Category Archives: History

Billion Year Spree – further thoughts


Just finished The Neried. About myths, legends and homelessness; set in Blackpool. My next piece is proper SF Core. Set in the core of the Milky Way, in the Galactic Bar. Explores the issues of lots of aliens living together … Continue reading

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Kulturá at Kavá (in Todmorden)


Last night I went to the Kavá, a coffee shop in Todmorden. The Kavá holds a Kulturá evening on the last Thursday of each month. Last night’s event consisted of Poetry Lecture: Coleridge and Eyes this was followed by a poetry discussion … Continue reading

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What kind of detail do you consider when Creating a Fantasy World or an SF Universe?


It’s time for another go at this. What is world creation? For several months now I’ve been reading Juvaini’s The History of The World-Conqueror. This work is relatively unknown in the West and was written as an account of the … Continue reading

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Searching for meaning in Kafka


In October 2014, the reading group on the Guardian searched for meaning in Kafka. This provoked the following thoughts. Kafka is writing about our living in a world that is too vast and complex for us to understand by any means … Continue reading

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A Quick mention of my History of Burnley Grammar School


Burnley is the name of my forthcoming book (non-fiction, historical / nostalgia). It will look at less well-known aspects of the town’s history, give a historical context to the current state of education in the town, and paint a picture of … Continue reading

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Dark Fantasy Project on hold


Bit of an update. My dark fantasy project (Erisse of the Illyany)  is on hold. It is set partly in Xinjiang with dip into a realms of fantasy & horror. On Illyany; those of you who are up to the geography will realise that … Continue reading

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Chinese University Bans Christmas


Chinese University Bans Christmas is a headline ripped from the Guardian. It’s at times like these I feel the urge to dig into background. Here’s their photo. Christianity has a long tradition in China. It turns out that its original form … Continue reading

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Parish Council Fisticuffs


Fighting talk turns into action for parishioners in Briercliffe, or as the Daily Telegraph puts it: Parish council meeting descends into fist fight – over allotments Eeh, that takes me back. Having lived in that part of the world for nearly … Continue reading

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Turkey and the West


I was browsing the Guardian’s guide to Istanbul when I noticed the district, Üsküdar, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. I first came across Üsküdar when rsearching the Bony M song Rasputin. “That melody is old.” my mother told … Continue reading

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A Terrorist…


Is one who works out How to achieve less In his one to many Heresy And Imagines who he might snare As he falls The mountain fortresses of the assassins were destroyed as a force by 1260. Their deeds live on … Continue reading

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