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I’m a published author!

Yes it’s true. After several years of creation, The Merry Millionaire Duology is now available worldwide on AMAZON as a Kindle eBook. Why not try a sample. Samples are available at Amazon now. A guaranteed good read!

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Polari in the Pub

The Three Greyhounds public house, in Old Compton Street has always been popular with the bohemian set, and considering this was coronation day, tonight was no exception. Remarkably, as we squeezed through the door, a bench seat under the window appeared vacant. So, without standing upon ceremony Mervyn quickly sat down,

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Introducing Egyptian Rat Screw;

Ever heard of Egyptian Rat Screw? No? Neither had I until I needed to find a card game that Ron and Mervyn’s dragoman friend Ali Rashid could teach to them in my sequel novel to The Merry Millionaire, I’ve entitled, Pomp and Circumstance. Its February 1937, and Ron, Mervyn and Ali have exchanged the hot and dusty streets of Cairo for two sleeping compartments on The Sunshine Express,

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Moses: Myth or Man?

Yet another Hollywood blockbuster informing us again that Rameses II was the Pharaoh who freed the Hebrew slaves, when given the chronology of the time of the Exodus this could not have been. All be it, back in the twenties, in Cecil B DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments,

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A Tale of Two Cities. Bath and Cairo.

A Tale of Two Cities. Bath and Cairo.

Both cities featuring prominently in all three of my stories, Durra Durra, The Merry Millionaire and Pomp and Circumstance, Bath, I’ve known since my childhood, Cairo, I’ve yet to see. As a result, it was fairly easy to navigate my characters around the former,

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“What an esteemed company of players” introducing Baron Empain

Kubla Khan

Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
   Down to a sunless sea.

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“What an esteemed company of players!” Meet Count Laszlo Almasy.

Count Laszlo Almasy a character who appears in my novel ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and interestingly has become the main player in an iconic novel and subsequently a popular movie.

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Freddy Farouk puts in an appearance.

Having had the briefest of encounters with Egyptian Royalty towards the end of my novel ‘The Merry Millionaire,’ by sheer coincidence, on Saturday 27th February, 1937, my principle characters, Ron and Mervyn, in the sequel, namely, ‘Pomp and Circumstance,’ happen to share their return voyage from Egypt on the ‘Viceroy of India’ with young King Farouk.

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