AlanP

AlanP

62 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    Unpublished writer (so far)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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    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on mike's Blog "Oompapa bands".
    My first musical endeavours were in a Brass Band in the northern tradition. I played slide trombone, an excellent instrument, mellow but satisfyingly loud and brassy if you give it some. I had a go at French Horn, too difficult. Eventually I ...
    3 months ago
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    AlanP Archiving stuff I don't want to lose, just in case, I have stopped to read some bits here and there. Hands up who remembers PNut Cat.
    3 months ago
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      Gerry Ah yes, another avatar of Wrathnar
      3 months ago
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      Gerry Have just nipped on Facebook. Pnut cat is there and has quite a few cloudy friends
      3 months ago
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      AlanP For reasons that have been in the news recently I never became a citizen of Facebook. Is PNut cat running around and being a lively pnut eating cat?
      3 months ago
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      Gerry Ah, now I look more closely I see that entries are mostly from 2011/ 2012. There's birthday wishes, presumably generated by Facebook from 2013 and 2015, and an 'Are you okay?' from 2017. And that's it. Mm, feel a bit uneasy...
      3 months ago
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      AlanP I have wondered
      3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    Excellent article Athers. I too remember when Google was a splendid impartial search engine. Happy days, eh. Invalid certificates are usually just outdated. If you are accessing a site you are approaching deliberately, such as the Word Cloud, then ...
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on RichardB's Blog "Will the last one to leave please turn off the lights?".
    Richard, I fear there is much in what you say. Also I heartily agree that what is past should remain there. Even pooh sticks will drift on downstream. Perhaps that's what we have all been here. Swimming or floating in a stream, with some exciting ...
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Harry's Blog "Of Jericho, clouds, and community".
    I am pleased to see that you have engaged and are trying to blow away the fog and clarify things, Harry. I suspect that you underestimated the value that people place on this community that grew on your land, it is very important to a large number. ...
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    An interesting side effect - this blog will soon be on the first page of most commented blogs. I think there's a message in that.
    3 months ago
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    AlanP Why do people think their posts are bad? Sometimes, like New York, it's so good they say it twice.
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Gus. You need some mates to read it and help. We all need that and this remains the place to find them.
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Gus. There isn't. Tony's blog is well meant but It's original purpose should be respected. Like all blogs, they take tangents. This is a story that has legs.
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Tony, you are a friend and I respect what you say. I do have some strong feelings, but your blog is not the place. My apologies.
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    You know Richard, and others. Unless you think I am some force intent on destroying the ethos of The Word Cloud you might perhaps think on your recent posts. If you want to attack me then go ahead. I'm just a bloke who set up comps here and paid ...
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Daeds, I agree. It was damaging and unnecessary. And what is done, is done. It has nothing to do with this debate whatsoever.
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    You know, I need to speak up on behalf of this "other place". I may be burning some personal capital here, but many people know me and I hope recognise that I don't do agendas. I have put a lot of effort into this community and have sought no ...
    3 months ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    And still we roll on. From what I see and have said myself I think that this move (being attributed to Harry personally but really it's the company and we don't know the decision making process) is a mistake. It's not that I have any objection to ...
    3 months ago

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  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 5 months ago
    it could well have been, Alan. How funny! The programme did have a shot of a Virgin train passing it; and also a segment of sightseers swarming the tracks.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 8 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 10 months ago
    excellent yarn in the monthly, Alan. Were the whales trying to warn them?
  • Barny
    by Barny 11 months ago
    PM for you
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 11 months ago
    Great comp entry, Alan. Go the Kraken I say....
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 11 months ago
    Great comp entry. Scary stuff. I knew there was a reason to stay on dry land.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 11 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 11 months ago
    Ooh, that's a frightening tale, Alan.
  • Hel
    by Hel 11 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 11 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.