The Show Must Go on: The Life of Freddie Mercury
ISBN: 0006384358 Global Overview for this book
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I am going to try to read this ASAP, because I'll be off to the UK next week and would like to post this to another Queen fan there as a Christmas present (let's see if it will stay hidden until then). At least that was my original plan, if the book turns out to be really bad, I will merely release it somewhere in the wild.
Brian May say in the book that they would never tour with somebody else taking Freddie's place, but they just did with Adam Lambert, who was phenomenal of what I heard. So never say never.
I will still add some photos of the places we've seen this week, but into a red postbox goes the book.
We were given two hours there, so that we could also have lunch. No need to say we didn't have lunch as we wanted to make the most of our visit.
Lost were also 16 of the 26 gardeners during the Great War. That is what happens when you make people who are trained to plant life kill other people. They were beautifully remembered around the garden. There was a picture of each and every one of them with a little history next to it, placed in the part of the garden that used to be their responsibility.
This castle is where the eldest illigimate son of Charles II and his 500 supporters had their trial, James Fitzroy having announced himself the king to replace his uncle James II. James Fitzroy was later beheaded in the Tower of London.
I also learned that Charles II had fourteen illigimate children (and none born in wedlock) and he started the habit of giving illigimate royal children the family name of Fitz-something (Fitzroy, Fitzcharles... later Fitzwilliam, Fitzgerald... depending on the father). Later this habit was adopted also by the aristocracy.
A little story connected to this book happened in Winchester. We went to a cafe and after us came a young man cheerfully greeting the boy behind the counter, asking all sorts of not perhaps ordinary questions from him. Not really sounding a drunk, but different. When he took a seat nearby, we realized he had Down's syndrome. The waiter brought him his tea and the man asked him:
"You know Freddie, the greatest star there ever was in rock and roll?"
The waiter was young and did not know who he meant.
"Do you know when he was born? I was born in 1971 and I wonder if he was older than me."
The waiter didn't know. I said out loud: "1946", and my friend kicked me and said not to start a conversation with him or we would never hear the last of it. He hadn't heard what I had said, so we weren't bothered. Then came a waitress, a young girl, who went to the young man and said:
"Freddie Mercury was born on the 5th of November in 1946."
He became so happy it made cry.
"You looked it up for me? So he was older than me. Could you write it down for me?"
And the waitress came back with a note telling when Freddie was born and the young man was over the moon. Now this is what I call customer service. Would have tipped the girl for that but I was fighting back the tears so much that it would have ended up in an embarrassment. Once I start I can't stop the tears. But I guess it was a good story to end this journey.
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I look forward to reading this. I have been a Queen fan since the day I first heard Killer Queen, back in 1974. I was lucky enough to see the band in 1986 in St James's Park football ground in Newcastle, supported by Status Quo. I also have seen Brian May and Friends (Cozy Powell played drums) when we lived in Cardiff. Not sure if I would want to see Queen without Freddie. He was the King!
Note to CandyDarilng. You definitely read Queen The Early Years. It is one of the best in my opinion.
And Kirjakko, you need to start your own travel series. Eat your heart out Michael Palin!
31/10/18 edited to say that I actually wrote travelogue and my blooming iPad decided the word I wanted was travelodge!
Mrs D and I are going to see the film tonight. If I can find a suitable place I might release the book at the cinema. We'll see.
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