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Fred Ricketts

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About Fred Ricketts

  • Birthday 31/01/1963


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    Married with 2 daughters.
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    Football, music, reading, beer, theatre...walking.
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  1. I'm sure I read somewhere that he's doing a follow-up called, something like, "13 Books". I could be wrong though.
  2. I haven't read 'A Tall Man...' but Pearson's football book, 'A Far Corner' is a brilliant read. Basically, he travels by bus, train or car to various football matches in the North East of England during the course of a season. All levels are visited, be it Sunderland or a working men's club team with 40 supporters and a dog present. Highly recommended.
  3. Are you sure about that DW? I thought that R & B was still Rhythm & Blues but it was just a surpise that some soul acts are now classed as R & B. And, thinking about it, the rhythm section of a band is the bass and drums so Rhythm and Bass wouldn't make sense. However, I stand to be corrected
  4. Yeah, but I suspect it wouldn't have been the first time. Have you seen the episode of Father Ted where Dougal says to Father Ted that he should go up to Richard Wilson (Victor Meldrew) and shout 'I don't Believe it!' Well, I took my own advice and shut up. While I'm here, I'd have to say my best chance encounter was the day in 1983 that me and a mate spent drinking in London and ended up at The Camden Palace (when it was very hip). We were on the dance floor, hicks from the sticks throwing some shapes, and not 10 yards (oh, alright, metres) away were George Michael and Jeffery Daniels (out of Shalamar) also bopping away. I must stop using (all these) brackets.
  5. I was sitting on a train at Cambridge Railway station, waiting for it to pull out when a flustered Clement Freud leapt on. As he battled his way to a seat he caught his foot in the strap of a bag that was lying on the floor and sort of fell into his seat. I sat there gritting my teeth so that I wouldn't say to him, 'That was a bit of a Freudian slip, eh!'
  6. I'm 42, married and have two daughters (13 & 15). We live out in the sticks - The Hideous Fen of Huge Bigness in Cambridgeshire. I'm paid to be a telecommunications technician. Being that much older than some of you my musical tastes may be more varied but I try to keep current and I've got The Kings of Leon, The Thrills and stuff like that in my collection although it's not unknown for me to listen to Andy Williams when I've got my cardigan on. I read as much as I can with John Irving, Ian Rankin, John Steinbeck, Martin Amis being some of my favourites. My personal attempts at being creative have failed miserably. The band I was in my 20's - The Approachable Pigeons - failed to gig outside the Ely area and my web-soap (which I re-wrote into a novel) has been rejected by 26 literary agents. It's all been good fun though.
  7. Me and a mate are having a game to see who can win the most on bluesq.com by putting feeble bets on favourites. See his web-site here: http://www.youbetter.net
  8. I work in Cambridge and travel in on the Fenland Express. You tend to get more chatty friends to wig into on that line. When I was writing more it was a good source of dialogue. Now that my creative spurt seems to have er..spurted, I'm not taking quite so much notice. On the original question, no-one has convinced me that reading LoTR would be a better option than reading a newly published book. I just can't get motivated to read the 'classics' just to see if they're worth the hype.
  9. MD & G: Why couldn't Reading do it in 90 minutes? I had the princely sum of 95p riding on them. As they won in extra-time I didn't win the bet.
  10. Same here L-L. I have about 40 minutes a day sitting on a train so I can get plenty of reading done. That's if people around me aren't chatting, 'cos then I end up earwigging instead of reading.
  11. I agree with MFJ - just read his early books and avoid the filmed versions at all costs. It wasn't until they started filming his later 'non-horror' stories that they received any acclaim. I suspect that 'Stand By Me' was the first film that was any good. Since then, they've been pretty good: Misery, Shawshank, Green Mile to name some. Incidentally, if anyone is bemused by SK's recent output (I was), try reading Bag of Bones which is a semi-fictional account of an author who gets hit by a truck. Then when you've finished that, read 'SK - On Writing' (I think that's what it's called). That gives the true account of an author that gets hit by a truck.
  12. 'Mailman' - Robert J Lennon. Expect a film starring Jim Carrey soon - I'd guess.
  13. Well, bearing that in mind Bill, here's a contribution from an unknown author: me. I wrote Cauliflower Drove five years ago. It started as a web-soap which took on a life of its own and ended up as a 100 episode novel. It's here: http://www.collydrove.com It's a murderous tale of real ale, death, rock, tractors, beef burgers, cake and love in the Fens at the arse end of the 20th century. I've spent the past couple of years winging off a revised version to agents with no joy.
  14. Any XTC fans heard Ron Sexsmith's 'Retreiver' album. Sounds very influenced by XTC to me - excellent stuff. Not sure about Ron's other stuff - he's new to me.
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