Category Archives: Inspirations

The things that really get me going!

7 Random Reasons Why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Rocks

So, as a childhood Marvel and DC comics fan, over the last decade or so I’ve taken great delight in the fact that CGI in movies has progressed so far that you don’t actually have to suspend disbelief. I remember … Continue reading

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The Snow Witch – Designing the Cover

Following on from my previous blog about using old pictures to illustrate your book, I finally came to designing the cover. I’ve had various ideas for the cover for a while. A friend of mine is a model and I … Continue reading

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Jessica Alba – how little did I know?

One of the things the series of biographic articles I’ve written for The Best You magazine has done for me is make me see famous people in more depth. The most recent article was about Jessica Alba, the actress who … Continue reading

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That Article 50 Letter In Full

That Article 50 Letter In Full. Dear Europe, I thought I’d write a quick line to say it was good fun, thanks for the stay, the visit was lovely, but we’re off, today so please – no more garlic, snails … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Punch and Judy at the Covent Garden May Fayre, 2016

On Sunday 8th May Jackie and I went to the May Fayre at St Paul’s Churchyard, Convent Garden. It’s extraordinary for one thing in particular – it’s the place for Punch and Judy. Every year at the May Fayre, Mr Punch and … Continue reading

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