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I’ve spent most of my working life as a journalist and was pleased and surprised to win an award for my travel writing. Before that I tried all sorts of jobs including furniture removals, photography, teaching and running a magazine group.
7 May, 2020

NO RUM ON VE-DAY

By |2020-05-05T13:35:10+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Diary... Sergeant Leslie Todd Gunner Leslie Todd was an ordinary soldier who fought an ordinary Second World War like millions of others. A Territorial volunteer, he served on anti-aircraft duties in the Battle of Britain and landed in Normandy a month after D-Day. When Leslie died in 1985 I discovered his war diary. [...]

6 May, 2020

A PERFECT FACE FOR RADIO

By |2020-05-06T13:47:43+00:00May 6th, 2020|

Covid-19 has ignited an explosion of creativity in all sorts of fields from people trapped in lockdown. One such event was UK Crime Book Club's #UKCBCfest20 free online festival. Held over last weekend, it featured 13 live Facebook sessions with top crimewriters including Mark Billingham, Elly Griffiths, Cally Taylor and William Shaw. #UKCBCfest20 came about [...]

28 April, 2020

CREAM OF CRIME FOR FREE

By |2020-04-28T11:15:07+00:00April 28th, 2020|

You can have the cream of crime in your living room this weekend. Dozens of crime book festivals attract hundreds of authors and thousands of fans annually. This year they are victims of Covid-19. But the Facebook group UK Crime Book Club is on the case. This site, which has more than 10,000 members, is holding [...]

27 April, 2020

CoviDiary pt10: DYING FOR THE WRONG REASON

By |2020-04-27T09:38:12+00:00April 27th, 2020|

Friday April24: Another clear, hot day. Busy morning editing videos of me reading Phoney face... high-tech toddler Danny for #UKCBCfest20. Emailed isolating elderly friends for a catchup.  … Went for a forecourt sundown beer and started Ben Kane's Lionheart. Sun still beautifully warm. Daughter Facetimed. Fuzzy Grandson calling out the names of his [...]

24 April, 2020

CoviDiary pt9: POLICE! OPEN UP!

By |2020-04-24T10:28:52+00:00April 24th, 2020|

Sunday April19: Another brilliant day. Long walk. Felt better although knee tender. Fair number of people walking, enjoying sunshine  (but only as an unavoidable byproduct of walking). Facemasks increasingly common as debate on their usefulness rages.  … Saw the Walking Man. Glad as I haven't seen him for a week+. Monday April20: Woke before alarm [...]

23 April, 2020

CoviDiary pt8: EGG HUNT, BOOKFEST & PARAKEETS

By |2020-04-23T09:46:13+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

Monday April13: Received videos of grandson enjoying Easter egg hunt. Good to see but it makes his physical absence more acute. … Haven't seen the Walking Man for a week. Don't know his name or where he lives. Hope he's ok. Another 717 hospital deaths, new total 11,329. Non-hospital deaths not included. Scramble for [...]

16 April, 2020

CoviDiary pt7: IS CHEESE ESSENTIAL?

By |2020-04-15T21:29:31+00:00April 16th, 2020|

Friday April10: Up early, hot and sunny. Mooched through morning. Milk had gone off. Chatted to neighbour's husband on forecourt. Think he's getting a bit stir crazy as he's not usually very talkative beyond the standard pleasantries.  … Out mid afternoon, followed the back roads to parish church. Churches are closed but the churchyard was [...]

15 April, 2020

FREE SHORT STORY

By |2020-04-14T17:17:24+00:00April 15th, 2020|

UK Crime Book Club on Facebook is a lively, friendly group of nearly 10,000 readers and writers. They run regular short story events. Here is my recent contribution. THE ASSASSINATION OF EDDIE TENCH The target was close now. He could see him, smell him, but the doomed man would never see his soon-to-be assassin. It [...]

13 April, 2020

CoviDiary pt6: SADISTS AND MORONS

By |2020-04-12T20:47:31+00:00April 13th, 2020|

Tuesday April07: Glorious spring sky greeted World Health Day, PM in hospital on oxygen. Coronavirus now has a face and its Boris Johnson's. … Walked, quite busy, speeding cars, phone-fixated zombies. Back home, daughter Skyped. Grandson feeding small change to toy dog that nods for money. Yesterday he Wide open spaces...out for a walk [...]

9 April, 2020

CoviDiary pt5: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

By |2020-04-08T19:31:27+00:00April 9th, 2020|

Friday April03: Queued 20 minutes at Waitrose. Well spaced although the guy behind seemed to think he'd get in quicker if he edged closer to me. It was fairly well stocked but crowded given the rationed entry. Many people so focussed on their shopping they were oblivious to those around them. Hard to maintain separation. [...]