Category Archives: writing

Motorway Brexit Left

By | Thursday, 29 March 2018

Driving along any motorway in England at the moment is an exercise in traffic control and cone watching. Everywhere you see the same sign, ‘upgrading to smart motorways expect delays [until after we leave Europe]’. For like every other malaise that seems to malign this one sceptered isle it is the influence of the EU… Read More »

Wrimo Time

By | Wednesday, 1 November 2017

It is that time of year again the National Novel Writing Month, or nanowrimo as it is known to its participants. As usual Leigh Keating and I will be joining in on the madness and frustration that makes up this event. In previous years I have both won and lost (winning is writing 50,000 words… Read More »

Ere I am J.H.

By | Tuesday, 1 August 2017

[Last night, Monday 31st July, we scattered my friends ashes in a small ceremony near Friar’s Crag on Derwent Water in the Lake District. I naturally took the opportunity to write some more about her to share with the people who attended. It is reprinted here for everyone else.] In Terry Gilliam’s seminal film Brazil… Read More »

Granada On

By | Friday, 28 July 2017

About Granada, Spain: tips and tricks for the urban explorer, extended visitor or people simply living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. (This is a review I posted to Amazon Kindle about this book, I liked it enough that I thought it also belonged here – go buy the book) A… Read More »

Write A Day 2

By | Saturday, 2 January 2016

Back in March, in my last post, I mentioned that I had been doing a writing challenge in 2015 where I would write at least a page for each day in a small journal. It’s the start of 2016 and I haven’t really blogged much here (though i have managed to blog significantly to my… Read More »

Write A Day

By | Sunday, 1 March 2015

Back in December Leigh published the following blog all about the diary challenge that she had recently completed and how you could do the same. It was a call to action to all of us who want to write and sometimes have an issue in finding the time or the motivation. The basic story is that a… Read More »

‘the violence calls up silence’

By | Monday, 17 February 2014

 [This is the second of two stories written for the Lancaster and Cumbria Nanowrimo groups first creative writing challenge] Ed looked into Lily’s eyes and saw nothing. Once they were filled with laughter, love, intrigue and sometimes sadness. Her eyes were truly the gateway to her soul and would reflect every inner thought. In the… Read More »