Sunday, 18 November 2012


Hi folks

Well haven't posted for a while been busy with various events - most notably seeing the new James Bond flick Skyfall and seeing author and ex SAS man Andy Mcnab!!
I have also been reading and catching up on my Writing News Magazines as am a month behind on them as well as re-reading my novel ready to re-start writing.

I have also been watching alot of Paranormal shows recently like Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Witness so being on my own have had the ebby jeebies and hidden away in bed instead of writing.

This means this year I haven't entered the NanoWrimo writing task which takes place every November to get people writing a novel or at least having a go!  Was going to continue mine but been told it to be a fresh novel from scratch - good luck to my Cleckheaton Writers Group colleagues and any other writers taking part.
Below is a quick review of the Andy Mcnab author event and Skyfall.

SkyFall - the latest in the James Bond franchise and many reviewers and critics have said it's tone of the best Bond movies out and I have to agree.  The opening scene is very action packed and reminded me a little of the Bourne films.  Bond gets badly injured and presumed dead when he turns up again to serve Queen and M he isn't quite the Bond we knew - the injuries have taken their toll on him as and he is quite unfit.
The bad guy is very good - a betrayed agent who seeks revenge on M.
The best thing about the film is that it ends where the Sean Connery films started - a male M, Q and Miss Moneypenny.
Score 9/10

Andy Mcnab Author talk - Huddersfield Town Hall - 8th November

Well I abit behind with my posts wanted to put this up before - but I was glad to meet and see Andy Mcnab - a British institution who has been through alot - from living in borstal when young to joining the army and working his way up the ranks to becoming SAS and on inportant missions in the first Gulf War and againest the drug cartels of Africa - he's most famous for being a POW in the Gulf War paraded on Iraq T.V and being tortured for 6 weeks.  He came back with dislocated shoulder, kidney and nerve damage and hepatitus as well as a few missing teeth.  He is one of only three of a group of eight alive - another being author Chris Ryan who escaped.

Andy was a warm and down to earth man who now enjoys success with his novels - most notable for his account of his mission Bravo Two Zero and his thriller novels featuring Nick Stone of which is has begun writing the newest one and is 20,000 words into a 120,000 word book.
He told us his new book featuring new character Tom Buckingham - Red Alert is to be made into a film next year.
He also mentioned he goes around military schools and gives talks and lessons as an advisor. 
He also works on films giving technical advise on weapons and fight scenes.  He was an advisor on Heat with Al Pacino, Black Hawk Down and the Transporter films.
I bought one of his Nick Stone novels Dead Centre which I am looking forward to reading - will give a review on here when done so - with my slow reading it will probably be in 2015 - lol.
Anyway a better account of Andy Mcnab night is on Karen's blog at

blog soon folks!!!!

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