RichardB

RichardB

68 years old
Male
Location
Banwen, Neath
United Kingdom
Current Status
Another grand-child on the way, from my son and daughter-in-law this time. Will it be a boy, to save my oh-so-rare surname from extinction? Due late September.
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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 "A neglected talent".
    Dear Richard, I saw 'life and Fate; last night. It is a huge construction and viewed the second world war from the viewpoint of Jewish family in Moscow, Tolstoy does come to mind, I think many of the audience were Russian, I would ...
    1 day ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Dear Richard, Had you considered a career as a critic or literary biographer! These books are not so popular. I once ordered Penguin’s series of classic reprints in the genre - for a public library. None were ...
    4 days ago
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    poggle
    "poggle" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Pavane for a Dead Infanta is jolly nice, too.
    4 days ago
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    Newbie
    "Newbie" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Having read some your blog, Richard (but not all) I've bought a 1970s version of Pavane off Amazon. Peering into the 'Look inside' of it made me want to read more. Hence the reason for not finishing your blog. Thank you for this, I'd not heard of it ...
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Interesting comment, Raine. I've sometimes wondered if my youthful (twelve if I remember right) exposure to H P Lovecraft with his bleak world-view of us as insignificant motes in a vast uncaring cosmos, victims to forces beyond our control, helped ...
    4 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Indeed. In fact, at the risk of derailing the discussion (a subject for another blog perhaps?) I often find that an excess of 'show' makes the prose far too bulky. Sometimes you can 'tell' something in just a few words that takes half a page to ...
    4 days ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Yeah, sorry, I was talking about the older 'classics' in general rather than this one in particular. And I agree, 'telly' doesnt preclude lyricism, in fact you could argue that the taught emphasis on brevity (less is more) gets in the way of a good ...
    4 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    I suppose the prose might be slightly 'telly' by current standards but I wouldn't call it dense. There's a lyricism to it which I think you'd appreciate Raine
    4 days ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Taken me a while to come to this, Richard. But great blog. I'd heard of the book but never read it. I must confess I have to really be in the right mood for the dense, detailed ('telly'?) prose often found in older books. But if the story is strong ...
    4 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    That settles it then Richard, I really must get another copy. Oh look, a 1968 paperback on ABE books...
    4 days ago
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    Gerry
    "Gerry" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Great blog. I tried google-imaging the cover to see if I recognised it. I didn't. But there are some great images there. It's had quite a few covers.
    4 days ago
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    Woolleybeans
    "Woolleybeans" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Sounds like a really good read, Richard. I join the people who must now add it to my TBR pile!
    4 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    Wrong, Daeds. The sessions of the Inquisition are held in Dubris (Dover). The rest of the episode is set in (Where else?) Dorset. But yes, Pavane is a world away from current politics. Except, of course, that there's always repression, and ...
    5 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    It’s a very different Europe in the novel too, of course. The ‘Brother John’ section is set in Rome, if I recall correctly. The whole thing seems so divorced from current politics I wouldn’t have made that connection myself. I must get ...
    5 days ago
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    Janeshuff
    "Janeshuff" commented on RichardB's Blog "A neglected talent".
    And mine when I read it!
    5 days ago

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  • AlanP
    by AlanP 2 months ago
    @Whisks and Richard. I didn't see the Portillo programme, but was that the run when this rather famously happened?

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/trainspotter-waits-day-film-priceless-7442132

    Apologies for the newspaper link, I can't find it on YouTube.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 2 months ago
    Are but did you know it had flown again recently? All the way from King's Cross to Edinburgh with a train full of people who'd had something to do with it over its very long life, from owners to firemen; how it had refuelled with water, how much coal it used? It'll be on iplayer if interested.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 2 months ago
    Richard, did you see Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys on BBC2 tonight? All about the resurrection of the Flying Scotsman. Thanks to your blogs I understood more of the engineering than previously. I even know what a tender is.
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 8 months ago
    Basques in one exit - yes, very good!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 8 months ago
    Not sure whether to applaud that joke or groan at it :-)
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 9 months ago
    Hi Richard. Sent you a little pm but on mine, it never highlights it. Just to let you know.
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 1 year ago
    Cheers, Richard!
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    by / 1 year 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 / 1 year 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 / 1 year 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