Monthly Archives: August 2011
Thanks to social sites I have been talking on and off with Stuart Wakefield who is guy that has an average day job but with aspirations to become a writer. He has been taking writing courses and during this time has penned his first novel.
I was delighted and excited to hear that his first novel Body of Water, had made it into the Amazon Kindle store and downloaded a copy on Tuesday morning during my commute.
I knew very little of the story or his style of writing but was taken in by Stuarts graphic and descriptive writing style from the word go.
I can think of a lot of people who will empathise with Leven and especially some of his growing up experiences (one of which Stuart has confirmed is from his life).
The story is a wonderful work of fiction which takes you on a journey through a young life which draws you from London to the out reaches of Scotland.
To my surprise Body of Water also covers a wide range of emotions and deep feelings of desire – nothing new you might add but these all come from a gay perspective. I wasn’t aware of the explicit nature of some of the story but it does not detract from the tale, it enhances your view of Leven and his experiences in this world as he comes to terms with who he is.
I must admit to blushing a few times, hopeful that no one was reading this over my shoulder on the train!
As an aspiring writer I think Stuart is off to a great start and am so pleased that the Amazon Kindle Store is available for new talents like Stuart. I was pleased to hear he is working on cover art for the print edition before it is taken to publishers for approval. I really do wish Stuart every success with the material version of his first book as he deserves it for all his hard work and effort.
As the full title suggest (Body of Water (The Orcadian Novels)), I really do hope there is more to come from this series and Stuart. I also hope we get to hear more about Dom as I have become a real fan of the gentle giant (read the book to find out what I am on about!).
Today we enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Dedham Boathouse with Paul and Antonio. After watching the world go by (mainly on the river) we headed down stream for a stroll. Before we knew it we had reached Flatford Mill (where Constable painted “The Hay Wain”).
Following this we headed back to ours where we’ve enjoyed a relaxing afternoon/evening in the garden.
This really has been a lovely weekend.
Audley End is a wonderful house and garden in Essex which is managed and preserved by English Heritage.
Upon moving to Essex we have moved into an area of the UK rich in history and subsequently full of wonderful places like Audley to explore.
We have therefore taken advantage of the opportunity by joining English Heritage. Expect many more photos from our new adventures in and around Essex.
The destruction and devastation caused to properties, businesses, livelihoods and homes is simply unforgivable and unjustifiable. I have to say that my heart goes out to all the Police officers, Special Constables, Fire Crews and Paramedics who have to be on the streets in such tough conditions (some of whom are friends).
Aside from this I cannot quite believe the reactions of people whom I thought would be level-headed through all this. People who I (in some cases) are my peers, people who are educated and privileged.
I was both shocked and dismayed that one such person found the Google Riot Map which plots areas where there has been trouble (or is trouble) – they used this as a vehicle to gain people’s attention and to make fun of the panic and trouble that was unfolding on the streets. The noise and the commotion that was created by such a thing made me realise that all this anger and criminality had been turned into some sick middle class game show.
I spent the day on meetings and when I left someone joked with me that the rioting had made it to my area and I should think about running home. This I find distasteful and unnecessary – especially as many people have been robbed, made homeless or beaten up during the disturbances.
What may be some middle class joke to some is all too real for others and all parts of society should pull together to appreciate the gravity of what is happening on the streets of London.
Another notable source of anger (which was directed unfairly at me) was from Cocknbullkid. As you may know I have written about her and raved about her live shows and her music.
During my commute I previewed the tracks of her new EP and commented that the remixes weren’t very good…
This was the conversation that followed:
Me: Oh my word the remixes of @cocknbullkid Yellow are dreadful #missedopportunity
cocknbullkid: @keith1974 really don’t see the point in you tweeting me that
Me: @cocknbullkid didn’t tweet you. Tweeted about the mixes. Such a shame as Yellow is a fantastic track. Possibly I think it can’t be bettered.
cocknbullkid: @keith1974 you did tweet me. How else did I see it?
Me: @cocknbullkid I used your tweet name to talk about the song.
Cocknbullkid: @keith1974 yes, knowing I would see it. I’ve got other things on my mind today. Not getting into further negativity.
Now I understand that she is a Londoner and I understand that she is upset about what is going on in London but was her kick back justified?
I made a simple observation that the remixes were poor – yes I used her name as I was talking about her music. Should she have taken it so personally? Does she respond to people openly all the time?
I meant no malice – I was simply voicing my opinion. Yellow is the stand out track from her album and the remixes are terrible.
How can someone whose just breaking into the music business use the London riots as a way to attack a fan? What kind of pre-madonna has the woman become already. If I didn’t enjoy the album so much I would stop listening to it out of protest.
I doubt I will be buying any more of her music though.
So it would seem that whether you are rioting, stealing, luting, observing, committing, trying to avoid the chaos or just trying to go about your business; you have been affected by what is happening on the streets of the UK. It is such a shame. This is a great country and a wonderful society and yet the few have decided to ruin it for the rest of us.
We need to get back the British spirit and deal with these thugs now before it’s too late.
Richard bought himself a Lumix G3 today and added pancake lens to his bundle. Luckily for me the G3 is a Micro Four Thirds camera so the lens fits my Olympus PEN EPL-1.
This is a couple of my test shots…
“Rabbit” follows the consequences and occasions that shape a person and those she love. Regardless of how vast or inconsequential it all shapes who we are and this captures it fantastically.
I’m am sure lots of people can relate to the story and I am no exception. I was very surprised how much I could relate to from the places (Cornwall, Essex, New York), the people and the events that shaped the generation.
Rabbit is a very powerful book which fills you with love, anger, hope and fear. It really gripped me and I have recommended it highly to so many people.
Sarah (or Elly) does a great job of allowing the reader to flow seamlessly from one event to another yet allowing you time to reflect, to fill the gaps, the unmentioned – with your own experiences and memories.
This isn’t the type of book I normally read but it held me in it’s grip until I finished the last page this evening.
Rabbit gives you hope, makes you feel like and child and a time when things seemed less innocent but obviously weren’t so.
I cannot recommend “When God was a Rabbit” highly enough. It you only take one book on holiday or are looking for an inspirational read then make it this one.