ENGLE BYEN Review Challenge

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WIN a FREE COPY in our REVIEW CHALLENGE!

Win a signed copy of the EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION Print Run of ENGLE BYEN: A PLACE TO CALL HOME.  Includes BONUS of THREE new Short Stories by DAVID GOLDON and the first two chapters of the thrilling Prequel, THE ROAD TO ENGLE BYEN.

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• Just go to the links below and purchase the eBook.
• Write a positive review then submit the review to Amazon or Smashwords.
• Email a copy of your review to davidgolddon@gmail.com (note the different spelling of his email address!!!) and you will go into the draw to win an Exclusive Limited print copy.

This paperback print version of DAVID GOLDON’s brilliant first novel will only be available until the release of the prequel, THE ROAD TO ENGLE BYEN mid February 2018. It will then be taken out of print… making it a collector’s item.

All entries must be received by midnight 15 February 2018 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) and the winners will be contacted by email by 20Feb2018. If you have previously purchased the eBook, you are eligible to enter your review!

AMAZON:
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SMASHWORDS:
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Downriver

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DOWNRIVER is a dark Aussie movie with a number of gay characters, but not what I would call a Gay movie otherwise.  Not a movie that I will ever watch again or recommend to others as an enjoyable night’s viewing.

The cast were exceptional in their performances, but the story was slow, depressing and had some obvious holes.  We need movies with some magic, some style instead of all this dark, brooding arty indulgence.

Sometimes writing and directing your own movie can be a risk because it can become self-indulgent and many of the checks and balances of bigger productions are not there, but then there are some crap Hollywood movies that should never have been funded as well.  This movie was funded by a number of big Australian film finance groups and I question why they would finance a gay movie that is so dark and adds nothing to the GLBTIQ legacy.  It must be about who you know.  Dare I say it, my partner and I have recently written stories that would make far more engaging Aussie Gay movies but how the hell do we get from here to where they did to get the financing and get our stories out there to uplift many, many in our community and beyond, rather than this movie that uplifted no-one?

4 Champagnes out of 10.

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AUS:

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/movies-tv-shows/movies-tv-shows-on-sale/drama/downriver/310301/

 

UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Downriver-DVD-Reef-Ireland/dp/B01J4805E4/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=michaelyounga-21&linkCode=w00&linkId=e0d9e4b5719075e9a05397377019544d&creativeASIN=B01J4805E4

 

 

 

Ice Blues

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ICE BLUES is the fourth and final movie in the series of Donald Strachey Mysteries.

This one is about the consequences of a missing $3M.  An action packed mystery thriller kind of Gay thing with elegance, charm and humour.  Oh, and martinis are still essential to the setting.  Still has the same corny style of titles and music.

8 Martinis out of 10.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ice-Blues-Mystery-About-Films/dp/B01769AU34/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=michaelyounga-21&linkCode=w00&linkId=0e71d530fb01013bbc32c9e5e19e79e3&creativeASIN=B01769AU34

 

Teenage Kicks

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Teenage Kicks: The Scars Of Our Youth Shape The Adults We Become

 

Aussie gay movie from 2016 about two 17 year old mates with an underlying physical attraction.  Daniel Webber (Home & Away/ 11.22.63) and hot Miles Szanto (Love My Way) own the screen alongside a skilled and perfectly directed Aussie cast.

Sexually and emotionally beautiful and violent with a strong dose of ‘real world’ truth that never goes for the easy way out or the happy-ever-after clichés.  The emotions were so raw that I ended up angry about something and someone in my life not treating me with the respect and dignity I deserve.

Strangely, I had to get the DVD from Germany with all the text on the cover and the promo material contained inside written in German.  The movie is in English with other language subtitles available … thankfully they didn’t do the usual annoying German habit of dubbing it into their language.  I have since found it available from JB Hifi.

 

7 champagnes out of 10

 

Teenage Kicks 2

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N6LTIJ7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Teenage Kicks 1

 

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/movies-tv-shows/movies-tv-shows-on-sale/australian-cinema/teenage-kicks/421247/

 

 

 

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This is the original INTRODUCTION from 2013 to my memoir ABBA, DR WHO & MEN which will be re-written soon. 

 

FOLLOW ME:

 

Imagine this…

Before we are born we’re presented with a number of “life stories” to choose from.  A number of options for the path we’ll take in our life.

Would we choose the easiest life story?  Would we choose the one with the greatest fame or fortune?   If this was real then most of us would wonder why the hell we chose the life we have now with the struggles and pain we go through.  Such choices would come from a very “human” way of thinking.

However, at the time we are still able to see things from a “universal” perspective instead of the more limited perspective of our human experience.  So in this circumstance what “life story” would we choose?

The real question is…

Would I choose the life story I’m currently living?  If you asked me this 40 years ago, 20 years ago, even 10 years ago I would have said no!

If you ask me the same question today then yes, I would choose this life story.  I would choose all the hell I went through… the fear, self doubt, pain and failure… the joy, happiness, fun and victories.

The revelation I have come to is I am who I am today only because of all I went through over the past 50+ years.  Without fire, heat, pressure and time there would be no diamonds!

Now, looking back from here, I can see why I’d choose this life.

Come with me and I’ll show you why …   

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

“I close my eyes and my twilight images go by all too soon, like an angel passing through my room”  –  ABBA

4Feb2013:

These are the days of my life … from when I was young and restless to feeling bold and beautiful!

