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".
"The Invisible Man", by G K Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English critic, poet and novelist who was well known as one of the most colourful and provocative writers of his day. He was seen by many as a latter-day Samuel Johnson, not only for his common sense and incisive wit, but also for his physically large appearance. His reputation has come under closer scrutiny in recent years due to his perceived anti-Semitism, but that does nothing to affect the quality or otherwise of his literary works.
Helping Adam to Climb Mountains
A chance meeting on a street in Leicester, twenty years ago, brought back a host of memories for both of us. I was sure that I had seen him somewhere before, and clearly the same applied to him, because we looked at each other with that “where do I know you from?” expression on our faces.
Travelling by Going Nowhere
Travellers have faced many problems in recent months, due mainly to the restrictions placed on international and domestic travel by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in lockdowns and quarantine requirements.
I Am A Poet When
I am a poet when My words paint pictures Like Botticelli or Jackson Pollock. I am a poet when My words have rhythm
Elephants Need a Break Too
Best mates Dwayne and Wayne were often to be found discussing matters of grave import. On this occasion it was inspired by the latest TV series by David Attenborough.
The trials and death of Richard Hunne
Richard Hunne was a man who became the central character of a 16th century “cause celebre”, and a figure of interest in the story of the English Reformation during the reign of Henry VIII.
Jack Profumo and the Profumo Affair
Jack Profumo will long be remembered as the British Cabinet Minister whose personal life made a major contribution to bringing down a government, but less well known is the important work he did in the years following the “Profumo Affair” in the area of social and charity work.
The oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) is a South American bird that has adopted a lifestyle more like that of bats than the average bird species. Flocks of oilbirds spend the day on ledges high up in forest caves and sweep out at dusk to feed.