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Driven to Distraction

Driven to Distraction UK government launches ‘dangerous driving’ holidays, starting summer-2019 In a desperate bid to draw attention away from the howling debacle that is Brexit and free up more Police time for attending political protest rallies, the UK...

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Fotherington-Tomas: A Christmas advert

Fotherington-Tomas: A Christmas advert ... Just a little something I knocked up this afternoon... Hi Everyone! Earlier today, I created a promotional video for a Facebook campaign that's running about my latest Fotherington-Tomas blog. I was so pleased...

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Fotherington-Tomas and the Christmas Crisis

Fotherington-Tomas and the Christmas Crisis ... or how FT saved the Queen at Hamleys... Fotherington-Tomas was drunk. Sarah had left the Harveys Bristol Cream out on the sideboard and he had been tippling away quite happily since mid-morning. Now with...

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Why I hate Zen Buddhism

Why I hate Zen Buddhism ... Or 'The Trouble with Transcendence'... A few years ago, my life was absolute chaos. Writing, working, running a bar, raising a small child and trying to avoid an untimely death at the paws of a psychotically happy puppy, I was a...

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Tales Of The Beast – Part 2 – The South Island

Tales of the Beast - Part 2 ... The South Island Initiative... Last time I left you, I had arrived in Picton with my best friend and the beast, ready to begin a ten-day road trip around the South Island of New Zealand. I’m pretty sure that it was 2003 back...

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The Untimely Demise of Fotherington-Tomas

The Untimely Demise of Fotheringon-Tomas ... A short story by R.A. Gregory... It was noon when Maxwell reached the cottage, his feet crunching noisily on the freshly raked gravel, as he hastened down the garden path. Rapping smartly on the front door, he...

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Lost Consonants – A tribute to Graham Rawle

Lost Consonants ... a tribute to the genius of Graham Rawle (still alive)... Many years ago, I used to be an avid weekend reader of the Guardian newspaper. Every Saturday, I would trek down to the local newsagent (usually with a hangover from the night...

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Going Solo by Roald Dahl – A review in conception

Going Solo by Roald Dahl ... A review in conception... Every now and again, I am motivated to write something bookish in one of my blogs and today is one of those occasions. Earlier this week, I was given a copy of Going Solo by Roald Dahl, by a friend who...

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The Blogger’s Nightmare… a struggling author talks

The Blogger's Nightmare ... a true story... The struggling author sat in front of his monitor, the blank white screen and endlessly flashing cursor taunting him as he wracked his tortured brain for new content. This time there was no ‘Blogety Blog’ theme...

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Who wants to be a chip engineer?

Who wants to be a chip engineer? No, not that kind of chip, silly! Q: What do scientists eat for lunch? A: Nuclear fission chips, of course! Sorry, I don’t know where that came from. It just popped into my head after years of lying dormant in the ‘bad...

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The Lucius Chronicles – A Peek Inside the Pages

The Lucius Chronicles – A Peek Inside the Pages Last month, I had the pleasure of being able to share the conceptual cover art for my forthcoming book, The Lucius Chronicles with you, done by American author and illustrator, James Stevens. His first novel,...

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Age – It really is relative, man!

Age – It really is relative, man! ... Musings on the inevtiability of getting old... It’s a fact, we’re all getting older. Try what you like to avoid it. Exercise until you’re blue in the face, eat a diet so healthy it would make a rabbit blush, resort to...

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Tales Of The Beast – Part 1

Tales Of The Beast - Part 1 ... or 'Car-rie, I love you'... Cars. Here in My Car. Silver Machine. The Road to Hell. I don’t know what it is about me, but I love cars. Big ones in particular. The bigger the better, in fact. Gas guzzling, earth destroying...

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Dusty deeds done dirt cheap

Dusty deeds done dirt cheap ... or one good book deserves another... Yesterday, I woke up, as I often do and found a cry for help in my inbox. It was from a young lady who was searching for a particular book and thought that I might be able to help....

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Amazing Thailand No 4 – Correct spelling

Amazing Thailand! ... Number 4 in an occasional series... Welcome back to ‘Amazing Thailand’. It’s been a while since I last shared one of the joys of living in South East Asia with you, so, not wanting to keep all the fun to myself, here is the latest...

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First glimpse: Cover art for The Lucius Chronicles

First Glimpse ... Cover art for 'The Lucius Chronicles'... Hi Everyone! I wanted to share with you, the first sneak preview of the cover artwork for my latest book, ‘The Lucius Chronicles’. This is only a rough mock-up of the proposed cover, but I liked it...

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Dear Diary

Dear Diary... ... or a writer's life less ordinary... Dear diary. Wow! It’s hard to believe that I haven’t written a blog since 24 July, more than two weeks ago now. Well, an awful lot has happened since then, not the least of which was a very successful...

