Monthly Archives: April 2015

Alter Ego by Tory Allyn

Not easy getting #facts & #science into a #novel but Tory Allyn does the process justice in his grisly crime book!

Full of mystery, suspense and drama.  What kept it interesting was the realism and a high standard of writing. Clear descriptions and authentic details make the story utterly believable every step of the way, which if you know me is what I like in any book.  (no matter what the book club said last night but that is another story!)


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The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

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Historia Promoting Histroical Novels and Historical Writing

Historia Promoting Histroical Novels and Historical Writing

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Adverts are Stupid or Adverts I hate!

For too long O2 have showing their ‘Be more Dog or is it Cat’ advertising campaign.   It’s a daft idea which probably worked on paper, in fact it is confusing annoying and stupid.

This is a dog:

O2 this is a dog not a cat

An O2 advertising executive

You’ve seen the television adverts with a nice cat, being a cat which rather stupidly gets confused and starts chasing sticks because of course that’s what O2 users want?  Sticks to chase, and smelling like mangy mutt?

What the f__k is wrong with cats anyway?  This is a cat:

Relaxed Cat, no sign of mobile phone or Advertising Executives?

I do three things when these ads come on.  Swear bloody revenge on the sodding Executive that came up with this idea, secondly hit MUTE and TV Schedule on the remote (which obscures the picture.)  This how I watch most ads; helps keep down my blood pressure!

If O2 want piss people off, and drive anyway busiess carry on!!

A O2 Advertising executive meets a real Cat!

A O2 Advertising executive meets a real Cat!

The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

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Falstaff’s Aircraft Part 1

Flying High

The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Falstaff Wild grew up in an age when new and better machines appeared almost weekly, featured in magazines that young eyes looked at with wonder.  Falstaff first taste of flight was in a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8, a two-seat reconnaissance biplane a war surplus machine that had never made it to France.

Falstaff's first taste of flight was in a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 Falstaff’s first taste of flight was in a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8

The Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 was a British two-seat biplanereconnaissance and bomber aircraft of the First World War designed by John Kenworthy at the Royal Aircraft Factory. Intended as a replacement for the vulnerable B.E.2, the R.E.8 was widely regarded as more difficult to fly, and gained a reputation in…

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Charge Of The Light Brigade – Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson-Famous Poet


HALF a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns! ‘ he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade! ‘
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d:
Their’s not to make reply,
Their’s not to reason why,
Their’s but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:

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More Tales of the Gold Monkey

I received a very early Birthday present yesterday.  A magazine dedicated to Flying Boats of World war 2, seeing the beautiful cuttaways of the Grumman Goose reminded me where my love of Flying Boats came from; Tales of the Gold Monkey, in which Jake Cutter flew his goose into and out of trouble every week.

Tales of the Gold Monkey

Having just finished writing and editing my own book; another pilot another place and time, but always the float plane or flying boat, it was a pleasure to be reminded of the golden episodes and adventures from the ‘Gold Monkey’ bar.

TV of the 1980’s was dominated by science-fiction, so this 1930s inspired series was like a breath of fresh air, even if it was an homage to the pulp novels of the time.   Set in the South Pacific in the late thirties, pre-war (although of this we are never sure) such as Bora-Bora in French (or to be French Vichy) Polynesia,  a chain of islands bordering Japanese ruled waters.

The Blue Parrot Hotel, of Bora-‘Gora’ comes to be known as the ‘Gold Monkey’ bar following the first adventure in which a Brass Monkey is found on a volcanic island.  The bar is run by ‘Bon Chance’ Louie, played by Roddy McDowall a former member of the French Foreign Legion.

The Blue Parrot ‘Bora-Gora’

The colorful bar and likeable-rogue characters included the main chacter Jake Cutter, pilot of the Goose flying boat.  Jake claims to be a veteran Flying Tiger (AVG); pre-thirties this is unlikely (they started flying in 1941) but it adds to his character nethertheless.  Along with his sometimes-drunk mechanic Corky. The crew of the goose is completed with a side-kick with a one-eye.  A dog who speaks several languages, if one or two barks for yes and no count?

If unashamed escapism is your thing, as it is mine then you could do a lot worse than check the DVD box set of this excellent piece of tongue in cheek adventure.  The DVD is good quality and makes excellant viewing.

The plots my be pulp classics, the fight scenes good old romps but it is great entertainment.  Many like to say this was only a success because of Raiders of the lost Ark; however the Gold Monkey scripts and idea pre-dated Indiana Jones.

