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  • Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    last book I read. 'Une vie' Guy de Maupassant
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    membership of a rather exclusive club
    Your worst habit?
    self pity

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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on mike's Blog "A little extra carry on.".
    What would, of course, be fascinating these days would be a travel journal from the 19th century combined with the point of view a person from the land in which the traveller found himself. Maybe a nice idea for a story? What were the Sheik and his ...
    11 hours ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "A little extra carry on.".
    Dear Secretspi. The journals are more Oxbridge now,which is why my face does not fit. The author is footnoted in academic works. Fraser might have hit a nail on the head for the wrong reason. The descriptions of Arab women would be accurate ...
    14 hours ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on mike's Blog "A little extra carry on.".
    It's difficult to tell how much of this is Fraser himself, and how much is Fraser-as-Harry-Flashman. The Flashman books were very much of their age (and by that, I mean the 1970s, not the 1850s!). I think Fraser got a winning combination - ...
    1 day ago
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    mike
    mike wrote a new blog: "A little extra carry on.".
         Secretspi is very perceptive.  She mentioned that an extract from a travel journal reminded her of ‘’Flashman.’   Fraser had used the travel book as a source for one of his novels.  ‘Flashman on the ...
    1 day ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Skylark's Blog "A Very Belated Update on Getting Published".
    Dear Skylark, Best wishes for your book and I can only echo what other people said,. I will buy a copy as it will be available in bookshops. (I cannot buy over the internet.) I think you wise to have persevered with a traditional ...
    1 day ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "A Carry On?".
    Dear Secrets[i. What a coincidence that you mentioned Flashman!! Fraser had read the travel book for research purposes and footnotes it. But in a comic way that is now very un PC. Dear John, The writer had been Chartist and I ...
    1 day ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on mike's Blog "A Carry On?".
    Lovely prose in the extract, wonderful story.
    2 days ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on mike's Blog "A Carry On?".
    It conjured up an amusing picture for me, too: the Sheik and his entourage demanding wine, and being potentially fobbed off with Eau de Cologne. It could be an incident in a Flashman story, or similar! I enjoyed reading Rosita Forbes' book 'The ...
    2 days ago
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    mike
    mike wrote a new blog: "A Carry On?".
               I wrote this hopefully to amuse, but it is a bit long winded as it was necessary to put an extract from a book into some sort of context - both historical and personal.  The past can be both very ...
    2 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Ghostbusters 11 was on the telly last week. I must confess I gave up after about twenty minutes, though I did find Ghostbusters funny. This is, presumably, how the supernatural world is viewed? I had not read Walter De La Mere before and I ...
    5 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on John Alty's Blog "Egypt".
    Very interesting. I read a journal of the same trip. But this took place in 1832. The writer describes seeing Cleopatra's Needle prostrate in the desert and laments that the ruins are being cannibalised to build,I think, the modern ...
    5 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on AlanP's Blog "August 16th 1977".
    I saw the Proms production of Oklahoma on TV on friday night. I thought it very good. I wonder if there is any connection between Oklahoma and the musical with Bob Dylan songs? Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Petterson also turned up on the ...
    5 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "Crewe - Walter De la Mare.".
    The setting of two other stories are churches. "All Hallows' and the 'Trumpet. Both deal with the subject of angels - the former with fallen angels, and the latter ones that blow trumpets. I would call them psychological tales and put Walter De ...
    5 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    As a photographer, one is a aware of shadows - or the effect of them. I would try use shadows as part of the composition. The brain compensates for these shadows and the camera does not. Well, some digital cameras do, Presumably, the digital ...
    5 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on mike's Blog "Crewe - Walter De la Mare.".
    Don't give up the day job? Mind you, I have not got one! I could have written that essay with a different slant. By selecting different lines, a murder story would be suggested. I think Walter De La Mare could be called an Edwardian, but Mr ...
    6 days ago

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  • Mezz
    by Mezz 10 months ago
    Hi Mike. Enjoyed your comp entry. I have revised mine if that's ok. If not disregard it.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 11 months ago
    Nice comp idea for September, Mike. Need to put my thinking cap on!
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 year ago
    Impressive comp entry Mike, as Hil says, great voice.
  • Hil
    by Hil 1 year ago
    Liked your comp entry, Mike. Great voice - your Mr Ping or Pong!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 year ago
    Enjoyed reading your comp entry, Mike, very original.
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 1 year ago
    Great comp entry, Mike.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 1 year ago
    Your comp entry, very good.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    Love your comp entry!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 year ago
    Great entry, Mike. By the way is the rum cove with or without ice? Oh sorry, that's rum'n coke.. ;-)
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 1 year ago
    Glorious comp entry. What a laugh.