AlanP

AlanP

61 years old
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Radio
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Flann O'Brien. Joanne Harris
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Forever War, Day of the Jackal, The Third Policeman, Chocolat, Our Man in Havana, don't really have seven
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Realistically to get stuff read and enjoyed by others. Stretch target, get something on the BBC.
    Your worst habit?
    Starting over.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Office at home
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    Being a self employed engineering consultant I have a feast and famine work life. I also write professionally creating legal reports for litigation. To date I have never had long enough between contracts to finish anything significant.

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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on OFP's Blog "Appropriate Response".
    I understand Pepper Vodka can only be drunk after a day or so in a freezer, or Siberia.
    21 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    Well, The Costa Short Story award is open for entry on 3 July. Aim high and dream the dream.
    1 day ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on OFP's Blog "Appropriate Response".
    Stephen, if I assume that most your income/pension is tied to the pound sterling then I must also conclude that all of your purchases in Baht or Dollars, are less than they once were be it ml of Savannah Cider or feet of toilet paper. A lack of the ...
    1 day ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    A lot of steady hands and experience floating around in the Cloud these days. I'm struck by the idea that there is something random about it all. I don't quite agree. I think it's not random, but human. The people making these decisions are not able ...
    1 day ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on OFP's Blog "Appropriate Response".
    It happens I discussed the very exchange above with a Cloudey over lunch the other day. The point, quickly made, was that emails and forum posts lack body language and the instant look of shock when something isn't taken as intended. Which usually ...
    1 day ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    No, not a word. How about you?
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Nothing changes".
    Richard, Indeed. Prop. This blog will not go political, beyond your outburst which is out of order. You have gone onto a politically motivated tangent all by yourself and got your retaliation in first. Well done. As you made it also a personal ...
    6 days ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Nothing changes".
    Basically,Your assertion that nothing changes is total Bullshit. I now hold a NEBOSH and have held a SSSMS, and several lesser qualifications in health and safety for many years and the laws governing Uk Health and Safety are among the world's ...
    6 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "Nothing changes".
    Close to home, Alan. I was seventeen when the Aberfan disaster happened, and it's one of my JFK moments ('You never forget where you were when you heard about...'). I now live about ten miles from Aberfan. At the enquiry the father of one of the ...
    6 days ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP wrote a new blog: "Nothing changes".
    I woke in the small hours last night and in my present despondent mood (the queen says it’s OK to be a bit dowly) I found myself reflecting on a shameful episode of our national history. Some 50 odd years ago 144 people died in an avoidable ...
    6 days ago
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    AlanP I should just like to mention, as a humanist, that I have been to some dark places. But I have never felt quite so low as now. As a nation how much more can we we take? Not a political statement, don't treat it that way. I am likely to be drunk later so don't provoke me.
    8 days ago
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      Hilly It really is unbelievable. We have a theory that when they switched on the Hadron Collider, we got catapulted into another dimension that's not ours. I'm really hoping we get catapulted back. The old existence wasn't brilliant but it is much better then this awful version. Or maybe this is the catalyst of something new about to happen? I don't know anymore.
      2 days ago
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      Hilly Alan, I completely agree. We are always able to take more but then again, should we? I feel low too, wondering how e got 'here' and I'm also likely to be under the influence of cheap Spanish beverages later. Cheers or as they say here, salud. I'm hoping the path is now heading up, not down.
      8 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Go easy.
      8 days ago
    • BellaM
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      BellaM Yep, we are having a battering right now. I cried when I read the paper this morning. Hugs to all.
      8 days ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade With you there Alan - hard to remember how lovely our country seemed at the time of the London Olympics - it's all falling apart very quickly -
      8 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra AlanP: All sentient beings - no matter their philosophy - are justified in feeling the way you do now. We live in confused times: the world is in flux and catastrophe on catastrophe falls like Hell's rain on the heads of innocent people but our species has faced greater suffering than this in the past and I believe the community spirit will pull us together now as it always has.
      8 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra Cheers :-)
      8 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Let's hope that it stops. Exactly a year ago today a maniac knifed and shot a young mother to death for no reason except that she was an MP and represented something he disagreed with. I haven't seen an upturn since that day.
      8 days ago
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      OFP I watched a film called Born on the Forth of July about a disillusioned paraplegic Vietnam vet and his involvement in the anti war movement. In one scene he was kicking off in a veterans club about how his unit, 2nd Marines, had lost 300 killed in Vietnam. An old guy with only one arm is shooting pool and says "hey mac, who was you with?" Kovacs says "2nd Marines" . The one arm guy says "I was with 2nd Marines at Iwo Jima and we lost 5000 guys the first fucking day. Semper Fi ... " ...There are bad days... But somewhere something far better is happening and something far worse is happening. It is how we react which defines us.
      7 days ago
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      AlanP So far I have reacted with my credit card as the only available option - although that May change.
      7 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra AlanP is right: for most of us the credit card is the only option we have to help redress wrongs not only in our own society but to help humanity suffering the effects of evil abroad. Hilly: "We are always able to take more but why should we?" Well ... maybe we should because we know in our hearts that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger and as long as we are able to help, why on earth shouldn't we make more effort to support the vulnerable? There is no natural law guaranteeing equality - no guarantee that life should be easy from beginning to end. Scheherazade: If you believe my country is less lovely to you than it was during the London Olympics then you are dismissing out of hand the enormous effort made by a community in London pulling together to support their neighbours now. I believe I was blessed in being born in the most tolerant country; the most generous multi-cultural country on earth. It isn't perfect but please give it a chance.
      6 days ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly Clytemnetsra, I didn't mean what you took that to mean.
      3 days ago
    • Clytemnestra
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      Clytemnestra I'm sure you didn't, Hilly. How can any of us know quite what we mean when the world we once knew seems suddenly to have been turned upside-down?
      2 days ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly It really is unbelievable. We have a theory that when they switched on the Hadron Collider, we got catapulted into another dimension that's not ours. I'm really hoping we get catapulted back. The old existence wasn't brilliant but it is much better then this awful version. Or maybe this is the catalyst of something new about to happen? I don't know anymore.
      2 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    I have one pen, rather like the one in my avatar, which I have had for ever. Other than that I can't remember having bought a pen, I get free ones like rejections.
    10 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    For the last few years I have run a winter short story writing challenge that most treated like a competition, because there was inevitably a winner it was a bit competitive, in the friendly collegiate style the Word Cloud engenders. One thing that ...
    11 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on John Alty's Blog "The Khyber Pass".
    A line I remembered from a travel writer, who's name escapes me; in Ecuador I think. "I asked him for directions and, leaning in the window of my hire car, he gave them to me while he perfectly politely stole my wallet." If only that was still a ...
    11 days ago

