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    Unpublished writer (so far)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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    JD
    "JD" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    Isn't Elves the plural of Elvis? Or is that Elvi? ;)
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP wrote a new blog: "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas".
    Preparing the ingredients for the kind of breakfast that can only be indulged when one has escaped from the healthy eating police I glanced down from the window. My little bolt hole is upside down and on a slope. The bedroom is as low as you can ...
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog ""It's only a sin if you feel remorse"".
    Leaving aside the religious point of view, which in certain circumstances, permits sin (even conceals it from the authorities) provided it is confessed - with one hopes, remorse. It's rare for someone to think they are sinful, or evil. Most people, ...
    1 month ago
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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    Funny how things come back to you. I remember thinking that the elf behind Marks and Spencer's might be a homeless elf, fallen on hard times, as he looked dishevelled and a more than a bit unkept. However, this was not so, as I also remember that ...
    1 month ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    One of my favourite Pratchett moments is right at the end of 'Soul Music' when the disillusioned rock star Imp Y Celin (which is Welsh for bud of the holly) has gone to ground by taking a job in a chip shop. I don't have the book to hand and can't ...
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    There's a guy works down the chip swears he's an Elf, or something like that :)
    1 month ago
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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    Better than seeing him in a chip shop. As for elves, I've never seen them in a chip shop either, although I once thought I saw one acting suspicious round round the back of Marks and Spencer's in Blackburn.
    1 month ago
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    Debi
    "Debi" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    Ha!
    1 month ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    Hehehe! Nice to have you back with us, Mr P. Hope all is well?
    1 month ago
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    Kate
    "Kate" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's the little details that matter".
    Love it. :)
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP wrote a new blog: "It's the little details that matter".
    Desperate to revive his falling ratings in the opinion pools the leader of the free world sat in his throne room searching the Twittersphere and all his data feeds for something he could announce to the world and become The Great Donald once ...
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP
    2 months ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP Would those who only think they know about wiring please consider they might (almost) kill someone. Either learn how or hire a professional!
    2 months ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB It's illegal now not to, isn't it? At least as far as the mains is concerned.
      2 months ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP The law is odd. It's not illegal to do your own, but it is illegal to do someone else's. That's why you can still buy stuff at B&Q.
      2 months ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Not so odd. Murder is illegal. Suicide is no longer.
      2 months ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone Alan, do I detect some recent home maintenance has uncovered work by an amateur expert?
      2 months ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP I have recently moved from a house into a project zone that one day may become a house. There's a lot to do and every time I look at something I thought was OK, it just becomes one more fix. This bit of wierd electrics was quite irritating - I figured out what they had done this morning and put it right. I have a perfect excuse for not writing - totally distracted.
      2 months ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone Perhaps if people realised that breaching the part P Building regs is a criminal offence, not a harmless bit of DIY. they might think again. Probably not judging from some of the things I've uncovered under floorboards and behind plasterboard. And not just from amateurs.
      2 months ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Ah that naughty Part P. Oh yes. Beware P Parts. Should be on everyone's reading list. It's somewhere in my TBR, I know.
      2 months ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP When you look at the size of the electrical section in big DIY stores and the things that anyone can buy, it seems to me that there's little control. I'm a "competent person" as a Chartered Engineer and member of IET, but I can't certify a notifiable job. Notifiable jobs are quite big though.
      2 months ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB At least when you're wiring a model railway (something at the forefront of my mind at the moment) you're only dealing with 12-15 volts...
      2 months ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP It's not so much the voltage as the current :)
      2 months ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on AlanP's wall:
    Your comp entry made me smile at the end, but it was a serious subject that gave me chills to begin with. Clever twist.
    2 months ago

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  • Newbie
    by Newbie 2 months ago
    Your comp entry made me smile at the end, but it was a serious subject that gave me chills to begin with. Clever twist.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 4 months ago
    excellent yarn in the monthly, Alan. Were the whales trying to warn them?
  • Barny
    by Barny 4 months ago
    PM for you
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 4 months ago
    Great comp entry, Alan. Go the Kraken I say....
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 4 months ago
    Great comp entry. Scary stuff. I knew there was a reason to stay on dry land.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 4 months ago
    Powerful bit of oceanic karma in your comp entry. I dare say it's very easy to imagine all kinds of things lurking in the dark of the deep when you're far from land.
  • Hil
    by Hil 4 months ago
    Ooh, that's a frightening tale, Alan.
  • Hel
    by Hel 4 months ago
    Really enjoyed your comp piece, Alan. Especially when the sea creatures got their revenge. Sounds more like giant octopus than whale?
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 5 months ago
    Thank you Squidge, thank you Barny. I assure you Prop is not trying to derail the winter challenge. I know him well enough to know that, he loves it as much as anyone. This nonsense, it's getting out of hand.

    Please everyone, stop. I can tell you Athelstone will launch s new one soon, if this doesn't piss him off too much.
  • Barny
    by Barny 5 months ago
    You and your comps are legendary, indeed. Don't believe there is any reason for attacks on you/your comps, seems what I can only call bizarre. Makes me laugh. The attacks that is. Perhaps OFP is trying to derail the continuance of the comps? Don't know. Complete mystery. He seems to be trying to encourage people choose a side, on the basis of 'pm me' and vague accusations. Throwing rocks at windmills. Hahahaha.