A Day in the life of a BoB (Battle of Britain) pilot

If this doesn’t bring lumps to your throat, nothing will. A day in the life of a Battle of Britain pilot, Ft. Lt. Al Deere DSO, OBE. DFC & bar, later Air Commodore. He came from New Zealand to help. ‘Come along Sir, the orderly whispered in my ear. The Hut was dark, cold. Minutes passed, ‘can’t be, only just gone to sleep’ I murmured back. ‘Gave you an extra hour Sir its 4.30’ Kettle’s on.’ Hurriedly I tugged my Irvin trousers-over Pyjamas, sweater, flying boots, scarf, flying jacket. Outside I squinted-looking for my Spit, staggered toward it, ‘Morning Sir’ the fitter called jumping from cockpit as I hauled myself in. ‘Morning Williams, put my chute on the tail please’ I checked the instruments one-by-one: tanks-full, Tail-trim wheels-neutral, Prop...

Book Cover ideas Tae & Kwon

Onc my artist pal got started on this concept he could not stop, drawings came fast and furious, thank goodness they did. Images of Sam and Jim who found the cave with Mr Ling at his house. The dastardly Soo twins create a super story of Martial Arts, the good versus the bad and history from 2,500 years ago when waring dynasty’s still fought each other. I have started the 2nd adventure and there will be a 3rd or more till it runs  ‘out-of-steam. Cover text. There is a Legend of an Ancient Kingdom and a deadly combat art inscribed on cave walls and lost to history. Now a Dark Force has found the cave and released its Evil Fighters in a quest for Power and Profit. But Two Young Heroes will emerge from the cave to pursue the dark force, and carry the...

Book Cover ideas. Saddle the Wind

Many drafts are usually required before one selects the best suited to the title and content. The following are some of the covers for my first five books.         Rear cover text: Saddle the Wind. Dartmoor, England 1638. An isolated Church, on an ancient road. A sudden storm bursts out of the wintry sky. Eyewitnesses mention a saddled horse with two riders near the steeple, another tethered outside and both vanishing into the darkness. With scorch marks burnt on their backs and rumoured to be immortal, both horses roam the moor’s desolate regions. A scorched saddle is also found later in Buckfast’s Abbey loft. For 268 years its whereabouts is a mystery until traded in a gambler’s bet some 134 years ago. In 2000 it is given...

Bellyflops. Stories for the Child in all of us

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Pentad. Where it all began. Leeds Castle in Kent

Leeds Castle by Ben Johnson Leeds Castle in Kent, England, has been called the “loveliest castle in the world”. Listed in the Domesday Book, this castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence and a royal palace. Its situation is stunning, set on two islands in a magnificent lake. The Royal Manor was originally built in 857AD and owned by a Saxon royal family. After the Norman Conquest, work began on building the first stone castle on the site. In 1278 the Castle became a royal palace for Edward I and his Queen, Eleanor of Castile. Major improvements were made to the castle during the reign of Edward I. The Barbican, constructed during this time, is unique in that it is made up of three parts, each having its own entrance, drawbridge, gateway and...

Short Synopses on my list

Following are just some of my ideas and concepts that I have developed, I’m adding, so this is not complete.   Mad Mike and the Chindits. Chindits never die they go to heaven and regroup.  They’ve already been to hell! The degree to which Mike Calvert led very risky attacks in person becoming widely known as “Mad Mike”. This tough, Cambridge educated, brilliant, hard-fighting WW2 Brigadier was hated by his superior officers. True-life account of the heroic wartime exploits and tragic story of highly decorated English Brigadier Michael Calvert and his strong association with the beginnings of the SAS. With his savage commando raids, Mike fought literally barehanded turning the war against Japan in Burma. Displaying qualities of courage,...