Monday, 12 December 2011

Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

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Patrick A Steele is an accountant with training in a variety of physical skills who feels the need to right the wrongs in society!

Link to my second book newly released. Same rule as above!

Patrick A Steele is concerned about the influence of the USA on Great Britain! What will he do?

Before you ask it is Merry Christmas in Russian!

A group of us had some sad news yesterday in that one of our number died in unfortunate circumstances. A member of our choir, the tenor section, left a concert on Friday stopped at a pub no more than 100 yards from his home and after having a drink went out to walk home and it is believed that he slipped on ice and fell hitting his head. Unfortunately, he wasn't found until the next morning by which time it is believed that he had died from hyperthermia.

This is factual and not a piece of imaginative writing and I felt it appropriate to record the incident out of sympathy for his family and his Latvian wife. He will be fondly remembered.


The incident described above brought me round to thinking about people which when writing has to be a route into creation of characters. The first teaching post I wrote about in an earlier blog gave me a number of people that could form the basis of a character that may appear in a book at some point in the future. The deputy headmaster was one such person. It must be remembered that at the time I was a callow youth of 21 years and Leslie, the deputy, would be in his mid fifties at a guess.
Les was a fascinating character who had to be a great example of an old fashioned Yorkshireman. He sported a hangdog expression from his heavily jowled face that gave him the aspect of a bloodhound. He also sported a brown, coat styled overall and tended to lean forward at an angle that made him somewhat menacing particularly to the children who were sent to him to be admonished. Standing at around 6 feet and being quite heavy when he leant forward towering over some objectional little person they used to dissolve under his glare. On top of that he used to carry a cane tucked down the inside of his trouser leg with the curved handle visible over the waistband that I don't ever remember seeing him use in 7 years! His meer demeanour was enough to cow the must recalcitrant of children.
Yet this figure of retribution had the most wickedly dry sense of humour imaginable and he delivered lines with the same dour expression. I remember him recounting tales of his army posting in the middle east in front of the school, around 750 children and 35 staff. He told us of an arab friend that he had made while out there and he said his name was Ahmadpis Livshits and his face never altered. I am sure he was aware that the whole school were struggling to maintain a serious demeanour in the solemn assembly situation.

A real rich personality with depth - meat and drink to a writer.

God Bless - Norman

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