After The Deluge… Part 7: Communal Living

One of the features of life in my post apocalyptic world that people may find strange is the communality of living, for example the public bath houses. I should stress that I am not a communist nor a kibbutznik and, in common with most modern westerners, live in my own space. The idea that people… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 7: Communal Living

After The Deluge… Part 6: Steam Power

traction engines

Irecently received a couple of reviews where my readers had problems with the co-existence of cars and steam engines. This, I must confess, I found baffling. Historically this happened. Steam trains were in commercial service in the UK until the mid 1960s. Steam traction engines were a common sight on the roads and especially on… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 6: Steam Power

After The Deluge… Part 5: Horse Power

shire horse black and white and colour image

The heavy horse. Beautiful. Strong. Reliable. Adaptable. These magnificent animals were vital to the whole economy of the western world until the turn of the twentieth century and played a significant role until the end of the second World War. My own great-grandfather spent his entire working life farming with heavy horses. Apost-apocalyptic world would… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 5: Horse Power

Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

pea ham soup white bowl on slate background

Food and mood. I think the two are inextricably linked. I have used food scenes as a way of putting the brakes on the pace of my writing. Eating and cooking implies a pause, a steadying of the narrative pace, a time to take stock - literally in the case of soup. 'Renaissance' is set… Continue reading Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

Ancient Food… Part 2

flatbread naan

Since I can't beat this one, I will join them - I loved this article on grilled flat breads, baked over an open fire. This is definitely something that people did in the past all over the world and still do today. The Romans and the Vikings both made flat breads this way when on… Continue reading Ancient Food… Part 2

Ancient Food… Part 1

Libum Roman cheesecake

In thinking about a post-apocalyptic world I spent quite a lot of time thinking about food. Nothing new then! Food and the enjoyment of food, as I have observed before, is a universal human trait. What sort of food might people in such an England enjoy? One thing is for certain; that mass produced, packaged… Continue reading Ancient Food… Part 1

Positive Feedback?

cartoon hedgehog writer Erwin

As a novice novelist I am making plenty of mistakes. I am, it turns out, fallible. This is a shock to the system that I will recover from in time. Maybe. In 2030 or so. The whole process of writing my first book was great fun, I enjoyed choosing words, creating pictures in my mind,… Continue reading Positive Feedback?

Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 3

tango dancers pose

Finally, my personal favourite: the Milonga. Typically Milonga is fast, joyful and energetic as in the first video. It can also be a wonderful slow dance, as in the second clip - again to a personal favourite composer, Hugo Diaz. Milonga is a slightly earlier form of tango. The difference between the Milonga and the… Continue reading Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 3

Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 1

tango dancers pose

In an earlier piece I tried to make the case that dance is a universal human activity that would survive a societal calamity. I think that, given the historical evidence, that is probably true. Next question is what kind of dance would survive? I have assumed in Renaissance that the Tango, famously from Argentina, would… Continue reading Is It Tango? Or Something Else? Part 1