You can buy copies of my four books at a new outlet, the Wishing well Tea Rooms at Wilmington, near Polegate, East Sussex. (They sell lovely home made cakes here!)
The titles are:
‘Made in Sussex.'
‘From Fancy Pants to Getting There.'
‘Belle Tout – The Little Lighthouse That Moved.'
‘Who's a Chatty Boy Then?'
LOOK OUT FOR MY FEATURES IN FUTURE COPIES OF ETC MAGAZINE.
Parrots magazine - 2 page spread - 'Memories of What's My Line?'
Eastbourne Herald - 2 page spread - 'Napoleonic Tower Restoration was a 2-year Project'.
Parrots magazine - 2 page spread - 'Joey'.
Daily Mail's Peterborough page - 'Someone's Trash was my Treasure'.
Eastbourne Herald - 2 page spread - 'A Pheasant called Brook'.
My definitive guide on taming and training budgerigars, ‘Who's a Chatty Boy Then?' is still selling well. On 4 December, the e-version was again at the No 2 spot on Amazon's 100 Top Sellers in their ‘Birds' category.
The on-line magazine, ‘ Aspect County ' published another feature on my memories of Flimwell, the village of my childhood. Issue 218 – pages 36/37- ‘A Sussex Village.' Look out for more of my feature articles being considered, or accepted, for 2017.
JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER 2016
I have been working on 2 books that should be ready mid – 2017.
The magazine ‘Bygone Kent ' published another of my features this month (Vol.37. No.4) ‘Rusting remains of a grand plan, a massive contract and a royal tragedy.' This was a reworked article spread over four pages about the iron railings that once surrounded St. Paul 's Cathedral. The editorial department had provided extra illustrations with a map of Lamberhurst's Gloucester furnace where the railings and gates were made, plus an engraving by Johann Sebastian Muller showing the ironwork ‘in situ' around the Cathedral.
‘Who's a Chatty Boy Then?' is still selling well. The Kindle version reached No 2 spot in Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers in their ‘Birds' category on June 7 th , and has consistently been well represented in the same section since the beginning of 2016.
A lovely little magazine, 'BYGONE KENT - Bringing the county's history to life,' has published an illustrated four-page spread, 'MY DANCE-ON PART IN THE LIFE STORY OF THE MAN WHO KEPT UP WARTIME SPIRITS,' where I recall the special occasion as a child when I danced with my friend Jill Lawrence at a Hawkhurst garden party alongside the famous radio comedian, Tommy Handley. And later I write about the amazing time I had at his memorial service, where, as a nine-year old, I'd had the honour of being asked to attend. Afterwards, on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral, dressed in a new smart white coat with little red bows and black lace-up shoes, I received attention worthy of a film star when dozens of cameramen pushed and shoved to get a picture of me and my gran. Newsworthy because I was the youngest person at this much loved man's memorial service and because a picture of Jill and I with Tommy, taken by photographer Bill Turner, was published in the 'Sunday Pictorial' which stated that it was 'Tommy Handley's all time favourite.'
My latest book, 'Who's a Chatty Boy Then?' is still selling well. On May 16th the Kindle version reached the No. 4 spot in Amazon's 100 top sellers in the 'Birds' category. Even used ones have a value - second hand copies are being offered for £23.00.
As I have been busy writing two more books, I have had little time to put together any further articles. However, when I read a feature by James Delingpole in the Daily Mail about his spiteful golden hamster that kept biting his children when they handled it, I was aware that, from my 38 years of managing a pet shop, I could come up with a possible reason. My answer appeared as the lead letter on Tuesday April 5, 2016 complete with a current photo backed onto one that I provided, taken when I was a 17 year old, holding an obliging hamster.
And my solution to the problem of nasty tempered Syrian hamsters? Only buy babies of about 4-6 weeks of age, preferably male. The reason? These hamsters are capable of breeding from 6-7 weeks upwards and the females then become horrendously territorial and will viciously attack other females, to the point where they are reduced to nervous wrecks. They will immediately respond to being touched by biting hard and drawing blood. Because these hamsters are nocturnal, they will snuggle up together during the daytime so the night time attacks go unobserved. Whether sold from a pet shop or breeder, at the first sign of aggression any females must be removed and kept on their own.
