Laurel & Hardy in Belgium


Available soon on general request! The English version of my new book about Laurel & Hardy’s visit to Belgium late 1947, early 1948.


Relive their successes but also some disappointment. 96 pages of reading and viewing pleasure, based on the newspaper articles of that time.

It is a limited edition and therefore a collector’s item. The book costs €15 plus shipping costs. If you are interested, send an email to meandmypal@telenet.be or contact me via Messenger for paying and shipping details.


 Marc de Coninck 

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For anyone interested in joining us for the Laurel & Hardy Centenary event on 7th August, here's a link to buy tickets (via the museum.) 

Book now to avoid disappointment!




 Gary Winstanley 

Bristol Convention cancelled


Peter Andrews has had to cancel his convention planned for this year in Bristol.


We wish Pater luck with his future plans and we suspect that his convention might return at a future date.

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Charlie and Stan


The Marketing Manager of the Theatre Royal in Bath reminds us of an upcoming show called Charlie and Stan - running from 17th-24th July as per the following link



Inspired by real life events, Told by an Idiot’s acclaimed production of CHARLIE AND STAN is the remarkable story of the greatest comedy double act that nearly was.


With an original piano score played live every night, CHARLIE AND STAN is a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.

Told by an Idiot have garnered critical acclaim and devoted audiences worldwide for their wonderfully theatrical shows. With CHARLIE AND STAN they have uncovered a hidden and poignant chapter of comedy history shining an unusual light on a pair of show business legends.


Monday - Saturday 7.30pm

Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Sat 17 — Sat 24 July

Quiz result


Well, nobody scored 10/10 on the Stan Laurel Quiz, lots of folk scored 8 or 9, but the large cold beer wasn't won this month.


July will be the last monthly Trivia Quiz I'll send out. The lockdown is coming to an end and we can soon safely meet up again, maybe even watch films together?


Let's look foreword to ending the restrictions on our movements. 


 Eric Woods  

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Beau Chumps Tent (and friends) celebrate

On Saturday 19th, Just under 30 of us gathered at the Stan Laurel statue in Laurel Park, Dockwray Square, North Shields to belatedly celebrate the 131st 'University' of Stan's birth.

Also there to join us along were George, Melvin and Ian from the Carlisle Them Thar Hills tent, as well as Dirty Work Tent members Gary, Julia, Jack and Simon from Sunny Wigan-by-the-Sea (well, it has a pier, doesn't it?).


A couple of gentlemen joined us unexpectedly! Thanks to Paul Mitchell for this lovely touch and to all who joined us on the day.


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While there, several sequences were filmed for Gary Winstanleys upcoming documentary 'Laurel and Hardy's Road to Laughter'.


We've created a blog item of the day with over 60 pics (thanks to Julia Barlow) and hope you'll have the chance to have a quick look at it.


The article can be found here A Chump at North Shields.

 Mike Jones 

Some splendid ‘behind the scenes’ images were taken by Julia Barlow while filming for Gary Winstanley’s forthcoming production of Laurel and Hardy’s Road to Laughter.

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Over to Liam

Meanwhile, Liam Muldowney had been busy compiling a section for Laurel and Hardy’s Road to Laughter,  talking about the Fred Karno and Chaplin parts and covering some of Oliver Hardy's story.

Missing Bram

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Bram Reijnhoudt. He was a true legend of the Sons of the Desert, and a lovely man to boot!  Anni and I first met him at Rolduc in 1993 and we had many interesting conversations with him.  Blotto was a superb magazine and the Sons everywhere appreciated the hard work he put in behind the scenes. 


Yes, he will be sorely missed.  


 Grahame Morris 

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On the telly


Talking Pictures are continuing with the L & H feast with these offerings.


Saturday 10th July

Double Whoopee at 9.40am

From Soup to Nuts at 4.00pm

The Bullfighters at 4.25pm

County Hospital at 5.40pm


Sunday 11th July

Putting Pants on Phillip at 4.00pm

Jitterbugs at 4.30pm


Pretty good in my opinion.


 Peter Jones 

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Managing Director Sarah Cronin-Stanley and her father Noel Cronin

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Talking Pictures


In a lengthy article about the Talking Pictures channel, Radio Times (19-25 June) mentioned the upcoming season of Laurel and Hardy films.


Same great book - new cover

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Happy memories


Glynne MacDonald found some convention photos... He recalls, “I won a competition and got a copy of Harry Hoppe’s cookbook. Signed too! I was delighted."

Glynne (right) with Dave Williamson

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Glynne with Mathias Günther, Michael Schmitz, Peter Küpers and Willie McIntyre

Fin on wheels


With the enormous worldwide fame you have given me in the latest Perry Winkle,  I am prompted to send you this photo. It is my favourite photo of Fin having fun with Martha Sleeper on the back lot of the Roach studio. This should appeal to motorbike enthusiasts who read Bowler Dessert and the Finlayson family members in Larbert.,


 Dave Dearle 

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... and finally