Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Buy one get one free...

Well I have been thinking for a while now how I can keep this blog updated regularly as the last time I started this blog, it only lasted one post! My motivation is different now and I am determined to keep it updated.

The blog itself will cover anything Oz or Ozzy related, whether it just be random Oz thoughts, a review of a book or a show and tell of Collectable Oz items all from the perspective of British Oz fans. 

So in order to keep this blog regularly updated I have asked Nicki Haladay to be a contributor on the blog. Nicki is another British Oz fan, who I met about 7 or 8 years ago through some of the Oz websites. We together with my husband and Nicki's mother went to see a very amateur production of the MGM Wizard of Oz in Kettering and she has been Facebook friends since. Nicki's interests in Oz are a little different to mine, plus she draws and writes a little as well so I am hoping she can add something different.


I have taken this idea from Jared Davis's The Royal Blog of Oz which you will see a link to the right of this page. Jared has other contributors to his Oz blog over in America, with Angelo, Nathan, Mikelo and the Aussie Ozzy Sam which is worth a read.

I am hoping to recruit more British Oz fans to this blog, if there is anyone out there interested please drop me a message, I'd love to hear from you!

So the next blog post will be from Nicki! 

Sunday, 26 August 2012

28 years later.... an Oz Club Member!

Well yesterday I finally became a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club!

You would have thought that given I have been a major lover of all things Oz since I was about 5, I would have joined the Oz club sooner rather than take 28 years. Well I did nearly join on a couple of occasions but ultimately I never got around to it.

I think this has a lot to do with feeling a little disconnected from other Oz fans, the Oz club was there online as well a few Oz fans, but I never really felt a connection with the Oz Club in the UK, there are not so many of us who are fan's of the Oz series of books in the UK. I'm certainly not aware of any conventions ever happening in the UK, so it can be quite solitary being an Oz fan collector over here.

This changed in September 2010 when I met David Maxine and Eric Shanower at Bristol United Kingdom. This was where I got my first taste of truly being able to talk about all aspects of Oz in detail and not be concerned or embarrassed about being to much of an Oz geek, this was a very liberating experience! This meeting in turn lead to me finally coming over to the US on holiday and spending part of that time at the Winkie Convention.

The final deciding factor was my attendance at the 2012 Annual Winkie Convention in Asilomar, Monterey in California. I now feel more like part of the Oz community and this in turn brings a connection of feeling part of the Oz club, and wanting to contribute in some way.

I met face to face lots of other Oz fans at Winkies many that I have either talked to online such as, Freddy Fogarty, Jared Davis, Eric Gjovaag, Sam Milazzo, Peter Hanff, John L Bell,  read or been aware of online Atticus Gannaway, Bill Thompson, Michael Riley, Bob Baum and loads of people for the first time, which added a good 16 people onto my facebook friends list.

Now having the memories of these personal connection's that I have made no matter how brief some conversations were the fact is now I feel connected to a group of Oz fans, especially now I have met so many face to face. That each one was a positive experience from a group of interesting, dynamic, diverse and ultimately kind welcoming people. 

I have re-started this blog following the Winkie Convention, as one of the discussions at the convention was around blogging specifically on Oz.
Oz blogging, forums, and Oz e-mailing lists have help me over the years to connect with fellow Oz fans and find new Oz items to collect and expand my Oz knowledge.
So this blog is me taking the time to give something back to all those who have put the effort in over the years, to run all these Ozzy online connections.
I have now started to post links on this blog to the Oz Websites and blogs I use for others to explore, I will add more of these bit by bit as I get the time.

As newly fully fledged member of the Oz club I now look forward to reading my first Baum Bugle hot off the press, the same time as other Oz club members.

Well if like me want you want to join the Oz club I have posted you the link to the International Wizard of Oz club to the right of this page.

If you want to join everyone at the 2013 Winkie Convention here is the link to Facebook page to copy and paste into your web browser, where you can get further information to join everyone at the Asilomar, Pacific Grove, June 21st -23rd 2013.

Friday, 24 August 2012

What a load of Scalawagon!

Okay so I went to my first ever Winkie Convention this year at the Asilomar Conference Centre in Monterey.  There I managed to pick up a first edition of John R. Neill's Scalawagon's of Oz, which finally complete's my Famous Forty Oz book collection.

I am around 160 pages into the book, it's hard going I was already very well prepared that it is one of the worst Oz books to read and Oz fans were not kidding!

A couple of things that keep bugging me when I am reading it, of course the spotty pacing and poor dialogue are irritating. But it's the characters that are annoying me Glinda has a bigger role than she has in a good while for an Oz book. However her characterisation is completely off! When there is a crisis and the Wizard disappears, her bold decisive course of action is to simply sit there and wait for his return!!

Tik-Tok is back, another character rarely mentioned by Ruth Plumly Thompson, now Tik-Tok is not alive and does not experience emotion's. Well not until Scalawagon's where he is now full of pride or worry and now a mechanic. Neill's characterisation of Tik-Tok would have been far better suited to the Tin Woodman.

Just thought i'd share some observation's that have been bugging when reading this book for the first time, I have Lucky Bucky in Oz to read after this. Can I Just skip please skip to Runaway in Oz which I know has edited by someone who I know can write and edit!

John R. Neill you were an amazing illustrator but should never have been allowed to write.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Wizard of Oz to end at the London Palladium

Andrew Lloyd Webber's take on the MGM Wizard of Oz has announced it will close at the London Palladium on the 2nd of September.
The Wizard of Oz has run for over 18 months, it's a shame the show hasn't had the lasting stamina of Wicked. At least a new life is starting over in Toronto as a new Over the Rainbow show brings a search for a Dorothy to star in a brand new production run in Canada.

Whilst I will not get to see the show close I am pleased that I got to see it twice with both leading Dorothy's Danielle Hope and Sophie Evans.