Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Yet again, frustratingly no ground breaking information, but quite a few suggestions of new avenues of enquiry.
This is the email that i received:
Dear Mr Ward
Thank you for contacting the National Library of Australia.According to information I found on the Internet, Shirley Nolan committed suicide in Adelaide (South Australia) in 2002. The only information I could find about her spouse stated that they had separated in 1975. The question of who is now the copyright holder for this book is unclear.The Australian Copyright Council's Information Sheet G51 Owners of copyright: how to find, states that,"If copyright was owned by an individual who has died, copyright is usually passed onto that person's spouse or children. You may be able to check who inherited copyright if you can get a copy of the person's will. If copyright has not been bequeathed specifically, it is presumed to form part of the residual estate. In Australia, contact the Probate Division of the Supreme Court in the State where the author died. Alternatively, if the work has been published, contact the relevant publisher."Contact details for the South Australian Supreme Court Probate Division can be found through this website: http://www.courts.sa.gov.au/courts/supreme/ and the email address given for Probate enquiries is: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe publisher of "A Kiss Through Glass" was Gazelle Books, however I can't find any information to confirm that this publisher is still in business.Finally, the Copyright Agency Limited ( http://www.copyright.com.au/) is the major copyright collecting agency. It is possible that the author signed up with them.I hope this information is of assistance.
Good luck with your search.
Regards,Kate Boesen Reference Librarian
Information ServicesNational Library of Australia
Quite a lot to chase there, so it looks like this weekend will possibly be a busy on !
Many thanks to Kate for taking the time and effort to gather this information for me :-)
Off we go again!.............
Monday, 28 September 2009
The email enquiry to the Australian Library is still pending, and i have my fingers crossed that this will prove to be a good lead, but then, whilst reading a letter that was published on line by Shirley Nolan and addressed to the South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society, i spotted something in the text that (incredibly as i had read it a few times before!) i had not noticed previously.....
You probably can't see what it says due the way that the clip has been copied, but it actually says "I Shirley Nolan of the above address affirm that i have given some of my written books,pertaining to voluntary euthanasia,including my personal experience stricken with advanced Parkinson's disease, to the South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society. With my permission to use them in any way they wish to further the cause of voluntary euthanasia i.e the right to die with dignity and in peace".
Could this passing of the books copyright also include "A kiss through glass" ? I have emailed the society today, and i await their reply with some anticipation...and also some excitement ! :-)
To see the full contents of Shirley's letter, just click HERE
The first call today was to the British library (may as well go for the jugular!), and this resulted in the promise of a return call with any information that may be found later today (Not sure of the ladies name to whom I spoke, but she seemed quite interested in the story of my search!).I will await a call with some anticipation.
Next, i emailed a question to the "Ask the librarian" section of the Australian National Library service. I received this confirmation of my request status....
"Question summary Question # NLAref30012
Request type Enquiry
Please state your enquiry
Hello.My names Andy Ward and i am currently trying to ascertain the owner of the copyright for a book published in 1978/79 called "A kiss through glass" by Shirley Nolan. The book told the story of her fight to save her son Anthony's life and the subsequent setting up of the Anthony Nolan Trust to recruit people onto the Bone Marrow Donors register. Can you help? Many thanks.Andy
Received date 28/09/09 06:44 pm
Status Unallocated (Pending)
Your email address +email@example.com+"
So now we just have to wait and see what happens next :-)
I will keep you posted.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Now i do understand that they may feel that parents are taking something of a liberty by parking up in their car park whilst dropping off their sproggs, but the reality is that they are not causing any real problems to the parking of the pubs customers, and more to the point some of the parents are also past or maybe future clients....or could have been until they found out that the publicans at the D of W are seemingly lacking in any public spirit, and consider the petty act of denying access to a safe area to drop off young children is fully justified.
All i can say to the folk in the pub is that although they may have the right to do this, perhaps they would like to consider how they would feel if a 4,5, or 6 year old ends up under a car because they had to alight from a car in an overcrowded street when (until recently) there was an empty car park within a short distance of their school.......it could happen.
Please reconsider your actions folks, it's a small village school, the cars are all gone within 25 mins and it would certainly make the parents of the kids more likely to become future customers.......Ta!
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
SOUTHPORT FC officials and fans have sent condolences to a former star who last week lost his brother to leukaemia.
Carl Baker, 26, now at Stockport County and tipped for the Premier League, was supported throughout his three-and-a-half year career at Haig Avenue by older brother, Michael.
