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Have you seen my shorts?

What shorts? Shorts can mean short stories. I haven't published a book for some time, but I've written lots of things. I have now collected several of these and am in the process of publishing them. Many of these stories are extracts from novels, some I have ...

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What changes will this pandemic bring?

The Black Death certainly brought changes to England I set out some of the changes that occurred as a result of the Black Death in a recent post. It was the end of feudalism. Other countries experienced similar upheavals. I do not expect everything to go back to...

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Is it time to blame someone?

Who can you blame for this pandemic? Some people always want to blame someone for whatever is wrong in life. Right now, something is very wrong: Coronavirus. At first a lot of people pointed fingers at  the Chinese. Some were nasty - very nasty - to people who looked...

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How was the Black Death different from Coronavirus?

Why is the Black Death so famous? There have been many pandemics over the centuries, but the one most people know of is the Black Death. It made a huge impact on the mediaeval World, not least in Britain. I expect people will see similarities between that pandemic and...

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Isolated? Time to read , or write!

Are you among the many isolated people now? My wife and I are isolated because we are among the at-risk people, as we are old and have certain conditions. We are better off than many, as we spend a lot of time on-line already and can do a lot without having to...

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Another short story: Billy’s Escape

A final offering for National Storytellers' Week I hope you enjoyed my previous contributions to National Storytellers' Week: A Mammoth Conflict for the Stone Age Detective  and Pigs in Mud. Both are extracts from my unpublished novel, The Stone Age Detective, This...

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A Mammoth Conflict for the Stone Age Detective

A mammoth tale for National Storytellers' Week! A Mammoth Conflict is an incident from the draft of my forthcoming novel, The Stone Age Detective. mentioned in previous blogs. I will be posting a few short stories this week. Some have been posted before, some are...

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Creating a credible character in context

What credible character? Does my next book lack a credible character? I am in the process of writing a novel set at the outset of the English Civil War in 1642. My hero is the son of a nobleman, studying at Oxford. He wants to keep out of political and religious...

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Is 2020 time for another Scottish indyref?

Another? When was the last indyref? In 2014 there was an indyref - that is a referendum on Scottish independence. The vote went in favour of the union by about 55%.but the SNP - the Scottish Nationalist Party - say it's time for another. Why? Because Britain's...

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Do the Scots have a message for England as in 1715?

Did the Scots rebel in 1715? Not all Scots did. Many, probably most, accepted the rule of George the First. The rebels, called 'Jacobites', wanted to make James Stewart king. Religion, clan loyalties and personal ambitions all affected which side you were on. As I...

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Who were the Great War heroes?

Weren't they all heroes? Heroes is the name many people would apply to all the men who gave their lives in the First World War, not to mention many other conflicts. However, there are those who disagree. I heard someone argue that as the men were conscripts, they...

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