That’s a little joke my mum would appreciate, if she were still here.  In fact, this project is dedicated to my mum, Wanda Young.  In many ways she was responsible for all the different periods and what even feel like different lives I’ve lived within this particular life … the ABBA time, the Doctor Who time, she even influenced the current GLBTIQ Community Group that I started.

I’m calling this book “ABBA, Doctor Who and Men!”, because that basically summarises my life up to now.  That journey was mainly focussed around three particular areas … ABBA Fan Club times, Doctor Who and the Doctor Who Fan Club time, the many years of my “big gay adventure” that all started in 1975.

In 2012 I started a local GLBTIQ social and support group here in Wyndham, in the west of Melbourne, with the help of Wyndham City Council.  Wyndham covers Werribee and surrounding suburbs and is the fastest growing area in Australia.  At the time there was nothing here in the west specifically for GLBTI residents.

We planned our very first event for “Meet Your GLBTIQ Neighbours” to be held at Cafe Aroma in Watton Street, Werribee.  Mum was unwell so I flew up to Maitland to visit her the weekend before this event.  I didn’t explain to her specifically when the event was or how important it was to me but she must have sensed it.

She’d been very sick in one way or another for a long time.  Arthritis and skin cancers that needed to be cut out, one had recently been removed from her face that was not healing well and had resulted in some medical issues that put her back in hospital.  She had lost a lot of weight and was no longer “full of life” as she would usually seem.

That weekend, as I said goodbye and stepped out of her room into the corridor, I began to cry because I had an overwhelming sense that it was the last time I would see her in that frail 83 year old body that was now failing her.  On my way out, I stopped up on the hill beside the wing of the hospital where her room was, under a beautiful old tree, I could see the window of her room.  With tears in my eyes I waved goodbye.

I turned and walked to the car, drove to the airport and got on the plane.  Somehow, feeling numb and disconnected from any real emotions I arrived back in Melbourne, drove the 45 minutes from the airport back home, got in the door, was greeted by my partner David and our two fur kids, Merlin and Millie, went up to David, hugged him and absolutely burst into tears.  I told him I felt that was the last time I would see mum.   And it was…

When I saw her that last time she had said to me twice: “I’ve had enough, Mickey, I don’t think I can put up with any more of this”, and I said to her: “Mum, you’ve had an amazing life, you’ve raised three very strong and responsible children, you  have three amazing grandchildren, you’ve survived a very difficult life, you should be so proud of everything you’ve done in this life, but if you’ve had enough, if you really want to go, then just … let go! Because I promise you, that you’ll simply leave here and it’ll be just like you walked across the room.  You’ll be fine, you’ll be happy, you’ll be free of the pain, free of the struggle, free of the body that’s giving out and letting you down even though your spirit could go on forever, because your spirit does go on forever.”

So it was the very day after our first hugely successful event for “Meet Your GLBTIQ Neighbours” or “Wyndham Rainbow Neighbours Inc” as we are now called, that I got the news she had passed.  If we lost her the day before or even on the day of the event I would never have been able to do what I did that day with so many people there, the things we had to do to encourage, inspire and begin this process of a new community group.  So, her timing was perfect, she must have sensed it literally hanging on that extra day and putting herself second right to the end.  Another fallen hero!

 

5Feb2013:

 At the moment I’m sitting in the backyard of our home in Werribee.  Everyone who comes here says how beautiful and peaceful our yard and our home is, surrounded by trees and tall hedges, the birds, the water fountains, the flowers, plants, the buddas (we are not Buddhist by the way) and it’s a beautiful summer day here in Melbourne.  A new year, a new phase in my life and it feels the right time to start this process of looking back over the first 50+ years of this life.

So this book will cover thoughts, recollections, memories and stories initially sorted into various years because that’s really the easiest way for me to remember.  As with most things in life, the end result may be a little different to what I initially planned.

As I became a teenager, the two things that I became interested in, and passionate about, were ABBA and Doctor Who.  ABBA was the first music that really captured my attention and resonated with me, and it still does.  I’ve listened to ABBA since 1975 and I still love their music after 40+ years.  The ABBA phenomenon will always be part of my life, and the four of them, Frida, Agnetha, Benny and Bjorn are like extended family.  It feels like they’ve always been around and the day one of them passes will be absolutely devastating, just as it has been for me when some of the Doctor Who people have passed.

Liz Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) passed unexpectedly about a year and a half ago now.  That was very difficult because she had been in my life since 1975 as someone I enjoyed watching and had always brought happiness to my life, just as ABBA and Doctor Who have always been a source of great happiness and escape from life’s stresses.  However, there have been times when some of the fans have also been a source of those stresses.

I started watching Doctor Who in 1975 and Tom Baker was my first and favourite Doctor.  The day that he passes will also be devastating and I hope that’s a long time away.  We have lost far too many Who people in 2011/2012.  To name a few, we lost Liz Sladen, Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Mary Tamm (the first Romana) and also Directors, Producers and others, which is made even sadder now because 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and we won’t have them as part of the celebrations.

Apart from ABBA and Doctor Who this book will also cover my “born again” times in various Pentecostal Churches, my spiritual journey, and my struggle with being gay which are all neatly wrapped up under the “men” part of the title.

Looking back, all that’s happened in my life is clearly part of the spiritual journey that I’m on this time around.  I’m amazed that I became the person I am today.  I am proud of who I am today.  Just as I’m sure mum and all those who have gone before are proud of me.

But enough about death … this is about life!

So let’s move on to when things really start to change … 1975!

©MICHAEL YOUNG 2017

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