Thursday, 14 July 2016

Writing - We're all going on a ...

I'm quite excited because I am going to tick a few things off my 'bucket' list, so this is my last blog for over a week.

In the meantime I have found an excerpt from a speech made by an ancestor of mine over 400 years ago! I will leave it with you as it has relevance to today.

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Thomas Hedley

Speech in Parliament
28 June 1610

I affirm that the parliament hath power over all arts, sciences, mysteries and professions, practiced in the commonwealth, and may make laws for reformation of any abuse in the practices therein. …
For as  the rules and maxims of all arts are agreeable to reason, and grounded thereupon, so especially is the common law. … every intelligent man may conceive and understand it, otherwise that legal or rather rational rule, ignorantia juris non excusat [ignorance of the law is no excuse], were very unjust. …for though it be true that all law is reason, yet that is no convertible proposition, for everyone knows that all reason is not law 

He was seemingly a lawyer with a tendency to use Latin. I am impressed with the first sentence in particular. The full text is available in a history of parliament but goes to 27 pages!

Durham Big Meeting Day

I will leave you with something a little less dour. When I was a child my father was a mechanical engineer working in Silksworth Pit. There was an annual parade in the city of Durham every July, when brass bands marched and the banners of all the pits in the Durham Coalfield were paraded. There were speeches by leaders of the Labour Party and union leaders, and there was a fair and picnic for the families. It was officially entitled Durham Miners' Gala but all the attendees referred to it as Durham Big Meeting Day.
The above banner was the image related to the pit where Dad worked for thirty years.

Read on

December 2015

 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 thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


God Bless