The Spring/Equinox issue of ‘Aspect County’ magazine (available on-line, by subscription or free through selected outlets) published a four-page illustrated spread of my article ‘Tower Power.’ This covered some of the fascinating stories surrounding the erection of, and subsequent demise, of 103 circular Martello towers that were built around the south-east coastline in the early 1800s as a defence system against a widespread belief that Napoleon was threatening to invade England. Each building cost around £3,000, contained half a million bricks and housed a garrison of some twenty-five armed men, backed up by a destructively effective rotating cannon on the flat roof. The invasion never happened so the towers never fired a shot in anger. Unused and unwanted, many of the buildings fell victim to coastal erosion or were demolished. A few survived, this feature contains some of the intriguing stories of what happened to them afterwards…
Both the ‘Eastbourne Herald’ and the ‘Hastings and St. Leonard’s Observer’ published my ‘on-spec’ 800 word submission, ‘From Hi-De-Hi to this Hilarious Whodunit’ to coincide with the touring production of the comedy thriller ‘Secondary Cause of Death.’ One of the stars is long time, popular actor Jeffrey Holland. Having written previous features on this talented thespian, I was able to give readers of these newspapers interesting background information on his busy life
Busy time researching information for two new books which hopefully will be due out later this year.
A commissioned feature of mine on well-known, talented actor Jeffrey Holland, who has played a pantomime dame for 25 years, appeared in the December issue of ‘Best of British.’ (Nothing Like a Dame) I was flattered to be asked to write such an article because this lovely nostalgic and popular publication is constantly overwhelmed with submissions and competition is fierce. Jeffrey will always be best known for his part as the lovable Spike in the iconic series ‘Hi-De-Hi.’ His range of work is enormous, from Shakespeare to thrillers and farce. But he loves playing a panto dame with big frocks, bauble earrings and Doc Martin boots alongside stars such as Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor and John Nettles.
‘Aspect County' magazine this month published a two-page spread of my article about the last days of the Sussex iron industry when, in 1710, Richard Jones, of Lamberhurst's Gloucester furnace, received an order worth around £11,000 (a fortune in those days) to supply seven gates and 200 tons of cast iron railings to go around St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Some sections were removed in 1874 after a number of people were crushed to death against the railings when huge crowds had gathered to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales from illness. A wealthy Canadian bought some of the railings to put around the family tomb. But the cargo ship sank in the St. Lawrence River, but that was not the end of the story……
'Best of British' magazine published an illustrated article of mine, 'Happy Hopping Holidays' in their September issue. Spread across two pages, (26/27) I wrote about the times during the 1940's and 50's when many Londoners from the East End came to our Sussex village for six weeks every autumn to earn extra money hop picking.
'When the hops were ready for picking, the roads leading out of London would be thronged with lorries
piled high with hoppers sitting amongst battered suitcases, tin boxes and bundles tied up with rope.
Others came by charabancs, gypsies arrived in their colourful horse drawn vardos and those that couldn't
afford transport would walk, pushing prams and makeshift carts piled high with their luggage.'
South Londoner Brian Lynn recalled his childhood memories:-
'All the family pitched in and us kids would be dressed in our hop-picking clothes, macs if it rained,
with our trousers tucked into the tops of our wellies. Some of the little ones would have cut down
black school stockings or old socks pulled onto their hands by their mums to protect them from
being scratched by the rough vines.'
The 30th September issue of the Daily Mail's 'Peterborough' pages printed an amusing advert that I'd discovered in the Eastbourne 'Friday-Ad' -
'For Sale. British bulldog wooden life size, collectable item, generally in good condition, but the right
near foot by the ankle broke at some stage and was glued back on. Its a lovely unusual ornament, £25.
It was accompanied by a photograph of a coffin!!'
On August 1st/ 2nd/3rd “Chatty Boy” was back to No 3 spot in the ‘Birds’ section. Publisher promotion also pushed up the sales of the Kindle version of “Belle Tout-The Little Lighthouse That Moved” which got to No 2 in ‘Architecture,’ 6/100 in ‘Technology’ and 5/100 in ‘Memorials’.
Throughout this month “Chatty Boy” has consistently been listed somewhere in Amazon’s Top 100 Sellers in the ‘Birds’ category, and received two unsolicited complimentary reviews:-
1/ ‘Very useful for anyone with a budgie. Very interesting book for anyone who wants to learn how to look after a caged bird and train it. Clear instructions and a very nice read.’
2/ ‘I’ve read several budgie focused books, some 20 pages, some exceeding 200. None offered as much ‘golden nugget’ titbits as this gem. Precise how-to-determine sex instructions, more concise yet comprehensive than seen elsewhere. Ditto feeding and training. If you’re thinking about getting a budgie, or you’re a new budgie owner, grab this. You won’t be sorry.’
