Why there should not be a second Brexit referendum

European Union Flag by Yanni Koutsomitis

There’s much talk now in the UK – and in Europe – about the possibility of a second referendum on Brexit. The Brexit deadline is looming ever closer with still no sign of a post-Brexit deal on trade. The pound has fallen 8% against the US dollar and 13% against the Euro since the vote to leave. It’s looking more than ever like Brexit will be an economic car crash. But even though I voted to remain, I believe it would be a mistake to run the vote again. Here’s why. Continue reading

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The wolfsbane experiment

By the waterside by Randi Hausken Creative Commons licence (CC By 2.0)

Wolfsbane, also known as Monkshood because of the shape of its flowers, is the common name for the perennial shrub Aconitum. A native of Europe and North America, it’s a herbaceous plant with a tall stem, often with blue flowers.

I planted a batch of Aconite seeds as part of my research into werewolves. Continue reading

My werewolf phase

The Woods at Dusk by A Quiverful of Photos Creative Commons licence (CC By 2.0)

I’m doing a lot of research into werewolf legends and lore right now, as part of writing my Lycanthropic series of werewolf books. It’s a fascinating topic.

My kids think it’s some kind of problem.

They snigger at me openly, talking about “Dad’s werewolf phase.” Like it’s some sort of mid-life crisis and not a smart career move. Continue reading

Sky Garden, London

It was my 50th birthday in January, but I had to wait until yesterday to receive my birthday present. For my 30th birthday I took a trip in a hot air balloon; for my 40th I flew a helicopter; for my 50th, my wife Margarita took me to London, where we dined in Sky Garden, London’s third highest restaurant.

Apologies for the image quality – these photos were taken with a camera phone. Continue reading

Birthday status – 50 and counting

It’s snowing today, and it was snowing fifty years ago too. I know that, because fifty years ago I was born. (Actually my birthday was January 19, but I’ve been too busy to blog – sorry!) Continue reading

Supermoon

Full moon by Garret Alfert Creative Commons licence (CC BY 2.0)

The first day of 2018 will be marked by a full moon, but not just any full moon. It’s a supermoon, meaning that the moon will be at its closest to the Earth, and will appear larger and brighter than normal. It’s also a wolf moon, the name given to the first moon in January.

Coincidentally, the day of the supermoon also marks the publication of my new werewolf novel, Wolf Blood (available from Amazon). Continue reading

Merry Christmas

The preparations are all done.

We’ve sent the cards, just in time to catch the last posting dates. An online grocery delivery is scheduled for 23 December. Christmas gifts are on their way or already delivered, courtesy of Amazon.

The tree went up yesterday. Carols have been sung. We’re streaming Mariah Carey on YouTube.

We had snow last week, and the lonely stump of a snowman still lingers in our garden.

Love Actually and the The Lego Movie are lined up for Christmas TV viewing.

So, go Christmas!

And may I take this opportunity to wish you all the best this Christmas and for the New Year!