The word amateur is misunderstood nowadays to mean someone not very good. Amateur! It's a term of contempt. But the word derives from the Latin verb Amo - love. (Amo, amas, amat, amamis, amatis, amant is just about the only thing I remember from Latin class long ago). Whether they are amateur book reviewers like … Continue reading Amateurs do it for love
I bashed out another 700 words yesterday morning to qualify and so officially did NaNoWriMo and got my valuable winners certificate along with millions of others. It was a useful exercise in discipline, sticking to a target. It definitely increases your productivity and that's what Teresa May wants. Unfortunately, in most jobs you don't get … Continue reading Finished nanowrimo
Scientists have discovered a new planet 11 light years away that is similar to Earth and could well support life. This means that as they view us through their super-scanners we are still in 2006. They may chuckle at inflated share prices but, all in all, we weren't doing too bad back then. In 11 … Continue reading New Earth-type planet – Ross 128b
These political crises are getting tricky to write about? Kneegate was fairly easy. The word rolls off the tongue, like Watergate or Camillagate. But what is one meant to do with Hug-Gate. Hugate sounds like a gemstone. In any case, it was totally unacceptable. For an older man to hug a woman and then send … Continue reading Hug-Gate or Hugate?
Today I road on the roof of the bus to avoid any inappropriate shoulder rubbing with females. Unfortunately, a pedestrian accused me of looking down her cleavage and I was arrested anyway. The cells were already full of wolf-whistlers, knee touchers and other sex fiends so the police let me off with a caution.
Pity the NHS frontline staff who now have to query all patients about their sexual preferences. I used to work at NHS Direct and they brought in a rule that all callers must be asked their ethnic group. We were all a bit wary. Guess who took the most offence? The white British, that’s who. … Continue reading Sexual Orientation and the NHS
My political SF story Campaign Trail features in the June issue of The Fifth Dimension, published by Nomadic Delirium Press. It's available from their store and also on Smashwords and Amazon. It's about how big corporations influence elections, relevant given that Trump has just quit the planet's biggest environmental program. He says its for jobs … Continue reading New story in June issue of The Fifth Dimension