A Travellerspoint blog

January 2012

Home for Christmas

sunny 6 °C

While we may have serious doubts about Sarah Palin's claim that she can she see Russia from her house, no one can doubt that we can see America from ours. Here is the sun rising over Mount Baker in Washington State as seen from our kitchen window...
Winter on the west coast of Canada can be pretty dreary, but it's been so unseasonably balmy this year that we've decided to postpone our annual Polar Bear swim for another few weeks - probably until the beginning of February! In the meantime, we're making the most of the warm sunshine and watching the roses bloom on our deck...
But we've hardly had time to smell the roses since we arrived home from England before Christmas. We were back just in time to launch James' latest book, the biography of famed Canadian thespian, Antony Holland. James made the cake for the launch party - yet another book - which was eagerly devoured by his fans...
Ninety two year old Antony Holland, originally from Devon, is the world's oldest regularly performing actor playing lead roles and he is an inspiration to all of us who are 'of a certain age'. Not only does he still run his own theatre but he also appears in five touring stage shows and two television series - and this is a man who first appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in 1939, (alongside Paul Robeson), and topped the bill at the Royal Cairo Opera House in 1941.
Research for the book, saucily titled Antony's Private Parts, took us to three continents, (N.America, Africa and Europe), during the past two years and brought us into contact with many famous celebrities. So, if you would like to buy a book and know more about Antony and his involvement with stars like Laurence Olivier, Phyllida Law, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Gene Wilder, please let us know.

Now that we've shipped our latest 'baby' off to the bookstores we're packing our bags for our next adventure which begins in just a few weeks. Where to this time?
Here's a clue... Feliz Año Nuevo.

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