38 results for 'Paul Anthony'
A cautionary tale for Yuletide
Please be advised that anyone planning to dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety of open sleighs. This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are multiple passengers. Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from landowners before their fields may be entered. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we request... (more)
Subject: Scottish Blood
A wealthy Arab Sheik was admitted to hospital for heart surgery, but prior to the surgery, the doctors needed to store his type of blood in case the need arose.
As the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn't be found locally, so, the call went out.
Finally a Scotsman was located who had a similar blood type. The Scot willingly donated his blood for the Arab.
After the surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman in appreciation for giving his blood, a new BMW, 5 carats of diamonds, and $50,000 dollars.
A couple of days later, once again,... (more)
Tango Five Seven
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A siren screaming and a blue light flashing,
Through the ‘Lakes’ a motor bike dashing.
A gear, a lean and a handful of throttle,
Carving through traffic with skill and bottle.
A radio blaring in a wintry windy ear,
Telling what was waiting, knowing what to fear.
And there was the smash! Straight through the wall!
And Tango Five Seven had answered the call.
Broken bodies, broken limbs.
Unconscious twinkling, brain that dims.
Battered, bruised, bewildered man,
Searching for survivors,... (more)
Remembering Lockerbie: Wednesday, 21st December, 1988.
Pan Am Flight 103 was a transatlantic flight from London Heathrow Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. The aircraft was destroyed by a bomb on Wednesday, 21 December 1988, killingall 243 passengers and 16 crew members. The aircraft operating the flight was a Boeing 747 named ‘Clipper Maid of the Seas’. The flight originated in Frankfurt, West Germany, and ‘Maid of the Seas’ was to take the passengers onward from Heathrow, London, to Queens, New York.
The bomb exploded as ‘Maid of... (more)
From the opening pages of #3 in the stand alone Boyd quadrilogy. A necessarily historic and lengthy start as we lay down the premise of the story....
The Legacy of the Ninth
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Dateline: AD 73: The Negev Desert.
Desert sands caressed the earth, whispered in silence, conspired together, and then shifted endlessly in the cool breeze of a dying night. Gradually, dawn broke over the countless dunes that forever changed the Negev landscape while desert creatures scurried to their hidden lairs to escape the rising sun. Lazily, almost... (more)
The whiteboard briefing was midway through when the boss began to issue the operational orders and direct people to the photographs at the rear of the pile. There was a rustle of paper as they leafed through and began studying the images.
‘Team Six, number six is your target,’ declared the boss. ‘Surprisingly, his image is on photograph number six.’
A soft chuckle rippled through the room. The boss was generally regarded as a quiet man and a good boss. Well respected, he was a popular leader of the police unit.
Chair legs squeaked... (more)
The American invasion of Switzerland?
Relations between Switzerland and America have been overshadowed since 2009 due to various disputes over Switzerland's bank secrecy laws and the use of Swiss accounts by some of America's citizens in order to shield untaxed income. American authorities are currently investigating eleven Swiss banks for allegedly aiding tax evasion. The Swiss government is trying to get the investigations dropped in exchange for the payment of fines and the transfer of client names. It is seeking a comprehensive deal to 'draw a line under the past'... (more)
This is the second book I wrote. I received a commission from a London publisher for this work but despite selling 6,000 copies in the first three months of publication, I never received a penny since the company went into administration and filed for bankruptcy. It was the first book I self-published years later and has made #1 in its genre in years past. I crafted the book whilst on holiday on Portugal and wrote it on my return to Cumbria....
Bushfire... the opening pages....
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Dateline: Monday, 1st June, 1997: Scotland.
The waves gave way to the... (more)
This is an extract from the first book I ever published. I wrote it in 1994 and published it with a very good traditional vanity house situated in Mayfair, London, in 1996. It is a timeless story still as relevant today as it was way back in '96. In 2012, the contract on this novel ended and I formatted the second edition into kindle. I made very few changes to the writing style even though my technique and meagre abilities have developed and evolved since. I preferred to 'keep it the way it was' and as a reminder to me and my closest and dearest friends and supporters of where it all started.... (more)
SIR ROBERT PEEL
Sir Robert Peel, (1788 –1850) was a British Conservative statesman, who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1834 to 1835, and also from 1841 to1846. While Home Secretary, Peel helped create the modern concept of the police force leading to officers being known as ‘bobbies’ (in England) and ‘peelers’ (in Northern Ireland). Peel was born in Bury, Lancashire. His father was one of the richest textile manufacturers of the early Industrial Revolution. Peel was educated at Bury Grammar School, Hipperholme Grammar School, Harrow School and finally Christ Church,... (more)