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Dyslexic Launches 490 page book with One Spelling Error?

I lot of people use dyslexia as an excuse for laziness.  True dyslexics when facing their critics often feel chastised for something they could not control, and rarely use it as an excuse.

I rarely see my mistakes when re-reading my own writing.  To clarify, I cannot often read my own handwriting, my brain is in fact working at 10 times the pace of my fingers and has often moved on to thinking about something else, normally on how embarrassed I am by my own handwriting.  However, since I learnt to type, and the many years thereafter, I have moved on and started to learn things like Spelling and Grammer, the barrier of undecipherable handwriting has been removed.

Learning Spelling is NOT over coming dyslexia.  I simply can’t see the mistakes.  My brain doesn’t process the phonics properly.  I can type so fast words fall over each other, words in a sentence can get as mixed as the letters.

Dyslexia varies from one person to another, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. People with dyslexia have particular difficulty with:

  • phonological processing; mixing ‘of’ with ‘ov’, ‘p’ with ‘b’,

Some say this is “phonological awareness”, wrong!  We are not idiots!  We know the difference between the printed letter ‘p’, ‘b’, ‘s’.]  Phonetically the processing skips, Dyslexics are not aware they’ve made a mistake; and when processing the read-back, – well, the brain knows what it thinks we wrote – and moves on to process other more interesting and engaging things.

  • verbal processing and memory

Verbal memory is the ability to remember a sequence of verbal information even for a short period of time.  This is so true, I always have to write down directions, or information.  My hand writing?  Don’t ask!  Want me to drawn a map of the places I’ve been or the design of twin-turbo rotary engine, I’ll do it from memory and label all the parts.  I’ll overload you with information!   I’ve been told I see the world as atoms.  Again, processing information is different?

I always wanted to be a Writer!

I always wanted to be a writer and ever since I started typing on a computer I’ve had that dream.  I’ve worked for 25 years as a successful engineer, mainly on engineering projects for the UK armed forces.  However, due to health reasons I am now at home, pursuing the dream of writing.  Since my life and livelihood are now on the line I know I have to get this write (sorry, right!).


Self-Publishing is largely the realm of the failed writer, rather than the writer to be, in terms of success.  ‘Self’ means you have to be you own Editor, Reviewer, Researcher and Marketer.  If you don’t get it right no one will buy your book.  Knowing this I have worked hard to make self-publishing possible.

Editor, Editing and Edited

Three times or more, with two different types of Proof reading software, I combed my book over and over.  Not until the final week did I stop tweaking and rethinking the book.  Be your own brutal editor!

1 Mistake?

Upload Spell Check

Well, even that is not a mistake!

My book is full of place names, Asian names, and Romanization of other languages. I cannot tell you how elated I was to find that the Amazon Kindle check after Upload came back with One error!

Book by Dyslexic Free of Errors

Amazon Kindle handles books in many languages, with place names, and common transliteration, so I was very impressed that it coped with all the different names, places and spelling preferences used*.

The mistake?  ‘toroi’, which is romanized Japanese and is correct when used as part of the sentence.

Book by Dyslexic Free of Errors

Please considering buying the book on Amazon Kindle from April 2015

The Call of the Thunder Dragon: The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild [Kindle Edition]

Falstaff the Incorrigible, a mercenary scoundrel with an evil temper. It is the eve of war in Europe, but Falstaff has unfinished business with a princess, the Japanese Army and loot still to find in the east. The incorrigible Falstaff is down but not out. His eye for the ladies and the chance for a quick buck have got him trouble again.

Falstaff undertakes a remarkable mission Bhutan. Hoping to set a record, or find gold and loot. Instead, he discovers to what extremes the Japanese will go to catch him.

“If there ever was a time for a new Bond or Flashman it is now, move over Biggles Falstaff is at the controls!”

“A fascinating account of a flight through China, Burma and on to Bhutan. Via the political landscape and intrigues of pre-war Asia. A acceptable take on the ‘Journey to the West’ as modern thrill ride with the Rogue Falstaff!”

“A high ride right to the nail biting end, a twist at every step, inspiring, funny and full of facts.”

“A great attempt at a first novel. A convincing start to a series which could run and run, any disappointment about loose ends left over are quashed by the teasing start to volume 2!”


*International English vs ‘English’ or ‘British’ English etc. color vs colour etc. English is international, there is no preference for spelling in publishing so long as you are consistent.  Only stuck up – racist English School teachers have to have a preference apparently?