The Kindle version of “Who’s a Chatty Boy Then?” is still selling well. On the 20th July it again went to the No 1 spot on Amazon’s 100 Top Sellers in the ‘Birds’ category. This success continued, at No 11 spot on the 27th, 16/100 on the 28th, 32/100 on the 29th and 40/100 on the 30th JULY.
When a Daily Mail reader asked for information regarding the ‘What's My Line' programme, I was able to respond with details of how I appeared as a ‘Bird Manicurist' and how my two pet birds played up during the broadcasting of this live programme. I beat the panel of Gilbert Harding, Isobel Barnett, Louise Collins and Cyril Fletcher, and still have the diploma that chairman Eamonn Andrews handed over to me.
The kindle version of ‘Chatty Boy' is still holding its own in Amazon's 100 Top Sellers in the ‘Birds' category, going up and down between 15th and 91st places.
On May 14th and 15th the Kindle version of ‘Who's a Chatty Boy Then?' reached the elite No 1 position in Amazon's 100 Best Sellers in the ‘Birds' category. The paperback version rose to No 62.
On May 22nd the Daily Mail printed a letter and a photograph which I had sent in response to a reader's comment about how little had been mentioned during the WW2 and VE Day celebrations of the much loved comedian Tommy Handley. As one of two child dancers, I had been part of his entertainment troupe which performed at the ‘Royal Oak Hotel,' Hawkhurst. A photograph taken of both of us in the gardens by Bill Turner from the Sunday Pictorial was one of Tommy's all time favourites. (See photo below - please click the image to enlarge it)
This was the month that saw the kindle version of ‘Who's a Chatty Boy Then?' climb from position 85 in Amazon's 100 best Sellers up to No 4 spot in the ‘Birds' category and the paperback reached No.7. The hardback version of ‘Belle Tout – the Little Lighthouse that Moved' edged into 40th place in Amazon's ‘Monuments' section, followed by the kindle version of my humorous autobiography ‘From Fancy Pants to Getting There,' reaching No 57 in the 100 Best Sellers in ‘Parenting and Family Humour.'
But the best was yet to come; having responded to the request from the Eastbourne Herald for readers to submit any memories they had of Eastbourne past for their ‘Looking Back' section, I sent in details of my 38 years as the owner of ‘Elizabeth's Pet Shop,' which included some fascinating behind the scenes stories from a number of TV appearances. My favourite was the time I met the handsome film star, Yul Brynner, who was appearing as the celebrity guest on the popular 1950/60's quiz show ‘What's My Line.' On April 17th the newspaper devoted a full page to this, and on the 24th April they published a two-page centre spread about my life at the pet shop with a generous mention about the ‘Chatty Boy' book.
Co-writing another book and putting together more feature articles.
A feature article 'Memories of Flimwell - A Sussex Village - 1942-1949' was published in the February issue of 'Aspect County' Magazine. Pages 30/31/32, which can be read on line or in the paperback version. Although there were many shortages after WW2, I recall some my happy childhood days spent in this lovely countryside setting.
JANUARY 7th 2015
'Who's a Chatty Boy Then?' (cover on right) came out as an e-book on Amazon and swiftly climbed to no 5 in their Top 100 Best Sellers in the 'Birds' category, where it stayed for a considerable number of weeks. Due to popularity a paperback version is now available. .
Busy during these months working on a commissioned comprehensive book on how to choose and train budgerigars for talking pets. Titled 'Who's a Chatty Boy Then?' it is full of practical information based on my 38 years experience breeding, exhibiting and selling prizewinning talking birds. Some were National Cage Bird Show winners, a chosen few have appeared on television with me, including 'Blue Peter,' 'George Cansdale's Pet Programme,' 'Coast to Coast,' 'What's My Line' (where I beat the panel and have the certificate). Others have chatted away on recorded programmes for 'Children's Hour.'
My article "Teddy's Terrible Ordeal" has been published in the November 2014 issue of 'Cat World.' Spread over two pages, I recount how our family cat, 'Teddy,' was hit by a car and left with tail, bladder, foot and spinal injuries. His chances of survival were slim, he hovered between life and death for weeks, but with expert veterinary care, which thankfully was covered by pet insurance, he survived, although now minus his fluffy black tail. (see pages 64/65)
My latest book is just about completed; I am now adding the photographs of a good looking male model. Watch this space for further news of details and publication date.
