Monthly Archives: October, 2014

The Other Side of Me

10.15 pm – Even though it was quite late by the time Freddie got back to the Dog he was hoping his friend would still be there waiting for him.
“She’s not been in at all tonight Freddie.” John picked a clean glass off the rack. “Stopping for a drink?”
“No thanks, bit strapped for cash tonight.”
“Is everything alright Freddie?” John sounded genuinely concerned.
“I think so. Things are just mixed up in my head at the moment, that’s all.”
As Freddie turned to leave John called him back.
“Isn’t it strange,” he said, “That when you get up in the morning some things seem very simple, but as soon as you get into bed they become so complicated it ruins the rest of your day.” He put a pint of bitter down on the counter. “There’s a lesson there for everyone I think, and this one’s on the house.”

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Oh the Joys………

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Their bedroom had finally become a battlefield, it was literally ‘load up and charge’ but in the heat of this conflict Freddie was out of ammunition and the ensuing fight had dared to question the ownership and quality of the gun.

Improve your chances……………..

cover draft6“We’ve been following all the usual tried and tested advice given by the ‘how to get pregnant’ experts and magazine gurus and she’s always keen to try all the different ideas she’s read about.”
“Lisa reads a lot by the sound of it.”
“To be fair doc it’s her job, as is putting me through the torture of cold baths, loose underwear and high fibre diets. Three items that definitely never made it onto Julie Andrews list of favourite things. But then neither did men, sex or chocolate so go figure.”

 

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One Lovely Blog Award

Apparently I’ve been nominated for an award………WOW an award how lovely 🙂

I was nominated by The Bella Travelista, so thank you, I’m really grateful that you enjoy my nonsense to the point you feel I deserve a mention…….it is very much appreciated.

Ok, so according to The Bella Travelista, the rules for the One Lovely Blog award are:
The conditions for the award are:

1. Thank the blogger who gives it and link back to the blog.
2. Tell the person who nominated you, 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers and let them know about the award.

About Me

1 Well firstly I don’t think I’m that interesting so thinking of seven things may take it’s toll on my imagination.

2 I was a stay at home Dad to my two wonderful boys at a time when being a male home-maker was just starting to become acceptable.

3 I spent the majority of my working life in the dark…….working backstage in the theatre

4 I love cruising.

5 I hope to become an appreciated author some time before I leave this mortal existence.

6 I’m a big softy at heart and love a happy ending.

7 My first novel ‘The Other Side of Me’ has just been released (sorry but I just had to get that in somehow 🙂 )

 

Now My Nominations

These guys and gals make me laugh, give good advice or generally brighten my day.

Ronovan Writes
The Author Who Supports
The Hardy Traveller
Pamo’s World
KrisKaria
Darkyblue
Cristian Mihai
Storytime with John
Clothed with Joy
Dream, Play, Write
Cheryl M Gray Art
Chris Martin Writes
my two sentences
Veraiconica’s Blog
Simply Beautiful

There are many more I love to read, so if I missed you I’m sorry, but if I follow you I think you’re great 🙂

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Snippet from The Other Side of Me

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The truth was this was a ‘want it all now’ generation and relationships were as disposable as the latest video game. As soon as something better and faster with more features became available the boys just had to have it, and once the quest for the hidden treasure was completed they usually lost interest.

 

Now available for Kindle from Amazon……..

The Other Side of Me

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The Other Side of Me

Dreams hide in the shadows all unspoken through fear,
And I dare not to tell you just in case you don’t hear.
So afraid of rejection and the pain of before,
Here concealed in the darkness will love pass by my door?

And then you look at me
The darkness disappears, I long to be
That special someone you hope to see
And I pray that there’s another side……..
I know if you’ll be mine
Forever in my heart a light will shine
To show the way, tomorrow we’ll define
As you lead me to the other side…..of me.

But how do I tell her and just what should I say?
She may not feel the same as I do.
Then she’ll think that I’m foolish, it might push her away,
Then my pitiful life would be through

But then she smiles my way
With eyes so full of love that I must stay
To be with her for more than just this day,
There just has to be another side…..of me.

And when you look at me
I hope you’ll see the one you love, and we
Will always be together endlessly,
And there can be another side……
Please say you’ll be right here
To hold my hand and chase away this fear.
My every dream becoming crystal clear,
As you open up the other side….
I know that there’s another side….
Please God she sees the other side…..of me.

The Other Side of Me

Just a snippet from the book 🙂

 
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She’s got me on supplements of iron, zinc, copper, chromium, selenium and magnesium. I’m not quite sure if we’re trying to make a baby or build a robot.

 

The Other Side of Me

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After two long years, lots of coffee and many late nights I’m delighted to announce the launch of my first book ‘The Other Side of Me’ which is now available for Kindle at http://www.amazon.com where there’s a sample to view.

It’s a romantic comedy which follows the ups and occasionally feisty downs of Freddie and Lisa, who are hoping to start a family, but for one of them things aren’t happening fast enough. Could there be a problem?

Paperback coming soon 🙂

Thanks for looking..

and a little bit more :)

2nd October 2014

Sea Day – a final word about sea days!

