Back To The Future Day is here!

Guess what I’ll be watching tonight :)


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‘Whose Zoo’ now a full-time project, at last!

After numerous false starts and the painfully slow production of some thirty-five thousand words, my memoir of my nearly thirty years as a Zoo Keeper, both in England and Australia, is now an ongoing, full-time project!

Writing this memoir has been an unexpectedly daunting task, but after taking the time to scan many of the photographs of my zoo career, a process that helped to reacquaint me the memories and honest feelings I have of those happy and difficult years, I was fortunate to discover the guidance I so desperately needed.

This came in the form of ‘The Art of Memoir’ by Mary Karr, which very quickly made me understand why this process has taken so long and what was needed to make this book the honest memoir that I had always hoped it could be.

‘The Art of Memoir’ by Mary Karr

Mary Karr is the author of her own New York Times best selling memoir ‘The Liars’ Club’  ‘The Liars’ Club’ by Mary Karr and two further volumes:

‘Cherry’ ‘Cherry’ by Mary Karr

and ‘Lit’ ‘Lit’ by Mary Karr

Read them all.

I intend to read every word she has ever written :)

And, as an endnote, while scanning my photographs I came across the first publicity photograph of myself and ‘Jess’ the male Wedge-Tailed Eagle from Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, taken on the 29th November 1984, just two months after I started as the Keeper-In-Charge of what was then known as the ‘Reptile Section’.

Jess celebrated his forty-fourth birthday on September 16h 2015 ‘Jess’ the Wedge-Taile Eagle turns 44 and was the first bird to fly in the free flight program, originally called ‘Where Eagles Fly’, but more recently known as ‘Spirits of the Sky’ Spirits of the Sky

I cared for Jess between 1984 and 1993 and my close relationship with him will be one of the many highlights of my forthcoming book. Watch this space for more news!

First Jess 29111984

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‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe for my birthday!

What a great birthday present for a lover of words. The full text of Edgar Allan Poe’s brilliant poem on a scarf!

Thank you, E! And thank you Storiarts for making it possible.


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My new writing partners.

This year’s writing has started very slowly, for various reasons, but my routine has returned to some semblance of normality over the past couple of weeks.

My writing life has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a completely new means of interacting with my writing partner, Dragon Naturally Speaking,

which has, itself, been updated at very reasonable cost to Premium Version 13 following a delightful conversation with a lady by the name of Mary from the Nuance support desk in Canada. This new version improves on the already excellent Version 12 that I was already using.



I am even more excited by the fact that  I am no longer tied to my PC by a corded headset USB microphone since the arrival of a Speechware TableMike, a microphone that the makers of Dragon, Nuance, have awarded a 5 star rating.


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Vale Eli Wallach

A sad day indeed as the fine actor Eli Wallach passed away at the age of 98. Who can forget the  bandit leader Calvera in ‘The Magnificent Seven’ directed by John Sturges?

Or, the wily Tuco in the final movie in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ with the incomparable Clint Eastwood?

And, finally, Clint’s tribute to a fine actor:

Vaya con dios, Eli!


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I’ve published an in-depth interview at Smashwords

Please check it out at

Any comments welcome!

And, of course, should you have any other questions, please feel free to post them here and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

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Smashwords Annual July Sale Now On!

“Home Run’ is now free for the month of July for all e-readers at Smashwords!






All my other e-books are available at reduced prices, too for the month of July. Grab a bargain now!

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