Impressive live sound effects

An e-mail from reader Greg B. drew my attention to a performance by the choir of Kearsney College, a boarding school for boys in the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa, during the World Choir Games in 2008. I’ve driven through Botha’s Hill, where the college is situated.  Alan Paton, world-famous author of “Cry, the Beloved Country“, retired there, and lived there until his death.  However, I wasn’t aware of Kearsney College’s choir.  It seems to have come to prominence after I left South Africa. Thanks, Greg, for bringing that video to our attention. Peter

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The 2018 “Tuna Tossing World Championships”???

Yes, they’re a thing – in Port Lincoln, Australia, as part of the annual Tunarama festival.  The 2018 championships have just been held there.  The Telegraph reports: Historically a fishing town, the idea grew from watching dock workers hurl fish from the decks of overflowing boats. Dead fish were thrown in earlier editions of the event, first held in 1979, but the decision was made several years ago to toss rubber ones instead. There’s more at the link. Here’s some footage from last week’s competition. I suppose the losers were weighed in the scales and found wanting . . .

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Yay! – and thank you all very much for your support!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that, thanks to your support in their reader poll, I’d won the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance’s award for the Book of the Year for 2017.  It was awarded for my first Western novel, ‘Brings the Lightning‘. Today, this showed up at my door. Yay! Thank you all very much for voting for my book. I’m going to follow Larry Correia‘s example (he won the first CLFA Book of the Year award, last year). He won’t enter future competitions, because he believes that others should get their chance at the title. I agree with him, so

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Interesting news from the USAF

Two interesting bits of news came to my notice over the past few days.  Despite spending billions of dollars on the bloated, overpriced, underperforming F-35 Lightning II program, the US Air Force is still able to devote at least a few dollars to other needs, it seems. First off, the USAF has invited Brazil’s Embraer to bring its EMB 314 Super Tucano counter-insurgency and light attack aircraft (shown below) to what it calls the ‘Light Attack Experiment‘, a weapons and tactics demonstration in New Mexico this August. It’ll be joined by US company Textron’s Beechcraft AT-6B, a light attack variant

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And the winner is . . .

. . . “Brings The Lightning“! Thank you to everyone who voted for BTL in the recent Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance Book Of The Year 2017 contest.  In a press release, CLFA announced: After a month of voting that was open to the public, the fans have spoken . . . CLFA is pleased and proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Book of the Year. Congratulations! The First Place Winner is Peter Grant’s post-civil war western, Brings the Lightning (The Ames Archives Book 1). There’s more at the link. I’m very grateful for my readers’ support.  This is a

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It’s the last day of voting . . .

. . . for the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance‘s 2017 Book of the Year contest.  At the time of writing, my first Western novel, ‘Brings The Lightning‘, is in first place. It’s hotly pursued by John Ringo and Larry Correia’s collaboration ‘Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge‘. Voting closes at midnight tonight.  Since “it ain’t over until it’s over”, to repeat a time-honored phrase, may I ask any of my readers who haven’t yet voted, to please click over to the contest page and vote for the book of their choice?  Obviously, I’ll be very grateful if you vote for mine, but there

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The competition is getting fierce!

A few weeks ago, I appealed to you, dear readers, for your support for my Western novel ‘Brings The Lightning‘ in the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance‘s Book of the Year contest for 2017. For several weeks, I was quite a long way ahead of the rest of the field.  However, in the past couple of weeks, supporters of John Ringo’s ‘Monster Hunter Memoirs:  Grunge‘ have caught up with me, and surpassed my total votes.  At this time, the voting looks like this: I’m therefore appealing to all my readers once more.  If you haven’t yet voted in this contest, and you

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Readers, I need your help – pretty please?

I was happily surprised to find that my first Western novel, ‘Brings The Lightning‘, has been nominated for the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance‘s Book of the Year contest for 2017. This nomination came completely out of the blue, and needless to say, I’m very pleased by it. Here’s where you come in.  Those nominated depend on their readers and fans to vote for them in the contest.  If you’ve read and enjoyed ‘Brings The Lightning’ – and if you consider it worthy of the award – would you please visit the survey page for the 2017 award, and vote for it?

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A doofus, or a persevering athlete?

I’m not sure what to think about an aspiring Venezuelan skier. Adrian Solano wobbled nervously backward as he exited the starting gate at the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships this week. He fumbled into the white powder after sliding down a small hill. And he tried awkwardly walking up an incline while others raced by him. By Thursday, sports commentators circulating videos of his comedic cross-country performance online had dubbed him the worst skier alive. . . . Solano’s saga has hit a nerve among Venezuelans and angered the country’s highest officials, who are denouncing France for deporting the

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Two thumbs WAAAAY up for the inaugural Dragon Awards!

I’m absolutely delighted at the results of the inaugural Dragon Awards.  With tens of thousands of eligible voters and no slates or pressure groups, they’re almost impossible to ‘game’.  They also offer a very good reflection of actual fan taste in science fiction and fantasy, and the results show it – as well as being a very effective repudiation (by ten times as many voting fans) of the slanted, biased, politically correct, hag-ridden mess that the Hugo Awards have become. I’m particularly pleased because two of my favorites won their categories.  Larry Correia’s Son of the Black Sword won the

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