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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Ok, so I’m late posting the prompt for Monday’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, but I’m here now and I’ve decided to give you a fairly open theme this week; Patterns in/from nature.

Choose a natural pattern, or make an artistic creation using your nature photos, it’s up to you. Whatever you decide to do, I’m sure you’ll come up with some inspired ideas.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

Some of these alternative definitions just pop into my head unannounced and not even I know why or where they come from. This week’s is one of those, so if it’s a case of “ok, just me then”, I apologise in advance;

“Scandals” – Outrageous or controversial beach footwear.

#1linerWeds

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Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Blogging, Humour, One liner Wednesday

 

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Scoop 2: Hot off the press…

After my unexpected time in The Sun at the weekend, the article that I did know about comes out tomorrow in the North Devon Gazette and I can preview it for you now, as I took a screenshot of the piece from their website.

I think it only fair to add that I did not say I was “enamoured with the social elements” at any point; I think I said that I liked the Android operating system.

I’m still not sure what the fascination is with me using my phone for everything (I was told by Linda G Hill that 50 Shades of Grey was written on a BlackBerry, so I’m hardly unique) but I’ll take all the publicity I can get, thank you very much.

Speaking of which; 

***** BUY MY BOOK! *****

IT’S REALLY, REALLY GOOD, HONEST.

Too much?

Ok, how a couple of nice easy links?

ONE FOR THE UK

…and…

ONE FOR EVERYWHERE ELSE

…and finally, some reviews;

***** – “The Wrong Stuff is a fast paced, rollicking adventure.”

***** – “Easy to read, difficult to put down.”

**** – “Fast moving…cleverly crafted.”

***** – “From start to finish it had me. It had drama and suspense, all tinged with a slice of black humour.”

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Hello and welcome to the inside story of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, by which I mean to allude to K’lee’s prompt for this week’s theme; Interiors.

I have chosen to interpret this in three ways; firstly with an artificially aged photo taken inside Arlington church; then with the interiors of a plastic jug and a soft drink bottle respectively; finishing up with a little collage I made from photos of the internal stairway of the building that houses our flat.

Enjoy.

K’lee was somewhat late posting, but you can now find his photos HERE.

Now it’s your turn…

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.
#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2017 in Arts, Blogging, Photography

 

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: The Accumulator, part nineteen…

Another weekend, another trip down Stream of consciousness Saturday Sunday without a paddle, this week using Linda G Hill’s prompt to continue this story by including;

” A word that starts with “P.” Find a word that begins with the letter “p,” and make it the theme of your post. Bonus points for starting and ending your post with a “p” word. ” 

No problem…

The Accumulator, part nineteen.

Scene: Patrick and Cathy’s car. They are sitting in rush hour traffic, travelling to the hospital. It is this morning.

08.07 – Patrick looks at his watch for the third time in ten minutes and groans in frustration, craning his neck to see past the line of cars, as Cathy pats his arm reassuringly.

“We’ve got plenty of time, don’t worry, I don’t start until nine.”

“Yes, but I want to make sure we’re in time for the changing of the guard.”

Patrick drums his fingers on the wheel, leans back in his seat and tries to relax. Then the car in front moves a few more miserable yards and stops, so he releases the handbrake with a sigh of resignation and they roll ever so slightly closer to their destiny, as we hear Patrick’s narration for the final time;

“We were so close to the end now, I could almost taste it, so the traffic really wasn’t helping my nerves, but Cathy didn’t seem the least bit concerned. It was her plan, after all, maybe that was why she was so chilled out about it all.

It was a simple enough idea; obtain a hospital security pass; (the sort of thing we’d been doing for nearly ten years in order to stay one step ahead of The Department, anyway) get me into the building under the guise of a visiting psychologist; (Cathy had earlier intercepted a letter intended for the real “Dr Maddox” and I was keeping his appointment for him) then walk into Subject:Beta’s room in plain sight, so to speak.

What I was going to do when I got in there was still rather vague and dependent on several unknown factors, but of one thing I was certain; for either myself or Dr Felix Braithwaite, this was very much the end of the line.”

Patrick’s voiceover ends as the traffic starts moving again, but our perspective remains fixed, watching the retreating tailgate of the car in front, until Patrick pulls forward and the rear windscreen appears to pass straight through us, then the camera rises slowly and cars pass beneath us, heading into the city to begin another day and the shot fades to…

Scene: A hospital corridor. The camera shows us a straight on view of two uniformed guards, stationed on chairs either side of the door to a private room, one fiddling with his phone and the other dozing, a newspaper on his lap.

Cut to…

08.55  – Double doors at one end of the corridor open and two more of the private security operatives head towards us.

Cut to…

The guard with the phone kicks his sleeping partner’s foot, waking the man with a start, who looks round blearily and quickly tries to shake himself into alertness as he sees their replacements coming towards him.

Cut to…

Patrick and Cathy, both dressed in white hospital coats; Patrick, with the obligatory stethoscope hanging from his pocket, a clipboard in one hand, a bulky file under his arm and an official hospital laminate round his neck, looks every inch the consultant specialist he is impersonating. They are watching “the changing of the guard” as Patrick had called it, from the doors at the opposite end of the corridor.

