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Mrs Frange's Hydrangeas

Mrs You can't grow red hydrangeas on clay, they said, as the gossip spread round the neighbourhood. Yet no one said this to Mrs Frange, and her scarlet Hydrangea borders bloomed bright every year. Every year the village garden judges came by, and every year they asked her how she did it. Mrs Frange...

Micro-Reviews Pt 5: Lock-down reading

Micro-Reviews Things to do while in Quarantine...

The Village Boy
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The first thing that struck me about this book was the commas. I wish I could say otherwise, but the grammar is an issue. Paragraphs change tenses between sentences. If that sort of thing annoys you, you'd be better off giving this...

Coffee Conundrums - Unwarranted?

Coffee
Unwarranted?
"Got the statement?"
"Oh yeah, sarge. Just had the witness shouting at me for the last hour. But we'll never get a warrant on the strength of his testimony."
"Why not? He's an experienced builder. They're not given to flights of fancy."
"The bar was quiet. It was ten in...

Pen Names

One of the most common questions that comes up is about the use of pennames. Recently, the arguments over the use of real names on Google+ and Facebook which include several authors losing profiles because they are listed under their pennames, have really brought attention to this. Another, more...

Burying Blyton

Burying I see in the papers that Enid Blyton's status as a beloved children's author is under fire, again. This time it is by English Heritage, who are looking at removing or updating blue plaques for "racism, and links to Britain's colonial past". It seems strange for an organisation founded to preserve...

UK Govt to kill Pen Names?

UK The UK Government has recently announced theat they believe all social media and online actions should take place under a person's real identity. (If you do not see the problem with this, then I trust you announce your name, date of birth, NI Number, and address to everyone you pass on the...