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What a week – thanks to everyone.

What a great week. Thanks to everyone for your kind words on my winning the Pride of Shropshire award – and listening to me on BBC Radio – quite a day.  Great fun. Everyone I met were really friendly.  Looking forward to seeing folks at the forthcoming library and schools event.

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The Crisis. finale

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 –

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The crisis…. part two

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;

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The Battle of Britain eps 2

So, continuing from yesterday, first of all, let’s say Hitler hadn’t changed orders to bomb the main cities of the United Kingdom and had, instead, just concentrated on the airfields then, without a shadow of doubt, the Royal Air Force would have bled to death with the loss of an irreplaceable number of aircraft and personnel. If that had happened the Germans would have completely controlled the air over Britain, cutting us off Continue reading The Battle of Britain eps 2

how to, and what it is to be a writer

What’s it like being a writer? Well, first and foremost, most people will tell you, you have to come up with an idea, concept and work forward from that. I find that just writing down a passage or events that I think sounds cool or unique and from that initial spark the story grows and that idea gather momentum to take the story forward. For example, when I first wrote the Riders of the North it started with just a dream I had about a medieval battle field with heavily laden warriors combating Mongol riders with their composite bow. And from that simple dream the whole project sprang forth onto the pages of my notebook and then I moved it onto the computer and, eventually, into the two stories I’ve published to date, alongside the full novel I’m sitting on at the moment.

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