Thursday, 26 February 2015

Writing - Heinz 57 varieties

Today's title comes from my innate indecisiveness. The term Heinz 57 varieties has been used to describe mixtures ranging from race to mongrel dogs.

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In fact the term stems from an advertising campaign by J Heinz & Co. to tell the world about the wide range of foodstuffs they sell.

Q. So what has this to do with writing today?

A. Nothing! Just that there is a range of material in this blog.


This year has a plethora of anniversaries to consider ranging from Agincourt to the Magna Carta and beyond. It is also the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling.

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Kipling is probably out of fashion these days as much of his writing was founded during the British Raj and his views have been questioned with regards to the British Empire. However, he was a compelling writer. 
I can remember being eleven years old, recovering from my first general anaesthetic for a tooth extraction and being given 'The Jungle Book' to read. To this day I can remember being spellbound by the antics of Rikki Tikki Tavi and of course the adventures of the most famous character Mowgli. 

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Rikki Tikki Tavi

Then of course there is his poem recently voted the nation favourite If. It is too long to reproduce in its entirety but here are  the first and last verse to whet your appetite.

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


I promised variety and here goes. This is me leaping on my soapbox once again. In the news today are more revelations about the scale of Jimmy Savile's vile and extensive sexual crimes. The lady in charge of the inquiry has suggested that volunteers, including celebrities, should have rigorous checks into their background. She suggested the DBS service which goes into your police records and looks at all of your convictions up to the present date. There are obvious drawbacks. The day the DBS Certificate is issued it becomes out-of-date!
Sounds like another fudge to me!


My 10 books as of December 2014

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thin collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.