Blah Bloggy Bloggy Glitches


There haven’t been posts here for a while – sorry.  There were some scheduled to go up while I was away, but the blog is rubbish and didn’t post them.  Oops.  But!  Back to normalish for a little while, I hope, not least as I’m now back from America!  America America America!  It’s been a bit of an adventure – I’ve been travelling up the east coast from Florida to New York with my partner, mostly to see his family but also to just explore and see stuff.  Which we definitely did.  I’ve learned the stingray shuffle in the Gulf …

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I sometimes sorta meditate. I say this with a great deal of caution, for several reasons. 1.  I ascribe to no spiritual view of the universe.  I believe that death is death, e-coli is e-coli and ignorance is more wondrous when taken as an invitation for exploration and possibility, than when it’s put on a plinth to be marveled at.  For me to use the word ‘meditation’ with all its connotations of Buddhism and eastern spiritual traditions, seems a bit harsh on the dead mystic dudes. 2.  I associate meditation, as practiced in London, with a certain amount of bullshit. …

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Nine Worlds 2015

TOUCH by Claire North UK Cover

Guys!  You know how I announce things really late?  This is… …. just like that, but totally not my fault this time… So I’m going to Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015 this year.  On Sunday 9th at 11.45 I’m having a thing called a Kaffeeklatsch.  I’m not sure what this involves, but I think, in my mind, it means that I’m gonna bring biscuits and some tea and if anyone is wandering around and wants to drop in to chat about books, life and the wonders of the universe… or you know, other stuff… I’ll be chilling in a place, at …

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So there’s a few frequently asked question on this blog, and in the interest of not being useless, I figured I’d try and answer some here, and also put this post up as a page for all and sundry to see what the answers were as of July/August 2015.  Here goes… 1.  No, but seriously, enough mucking about – will there be any more Matthew Swift/Magicals Anonymous books? Short answer: I don’t know. Long answer:  There are no plans at this present time to write more.  This is not because I have any less love for the series – it …

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Reasonable Force


Over the last few months, I’ve started getting a bit more involved in self-defence stuff, specifically women’s self-defence.  I got into this through learning escrima – we take some fundamental concepts and apply them for students who have no martial experience whatsoever, in the hope of giving them an idea of what they could do and are permitted to do, both by society and in their own minds.  The aim is to instill a bit of confidence, a dose of awareness and the beginnings of a plan. One question that keeps cropping up is what constitutes reasonable force. As an …

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Down & Out in Edinburgh


I love George Orwell.  I say that – I don’t know a huge amount about him as a human being, because I’m always a bit scared of finding out too much about your heroes just in case – but Homage to Catalonia was and remains one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, and 1984 is genius, and Animal Farm is savage and true and incredible and his essays are often that rare combination of both powerful and beautiful to read and basically… one of my heroes. Also: Down and Out in London and Paris, a book written after …

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