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“What an esteemed company of players” introducing Adrian ‘King’ Cole

Since I have populated my novels, The Merry Millionaire, and its sequel, Pomp and Circumstance with real life characters, whom my protagonists, Ronald Fry and Mervyn Watson, might easily have met along the way, let me introduce to you, Australian Pilot Officer, Adrian Cole, affectionately nicknamed, ‘King.’ I am proud to have included this brave man into my story, because he continued on to have an illustrious career in the Royal Australian Air Force, too long, I’m afraid to recount here, but well documented in the Wikipedia article.

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“What an esteemed company of players” introducing Umm Kulthum

Up until writing my novel, The Merry Millionaire, I was totally unaware that, for almost fifty years, the entire Middle East had an ongoing love affair with the international singing sensation Umm Kulthum.

From humble beginnings as the daughter of a Nile Delta Imam, she rose to become the greatest Arab singer there has ever been,

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“What an esteemed company of players” introducing Charles Baehler, hotel owner and entrepreneur.

charles baehler 2Had you decided to winter in Egypt in the 1930’s it would have stayed at the best hotel, either in Cairo, Luxor or Aswan, and it would have been difficult not to encounter the name of Charles Baehler since he owned three of the most popular,

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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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S.S. Orontes: Thirty three years of tireless service

I am extremely lucky to have in my possession a souvenir saved by Mervyn Watson after his voyage to Egypt on S.S. Orontes with Captain Fry, my Merry Millionaire character from my novel of the same name. The memento consists of the wallet given to the young chap on his boarding the ship on that bleary January morning back in 1937.

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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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Just a little teaser of a work in progress

Foreword: “But what’s it mean, Di? Where’s the contrast?” said John, leaning over my shoulder in his usual manner, “It just needs a darker green tone in the foliage, and the stone ledges need another shadow within the shadows. Use the burnt umber and the ultramarine blue to make the grey, and then the whole painting will come together nicely.” It was Thursday again, and this time the venue was Sydney’s Botanic Gardens. To be honest I have never been much of a horticulturalist, having been surrounded all my working life by either the security glass of a teller desk, or the sterile environment of internet technology offices, the only semblance of nature being the addition of my friend ………….. ‘s Spider Plant, or Chlorophytum comosum, as I am now aware of its Latin name.

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Gillingham, Kent – Here goes! My first post

A post-card from the UK: There’s nothing like a new project to get your teeth into as I mention on my latest post on my JA Wells Author Blog: Hi everyone! Welcome to my first post on my new JA Wells Author blog, and my first ever on any blog as a matter of fact, except I’m given to understand that Facebook is one BIG blog, so if that’s the case I’ll be able to breeze around here like a dream. The last few days have been electrifying as my dear friend, co-proofer and mentor, Diane Challenor, and I have been brainstorming in order we get my JA Wells Author website and blog finally live. I’m in the UK at present on a flying visit to my family and since I’m staying at my mother’s house in Kent and consequently without Wifi, all correspondence between Di and myself, she in Sydney and me in the wilds of Kent, has been by text.

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