Author Archives: Matt

Turn The Tides Gently Part 2 – An Opening

Been working on an opening for Turn The Tides Gently part 2. So, here’s something I wrote months ago. What do you think? I will call you “Marine” he says as he looks at the child. About nine years old. … Continue reading

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Extract from The Snow Witch – description of the town

With this section of The Snow Witch, I decided to write a potted history of the town with a level of dark style. Hope you like it: * Sleep. The city sleeps, contracted in the cold to a singularity of … Continue reading

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An opening to a story – would you read on?

This is a revised opening to a novel I wrote some time ago. What do you think? The Snow Witch The snow has eased off, and she looks up at the morning light. She’s sucking on a cigarette, her face … Continue reading

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Conan Doyle and his belief in ghosts – a talk

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is renowned primarily for one thing: the creation of the world’s first consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. Yet, there was far more to the man, including his prominence in later life as a leading Spiritualist. For many … Continue reading

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A Talk at The Temple of Spiritualism, Southsea 5th Aug 2016

A lovely email from Sue Hayes at the Southsea Temple of Spiritualism, where I gave a talk about Conan Doyle’s faith on 5th August 2016:   Dear Matt Thank you so much for your talk, knowledge and enthusiasm that you … Continue reading

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The Fall, Cruiser’s Creek – fresh because it’s so yesterday.

I love this. The cinematography is so crude and amateurish, the behaviour in front of camera so unstudied that it reminds me of the early experiments in film with Dada Movement, or early silent movies. It is both guileless and … Continue reading

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Henry Vaughan’s “World of Light” and Conan Doyle’s Ghosts

I was looking at some poetry a few days ago and I found this wonderful poem by Welsh 17th Century poet Henry Vaughan, about life after death. I was struck by the phrase “the world of light” – which is how … Continue reading

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Power to Persuade: the techniques used by Paul McKenna for Brexit.

The tricks and techniques use by Paul McKenna in his help of the Brexit side are here explained. Continue reading

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Has Boris and Cameron’s secret pact unravelled?

There is a narrative developing on the left that Boris Johnson never intended to take Britain out of Europe and is, right now, shitting his pants at the demons he has unleashed. Various stories tell it differently. Some suggest that … Continue reading

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Does Disney’s new Jungle Book do Pompey’s Rudyard Kipling justice?

Disney’s 1960s adaptation of The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book is a classic of silliness with great tunes. It also has, apart from the title and the names of the characters, nothing to do with the pair of children’s books written … Continue reading

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