Flying Scotsman The Graeme Obree Story



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tam

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Hi all
Just been to the second hand bookshop today browsing the shelves I found
Graeme Obrees autobiography after reading chapter one I thought-better buy
it.
What a rollercoaster of a read it is- I have just read the first 4 chapters
a rather harrowing account of his early life.
I am starting his chapter Spain and beyond.
There is a massive difference between the book and the film.
I found the film did not reveal much about the man-this is certainly not
true of the book.
I can see how he antagonised many people--he certainly spoke his mind.
Curiously the film was lacking in beautiful scenery I would have thought his
excursions along the Ayreshire shore and into the Lomond area were a gift
for stunning cinematic backgrounds.
Tam
 
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Nige Danton

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On Dec 14, 2:38 am, "tam" <[email protected]> wrote:

> What a rollercoaster of a read it is- I have just read the first 4 chapters
> a rather harrowing account of his early life.
> I am starting his chapter Spain and beyond.
> There is a massive difference between the book and the film.
> I found the film did not reveal much about the man-this is certainly not
> true of the book.


Yep, the film was awful I thought whereas the book was a very
worthwhile read.

One hell of a guy.

If you haven't read it yet then I'd suggest "A Peipers Tale" by Alan
Peiper too. A brutally honest book.

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Nige Danton
 
On Dec 13, 11:24�pm, Nige Danton <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Dec 14, 2:38 am, "tam" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> > What a rollercoaster of a read it is- I have just read the first 4 chapters
> > a rather harrowing account of his early life.
> > I am starting his chapter Spain and beyond.
> > There is a massive difference between the book and the film.
> > I found the film did not reveal much about the man-this is certainly not
> > true of the book.

>
> Yep, the film was awful I thought whereas the book was a very
> worthwhile read.
>
> One hell of a guy.
>
> If you haven't read it yet then I'd suggest "A Peipers Tale" by Alan
> Peiper too. A brutally honest book.
>
> --
> Nige Danton


I thought the film was okay.....up to a point, but were his demons
really touched on? This part of Graeme's life was pretty much ignored
if you ask me.
A decent enough portrait for me..........recommended.
 
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tam

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"Nige Danton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> On Dec 14, 2:38 am, "tam" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> What a rollercoaster of a read it is- I have just read the first 4
>> chapters
>> a rather harrowing account of his early life.
>> I am starting his chapter Spain and beyond.
>> There is a massive difference between the book and the film.
>> I found the film did not reveal much about the man-this is certainly not
>> true of the book.

>
> Yep, the film was awful I thought whereas the book was a very
> worthwhile read.
>
> One hell of a guy.
>
> If you haven't read it yet then I'd suggest "A Peipers Tale" by Alan
> Peiper too. A brutally honest book.
>
> --

I will add it to presents to myself at christmas.
Thanks Tam
 
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Nige Danton

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On Dec 14, 8:24 am, [email protected] wrote:
> I thought the film was okay.....up to a point, but were his demons
> really touched on? This part of Graeme's life was pretty much ignored
> if you ask me.


Yep, the background to his suicidal tendancies wasn't touched on at
all really. I thought it (the film) was way too superficial a
treatment of him both as a cyclist and a person.

Difficult to make that type of movie though.

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Nige Danton
 
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Nige Danton

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On Dec 14, 8:51 am, "tam" <[email protected]> wrote:

> I will add it to presents to myself at christmas.
> Thanks Tam


If you are going to buy yourself some presents then maybe check out
The Hour by Michael Hutchinson too.

I thought it was really good (confession: I unintentionally read it at
one sitting...)

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Nige Danton
 
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Tim Hall

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On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 18:11:43 -0800 (PST), Nige Danton
<[email protected]> wrote:

>On Dec 14, 8:51 am, "tam" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> I will add it to presents to myself at christmas.
>> Thanks Tam

>
>If you are going to buy yourself some presents then maybe check out
>The Hour by Michael Hutchinson too.
>
>I thought it was really good (confession: I unintentionally read it at
>one sitting...)



How long did it take you?

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Tim

fast and gripping, non pompous, glossy and credible.
 
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Nige Danton

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On Dec 14, 5:01 pm, Tim Hall <[email protected]> wrote:

> How long did it take you?


About three or fours hours from memory.

The "unintentionally" was more that I picked it up to glance at it
when I *really* should have been doing something else.

Have you read it?

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Nige Danton
 
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Sandy Morton

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In article <[email protected]>, tam
<[email protected]> wrote:
> I can see how he antagonised many people--he certainly spoke his
> mind.


I remember him talking to a crowd of schoolkids in Ardrossan and
telling them that there were no unemployed in Britain but there were
a lot of jobseekers.

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A T (Sandy) Morton
on the Bicycle Island
In the Global Village
http://www.millport.net
 
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A.C.P.Crawshaw

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tam wrote:

> Just been to the second hand bookshop today browsing the shelves I found
> Graeme Obrees autobiography after reading chapter one I thought-better buy
> it.


Thanks for the idea, it'll make a good extra Christmas present for t'missus. And when
she's finished with it, I can read it :)

Alan
 
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Bob

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Nige Danton wrote:
> On Dec 14, 8:51 am, "tam" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> I will add it to presents to myself at christmas.
>> Thanks Tam

>
> If you are going to buy yourself some presents then maybe check out
> The Hour by Michael Hutchinson too.


I'd second that, I thought it was a really good read.

Cheers,

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