Great night out on Wednesday as I performed as Father MArtin for the Green Agers at the parish hall, MArston Green, Warwickshire telling spooky tales from my ghost story books. The room was full and buzzing and I had the pleasure of a friendly and attentive audience. All good spirited fun! Her's a couple of … Continue reading Halloween Night, Marston Green!
My 12 year old son and I travelled to London on Saturday to take part in the march for a People's Vote regarding the UK leaving the European Union. It was a lovely warm day, and we were amazed at the amount of people that gathered at Hyde Park. We had to wait two hours … Continue reading People’s Vote. London 2018
Bonjour mes amis, Just returned from a delightful morning at Coleshill Town Hall where I had been invited to perform "Napoleon" for the University of the Third Age. There was a large lively audience and Napoleon was warmly welcomed, there was much laughter and banter and great fun as one the U3A members played Josephine! … Continue reading Napoleon is back!
As the night's draw in and the winds sweep the leaves from the trees the evening of All Hallows approaches. This is the time for gathering by the warmth of the fire and the telling of stories, stories of mystery and suspense. Why does Lady Bagot walk abroad? And why is the old air field … Continue reading Father Martin’s Tales
As part of my research for my play on Oradour Sur Glane I give presentations on the the sombre and tragic subject. Last week was the firs time that I gave the talk to a mixed English and French speaking audience. I was asked to give a talk for the Anglo-French Medical Society in Cardiff … Continue reading Oradour Sur Glane
Where we have our house in Mauron Brittany I have always been fascinated by a war monument which lies just outside the town. The names of three American service men and one local French man are inscribed. They lost their lives on the August 3rd 1944 as the allies liberated Brittany. I have begun researching … Continue reading The lads from Mauron
Lest we forget today August the 6th is the anniversary of the first atomic bomb being used. The bomb was dropped by the crew of the Enola Gay of the United States Air Force on the Japanese City of Hiroshima 1945 with devastating and long term horrific circumstances. In 1984 I wrote my award winning … Continue reading Summer news!
Napoleon took time off from the World Cup today to visit the Abbey Catholic Primary School for their "Jour de Francais." The great emperor entertained the Year 6 children with tales of heroism, his awe of the pyramids, his disaster in Russia, the drama of Waterloo and his spiritual experiences on Saint Helena. The day … Continue reading Napoleon takes time off from the World Cup!
"Lest we forget." Souviens- toi! Seventy years ago today in a sleepy, quiet town called Oradour Sue Glane tucked away in the calm countryside of south west France a terrible tragedy was about to unfold. It was a Saturday morning and school would finish early that day. The hotel was looking forward to guests arriving … Continue reading Oradour Sur Glane