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    Unpublished writer (so far)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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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Renaming, Removing, Rewriting History".
    Ah yes, Bulldog Drummond. I once read the stuff out of curiosity. It was long enough ago for my memory to be a bit hazy, but a few images have stuck with me. At the opening of the first book Drummond is pining away with boredom in his Mayfair (of ...
    8 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Renaming, Removing, Rewriting History".
    If I may make a small diversion concerning AF's comments about H P Lovecraft: Lovecraft did actually write a fair amount of fantasy, especially in his earlier years. I'm not saying it's very good fantasy, and it's not as well known as his horror ...
    16 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Squidge's Blog "Renaming, Removing, Rewriting History".
    As others have said, nobody is banning the books; history is not being re-written. Yes, it's important not to pretend these attitudes never existed, so we can see how far we've moved on from them. But to retain Wilder's name on an award could be ...
    23 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Dear Richard I cannot remember the film well enough but what if the site of the crime had been destroyed and, tragically, there are no witness to the event (on the defendant's side, at least.) As it was pointed out, Irving might have ...
    1 month ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    I doubt it would make any difference if Irving's followers did see the film. As I said in the blog, people like that dismiss anything that doesn't square with their agenda as lies. So the film would be dismissed as Jewish propaganda. I mean, ...
    1 month ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    I do share Richard's concern over this matter. I had gone to see 'Denial' to see how David Hare had dramatised a trial. I had little knowledge of Irving. I recall the film was based around the activities of the defence lawyers. They were a well ...
    1 month ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Irving was the plaintiff in this case, but in another one later on he was the defendant - he lost, and was gaoled for three years. I studied 'In Cold Blood' at A-level. At the time, the orthodox version was that Capote had invented a scene at the ...
    1 month ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Denial. The facts! I can just about remember the film. I recall a comment that was made in the script. If Irving had not decided to be his own counsel, he might have won the trial - or rather, his lawyer might have won it. As ...
    1 month ago
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    Nibs
    "Nibs" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    wow, read all that and most the replies. I'm always trying to remind people to check facts before the repost stuff. Example. A recent upsurge in a particular story was retold to me in work by few girls who are so shocked at the story, they had to ...
    1 month ago
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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Bullshit, hate, lies, genocide, bigotry and all the most unpleasant, nasty things you can think of have always been there, unfortunately, a modern version of Pandora's box called the internet, has given it a global platform. What to do? Live your ...
    1 month ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Aside from being a sceptical reader of news, and my paltry efforts to check the validity of stories, my only direct experience of dealing with the media is as a scientist, getting study results picked up. That is an education in how the press ...
    1 month ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Dear Richard, I saw that film when it was first released. I had to go up to London where it was shown in the smallest theatre in one of the multiplexes in Leicester Square. There had not been a suburban release and it had not been shown in ...
    1 month ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Well if that doesn't dissuade anyone else from replying, I don't know what will. Sorry!
    1 month ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on RichardB's Blog "Be afraid...".
    Fascinating blog as usual Richard. I think there's a lot to be worried about and a certain amount to be hopeful for. Please forgive the following being a bit of an essay, but you've raised a lot of interesting points. I've worked in the media and ...
    1 month ago
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    RichardB
    RichardB wrote a new blog: "Be afraid...".
    Newspapers are dying. And the internet is suddenly there... It's all to do with this phenomenon of people not trusting what they are told by their governments and newspapers. They seek around to find some remedy to this. And they find me. I am part ...
    1 month ago

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  • AlanP
    by AlanP 4 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 4 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 5 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 10 months ago
    Basques in one exit - yes, very good!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 10 months ago
    Not sure whether to applaud that joke or groan at it :-)
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 11 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