Monthly Archives: April 2014

The pitfalls of picking a book cover

It’s the moment that every writer both looks forward to and dreads in equal measure; deciding upon and somehow either creating, commissioning or crossing-your fingers and hoping an inbuilt software template can create a good book cover. Book covers are … Continue reading

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Words we still use from Shakespeare!

This week marks both the death and supposed birth of the greatest writer of the English language, William Shakespeare.  He was born in 1564 and died in 1616 and whilst much about him is sometimes doubted such as his birthday, … Continue reading

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April 23rd is Saint George’s Day – The Patron Saint of England & dragon slayer extraordinaire

Wednesday is April 23rd and St. George’s Day which is remembered annually on the day of his death.  Whilst his famous dragon slaying exploits are the stuff of legend, Saint George himself was born in the Roman-Palestine town of Lydda … Continue reading

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The English Landscape Garden

Given that it’s Easter time, the traditional beginning to the summer season in the U.K., it means that I’m once again able to enjoy the countless country gardens around and about. Many have seen our gardens on various TV shows … Continue reading

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Legends of the Blood Moon

Much of North America is currently under the gaze of a Blood Moon.  We know it today to be formed when light passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, bathing the moon in an eerie red glow. Whilst today’s event is the … Continue reading

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Women Who Eat On Tubes

In recent weeks something of a storm has appeared in London and the rest of the U.K. regarding a Facebook page entitled “Women Who Eat On The Tube” and predictably shows photos of women who are eating, sometimes scoffing their … Continue reading

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Wrestlemania XXX

With political scandals, the Queen dining with former terrorists and my sending a manuscript to the publishers, it’s a fair question to wonder why I’m writing today about wrestling.  The answer is because I had such fun watching it on … Continue reading

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