Sand Racing

Just got back from the beach … yep, you heard me! Every year, from the middle of October, motorcycle racing is held on the beach in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. It’s been going since 1970 and makes for great entertainment – if you like motorcycle sand racing, that is … 🙂

 

 

 

It was the perfect day for it. Lots of sunshine, highlighting spectacular views along the beach and out to sea, couple that with a large mug of hot chocolate and the crisp sea breeze, then stand back and enjoy the racing. Can’t beat it!

If you fancy getting involved or going along to watch, visit this place: Motorcycle Sand Racing.

Okay, now this is done I’m off for another hot chocolate, this time with Baileys. See ya! 😉

Manchester

Manchester CathedralJust spent a fantastic few days in Manchester. What an incredible place. I’ve never been before, passed through, but never actually got out of the car and dirtied my feet. I didn’t even know it had a cathedral … der!

We even managed to go at the right time – Christmas market – excellent offerings of Christmas fare from all over Europe. But the Mancunian mince pies were the best and to finish, who could resist hot chocolate with Baileys …. Yum!

We were also treated to a spectacular multicoloured water dance (pictures are rubbish but you get the idea).

We’ll definitely be going back!

 

The visit was slightly contrived as we were there to watch the fabulous Mumford and Sons … what a terrific band and a great gig. Such talented individuals.

And here’s a treat for you 😉

 

 

 

Words that make me go ‘ooh and ahh’

Termagant (n)

  1. A quarrelsome, scolding woman; shrew.

“The termagant who had dragged him out on long, boring walks, who had tried in vain to censor his reading, who had labeled him an impious liar and criminal, was dead at last, and the boy, hearing a servant say ‘she has passed away’, sank to his knees on the kitchen floor to thank God for so great a deliverance.” Jonathon Keates, Standhal

 

Disambiguation (n)

  1. Clarification that follows from the removal of ambiguity.

Here’s a great quote about disambiguation: “Hell is other people.” Jean-Paul Sartre

 

Quixotic (adj.)

  1. Unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous. (Like me, most of the time :P)

Quixotic … Absurdly chivalric, like Don Quixote. An insight into the beauty and excellence of this incomparable adjective is unhappily denied to him who has the misfortune to know that the gentleman’s name is pronounced Ke-ho-tay. When ignorance from out of our lives can banish Philology, ‘tis folly to know Spanish.” Juan Smith

 

Ha! 🙂

Comedy in York (and snow!)

A very impressive building indeed. (Sorry about the green van – bloody thing wouldn’t get out of the way – very rude!)

Just spent the weekend in York. A rather grand place full of quaint little shops on cobbled streets. Home to York Minster – a very impressive building, inside and out. My first question is: why is it called a ‘minster’ and not a ‘cathedral’? I thought maybe I was being a bit dim, which is the usual case. Apparently, though, I am not the first person to ask this question 😛

“It’s called a ‘Minster’ because it was a centre from which Christian teaching was carried to the surrounding countryside by travelling preachers and teachers”.

York Minster from the car … stationary at traffic lights, I hasten to add 🙂

Ahh, okay … mind you, I thought this was true of all cathedrals, i.e. being the centre from which Christian teachings were carried out to the surrounding countryside. This brings me to my second question: why aren’t all cathedrals called ‘Minsters’? I couldn’t find an answer on the internet … so, alas, another one of life’s puzzles that will remain unsolved 🙁

Never mind, eh? Life goes on … just.

It was just like this on Friday … Honest!

Of course, I was NOT expecting snow! Yes, SNOW…

Some interesting facts about York Minster can be found here.

I was actually in York to see the comedian Ross Nobel and what an excellent show it was … a very funny man and naturally so. He isn’t called the ‘International man of Comedy’ for nothing.

I like the way Ross interacts with the audience. Most of his show is ‘ad-lib’ with some ‘planned scenes’ manipulated in, between exchanges with the crowd.

I’d certainly go and watch him again.

