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General Discussion / Topical Poetry
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:00:41 PM »
As you will all know 350 years ago 90 ships of the Dutch navy sailed up the Medway and wrought havoc with the great fleet while it was in harbour and made off with the royal coat of arms off the stern of the Royal Charles the Flagship. Despite smashing the Dutch navy in 1666  the English Navy was in great disrepair and starved for cash and not fit to put to sea.

90 Dutch yachts are sailing to Chatham to mark the event. It occurred that our navy is in a deplorable state again.
An aircraft carrier without planes (+spare never intended for use) an escort ship with nothing to escort ans 14 auxiliaries with nothing to support. The Politicians,war office and the admiralty have achieved what no ocean going Nation has yet done. The Utter destruction of the Royal Navy.

So to mark the battle of Chatham have some jingoistic poetry from Kipling

The Dutch in the Medway

If wars were won by feasting,

0r victory by song,

Or safety found in sleeping sound,

How England would be strong!

But honour and dominion

Are not maintained so.

They're only got by sword and shot,

And this the Dutchmen know!

The moneys that should feed us

You spend on your delight,

How can you then have sailor-men

To aid you in your fight?

Our fish and cheese are rotten,

Which makes the scurvy grow -

We cannot serve you if we starve,

And this the Dutchmen know!

Our ships in every harbour

Be neither whole nor sound,

And, when we seek to mend a leak,

No oakum can be found;

Or, if it is, the caulkers,

And carpenters also,

For lack of pay have gone away,

And this the Dutchmen know!

Mere powder, guns, and bullets,

We scarce can get at all;

Their price was spent in merriment

And revel at Whitehall,

While we in tattered doublets

From ship to ship must row,

Beseeching friends for odds and ends -

And this the Dutchmen know!

No King will heed our warnings,

No Court will pay our claims -

Our King and Court for their disport

Do sell the very Thames!

For, now De Ruyter's topsails

Off naked Chatham show,

We dare not meet him with our fleet -

And this the Dutchmen know!

Minimally reducing my chances by sharing.... ;D

General Discussion / meet Ups
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:03:14 PM »
Having Recently enjoyed putting faces to virtual identities in London with Nora, Nighteyes and JMack it occurred that maybe semi organised meet ups might be a good idea? Say a couple of times a year different towns locations.
I thought the last Grim Gathering pub n breakfast worked well as a chill out and social event so maybe something on those lines?

General Discussion / meet Ups
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:02:50 PM »
Delete pls site error then double post.

The third and final book of the trilogy! There will be some kind of launch in London.

Edit: THE SEVEN is launching on the 20th April at Waterstones Piccadilly at 7pm. The event is ticketed and if you book in advance then you make me feel 100% less worried that nobody will come (it also helps the store to know numbers in advance).
The event is going to be chaired by my wonderful agent, Juliet Mushens. There'll be a Q&A, signing, and then leisurely drinks and chat afterwards.
Tickets cost £8 (£6 to Waterstones card holders) and the price of the ticket is redeemable against the cost of the book.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / A Problem
« on: January 14, 2017, 07:27:26 PM »
Since the new year I have read the Mirrors truth and re-read Prince of Fools and The liars Key. Next will be The Wheel of Osheim, but what do I read after that? I have a large TBR at present with some notable works and some less known but what will measure up? I am Tempted to find Gregory McGuire's After Alice as I enjoy his archaic writing style or give The Essex Serpent a go or maybe the Black Prism which has gathered dust for too long?
I am worried that whatever I start will not measure up. Any Thoughts?

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Happy Christmas
« on: December 31, 2016, 12:24:20 AM »
For those who are wondering season 2

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Fantasy Resources / Torture
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:24:04 PM »
Courtesy of the CIA for anyone feeling the need to engage in the act or the mindset in their writing

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BBC America so I am not getting my hopes up (after hitch-hikers) but will give it a go.

Fantasy Resources / Global Life Expectancy
« on: December 10, 2016, 02:40:51 PM »
Fell over this looking for something else pre 1770 you can assume a fairly stable plot with a slight downward trend (moving towards the axis) back to about 800 AD

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Stranger Things and sexuality
« on: November 18, 2016, 01:40:51 PM »
I find this bizarre.

So a debate rages about whether Will Byers, a young fictional child character is gay to the point where the 12 year old actor Noah Schnapp who plays him (presumably with assistance) feels the need to pitch in.

I just feel saddened that this could be important enough to matter to anyone for any reason. It is not real, and it doesn't make any difference one way or the other. Stranger Things is  probably the best series Netflix have done to date.

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