Friday, June 09, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Chichester Festival 4th July


A feast of flash fiction and short stories from writers in Worthing.

4th July

5.30 pm to 7.00 pm

The New Park Community and Arts Association
New Park Road
PO19 7XY

Derek McMillan

Patricia Feinberg Stoner

Rosemary Noble

Admission £1 from

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Beccy Cooper on Education

The NUT does not support a political party so I remind you that other parties are available!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Question Time Special

I thought the most telling point in the Question Time special was made by a member of the audience, "Why is everyone here so keen on killing millions of people?" Jeremy Corbyn is pilloried by the right-wing press but I would prefer a PM who would think before pressing the button.

May wouldn't think twice. BoJo wouldn't think once!

On the cap on social care costs, May preferred to keep it vague and make jokes about a "magic money tree." There is one of course, it is used for MP's expenses.

There is a cash tree you see!

And again she repeated the downright lie "we are spending more on education" when per pupil they are not spending more on education and that is why cuts are inevitable if this shower are re-elected.

It was good of May to stand in for Rudd but is she as good as the original?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tories smug and complacent over school funding

At the Skeptics' debate in St Paul's community centre on 24th May, Sir Peter Bottomley won the prize for most complacent politician.

Dr Becky Cooper for Labour opposed the cuts to school funding and proposed better funding for all schools. It was unacceptable that heads could not afford to fund schools. There was plenty of money for the grammar school project. She advertised the Save our Schools campaign

Hazel Thorpe for the Lib Dems also opposed the cuts although the audience would remember that the Liberal Democrats were the lickspittles of the Tory Party in the coalition.

Leslie Graves for the Greens (actually the Worthing East candidate) emphasised the impact of the cuts on children with special needs. She opposed Academies whether Labour or Tory academies.

Even Mark Withers for UKIP opposed the present cuts but he did not have any facts at his disposal and he made no friends with his support for grammar schools.

Bottomley thought the funding formula should be looked at but saw the issue as one of fair funding for Sussex at the expense of other areas such as London.

If the Tories get their throats cut at this election (metaphorically of course) it will be this smug complacency which is to blame.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Author page activated

Amazon tell me that " should be live shortly (30 min or less)"

It has a bibliography and a biography and of course that photo!

The old less-friendly URL works

Cheap hanging?

Writing in 'the i' newspaper this morning, a  Mr Readman makes a case for hanging because it is nice and cheap. There is also the advantage that the criminal justice system can bury its mistakes. 

Advances in detection are welcome but they are no guarantee against false confessions or planted evidence. 

If the case of Ian Brady (cited by Mr Readman) caused this country to go back to the dark ages, Brady might regard that as a suitable epitaph. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Durrington Detective Agency

In this book, I have left the realms of Sci Fi to come closer to home with tales based in the local area. It is edited by my wife, Angela McMillan. This is a collection of a dozen detective stories. It introduces the Durrington Detective Agency and the heroes, Craig McLairy, his wife Micah McLairy and their dog Barker. There is a host of other characters who fulfil the roles of murderer, murderee or that classic in detective fiction the red herring.
It deals with the cases which Craig and Micah solve. The fictional murders which the fictional detectives fail to solve are not included. Eleven of the stories involve a murder. The other one has an apparent murder
We were inspired by Jeanne M Dams whom we met in Alderney. Her detective stories are referred to as 'cozy'. All that means is that there is no graphic sex or violence. The same term could apply to most of Agatha Christie's books.
I do hope this book does not give Durrington the same image as Morse's Oxford, or Barnaby's Midsomer – a place where you won't live long. I live in Durrington and I have not been murdered even once.
In fiction, detectives often get information from the police. Holmes has Lestrade, Poirot has Japp. The Durrington Detectives use Micah McLairy's dark arts on the computer.
Many of the locations are real. The John Selden, for example, is a first-rate pub and within walking distance of our home which is convenient. All the references to people are fictitious.

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