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Friday, 8 May 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very, very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #21 – 8 May 1913

Solomon Joel Cohen was born on 8 May, 1913 in Johannesburg.  He is much better known as the character and comic actor Sid James.  His screen career started in 1947 and the link below (via IMDB) shows the extent of his work.  Apart from his large and small screen film work, he co-starred on radio with Tony Hancock. He is best known for sitcoms like Bless This House and for the Carry On films.  
Like Sam Kydd and other journeyman actors, Sid James found it next to impossible to say no to job offers regardless of the size of parts.  At times, he would work on several projects in the same week.  In 1976, he was touring in the The Mating Season (by Sam Cree).  Performing on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre, he suffered a heart attack and died at 62.
Sidney James probably had the best laugh in showbusiness history, a sort of dirty cackle, and as distinctive a face as you are ever likely to see.

Sources: IMDB/Wikipedia

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