My well researched feature on talented artist Hans Feibusch can be read on the website of 'B-C-ing-U.com' an on-line leisure and travel magazine. Feibusch had painted a series of murals on the crypt walls of St. Elisabeth's Church, Eastbourne, but the room had been closed up for many years as a result of WW2 bomb damage and had only recently been opened up again. On this website you can read Hans Feibusch's life story and see the many beautiful pictures he painted.
My winning poem in the Anderida writing competition, 'Who Turned the Lights Out?' was published in the Eastbourne Gazette.
For a long time I've wanted to try my hand at writing sitcoms so I have entered The Comedy Unit's 'Funny women Writing Award.' Aiming to encourage new female comedy writing talent, they are looking for workable ideas for a six-part sitcome or a comedy drama, and will appraise submissions that show promise. I feel that my humorous, semi-autobiographical book, 'From Fancy Pants to Getting There,' suitably adapted, could have possibilities here.
A photograph that I took of a cheeky faced baby sparrow that tumbled into one of my hanging baskets, caused much merriment amongst the presenters of ITV's Meridian studios when it was used as a backdrop to the weather forecast.
I spent two most pleasant days at Belle Tout lighthouse, on Beachy Head, as a guest of the owners, David and Barbara Shaw. This was a delightful 'thank-you' gift, as the publicity from my fast-selling book 'Belle Tout - The Little Lighthouse That Moved,' now with world-wide distribution, has brought many visitors to this superb B&B. This month the hardback version has got to the No 3 spot in Amazon's 100 Top Sellers in the 'Monuments' category, 48/100 in 'Ships' and 87/100 in 'Architecture.'
Pleasantly suprised to win 1st prize in the poetry section of Anderida Writers Annual competition. The entries were read out by the well known actor and the club's Patron, Jeffrey Holland, assisted by his wife, Judy Buxton and were based on the theme of 'A Voice in the Dark.'
'LandScape' magazine published my lengthy feature on Ruth Briggs, a artist in stained glass work; the highly illustrated article was spread over three pages.
Working on a commissioned book due out later this year. The subject matter is very different from my usual features, so watch this space...
"E The magazine" used 3 of my contributions in their April/May issue. Page 7 - 'Locations-Lights-Camera-Action' which covers some of the local locations used by film companies , such as Beachy Head cliffs doubling up for the Rock of Gibraltar in the James Bond movie 'Living Daylights'. Page 24 - 'Words we Use and the Stories behind Them,'' fascinating origins of Jeep and Robot. Page 31 - 'Twenty-one Top tips for Cat Owners,' which includes the humorous realities of trying to de-flea or de-worm an unobliging feline.
"CAT WORLD" - June 2014 issue.
Page 59. 'The Trophy Frog.' Sub. headed - 'A humorous look at life with a skilled hunter, from his long suffering, and on this occasion, rather embarrassed owner.' A true story which involved cat Teddy bringing me a 'present(?)' of a live frog at 3am and trying to put it in my bed......
INTERVIEW ON USA's ON-LINE TURQUOISE RADIO.
This month's highlight has to be my interview with the charming Michael Sargent, well known presenter of on-line Turquoise Radio's 'Write to be Heard' programme. A twice weekly hour long, event, by writer, for writers, with listeners in 200 countries. 'An exclusive weekly books and literary show, with special guests ranging from authors known and unknown to talk about their inspiration and their journey. Michael Sargent brings aspiring authors who have real talent to the public eye. Brought to listeners in association with the University of Louisville Film and Media Department.'
The featured work was my humorous autobiography 'From Fancy Pants to Getting There,' of which Michael said, "I read it from cover to cover, and I did not want to put it down. I found it engaging, funny, sexy, courageous and inspiring... and I loved it.' The recordered interview was originally 1 hour 20 minutes, edited down to 50 minutes, in which we talked about my writing life with readings of two poems, 'Chaos With the Cleaning' and 'A Snail Race.' I also read a chapter from the book, 'Gone to the Auction,' which involved my amateur efforts at attempting to buy a second-hand car. With 2 outings of our conversations on 21st May and 25th May, I was able to record the programme and recapture the memories of a most enjoyable interview.
On-line Leisure and Travel Magazine.
My article on 'Sussex Guns' is being featured, and covers a period of time in history when Sussex forges were turning out some of the finest guns and cannons in the world. Great wealth came to the county alongside tales of corruption, bribery and smuggling.
