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My laptop gave up on me. One minute everything is OK then it begins to slow down and then I lose a boot file! Needless to say my laptop underwent major surgery last weekend. It seems to have recovered but I won’t be happy for at least a month. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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This is the long awaited image of the cover of my second novel. Long awaited because the publisher thought it was an image of Johnny Depp. I have been assured by the company I purchased it from, http://www.dreamstime.com/ that it is not! It looks effective though and far more eye-catching than the original image. The image that follows is from the same website and I have used it for the back cover.
Front cover artwork: ID 1336738 © Bobby Deal | Dreamstime.com
Back cover artwork: ID 36869778 © Andrey Kiselev | Dreamstime.com

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EPSON MFP imageThis is what I’ve been working on now for a few weeks. It suddenly dawned on me that the original cover of my first novel was boring. I was the only one to understand that the image was supposed to represent the gateway between life and death. I am, how can I put it, very naïve on times, I expect people to read my mind. Nevertheless, I have changed the cover to be more eye-catching and to point out more obviously that the story is about young wizards. I hope you like it, after all is said and done it is more colourful at least. Below is a depiction of what I have used for the back cover.

The front cover artwork is by: © Gow927 | Dreamstime.com and the back cover artwork (which I couldn’t resist) is by: © Nomadsoul1 | Dreamstime.com I also took the opportunity to correct some of the grammatical errors in the first edition and I added a glossary of sailing terms as some of my readers requested.

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The Elizabethan Renaissance: The Cultural Achievement

What more can I say about this guy who surprised me so much. I am not qualified to review the content of the book and I wouldn’t presume to do so. He is far out of my lowly league as far as knowledge of the age is concerned. However, it is his uncluttered method of writing. He calls a spade a spade and doesn’t care if he offends. His is a vast fund of knowledge which shows how much I don’t know. In this book he speaks of language and literature of the nobility and the peasant, science, architecture, medicine, painting, music and the mind. And, of course, his love of All Souls, Oxford and his veneration of Elizabeth.

Fascinating!

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The Elizabethan Renaissance: The Life of the Society by A L Rowse

The life of the town and country in the time of Queen Elizabeth 1. Among his subjects he speaks of Class and Social Life, Food and Sanitation, Sex, Witchcraft and Astrology.

This man does not care what he says. If he thinks you are an idiot he will say it. Highly refreshing and enlightening.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/23251907-philip-cook”>View all my reviews

The GatewayI’ve taken a long look at my first offering and am disappointed. The cover, besides being unappealing to the eye, is dead boring! So I am going to change it for one that is more striking, and I thought I’d correct the grammatical errors at the same time. Wish me luck!

Gorsedd Stones

http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/leisurelibrariesculture/parksandcountryside/parks-informationandadvi… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberdare_Park

As promised a few weeks back when I showed you the front cover of a bus timetable. Here are some other views of Aberdare Park in the Cynon Valley that might have been more appropriate. I took a walk through the place a couple of days ago bringing to mind memories of my youth with every step. Unfortunately it also brought to mind a fear that innocent people with a camera have of walking through a place used by young children in which to play. A terrible sign of the times. I consciously made a decision to avoid photographing the childrens' wonderful play area, where my own grandchildren always spend a magical few hours. Incidentally the roadway around the perimeter of the park is used on one weekend a year in the summer for the Aberdare Road Races, a meeting of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world. http://www.aberdare-park-road-races.co.uk/ We also have another park just up the road from where I live, 'The Dare Valley Country Park'. I'll take a few photos of this later to show you.

And the last snap is a photograph of all that's left of my old school, the Clock Tower. I spent many an unhappy hour being tormented here. But it instilled in me the love of reading, so I suppose it couldn't have been that bad. However I still remember the school bully!

The Entrance 2

A Gift

The Bandstand

Boating Lake 2

Boating Lake

My School

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