Hello and welcome to ‘The Week’ – this week I thought I would talk a little about what’s been going on with me – the past three weeks have been manic with press coverage, which has been amazing as I have been featured in online articles from America to Italy and in my local newspapers of Shropshire Star, Oswestry Advertiser and the Leader, who knows maybe some of the nationals soon! So I have had a bit of attention, which has been nice and good for the site and book sales and it would be great if you follow me either via the website here or Facebook, twitter and/or instagram – just to keep up to date with what’s going on as there are lots more new things on the way. With that in mind I have some news if you are in Germany, France or USA as by Continue reading Hello to Oktoberfest 2015 – and new video launch – busy times
I left part two of my look at Corbyn with the question ‘Will Britain step further away from the US?’ Well, I think we should, even thought I love the US and want to live there – it is too volatile, and forgetful, to be a useful ally. I believe we need to return to Europe more, as a super block it is more powerful than the rest of the world combined. Let’s face it, that is where the money is and the technology. So, for now, I say strengthen our ties with France as German control of Europe is worrying and so far gone unchecked – that is where we should be putting our attention.
As someone who didn’t have one but has had some interest and even rejected a few agents I think I’m in a good position to speak on the subject, I think the best way to answer this is to put you in the seat of three different types of authors. Number one; someone who is just doing it as a bit of fun or as a legacy, so you written something silly or a bio on yourself but you don’t think it’s going to sell, you just feel that you have something out there, something to say you have been on this planet, to leave your mark. Does this person need an agent? Continue reading The Week – Do you need an agent? – Today I thought I would chat about the value, or not, of having an agent.
To continue from yesterday. It is good to see someone like Corbyn call out businesses, including farmers, to stand on their own two feet. I admire the points he makes about investing in building new council houses for rent and increase spending try to turn the country into a high skill/high tech power. I do have an issue with the UK having no home grown world level tech companies. I feel this isn’t right for us as an inventive nation but I am sceptical of printing more money as there could be inflationary consequences. I do think we need to put some controls on the building industry and direct what they are building as the amount of money they are screwing out of people has almost put a stop to the country’s growth but the big issue we need to tackle in this country is the stigma attached to manual skills and apprenticeships – as that’s what we need more of, skilled workers: engineers, trades, etc. – as we have plenty of thinkers but we need practical people to take thoughts and make them into reality if we are to compete with Continue reading Part Two Labour and Corbyn 19th September, 2015
Corbyn Labour Party
So it’s been a week since I watched the election, I was surprised that labour went with Corbyn. It’s definitely a bold move as there has never been such a left-wing Prime Minister in all British history. So let’s start with his appeal, well from the off there was no one worth their salt to go up against him realistically – all the other opponents are either tainted by the foul stench of being too close to Ed or Blair to really make them new and innovative. I know my mum voted for Yvette Cooper, who would have been a good leader but she is too close to Ed and the established political classes, I can see why Corbyn won as a real statement for the left but I’m just perplexed for what it means for the next general election.
Hello again. This week I thought I would share with you the article I published for the American Dyslexia Association, a really nice bunch of people looking to help share information and resource about dyslexia and dyscalcula, so here it is
I was diagnosed with dyslexia, aged 7. It was my mother who noticed it to start, as I had been able to get past my lack of reading in school by memorising books from people reading them to me. The big issue at this time was reading which I found incredibly hard and that meant my writing was reams behind my classmates. This all came to a head with my mum sending me to go and see a specialist teacher on the weekends, who helped me start to untangle
the strange Continue reading The Week 13th September, 2015
Regular readers may recall I discussed the concept of national identity last week. It is a big topic in the UK but in my view I don’t think we have one anymore which means this Middle England elite issue has bled down to working classes, meaning we’re all just one massive ball of materialistic folk that go shopping to the same big stores, to buy the same clothes, to drink the same latte or frappuccino, to buy expensive things to show people we don’t know how much better we are than them and a ‘what’s in it for me’ culture. This lack of identity has cumulated in a strong lean towards racism and xenophobia, fuelled as I said by a lot of the press. That is why resolving the refugee problem is such a huge political bomb for the UK –the recent years of anti-immigration and UKIP surge contrasts with the need to be now seen as a nation that is humane and cares for others. Why is this a conflict – well, as I see it, when people’s lives are not turning out as they hoped we in the west rush to blame others and need to find a group to push our hates and jealousy onto – often the problem is fundamentally because of our own lack of ability or work ethic but many turn to making immigrants the easy punch bag to blame ‘taking our job’s –
And so the big question is what can we do? I finished on that point yesterday and will start off there today with the reality that in countries far away from the blockades and running police battles there is little desire by the majority of people and their governments to take refugees. This is especially the case in the U.K. where the government is keen to appeal to the far right vote by reducing net immigration. Each of the main European countries has approached this problem in their unique ways as I have pointed out;
I’ve talked about this in the past, when the first boats were being picked up by the Italian navy, this time last year as I recall, but instead of the disastrous situation with the refugees being attended to, it has grown and grown to a level now unseen in Europe since the second world war. How could we let this happen?!?.
In this series I will be Continue reading The Refugee Crisis