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    The Murder of Jo Cox MP

    by  • June 16, 2016 • personal, Politics, Rant • 1 Comment

    I don’t like the world we’re in now. I’m sick of the confrontational political discourse. I’m disgusted with both sides making out that it’s disaster if you don’t agree with them. There are people out there who are tinder-dry and only need the faintest spark to set them ablaze. This isn’t confined to the...

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    The End Of 2015

    by  • December 10, 2015 • personal • 0 Comments

    is all about: Virginia Applejack, The Leftovers, Gordita Beach, Magnets, walking five thousand year old paths, Libby Day, the footsteps of John Dryden, Saga Noren, mountain biking by a haunted lake, Riyad Mahrez, and, most likely, Bedford Falls.

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    London Calling

    by  • December 9, 2015 • personal • 1 Comment

    In 2016, I’ll be opening a branch in the capital (there is only one, of course). I lived in London when I was young, drunk and stupid.  In the first instance, above a kebab shop in the Queenstown Road in Battersea.  My office was the Beaufoy Arms around the corner (known affectionately as the...

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    White Gold Magic And Deep, Dark Tunnels

    by  • September 11, 2013 • personal • 3 Comments

    Coal dust covered the land of my youth.  I grew up among the mining villages in the old Kingdom of Mercia, where everyone knew someone who worked in the deep dark.  My grandfather had missing fingers and a crumbling spine from the days he spent up to his neck in deep water after a...

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    Movie Watching Update

    by  • August 31, 2010 • Film, films, personal • 0 Comments

    Movies viewed this year so far, in no particular order: Shutter Island, Inception (x2), Toy Story 3, 2012, The Wrestler, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes, Shrek Forever After, The Age of Stupid, The Reader, The Taking of Pelham 123 (new version), Duplicity, The Boat That Rocked, Zombieland, The Princess and the...

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    Back Home

    by  • July 26, 2010 • personal • 0 Comments

    After completing the latest draft of The Scar-Crow Men, the next Will Swyfte book, I took a week off to re-charge in one of my favourite UK locations, the Penwith peninsula on the far tip of Cornwall. Some time in the surf, local beer and good food, with a lot of reading and a...

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    Who I Am?

    by  • March 19, 2010 • personal • 5 Comments

    Nobody likes to think they can be measured by a stranger. But I’m very interested in psychology and I recently took a VisualDNA personality test. It involved clicking a stream of images in response to various questions. The result: “You’re a bit of a rebel at heart. You enjoy being challenged intellectually. You’re energetic...

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    Hitting The “Best Of” Lists

    by  • January 5, 2010 • Book News, personal • 0 Comments

    Happy New Year everyone. A quick catch-up post as I get my head back into work-mode after the seasonal festivities, during which I saw and enjoyed both Sherlock Holmes and Avatar amid the usual carnage of what is my favourite time of year. I’m definitely a mid-winter person. I’m currently snowed-in and watching the...

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    Why The Postman Hates Me

    by  • June 23, 2009 • personal • 6 Comments

    Complimentary copies of World’s End, Darkest Hour and Always Forever (courtesy of Pyr), The Burning Man mass-market paperback and the hardback and tradepaperback editions of Destroyer of Worlds (courtesy of Gollancz) have all recently arrived and are now piled up in the middle of my study. And there’s still Lord of Silence to come...

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