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Why is a Conservative landslide victory likely in the forthcoming election?
In my most recent blog (2nd May) I lamented the current financial and staffing crises in Britain’s schools, prisons, police service, care and welfare services for the elderly and the disabled, and above all in the health service. I questioned…Continue
What price a “strong, stable government”?
On 23rd June 2016, Britain voted by a narrow majority to leave the European Union, spreading consternation and dismay throughout large swathes of the UK and the rest of the world. Shortly afterwards, David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and…Continue
Football and Society
Football – which is called “soccer” in North America but “football” in the rest of the world – is the most popular of sports. Like almost everything else it’s changed since I was young, not necessarily for the better. Nowadays,…Continue
During the long silence while my blog-posting system was ill, I wasn’t idle, and my non-idleness is set to continue. I’ll be at (and in several cases contributing to) storytelling gatherings at Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, tomorrow evening (28th April)…Continue
Emerging from a long silence
There’s a reason why I haven’t posted a blog for two months. No, I haven’t been seriously ill. I wasn’t kidnapped. I wasn’t travelling in Outer Mongolia. I simply lost access to the site for posting blogs. Rank carelessness? Well,…Continue
Cruel and Unusual Punnishments
This book of groans (and unwilling laughs) is now available as a paperback from the monster Amazon. They’re charging £6.99 for the print version and £2.99 for the electronic version; it’s only a slim volume, but David Moss’s cartoon illustrations…Continue
A “how-to” book that really works: “Creating Stories” by Hank Quense
In April 2014 I posted a blog reviewing Lorena Goldsmith’s Self-Editing Fiction that Sells, declaring it the most useful “how-to” book I’d ever seen addressed to fiction writers. Lorena’s book is about editing, polishing and refining a completed manuscript and…Continue
Publications in The Australia Times
One of the magazines in the TAT stable, Unearthed Fiction, has kindly published my short story Afterlife in the February 2017 issue – among with three other stories beside which I’m proud to appear, and a no-nonsense piece of advice…Continue
A word game for our time
On the 29th of March 1879, Lewis Carroll introduced a “new” type of puzzle in the magazine Vanity Fair. He wrote: “The rules of the Puzzle are simple enough. Two words are proposed, of equal length: and the Puzzle consists…Continue
Another little publication…
My folk tale pastiche, “Eleutheria’s Tapestry”, has just been published in Unearthed Fiction. The link is: https://www.theaustraliatimes.com/emagazines/fiction/issue501/ – and my story is on pages 16-24. I hope you might find to read and enjoy it!Continue