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The Blog Post that Ran Away with Itself

Friday, September 25th, 2015

As I’ve already mentioned in the Goldilocks Research Zone I started digging into a couple of obscure 1920s organisations. I can blame story on the BBC website that set me on the lead.  I was toying with the idea of adding spies to a Bookhounds of Cthulhu campaign and it seemed to fit.  So I started […]

Goldilocks tastes the porridge by Leonard Leslie

Goldilocks Research Zone

Friday, September 18th, 2015

In astronomy and astrobiology, the Goldilocks Zone is simply the habitable region around a star within which planetary-mass objects with sufficient atmospheric pressure can support liquid water at their surfaces. This is where another Earth like planet is going to be and therefore where life like that on Earth might exist. It struck me while […]

Pocket Junk and a little Light Reorganising

Friday, August 14th, 2015

I’ve been moving some of my pages round over the last few days to try and make some of them a little less buried away. So all the pages that used to be under other peoples’ games are now just under games. I’ve also merged two blog posts about pocket junk into one and made […]

Secrets and Mysteries

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I’ve been reading The Secret State by Peter Hennessy and I was struck by the differing definitions of Secrets and Mysteries used to describe what security and intelligence services know and what its very hard for them to know.  Here are just a few initial thoughts on the impact of the difference on writing thriller […]

What Have they Got in their Pockets?

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

I’ve incorporated this blog post into a new page on Pocket Junk.

Accretion

Friday, March 18th, 2011

When I took this picture of buildings all jostling for space with each other on a Liverpool street I was going to just post it as a throw away picture post. However this was one of the views, with its variety of buildings from different eras, that inspired my render Accretion City. So I thought […]

I was a Teenage Spam Bot

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Its funny how ideas can suddenly hit from out of nowhere. Well they feel like they come like flashes of lightning but really they must simmer around in the subconcious waiting for their moment. One hit me earlier – today seems to have been a day where I’ve picked up quite a few new followers […]

The Crime Writer's Guide to Police Practice and Procedure

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

A short review Michael O’Byrne’s The Crime Writer’s Guide to Police Practice and Procedure

Liverpool's Pyramid – William Mackenzie Tomb

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The 19th Century Church of Saint Andrew on Rodney Street is known locally as the Scotch church. It was a Presbyterian church built to serve the Scottish community of Liverpool. The church was closed in 1975 and is in an extremely poor state. In the small graveyard is a rather unusual grave in the form […]

Leave out the (Steampunk) Kitchen Sink

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Daneofwar asked a question on Twitter in the middle of Sherlock on Sunday night… Why are fantasy ideas of settings based on the 19th century always so unoriginal? Steampunk blah blah blah goggles blah blah blah. I didn’t have time for a long answer then (too busy watching Sherlock) but I think Brian has touched […]

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