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Thursday, 30 June 2016

When Did David Cameron Wake the Goblins?




At the Bloomberg speech, David Cameron woke all the dispirited goblins from none voting slumber? Many had not registered to vote because no one political party offered them anything they wanted. Some were so unconvinced that they had not bothered voting for decades.

Then on this day of Bloomberg it became something like the movie called Labyrinth, when the girl calls into the mirror and berates her baby brother and wishes for the goblins to take him away. She has to say the right words a number of times. We see the goblins behind the mirror saying, “She’s going to say it.” They gasp and hold their breaths, waiting with expectant glee.

And so did the goblins of Britain’s electorate. We sat enthralled on the other side of our TV screens.
“He just said it!” – Referendum on the EU.

Then the doors blew open and a prize big mouth in the form of Nigel Farage stepped up for the coming referendum campaign. “What’s said is said,” replied the wonderful wicked goblin king.
  
A few month later he was in the EU parliament inviting them to laugh.

We mischievous goblins had a noble fool in the form of David Cameron promising this and that with ill-deserved confidence. We goblins knew he would come back with nothing because the wicked loud mouth goblin king – our adorable Nigel – kept telling us.

Wow! It was so wonderful. We had our fool who believed he was a champion. He got re-elected by people who hated his party but they wanted the referendum. No other party dared to offer such a thing and therefore none stood a chance. There was David Cameron promising everything to goblins who knew he would deliver nothing. Off he went to make a deal with an uncompromising dragon.

When Dave (Our Prime Minister) came back from his EU chat with his bag of empty sweet wrappers, he still tried to sell them to his electorate. He brought finance people and kings from faraway lands to tell us stories of what would happen if we did not vote to stay in the glorious EU. The land of honey and gold where you can buy lots of wonderful things. All this for the price of sovereignty and a new political ideology imposed upon all by unelected strange people from foreign lands.

Then the Brexit mavericks came out of the closet. One was a former mayor from London – an assassin who stepped up to wield the knife – another glory hunting fool chasing a dream. His name was Boris Johnson. Still his loud mouth would be a great tool to scream for goblin support.

Then the clever ones stood behind him and some hid behind the foolish champion David. These were the real players stayed in the shadows and watched the mudslinging. On the side lines was our goblin king Nigel who could be as politically incorrect as he liked, because the other Maverick Boris was doing all the P.C. stuff and could disown the goblin king at distance. A two pronged loud mouth attack. One with nothing to lose and the other chasing everything. (Prime Minister of Brexit Britain) 

On referendum day the goblins all raced to the polls with great aplomb and the electoral turnout was bigger than any had seen for a long time.

I went to bed after casting my vote. I got up the following morning and turned on the news channel. It was very early and I was preparing for work. The news presenter was making the statement that the UK had reversed the decision of 1975 and was to leave the EU. I went back to the bedroom and told my wife. I could not help it. I had to wake her and let her know. She got up straight away delighted with the result.

I was so pleased. My Mother texted me. It just said, “Won.”

Then came the fallout from Europe, which was unsettling because we don’t dislike or have ill will towards our fellow Europeans. We just want our MPs to have ultimate power on things in the UK. Not governed by unelected people in Brussels. It was horrible to see some of the decent people of the EU voicing their dismay and upset. But it is not them we are vexed with. It is the unelected and unaccountable Presidents who keep hammering the EU ideology into us.

The UK must control immigration and when small up and coming companies want to sell UK produce to Brazil or India; the EU should not make them fill out all the legistration necessary to comply with this trade. It cripples small business. It can’t grow.

When our elected people mess up, we can vote to be rid of them. Even if some of us goblins want to return to unconcerned slumber. The referendum gave us the one chance to sack the unelected governors of Brussels and we goblins went for it.

Now we have lost the loud mouth maverick too - hoora! hoora! Their jobs are done. The mayor is out of the running for Prime Minister as assassins never get the job anyway. Now the serious players are standing upon the stage.

Meanwhile - the patsy is gone. Long live the loud mouthed patsy - Boris Johnson. You did wonderfully well – now get lost.

Nigel Farrage will wait on the side lines like a ravenous dog watching for any sign of a stitch up. I don’t think there will be and then this dog can run off into the field of obscurity. His grand work done. I would give him a little more appreciation then Boris, but he is not the kind of man we need in the diplomacy core.

Bring on the real players. The clever cowards – the quite rascals with no hearts, yet a will to follow the instructions of the electorate. There will be other rewards after the EU divorce for the new comers.

I see Theresa May and Liam Fox – an English woman or a Scottish man. I know the English woman was lack lustre on the Remain side in the EU debate. She did not really declare. Clever lady! She sat in the shadows.

The Scotsman Liam Fox. Mild of manner, but calm and collected. A Leave campaigner that refrained from the scare mongering.

Theresa and Liam - two very level headed people indeed. Now they are prepared to take on the long Kiss Goodbye with the EU.

Theresa May is firmly committed to the leave vote now it has been cast and there will be no back door stitch up or second referendum. Out is out. All knew she did not like the way things were with the EU, but she was no maverick. She played it sensible and will methodically set abut unravelling the EU ways from our UK.

Liam Fox often politely spoke of his disbelief in the EU and that the UK could get by outside of it. He was not loud but he let people know where he stood on the matter. I think Theresa might get the job of Prime Minister and Liam will be at her side during the Brexit negotiation. I also think Michael Gove will play a part too.

If they do bring in other Brexiters from other parties, I would like to see Gisela Stewart – the German lady in the Labour party. She was a grand Brexiter too.

To the foolish knights, the mavericks and the devious shadow lurkers – Thank You.
  


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Thunder Child in an Alternative Britain - Science Fiction Adaptation.


