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I’m still alive!

Chit Chat Posted on Sun, October 06, 2019 18:01:44

I shall hopefully soon be retiring from the world of work, after seeing (sponsoring, that is) two off-spring through university over the course of three years.

Retirement plans involve moving to Devon, writing, photography, and learning to play a saxophone. I don’t own one, yet.



Pike’s Quest, the next part

Pike's Quest Posted on Fri, September 16, 2011 20:40:08

So, after my recent in-depth interview with Jonathan Pinnock, he of Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens fame, it’s back to business as usual on Bennett’s Blog. Yes: back to totally inane and boring drivel!

NO – back to Pike’s Quest. The latest part is now up and ready to read. So what are you waiting for?

Also. One thing the interview taught me was that the current blog software (supplied for free by my web hosts) isn’t very flexible, hence I had to link to an external webpage. So I’m going to have to sort out a new blog, dammit.

Watch this space.



Jonathan Pinnock Versus the Probing Questions

Writing Posted on Thu, September 15, 2011 06:30:21

Today, by way of a departure from the normal “what I did on my holidays” type of blog entry, I bring to you an interview with the one and only, the inimitable and the very talented, Jonathan Pinnock, author of Mrs Darcy Versus the Aliens.

Please click THIS LINK to access it.

If you have any comments, please use the links at the bottom of this page.



Zombie hunting

Chit Chat Posted on Wed, August 31, 2011 22:24:23

Last Friday I went Zombie hunting in Glasgow. No, not after closing time, but in the middle of the afternoon.

St George’s Square had been transformed from a normal British city centre to the streets of Philadelphia, USA for the filming of World War Z – a zombie movie starring Brad Pitt. Barriered off as it was, it was difficult to see much of what was going on, but this picture will give you a clue – not a lot.

Note how, in this next shot, the local street sign has been blocked out, ready for digital trickery, later on –

Two days earlier the crew had been filming car crashes and there was much excitement in the city. However, on 26 August, they were down to shooting a few crowd scene. Once I’ve sorted out the video editing, I may post a little of it here, just to give a flavour – if it’s any good, that is.

Even the main star – Brad Pitt, had left the city, destined for Paris, we were told. Imagine then, the disappointment of the two ladies who rushed up to me, asking for my autograph!

“Sorry ladies, Brad Pitt’s gone away. I am not he.”

I could understand their error, of course …



Do the time and don’t whinge

Pet Peeve Posted on Sat, August 20, 2011 23:22:20

So far I’ve held off commenting on the wide-spread public disorder that swept England a couple of weeks ago, but now I feel I have to speak out.

Could the pinkie-liberals (PLs) who think that the sentencing in the courts is excessive, kindly step forward so that they can be publicly humiliated and ridiculed?

Who cares that a man who stole £3.50 worth of bottled water gets banged up for a few months? The excuse given by the PLs is that he only took it after the shop had been ransacked. That a bit like saying that it’s OK to steal the wallet of a man who’s already been robbed, when he’s lying there on the floor, or that the last one in on a gang rape is less guilty than the first,”… ´cos it was the others what started it, innit!”

It’s totally flawed logic.

IT’S NOT OK.

So what, if two men get four years for incitement via Facebook? The moral of the story is this: if you can’t do the time, don’t act like a pillock. The sentences should be tough, that way others may think twice before destroying lives and property.

Enough said.



Jonathan Pinnock’s World Tour

Publicity Posted on Sat, July 23, 2011 10:58:45

Great news!

Jonathan Pinnock’s epic novel, Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens, is published in early September by Proxima Books. Aside from all the publicity they are arranging, JP is carrying out a virtual tour of the world, via blogs. He will be appearing here on 15 September 2011 and will doubtless entertain with his sharp wit and fine writing style.

Note the date – 15/09/2011 – and pass on the word to everyone you know.



The serialisation continues

Pike's Quest Posted on Tue, June 28, 2011 21:33:13

Pike’s Quest is truly underway. He can be found HERE. So far I have reached Part 5, which takes us to the end of chapter3. That is to say: it takes us to the end of what, in the printed form, would be chapter 3.

You see, in order to serialise Pike I’ve had to hack out some rather amusing segments simply because they would be too long for the web. As it is, part 5 is nearly 1500 words, and I am advised that 700-800 is the optimum length for on line digestion. Sadly, I have left out chapter 2 in its entirety: thus several very humorous scenes are lost to the reader.

Still, I think it works without it.

However, it raises a question: received wisdom states that if a scene doesn’t move on a story it should be left out. I agree, mostly. But what if the scene just happens to be hilarious? What if it shows more of the character?

The jury is still out.

Anyway: http://pikesquest.blogspot.com is the place to be. Fun awaits you there. Keep it company.



Pike’s Quest on the web!!!

Pike's Quest Posted on Sat, June 18, 2011 10:26:15

Last week I commenced my online serialisation of Pike’s Quest at http://pikesquest.blogspot.com .

Starting with a feature-length instalment (the whole of chapter one) on Sunday, I then continued with a more ‘bite-sized’ offering from chapter 2. I think these 700-800 word segments are more user friendly and can even be read on a short commute to work on a smart phone.

Instalment No 3 will be posted on Monday or Tuesday.

Why am I doing this? Look here to find out.



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