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Wednesday, 22 July 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including 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. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.

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

Apropos of Nothing #93 – 22 July 1938

Actor Terence Stamp was born on 22 July, 1938.

His screen acting career started in 1962.  In that year, he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in his first major film, Billy Budd, and he won a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year, for the same film.

Handsome as hell, he was seen as one of the beautiful people of the 1960s.

He appeared in many successful movies including The Collector (1965), Modesty Blaise (1966), Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980) and Wall Street (1987).

Not long after the release of The Limey (1999), I wrote a fan letter to him and he sent this signed photograph, a still from that very film.

Signed photo from my autograph collection.

Happy 82nd birthday, Terence Stamp.

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