The bold ironclad that attacked three Martian tripods in War of the Worlds is about to be re-launched with a second edit and a new section. The new improved version of the pastiche novel is due out on January 2017.

Everything will be revamped. In the meantime, this version can still be bought, but only in the USA. For more, click here.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Read How Father John Tries to Solve His Dilemma




Father John must solve a problem. Two men from opposing sides of a bitter and murderous conflict come to him for help.

Two Queens of Roman Britain (Could they have met one another?)



Two queens of Roman Britain. One a monumental failure that screams out in eternity. The other is successful but fades into forever - only to be forgotten. The Roman Empire wrote wonderful records of their victories, but scarcely mentioned their friends.


Boudicca built her glorious reputation on a gigantic failure that left thousands upon thousands dead. While Queen Cartimandua played the game of client queen for over twenty six years. The successful Queen of the Brigantes is lost to the British people while Boudicca’s granddisaster echoes in eternity.

Historical Thriller of Two Tribes Going to War.



Saxons of Dark Age Britain confront Romano Celts in 567 AD. A historical thriller of two tribes at war. The aims of the aggressor and the resolve of the defender come together in a bitter clash of steel and shield.


Read: Saxon Quest.

Fabulous Science Fiction with Steampunk Flavouring. (War of the Worlds Adaptation)


Fabulous science fiction adventure adaptation of War of the Worlds story. A pastiche novel from the perspective of a ship's crew. 

HMS Thunder Child must keep an ominous appointment with destiny in this steampunk flavoured tale of Victorian Britain during an alien invasion.

The novel is on KindleUSA or print in the USA NOW

It will be on sale in all EU nations from 2017.

All the Lupins are Looking Great



Soon! Just behind the Lupins, will grow an array of wild flowers. I'm very fond of the blue Cornflowers, which I'm reliably assured by my wife, will spring up soon. The many colours look splendid. The Lupins are only the start. The Aquilegia is behind the Lupins and this plant will flower soon. Therefore we will have the Lupins with wild flowers in the middle and the Aquilegia behind. It will be a fine display as we sit on the decking during the summer months.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Little Nut Muncher

This little urchin was sticking inside the woodland away from the marsh and the Marsh Harrier's attention. He might end up being lunch instead of finding lunch.





Marsh Harriers and Wild Rhododendrons of Norfolk.

Until I moved to the Fenland, I never paid much attention to raptors. It was only when I surveyed my new area that I began to notice all sorts of birds of prey. First it was Common Buzzards that seem to be in abundance around the Fens. I’m told they vanished to West and North Britain in the 1990s. Then they reappeared in Anglia and their population seems to rise each year.

I have seen Red Kites, Sparrow Hawks and, of course, Marsh Harriers. I saw a Red Kite hunting as it circled a field while I drove back to my work place along the A47 from Wisbech to March. It was a grand sight. And then the next day at almost the same location, I saw a Marsh Harrier fly across the road in front of my truck and out over the Fen.

It made me ponder at just how many Marsh Harriers there are too. I had never seen one until I moved to the Fens. Then upon visiting the bird hides between Manea and the town of Ely, I saw Marsh Harriers often. I thought it was something rear, but again, I was wrong. There are great numbers of them.

Today, I drove out with my wife to Wells Next to the Sea. We parked up at the Holkham Beach area, where there is a bridal path covered by trees. The woods create a barrier from the North Sea and the Marshes where these particular birds of prey love to hunt. I managed to get some shots as the raptors flew over the shrubs and grasslands hunting.

Carole's Wild Rhododendrons Woods


We also visited Sandringham where Carole loves to see the wild rhododendrons growing around the trees and woodlands. All in all, it was a very fine day.































Tuesday, 31 May 2016

If Oliver Cromwell was Alive Today (He would be convicted by the international court of The Hague.)

I can’t help but notice that the towns of Huntingdon and Fenland all pay homage to Oliver Cromwell of the English Civil War. 

This man led a revolt against the Scottish and English king who was Charles I and his Royalist supporters. Cromwell actually dismantled the laws of England and beheaded the king. In times gone by this area (Huntingdon & Fenland), I suspect, would have been Parliamentarian country. What Cromwell did can be compared with what the Ayatollah Khomeini did in 1979, when the religious leader deposed the Shah of Iran.

I believe Essex and East London was more Royalist. This is where I’m from. I remember visiting Colchester and learning of the siege against the town during the civil war. It was defended by the Royalists but eventually fell to the Parliamentarians. Still it was back in the 1640s decade and much dust has settled since then.

In St Ives I took this photo of Oliver Cromwell's statue. It’s strange because he would have been on a par with extremist religious bigots now days. His brand of Christian ideology would be nothing short of extreme fundamentalism. People could have ears cut off and other forms of maiming just for not attending church the required number of hours per week. 

Local pastors were like Big Brother watchers over communities and could bring charges of blasphemy against citizens just for not attending church the required hours per week. The following 1650s decade was a terrible time for England. It was bad for all of the Isles, including Ireland. Also the American colonies felt the heat of fundamentalism too.

The Restoration in 1660 brought new prosperity to all and gradually the horrors of post-civil war rule began to fade. I’m fascinated by our history and enjoy it so much, but I sometimes wonder if it is fitting to have commemorative statues to such a person? 

If Oliver Cromwell would have been around today, I sincerely believe he would have been convicted in the international court of The Hague. Yet from his dreadful legacy came some good, I suppose. The mere thought of Cromwell and his Parliamentarians makes me shudder. I would have opposed him and lost. I’m a lapsed non-practising Catholic, but I don’t think this would have cut much ice with the Lord Protector's government. I would surely have perished or been forced to flee or hide.