Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tea and biscuits - with author Paul Brazill

I have to say that is a great honour to be sitting in the citadel bar drinking Thunder Ale with none other than Mr Paul Brazill.  A man regarded in such high esteem for his support and friendship of the citadel that he has earned the rare and coveted title of Honorary Gnome Master.  It is even said that there is a statue of him in Kathmandu, which is worshipped by gnome shamans. I am not completely sure about this, but knowing the man like I do, it would not surprise me in the least.
We are sat overlooking the grand Thunder Gorge from the bar terrace and I can report that we have already seen off half a barrel of ale, as well as most of our supply of Polish beer, Lech, and a rather strange concoction from an odd-shaped, black bottle we found in a spider’s cave. Please forgive me if any of this comes out slurred.

Greetings, Gnome Master. How are you enjoying your visit to the citadel?
It’s a bit high up for me. I get vertigo in thick socks. Nice bar you have here, though. Didn't know you liked Lech beer.

Tell us what is happening to you at the moment as a writer.
Like Robert De Niro, I’m  waiting and talkin’ Italian (talkin’ Italian). Well, actually, the Italian publisher Lorenzo  Mazzoni's Atlantis eBooks are going to be publishing a novelette of mine, which is being translated into Italian as we speak.
The story  is part of a series set in different cities of the world. My story is set in Warsaw, Poland, a city that you know well, I believe? The books are being launched over the summer. Other writers involved include K A Laity and Richard Godwin.

And there are two anthologies out at the moment that I curated, Drunk On The Moon and True Brit Grit (with Luca Veste) - and both are doing very nicely indeed.


Do you have anything exciting lined up for the future?
I’ve stories coming out in a couple of anthologies and hopefully a couple of my ripping yarns will be podcast over the summer. And the Guns of Brixton novella really should surface sometime this year-eyes and legs crossed.

You are a holder of the coveted (and extremely rare) title ‘Honorary Gnome Master’.   What impact has this had on your life?  Can you give us any insights into the incredible world of gnome husbandry? What makes the little creatures tick?
Well, gnome is where the heart is and there’s nothing worse than be gnomeless. But you know what they say, in every dream gnome a heartache.

Well, thank you so much for your time, Paul. I will see if I can get my butler to summon a taxi of some description.  I just know you are going to love the show in the village tavern this evening.  Just do not let on to Princess Ruby that we are going…

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Robin Hood legend in #Yorkshire

It seems the legend of Robin Hood in Yorkshire is starting to be recognised. We will see, I guess.  You can read more about it in this article about The Spirit Archer.  This is only scratching the surface about how amazing this whole topic is though: 


In my opinion, the tales and ballads about his death are not known about nearly enough.

What do you think?

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Life in the Citadel - An Update

Hi folks,

We have been so busy renovating the citadel lately, that I have neglected to let you know what is happening here on Thunder Mountain.  Princess Ruby has also heard lots of the gossip from the village, so I will attempt to pass on some of the news:

  • The gnomes are on a tour of the Himalayas, which is where many of them came from.  I have been accused of cruelty towards them in the past, and I hope my sanctioning of this trip will go some way towards allaying some of the bad feelings.  I have already heard some reports of their ransacking a bar in Kathmandu, but I will take such unwelcome news merely as hearsay at the moment. 

  • Princess Ruby has begun taking an interest in modern art.  I have nothing against this, really. However, I did get the shock of my life this morning when I tripped over a sculpture installation involving brass penguins. Very strange.

  • My faithful Butler, Stanislav, is still dating the sprightly widow, Mrs Svobodova.  There is even talk of them going an a sightseeing trip in the Jizera Mountains.  I just hope to goodness that he does not have a terrible hiking accident like my head cook, Mrs Petruszka's last two husbands.  Incidentally, I hear the she has met another man, who is also said to be very wealthy. She seems to be getting very rich herself, I notice.

  • In the village, that wily old policeman, Sergeant Valdek, is said to be baffled by a spate of strange happenings - including the appearance of a family of goats on the roof of the village tavern. This has absolutely nothing to do with me, I swear!

Anyway, I hope you are all well.


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