This week

I’m revamping this page slightly and working towards a more regular blog and more continuity of theme.  Bear with me if some of the changes seem strange, they may change again!

one day at a time



This week I’m promoting my Skorn novels and stories on my FaceBook page, in six daily posts. Don’t forget to have a look and click some positive buttons for me!…

skorn original map


As I pulled up outside a supermarket this morning, the low winter sun was dazzling me, and a certain well known phrase seemed to be saying

‘very little helps’

Well what kind of encouragement is that?


Well, my poor old cat Fluff has got cystitis again. Our vet has given him another dose of antibiotics and will check him again in a couple of days. He seems much better today but apparently it can be dangerous in male cats as the urethra can become blocked. Trying to keep calm. This information online is not very cheering though:

Why do cats get cystitis?
There are a number of possible causes of cystitis, but the majority of young cats which develop cystitis do so as a result of stress. Sometimes an obvious reason for the underlying stress can be identified, such as the house being decorated or another cat or a dog moving in, but often it is difficult to recognise the actual cause of the stress. Once cats have developed this type of cystitis, they are very prone to having further bouts of it in the future and in some cases management of some variety is necessary to prevent further episodes.

A smaller proportion of cats, especially elderly individuals or those with chronic problems, such as kidney disease, develop cystitis due to infection, generally by bacteria.

Fluff tongue


Soon after the turn of the millenium I began to want to know more about J.R.R. Tolkien. The first resource I found online was The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Plaza, a sizeable site that encompassed everything from role-play to lore.

The plaza suited me perfectly, and I made good friends there, some of whom are now friends in RL, or at least on other parts of the interwebs!

Some, alas, are gone.

Moreover, the Plaza itself has gone, victim of the kind of person who enjoys destruction.

One of my online mentors in lore was ‘halfir’ who produced and guided a good deal of excellent work in Tolkien scholarship. Several of us kept urging him to publish, but he never did.

Now a group of us have decided to try and gather together whatever can be traced of his work, as a memorial to him. This is not to be a work of hagiography, and enshrining of work, but an attempt to get his work back into the flow of scholarship, where it can feed in and be a source of ideas and knowledge as it was on the Plaza.

That said,there are huge difficulties in our way. Leaving aside questions of how to edit, format and present halfir’s work, the two most basic problems are:

1) How many of the relevant threads can be retrieved?
2) How do we seek permissions from his family?

This post is an appeal to anyone who may have digital copies of halfir’s work which they may be willing to submit to us AND anyone who has contact details for his family. PLEASE DON’T post anything in blog-threads, but contact me by message in the first instance. Thanks.



One who never came home, some who did – all in my family. Never forget:……

Harry Oswald Adams, WW1

John Charles Tapson, WW1

Derk Tapson and Tony Tapson, WW2

Leslie Adams and Reg Adams WW2

Tom Neale, WW2

Uncle Leslie 1939 U Reg Uncle Tom

Surcouff 1944Jim in uniform 1