Serious question.

Why are you collecting $6000 you collected from little teenage girls off of Go-Fund-Me if you can afford to go to Palm Canyon resort for $150 +/- a night?
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Or are you using those funds for your "mini-vacay"!

If you have a publishing deal, why do you need any of those funds anyway?


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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 19:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Did I hear something squeak?


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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 20:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Saint im sure I heard a squeak too ...... Vermin are such a nuisance.

If only I was still a teenager .....sigh looll

Jb I have somehow missed your robe post ...could you post it again lovely ?

My family won't put up with me having a queen corner . I do have magic Freddie and hot space Freddie funko 's. They recently came to Majorca with me and I posted photos of them in different places for a fb group I am in . It really makes me smile .

Xx

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 20:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jb the !ink for the reeve's doesn't work for me x

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 20:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You guys are great - thank you all for your concern. Jo T-you are correct, I did lose a little faith in humanity. Not due to the accident so much because these things happen. It's the lying - which has always been my biggest pet peeve. The police report is out now so I hope it gets the other parties insurance to finally step up. I have the repairs scheduled along with a rental and I'm hoping to put this all behind me soon. No, there were no injuries, thank God!

I'm also on the fence about A Life In His Own Words. I fear it will be nothing new so, please, please, please, whoever gets it....please give your opinions here. If it really does have new material, I will for sure be ordering!!

OK, JB, when I first started watching that video, I couldn't help but thinking it was some sort of abstract art that I couldn't understand but, WOW, that guy is talented!!! Wish I could do that! Of course, then I'd have those paintings all over my house and my husband would probably divorce me. Hmmm....now that I think about it, where can I order those?!?! (jk)

Doughnut-see page 153 of the book. I can't find the other reference to "dark times" but there is a quote from Brian here that is a little ambiguous. It seems as if, career wise, things were going pretty well and I understand there was pretty intense partying going on at the time BUT it seems like more than that. Let me know what you think. Any, anyone else that has read/is reading. Maybe we should move to that other page for this book club. With so many reading/re-reading, this could get real interesting!

I also agree with the $800! Seriously? It's a decent read but it is also not my fave. It's pretty dry and factual which is fine, lots of interesting material, but definitely keeps it out of that price point!! Love the idea of spending it on a FM/Queen tour - let's get Phoebe, Thor and Lee to meet up with us and give us the tour! (OMG can you even imagine?)

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Posted: 02 Sep 19, 20:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Doughnut, you asked Rainbow why she didn't list As It Began as a top fav, but I think you might have been addressing me. It's good book and one I have in my collection, but I've only read it once. I'm about to reread it now. I prefer my books to be Freddie centered and AIB is about the whole band. It's interesting, but not my usual reread. For example, as soon as I read the Minns/Evans book I immediately turned around and read it again. Since then I've read it at least twice more. I've read Phoebe's book and also Jim's at least three times each, I suspect more. When I first began on this journey I devoured every book (except LAJ ) as fast as I could get my hands on them. Then as I learned more I began to reread the books and found new information based on the knowledge I was building. I love to learn about the band, but it's not my focus. Nothing more than that to my statement.

JB, my Queen books are all over the house. Coffee table books are all downstairs, chapter books up in my bedroom. My Funko dolls are on my kitchen windowsill. I have one canvas print of Freddie here in what my grandkids call my "office". I just had my whole interior painted and now the canvas print is kind of lonely looking. When my son hung it he wanted to know if I was sure I wanted it by itself on white walls. Oh yeah...……..perfect timing! I told him that I want to collect a few more canvas prints and that it would be a lovely idea for me for Christmas. Then I can have a mini gallery. His eyes are probably still rolling, but hopefully he took the hint. Right now I have a Queen calendar in the kitchen and a hummingbird calendar in the office. Next year I want a Queen calendar and the Freddie calendar. Where did you find your clocks JB?