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Anybody heard of Noel Coward ? He was a famous British playwright. He stayed in our flat most week-ends, previous to us living there, in the 60s. Our landlords were two 'friends' who lived the high life. one was an ear,nose and throat specialist and his partner was a wine taster. There were many parties that we were invited to-Paul sings and plays guitar, he is a professional artist, so we were deffo always on the invited list.

They had a boxer Dog called bonnie who we both fell in love with, so that was a problem solved for them both. We took over her care when they worked,we had the keys to their flat and there were many times when we just stayed in the lovely rooms, and enjoyed the wealth of wonderful books they had. I remember reading 'Lady Chatterlys Lover' -D H Lawrence one day when the rain just poured and poured and there was nothing much else to do.

Do you ever remember super times gone by?

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Kasman wrote on April 16, 2015, 4:53 PM

I do, but none of them involved anyone famous. We used to spend boring rainy Sundays playing board games. It was great fun but then those were simpler times.

maxeen wrote on April 16, 2015, 4:56 PM

I'm sure you are being modest.

WordChazer wrote on April 16, 2015, 5:45 PM

Far as I know no one famous has lived here. It does have a spooky connection with my current place of work though, as a previous colleague lived here (we found her graduation certificate in the loft and it is now in my present office). She and her then husband hosted spectacular parties which my longer-serving colleagues attended. I had one apologise to me last year for having been sick in the garden after a particularly lively bash! Ex-colleague no longer works in the same profession and doesn't want her certificate back either.

MelissaE wrote on April 16, 2015, 5:58 PM

I once sat next to Karen Valentine in a restaurant in Low Angeles

maxeen wrote on April 16, 2015, 6:17 PM

You'll never forget her,being sick in your garden ! Nice to have good memories,isn't it.

maxeen wrote on April 16, 2015, 6:20 PM

Unfortunately I have never heard of her ,I went to wiki and see she is a very well known actress in your country,will look some more ! Thanks..

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 16, 2015, 8:39 PM

That's one thing to kind of miss about no longer living in Miami, Florida. There was much more of a chance to spot a celebrity in Miami or on Miami Beach. Funny thing though. I was born and raised in Miami. My husband is from The Bahamas. But he has had more opportunity to see celebrities. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. In my teen years when I visited New York, I spied a few celebs walking the streets of the city that never sleeps. That was cool! :)

allen0187 wrote on April 16, 2015, 8:46 PM

Used to work in a music store so I managed to work with and attend gigs of really popular local musicians. Fun times!

VinceSummers wrote on April 17, 2015, 8:15 AM

I didn't like the man. I do like many British actors, etc., though. And their TV productions aren't noisy with the brash noisiness of American productions. Oh, and please pass me that beefsteak and kidney pie I can't readily get here...

maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 9:19 AM

That was good . When Paul and our son were in Broadway,New York, they sat next to Don King in a restaurant-he was quite pestered by autograph hunters.

maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 9:22 AM

I wonder if they were more famous later on ?

maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 9:23 AM

Forgot to say that that was more of a hobby than a job,sounds good.

maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 9:29 AM

I know why you don't like him,you wouldn't have cared much for the 'landlords' neither! I thought you would have had a go at making your own.I wonder what you would think of 'The Royal Family' series ?

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:26 AM

My husband worked in the hospital pharmacy in The Bahamas. He had run an errand one day to deliver some vitamins to Calvin Lockhart. Mr. Lockhart even called him by his nickname, Foxy. Just like they were friends. My husband also saw Donald Sutherland when he was on location in The Bahamas filming a movie. He's so lucky!!

One time I saw Lou Rawls at the Disney Park in Orlando, Florida. Went to school with Sidney Potier's niece and nephew. Does that count?

maxeen wrote on April 17, 2015, 11:33 AM

Sidney Poitier ! Couldn't you wangle a meeting ? That would have been great..

seren3 wrote on April 18, 2015, 9:33 PM

I love Noel Cowrad's works! My claim to "fame" is that Victor Garber used to be my next door neighbor. He was in a band called "The Sugar Shoppe". No, he would not remember me. I loved his singing in the Sweeney Todd album from the Len Cariou/Angela Lansbury broadway production. I still tear up to hear "I feel you Joanna" sung by him.

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maxeen wrote on April 19, 2015, 9:58 AM

Gershin Theatre,Broadway. There is a Noel Coward statue. Wow! I also live next door to a faimous{ rock} star,chat to him often ..Your Victor Garber has had a good career..

rosepetal wrote on April 20, 2015, 11:49 PM

Wow, now that is a great memory. Yes, I have some nice memories when I was younger and carefree.

maxeen wrote on April 21, 2015, 6:37 AM

Those are the words! Younger and carefree.

iwrite28 wrote on April 21, 2015, 2:12 PM

In my days as a journalist I did meet a lot of the rich and famous...does that count?

maxeen wrote on April 21, 2015, 2:18 PM

That is brilliant and it certainly does,maybe you will do a write about it.. iwrite28 .

iwrite28 wrote on April 21, 2015, 2:33 PM

Someday, maybe...but I don't see that happening anytime soon :)

AliCanary wrote on April 21, 2015, 3:42 PM

I have heard of Noel Coward, and have also enjoyed reading D.H. Lawrence, although it was a different book. Your prior landlords/friends sound like very cool people!

maxeen wrote on April 21, 2015, 3:58 PM

Understatement !Think they created 'cool'..

valmnz wrote on April 22, 2015, 4:56 PM

What wonderful memories. I've managed a few short term acquaintances with a few New Zealand writers, but nothing on a personal friendship basis.

maxeen wrote on April 22, 2015, 5:01 PM

I think New Zealand is one place I would like to see but I dislike flying. I demand that soon you will meet someone very famous...

trufflehunter wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:39 AM

No I never heard of Noel Coward but then again I'm not British. Lucky Bonnie to have you guys taking care of her.

maxeen wrote on April 23, 2015, 6:50 AM

Bonnie was the highlight of our day, a sweetie,sweet girl,Boxer dog.

seren3 wrote on May 17, 2015, 5:28 PM

maxeen I love Noel Coward! I once acted in Blithe Spirit (eleventy million years ago) and have a copy of it with Rex Harrison.

maxeen wrote on May 18, 2015, 7:03 AM

Seren3 , how great to be an actress. That is great to hear,I am wondering now what year it was written-maybe it was written in my old flat-haha!

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chrisandmark wrote on September 13, 2015, 8:55 PM

I've heard a rumour which I'm currently trying to investigate linking Anne Boleyn to our local area in Birmingham - I mean very local as in walking distance from my house, which if true would be amazing as she's a woman I have a fascination with. Memories of good times in the past? Mostly linked into when the kids were babies or smaller than they are now, just fun times at the park or local attractions stand out for me rather than the more 'upmarket' things we've done as a family emoticon :smile:

VinceSummers wrote on November 27, 2017, 1:39 PM

I didn't care for the man. I do like many British shows and movies.

maxeen wrote on November 27, 2017, 3:04 PM

Many talented people can disappoint,best to accept their talent without knowing their personalities.