My short, personal, story behind this family photograph taken in 1955 (which appears on the front cover of my book The Twilight Connection) has been published in The Broadie magazine.
With details on how to download the magazine for £1.50, including the story, please click on:
and follow instructions for the download.
At the beginning of October this year my partner and I stayed in Broadstairs in Kent for a few days. One morning he was idly waiting for me to get dressed and picked up a copy of The Broadie that was usefully lying on the coffee table in our suite at our b+b. He said the magazine was a bit of a laugh and worth reading.
On the magazine’s website The Broadie’s editor (he calls himself The Brigadier) says he likes “to have the occasional pop at our beloved council (God bless ‘em) or for that matter anyone else who deserves it. There’s often a bit of a rant, maybe a bit of fun, the odd cartoon, a what’s on guide, letters, articles supplied by the general public (that’s you lot) and plenty of stuff about our lovely little town by the sea”.
Later on I flicked through the magazine and that’s how I came to write my little story.
In a way, and in my opinion, The Broadie’s a bit like Private Eye.
I won’t be uploading the article here for copyright reasons but it’s well worth the £1.50 for the download if you can’t get to Broadstairs for a paper copy.
The same lady who commented on my Facebook page has also written a comment on Blurb.com about my book
jhaywardgantAugust 27 2012, 07:40 PDT
“I have purchased this book, I recommend this interesting read, real facts, real knowledge,how the press can damage lives and change relationships in families, strength between two sisters remain and I am honoured to know the lovely Diana and now her sister Monica Weller. You can order the book online and have it delivered to your door. Quality reading and not just a holiday read, pick the book up, treasure the quality of the paper, a hard back book to keep and re read. Monica has also written a book on Ruth Ellis, fantastic enjoyable informative book, find out the truth behind this poor woman’s death by the British government, the last women to be hung in England.”
left to right in the photo:
Clare (now Pattinson) Mum, Dad, Diana, I am standing behind Diana
Here is a link to all versions of my book,
The Twilight Connection, Monica Weller’s Blog, January to July 2012, including an e-book version priced £9.99
The Twilight Connection, Monica Weller’s Blog book is a unique insight into filmstar Robert Pattinson’s ancestry by his aunt Monica Weller. Monica is a freelance writer and photographer and author of ‘Ruth Ellis My Sister’s Secret Life’ amongst other titles. Many family histories are not recorded and disappear in time until someone else researches it. In view of this family member’s current popularity, as a writer she felt she should record this for the future. Many families drift apart for many reasons, sometimes feuds – in this case partly created by the intrusion of the press. Over the past few years since Robert’s rise to fame Monica has been doorstepped by journalists and has been quoted and mis-quoted in newspapers.
“This book is meant as a record of how I see part of our family, as it is now. We are shaped by our roots. Who knows what the future holds? Who would ever have thought that my sister Clare, the little girl in the red-coloured dress who you can see in the Preview here, would become the mother of a Hollywood superstar! This is my story”.
So many pages in the Scottish Daily Record carry full-page advertisements, for the likes of Aldi, M&S, Sky and Morrisons, all opposite hot celebrity gossip. What’s new?
Calum, a young Welshman who helps out at First Fruits Tea Room in Tarbert on the Isle of Harris took our order and said, “Have you read the goss?” I didn’t quite catch what he meant.
First Fruits is at the hub of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. The building was once a crofter’s cottage. Now it’s a friendly and inviting cafe with treadle sewing machine tables and where Steven, the proprietor, rules supreme, and where everything is “no bother”. It’s the staff’s cheerful attitude towards their customers that’s like a breath of fresh air.
Then Calum mentioned Robert. Ah, I worked it out: goss is for gossip! Calum had seen a a big article in the Daily Record with the gossip about him moving in with an older woman, 36 year-old Reese Witherspoon. Hilarious. It makes it sound like an old lady has taken pity on poor young Robert Pattinson, my nephew.
“A source said”…. I love this classic phrase. They repeated this journalists’ mantra twice before changing tack and referring to “an insider”. It’s an easy option for plucking something out of nothing, making up a story, guessing.
Hollywood…a leak here… a source there. My eyes roll across the page of fantasy.
We mustn’t forget, the next film is just round the corner.
Calum in the tearoom in Tarbert asks what we’re doing today. “Nothing much”….a source tells him.