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  • OFP
    by OFP 1 month ago
    AP, its been a bad day. Many, including ST have been personally devastated by recent events.

    Each expressing their frustrations and exacerbations out in different directions and ways.

    There are worse things to come.

    I was joking about the Klan thing, of course. But just about every redneck and hillbillly from Georgia gets accused of klan membership at one point or another so I choose to take the piss out of that with the boy scout cookies metaphor.

    Some day, I will tell you that story.


    Just me being an ass.

    My expression of frustration is thus:

    In days of yor, we used to send a thousand or more planes several time a week to destroy the lairs of those who plotted against us.
    Personally I have had enough pf lybian expressions of love: lockerbie, Fletcher, and now manchester and I reckon we should send them some Aldermaston love in return. about 30 megatons. Just so they dont think that they are the only loonies out there.

    (engineering note: the turbines in a Titan II missile go from 0 to 30000 rpm in less than a second.... don't ask me how I know.)
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 1 month ago
    Your comp entry - yes. They deserve it alright. Well done - it was a very absorbing read. And thanks for your comment on mine. Good days, bad days. Such is life.
  • J.net
    by J.net 1 month ago
    Thanks, Alan. I wanted to lighten things a little :D. Glad it worked.

    Your comp entry - wow - a topic close to my heart and nicely written.
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 1 month ago
    That's what I'm aiming for, Al. I certainly hope to have Offbeat Pirates finished before this years up. It's a lot of fun writing it.
  • Barb
    by Barb 1 month ago
    Poor old Skip. But something tells me he would find it a noble sacrifice. Great pace and tension.
  • Berks
    by Berks 1 month ago
    Thanks Alan, think i'll have to change subject matter next time before i give people the wrong impression!

    Just read yours too, you have a really nice style in your writing, very easy to read, although i must confess i had to restart it when i'd realised it was about whaling, as i'd gotten completely the wrong idea at the beginning!
  • Hel
    by Hel 1 month ago
    Very powerful writing, Alan. I was completely immersed in your comp entry. Dramatic and heart wrenching, then surprisingly uplifting at the end.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month ago
    Punchy comp entry Alan. Really heartfelt, with a nice slow reveal
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 2 months ago
    Hello Alan, Daedalus recommends I request a reader's ticket so I can read 'Home', which has attracted so many warm comments just lately. Please.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 2 months ago
    Your comp entry was hauntingly beautiful, it made a shiver go down my spine. Tragic, but lovely.