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Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 01 Sep 2016, 14:38

On holiday this week, in a second hand bookshop the same shelf contained "The Laceys of Liverpool" and "Father Algy"
I can't say I fancied either of them, actually.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Fairblue » 01 Sep 2016, 14:49

elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:On holiday this week, in a second hand bookshop the same shelf contained "The Laceys of Liverpool" and "Father Algy"
I can't say I fancied either of them, actually.


They're getting everywhere! A long lost branch of the Merioneth Laceys, maybe?
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Kismet » 01 Sep 2016, 16:18

A compelling Liverpool story of deep emotion and tangled family relationships which hide a dreadful secret or a biography of Father Algy Robertson SSF, a co-founder of the Society of Saint Francis, according to Google. i understand why you left them on the shelf, EFR.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby kylie_koyote » 01 Sep 2016, 16:29

Ha!

I was just going to post that I've found, playing around on Ancestry.com, both Montgomery and Lacy/Lacey in my family tree. Perhaps I'm a 27th cousin to Algy. Granted, I'm probably a 27th cousin to just about everyone on the planet....
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Re: Coincidence

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 02 Sep 2016, 09:22

I'm related to the Duke of Westminster(to be fair a little distantly) and the Earl Of Lichfield (slightly more demonstratable). So there!
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Fairblue » 02 Sep 2016, 09:49

elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:I'm related to the Duke of Westminster(to be fair a little distantly) and the Earl Of Lichfield (slightly more demonstratable). So there!

Now, now, children. :lol:
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Tracer » 02 Sep 2016, 09:52

Kismet wrote:A compelling Liverpool story of deep emotion and tangled family relationships which hide a dreadful secret or a biography of Father Algy Robertson SSF, a co-founder of the Society of Saint Francis, according to Google. i understand why you left them on the shelf, EFR.



My eyes glazed over after the second line too.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 Sep 2016, 10:28

elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:I'm related to the Duke of Westminster(to be fair a little distantly) and the Earl Of Lichfield (slightly more demonstratable). So there!


Oh maybe we're cousins! I shall have to investigate further.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Spitfire666 » 02 Sep 2016, 10:46

One of the shows I saw in Edinburgh was a musical called Carnegie - the Star Spangled Scotchman. The chap who played Carnegie was very good and really seemed to enjoy immersing himself in the part. Apparently he is Andrew Carnegie's great great great grandson.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 02 Sep 2016, 14:11

Actually, the compelling story of tangled emotions, deep secrets etc etc etc and the founder of the St Francis book could be amalgamated into one story, with either Algy in disguise or a late in life reversion to religion (think of Aramis in "the Three Musketeers"
I feel there's a story or a serial from us all in there somewhere.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Kismet » 02 Sep 2016, 14:24

I remember the episode of which you speak. Algy in a long frock surrounded by children. A nice image for a Friday lunchtime.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Frecks » 02 Sep 2016, 16:13

Did Algy like children? In fact did any of the team like children? Are there any children who play a big part in any of the Biggles books? There are quite a few teenagers getting into trouble in the short stories.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Spitfire Girl 1 » 02 Sep 2016, 16:29

Wasn't there something mentioned in one of the short stories about boys being observant... :?:
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Re: Coincidence

Postby kylie_koyote » 02 Sep 2016, 16:39

Frecks wrote:Did Algy like children? In fact did any of the team like children? Are there any children who play a big part in any of the Biggles books? There are quite a few teenagers getting into trouble in the short stories.


They're rarely around any children under the age of 10 or so, the only exception I can think of is "Takes a Holiday" where there are babies and small children who are flown out at the very end, but their mothers are with them and Biggles & Co. don't have to take care of them.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Kismet » 02 Sep 2016, 16:55

Biggles seems to like most of the people he comes across. He certainly approved of all the observant scout-aged boys who spotted aeroplanes doing things they shouldn't in short stories and he makes all sorts of allowances for impetuous late teens.

Would he enjoy giving piggyback rides to toddlers? No idea, but I certainly can't see him being one of the men who prefer entertaining young children at parties to socialising with other adults.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Spitfire666 » 02 Sep 2016, 17:12

Kismet wrote:Biggles seems to like most of the people he comes across. He certainly approved of all the observant scout-aged boys who spotted aeroplanes doing things they shouldn't in short stories and he makes all sorts of allowances for impetuous late teens.

I should hope so seeing as he was an impetuous late teen himself :lol:
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Frecks » 02 Sep 2016, 17:18

Yes I think Biggles remembers his own youth when he is dealing with teenage boys.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 03 Sep 2016, 09:56

Can't see him coping very well with teenage girls
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Tracer » 03 Sep 2016, 10:26

In those days, small children were women's work :lol: men were vaguely aware of small people who may have lived in the same house.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby Kismet » 03 Sep 2016, 11:02

elderlyfemalerelativ wrote:Can't see him coping very well with teenage girls


I think he'd be OK with the tomboyish ones: he'd simply treat them like a boy.
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Re: Coincidence

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 03 Sep 2016, 11:48

Yes, the Frecks type. not the giggly, nail varnish. flirty ones.
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