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Reddit ‘Writer of the day’ announcement – 25 July

Reddit 'Writer of the day' announcement - 25 July ... Your chance to ask me anything on the Reddit Fantasy Forum... Hey everybody! This Wednesday, I’m going to be having my first outing as ‘Writer of the day’ on Reddit. I’m really excited about it, as it’s...

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Hey! Wha’ happened to my writing?

Hey! Wha' happened to my writing? ... or the gentle subversion of one man's week... Life’s a funny old thing, especially when you’re a writer. Take this week for example. Almost nothing that I had planned ended up happening, or if it did, it didn’t quite...

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Barbarian chefs rule the world

Barbarian chefs rule the world ... a snippet of a short story for the Reddit Fantasy Writers Group... Hi Everyone! I've been a member of the Reddit Fantasy Writers (r/fantasywriters) forum for a little while now, but until last week I hadn't been all that...

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We’ve got (another) dog

We've got (another) dog ... Or why does it always rain on me... Okay, so I’m sitting at home yesterday, finally getting a spot of peace and quiet to catch up on a movie, the excellent ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’, starring Vince Vaughn, because wifey and the...

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Nok Air – Thailand’s airline shame

Nok Air ... Thailand's airline shame... When I first started writing this blog, I mentioned that there would be the occasional rant in and amongst the plethora of often alcohol-induced thoughts and musings that I generally provide you, my beloved readers,...

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Space, the final frontier – 1960’s style

Space, the final frontier - 1960's style A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog called ‘London Lost’, about how I’d found a box of old slides from the 1950’s and 60’s and spent a very pleasant hour or so flicking through them to see what secrets they...

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The Garden Party

The Garden Party ... or what happens when you let an author loose... The following story was inspired by the classic British comedy series, 'Stella Street'... Deep in the bowels of the palatial mansion that I call home, lies my ‘prison study’. You may have...

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A question of drains

A question of drains ...tales from Reading Uni, part two... During my time at Reading University in the early-1990’s, I had the pleasure to share a house with some truly wonderful people, most of whom remain good friends of mine to this day. Unfortunately,...

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Drone bring me down

Drone bring me down ... Police announce new weapon in the fight against crime... Forget the drone! At a lavish ceremony held today in the Merseyside Hitlon Hotel, Greater Manchester’s Chief of Police, Randy McKeetod, unveiled the latest weapon in the North...

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London Lost

London Lost ... images of a time gone by... Back in late April, when I was flicking through some of my old photos, searching for shots of Reading University to support my blog ‘A peek down memory lane’, I came across upon a small box of 35mm slides, which...

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That was the week that was – 25 May 2018

That was the week that was ... 25th of May, 2018... It’s been a funny old week here in Writing Land. My son’s second week back at school should have heralded the beginning of a fantastic writing streak for yours truly on my new novel, Yogol’s Gold... more...

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My first book signing at Icon Amazed!

My first book signing! ... At the opening of 'Icon Amazed' in Chiang Mai, Thailand... Wednesday 16 May 2018, saw the opening of ‘Icon Amazed’, the latest exhibition by talented Thai artist, Goy Kankanakul, at the Meeting Room Art Café, in Chiang Mai. Goy...

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I missed a blog (and I didn’t like it)

I missed a blog ... And I didn't like it... The rain hammered down like nails from an iron-shod sky and ricocheted off the pavement, soaking everything it touched, including the hunched form of McDuggan, his body pressed hard into the side of the alley...

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Amazing Thailand No 3 – How to park a car

Amazing Thailand! ... Number 3 in an occasional series... Welcome back to 'Amazing Thailand', my infrequent, yet hopefully amusing, look at daily life in the land of eternal smiles. In this instalment, we take a look at the delicate art of car-parking....

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Terminator Trump: Hidden message in NRA speech

Trump is a Terminator sent back to destroy humanity ... Boffins surprised by mystery message hidden in US President's NRA speech... The world is on edge today, following the discovery of a secret message embedded within US President, Donald Trump’s,...

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The Wizard – A free short story (5 min read)

The Wizard ... a free short story from R.A. Gregory... Seeing as I'm a day late with my usual blog, here's a free short story about Wizards, High Magic and Information Technology to keep you amused. Happy reading! ***** THE WIZARD by R.A. Gregory Deep...

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High Cool

High Cool ... only in 'Incredible India'... I’ve been meaning to share this little gem, entitled ‘High Cool’ with you for ages, just because it always makes me smile when I see it. But you know how it is, things come up, the weather changes and before you...

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How to be Topp – A new author speaks out

How to be Topp - A new author speaks out A good friend of mine recently suggested that as a new author I should probably write a few book themed blogs, in addition to the myriad of offbeat ramblings that have been my blogging bread and butter to date. Not...

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A peek down memory lane. Kodak Ektra photos

A peek down memory lane ... old photos of Reading University... A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog called ‘A walk in the dark’. The cover image for the blog was a scan of a photograph that I’d taken while I was studying at Reading University, back in...

