Short Story. Cell 27. Baranovichi Prison WW2.

Cell 27. Baranovichi Prison WW2, from Ron’s novel and US Cultural and Heritage Award-nominated screenplay; Where the Devil says Goodnight. https://www.amazon.com/Ron-Shears/e/B07B63RPX5. Six filthy, rough, open cubicles each with a battered, rusty metal bucket were the only toilets for the entire floor, that would have to be used by several hundred people. There was no toilet paper. Now Beata understood why the soldier had said vehemently that this would be her God. Spirits were lifted for the first time in five days. All the women laughed and joked about their ablution visit. None rushed the event. Soldiers looked into the cubicles, supposedly for ‘security’, but the ladies had other ideas. “Dirty old man!” they shouted. “If you want some, come...

Unique Compositions Galore

  Winning photo Australia 2014 Outstanding Older Australian, Ron Shears, Clock made for: ATI. Australian Tae Kwon Do International Wood and Metal Type...

Large Plaque Unique

Large Plaque Unique

I made this for my Granddaughter Amanda and Dan her husband for their 2016 wedding at Exmouth where they live in West Australia. It features their family names, dates and pets, plus their outdoor activities – fishing and surfing You’ ll see Amanda merging with Dan start at top right with the CAP A. It was a complete surprise of...

Letterpress Type – hand setting and compositions. Like the old days

It was slow and precise. Then machines that set text appeared rattling out 9,000 characters an hour, 24 7; save for maintenance. In the 50’s I remember the FOC- Father of the Chapel, saying, ‘Don’t worry your job is safe, been around for 600 years. Jim referred to rumours a man at Bromley in Kent 20 miles from where I worked at a large printer at Chatham in Kent. This man had a machine called a ‘Word Processor,’ and could set in a week, more type than several hundred Compositors in the county could do in a month. Some years later and when Rupert Murdoch virtually shut down London’s Fleet Street, thousands of Tradesmen were out of work. What happened you see was. Typists could type text/copy it was transferred to a material that...

Short Stories. The Healing Bullet.

  This is as screenplay – Final Draft format. INT or EXT = Interior/Exterior. Named Caps = characters. VO = Voice over Opening scenes from my screenplay, factual account of Howard Florey and Penicilan. INT. FIELD HOSPITAL WW1 – DAY France WW1 Outside the noise from powerful Guns firing is deafening.  Screams from injured soldiers is muffled as Shells explode on impact in the waterlogged quagmire, shaking the ground. Amid the horror, the battlefield is strewn with corpses. Seriously wounded BRITISH soldiers lie everywhere. THREE SURGEONS in white overalls smothered in the blood cannot cope as more casualties are stretchered in. One young surgeon ALEXANDER FLEMING speaks in a broad Scot accent to a colleague as he draws the sheet over the dead...

Short Stories The Ghosts and the Harleys.

This compound actually existed. In WW2 an officer was in charge of a very large United States Military stores depot at Heathfield on the southern edge of Dartmoor in Devon, England.  In late 1945 the US Army buried the entire inventory of crated new Jeeps, Harley Davidsons, and trucks, plus crates of spares at their Devon compound In 1995 a local Devon newspaper invited the officer back to see if I could identify its location. Unfortunately, with an industrial site, a housing development a dual carriage road, and the Pine Forrest. He had no idea just where the depot was. Then, fate took a hand, his wife’s name he carved old Oak tree convinced him he was in the right spot. In 1970 two Harleys were heard nightly across Dartmoor. The riders are two ghosts. One, the...