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Novelist. Author of APSARAS and other stories

Friday, 18 April 2014


So the secret's out! The Daily Telegraph's list of the twenty most desirable places to live includes the town of Mojácar on the Costa Almeria. This comes as no surprise to those who live here and for whom this news brings both pleasure and misgiving in equal measure. One is pleased to have affirmation that our choice of settlement and its properties is widely recognized and yet there is the feeling that we might be inundated with voyeurs coming to see what the fuss is about. Of course an influx of visitors is good for the businesses that rely on tourism and one should be grateful that they survive especially through the quieter winter months, but still the fear is that the beauty so esteemed by the visitors will, by their very attraction, destroy that which they come to see.

The town of Mojácar has two parts; the hilltop, white housed, narrow streeted community and the playa, seven kilometres of good beaches, served by many good chiringuitos and restaurants overlooking the Med. In the lee of the Sierra Nevadas, Mojácar enjoys a microclimate that delivers mild winters and very warm summers with low annual rainfall.

Until recently the infrastructure serving this region, reflecting the interest in Europe's only desert, was limited and growth was slow. Now this is changing and although there are still many empty properties in nearby Vera Playa, I can see huge scope for development in this relatively unknown but beautiful corner of Spain.

For more images of Mojácar go to:     Mojacar

Thursday, 10 April 2014

We want to be Banks

Have you seen the adverts for John Lewis home insurance and Land Rover financial services? These well known companies are moving into the 'money' business and others will be sure to follow; and why not? With such huge profits to be made in financial services why would any company sully their hands with such labour intensive industries as home furnishings and car manufacturing?
The whole industry of selling money needs to be overhauled to protect the public and put a brake on the exploitation of the vulnerable and unearned accumulation of wealth by a few.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Celebrity ghosts

A report in the Daily Mail describes instances of ghostly encounters by celebrity authors. see here.
It is clear from the published comments that despite there being millions of instances of 'paranormal' activity from the beginnings of civilization, sceptics abound; their intelligence incapable of accepting anything their brain cannot immediately countenance.
My position is clear: ghosts exist and as well as describing two instances of 'paranormal' activity, I give a possible explanation of how they might manifest themselves in my book, 'SPIRITUAL MAN: an INTRODUCTION to NEGATIVE DIMENSIONS'. Available for download for the price of a pint from Amazon here

Simply put, I demonstrate that the universe must be a duality, the one we experience and another, described by negative dimensions including time that suffuses our very existence. Immiscible, the two parts of our universe are separated by an interface I call the 'Veil of Reality' and it is here that phantasmal visions may occur.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

ransom malware

I have been the victim of ransom malware. A virus called Cryptobar or something like this froze all the files on my comuter and the hackers demanded money to 'release' the files.
They received none and I wiped the hard drive, losing many photos and documents that I would have prefered to keep.
These people are criminals and should be hunted down, arrested and locked up for a long time. (or executed). They cause untold misery to people, hiding under the anonymity of the web and I would urge the international police community to pursue these parasites with every resource they have.

The establishment

Last night Nigel Farage in his debate with Nick Clegg, appealed to the UK electorate to overthrow the 'establishment'. Farage played his part by demolishing the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, a smug man who repeatedly used poor statistics to cover the paucity of his arguments. As an example he had no answer to the question of the 'Democracy' of the EU since its leaders were unelected. His Party must wonder where the hell they go from here, their policies and beliefs totally at odds to the feelings of the UK people.
By 'establishment' one assumes that Farage was referring to the two party system that leads to a permanent presence in the House of Commons that becomes, in turn, a Club of such an intermingling of mutual interests that it is almost impossible for a new party to break in.
An example of the arrogance of these parliamentarians was revealed today when the Culture Minister, Maria Miller, was forced to apologise to the House for being obstructive in the investigation of her false accounting of her expenses. She claimed it was an oversight and the Investigation accepted this in their 100 page report, compiled over a year due to her prevarication. The whole episode stinks of complicity in the alleged fraudulent misuse of the public purse. Miller's apology was the minimum required and delivered in such a totally insincere manner that one was astonished at the 'neck' of these people. Moreover to demonstrate the 'Club' mentality the Prime Minister, despite her misappropriation of taxpayer's money, spoke in support of his minister. She'd have been sacked in any other walk of life and possibly locked up, honest error or otherwise.
The sooner the UK electorate vote in Farage and get rid of these career politicians with their self interested posturing the better.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Polarisation of wealth

