Sunday, 3 October 2010

Jonathan Franzen

Found this piece highly amusing.
Link here

I'd be more than pissed if it happened to me!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Dick (the) Turpin's ghost



His face looks like he’s having difficulty ejaculating.

I laughed most furiously at Derek Acroah the psychic other day (yes I’ve seen him live, and he was bloody awful) on the 'Most Haunted ghost show' yelling 'Mary Loves Dick.'

The spirit he’s supposed to be contacting is a one Dick Turpin. A notorious highwayman; alive and rampant in 1652. He was a bit like an English version of Jesse James or Billy The Kid.



Most people think Turpin was glamorous, a bit like a Robin Hood figure: it’s totally fiction of course. He used to rob and steal from the rich and poor, then give it all to himself or corrupt landowners, who’d do his bidding in cattle rustling, or some horse fiddling scam. Eventually Turpin was caught under the guise of a false name and hanged in York.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Costs


Someone asked did I intend to release the orchestra track I composed for my Book trailer.

I will in due course.


On the topic of Book Trailers, I see some corporate scoundrels in the community don’t mind charging an arm and a leg to make you one.

Prices throw in the range of $500 to $2200 dollars. C’mon guys, for that price you could film actors on 35mm and throw a bit of CGI into it.

If trailers make any difference to book sales who knows. To me, it certainly made no difference in tying to get a Literary Agent interested.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Time and Trailers



Back from France now, spent last few days setting up a Youtube account and editing my interview video about Slaves to the Generals.


It was filmed in Normandy, France.

That aside, I took some nice photos while I was travelling through a few French towns for a project I’m working on at the moment.


I dunno, where does time go?

Monday, 10 May 2010

A Battle Long Gone


In France at mo'.
The above picture is of me standing in front of a
"French War Memorial" in a village a few miles from Paris. The names of the fallen-soldiers are engraved so eloquently on the bronze-name-plate. Very moving.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Watching old movies.



I’ll be watching this movie tonight. Always had a soft spot for it.
Starring the beautiful Catherine Deneuve, and the great Gene Hackman, both brilliant in their roles.

Surprisingly the film was produced by Sir Lew Grade, the same guy who optioned Jim Henson’s “Muppet Shows” in the 1970s, even when: all of the American TV networks had turned it down.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Photo from another time

The image below conveys a young Vietnamese woman, surrounded by opium pipes: dated 1919 Hanoi, Vietnam. It suits the character of Dai Long, the lover of L├ęgionnaire Miller in my novel "SLAVES TO THE GENERALS" perfectly.





The dedicated ‘Albert Kahn’, a French photographer took this, and other great photographs during that time period. The link to his excellent book is here

Monday, 5 April 2010

Paratroopers Indochina

Paratroops In Indochina

Troops of the 1st B.E.P. (Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes - a paratroop batallion of the French Foreign Legion) in action near the RC-6 road in Indochina (now Viet Nam), January 1952. (Photo by Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Content © 2010 Getty Images All rights reserved.

Yeah okay "getty" I understand.
I wanted this picture for my book trailer - great shot.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Movies

I've always fancied myself as a film star.
This program I found does just that.

But after watching my ugly mug; then it peering down from a skyscraper, think
I'll leave it to the LA types.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

The Raven


A strange sound burst into my ears this morning.
A rustling of feathers and a twitching of grass - brushed twigs into the light wind.

I peered out of my bedroom window and There! Was this huge black Raven.
He’d raided the bird’s nest of the finches that live in my roof’s drainpipe.
One of their small eggs was in his black beak. Stolen. Bold as brass he was to his thievery. (I never knew thievery was a word?)

His large eye abruptly caught my steely gaze, then he buggered off as my hand went for my mobile-phone camera.

Dammit! Would have made a great picture.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Lost thoughts

© Time Inc

French Legionnaires' patronizing a local pub, consorting on beer and women.


I remember years ago I had a past like regression, to a previous existence. Apparently I’d been an Algerian Legionnaire who died in Indochina; I personally think it was my subconscious being teased.

It’s amazing when you read the other stories of people who’ve had this procedure done on them.

The hypnotist puts them in a trance and pow!
You were a Pharaoh of Egypt, or a courtier to Elizabeth I.
They never say, ‘Oh! Your name was joe, and you cleaned toilets in 1824 at Nottingham docks. Or you shovelled camel dung and horseshit in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs.’ Not glamorous enough.

I did feel sorry for the actor Peter Sellers, who used to consult psychics all the time. He lived his whole life on what they said. I definitely don’t!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Friday, 5 March 2010

Reading



Last night I watched a film called: ’Secret Window’ based on the novel by the master, Stephen King, and starring Johnny Depp. I thought it was really good, and spooky. The ending was terrific, because it completely fooled me about why that person was harassing the author character in the film, played by Depp. I won’t say anymore in case you haven't seen it, but I certainly recommend a viewing to anyone with a spare night to kill.



I've also finished reading Barbara Leaming's biography on Marilyn Monroe; it was an excellent read, very informative with lots of information. I'll have to get another biography about Marilyn - to see how they compare.

Well, that’s all for now. By the way it's still freezing cold!

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Found a few links

Found some interesting links

Worst book ever written (no it's not mine)
Click here


Lawsuit Book Cover (oh dear) click here


Createspace: I highly recommend Click here


Sunday Times article about Literary Agents (don’t I know) click here

Friday, 26 February 2010

The start

The editing on my forthcoming novel "SLAVES TO THE GENERALS", is now complete.

I've set up this blog today – and will post more soon.