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January 2008

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Of Things Financial…

Before Christmas I had a letter from my mortgage brokers advising me that the guy who has sorted me out four times over the last six years when most companies wouldn’t be interested had left ‘to pursue his career elsewhere…

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Dark Mornings

The half light of morning; the sky is tinged in shades of blue; the trees and the hedgerows are silhouettes and made bigger in their appearance. Across a telegraph wire sparrows are roosted like bunting hanging across the street.

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Flat East

Flat East Flat Flat with odd little lumps. But still flat. East Anglia Flat. East Anglia is flat. Flat is not derogatory It’s not even an insult Or a voice of contempt. It’s the truth; East Anglia is flat (and…

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The Ebony Mouse

I’ve been to Hemingford Grey a few times in the last year, and not realised that the manor house overlooking the river there is actually the former house of Lucy M. Boston and the setting for the Green Knowe stories….

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She Speaks!

For nine months now, Emma has had ‘an eljay’ account, purely for the purposes of being able to read some of my protected entries but she has already remained silent in these pages; she has been The Quiet Reader. This…

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The January Meme

In response to Helen… 1. Name: 2. Birthday (age is optional-I understand if you don’t want to share): 3. Where do you live: 4: What are you studying/What are you working as: 5. What makes you happy: 6. What are…

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Procrastination is thy name

I have plans. Every day I have plans. I go through these plans on the bus back to the car, and whilst driving home, of how I’m going to do this, and do that, and get that done. And then,…

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The Curious Tales of Thomas Shepherd…

Helen recently posted information about a new competition being run and I am tempted to enter Blood & Fire into it. Normally I am cautious about entering my WIP into a competition because of the fear that they will want…

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Chopping and Changing

The ‘first pass’ reading revising of Part Four is primarily for establishing where to subdivide it into (approximately) six chapters, and for refreshing my own mind over what actually happens in the chapter. It’s also useful for getting to grips…

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Back roads and bottlenecks

Ggrr… yesterday upon leaving the ‘Thank you for visiting Bicester’ sign, I encountered break lights and queuing traffic and narrowly avoided a 45 minute jam getting to the M40 junction. This was because the lights were out on the roundabout,…

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Unbelievable!

I’ve just been on the phone with CIS getting Emma added as a named driver on my car insurance. My call was being handled by a very nice, friendly and efficient lady. During the call I heard in the background…

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The grey, the gloom, and the roast

I pottered around this morning; doing some washing, doing some cleaning, reading some more of Part Four, and around noon, Emma arrived. We had a nice lunch with bread and cheese olives, and houmous, and then we went out for…

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A Useful Day

1. My project of spring cleaning continues, and have today sorted through my desk draws and the piles of paper spilling out from the bookshelfs above my desk. I have also relocated computer peripherals into the draw of my hi-fi…

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What’s in a name?

I’m going to try and get the revisions to part three of Blood & Fire finished by the end of this weekend, and thus reach the half-way point. The thing is, I think I’m going to have to change the…

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Lost Voices

Last night I finished reading Ursula Le Guin’s Voices. I can remember being blown away by her original Wizard of Earthsea trilogy (and then latterly, quartet), but I was disappointed by the more recent fifth outing for the world, The…

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A whole New box

Last night, all the Humax boxes that I know of (Emma has one, her dad, my parents, my brother…), updated themselves over the airwaves, down that funny little old-fashioned aerial thingy. And what an update? As well the addition of…

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The future is closer…

Fingers crossed, and touching wood, my laptop has been behaving itself since the hard disk related glitches and the Dell support call of last week. Which is good, because at only 2½ years old, I really don’t want to upgrade…

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Rapunzel, let down your hair…

I’ve just watched last Thursday’s modern retelling of The Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel. It was good fun and entertaining but it wasn’t what I would call a retelling of a traditional story. For a retelling to really work for me, it…

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