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Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

Ex-pat view of WW2 veteran, William Earl’s 105th Birthday

This blog is devoted to my old friend and co-author, William Earl, who celebrated his 105th birthday on 12th May. William and I have been friends since February 2009, when we started working on his WW2 memoir,  Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946.  He’s seen Tom grow up.… Continue reading…

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Book club questions for Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940-1946

Hello and welcome to this post. I was delighted to learn that book clubs are reading Blood and Bandages, so I thought I’d suggest some questions. Book club questions What do you think happened to Mary and why? 2. With which character did you most identify and why? 3. Would you have understood William’s story without,… Continue reading…

Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War

Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War

On 11th November, the BBC broadcast a moving and important documentary called Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War. It had been commissioned from Wall to Wall Media and told the story of Gary Lineker‘s grandad, Stanley Abbs, who had served as a nursing orderly in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Italy in World War Two… Continue reading…

Thoughts on expat life in Singapore and an update on Blood and Bandages.

Thoughts on expat life in Singapore and an update on Blood and Bandages.

Life as an expat is mixed. You have the excitement of sights that broaden your mind… challenge your faith… transfix… shame… and surprise. Upon arrival, we were embraced by the English speaking expat community and automatically included by dint of being there. It’s a community which includes, English, American, Australian and Dutch, all of whom… Continue reading…

A week of celebrations

A week of celebrations

Well, my resolve to write a fortnightly blog has failed miserably and I apologise for going AWOL. How many times have you heard that?! This week is one of celebrations. On Saturday 12th May, it was William Earl’s 103rd Birthday. In case you have not met William before, he is the hero of Blood and… Continue reading…

Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Xi Fai Cai – from Singapore

Happy Chinese New Year – Gong Xi Fai Cai – from Singapore

Today is the start of the Chinese New Year. Here in Singapore, it is marked with a two day national holiday. It’s being celebrated by the majority of the population as the Chinese account for 76% of the inhabitants in this multicultural city-state. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar… Continue reading…

Happy Christmas from Singapore

Happy Christmas from Singapore

We have finally moved to Singapore after months of frantic activity and precious little activity on this blog. I feel bad about that, so to make amends here is a super sized blog with oodles of photos and a brief account of how we’ve ended up moving half way across the world.      … Continue reading…

Third autumn book talk on Blood and Bandages on Wednesday 1st November

Third autumn book talk on Blood and Bandages on Wednesday 1st November

I’m almost half way through my autumn book talks, so I wanted to share what’s happened so far. There was a good turnout at Shoreham Library on 10th November. William Earl, the 102-year-old star of Blood and Bandages was there. He was on fine form despite having recently returned from a five day wedding in… Continue reading…

Shoreham book talks on Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946.

Shoreham book talks on Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946.

This is a seriously busy week. Besides Tom’s home-schooling and sorting out what to take to Singapore, I will be preparing two brilliant talks on my book, Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946. These entertaining and informative talks will be about the book, its theme and how… Continue reading…

Autumn Book Talks on Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946

Autumn Book Talks on Blood and Bandages – fighting for life in the RAMC Field Ambulance 1940 -1946

I’m delighted to say that since my last blog on Blood and Bandages, excellent reviews have continued to appear on Amazon Books.    All About History has added its voice saying that, ‘Blood and Bandages is easy to read and a unique perspective of WWII,’ while Books Monthly described the book as a ‘Superb account of… Continue reading…