Paul Andruss – Author 8

Paul Andruss - Author
Paul Andruss is the author of 2 contrasting fantasy novels   Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen       Finn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, ...

Symposium 4

Symposium
These days a symposium sounds quite prestigious. It something scientists and academics attend to exchange cutting-edge ideas. So it might surprise you to know it come from the Ancient Greek for ‘Drinking Together’. Something probably not that far off the truth these days either: a load of bladdered physicists doing Stephen Hawking impressions… Cos he’s ...

Pure 18

Pure
  Leather manufacture was always a noisome business. Noisome as in smelly, not noisy: that was the slaughterhouse. Although with all those animals terrified by death and all the blood, I think slaughterhouses were pretty smelly too. When I was a kid there was a tannery on the side of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. ...

On the Shoulders of Giants 20

On the Shoulders of Giants
  When Sally Cronin included me in her list of 10 nominees for The Miranda Sings Award – A chance to say I Love Me! A list of 7 things you like about yourself. I admit to quaking in my boots.  Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life Sally’s piece had all the unmistakable qualities ...

Mister Marx’s Beautiful Daughter 24

Mister Marx’s Beautiful Daughter
This is not about the co-founder of Marks and Spencer’s. There’s more to life than shopping! Nor about Groucho… Harpo… Chico… Zeppo… It’s Karl! Karl Marx? Honestly, it’s like getting blood from a stone! Karl Marx was born in Prussia in 1818. After failing at fiction he turned to essay writing particularly economic and political ...

Who was Arthur? 21

Who was Arthur?
This is a companion piece to Arthur: King or Pawn on Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord: Variety is the Spice of Life   As we saw the more historians try to track down King Arthur, the more he slips through their fingers. ’On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain’ (De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae), by the British monk ...
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