RichardB

RichardB

67 years old
Male
Location
Banwen, Neath
United Kingdom
Current Status
Well, that was quick. First rejection, only four days after submitting.
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    This is wonderful, Richard. Hooked me from the poignant start. Very much enjoyed it and thank you for sharing it.
    20 hours ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    I shall look out for it next time. Thank you.
    1 day ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Dear Richard, I have been looking at reviews on google after I have seen the play. My opinions are closest to those of the Guardian's critics. I don't know what that means. Squidge is partly right about celebs. I attended the first night o a ...
    1 day ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Bric, the memorial plaque is right beside the Cleveland Way, a few hundred yards north of Cook's Monument, if you're interested.
    2 days ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Fascinating. A regular walk of mine and yet I had no idea. Many thanks for this.
    2 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Mike, have I perhaps missed my vocation? Maybe I should have been a critic? Seriously, I formed that opinion for myself many years ago when I saw another of Wilde's early plays, 'An Ideal Husband': an uneasy marriage of melodrama in the plot and ...
    2 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Your essay is very clearly set out and well organised. I knew where I was throughout the story. You do not seem to be 'economical with the truth' as your mother seemed to be. I wonder if you find this a problem with writing? I certainly do, My ...
    2 days ago
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    Seagreen
    "Seagreen" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Touching blog, Richard, and I love Giselle’s idea of the stars aligning to help it come together.
    2 days ago
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    Giselle
    "Giselle" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    This is a fantastically written, clear account of what used to be a tangled historical mess. There are times when the cosmic stars aligne to answer our questions, and this is a perfect example.From vague internet searches to being present at the ...
    2 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    How fascinating, Richard. You do have a penchant for crashes though, don't you. :) And why not. You write and explain them very well.
    3 days ago
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    Kate
    "Kate" commented on RichardB's Blog "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    Interesting blog Richard. I enjoyed the read and took a look at the crash photos. Intriguing how there can be such history behind something as simple as a break in the treeline.
    3 days ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB wrote a new blog: "Uncle Harold's Last Flight".
    One night during World War II my father abruptly started awake for no apparent reason, and remained sleepless for the rest of the night. This was most unusual for him, as he hardly ever woke in the night, and if he did he always went straight back ...
    3 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on RichardB's Blog "Chapel-en-le-Frith: Devotion to Duty".
    Fascinating as always, Richard. And so sad. And so heroic. Very touched by this.
    7 days ago
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    Janeshuff
    "Janeshuff" commented on RichardB's Blog "Chapel-en-le-Frith: Devotion to Duty".
    I always enjoy your stories, Richard, and this one was as absorbing as I expected it to be. You have a real gift for explaining enough of the technical stuff for us to follow and understand the story. Great stuff.
    7 days ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB wrote a new blog: "Chapel-en-le-Frith: Devotion to Duty".
    Chapel-en-le-Frith: Devotion to Duty   The Regulation of Railways Act 1889, passed in the wake of the appalling accident at Armagh earlier that year, laid down that every passenger train must have fail-safe brakes under the driver's control ...
    7 days ago

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  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 1 month ago
    Basques in one exit - yes, very good!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month ago
    Not sure whether to applaud that joke or groan at it :-)
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 2 months ago
    Hi Richard. Sent you a little pm but on mine, it never highlights it. Just to let you know.
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 5 months ago
    Cheers, Richard!
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    by / 9 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 / 9 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 / 9 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 / 1 year ago
    great profile pic, btw
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    by / 1 year 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 1 year ago
    All day drinking not true at all Richard - it's just that cameras weren't allowed in the hours and hours of workshops.