Sunday, 7 July 2019

Cromer High School Blog: A Quick Message for You All

A quick message to you all:

It's been a bit of a hectic 24 hours since I posted my blog about my experiences at Cromer High School, now Cromer Academy. At the time of writing it's been viewed nearby 1,000 times, and has been shared quite a few times on Facebook as well.

I've also had quite a few messages from people far and wide, some who were at Cromer High the same time as me, some from people who were in the same year as me, and some from people I've met and become friends with in the years after. All of them have offered support and praised me for speaking out about my experiences back in the 80's.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Sorry Cromer High, But I Won't Be Celebrating Your Anniversary

Today Cromer Academy, or Cromer High School as it was known when I went there, celebrated it’s 70th anniversary with an open day, a day in which former pupils and staff members gathered together to share memories of years gone by. Yours truly wasn’t one of those who attended. The reasons why I didn’t go are simple, because to be completely honest and blunt with you Cromer High School failed me.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

New Fiction Addition: The New Age *Updated July 2nd*

Those of you who follow me on social media may have seen that I've been adding a few old chapters to the blog in recent times. The New
Age was by far the biggest Anglo-Force story I'd written at the time,coming in at over 25 chapters. Hopefully you've already read the prequel, set during World War II, and there will also be a sequel of sorts, set during the time of The Valkyrie Chronicles.

The first few chapters have already been posted, and you can read them by clicking on the links below. More links will be added when the chapters go online. Enjoy!

Monday, 17 June 2019

It's Just a Series of Job Interviews, Isn't It?

So the question that almost everyone in the United Kingdom is asking is who will be our next Prime Minister. There’s currently six fellows trying to get the job, and they’ve all done their best to secure the votes of the Conservative Party faithful during yesterday’s television debate and today’s media hustings. Well, almost everyone, because the front runner, Boris Johnson, was rather conspicuous by his absence from both of these high-profile events.

What a lot of people don’t realise is that these events are essentially job interviews. These well-educated men are more-or-less being interviewed for the most powerful job in the land. Yet Boris doesn’t seem to think he needs to attend these interviews.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

My Day in Court: The Statement That Wasn't Needed

Those of you who read my blog and who follow me on social media will know of the problems I've faced with regards to my former employer at Claws 'N' Paws in Sheringham. Needless to say that it's been a very messy situation, and it's a situation that led me to instigate Employment Tribunal proceedings against her in an attempt to get the wages she still owes me.

In the run-up to the hearing this past Friday I conducted countless hours of research so I knew what to expect. To help my case I wrote a statement that I intended to make during the hearing. However, I never got to read this statement, mainly because my former employer no-showed, which meant that as she had no defense to offer the Judge ruled in my favour.

This meant that the statement I had prepared wasn't needed. So instead of shelving it I've decided to post it here. The statement basically tells of the situation I and my co-workers were placed in the run-up to the shop's closure, how we were treated, and how my former employer behaved.

As far as what exactly took place during the hearing, I will probably write a blog about that day in due course, but it's probably best to leave it until I get the full written judgement from the tribunal.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Life Will Go On For Jamie Oliver

Companies going out of business is nothing new, especially in times made more uncertain by the UK’s fragile government and it’s attempt to leave the European Union. One search business that hit the headlines this week was the restaurant chain owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

The staff at his restaurants are in for a difficult time. The majority of them didn’t know that something was wrong until administrators turned up at their front doors to shut them down.

Monday, 20 May 2019

New Fiction Addition: The Dawning of the New Age

As war ravages mainland Europe, a strange force attacks both Allied and Axis targets, while a powerful force makes plans for the New Age that is to come.

Originally written in 1994, The Dawning of the New Age is a prequel story to what turned out to be the biggest Anglo-Force story I'd ever written, featuring not only the "original" war-time Anglo-Force team, but also some of their allies from Marvel's The Invaders and DC's Justice Society of America. You can read the full story by visiting the chapters below.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

New (Old) Fiction Addition: Inauguration: Full Story Now Online

Legendary figures from across the galaxy gather on Babylon 5 to witness and celebate the inauguration of new Federation President James Watt, but there are those who want to disrupt the event.

With a cast of dozens spanning three Star Trek series, and the first appearance of characters from Babylon 5, "Inauguration" was, at the time, the biggest story from The Valkyrie Chronicles unique universe, and you can now read the entire story by visiting the links below.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Why I Backed a Winner, and Why I Couldn't Vote for John Lee

So it’s over until the next election in a few week’s time, and if the local elections in England are anything to go by then we all apparently voted the way we did because we’re so fed up with the way the government and the opposition have handled Brexit.

If truth be known Brexit never entered into my thoughts when I cast my vote in the Suffield Park ward of North Norfolk yesterday afternoon, and neither did party allegiances. I voted for the person who I thought would be a good representative for the area, someone who has a track record of putting other people first, and that person was the Liberal Democrat’s candidate Emma Spagnola.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Don't They Knock on Doors Anymore?

Tomorrow is election day here in England, with most of the country going the polls to elect members of their local and district councils. It doesn’t really have anything to do with the current national problem we have here with Brexit, it’s more to do with things such as rubbish bin collection, park maintenance, you know the sort of thing.

In my part of the world, the Suffield Park area of Cromer, there are three candidates, one each for the country’s main political parties, looking to get my vote. Each of them have gone about campaigning in their own way, but I have to admit that I’m a little bit under whelmed by the whole thing.