Forgotten soldiers

We have celebrated Victory in Europe Day but I want to turn to WW1. In Britain, that war is regarded as having been fought in the mud of Flanders by the British Army and a little bit in the Dardanelles by the Australians but I want to focus on Africa beginning in South Africa in...
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A diamond necklace of stories

After 1820 I am turning to my old discipline, the mining business, and the rush of discoveries in the late nineteenth century. One mineral which has romantic overtones is diamonds and the records of the early days in the Kimberley area are full of anecdote and reminiscences packed with story lines and character sketches. Of...
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1719

I'm falling into the trap of writing about kings and empires when I started to explore trade and emigration but I'll get back to it. The trouble is that, the Stuart's attempts to recover the throne are so gorged with incident and potential stories, it's easy to fall into the trap. For example, four years...
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Getting back to History

I was about to start on the horse flesh idea I listed for a Writing Magazine competition and thinking of where the story starts, which is not always at the beginning but where the dramatic question is postulated. For a short story of 1500 words it would need to be close to the time the...
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Short story analysis

I've talked about the short story competitions in Writing Magazine several times but have yet to give it a try. The trouble is, I've other things to write up and there's no point in submitting an entry that isn't in the style of what wins. By style I don't mean just the length of the...
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