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Top ten facts about Wales

Top ten facts about Wales ... Truly amazing things you never knew about the land of dragons... I’ve recently come back from the UK, where I spent some time promoting my new book, Drynwideon. While I was there, I happened to find myself in the beautiful...

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Great life experiences – Part 1

Great life experiences - Part 1 ... An essential resource for understanding where you are in life... Ever wondered how well you are doing in the great race of life? Running on empty or full to the brim with the glory of your own existence. Well, worry no...

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A summer’s day in Oxford

A summer's day in Oxford ... or a punt around the harbour... For those of you who have been loyally following my blog, you could well be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that I am something of a booze-hound. After all, quite a few of my posts have...

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Reality shows not ‘real’ enough

Reality shows not 'real' enough... ... says UK TV Watchdog in damning new report... With the new season of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ just around the corner, TV bosses were today stunned by a damning new report into the state of British reality TV shows, from...

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Tommo the cat

Tommo the cat ... taking your life in your hands with an ancient, but loveable feline... Some years ago, during my time in Wellington, I had the great pleasure to lodge with a good friend of mine, way up in the Brooklyn hills overlooking the capital of New...

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A walk in the dark at Reading Uni

A walk in the dark ... tales from Reading Uni, part one... As those of you who have spent any time on my website (www.rob-gregory.com) will doubtless already know, I spent some time back in the early nineties at Reading University, where I studied...

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Drynwideon – The unofficial launch party

Drynwideon - The unofficial launch party ... a night to remember... Thanks to my wonderful literary agent, Brian McMullan, we had an unofficial launch party for Drynwideon back in early March at Jethro’s Lounge in Chiang Mai. Some of the less incriminating...

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? ... the sad story of a man washed overboard... Now, I love New Zealand. Really, I do. It’s like the Creator (insert your preferred deity here) spent four days working on it, only to be told that the world was, in fact, a rush job and that...

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Guilt

Guilt ... or my Stilton shame... Guilt is a strange thing. On the one hand, we seem to be able to successfully bury the most heinous of transgressions deep inside us with no qualms at all, while on the other, the most trivial of events can sometimes fill...

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Amazing Thailand No2 – Taxi Etiquette

Amazing Thailand! ...Number two in an occasional series... Welcome back to 'Amazing Thailand'. Today’s example is rather nice... taxi etiquette. It tells you in very simple terms exactly what you can and cannot do when in a taxi in Thailand. No need to...

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48hr fire sale on ALL books!

Get 50% off all of my books for the next 48 hours only as part of the Smashwords 'Read an Ebook Week'. Click on, or copy, the link below for more information: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/RAGregory Offer expires at the end of 10 March, so act...

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On annoying nasal hair

On annoying nasal hair ...or my kingdom for a pair of tweezers... The other evening, I was talking to a good friend of mine in the bar about all things literary, when suddenly the conversation turned to hair. Nasal hair, in fact. Now, I am quite fond of my...

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Don’t go in the yellow snow!

Don't go in the yellow snow! ...travellers beware of BBC weather reports... By the time that you read this post, I will hopefully be in the UK, having travelled from the balmy climes of SE Asia, through the blisteringly hot sands of the Middle East, to...

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Save the Little Blue Penguin

Save the Little Blue Penguin ...the Tiphi commeth... Now, as you’ll learn in a future blog, New Zealander’s have a very practical and down to earth approach when it comes to naming things. It’s not very imaginative, especially when compared to the Maori...

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Drynwideon update – The Paperback Lives!

Taking delivery of Drynwideon ...A proud father speaks... A quick Drynwideon update. On Tuesday this week, I got a call from the printers to say that the first batch of my new book, 'Drynwideon, The Sword of Destiny - Yeah, Right' was ready for collection....

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A Load of Hot Water

A Load of Hot Water ... an immersive story about poor house design… So, there I am, happily ensconced in the Waikato, New Zealand, living in a lovely little pre-fabricated cottage with wonderful landlords. What could possibly go wrong, you might ask? Well,...

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Dez Gouts

Dez Gouts ...An amusing tale of two cultures or how not to order French fries! Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a fantastic burger bar in the centre of Bristol, called Mickey Finns. I’m not sure if it is still there today, but back then...

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How to load a digger on a truck

Amazing Thailand! ...Number one in an occasional series... Welcome to 'Amazing Thailand'. Over the years, I have collected quite a few pictures of what really makes this unique, South East Asian country so wonderful and now I'm pleased to be able to share...

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A new word for you…

A new word for you... ... or how 'Halfaholic' came into the world. Somewhere, high in one of the ancient, ivory towers of Oxford University, hidden far from prying eyes, sits a group of wizened academics, whose job it is to create new words for the English...

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Blogety Blog. Welcome to my world

Blogety Blog! ...An aspiring author grapples with his first blog... Blogety Blog, Blogety Blog, Blogety Blog, thought the struggling author, as the theme tune to 'Blankety Blank' ran through his head once again. What to write about? I mean 'blogging', that...

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