Ross has just recently finished a horror film entitled ‘Stiches’. Here he is explaining what it’s all about.

 

Words that make me go ‘ooh and ahh’

 

Serendipity (n)

  1. The gift of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

 

“You know being relevant or coming up with something interesting, funny to say about what’s current, is just as hard as it might ever be depending on the serendipity of it all”. Lily Tomlin

 

Rambunctious (adj.)

  1. Boisterous and disorderly; unruly.

 

 

Editing

There is only one sound for editing – arggghhhhh – followed by a zillion exclamation marks, but I won’t put those in ‘cos there won’t be room for anything else. Use your imagination. It’s what us writers do best, after all.

I detest editing. Writing the story is the best part, nay, finishing it is the best part. Boredom can quickly set in, which is why I’m writing this and not using my day-off to edit. Procrastination: the writer’s number one enemy.

Or justification …

I’m going now … yes I am … right now …

 

*Update: 13/01/2015 ~ since writing this I have changed my mind on the editing process. It has become a massive learning curve and improved my understanding of the essence of writing and how to make every word count. I quite enjoy it now 😀

 

 

 

Words that make me go ‘ooh and ahh’

 

Extrapolate (vb)

  1. To infer something not known from the known facts, using logic and reason.
  2. Maths to estimate the value of a function or measurement beyond the known values, by the extension of a curve.

 

“Who knows the minds of men and how they reason and what their methodology is? But I am not going to extrapolate from the General Conference backing out on my book and make it a personal issue” Walter Martin

 

Evanescent (adj.)

  1. Formal quickly fading away; ephemeral or transitory. Evanescence (n)

 

“There is … a class of fancies, of exquisite delicacy, which are not thoughts, and to which, as yet, I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt language …. Now, so entire is my faith in the power of words that at times, I have believed it possible to embody even the evanescence of fancies such as I have attempted to describe” Edgar Allan Poe

 

Couldn’t have said it better myself 😀

Words that make me go ‘ooh and ahh’

 

Quintessential (adj.)

  1. Representative of a quality, state … perfect. (This is one of my favourites)

“In my generation, history was taught in terms of grand figures, men on whom the destiny of the nation hinged, quintessential heroes”. Barry Unsworth

 

Propinquity (n)

  1. Formal nearness in time, place, or relationship. (Got this from a poem … :))
“Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate”. Germaine Greer (steps back quietly)

 

Tautological (adj.)

  1. The use of words that merely repeats something already stated (someone said this about some of my stuff 🙁 – love the word though :))

“To create man was a quaint and original idea, but to add the sheep was tautology“. Mark Twain 

 

Quirky (adj.)

  1. A peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible.
  2. An unexpected twist or turn: a strange quirk of fate.

“Well, what I try to do is throw as much mud on the wall as I possibly can and just see what sticks, what shines as quirky or more interesting than the others, and I try to cling onto that one, somehow join a link from there to there”. Guy Ritchie

The Short Story

I’ve never been very good at writing short stories. No matter how many articles I read, follow their advice, I still don’t think I’ve mastered the art.

Apparently, short stories need to have a twist and consist mainly of dialogue, but I’ve read many a short story that has neither. I’m convinced the art of creating a memorable short story isn’t anything to do with any particular technique – it’s as beauty is – in ‘the eye of the beholder’.

What do you think?

Here’s a good article on ‘how to write a short story’ from CreativePenn

 

And if you think you have the knack for short story writing, why don’t you join this:

The Telegraph Short Story Club.

Good luck!

Words that make me go ‘ooh and ahh’

 

Existential  adj.

(1)   Of or relating to existence, especially human existence.

 

Love this:

“I have a very good life, so I have nothing to complain about. Sometimes, I just have existential angst.”  Meg Ryan

 

Exponential adj.

(1)   Maths of or involving numbers raised to an exponent.

(2)   Informal very rapid

 

Makes me think of star trek but get this …

“Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary the opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true.”  Neils Bohr

Okay then …