The highlight of April has to be an invitation from Michael Sargent, presenter at USA’s Turquoise (on-line) Radio, to take part in his programme, ‘Write to be Heard,’ a twice weekly show by writers for writers, which has a huge world-wide following. In the recorded interview we talked at length about my writing life and my books. Special mention was made of ‘From Fancy Pants to Getting There’, about which he said, ‘I read from cover to cover and loved it.’
The edited 45 minute programme was 'on air' via computers, laptops, tablets and apps at 1am on Wednesday 21st May 2014 and was repeated at 3pm on Sunday 25th May.
On line travel and leisure magazine B-C-ing-U.com are featuring three of my April submissions, ‘A Miller’s Tale, ‘Can you prove it was Murder?’ and ‘Walkies over Beachy Head.’
‘Giddy Limits,’ on-line magazine for the over 50’s, accepted a feature ‘So You Want to Write.’
The Daily Mail’s Peterborough page published one of my humorous pictures, a label on a tiny pocket torch, with the warning to ‘Wear protective clothing when using hand tools.’
The Eastbourne Gazette put in a piece about the Turquoise Radio interview.
And I’m now working on a follow-up book to ‘Fancy Pants alongside a commissioned book requested by a local publisher. Watch this space…
One of my more recent poems "Those New Street Lights" is published In the current issue of E The magazine, ("Eastbourne's free small magazine with all the local events and big circulation.") An amusing, poetic comment about the newly erected, energy saving street lamps with the eerie light. (Read in 'My Poetry' page.) Both 'Writers News' and America's 'Winning Writers' have included mentions of my books and latest writing successes. To encourage more people to 'get writing,' visitors to the on-line magazine 'Giddy Limits' will now find an informative, and hopefully useful, article of mine, 'So You Want To Write,' under 'Fun Things to Do.'
The Spring issue of 'Aspect County' magazine, pages 50/51, has published one of my articles in their Working Wealden section. 'Sussex Crooks and Pyecombe Hooks,' which explains the importance Sussex shepherds placed on their crooks, wooden staffs with hand made metal hooked ends, which were essential aids to catching sheep by the leg or lambs by the neck. Many Sussex smithies were once noted for their crook making, especially Charles Mitchell, of Pyecombe forge, who was still hammering out his much sought after 'hooks' at the age of ninety-one.
The Eastbourne Herald runs a weekly 'Looking Back' four page supplement, detailing fascinating parts of the history of Eastbourne. In a recent issue they have devoted a whole page to my submitted illustrated feature, 'New Book About Famous Lighthouse,' using some of the highlights from my recently published book, 'Belle Tout-The Little Lighthouse That Moved,'
Catworld magazine have just accepted an amusing feature 'Teddy and the Frog,' a true story about an incident where the family cat brought in a live frog at 3am and the resultant mayhem this caused. Watch this space for publication date.
Two of my latest illustrated features, The Long Man of Wilmington and The Lighthouse Scandal, can be read on the new leisure and travel e-magazine, B-C-ing-U.com.
Both Writing Magazine and The Women Writer (Journal of Society of Women Writers and Journalists) have reviewed both my current books, Belle Tout - The Little Lighthouse That Moved and From Fancy Pants to Getting There. From across the Pond, Donna Suchomelly, from the World Lighthouse Society (USA) also reviewed the Belle Tout book in the latest edition of the Society's Newsletter.
'Elizabeth Wright has written the most comprehensive history of Belle Tout lighthouse to date. It is obvious a lot of time and effort was put into the research and writing of this book. Inside its pages can be found many never before published drawings, photos and related documents that help tell the story of the 'little lighthouse that moved.'
Throughout the book readers will find personal accounts of life at Belle Tout along with details of its many lives, as an aid to navigation, private home, TV series location and bed and breakfast accommodation. Readers will learn about the money struggles of past and current owners to preserve this famous landmark for future generations.'
The Peterborough columns of the Daily Mail (17th January) have published one of my amusing poems, 'Teddy's Frog Hunt Caught Me On The Hop.'
A illustrated feature on the old tradition of hop picking, which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, can be read on the website of the new leisure magazine B-C-ing-U.com.
An amusing picture I took of two 'faces' that I noticed amongst the items in the re-cycling box was printed in the Peterborough columns of the Daily Mail 26.12.13. The accompanying text said:- MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS. My daughter was collecting various items for re-cycling and this is just how she stacked them. To me, there is a 'father and son' image, with the father saying,'Let's face it, son, we are doing our bit for the planet.'
(Photo on the right, click to enlarge)
An informative illustrated feature I've written on Sussex trug baskets can be found in the 'Craft' section of a new leisure and travel e-magazine called, 'B-C-ing-U.com.' Plus, in the 'Comedy' category, I've submitted a few amusing items and one-liners which I hope will put smiles on the faces of visitors to the new website.
