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Once a Head waiter to a Duke, then a Window Cleaner, Dumper truck driver, Market Trader, Chef, Salesman, Company Director and finally retired for parts of the year to Greece from the age of 52.
The above tells the tale quite lucidly, a Jack of all trades by nature, but without a doubt the master of none. But hey, who is these days?
So now I write, paint, create music animations on youtube and sculpt faces from small local rocks, I tend a big garden, make wine from my own vines, grow vegetables and generally catch up on all of those little pleasantries of life that a lack of time denied me when I was younger.
I hold a regular article slot in a local newspaper, and write about whatever catches my interest at any particular time.
To date I have three published fiction novels and two non fiction histories, one on the island of Crete, the second studying the reign of King Henry VIII. More writing is in the pipeline at various stages of completion which would have sent my old English Literature teacher bald as she advocated working to a rigid format and plan, alas my mind and efforts go to whatever takes my fancy and at a time to fit in with the rest of my busy existence
I also enter writing competitions, one of which I spy on this very website and I will be duly putting my mind to creating something in due course.
The Bethlem hospital for the mentally insane has existed since the year 1244. Originally an alms house for Holy Land Crusaders, it became a dumping ground for the incurably insane. The bestial care became public entertainment in the Victorian era, conditions so horrendous that it earned the nickname of ‘Bedlam'. Available in paperback on on Kindle.
Penny Snippet Edition 1 - The Dowager... Dowager Lydia Von Ozil, in financial decline since the death of her husband had a room to rent out in her prestigious Kensington home. The Dowager was nobody's dream of a landlady, but little did she know what she was opening her doors to.
Ebenezers Christmas.. Looking back on my files from a number of years ago I was reminded of a Christmas poem competition that I entered. As is my practice I came about the theme from an obtuse angle, the result being based upon a Christmas as enjoyed, or not so, by Ebenezer Scrooge. Needless to say I didn't win. However so many friends and colleagues that read the work enjoyed it so much that I decided to publish it on Youtube as an animated video. Given the impending festive times, feel free to give this a watch if you feel in need of an antidote to merriment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQSVfuqTUno
All of this Brexit malarkey brings back to mind a book I wrote in 2004 about the European Union going rogue, making the UK a vassal state then closing it down... Sound familiar? Tony Blair and Mandelson were our PM and 'Prince of Darkness' back then. My book 'Looking Forward to the Past' has just been republished, watch the video if you will to get a flavour.
King Henry VIII ruled over England from 1509 – 1547. His subject thought him wonderful and yet history tells a different tale. Watch this short one minute video to see how much you knew about him.
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