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Viral campaigns #history

There is no clear evidence as to where the Spanish Flu pandemic started but, uncharacteristically for flu, it attacked the young and able. Arguments have been made for a Chinese… Read more »

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Golden Girls #history

A man’s world in the 15th and 16th centuries? – that would be to ignore two very remarkable women from that era! Queen Isabella of Castile and Aragon (1451 –… Read more »

HimalayanRiver

Energy source or water supply? #thriller

The world’s population exceeds seven billion people – 40% of this total depends upon the water that flows down the major rivers from the Himalayas for their agriculture, for industry,… Read more »

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Water – a real and present danger!

I’m no rabid environmentalist, have no green agenda, but in researching Still Water I knew there was a world water crisis but I had not realised quite how serious it… Read more »

Tapas

Tapas #history

#history – The origin of that distinctive Spanish snack, tapas, is debated in 1492 and all that! ῀ Alfonso X of Spain is one of the many origins claimed for… Read more »

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AtomBomb

50 poor forecasters… Part II – #history

Part 2 – the final 25: 50 reasons, spanning 500 years, that clearly illustrate that we humans are poor forecasters. The lesson? Never go into print with a forecast! ῀… Read more »

Apple1

50 poor forecasters… Part I #history

Part 1 – the first 25: 50 reasons, spanning 500 years, that clearly illustrate that we humans are poor forecasters. The lesson? Never go into print with a forecast! ῀… Read more »

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Blackbird song

Woke to this wonderful sound: ῀ Not sure what the fantastic range of its song means – but it sounds joyous and uplifing.Great way to wake up to what looks… Read more »

CoffeeRoaster

Smelly stuff…

These are some of my nostalgic smells – what are yours?   FOOD SMELLS Just opened a jar of coffee and couldn’t help plunging my nose in to it to… Read more »

DouglasAdams

Makes you think…

I’ve always been a huge fan of Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide etc) and something I was doing today made me look at several of his quotes, couldn’t stop myself posting… Read more »

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Nolan Bushnell and Atari #history

On this day in 1972 Nolan Bushnell co-founded Atari – the coin-op to home console game company Extract from The PC Pioneers Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an… Read more »

EarlyGatesAllen

Bill Gates’ last stand #history

On this day in 2008 Bill Gates spent his last formal day working with Microsoft. But, as a salute, let’s consider how it all started forty years earlier – back… Read more »

Lotus123

Lotus blossom #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1947 Jonathan Sachs was born – with Mitch Kapor he would found Lotus and launch Lotus 1-2-3 Sachs had been a… Read more »

Vint_Cerf

Birth of the father of the Internet #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1943 Vint Cerf was born – he would go on to be called the ‘father’ of the Internet, certainly he was… Read more »

Pierre_Omidyar

eBay birthday – #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers On this day in 1967 Pierre Morad Omidyar was born in France – he would go on to launch eBay. He had Iranian parents, a… Read more »

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Blogs – Publishing, Research and Writing

 Back to Site Map   –  My Writing  –  Back to Home Page PUBLISHING Subject First posted Route of Evil – available today $2.99, €2.99 or £2.99 15-Sep Route of Evil… Read more »

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They are our champions… #writing

Writers of books write for a range of reasons. It might be a lifelong ambition to write a particular book with no particular ambition for it as a career. Perhaps… Read more »

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It’s today! Route of Evil is now fully available…

My latest thriller is available today – from these great eBook and paperback retailers: Amazon on all twelve national Amazon sites (for Kindle or Paperback) Kindle UK – Kindle USA… Read more »

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Route of Evil as a paperback #thriller

I am delighted to advise that a paperback version of Route of Evil is available now – several weeks before the eBook will be released. So if you can’t wait… Read more »

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1492 and all that! – half price offer #history

My latest thriller Route of Evil is now available for sampling and pre-ordering via Smashwords And to celebrate this I have reduced the price of my best-selling history book –… Read more »

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Blogs – Publishing, Research and Writing

 Back to Site Map   –  My Writing  –  Back to Home Page PUBLISHING Subject First posted Route of Evil – available today $2.99, €2.99 or £2.99 15-Sep Route of Evil… Read more »

Library

Sobering thoughts… #ebook

Important to know if you want to get your new book noticed! ῀ First the good news – the global publishing, media and entertainment industries in total are worth some… Read more »

Douglas Adams

Writing advice

These quotes feature in The PC Pioneers but could easily be applied to writing and authors: No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.Isaac Newton Research is what… Read more »

Writer

Author earnings…

I was looking for what authors might expect to earn and found the Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest online survey that they did in October and November 2013.  It… Read more »

Da Vinci

What do reviewers know?

Dan Brown was rejected and told his manuscript of The Da Vinci Code was ‘so badly written’. Fortunately another publisher did not agree. Jacqueline Susann received this review, ‘…she is… Read more »

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Blogs – Publishing, Research and Writing

 Back to Site Map   –  My Writing  –  Back to Home Page PUBLISHING Subject First posted Route of Evil – available today $2.99, €2.99 or £2.99 15-Sep Route of Evil… Read more »

FrenchMarket

Channeling la différence #history #Anglo-France

Just spent a great weekend with my daughter and her family south of Paris, France. The English Channel (La Manche) separates our two nations and as near-neighbours we have a… Read more »

ThumbsDown

Not very, never very – it’s as bad as nice!

45 ways to avoid using the word ‘very’ I came across this article via StumbleUpon – produced by © Amanda Patterson of Wrtiter’s Write. As someone who constantly reaches for… Read more »

Da Vinci

Literary challenges

Dan Brown was rejected and told his manuscript of The Da Vinci Code was ‘so badly written’. Fortunately another publisher did not agree. Jacqueline Susann received this review, ‘…she is… Read more »

ThePrisoner

Significance of Genres #writing

One of my early surprises as a writer was when publishers and agents require you to squeeze your work into a genre. I took this the wrong way, hadn’t I… Read more »

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