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Never Knowingly Underwhelmed

I was sad to hear of the death, aged 79, of the sprightly Ray Alan, who was the number one ventriloquist when I was a boy, rarely off the TV, with either Lord Charles or Tich and Quackers at his elbow. An entertainer of the old school – he performed magic and played the ukulele before moving into ventriloquism – he learned his licks touring the cabaret clubs and theatres of the world, before transferring easily and naturally to television, where he did turns and also hosted his own shows, especially for kids.

A South-east London boy, he lived in Reigate, as did I for a couple of years, and you would often see him out walking, with his wife Jane. I was lucky enough to see him speak and meet him at the 2004 Annual Tony Hancock Appreciation Society dinner in Bournemouth, at which I took these photos…

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HEAVEN EARTH AND TIME FREE E BOOK NOVEMBER 20TH

Explore the ancient world since the dawn of time people have been fascinated by the natural world they live within.

Associating natural events and the unnatural with the power of the deities adding to the mystery and mystique of events beyond known knowledge and boundaries of human understanding.

Mother nature as shaped the Earth we live on forging its varied landscapes and delivering climate changes that have created the world we see today.

Time as seen all who live on Earth adapt to survive battling against the elements and rivals.

Spirit and belief stimulated thinking and the development of cultures and religions saw the expansion of city states and civilization.

Varied deities drawn from varied realms shaped cultures around the civilized world helping to shape the city states and settlements and the people that lived within them.

Explore the ancient world and the battles between the rival powers to secure and expand the lands they lived within that created the world we know today.

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Legends and Myths have bridged the gaps between the present and the ancient past written records had been lost in the ruined library archives of the ancient palaces sites

Legends and myths have bridged the gaps between the present and the ancient past when written records had been lost in the ruined archive libraries of the varied ancient city states and their varied palaces.

Spoken languages had been long established and the oracular transmission of myths and legends had retained the history of the people who had for generations shaped the world around them and influenced culture and forged the world we see today.

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MIRROR IMAGE GHOST SIEGE OF YORK FREE EBOOK JUNE 18TH and 19TH

Joining a ghost tour of York looking to produce an article for an upcoming magazine post Paul unknowingly becomes part of the tour itself when events see him drawn into the ghost tours dark and windy November nights happenings.

Still sceptical the continued random events force Paul to change his views on the figures that connect the past with the present via a wormhole in time that is connected with his hotel room and with him personally?

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TOUR OF SICILY FREE E BOOK OFFER SATURDAY 12TH JUNE 2021

Discover the island of Sicily the burning islands associated with ancient deities myths and legends a vibrant and fertile land due to the power of mount ETNA that stands guard over the island.

Geographically Sicily was a vital powerbase in the Western Mediterranean that saw its waters control the ancient sea trade routes from West to East whoever controlled Sicily had the lucrative sea trade routes and the shipping that supplied and connected the ancient world and its markets.

Settlers had arrived by sea from around the known world since the dawn of time itself from Anatolia, the Greek islands, Mainland Greece, Carthage, Iberia, Africa, France. All the settlers and the native peoples the Sicans and Scels along with the Elymians helped to shape the land and the varied cities and settlements creating the rich mixture of the unique cultures that is reflected in the architecture and layouts of the islands cities and towns.

With the warmth of the islands climate and people Sicily offers a warm welcome to visitors and once seen the burning island will continue to draw you back to admire and explore its varied cities towns and the rich history the settlers in time have forged and created and the culture of the islands that make up Sicily today…

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Opinion: European Super League, Manchester City and a Fight with the Love of My Life

Love of the Game

I don’t usually write opinion pieces, but I felt this particular case warranted a special approach. These past 72 hours have been hard for me. I want to share my thoughts on the past few days in football. As someone who loves this sport and a rebel ex-Super League club, these 72 hours were extremely hard.

A Day of Darkness

Sunday night a part of my soul died. I remember Sunday morning and afternoon waiting on the official announcement to come out. I was hoping it was not true. My stomach dropped when it was confirmed. I felt sick. The whole idea of a “Super League” hurt my soul. Guaranteed spots for 12 or 15, whatever number they came up with, and only five non-permanent spots open, and a ton of money. It went against everything I fell in love with about this sport.

I am not a fan of…

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Mirror Image By Daniel Buckley

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A GHOST STORY Inspired by the  2003 South Korean film ” Into The Mirror” directed by Kim Sung Ho and the Ghost Tours of York .

Set  on the ancient streets and snickleways of York that provide the ideal stage for the past rich history of the city.

”MIRROR IMAGE,” follows a reporter’s visit to cover the varied ghost walks and discover the darker side of York’s history.

Set in November the dark evenings and long nights add to the atmosphere of the story that develops beside the river Ouse and Clifford’s mount in the heart of the city.

Hidden within the ancient City spirits connected with living direct descendants through a time portal to shape the story that connects figures from the year of the St Brice day massacre that saw tensions rising between the leading figures in Anglo Saxon England under King Aethelred and with the Danelaw…

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ATLANTIS SOLON AND PLATO FOR FROST FREE E BOOK OCTOBER 1ST AND 2ND..

Solon was one of the seven sags of Greece a statesman and Archon of Athens the city of his birth.

He was responsible for healing the divides between the citizens when he reformed the Athenian constitution as Archon in 594 B.C. His reforms saw the abolition of debts which freed those peoples in Athens who had become debt slaves.

This freed many men from the cycle of debts they had plunged he also made the eligibility for political office be dependant on wealth and bot just by birth right alone breaking the hold of the landed aristocracy on the state of Athens.

It was Solon’s reforms such as the right of people to appeal to the citizens court and the setting up of a council of wealthy citizens to the city state of Athens his Boule of 400 who guided the work of the assembly the Ecclesia of Athens.

Solon paved the way for the introduction of Democracy within his reforms.

Solon’s reforms ended the evil that was poverty in Attica he created a vibrant new era of commerce and trade with alternate trades and professions were promoted which saw an end to real poverty and a return to prosperity new coinage was introduced and weights and measures and Athens goods such as pottery and olive oil saw the city become a commercial leader at that time.

After his reforms Solon decided to travel he was in search of a blueprint for the perfect state his travels saw him visit Sais in Egypt where he studied with the sacred priests and scribes from the temple of the city goddess of Sais Neith.

An ancient mother deity known as the mistress of the bow a warrior deity and protector of the city.

It was from the priests of Sais Solon discovered the ancient land known as Atlantis he was mesmerized by the lost ancient history the priests delivered up from the ancient archives within the sacred temple of Neith in Sais.

When he returned to Athens he captured the tale of Atlantis within a poem which he handed down through his family it ended up in the hands of his decendant Plato who was like Solon enthralled by the Atlantis tale and he included his accounts of the ancient tale within his work Timeaus and Critias.

Atlantis had been reanimated for a new audience of Greek speaking people by Plato it was the gift that just kept on inspiring generations after generations of scholars and people who shared a love of the ancient past world and the lost cultures of which many still remain lost to us trapped by mother nature history and time and in many cases lost ancient languages and written texts that still defy translation and are open to interpretation.

When the excavations on Crete revealed a lost ancient culture on the island by Arthur Evans and his team which they named the Minoans a new focus on the ancient world was reanimated by the discoveries on Crete.

K T Frost in his article THE LOST CONTINENT printed in the Times of London Feb 19th 1909 was among the first scholars to associate the newly discovered Minoan world with Atlantis.