The 34-year old, known to many fans of the Sandgrounders, died last Wednesday after suffering a relapse.
Carl, who scored 35 goals in 140 starts for the Haig Avenue club between November 2003 and April 2007, scored twice against Yeovil Town at the weekend – dedicating both to his big brother.
Southport boss Liam Watson, who signed the youngster from Prescot Cables, said: "Myself and the whole club want to send our condolences to Carl and his family after the death of his brother Mike last week, a real tragic loss.
"I consider Carl family, there is that bond between us, and I spoke to him before the weekend and told him he should go and play against Yeovil – to score two goals was just incredible after what he has had to cope with."
Michael, 34, was a psychiatric nurse in Whiston hospital and had been given the all-clear before relapsing.
Carl’s younger brother, Dean, 17, also fights the disease.
Condolences to the family for their loss and best wishes to Dean in his own battle with the disease.
(Story courtesy of the Southport Visitor Newspaper) click HERE to see thier Webpage.
The former All Black, 49, who is credited with bringing the Rugby World Cup 2011 to New Zealand, confirmed yesterday that he had cancer.
"Yes, I have been diagnosed with leukaemia but it's in a chronic form, not acute," he told The Dominion Post. "It's being monitored and I feel fine."
To read the full story click HERE.
Friday, 18 September 2009
I found a website for a company called Gazelle books, but this turned out to be a UK company which was not connected to the Australian operation......i apologised to the lady for calling her by mistake, then resumed the search.
I intend to try to talk to the company in Australia if i manage to track them down, but also, now i must consider the possibility that perhaps a lot of the businesses involved in the release of the work may no longer be in existence....what then?
What i could really do with at this point is a bit of random good luck in my search.......until then, i must try to make some of my own! :-)
By the way, i have bought 2 Euro Lotto tickets, not checked them yet, but as stated earlier, if i was (by some miracle!) to win, several deserving charities will too!..........with a share of the spare £75 million :-)
Sounds easy doesn't it !, simply click a few buttons on the old laptop and the Internet will reveal all....or perhaps not!.
The problem revolves around the fact that :
A) Shirley died in 2002
B) Anthony (her only child) died in 1979
C) The Mirror Book Publishers no longer exist (as far as i am aware)
D) Shirley's ex husband is not easy to locate, if indeed he is still with us.
E)The Anthony Nolan Trust do not own the copyright
F) There are no real records as to who now owns the copyright in 2009
Today I phoned a few places after my inquiry at the local library sadly revealed no more leads to follow yesterday.My last call today was to a lady at the Mirror Group of Newspapers who (as far as I can ascertain) may be the best people to talk to regarding copyright of a book that was originally published by one of their subsidiaries some 30 years ago.
Why am I chasing this shadow? Well, a few months ago i suggested to Nigel Gorvett (the Anthony Nolan Trust donor recruitment regional organiser for the North of England) that re issuing the book written by Shirley would be a fantastic way of A) Raising the profile of the work that the ANT does, and B) may be a way to raise much needed funds for the trust to help with their work.
I was rather surprised then a few weeks later, to be told that the Anthony Nolan Trust did not in actual fact own the copyright for this publication, and so,sure that this idea was worth pursuing, i made it my goal to try to establish the facts, and if possible to get the book which documents a mothers unfaltering love for her seriously ill child, into publication once more.
Will it happen?.....only time will tell, but by god if I fail it won't be due to lack of effort on my part :-).
By the way, if i win the (estimated ) £85 million quid on the Euro Lottery tonight, i WILL be giving £75 million to as many bloody charities as i can........AND THAT IS A PROMISE !......you saw it here...now keep your fingers crossed :-)
Thursday, 17 September 2009
The group was best known for the classic tracks "puff the magic Dragon" and "If i had a hammer".
To read the full story about Mary, click HERE
And here, for your trip down memory lane, is the wonderful "Puff the Magic Dragon" song :-)
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
I remember many of his films during the 80's and 90's such as Roadhouse,Dirty dancing and of course the classic film Ghost.
The great thing about the guy was that he always hated the arrogant,overpaid showbiz types, he once said that he thought paying Hollywood actors huge salaries was "raping the industry and taking food out of the mouths of people".
Patrick Swayze was responsible for some of the most iconic movie scenes ever - not something many actors can lay claim to and far more importantly he worked tirelessly for charity and environmentally causes, something that so many "A" Lister's tend to forget to do when they are blessed with great success !
