CLOCK AND CLUELESS

TRAVEL – PRAGUE

One of the main things to see near the Old Town Square in Prague is the special clock.

It is currently being repaired and was covered with a sheet that only showed the picture of the clock.

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This is a pic off the internet to show the real thing – when it is not covered by a sheet.

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It is an astronomical clock first installed in 1410, so I guess it is due for an overhaul. The 12 apostles pop out on the hour.

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I’m ashamed to admit I have no idea what this building is, but I like the architecture. I popped the signage into Google translate and it told me it’s the  Law School.

HISTORY – ISABELLA OF SPAIN

Now there were quite a few important and powerful people who didn’t want Isabella to marry Ferdinand but despite that, the two young people sign their agreement on February 7th 1469. Now all that remains is for them to meet and do the marrying thing.

The princess sneaks off but someone tells on her and Henry’s soldiers are sent to arrest her. (Told you this was an exciting story).

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Just in time the Archbishop of Toledo rescues her and takes her to Valladolid where she is safe.

Isabella summons Ferdinand from Zaragossa 200 miles to the east to come at once and marry her. Will he? Find out next time!

 

 

AFRICA FACTS

We were filming in a deep rural school and the teacher had prepared a Q & A session for the cameras. The question was “Who is the greatest man in South Africa?”

Rows of eager little faces were desperate to answer. “My Chief – Mr Magwane (the Headmaster) – Mr Sonenze (a teacher) – a famous footballer.”

After each ‘wrong’ answer, the teacher became more and more frantic. She gave them hints – such as prison on Robben Island – where is that? they wanted to know. Nobel prize winner – what is that? they asked.

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Finally, she gave up. “Mr Nelson Mandela,” she told them brightly.

“Who?” they asked.

She gave up.

We wanted to laugh, but as an ex-teacher I felt for her.

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MEET BONNYE MATTHEWS

I am thrilled to welcome my guest this week, a writer whose subject is absolutely fascinating – the very early inhabitants in the Americas. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of research it takes to write each book. As new discoveries are made, it turns many of the facts we have been taught upside down as the truth is revealed.

BONNYE GUEST BLOGI retired to Alaska, exquisite land which I had come to love. I heard the story of how Americans first came over the Bering land bridge and moved through the ice-free corridor to what is now the USA from which they continued south killing megafauna all the way through South America. I couldn’t “buy” the massive megafauna kill claims, but had no bone to pick with archaeologists until I began to research. Research showed my hunch on the megafauna was right, and, to my horror, so much that’s been taught is pure fantasy. I went ballistic! I turned to writing as a way to fight the fiction/fantasy that is being taught as fact—with fiction. I’m not credentialed to write non-fiction, and it already exists and has been done well. Oddly, with fiction I can reach a much wider group of people to deal with facts. So, I’ve given it my best effort.

First of all, I did five years of heavy research on the topic of the peopling of the Americas. That means seven days a week, exceptionally long hours, researching a journal an issue at a time—that type of research. It continues, shared on my Facebook author page (https://bit.ly/1MZ76gg).  I wrote a tiny little book that is my western hemisphere population origin paradigm. It explains my view which Einstein summarized succinctly, “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory.” People have lived in the Americas far longer than anyone wants to admit. Unless camels (or some other pre-ice age animals) can carve, humans carved a gomphothere (four-tusked elephant) and a speared cat on a mammoth pelvis bone 250,000 years ago in Mexico. The carving was carved fresh, so that means the carving dates to the date of the bone. People who came to the Americas before the end of the ice age likely came from Asia, Pacific Islands and Aboriginal Australia, Africa, and France/Spain. This information is not being taught.

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My books consist of a novel series, Winds of Change, on the peopling of the Americas before the ice age. There are five novels: Ki’ti’s Story, 75,000 BC, Manak-na’s Story, 75,000 BC, Zamimolo’s Story, 50,000 BC, Tuksook’s Story, 35,000 BC, and The SealEaters, 20,000 BC. They’re designed for adult readers though with a PG-type rating. Readership varies from elementary school to seniors. That holds true for all my current fiction. The novels show how the peopling of the Americas could have occurred. I shifted my novel series writing to a novella series, designed for young adults, but still read by a wide range of readers. The novella series focuses on specific, extremely old archaeological sites. The first, Freedom, 250,000 BC focuses on Valsequillo in Mexico where an amateur archaeologist found the carved bone mentioned above.

The second novella, Courage, 30,000 BC focuses on Pedra Furada in Brazil where some of the most vital and amazing art work in the Americas can be found. Ironically, I lost my courage in writing Courage. I used 30,000 BC knowing I should have used 48,000 BC as the date. There was so much fighting in the archaeological world over the date, I frankly got cold feet. I am in the process of having my publisher change the year from 30,000 to 48,000 BC. If I’m going to name a book Courage, you’d think I could show some! The novella in progress is Integrity, 130,000 BC about the Cerutti Mastodon find at San Diego in California. It should be out December 2018.

