Remembering a remarkable doctor

I was pleased to read that a memorial is at last to be erected to the memory of Sir Archibald McIndoe, the pioneering burn surgeon of World War II.  The Telegraph reports: Sir Archibald McIndoe, a pioneering plastic surgeon who treated desperately disfigured servicemen during the Second World War, died on April 11 1960, aged just 59. On June 9 this year … his achievements will be set forever in stone and bronze, when a monument to him is unveiled by the Princess Royal in East Grinstead, home to the hospital where he worked. And by an extraordinary twist of

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‘War To The Knife’ it is

Thanks to everyone who responded to my request last night, both in a comment to that post and in e-mails.  I think I’m going to go ahead and use ‘War To The Knife‘ as the title of my latest novel.  It’s not familiar to many respondents, but enough have said that they know it and/or that it would arouse their interest to make it worth using, IMHO.  I may follow one person’s suggestion and explain the term in the blurb.  We’ll see what Miss D. has to say about that (she’s the world’s fiercest blurb critic!). Now to edit the

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Led Zeppelin – remastered!

I was very happy to read that the first three Led Zeppelin albums from 1969-70 are being remastered, and will be re-released on June 2nd.  The Telegraph has an interview with Jimmy Page about the project. These recordings still sound so crisp, vivid and present, every instrument sharp and separated and occupying its own space. Page has remastered this material before but this time, he says, he has future-proofed it. “Zeppelin vinyl is quite revered in audiophile circles,” according to Page. “But if you are in the business of making music to be heard you’ve got to assess how it

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Book title question

I’m trying to come up with a suitable title for my latest novel.  I’m thinking of ‘War To The Knife’, which is a phrase I know from my youth (the Free Dictionary offers this definition of it).  However, Miss D. tells me she’s never heard the phrase before, and isn’t sure whether it’s widely known and/or used in the USA.  I can believe it’s more used in English-English than in American-English, but I just don’t know. Therefore, here’s a question for my readers.  How many of you are familiar with that phrase and understand what it means?  If I were

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Doofus Of The Day #774

Today’s award goes to a particularly dumb crook in Detroit. A man was killed at 11 p.m. Monday, when two men were reportedly assaulting a victim near the intersection of St. Mary’s and Elmira on the northwest side. “One of the men was pistol-whipping the victim when his gun went off, and his partner was shot in the neck,” Dolunt said. There’s more at the link. Pistol-whipping someone with a loaded gun?  Now there’s a negligent discharge looking for a place to happen . . . and it found one!  Fortunately it hit the right guy (from the crime victim’s

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It’s finished!

Today I finished the last chapter of my new novel.  It rounds out at 99,877 words at the time of writing, although that’ll change slightly as I edit it.  Now I have to whip it into order, incorporate changes suggested by the latest round of reader feedback, and prepare the manuscript for publication.  I’m hoping to have it out in time for my presentation at LibertyCon over the last weekend in June.  I hope that’ll give me a sales boost, too. Thanks for your patience with slightly irregular blogging while I worked so hard on the manuscript.  I’m afraid that’s

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About that non-existent housing recovery . . .

I’ve warned on several previous occasions that the much-hyped ‘housing market recovery’ isn’t a recovery at all – in fact, the housing market’s mired in a slump that’s actually getting worse.  All the estate agents advertising that ‘There’s never been a better time to buy/sell your home’ (delete whichever verb isn’t applicable) are basically lying in their teeth in most markets. That’s just been confirmed by no less an authority than Freddie Mac. The bad news keeps piling up on the housing front, this time with glum statistics from mortgage giant Freddie Mac, which declared Wednesday that many of the

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Picture of the day

The Jordan family of Australia is hand-raising a six-week-old barn owl who’s adopted their ten-month-old daughter Charlotte as ‘mom’. Raised from a chick, the yet-to-be-named owlet hangs out in the Jordan family’s Sunshine Coast home, doing everyday human things. “He loves watching TV and he watches us eating our dinner,” said Raptor Vision wildlife carer Crystal Jordan. Owlet spends most of his time in his special brooder but emerges during the day to spend human time with Charlotte. “Once a day we’ll put him on the ground beside Charlotte so he can get used to smaller kids,” said Mrs Jordan.

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Does this new world record go to one’s ‘head’?

I’m obliged to Paul S. for sending me the link to this story. James Nielsen of California trained hard and studied hard. His work paid off. Nielsen posted a video of himself attempting to run under 5 minutes in the beer mile. Nielson made his attempt Sunday. . . . What is the beer mile, you ask? Drink a beer, run a lap, repeat. Drink four beers, run four laps, don’t throw up and you’ve run a beer mile. Beermile.com keeps track of “official records” and lists Josh Harris of Melbourne, Australia as the beer mile record holder with a

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A beautiful look at the C-17 Globemaster III

Here’s a lovely music video dealing with the C-17 Globemaster III military transport, pictured over the mountains and coasts of California.  I highly recommend watching it in full-screen mode. Congratulations to everyone involved in making that.  One doesn’t normally think of military transport aircraft as being particularly attractive or good-looking, but that video is enough to make one reconsider. Peter

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