RichardB

RichardB

67 years old
Male
Location
Banwen, Neath
United Kingdom
Current Status
is feeling unsettled. Itching to get stuck into post-crit revisions to his WIP but knows he ought to let thoughts percolate a bit more first. Maybe he should take his mind off it and occupy himself with another railway story...
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Ursula K Le Guin, probably
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Lord of the Rings (Oh God, not again...) / Pavane - Keith Roberts / The Dispossessed and the Earthsea books - Ursula K Le Guin / The Girl in a Swing - Richard Adams / The Merrily Watkins series - Phil Rickman
    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?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Disillusioned. Do you mean in my head, or in the real world?
    Your worst habit?
    Not enough faith in myself; too much procrastination.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    In the room variously known as the passage / library / study (it's a rather strange house)
    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?
    In contrast to the sensitive, poetic side of my nature, I'm an utter and complete nerd about steam trains.

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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Persistence ".
    Dolly Were you on a bus in Bromley yesterday? I woman of a certain age sat next to me and said , Hallo young man!" She told me of her touring in a group. just as you have done.
    6 hours ago
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    Gerry
    "Gerry" commented on RichardB's Blog "Persistence ".
    Back in 1969 I went to a concert at Newcastle City Hall. There was a big audience so I got a seat at the back of the stage and was therefore able to watch a bunch of old buffers shamble on stage - people like Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Harry ...
    3 days ago
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    issacsamuel
    "issacsamuel" commented on RichardB's Blog "Persistence ".
    Could fling my arms and legs at that one, and impress the birds. As for the Stones, visited see them live at Eel Pie island early 60s wherever they left Charlie Watts taking part in drums solo for associate degree hour whereas they'd a drink and ...
    4 days ago
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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on RichardB's Blog "Persistence ".
    Your blog took me way back. I'm 75 now. From '57 to '62 I played rhythm in a Preston band called the Bobcats. We played support for the Big Three on a number of occasions also Rory Storm, The Undertaker, a band called Ricky Shaw and the Dolphins, ...
    4 days ago
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    stephenterry
    "stephenterry" commented on RichardB's Blog "Persistence ".
    I seem to recall 'Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey' Searchers cover of the Drifters was a big hit at the time. Could fling my arms and legs at that one, and impress the birds. As for the Stones, went to see them live at Eel Pie island at ...
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB wrote a new blog: "Persistence ".
    'It's lovely to be here tonight. Actually, I'm seventy-three and he's seventy-five, so it's lovely to be anywhere.'   Thus, Frank Allen of the Searchers, speaking from the stage of the Pavilion in Whitby during the sixties music festival I ...
    4 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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    RichardB
    RichardB has accepted Lin's friend request.
    14 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on RichardB's Blog "Plumbing".
    Horrendous tale with happy ending. I have memories of a post-baby/hysterectomy catheter nowt-releasing event which resulted in nurse emptying jugfuls of pee down the sink ... Stay safe. (My man is a refusenik)
    16 days ago
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    Hilly
    "Hilly" commented on RichardB's Blog "Plumbing".
    A very traumatic tale, Richard and I also hope your GP can sort you out. What a terrible start to a holiday but as long as it turned out well (which it did eventually) then that's all we can wish for. Good luck and hope you're properly on the mend ...
    16 days ago
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    Clytemnestra
    "Clytemnestra" commented on RichardB's Blog "Plumbing".
    So please, guys, learn from RichardB's story and get any problems you have checked out before setting off on a cross-country journey.
    17 days ago
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    Clytemnestra
    "Clytemnestra" commented on RichardB's Blog "Plumbing".
    Just watched on Sky News a discussion re married people with high cholesterol and many other life threatening indicators living longer than singles. When asked what the difference was, a female commentator said "Nagging!" and I believe she was ...
    17 days ago
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    stephenterry
    "stephenterry" commented on RichardB's Blog "Plumbing".
    Look up turmeric (with black pepper) and red cayenne pepper, which are natural spices used in curries that are as powerful as current medications, and are deemed to prevent prostate cancer. Ten years ago, my doctor considered I had an enlarged ...
    17 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on RichardB's Blog "Plumbing".
    Yeah, I guess I was one of those false positives. But the advice I garnered before being told I was clear was like Bella says. Monitoring and drugs to slow it down is a much better option than having bits carved out. The consultant was fancying ...
    17 days ago
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    Giselle
    "Giselle" commented on RichardB's Blog "Plumbing".
    You had me cringing in empathy Richard, and I'm happy that you've pulled through. A few years ago my stepfather had a heinous vacation as we had to make pee stops every half an hour or so; I now understand why! Thanks for sharing this, I'll keep an ...
    17 days ago

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  • OFP
    by OFP 1 month ago
    You're right. Uncalled for. But he is having a bad day. Give him that. 'Gog' ? Love it. going to use that next month in Aber.

    Train ghost story? Tube ghosts? Bout time you combined your passions.
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 1 month ago
    Cheers, Richard!
  • OFP
    by OFP 1 month ago
    Re your reply to Hilly's blog. You once said that your 200 years and 5 million miles had never spiked your story generator.... You refute yourself, once again...

    Gis the Route Master Chronicles ...
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    by / 5 months ago
    Yes, Very much Michael Green for an HoF place at Twickenham. Ironic in a way in that it would be the archy irreverent reward considering the sentiments of his great work.

    Somehow a deflated old ball and a molding old worn rugby boot in a dusty and sparsely populated trophy cabinet would be more appropriate to honour him.

    I think this is a free download of Ascent of the Rum Doodle which is written with the same great humility and absurdity. The expedition Doctor was named Prone.

    http://pdfbookhub.com/2016/07/14/ascent-rum-doodle-pdf-book/


    Great to see TRP honour the fast disappearing Grass Roots of Village Rugby.
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    by / 5 months ago
    RB, I've read and enjoyed The Art of Coarse Rugby. It sits on my favourites shelf of my bookcase. The key to it is it's wonderful sense of self effacing humour. It's still relevant today. I vainly contemplated writing a sequel but have only managed a collection of short stories, loosely titled Dirty Rugby Shorts. May I suggest to you The Ascent of the RumDoodle by W E Bowman, written in the same voice. A delightful tribute via piss take of the same sort of characters in Coarse Rugby but on a mountaineering expedition. It sits next to Coarse Rugby on the bookshelf.
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    by / 5 months ago
    Hi RB, I wanted to let Skylark have the last word on the Ice Cream blog so I thought I would just drop you a line to say that I am completely comfortable with your views on my views.... Best, OFP
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    by / 8 months ago
    great profile pic, btw
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    by / 8 months ago
    Do yah, now, midshipman Richard? A brief explanation of the paravane and it's useage. Include the explanation of dropping the ball and streaming. in no less that 8k words...
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 9 months ago
    All day drinking not true at all Richard - it's just that cameras weren't allowed in the hours and hours of workshops.
  • Jill
    by Jill 1 year ago
    Richard, I'm so pleased that your wife is coming home, but sorry to hear that she will be not be 100% for a while. Be gentle on yourselves, both of you. It has been a great shock emotionally and also physically for Mrs B. I don't need to tell you that, though. :) I hope that the rest of the family are near enough to give a little support too. Jx