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December 2014

Read the Biography of Michael J Bird
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I was struggling to justify a newsletter as a vehicle just to wish you all a Merry Christmas when this fell into my lap

a Christmas message

from Bill Hornets (actor William Wilde from The Aphrodite Inheritance). I hope the link works OK.


In the early days of developing the website I had very little information about Michael Bird's YTV movie West of Paradise, which is why it had a single page rather than its own section. I have no idea why but there has recently been a flurry of interest in the movie and I have received several requests for a copy.

Thanks to a tip off from my good friend Werner Schmitz (of the excellent MEDIA Gems Website) I discovered that some years ago the film was released commercially on video in Spain - titled "The Secret of Happy Day". I picked up a copy on e-Bay and have added the details to the website. The text on the sleeve was in Spanish but a friend has translated it for those of us not gifted with languages!

The West of Paradise page has gradually grown over the years and after this latest acquisition I decided it was time to rejig things and give the movie its own section - like Bird's other creations.





"Callan Uncovered", the collection of James Mitchell's short stories from the Sunday Express newspaper, and an unfilmed Callan script "Goodbye Mary Lee", was published at the end of October 2014 by Ostara Publishing and is available from Amazon in the usual 3 formats.


Thanks for all your support and encouragement this past year ...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you all.

Short of ideas for Christmas gifts? Or maybe looking to treat yourself? There is still time to order our:

Biography of Michael J Bird (follow link for details)

or Gabriel Hershman's excellent biography of actor Ian Hendry: Send in the Clowns (follow link for details)

or BBC Film Cameraman Fred Hamilton's memoire Zoom When You See The Tears (follow link for details)

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