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

After The Deluge… Part8: Fish Traps

An odd subject I know but.one that has an odd fascination for me: fish traps. These labour saving devices have been independently invented by cultures all over the world and have a very ancient pedigree. At their most basic they are baskets that a set in a strong current to catch fish that seek to… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part8: Fish Traps

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

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

After The Deluge… Part 4: Dance

ballet dancer

I have made use of dance in my plot, because, well, it has a long tradition of appearing in literature. Dancing allows people to be intimate, almost private, in a public space, it is a good opportunity to converse - used to great effect by Jane Austen for one. All very convenient for moving a… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 4: Dance

After The Deluge… Part 1: Slow Train

Ffestiniog Railway - c1900

Following on from my little rant in the last couple of posts - too many 'Whys'?? - about our culture's obsession with speed, at the price of quality of life and experience, I thought I would start a series of articles on what I imagine post-apocalyptic life and technology might look like, starting with travel… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 1: Slow Train

Why Post-Apocalyptic But NOT Dystopian? Part 4

So, after thinking these thoughts about a possible post-apocalyptic world over the three previous parts, where did I arrive and why did I pursue it as the background to my novel? I have assumed that a global pandemic has wiped out ninety plus percent of the world's population in the early second half of the… Continue reading Why Post-Apocalyptic But NOT Dystopian? Part 4