Every single novel and novella listed here has won an award, all are first place except Zamimolo’s Story, 50,000 BC. The year I competed that novel I also competed Tuksook’s Story, 35,000 BC. Only one could win first. I am updating the images of the awards. Not all appear here with awards affixed, because some were awarded as late as September 2018, when Courage, 30,000 BC won First Place Young Adult Fiction at the National Federation of Press Women for 2018. According to Grace Cavalieri, award-winning poet/playwright, book reviewer, host of The Poet and the Poem from Library of Congress, Matthews is America’s pre-eminent author of prehistoric fiction. George Steiner, quaternary geology and pleistocene cognitive archaeology expert, “Her stories are fascinating and the science behind them is cutting edge.”

This work is the most demanding, has the longest hours, and is the least financially rewarding of any work I ever did. I love it the most of all. There is a spark to life that comes when a writer and a reader connect in communication through fiction. There is no other comparable experience.

All books are in paperback and e-book. The novellas are also in audible form. My books are available at local bookstores, libraries, or Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Bonnye-Matthews/e/B001KMIPJU/ 

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Thank you Bonnye for being my guest, and I am most impressed with your logo – you will have a lot of other writers thinking about getting one I’m sure.

Till next time, take care.

SQUARE AND SQUATTERS

TRAVEL – PRAGUE

Close to the Charles Bridge is the Old Town Square – the focal point of the city.

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Old vintage Hollywood era cars were popular as tourist transport, though I suspect most were only a couple of years old if that.

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The square is lined with high end shops – DH had a very firm grip on my arm –

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The weather when went – beginning of June – was overcast and threatened rain, so many of the pictures are quite gloomy.

They have a Christmas market in this square and even at the end of June, it was buzzing

HISTORY – ISABELLA OF SPAIN

Isabella decides she’d hung around long enough over all this marriage nonsense and all these men queuing up to wed her (a medieval form of all those unwanted friend requests on Facebook). It’s time to take action and she sends a letter – the postal service was much better in those days – to Ferdinand, telling him that it’s about time they got hitched and he better be quick about it.

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There is something our heroine doesn’t know – her being all good and simple and praying a lot – but her intended is no angel. He does like the ladies and he already has a son by one of them and he’s only 16. I can only think she forgot to take the pill.

Isabella has one condition though. Once married Ferdinand must come to her to get married not leave Castile without her permission. There were a whole lot more things he had to agree to but seems it was worth getting at least a foot into Castile which was so much bigger than Aragon his home country.

 

AFRICA FACTS

It’s very frustrating when politicians or even tourists take a whirlwind trip and then come back with all the facts. For example, I don’t know what it’s like to live in Prague after a few days there. Most guests are carefully shown handpicked projects, on routes that avoid the scruffy side of town and all the hosts are carefully coached beforehand.

It’s too easy to judge one culture by another. Take a squatter house for example. Built of wooden car-part packing cases, with tin roofs held down with old car tyres and draft-proofed with mud. Then you notice the satellite dish on top and gasp at the size of the television inside.

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Many happy residents were presented with newly built brick houses with indoor water connection and electric lights. It wasn’t long after the officials drove off that these new houses were up for rent while the ‘deserving’ families moved back into their makeshift house in the informal settlement. The money earned from letting was more important than the comfort of the modern conveniences.

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Till next time, take care.

QUICK EXTRA

As my part in a group competition, it’s my day for sharing information. I am too daft to reproduce the page as it should be, but you can win books and a gift card for $50 to spend on anything you like on Amazon.

Do remember, if you click on a name to subscribe to an author – after the competition you can always unsubscribe again (I guess I shouldn’t tell you that!) – but of course you may be blown away by the brilliance of that authors; blog, web site, books etc that you are happy to hear from them 🙂

Here is the link to click which will take you to the entry page and tell you which books you can win.

https://www.greatbooksgreatdeals.com/blog/great-books-great-deals

Of course my book is there – Unhappily Ever After – currently on sale @$/£0.99 until the end of October. Hint, the paperback copy would make an excellent Christmas present.

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Till next time, take care

Lucinda

DON’T MISS THIS ONE!

News of an exciting box set now out on pre-order and the royalties got to charity so it’s well worth supporting.

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Inge-Lise Goss – Diamonds and Lies
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S.R. Mallery – Tender Enemies
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Jinx Schwartz – Baja Get Away
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Uvi Poznansky – Virtually Lace
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Kathryn Knight – The Haunting of Hillwood Farm
“A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?”
 
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Casi McLean – Reign Of Fire
“Lies, Corruption, and Murder… exposing the truth leads to love–and a ghostly encounter. ”

Valerie J. Clarizio –The Code Enforcer
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Till next time, take care.

Lucinda

 

BETS AND BEGGARS

TRAVEL – PRAGUE

Most of the statues first put up on the Charles Bridge between 1600 and 1800 have met a sorry end due to wind and weather, but they are being restored.

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One statue in particular is of St John of Nepomuk. There are all kinds of stories about him – and it is rumoured the tales surrounding his being thrown off the bridge for one reason or another was to make him important enough to become the first Bohemian Catholic saint.

