Friday, 2 September 2016

Writing - Pepys' Great Fire

This Sunday, 4 September, the River Thames becomes a blazing beacon, as London marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1666. A 120-metre barge bearing 190 replica 17th-century buildings will be set alight in the heart of the city. The spectacular event is being produced by Artichoke as part of London's Burning, a festival of arts and ideas for Great Fire 350

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Great Fire of 1666

Now is not the time to be relating the well-known tale of the purge of 1666, but perhaps to reflect on the fact that Samuel Pepys sat in his rooms and wrote about the event.

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Samuel Pepys

Oh the miserable and calamitous spectacle!
September 2, 1666
It was a small mistake, but with great consequences. On September 2, 1666, Thomas Farrinor, baker to King Charles II of England, failed, in effect, to turn off his oven. He thought the fire was out, but apparently the smouldering embers ignited some nearby firewood and by one o'clock in the morning, three hours after Farrinor went to bed, his house in Pudding Lane was in flames. Farrinor, along with his wife and daughter, and one servant, escaped from the burning building through an upstairs window, but the baker's maid was not so fortunate, becoming the Great Fire's first victim.

What else are writers but conveyors of the truths they observe but with a personal slant?
Artists produce artefacts that represent events and scenes, however, as in the above case the artefact will be destroyed. Rather like Banksy and his murals which wear out or are pulled down.

Whatever happens there will be some record. My records are below.

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