David

David

40 years old
Male
Location
Glasgow
United Kingdom
Current Status
We should remember James Bond's instructions to the barman when responding to terror: 'shaken, not stirred'
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  • Are you a ...?
    Writer published in mags, etc
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Literary fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Historical fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Alexander Trocchi
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    James Baldwin, 'Go, Tell It On the Mountain'; Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'; Jean-Paul Sartre, 'Nausea'; Alexander Trocchi, 'Young Adam'; Jean Cocteau, 'Les Enfants Terribles'
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    I want an airport named after me
    Your worst habit?
    indecision/snap decisions
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    I deeply respect the good folk of publishing
    Where do you write?
    at dining table
    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?
    Interested in photography and traditional music. Like running and overseas city-breaks. I enjoy time with family and friends.

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    David
    David We should remember James Bond's instructions to the barman when responding to terror: 'shaken, not stirred'
    2 days ago
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    David
    David I will not share a platform with active paedophiles
    5 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP I don't expect much disagreement with that sentiment, but why the need to mention it?
      4 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Eh?
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I think it's pretty self-explanatory
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP It isn't at all self explanatory. Most people would only make such a statement had they come across such people and were declining to be associated. Has that happened?
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I said explanatory not evident
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Righto.Say goodnight to the folks
      4 days ago
    • Aonghus Fallon
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      Aonghus Fallon Maybe Gary Glitter is playing in the Hydro and they asked David to do drums?
      4 days ago
    • Aonghus Fallon
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      Aonghus Fallon Or - far more likely - the Bay City Rollers.
      4 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick David - the sentence is self-explanatory, but why you posted it isn't. Is it meant to be funny, because I don't think it is funny. Or is it meant to be provocative, in which case why do you want to provoke us?
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I'm entitled to give voice to my views. Further explanation would be defamatory.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Are you suggesting that there are active paedophiles here, or elsewhere, that you are aware of? I should remind you that paedophilia is a crime and you should report your findings to the police.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I've said what I've said
      4 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Somewhat inflammatory, David, if the platform to which you refer is this one.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I don't see how
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP David, if you want to play games choose a less inflammatory subject. Right now you are being quite offensive, and I don't care if you agree or not.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I'm quite serious
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Then take it to the police or you are an accessory. Clear.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David Don't be so stupid
      4 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick If such a person is on this platform, then I guess you'll be leaving. If not, you're trolling us.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I'm not trolling anybody, not even paedophiles
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David why do you feel implicated?
      4 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion,[3] often for the troll's amusement.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I'm not a troll
      4 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick As for the reason you're doing this, I don't know and I don't care. I'm just surprised given that you've been here for so long. Anyway, I'm bored of you now.
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP This one is going to be great fun... They did a survey back in the '70's in Tennessee and an overwhelming majority of people there were in favour of capital punishment for anyone convicted of being a paediatrician.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Actually, I heard that there was a doctor almost prosecuted for specialising in podiatry. Oh, and don't call me stupid, David. If you are aware of a crime and fail to report it then you are potentially guilty of being an accessory during and after the fact. Failure to report a crime is obstruction of justice. If on the other hand you are just being an arsehole, then fine. You have made that case perfectly.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP I read somewhere that in Tenessee it's impossible to bring a case for paedophilia as most of the victims are married to their assailants.
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Completely false.... that's Mississippi . .
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP I'll check my Fox News feed later. I have to wash up now.
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Dave, I've noticed your profile is still active, are you sharing a platform? or is the accused gone now?
      4 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I have inferred from David's continued presence, that the cause of this post is not on this forum. Which is a long way round to relief.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP It's quiet here all of a sudden. Has someone sent David to his room without supper?
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Wait a minute... is this from when the 'S' fell off my Speedo's and I got banned from the swimming baths?
      4 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Don't understand, David, why you won't give some kind of answer to the question initially asked by AlanP. By not doing so, the thread descended into, shall we say, 'unfortunate' to-ing and fro-ing.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David Thanks for your tolerance.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Jill, forgive me - you are far too nice for this thread. David may enjoy pointless grandstanding and has just gone a bit too far. Either that or he is down the nick filing a police report.
      4 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill I do understand why the thread has gone the way it has, but I hate this kind of thing on the front page...
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I was expressing an emotion rather than a thought and emotions can be irrational. If that makes me a troll then I apologise. It was not my intention to cause offence.
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Are you Beep?
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David *offense* rather
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP David, that is a completely inadequate explanation of where you began this nonsense, in the midst of which you insulted someone I regard as a friend. Then you deliberately escalated It. It doesn't make you a troll, it makes you an inadequate tosser.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I don't think I am a troll and I don't know what friend of yours I've insulted. I repeat, if I've caused offense I'm sorry. My way of expressing myself is perhaps a little different from what you are used to. It may the fault of social media as a medium of communication but I prefer subtler ways of speaking that might not come across here and sometimes when I'm asked to explain myself, particularly in the midst of emotions, my temperament reacts by shutting down. This is perhaps a cultural difference. Glaswegians are not known for emotional eloquence - at least in the English manner - and our way of speaking may appear brusque to you. I assure you that I did not intend to play around with people or amuse myself at their expense.
      4 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks David, I think what people want to hear (well, I do), is that you didn't aim your initial comment at someone on this forum. i.e. reassurance that you don't think one of us is a paedophile. That thought is most disquieting to say the least.
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Dave, the Glaswegians I know are direct, You are being obtuse and weird. You say something extremely upsetting and provocative and then refuse to give a direct explanation. That would be trolling... even in Glasgow.
      4 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick You certainly offended me.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP David, this is your problem, no one else's. Glasgow is not another planet. I know a number of Glaswegians and they are nothing like you. In the middle of this you made a completely unjustfied remark aimed at Mashie. You were defending your childish insurance of not backing down having made a mistake with your opening post. You owe him an apology. Right now you are a troll..
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Insistance
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David As I understand it, a troll needs a target and I was not targetting any of you. My suspicions were about someone on this forum but I acted irrationally and wrongly - my emotions got the better of me. It is nothing I can prove, certainly not to the extent that Alan is suggesting. It is also something I should have kept to myself. If you judge me wrong for bringing it up, I understand. I posted in a pique of anger. My head's all over the place this week, I don't know what's wrong!
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP Dave. The phrase you are searching for is "Sorry, I fucked up". And what I also want to hear is who you think is a paedophile, because I have seen no content that even hints at it. Where is this content? I've seen nothing. Right now the only person you have accused is a friend of mine and I take severe exception to that.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David I think there's been a misunderstanding, Alan. What I meant was that Mashie shouldn't take it personally, and that no-one should feel offended that responded to my comment because I wasn't referring to them. Also, I was asking you, Alan, not to act stupid because I was making an emotional point rather than an intellectual one. Please just strike it from the record. Yes, I messed up. I'm sorry.
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Well Dave, I invite you to read your original post and, if the offending paedo is still here, then honor your word and retire.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP And where is this paedophile content? The stuff that triggered your initial post. I hope that isn't another misunderstanding.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP And let's be clear. It's not me you should apologise to.
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David Give it a break, guys.
      4 days ago
    • AlanP
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      AlanP No. You don't throw stuff like this around and then just expect it to go away because you are pressed on it. Where is this material that caused you to suggest someone here is a paedophile.?
      4 days ago
    • David
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      David Goodnight, Alan. Daddy's not playing courtroom showdown!
      4 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Madness of the first order. Nothing more to do with this.
      4 days ago
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    David
    "David" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    Moggy froze to death and the insensitive cluckers looked on, indifferently
    5 days ago
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    Stephen Mark
    Stephen Mark commented on David's picture.
    As are we all...
    5 days ago
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    David
    David commented on David's picture.
    . . . but I'm learning.
    5 days ago
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    David
    David commented on David's picture.
    Tell me about it! My first draft was practically hagiography.
    5 days ago
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    Stephen Mark
    Stephen Mark commented on David's picture.
    And like all our heroes, we often have to put to one side - or gloss over - their rather more unpalatble traits...
    5 days ago
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    David
    David commented on David's picture.
    I see. Mine is drawn from historical accounts. I'm writing fiction but trying to stick to facts yet giving myself freedom to invent, too.
    5 days ago
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    Stephen Mark
    Stephen Mark commented on David's picture.
    Nah, David, she's a figment of my 'magination. I was probably subconsciously influenced by my great hero, the artist, Augustus John :-)
    5 days ago
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    David
    David commented on David's picture.
    Mmmm, and is your Augustine a heroine from legend, or from your own pen?
    5 days ago
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    Stephen Mark
    Stephen Mark commented on David's picture.
    It's a modern-day adventure - fantasy based, with Arthurian legend interwoven.
    5 days ago
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    David
    David commented on David's picture.
    What's your book about, SM?
    5 days ago
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    Stephen Mark
    Stephen Mark commented on David's picture.
    The star of my own magnum opus just happens to be called, Augustine, too... It would appear that I am in good company :-)
    5 days ago
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    David
    "David" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    The chicks love me
    5 days ago
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    David
    David commented on David's picture.
    It's a collection of novels, Johnny. I would describe it as intimate, rather than comprehensive, say.
    5 days ago

