Chapter 2 – Stage Door

Crossing the courtyard I waved to a couple of the carpenters who were working outside the hall. At one end of the great hall was the private theatre the Bishop maintained. I let myself in through the wicket in the double doors leading backstage. A barred window at the far end of the space showed… Continue reading Chapter 2 – Stage Door

Chapter 1 – October, Anno Domini 2153

Boredom had won and driven me out into the Old City with some of the usual suspects. Waking up on the couch in Diego‚Äôs scruffy flat was a painful experience. My mouth tasted foul. I had a crick in my neck and bruises on my ribs from things I had slept on. The tatty blanket… Continue reading Chapter 1 – October, Anno Domini 2153

Smallworlditis…

This lockdown has had very odd effects for me. Since I was in a crash on the motorway just before lockdown I don't have a car. Where I live public transport is rubbish so working from home is good. It has also meant that I walk everywhere. My world has telescoped to a radius of… Continue reading Smallworlditis…

Lockdown Nothings…

Well we are now in week whatever (don't they all feel the same) of coronavirus lock down. I have avoided writing about this before as there have been very few solid facts. There still aren't in the medical sense. I did not want to jump on the comment band wagon about Wuhan virus, in part… Continue reading Lockdown Nothings…

After The Deluge… Part 10: Telephones

A few people have queried some of the technology that is, and is not, present in my vision of a post-apocalyptic world. The commonest queries are about phones... no one seems to believe that the mobile phone (cell phone for our friends across the pond) would cease to exist! Many people of course can't imagine… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 10: Telephones

Fortification – A Brief History… Part 1

Given my previous post about war and questioning the representation of it maybe it is a little perverse to set down to write a brief canter through the history of fortifications. However, defensive structures can, and have, prevented conflict for millennia. They have also be the focus of conflict, resistance, survival and defeat. Many castles… Continue reading Fortification – A Brief History… Part 1

After The Deluge… Part 9: Houses

Modern houses are made, for the most part, of brick and concrete blocks. Topped with tiled roofs. At least in the UK. There is a lot of labour in making the bricks but a major reason that they were, historically, expensive was the cost of fuel. Where timber is used as the fuel there is… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 9: Houses

Friday Evening…

They say write about what you know...so I did. In my free time away from the keyboard I dance. Not in a club with ear shredding music but a social space where people can dance and talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnt77ZIh8Ug Tango has been a part of my life for more than fifteen years. Depending on the time… Continue reading Friday Evening…