It has been reported that the wealthiest 5 families in the UK are worth more than the bottom 12.6 million. I imagine that each year the disparity in incomes becomes wider.
The question is this: what do these top families do to earn this wealth? Do they make things or harness the worlds natural resources to energise the country? Do they grow things or otherwise exploit the riches of the earth, perhaps getting their hands dirty? In other words do they make their money by honest toil or are they non retail bankers and other parasites in the financial industry who prey on the hard working others?
What is the motive for this accumulation of money? Is it greed or a lust for power? Can it be that once on the conveyer belt of wealth accumulation it is impossible to get off in some sort of self-perpetuating system like the growth of bacteria in a petri dish. I don't know. What I feel is that enterprise and hard work in the fields described above should be rewarded but if the capitalist system continues to polarise wealth through financial exploitation, then surely it is non sustainable. As the song predicted...there'll be trouble ahead.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

MH370 and Schrödinger's cat

In the hyperthetical  'Schrödinger's cat' experiment an ill fated cat is placed in a sealed box with a phial of poison alongside a trigger mechanism. A radioactive source emits at random a burst of radiation that breaks the phial. The question is this; at any time is the cat alive or dead? Is there a state where both possibilities are correct? The question can only be resolved by a human being opening the box and looking.
This experiment is being played out live in the missing Malaysian aircraft MH370 incident. The aircraft has disappeared without trace leaving distraught relatives unsure whether their loved ones are alive or dead. As far as they are concerned they are both alive and dead at the same time and again only human intervention can determine the result of the 'experiment'. The original 'cat' was part of an exercise in quantum mechanics but MH370 is a real life tragedy. We can only hope that the poison is contained and for a happy outcome.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

An apology

For some time I have been suggesting that people who vote for the Socialsts in British elections are like lemmings voting for the Lemming party. That is, in an act not unlike turkeys saying yes to Christmas, the 'left' wing voters consciously want to elect the very Party that has twice almost bankrupted the Country, thereby harming most the very people who support them.
It has come to my notice that equating Socialist voters with lemmings casts a slur on the character of these blameless little rodents and I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to them.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Anthony Wedgewood Benn

The former Labour Party minister, Tony Benn, formerly Viscount Stansgate, has died. He was a talented speaker and good writer who devoted his life to public and political service.
But was he living a lie? Where did his true beliefs lie?
For most of my life I always thought of Tony Benn as a man so exaggeratedly left wing, almost a parody, that he must have been a Tory plant; part of a plan to ensure that the socialists would be rendered unelectable for a generation. I suggest that it is for this reason several Labour Party grandees did not appreciate his input as each time Benn opened his mouth votes were lost to the opposition.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Ukraine. Some thoughts

War as we understand it with troops facing each other across a battlefield is not going to happen in Ukraine. Nor too will there be an exchange of missiles or other long range military exchanges but the West will respond to Putin's wilful disregard for the Budapest Memorandum to respect the sovereignty of Ukraine territory including the Crimea.
We should not underestimate the UK's capacity to disrupt and dismantle Russia's interests both in their own country and abroad. Foreign Secretary Haigh's recent trip to Kiev will have ostensibly been to show support but I'm sure that he will also be putting in place the UK contribution to measures fomenting unrest in the Russian speaking sectors. Cyberwar and financial instruments will replace military hardware.

Meanwhile, for the benefit of the press we can expect the usual bland pronouncements but by the end an accommodation will be reached, probably based on what Henry Kissinger, who has some experience in these matters, called 'balanced disatisfaction'.

Vladimar Putin is undoubtedly a megalomaniac. He firmly believes his destiny is as a Tsar of all the Russias; head of a new Empire based on past glories.  As with Hitler, Putin also comes from a modest background but I suggest at sometime in his family history there must have been an element of nationalistic violence. His determination to avenge Russia's embarrassment at losing the 'Cold War' because that is what happened mirrors Hitler's shame that his country surrendered in World War one. Even the holding of the Winter Olympics at Solchi on the eve of his Ukraine expedition reflected that of the Berlin games hosted by Herr Hitler in 1939.
He is therefore a proud man, keen to demonstrate his warrior qualities, his basic strength, his martial arts and horse riding skill that may suggest a Cossack mindset. Although Putin comes from near St. Petersburg he may have inherited the character of a former Cossack hero, Severyn Nalyvaiko. I suggest he does not fear conflict, nor will he flinch from decisions taken in the national interest even if it means loss of Russian lives. He will see the Crimea as an essential asset of Russia and one to be held at all cost especially as the Ukraine was and is the ancestral home of the very people he seeks to emulate, the Cossacks. For this reason, I maintain that he will not observe the Budapest Memorandum on the sovereignty of Ukraine if it is not in accord with the best interests of Russia. It must be remembered that he has 'previous' in this. The ex Russian land of Georgia was rent with division between those who wanted close Russian ties and those who wanted more contact with the west. Parts of South Ossetia are still largely held by Russian forces.