About

Worked as a professional journalist for most of the 00s. Then moved into scriptwriting. I had a radio play and a short film produced, and was working on a pilot for a tv series when I decided to focus on my novel. (samples of my writing: http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/15994; http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/16225; http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/16312 http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/13589)

In the past I've also spent time as a musician. I played bass guitar in a few embarrassingly-named bands down the years: UGE, X-Amount, The Zens and Allandale.

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  • Jill
    by Jill 9 days ago
    Yes, Spring is the best time we think. Can't cope with too much blazing nowadays, much prefer mellow!!
  • Jill
    by Jill 9 days ago
    Posted a couple of photos on front page. Taken by Mr J. Still not downloaded mine. Will soon.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 months ago
    It'll be a while yet. If I get my way it'll be somewhat cheaper than the current edition
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 months ago
    Thanks David. I hope you enjoy it. Between you, me and the gatepost, I'm hoping for another edition at some point (and then maybe a sequel), but there will be a slog to go through before then
  • David
    by David 9 months ago
    Aw, shucks.
  • Scarlett
    by Scarlett 9 months ago
    Happy Un-Birthday, Babe. Have a good one! xxx
  • David
    by David 9 months ago
    False alarm. It is not my birthday. Thanks for the wishes. Happy birthday to you, too!
  • GippsGirl
    by GippsGirl 9 months ago
    Hello my SE buddy-in-arms! If it is, indeed, your birthday today (coz we know the Cloud has a warped sense of humour around dates) then I hope you have a very Happy Birthday and that you're doing something fun to celebrate.
  • Jill
    by Jill 9 months ago
    Cloud says it is your birthday ~ have a happy one!
  • Jill
    by Jill 2 years ago
    Silly old Cloud - got it wrong again! Hope you had a good day anyway and that Augustine is coming into shape - I note that you have been working with different viewpoints. :)