Different Planet Promotion

5 days in the life of an English office are described in this book, available for $0.99 up until 9th April. There’s lots of banter and insults flying around. The main character Albert Merton has worked at the same firm for a number of years. Albert’s always been boorish, anti-recycling and anti-exercise but after losingContinue reading “Different Planet Promotion”

Pole Vaulting – Hadrian’s Wall – 2

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. The second event is the “Vault over the Wall” that is for both professional and amateur athletes alike. The aim here is simply to vault over the wall using any implementContinue reading “Pole Vaulting – Hadrian’s Wall – 2”

Lake District: the UK’s first world heritage national park – in pictures

As the Lake District enjoys its newly awarded Unesco world heritage status, take a look at some of the views that illustrate the magic and beauty of Wordsworth Country

Manton Rempville – Chapter 4

Colin Knowles was lying on a beach in the Caribbean. He was drinking a mojito and soaking up the rays of the sun, while secretly admiring some of the local females. Slowly the eloquent cawing of the parrots in the trees turned into the ringing of his phone and intruded into his dream. Knowles triedContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 4”

Manton Rempville – Chapter 3

Knowles placed the statements in a folder and asked Barnes to initiate the investigation of Edward Pritchard’s bank accounts to see whether there were sudden influxes of cash. While Barnes was on the phone, Knowles phoned WPC Smythe to find out what she had found out from Wilkinson’s wife. “Hello, Linda, did you speak toContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 3”

Manton Rempville – Chapter 2

Barnes drove his Morgan down the carefully manicured driveway of Manton Rempville Hall, while Knowles stared at the yew hedges, which had been sheared into interesting shapes that he couldn’t quite recognise. After they’d parked, Knowles walked over to one of the hedges and pointed. “What do you think they’re supposed to be, Barnesy, theseContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 2”

Manton Rempville – Chapter 1

Detective Sergeant Rod Barnes surveyed the remains of Manton Rempville monastery with a certain amount of incredulity. He’d heard that 100,000 pounds had been spent on preserving the ruins and he couldn’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. Ruins were ruins for a reason and that reason was because the natural order ofContinue reading “Manton Rempville – Chapter 1”

Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 5

Carol Herald was in position early for her morning thrills; this morning it was going to be Lord Avon and his stable lad cavorting in the ferns in Hen’s Wood. Lord Avon would sit astride the youth and then whip him quite savagely as he bucked and pranced in imitation of a bull – itContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 5”

Dancing around the Windmill

The concept of the Village Idiot is a long-held tradition that was refined to its highest degree in rural Somerset in the 1300s. At that time the position of Village Idiot was an official job title and had a salary, though it was paid in acorns. Both men and women could apply for the role in the annual DancingContinue reading “Dancing around the Windmill”

HASTE – Lady of the Lake

Amidst reports of a young lady being constantly immersed in water and thrusting a pointed sword into the air in a vain attempt to save herself, I head to the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury in 421 A.D. I am walking by a small lake when I see a young woman standing up in the waterContinue reading “HASTE – Lady of the Lake”