Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thomas Hardy

I’ve been dipping into a collection of Thomas Hardy’s poems for quite some time now and I’m surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because he was clearly, like me, a very nostalgic man. I’ve chosen one of … Continue reading

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Nina Bawden

It’s unusual for me to add three postings in one day, but I just had to mark the passing of Nina Bawden, who died recently. I have very fond memories of her classic children’s novel Carrie’s War, which was based … Continue reading

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Origins of Sayings

Yet again we salute the sailors of old for today’s saying.   When, in the eighteenth century, the government put import taxes up on various items such as tea and spirits to such levels that ordinary folk simply couldn’t afford … Continue reading

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Spam

WordPress does it best to weed out spam comments sent to this blog, but I think it’s a bit over-zealous at times. For example, one recent message said: You have to think about a whole new degree of entertainment and … Continue reading

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Exciting!

I’ve received the proofs of my detective novel which is due out in, I think, December! I’m not keen on the cover they’ve chosen for it, but It will be great to finally see it in print!

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Origins of Sayings

We return yet again to the days of Nelson for our latest saying. During the wars with France, when two ships came within sight of one another they would run up their nation’s flag to identify whether they were friend … Continue reading

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Picture Book Texts

Continuing the recent theme of advice on writing for children, here’s a brief look at the very youngest age group. This ranges from babies up to around five years, and most books in this genre are aimed at children who … Continue reading

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