IF KING SAUL HAD EMPLOYED A COURT ARTIST…

Sadly, of all the Near-Eastern kingdoms of the late 11th early 10th centuries BCE, one of the few to shun the services of visual artists were those of Israel and Judah. Even during their later years, when they had established dynasties under the likes of Omri, and Ahab, so far as we know, they never wentContinue reading “IF KING SAUL HAD EMPLOYED A COURT ARTIST…”

ARK – excerpts – Part 3

I PRESENT HERE THE THIRD IN  A SERIES OF SIX EXCERPTS FROM MY NEW NOVEL (Paperback available from Amazon and on Kindle and to order online from selected bookstores) ARK Tragedy, Travesty, Tapas and the Ark of God 23 La Gamba was situated in the aptly named Via Frontera, on the border of the theatre and financialContinue reading “ARK – excerpts – Part 3”

ARK – excerpts – Part 2

I PRESENT HERE THE SECOND IN SERIES OF SIX EXCERPTS FROM MY NEW NOVEL (Paperback available from Amazon and on Kindle and to order online from selected bookstores) ARK Tragedy, Travesty, Tapas and the Ark of God 14 Miguel and Loli Garcia had a traditional Castilian style villa in the comfortable middle class Aravaca suburb on theContinue reading “ARK – excerpts – Part 2”

ARK – excerpts – Part 1

I PRESENT HERE THE FIRST IN SERIES OF TEN EXCERPTS FROM MY NEW NOVEL (Paperback available from Amazon and on Kindle and to order online from selected bookstores) ARK Tragedy, Travesty, Tapas and the Ark of God “ … Creator of all things above and below … Thou art the One, Creator of all thatContinue reading “ARK – excerpts – Part 1”

A DREAM IN CATALONIA

THE AMAZING GENESIS OF MY”ARK IN TOLEDO” STORY PART II At this stage, I should state that I was never your average atheist, either in texture or flavour. If I tell you that I’ve often found the likes of Jonathan Miller and Richard Dawkins to be a little too agnostic and lacking in conviction forContinue reading “A DREAM IN CATALONIA”

A DREAM IN CATALONIA

THE AMAZING GENESIS OF MY “ARK IN TOLEDO” STORY PART I It was one of those moments during sleep where “God” speaks to you, in a voice like that bloke in De Milles’s movie of The Ten Commandments. Except in my case, without the American drawl―I suppose because I’m English? God had a decidedly English accent.Continue reading “A DREAM IN CATALONIA”

MY ART CAREER PART 3 (a) – ST MARTINS – FINDING MY VOCABULARY ‘I’

My time at St Martins, from 1978 to 81 can roughly be divided into three periods, one for each year spent there, more or less, or though there are of course some overlaps. Going to St Martins was a major error on my part. I was so flattered at being accepted that I totally overlooked theContinue reading “MY ART CAREER PART 3 (a) – ST MARTINS – FINDING MY VOCABULARY ‘I’”

CREATESPACE’S “FAUX-PAR” – OR IS IT “FOE-PAR” ?!

A brief cautionary post for those thinking of using the CreateSpace self-publishing platform… As previous visitors to this blog will know I am in the process of self-publishing my new (and first) novel  (ARK -Tragedy, Travesty, Tapas and the Ark of God) using CreateSpace. I’ve already discussed all the advantages of this service in anContinue reading “CREATESPACE’S “FAUX-PAR” – OR IS IT “FOE-PAR” ?!”

WHAT l KNOW AND MY NEW NOVEL…

“…As he started wiping and rinsing around the wall diluted blood and water seeped from the sponge and ran through his fingers and down his wrist and forearm.
Instinctively, almost unconsciously Carlos put the back of his hand to his mouth and then touched the moisture with his tongue.
Tears began to well in the geneticist’s eyes and he continued with his curiously intimate chore.
‘It’s amazing’ he thought, ‘how easily blood washes away—just like life itself.’
Then he imagined Loli’s DNA diluting into the Madrid drains…”