I am a retired librarian, having spent most of my career in academic and industrial libraries.
I write on a number of subjects and also write stories as a member of the "Hinckley Scribblers".
Philip the Arab: Emperor of Rome
Philip the Arab is so named because his family came from Syria. However, this background does not appear to have affected his behavior in office to any extent – there was nothing noticeably “un-Roman” in how he treated the role of Emperor.
The Sleeping Gypsy, by Henri Rousseau
Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) was a largely self-taught French artist whose work was highly distinctive and very different from that of his contemporaries, particularly the Impressionists. There are elements in Rousseau’s work that are a foretaste of Dadaism and Surrealism, and he was greatly admired, late in his career, by artists such as Braque and Picasso.
Cruises Can Be Costly
Rosetta Mary Swinburne. Born 7th July 1993. Died 23rd January 2015. Aged 22. Our Rosie - A Bloom That Faded Too Soon. “How tragic”, Vicky thought to herself as she read the gravestone in a small village cemetery in Norfolk. “But Rosetta is about to rise from the grave and make me a lot of money”.
The sources of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer undoubtedly comprise the earliest work of literature in English of lasting merit. However, their author was a well-read man who sourced his tales from many places, some being of foreign origin.
The sinking of the Lusitania, 1915
The sinking of RMS Lusitania on 7th May 1915 – the victim of a torpedo fired from a German U-boat - has long been regarded as a major war crime and a prime cause of the United States entering World War I. However, there are questions that are still unanswered.
The Arc of Life Will Bend
The birds will sing, the snow will melt, The seas will rise, the rivers swell Men will fight and women weep - And the arc of life will bend
Desire for Originality
Without the desire for originality, I could have written you a poem As searing and hot as a flame. Without the desire for originality,
Gang Aft Agley
Rick had most of the plan worked out, but he just needed to think out a few details. As he sat over a coffee at Chieveley Services he reckoned that he was just about there.