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.
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;
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
Hello and welcome to another instalment. This time I thought I would talk about the Battle of Britain as the anniversary of the battle started a few days ago so I thought I would share my thoughts and try to broaden public opinion on the subject.
Rose – coming august – catch up first with The Horse Lord now >>> http://goo.gl/MHqZvY
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.
Hello and I hope you are all OK. I have something different to talk about this week, instead of talking about current events around the world I decided that I would talk about my venture into the writing world. It has been around eight months or so since my first book was released (if you haven’t got a copy yet then do get it – Amazon link– soon going on lulu too!) I am happy to report that the second mini saga is about to be released, a prequel called Rose’s Story and Continue reading The Week #29 26th July, 2015
Hello and welcome to the week again my rather sporadic, mainly political area, sorry there wasn’t one last week. I had a helicopter assessment thing I had to do that gobbled up the time: any who here we go the big news for me this week – it has to be the budget, the first Conservative in 17 years and what it will do for the country, so let get to it.
First of all let’s look at the budget itself, so I pop over to the government site to peruse it, as you may have read in the headlines that the budget really hammered the poor and the young so I went to see for myself what it says. Continue reading The Week #28 12th July, 2015
Hello and welcome to The Week. I could talk about the atrocious attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait but after the USA Church atrocity last week, and the mass death of migrants the weeks before I don’t think Isis need any more publicity, even if it is from my small blog. Isis as an issue can only be sorted by a combined strike of all western countries but after Afghanistan and Iraq we don’t have the stomach for it any more. I thought I would concentrate this week on accounts of rich kids on Instagram and such like. As an avid non user of most social media I don’t have Instagram but it’s not hard to find evidence of these rich kids everywhere else. The fact that there are so many of them makes my face screw up even more, who views these and why? I directly attribute the peacock Continue reading The Week #27 28th June, 2015