Stuck for a Plot? Try reading Machiavelli

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I’m pleased to welcome a guest writer to my blog today with some insights into the writing of Niccolo Machiavelli. Actor, writer and teacher, Michael Murray was born in Stepney, East London. He trained for the stage at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his Equity name, Michael worked for many years as an…… Continue reading Stuck for a Plot? Try reading Machiavelli

Sunday Serial #6

But if you like the Dickensian idea of reading your novels in weekly instalments, read on ….. Sharon couldn’t believe it, she was actually telling him about the little shit who’d touched her up at Killingholme Grange. And the racehorse owner. She’d never told anyone about that. He wasn’t saying anything, just listening. She hoped…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #6

These are the best music videos I’ve ever seen!

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If you’re one of the 100,000,000 people who’ve watched Stephen Malinowski’s YouTube videos then skip this post. But if Malinowski’s Music Animation Machine has passed you by, then take a look at this fabulous version of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. https://youtu.be/02tkp6eeh40 Stephen Malinowski was born on August 6, 1953 in Santa Monica, California. He…… Continue reading These are the best music videos I’ve ever seen!

Who was Earl Grey?

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Most afternoons we have a cup of Earl Grey, the tea blend which has been flavoured with the addition of bergamot oil. The tea is named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764 –1845) who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from November 1830 to July 1834. You might have seen Charles Grey played by…… Continue reading Who was Earl Grey?

Why is the beautiful Taraxacum so despised?

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My garden has a wonderful collection of the Taraxacum flower. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/dandelions-spring-yellow-hill-3404750/ I think they are really beautiful. The bright yellow flowers brighten the garden on even the dullest day. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/dandelion-pollen-nature-grass-3344544/ And the seed head must be one of the finest in the world. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/nature-dandelion-macro-close-3092555/ So why is the dandelion…… Continue reading Why is the beautiful Taraxacum so despised?

Hemingway’s Icebergs

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I’m pleased to welcome a guest writer to my blog today with some insights into the writing of Ernest Hemingway. Actor, writer and teacher, Michael Murray was born in Stepney, East London. He trained for the stage at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his Equity name, Michael worked for many years as an…… Continue reading Hemingway’s Icebergs

Sunday Serial #5

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Go here to start reading the novel from the beginning. But if you like the Dickensian idea of reading your novels in weekly instalments, read on ….. She (Sharon) left him in the dining room, crossed the hall and moved purposely back into the drawing room. Fighting her desire for a cigarette, she sank into…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #5

May’s special flowers

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To celebrate the 1st May enjoy these lovely flowers. The Old Farmer’s Almanac identifies the Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn as the special flowers for the month of May. The lily of the valley signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/lilies-of-the-valley-wood-blossom-2456643/ The hawthorn plant represents hope and supreme happiness.…… Continue reading May’s special flowers