Here are clips from a few of his films........
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Teresa seemed a little edgy that morning, and me, being my usual self, could not see why that was. A little later i could see her looking a little teary eyed, and it then transpired that she was feeling a little sad that after owning the car since 2003, it was now time to go our separate ways and bid farewell to the old (ish!) girl.
She reminded me that when we bought the car in September 2003, our boy (mini me!) was only 4 months old, and that we had revelled in the fact that suddenly we were able to put the pram into the car without any of the usual shenanigans that normally come with collapsing a pram to fit in the boot!...you could simply put the whole ruddy thing in and be off on your way...bliss!.
Can I just say to my poor wife that I am truly sorry that I did not appreciate just how attached you had become to the ol "Jet", and i was so caught up in making the arrangements for its "disposal" that i completely missed the fact that it had become something of a "part of the family". Sorry.
Anyway, on a more practical note, she now has to be car-less for the next 10 days, but luckily her sister Kath has offered to get both her and Andy Jr to his new school during that time...so thanks must go to Kath for that offer of help :-)
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Yippee!.We managed by some miracle today to be lucky enough to win a trophy, and no, it was not for the "Best Red Scirocco towing a half Scirocco" category !.
The category that we won was actually the "Well Loved,Well used" section, and I guess that it was quite a fitting category for a car that has spent the last 2 and a half years of it's life helping to raise money for charity, and in between, getting me to work!.
Great result, and just a quick thanks to Pitstop again who delivered a battery to me during the show after the original expired whilst supplying my 600w inverter (running the Laptop,monitor to show Glens brilliant DVD which covers our Little adventure in a quite amazing way.
Thanks also to our mate Nooky Nauyokas who put in an appearance at the show (in civvies) with his wife Liz, to help us raise some dosh for the help to hero's charity. You can just see him stood behind his better half in the photo, but sadly he was "guzzumped" by mini me who got into the foreground as i took the shot...bless him!.Good job that Nooky had gone by the end of the show as i am pretty sure that he would have been rather pleased about being refered to by the announcer as " Cpl Nico's of the channel 4 programme lads army"....oooppps !
One last thanks must also go to Matt of Xtreme Valeting in Sleaford who kindly offered to cast some of his magic on Scarlett's rather dirty looking tyres (well she does work for a living you know!).The result was that he made her footwear (or is that tyre wear?) look fantastic, and made her make over complete...thanks Matt :-).
I have decided that to round off the year we will be trying to raise some funds for the "Help for Hero's" charity by collecting donations for them, and then at some point Nooky Nauyokas will pop down to us, shout at a few people (cos that's what he does!) then accept any donations and put them towards the money he is raising when he goes off on his (Mad?) walk across the Sahara later this month......only joking Nooky, hope that the walk goes well and that you and Liz have a great, if rather sweaty,time!.
Anyway, I hope to see some of you (my readers) there,so pop over and say hello...i don't bite!....much!. :-)
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Later in the day I decided to give the Rocco a quick wash, along with our family MPV (which has now been sold and is awaiting pickup this weekend!), and after about an hour the deed was done and so i decided to have a nice cuppa and left the bucket with the sponge against the garage door intending to empty it later.
Roll on now to Monday evening.We have been out to Wicksteed park (see previous post!), and as the car has now been sold I decided that it needed a quick wheel wash to keep it looking spick and span for it's new owners. I picked up the bucket and sponge which was still waiting to be emptied from the previous car washing endeavor, and proceeded to give the wheels a once over to shift the dirt.
I first noticed a rather nasty smell, something like bad fish, after doing the first wheel, but decided it was just the old water in the bucket, so I continued.It wasn't until i felt something touch my hand that i felt suddenly concerned that there was more to the whiff of rotten fish than I first assumed.
I emptied the bucket out in the drain...and with the last bit of water...out popped..or rather,flopped, a very sorry looking (and very expired!) frog.
I guess that he(or she!) must have somehow managed to get into the bucket, either intentionally or accidentally, only to realise (too late!) that the water was full of car cleaning shampoo...and this,dear reader was how our friendly family frog ended up very clean, but sadly, also very deceased...and I honestly do feel very guilty about the whole affair.....almost as bad as when i left a bucket full of old engine oil out over the weekend after carrying out a lube on the Scirocco,only to discover the following week when i took it down to the recycling centre,that a bird had fallen in and (sorry!) drowned in my multigrade.But that is another rather sad story......