An article of mine on the 1928 Harbour Rye lifeboat tragedy is on page 68 of the November issue of the popular "Aspect County" magazine, which can be read on-line or copies are available through selected outlets.
‘Belle Tout-The Little Lighthouse that Moved’ is finally published. Packed full of information about this building’s history, including fascinating facts, stories, anecdotes, and extracts from related legal documents from private collections. Now being advertised on Amazon, and available to order from good book stores.
During the last two weeks of October, "Belle Tout - The Little Lighthouse That Moved," has climbed up to the No 5 spot twice on Amazon's 100 Best Sellers in the 'Monument' category and got to no. 41 in the 100 Best Sellers in the 'Maritime' section.
On October 8th, I was interviewed about the book by the lovely Danny Pike from BBC’s Radio Sussex.
(Photo on the right, click to enlarge)
On October 11th, exactly 179 years since Belle Tout’s light became operational, I had a successful dual book signing event at Sainsbury’s – Hampden Park. David Shaw, owner of Belle Tout, was presented with a signed copy of the book. Also for sale was another of my books, ‘From Fancy Pants to Getting There.’ A hilarious romp through a part of my life when everything screwed up. Ten percent of the takings on that day were donated to a valued charity ‘Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders.’
Author and writer Lynne Hale interviewed me in the form of 20 Questions for her blog; my 20 answers can be read at intrepidpony-blogspot.co.uk.
My poem 'Flaming Fire' has been published in the Eastbourne Gazette.
High octane promotion of the Belle Tout book has meant publicising it through every outlet I can find. I have kept up a flow of information towards the local press, Facebook and Amazon Author Page. ‘Lighthouse Digest', a magazine from the USA is already asking for purchasing details and has commissioned an illustrated article.
Now, at the last day of September, I suddenly find myself free to pick up the threads of my regular feature writing, setting up interviews and putting articles together. I can also continue working on ‘The History of Anderida Writers – 1990 – 2013' for the Club's new website.
In response to those readers that were eagerly asking to know when there was to be a follow-up book to my hilarious autobiography, ‘From Fancy Pants To Getting There,' I have found the occasional writing time to work on ‘Two up, one down', [a working title] which hopefully, will be available early 2014. This may well turn out to be even funnier than ‘Fancy Pants', dealing with the time my daughter's boy friend, now partner, came to stay with us for 2 weeks, which lengthened into two years, until they got a home of their own. We were worlds apart, socially, culturally and with a big age gap between a teenager and a pensioner. Two sample chapters, ‘Chris' and ‘The Mat' can be found in ‘My Other Writing' section.
Supporting Anderida Writers Short Story and Poetry Competition on the theme of ‘Reflections' my entry, ‘Do I really Look Like That?' gained 2nd prize.
My book on Belle Tout lighthouse, after 20 years of research, was nearing completion. But I had a lot of problems and setbacks with commissioning publisher, Phillimore's (The History Press) and pulled out. I was delighted that Rex Sumner, from My Voice Publishing, Eastbourne, had enough faith in this project to step in and take it on.
Another acceptance in the July issue E The Magazine. This time ‘Ten Fascinating Facts About Belle Tout Lighthouse.'
Responding to a feature in the Eastbourne Herald about the bold, and sometimes aggressive, behaviour of seagulls, I submitted a picture, (on the right - click the image to enlarge it), and a short piece on the antics of an injured seagull that, some years ago, we nursed back to health. Highly intelligent, as he recovered, he virtually took over our home, seeing off the 2 family dogs from the mat in front of the fire, so he could settle there for a snooze. Then he decided that one of the armchairs was even better. Whoever was sitting there was quickly removed with a few pecks on their feet from his razor-sharp beak. He was fascinated by the television and would sit watching it in the evenings before going to sleep.
An article ‘Eastbourne Buses – 110 years of Service' was published in E The Magazine. I dug out some fascinating facts for this feature, mentioning that the very first commercial journey was made on the 12th April, 1903, at 10.20am when a 14 seater, 12/16hp Milne's Daimler single decker omnibus ran from the railway station to Meads.
• In the Mid Spring 2013 issue of "Aspect County" magazine, under 'Working Wealden' there is an article of mine on pages 68/69 about Jonathan Darby, who was responsible for Beachy Head's first 'lighthouse.' The magazine is available in some local outlets or can be read 'on-line' by clicking here.