We watch through a round window in the door as the four men chat for a few seconds; one looks briefly into his client’s room, then the new arrivals bid farewell to their colleagues, who disappear the way the others came, before they take up position outside the door.

“Right, I think that’s our cue, are you ready?”

A whole swarm of butterflies do frantic somersaults in Cathy’s stomach, but she just smiles tightly and nods.

“Yes, let’s go get ’em..”

Patrick grins back, gives her hand a quick squeeze and pushes open the door.

Cut to…

We see Patrick and Cathy come down the corridor and stop as the reach the guards, both of whom stand up as they approach.

“Yes, can I help you?”

“Yes, I’m Dr Maddox, I’ve come to examine the patient. I have all the paperwork here somewhere.” 

Patrick produces the letter of introduction they intercepted, which the guard examines, along with his pass, while Cathy smiles sweetly at his partner until he seems satisfied they are legitimate.

“Wait here.”

The one who checked them over goes into the room, closing the door behind him. Patrick nods at the other guard amicably and receives a blank stare in return, so he turns to Cathy.

“Nurse, has the patient had any further sensory distortion, since Dr Braithwaite removed his dressing yesterday?”

“No, doctor, he seems a lot more comfortable and his headache appears to have receded completely.”

“That’s good, we’ll have to see…”

Patrick stops as the door opens and the guard returns.

“You can go in now.”

“Thank you, most grateful. We will need to take him to the CT imaging department later, could you arrange for a porter, do you think?”

“We aren’t on the hospital staff, sir, you’ll have to make your own arrangements, I’m afraid,” he looks at Patrick disdainfully, “and you won’t be going anywhere without us, that’s for sure.”

“Ok, thank you anyway, we’ll make our own arrangements, as you say.”

With that, Patrick nods his thanks to the stony-faced sentries, Cathy opens the door and they step into the room to discover the final part of the puzzle.

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To be continued (using next week’s prompt)…

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Scoop!..

A friend of mine back in Sussex posted a photo to me on Facebook today, (this one had nothing to do with imaginary, terrible biopics) and I thought that I should share it with you. 

The photo itself has no great aesthetic value, (no offence, Baz) it’s more the content that pleases me, because, well, the content is me.

And here it is, a clipping from today’s national Sun “newspaper”, which, without wishing to appear ungrateful, I wouldn’t wrap my chips in, let alone read (“read” being a relative term) but they get a pass for this specific square inch of print:

Where they acquired this journalistic scoop is a mystery, although I suspect it may have something to do with the interview I did for the local paper on Monday, although it doesn’t seem to be on the North Devon Gazette website yet, so it’s still a bit of a puzzle.

However, it does give me a perfect reason to remind you about my book (I wrote it on my phone, you know) which is available now on Kindle and in paperback.

It’s called The Wrong Stuff and it really is utterly brilliant and terribly exciting, so you should definitely buy it.

And one for a friend.

This is the Amazon.com link (for America and beyond).

Use this one for Amazon UK.

Here are some reviews, including one from the very marvellous Mr Richard Thorns, whose excellent novel, Gravenhead, can be found HERE and who readers of this blog may remember better as Zippy.

***** – “The Wrong Stuff is a fast paced, rollicking adventure.”

***** – “Easy to read, difficult to put down.”

**** – “Fast moving…cleverly crafted.”

***** – “From start to finish it had me. It had drama and suspense, all tinged with a slice of black humour.”

Over to you, Zip;

EXCLUSIVE: MURDEROUS TOP FINANCIER IN SECRET WORLD-DOMINATION ANTIQUES ROADSHOW SHAME.

By R. Thorns on 10 January 2017

I bought this book purely because of two things: firstly I was intrigued by Guy Thair’s method of writing, using one-word prompts from the followers of his blogging resumes; I thought this was a really fresh and inspirational way of putting a story together, one that did wonders for him, too, no doubt, by sharpening the imagination as the story went along. The second reason was that I really like Guy’s blogs and always find them thoughtful and meaningful, with new ways of looking at the world, and never dull or uninspiring (do check them out).

‘The Wrong Stuff’ begins as a sleepy antiques hunt, and you never think you are going to eavesdrop on plots of financial world-domination, a firefight in a very strange location or a romp through Victorian streets, but you are! And very enjoyable it is, too. I thought the book might run out of steam or be stuck for a realistic ending, but both fears went unrealised – actually the ending is very convincing, as is the treatment of time travel which has slipped up many an author in the past.

I only give 5 stars to the likes of Dickens, so there’s no shame in four! This is a very good read! Personally, I liked the Victoriana segment over the initial, modern-day scenario, but that’s just me. Even if you aren’t familiar with the blogs, I think you’ll like this; if you are, I know you will.”

 

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Greetings all, welcome to Saturday and to another (late) prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, this week set by K’lee.

He has chosen a nicely broad theme for you to cogitate upon over the weekend, so I’m hoping for a wide range of photographic creativity on Monday.

The prompt for this week is simply; Interiors.

So stay indoors, out of the cold and wintry weather, to produce an inside image from your inimitable imaginations.

See you on Monday.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2017 in Blogging, Photography

 

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