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Above Ground on the London Underground–Day 50: We're in a Book ... What the Dickens!

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If it's Friday we must be back in London.Every Friday I take a virtual walking tour ‘above ground’ on the London Underground. Using my Tube guide & my fitbit® device, my goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day roughly following along the Underground route, reporting back here on Fridays with my findings We're currently following the Central Line. Here are the previous days. This is Day 50.
Wandering along the Oxford Road from the Marble Arch we’re traveling parallel to our walk along the Piccadilly Circus route. We’re quite near places we’ve visited before, Marble Arch which we’ve just left, the British Museum, and Selfridges.

Today heading towards Chancery Lane, we’re having a look at a couple of literary locations, one well known to anyone who has read Charles Dicken’s Bleak House and the other made famous by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code.


Photograph: Kurt Hutton/Getty images/1951


The entrance to Old Buildings and Old Square which leads into Lincoln's Inn Fields
“And hard by …

Above Ground on the London Underground—Day 49: The Marble Arch (RIP Leonard Cohen)

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The Marble Arch via onelondonone.blogspot.com

If it's Friday we must be back in London.Every Friday I take a virtual walking tour ‘above ground’ on the London Underground. Using my Tube guide & my fitbit® device, my goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day roughly following along the Underground route, reporting back here on Fridays with my findings We're currently following the Central Line. Here are the previous days. This is Day 49.
We ended our virtual walk a couple of weeks ago at the Marble Arch, the second time on this cross-city trek we’ve had it in our sights. This week, with the passing Leonard Cohen, it’s time to stop and pay our respects, the lyrics of Cohen’s song Hallelujah—some of the most discussed (and changed) lyrics ever written— echoing in our ears. 

Am I going to try to analyze Cohen’s lyrics? No, I’m not. That’s been done to death: biblical references tied up with love and sexuality, spirituality, the glory of love, its ultimate failure. Yet in the end, worth …

We'll Always Have Nobu (also on my podcast at SoundCloud, Stitcher and iTunes)

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I put down the phone, hoping no one could see my hand was literally shaking. Bob's assistant, Elena, was calling from New York, wanting to see if I could organize some lunch for her boss. Her boss Bob. Bob as in Bob De Niro. Oh, that Bob. The actor was going to be in LA and planned on squeezing in a quick meeting with Rowdy Herrington, the director shooting the next episode of Tales from the Crypt. As the APOC at Tales, it fell to me to take on the task. 

An APOC—Assistant Production Office Coordinator to the uninitiated—is nothing more than an overworked secretary to about 150 people. Twelve hour days minimum. No overtime. My job meant inputting every single one of those names, phone numbers and addresses into the Crew List data base and keeping it updated. I generated the cast list which included the names of the talent, and the phone numbers for their agents, but never their own phone numbers or addresses. God forbid some prop guy showed up at an actor's door, script in hand…

How heavy The Crown?

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With apologies to those of you come looking for my weekly virtual walk in London but another detour is in order. I feel duty bound to take my British Isles Friday space to make sure you’re aware of the new series The Crown. You won’t find it on Masterpiece. It’s not a BBC production. It’s a Netflix original and it’s Downton Abbey good.

Most of you already know that I’m pretty proud of my British roots, and that starts with my birth in Richmond, on the outskirts of London, just a few days before Elizabeth’s coronation in June of 1953. I’ll save you the bother of doing the math, I’m 63. A very youthful 63, mind you:) My mother used to tell me they missed getting a year’s worth of free nappies because I came on May 28th instead of sticking around until June 2nd as she and my father had hoped. Sorry about that, mum! In spite of that accident of birth, they gave me Elizabeth as my middle name in the Queen's honor, anyway.

The 10 episode series focuses on the young Elizabeth. Here’s how N…

F is for The Favor. It's also for Fail. (Or the time I met Brad Pitt)

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I only worked on a couple of movies during my short-lived career as a production coordinator. By a couple, I mean two. Literally two. The Favor was one of those movies, a film most of you will have never heard of even though it starred Elizabeth McGovern, Bill Pullman and Brad Pitt.  Brad Pitt was just a beautiful young man back then, only twenty four, with the beginnings of a resume; some small parts in episodic tv, nothing noteworthy. The director cast him based on some footage his agent had sent up to our location production office in downtown Portland. It was from the as yet unreleased Thelma & Louise; my boss had seen the video clip and trilled that he was delicious. And we all knew that instead of flying up from L.A. he'd driven up in the cutest little sports car with Juliette Lewis by his side. 

Brad played Elliot, an artist and Elizabeth McGovern's love interest, she (Emily) runs an art gallery. The Favor is that Emily's friend (Harley Jane Kozak), a bit bored wi…

Margot Robbie Options Film Rights to Gin Phillips Upcoming: Beautiful Things

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Margot Robbie with Domhnall Gleeson/A.A. Milne biopic
WHOA! I just discovered the problem with having two blogs! I posted this Chapter1-Take1 blog in the wrong place. I'll leave it here —I guess—but I'll also post it where I always post movie based on a book news.

As pretty as she is, Margot Robbie is definitely not just a pretty face. At 26* and still fairly new in H’wood—she started working in film in her native Australia about a decade ago—the actress has her own production company called Lucky Chap, so now she’ll be that hyphenate, actor-producer. That production company just partnered with Warner Bros to buy Beautiful Things, a new book from author Gin Phillips. The book only sold to Viking in September and won’t hit the shelves until May, 2017. It’s not entirely clear whether Robbie plans to star in the film herself but it seems likely. It’s a thriller, set in a zoo, with all the action taking place in the course of a few hours.

Interested? 

Here’s how the author sums up her…

Drug Store Beauty Queen (Podcast/memoir)

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Just added this recording of Drug Store Beauty Queen to Saturday on Soundcloud which means it will automatically populate my podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks to the support of a few kind souls I'm currently looking at a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on iTunes! THANK YOU!
Women were burning their bras and sticking up posters proclaiming "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs were fighting it out on the tennis court in the Battle of the Sexes at the same time that Marabel Morgan was advising the females of the species to greet their husbands at the door with a cocktail in hand, clad in nothing but Saran Wrap.

As a young woman of twenty in 1973, working my way through college, it wasn't always easy to know where on the line between those polar opposites to plant one's flag. While I planned to work after graduation—some vaguely formed notion of a writerly job, in publishing perhaps or advertising, I thought, flippi…

Above Ground on the London Underground—Day 48: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

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If it's Friday we must be back in London.Every Friday I take a virtual walking tour ‘above ground’ on the London Underground. Using my Tube guide & my fitbit® device, my goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day roughly following along the Underground route, reporting back here on Fridays with my findings We're currently following the Central Line. Here are the previous days. This is Day 48.
Last week my post about Kensington Gardens focused mainly on the palace and Princess Diana’s place within and without. Our fearless British Isles Friday leader, Joy, left a comment that her must-see in the gardens was the Peter Pan statue, which, she added, she found ‘remarkably difficult to photograph.’ It’s even harder when one is writing from California! 

I hadn’t thought about Peter Pan—I rarely plan these walks ahead of time, simply pick up where I left off—but of course before we return to the Central Line via the Marble Arch station, I have to visit the statue. What young girl hasn’t ima…