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It’s inevitable that a cruise will involve a large amount of travel across open water (obviously) and this will include a varying number of days at sea in order to reach the destination of your choice (you can tell I’ve really got the hang of this cruising malarkey)
For us though, sea days are a very important part of the cruise experience.
It is really great to explore all the new ports we visit, but for us sea days are an added bonus, something special. A chance to relax, or be active, read, write, explore the ship or just sit, as Cheryl often does, watching the ever changing motion of the ocean (‘and the sun in the sky’ for all you Hairspray the Musical lovers) hoping to catch an occasional glimpse of the wildlife as it passes us by 

Now you may be surprised to learn that not everyone feels the same way as we do and for some of our fellow passengers the section of travel between ports is a living nightmare and the long journey home is worse. The sea is the enemy and the ship’s presence merely annoys it into a turbulent rage, and these mindless sheep follow suit.
Like maritime werewolves they howl and bay at the sea. It disturbs them, it hurts their eyes which redden as the mist descends. But the sea is not perturbed by their rants, nay its vast power would easily overcome and destroy them, so they turn on each other.
Patience is lost, tempers flare, a mere seed of irritation rubs quickly to a blister of immense rage, and as the ship gently rolls with the lazy swell of the ocean it seems that personal characteristics become enhanced. While the normally positive, relaxed individual becomes almost comatose, the irritating git transforms into, well you get the picture.
So with this in mind, I have a solution to deal with these obnoxicants (as you can tell this is not a real word, but it should be)

It is with great pleasure I give you……………………………….

“Toss the Tosser”

Good afternoon everybody and welcome to this ‘cruise lines’ new sea day activity “Toss the Tosser.”
Is there someone on board who is particularly obnoxious, odorous or just clearly a waste of space, then this is just the activity for you. Enjoy consequence free retribution and while away the long hours at sea by ridding the world of one annoying little git.

The rules are simple.
Between 09.00 and 10.00 on ‘Toss Day’ everyone on board gets to cast a vote and the passenger who receives the most votes becomes the designated ‘Tosser’
The Tosser is now given 10 minutes to hide somewhere on the ship. Any Tosser caught leaving the ship during the ‘hide time’ will automatically forfeit any onboard credit they have and will also waive their rights to any later rescue attempt by the crew.
At the end of the ‘hide time’ the ship’s whistle will sound, this will signal the start of the ‘Toss’ phase of the activity. The remaining passengers now have around one hour to locate the ‘Tosser’ and ‘Toss’ him or her from the ship.
Please note that only the designated ‘Tosser’ (who can be clearly identified by a high visibility waistcoat with beeping and flashing beacons) is eligible for the ‘Toss’ and anyone caught ‘Tossing’ none designated persons will be denied access to the ships dining rooms for a period of 24 hours.
If at the end of one hour the ‘Tosser’ has not been located and ‘Tossed’ they will be allowed to remain in hiding indefinitely until the remaining passengers can no longer identify them as a ‘Tosser’
Following a successful ‘Toss’ the ship’s company may ‘give a toss’ and instigate a rescue of the ‘Tosser’ but no guarantee is offered and the attempt will be solely at the discretion of Dave, the ship’s cat.
No cruise staff are to be included in the vote, search or ‘Toss’ and any passengers claiming to have mistakenly ‘Tossed’ the Captain instead of Mr Pugh of A deck will be required to pose for and purchase an entire album of pictures from the ships photographers.
Please note that this cruise line accepts no liability for any injury occurring as a direct result of this activity and passengers taking part do so at their own risk (except for the ‘Tosser’ of course)

We hope you enjoy this new and innovative activity and if you are voted for then maybe next time you cruise you may consider being a bit more pleasant to your fellow passengers, and a bit less of a ‘Tosser’.
Thank You.

Just a bit of fun………

27th September 2014
 
Sea Day –  and no one’s died yet

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The staff are amazed that after nearly five weeks of cruising and to date no one has left to roam pastures new in the afterlife. They say that on a cruise this long there is normally at least one passenger who will check out prematurely and permanently.

We’re all eyeing each other in a new light, trying to work out who it’s going to be with just 6 days left?

As usual the crew have opened a book, not on who, but how!
Apparently you can get really good odds on
‘An unnaturally horrific end in the laundry’ @ 15/1
but the smart money is on
‘Over exertion in the gym’ @ 8/1
The gym was unsurprisingly empty this morning and I intend to reconsider my exercise regime.

Surprisingly
‘Frying to death on the lido deck’ is @ 500/1
which is not surprising considering the awful weather, however this means that
‘Freezing to death on the lido deck’ is @ 150/1

There are good odds on
‘Being bored to death at dinner’ @ 100/1
with a slightly better price specifically for table 114 where one couple have recently been voted ‘Most Uninteresting Companions Ever’ following their full and frank rendition of ‘Around the world by steam train’ followed closely by ‘Railway carriages I have known’.

Coming in at the top of the list are
‘A fatal seizure brought on after being startled by a photography flash’ @ 3/1
and
‘Suffering a cardiac arrest after discovering a real bargain in the shops’ @ 2/1

The medical department have been excluded from taking part as it is believed they have certain inside information and it is considered they may try to make a last minute killing (but not literally) by unfairly driving up the odds on ‘by natural causes’.

Historically passengers were allowed to place proxy bets through a member of the crew but following a spate of highly unusual and unexplained deaths on a previous cruise, this privilege has now been withdrawn.

 

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