Yes, my friends, you’re eyes do not deceive you! Thor’s hammer has swung and knocked some of the price off the electronic copy of In the Shadow of the Gods. That’s nice of him, just in time for the Bank Holiday and that!
Vona að þú njótir þess!
The Punked Tale of the Entrenched Longitude Anniversary in Glorious Technicolour (Otherwise Known as A Day Out in London)
Had a week off from the Day Job these last few days and spent one of those in London.
First stop was the National Maritime Museum for the Ships, Clocks and Stars Exhibition (http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/ships-clocks-stars) which marks the three hundred anniversary of John Harrison developing his timepiece that solved the problem of Longitude. The exhibition displayed various clocks and watches that were used in attempts to keep time for long periods at sea. Also mentioned are some of the other attempts at solving the problem (and winning the prize) such as a special chair that will keep the navigator at a fixed point, although that would have been tricky while at sea. You can also learn about the satire that various writers of the day aimed at the scientists but don’t dwell on that too much! So get on down there and have a look. I also recommend a cup of coffee afterwards as that’s what drove the Enlightenment.
A trudge up the hill to the Royal Obervatory came next where some Steampunk writers and artists had come a-calling and had presented an alternative take on the story. Take a look: http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/longitude-punkd
Excuse me while I munch on some Haribo…
Right, now as some of you may know I have taken up drawing and cover designing (previews of Because it was Christmas coming soon). If you ever wanted to know how colour has been used throughout history, how it was made and where it came from then drop into the National Gallery to find out: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/making-colour
A stroll down to the recently refurbished Imperial War Museum followed (and I only got lost once!) First stop was the Art of the First World War Exhibition which showed the work of artists such as William Orpen and is divided into works of truth and memory. Downstairs are the Brand New galleries of the First World War which have been opened for the Centenary. http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london
So, all in all a very successful day out, varied and interesting. As they used to say on Art Attack, try it yourself.
This month has been a busy one. I have been to Stonehenge and Amsterdam while putting the finishing touches to The Lenin Plots and editing some short stories for an upcoming competition. Still, I’m now in the Middle Ages with the Read Through History.
1) Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon. The sort of story I have always enjoyed. A long journey across a vast area, visiting different countries while there is a good mixture of politics, action and character stories. I look forward to reading the next installment.
2) Son of Blood by Jack Ludlow. Explores the Normans in Italy at the start of the Crusades.
3) When Christ and His Saints Slept by S. K. Penman. The story of the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda. If you like I Claudius and Harold the King, you will enjoy this too.
4) Sharpe’s Revenge
5) The Tainted Relic by the Medieval Murderers. A collaboration between some historical crime writers. The audiobook is good so far. In fact I’m listening to Disc Seven as I write this.
6) Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield. The story of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC so a bit out of sequence but I’ve heard this is a fantastic example of historical fiction. They were not wrong.