Category Archives: Inspirations

The things that really get me going!

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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Real Writer’s Block – What it is, and what it is not.

Adele Parks gave a great talk last night at Portsmouth Central Library as part of Portsmouth Bookfest 2016, talking about her writing life, and how she became one of the top sellers of chick lit over the last 16 years. From … Continue reading

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Ben Ainslie Racing Headed For Old Portsmouth?

I’ve just got back from the local community consultation between around 350 Portsmouth residents, the city council and Ben Ainslie Racing. It was great. Ben Ainslie is a genius at the helm when it comes to one of the world’s most exhilarating sports. … Continue reading

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You Didn’t Know – The Three Belles and Bevin Boys “In Full Swing” CD track review

You Didn’t Know, the sixth track on the Three Belles new album “In Full Swing” was written by the Bevin Boys’ Will Keel-Stocker. It begins as a torch song with the lines: “I didn’t know that you were looking for … Continue reading

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Say Si Si – The Three Belles and The Bevin Boys “In Full Swing” album track review

Say Si Si, originally written in Spain in 1935 has had many incarnations…  a Spanish language number performed by Gloria Jean and the Guadalajara Trio, a swinging toe-tapper with a whirl of woodwind overlaid by brash brass by Marion Hutton … Continue reading

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