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S J Birkill
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Archive Progress
« : 16.08.20 at 06:57 »
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The Clive James website archive continues to grow. I've now completed six of the collections in the Video section:
 
https://archive.clivejames.com/video/vplayerPA.htm contains a selection from Pete, as featured on our Home Page;
https://archive.clivejames.com/video/vplayerLP.htm brings together the best of Clive's late-period video interviews;
https://archive.clivejames.com/video/vplayerTITL.htm encapsulates the Talking in the Library series, with excuses for video quality;
https://archive.clivejames.com/video/vplayerPC.htm contains the 'Postcard from...' series of travel programmes;
https://archive.clivejames.com/video/vplayerNP.htm collects Clive's other, non-'Postcard' travelogues; and
https://archive.clivejames.com/video/vplayerFAME.htm is our best shot yet at re-assembling the mighty 'Fame in the 20th Century' series.
 
There's more video to come, including Clive's own 'video finds' and celebrity interviews from his mainstream TV years, with just a glimpse (I promise) of Margarita Pracatan!
 
If anyone has relevant audio or video material that they don't see in the Archive, please let me know so we can include it! The Archive's entry page is HERE -- please note that for the time being we operate independently of the 'official' clivejames.com.
 
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Re: Archive Progress... Completion!
« Reply #1: 03.08.21 at 02:47 »
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Well, almost -- just a few bits and pieces to sort out, but...
 
Last night I completed a two-year 'labour of love', the task I set myself back in 2019 to rebuild Clive James's original website which was lost in 2018 with all files, and further, to add the volumes of Clive's works that he'd intended to include there, but ran out of time to complete.
 
The rebuilt and expanded site is styled "The Clive James Website Archive", and can be found on a subdomain of the new official 'clivejames.com', at the address:
 
https://archive.clivejames.com  (note there's no 'www' !)

 
Not that we aren't official: Clive and his daughter Claerwen gave us their blessing in October 2019, shortly before his death, to build this edifice (alongside Dawn Mancer's new, sleek version) to fulfill Clive's vision of a rich multimedia site to make his published work available without restriction on the Web. As websites go, it's pretty densely packed: we have some 2,300 Web pages in local files, encompassing about 9,600 book pages, plus another 430 or so remote Web pages directly linked from the Archive. Image files number about 3000, audio files 432 including 178 remote, video files 235, all remote. So it'll keep you busy for an hour or two...
 
Dive in at the Home page: https://archive.clivejames.com
Read about the site's development: https://archive.clivejames.com/files/about.htm
We have Help and a FAQ: https://archive.clivejames.com/files/help.htm
 
-- or just pick a category from the header bar and and surf the menus in the left column. Clive's writings are broader than most people realise: hit the 'Random' button at top right to be surprised by his wit and erudition.
 
Tell MV what you think, with a reply here.
 
-- Steve
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« Reply #2: 04.08.21 at 16:27 »
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Thanks Steve!
That should keep us busy for a bit.
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« Reply #3: 11.08.21 at 15:37 »
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Wow!
 
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Re: Archive Progress
« Reply #4: 10.09.21 at 20:06 »
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Congratulations Steve on completing this mammoth project.
And thank you once again for making these gems available to us all.
I've been thinking about retiring soon, and this gives me the extra push Smiley
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Archive Progress: TV-Crit originals
« Reply #5: 23.06.22 at 08:03 »
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I'm very pleased to announce that my 'other' project, the Clive James Website Archive, has now obtained copies of all but a handful of Clive's writings for his hugely influential weekly 'Television' column in the Observer newspaper, published between 1972 and 1982.
 
Not to be confused with the edited selections published in book form by Cape/Picador ('Visions Before Midnight', The Crystal Bucket' and 'Glued To The Box' and the omnibus edition 'Clive James on Television'), these new acquisitions represent the original, uncut newspaper column, some 390 pieces at last count.
 
To present these properly on the website I need to perform optical character recognition to convert the newspaper articles, often low-grade photocopies, into electronic text, then spend a variable amount of time (according to copy quality) manually correcting the inevitably numerous OCR errors. The text I then reformat into HTML page form to match the Archive's house style, and where appropriate I locate, process and incorporate suitably illustrative images. All per issue, so this will take a little while!
 
So far I have built the Observer column entries for 1972 -- 15 articles -- he only started in August of that year, and the December 10th edition is missing. You can find them here:
 
https://archive.clivejames.com/essays/cjobs.htm

 
I'm about to start on 1973, so you'll see the menu listing grow week by week. Keep checking back, because even when the Observer is done I will be adding many more of Clive's early reviews from other publications.
 
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