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It’s said if you rub the brass cross at the bottom of his statue you will either a) return to Prague or b) have your wish granted.

Personally, I think they are hedging their bets and I don’t think I rubbed the right bit! There was quite a queue. (DH walked right on past) but us writers take no chances – you never know!

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HISTORY – ISABELLA OF SPAIN

Next to arrive with a marriage proposal was the brother of the King of France.

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Hot on his heels is Alphonso V of Portugal giving it another try.

He really doesn’t look that exciting does he?

Isabella turns them all down. She is still determined to marry Ferdinand of Aragon and they haven’t even met!

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OK, you have to admit Ferdinand on the right looks better than Alphonso and they are roughly the same age. A bit sulky – but maybe the painter was on a go slow?

But King Henry sends her a letter (or something similar) telling her she must marry the King of Portugal or he’s going to lock her up.

She hides out in a town called Ocana where the local people like her.

Will this girl get any peace?

AFRICA FACTS

Like many who grew up in Europe or America I had most of the perks growing up – a telephone, car, a roof that didn’t leak, indoor bathroom and food on the table. We were not wealthy by any means but basic needs were met.

I also learned a little about the world from newspapers, magazines and much later the television.

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So, when I first arrived in Africa – Kenya – it was such a shock. The poverty, the shanty towns, the beggars, the half-clothed children. There was also the sharp contrast with the suited business men, the fashionable ladies – the wealth gap was enormous. I reacted as many a tourist would – at first though, I did learn not to give to the beggars – do it once and in milliseconds there is a crowd with their hands out.  I also learned to pay the protection money each time I left the car – refuse and risk four flat tyres, or scratched paintwork.

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The day my attitudes changed was when I saw a wee scrap of a child holding a brush, tin of polish and a piece of cardboard. He offered me a shoe shine for cents.

I agreed and every time I went into town I paid him to clean my shoes. Now, I had less respect for the beggars, I could harden my heart to those who wanted something for nothing.  It’s something most expats learn sooner rather than later.

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MEET PENNY LUKER

I’m thrilled to welcome my guest this week as this will be one of the most colourful blog posts ever. Penny writes children’s books and the covers are so bright and attractive they jump out at you. And, yes, despite I’m a wrinkly, I’ve read several of them and loved them. Time to meet Penny.

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I think I’ve been a writer all of my life. When I left my job I flicked through years of diaries and found numerous (rather bad) poems on spare pages. Since leaving my paid work, I’ve taken numerous poetry and writing courses and I’ve discovered that writing is a skill where you keep on improving. Nature’s Gold and Autumn Gold are mixed anthologies with a variety of themes but my latest book, The Shadows of Love is an anthology based on the theme of love. It’s not sugar sweet love poems though!

Penny has written 3 poetry books:

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One of the most wonderful events in my life has been having grandchildren. I have four and have written a children’s book for each child. The Green Book and Tiny Tyrannosaurus explore family life. They touch on topics such as being greedy and stranger danger, with a sprinkle of added magic. Pablo the Storytelling Bear, tells stories of a wild polar bear and one that lives in the zoo. Following the wild bear allows the reader to become aware of the problems that wild life have to cope with in a changing environment, while the one in the zoo has magic and conversations with other animals. I feel it’s important that children’s books are fun. Desdemona the dragon without any friends, deals with loneliness and how sometimes we don’t see potential friends, because they are different from us. Children love making the sounds that go along with the story. It’s my one and only picture book and I did all the illustrations. It was such fun to do and I learned how to use Photoshop at a beginners level.

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I attend a weekly writers’ group, The Winsford Writers, and so produce heaps of short stories. There’s another book on the way. Pebble on the Beach and The Mermaid were both published a few years ago. They are anthologies with mixed genres, but next I’m thinking of doing ghost short stories.

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I’ve also written The Truth Finder, a YA novel about earth in the fifth millennium. It’s about a young man who has the gift to read minds and his struggle to take control his gift. The sequel, ‘The Visualizer’ is nearly finished. I’ve been writing it all summer and I sometimes don’t want to come back to real life.

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Since leaving work I’ve definitely been focusing on my creative side. Apart from the writing I’m learning to play the ukulele and I play the piano after a fashion. I looked up all the old music I love and found easy versions to play.

I’ve also been to many art courses and classes in the last few years. I love doing batik work and painting pictures in wax. Getting messy doing printing or any form of painting is just such fun. Occasionally I produce something that someone actually wants to put on the wall. My favourite subjects are life and figure drawing and portraits. Sometimes I think that one will make a great character for one of my stories.

In real life, I help to care for some family members who are not too well, but I’m also a strong believer in life long learning. I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and discovering new facts, techniques and songs. Perhaps I’m a true Gemini, butterfly!

It’s great to meet another writer who crosses genres – it goes to prove if you are a writer, you can write anything!

You can find out more about Penny and her books here:

Author Blog   www.pennyluker.wordpress.com

Amazon Author Page   author.to/PennyLuker

Thank you so much for being my guest this week.

Till next time, take care.