Friday, 11 November 2016

So where next???

Was it Confucious who said 'May you live in interesting times?'  (actually no one knows - its lost in the mists of time) but its known as the 'Chinese Curse'  and I guess that's exactly what we've got now.
Mr Trump is now going to try to rule the largest economy on the planet.  Personally, I don't think he ever thought he had a chance when he started out and so felt free to say anything he wanted.  Unfortunately for us and probably him, he struck a chord in the US and look where it got him.  However, despite saying loads of things about what he intended to do - he never actually said how he was going to do it  Its interesting that the comments agains Islamists have already been taken down from his web site.  The American constitution is written specifically to ensure the President can't exercise too much power but with both houses in his party's hands goodness knows what will happen.
I was also delighted to see my heroine Nichola Sturgeon say after the American election:
'While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it'  I really liked the chap who posted that on FB with the comment - 'Anyone spot any irony here'!
So, we're going to have riots in the streets when they try to reverse Brexit.  We may or may not do well out of the EU (I think we will but what do I know??).  Scotland will bugger off and become independent and then find they can't join the EU because they are bankrupt.  America will join up with Russia and nuc the middle east.  And then if Trump can do it we might just get the ultimate British nightmare in four years time:

Yesterday I started looking for another narrow boat so Fi and can dissapear in the countryside and hide.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Fed up - I feel like a rant

In 1975 we had a referendum to join the EEC - it passed (democratically) and no one ran around with their hair on fire as a consequence.
Last year we had a vote in parliament for a referendum on the EU - it passed (democratically)
This year we had the referendum and the result was clear (democratically)
All this despite:
Being warned of immediate total economic meldown (to the tune of £30 Bn)  - didn't happen
Being warned of long term economic disaster by the head of the Bank of England (who also predicted the immdediate Armageddon).
The aforementioned banker now says we have at least 2 years of economic growth ahead of us - even while we are negotiating with the EU to leave.
The Pound has dropped (not collapsed, although many use this emotively and see this as a terrible thing) BUT our exports are thriving as a consequence.

The Scots had a referendum and voted to stay in the UK (democratically). As part of the UK myself - me and the rest of us weren't allowed a say in MY country breaking up.  But now they won't bloody shut up.  Two refendum (referenda?) that they agreed to, haven't given them the result some of them wanted.  I really wish the BBC would stop giving that Sturgeon woman so much air time!
The High court today ruled today that parliament must have a say in the article 50 invocation - fair enough.
All the remainers are now shouting this as a victory.  It isn't of course but it clearly shows that they see this as a way of overturning the referendum result.  Wow now that is democratic!
I am fed up being insulted on Face Book and other web sites  as an idiot/moron/person  who hates his grandchildren - (I see today I am a F***kwit apparently) .  I passionately feel that leaving the EU is the best for us for far too many reasons to state here - if you don't agree, fair enough but stop insulting me in the process.

Its funny that most of the vitriol and hyperbole is coming from the remainers.   Maybe its time us silent majority (until now in my case) stood up to be counted - by the way there are 1.7 million more of us!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The worm turned and then the mouse roared

6 emails, one of which was the the CEO of Amazon, several phone calls and the next day I get a message back saying the 'issue' with my reviews has been resolved.  Didn't actually say what the 'issue' was but all the reviews are back up so:

Either they got fed up with me and decided to put them back to shut me up
The CEO told them to stop being stupid (not likely!)
They actually bothered to look into what was going on and found they had been overzealous
There really was a technical issue

Either way - LJC One, Amazon Nil

Friday, 21 October 2016

The worm is turning

Firstly let me say that this is NOT a marketing ploy! Amazon seem to have an odd and arbitary policy for reviews for books and one thing they do is remove any they think are 'fake' ie written by friends and family etc. In addition and I'm not sure how they do it but they also seem to be able to use FB and decide if people are in that category and remove their reviews as well. Yesterday 'Retribution' received its fifth five star review. Like all the others, it was an honest one and the words were those of the reader himself. However, last night all my reviews were removed and I have yet to be able to get an explanation as to why. I know that at least two of the reviewers are likers of this page and can only assume that is what Amazon have taken exception to. Bloody silly, as it effects their revenue as much as mine. So I am asking a favour, could anyone who has purchased the book go to the Amazon web site and say something about it, it will only take few minutes - its a little button at the bottom of the reviews section - 'write a customer review' please only talk about the book and be honest. Maybe it will convince them not to be so bloody silly. Here's the link: 

Friday, 14 October 2016

And now for the next one

Now that 'Retribution' is out and selling extremely well and apart from the Lynx book which has just gone through a second draft, I have mostly been working on the new Jon Hunt Novel which will be called 'Formidable'.  It will be about an aircraft carrier (fictional) of that name - chosen by me because my father flew Martlet fighters off the last real ship of that name with 888 squadron (which will also be resurrected for the story) in the Second World War .  I'm about twenty thousand words in and it's shaping up well.  I had a really good idea for a plot twist as I nodded off to sleep last night.  I only wish I could remember what it was!  That's the problem with 'writing',  all the clever bits are done away from the computer.  I've now reached the stage where I'll have to leave notepads and pens around the house so I can write things down as they appear out of nowhere.  I'll also have to put some in my golf club bag.  Anyway, here is a very rough idea for the new book cover:

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Yet another slightly odd book launch

My book about the Lynx is not due for publication until March next year.  Indeed only yesterday did I receive the first set of proofs and there's a great deal of work to do to get the formatting right. However, imagine my surprise when I went on to my Amazon pages the other day to see the book advertised for pre-order.  I spoke to my publishers and they apparently release the cover very early and let Amazon do their thing.  Anyway - there it is ready for all of you to buy and only have to wait another mere seven months!

I guess this means yet another change to my FB profile picture as well as the one on this blog.  Writing the things is much easier than all the other hassle!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Newsletter/mailing list

Good old teknology moves on and I even catch up on occasions. For some time I've been meaning to set up a mailing list so I can send out the occasional newsletter to anyone interested in the progress of the latest epic. I've finally got around to doing just that (after several very frustrating hours on the 'MailChimp' web site that manages mailing lists). I think I've got it right and there is a sign up button on the right of this page. There's also one on my Face Book page and web site. I promise not to use this as anything other than an occasional mail shot to tell anyone interested of the progress of the latest book or other relevant news like a new audio version being available. Also, MailChimp is very secure and personal emails are protected and will only be used by me. SO I would really appreciate some sign ups - it only takes a second. Thanks in advance.