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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

How will the surviving children grow up in Syria and Gaza?




These children are lucky. They are still alive. The little boy above is a Syrian and the one below is a Gaza Palestinian. We wring our hands uselessly over all the dead children killed in both countries over the years but, even if, and it's an unlikely outcome as I write this, even if solutions are found for these persistent conflicts, how will these children grow-up? Are they lucky to be alive?


They have already seen more than any child should see. Many have lost their parents and siblings. Too many of them are growing up in a World where violence, brutality and death are daily realities. Will they want a peaceful world when they are adults or will they be so psychologically damaged that they will merely take their turn in this continuing game of violence and murder?

We are not only failing to end today's problems, we're making new ones for the future.





STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE 

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.




It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:




BLUE NOTES, STILL FRAMES 


My second novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames, will be published in 2015 by Ward Wood Publishing. It begins with Joe Edevane, a Brighton street busker with surprizing powers who borrows a towel from well-heeled strangers, Alan and Rachel, for his Goth girlfriend, Victoria, and begins a chain of events that changes all of their lives.







COLIN BELL'S PUBLICATIONS:


FICTION:


Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013


POETRY ANTHOLOGIES:



Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology



Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology



Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology



In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An "uncommon anthology" of images, fragments, stories and poetry.




POETRY JOURNALS:

The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South's unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.



The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present



Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal



Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Lewes Liver and onions - better known as Fegato alla Veneziana - my contribution to Lewes Pie Night.




There was another meet of the Lewes Men's Pie Club over the weekend. Here are the members - my friends (from left to right) Martin, Adam, Rob, Harvey and Dave. I'm not in the photograph because, well yes, I was behind the camera. We haven't met this year until now so it was great to be back together again balancing my lack of culinary skills with the ambitious successes of most of the others.  It was agreed - and then forgotten - that we would do offal this time instead of pies so, in the end, I was the only one to break the pie tradition. I blame my recent trip to Venice where I tasted the Venetian speciality, Fegato alla Veneziana - calves livers with caramelised sweet onions. I loved it then and was determined to revive the taste here in Lewes UK. I'm not claiming full authenticity so let's call my effort, Lewes Liver. As you may have guessed, Lewes Men's Pie Night (membership by invitation only) is all about drinking but let's not go there.

I'm always been a fan of offal rather like Leopold Bloom in James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses (published 1922):

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liver slices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencod’s roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.”

So this recipe is very definitely nothing to do with vegetarianism.





If you want to have a go, I'll show you what I did but, believe me, I didn't really know what I was doing. You start with three white onion and, yes, chop them up finely.



If you can't manage that just do it the best you can  - just like I did.


I heated a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil, a knob of butter and one garlic chopped and crushed.


I then, yes, you've guessed, threw the onions into the pan and tossed them around for a bit.


This was done on a fairly high flame for about ten minutes when the onions start to go brown with black edges.


It already looked delicious but I carried on pushing the onions around until the looked ready for the next ingredients.  Then I lowered the flame.



It was time to add 10 fl oz. of the key ingredients - dessert wine (here some Madeira  found at the back of a cupboard) and 10 fl oz. of balsamic vinegar.



Everything started to fizz and things got really exciting.


First the wine....


and then the vinegar.

 I kept stirring it all up into a delcious looking mush and then I covered it with a lid and put it on the lowest possible flame on a back burner for 45 minutes.



While that was simmering away, I got out the calves livers - don't look if you're squeamish.



Calces liver may not look like luxuries but they taste fantastic. I know just what James Joyce appreciated in them.



It was time to slice them up into small thin portions of roughly the same size.


After the 45 minutes was up, I heated up some butter (8g.) and another tablespoon of olive oil and when it was sizzling, I added the liver.


This has to be done quickly - just 2 or 3 minutes so that the liver doesn't dry out - you can judge it, or guess like I did, by the colour.


You then put the liver into a pre-heated serving dish...


...and finally cover the livers with the caramellised onions. Believe me - it was wonderful and I was one very proud guy. It made a great starter divided into six portions and led us into an excellent evening that ended well into the next day. Hope it works for you too.




STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE 

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.




It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:




BLUE NOTES, STILL FRAMES 


My second novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames, will be published in 2015 by Ward Wood Publishing. It begins with Joe Edevane, a Brighton street busker with surprizing powers who borrows a towel from well-heeled strangers, Alan and Rachel, for his Goth girlfriend, Victoria, and begins a chain of events that changes all of their lives.







COLIN BELL'S PUBLICATIONS:


FICTION:


Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013


POETRY ANTHOLOGIES:



Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology



Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology



Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology



In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An "uncommon anthology" of images, fragments, stories and poetry.




POETRY JOURNALS:

The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South's unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.



The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present



Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal



Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.











Monday, 28 July 2014

Out in my Lewes garden - rain or shine.







We've been having a superb summer here in Lewes, UK and my small urban garden has repsonded appropriately with garlands of flowers and vibrant greenery.  I've been reduced to a bit of dead-heading, some fruit picking and the odd bit of weeding.




Otherwise,  I've allowed myself to sit back and enjoy it while I get on with my Kindle journey through Marcel Proust's In Search Of Lost Time  (À la recherche du temps perdu) - I'm now half way through the punultimate volume and I too have lost track of the time.



I should have been doing my summer pruning now that my David Austin roses have finished their fist flush but it is all done with amazing speed and efficiency and now presents a fine hedge awaiting next months second batch of flowers.




This is all thanks to my danger-seeking neighbour, Harvey, who has bought himself some ferocious-looking electronic cutting gear including a hedge-strimmer which did my job in seconds. I decided that I would experiemtn with this method after reading that even David Austin says we can do it. It certainly cuts down on the several hours I usually spend cutting stem by stem with my secateurs. It was not a good idea anyway to prune the roses while I'm on anti-coagulant Warfarin tablets because my roses, love them as I do, are unforgiving with their thorns and, these days, my scratches turn into real flows of blood.




So my thanks to Harvey and I can return to my Proust - nothing like the peace and tranquility of n English garden on a hot summer afternoon.





Then, of course, well after so many weeks of sunshine and high temperatures, the inevitable happened. Thunder, lightning and torrential rain. Then again, that can be fun too.



I shan't be sitting out here again today, I suspect.



Watering the garden might be unnecessary too.


Warm rain on a summer morning is pleasant enough but that lighning has to be watched.



I made a hasty retreat indoors but then it was time I went back to my computer to get on with my own writing.




I'm sure the sunshine will be back and then I shall try to resume my work alfresco.



STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE 

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.




It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:




BLUE NOTES, STILL FRAMES 


My second novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames, will be published in 2015 by Ward Wood Publishing. It begins with Joe Edevane, a Brighton street busker with surprizing powers who borrows a towel from well-heeled strangers, Alan and Rachel, for his Goth girlfriend, Victoria, and begins a chain of events that changes all of their lives.







COLIN BELL'S PUBLICATIONS:


FICTION:


Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013


POETRY ANTHOLOGIES:



Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology



Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology



Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology



In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An "uncommon anthology" of images, fragments, stories and poetry.




POETRY JOURNALS:

The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South's unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.



The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present



Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal



Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.




Friday, 25 July 2014

COLIN BELL'S PUBLICATIONS LISTED





I've written this page to keep people up to speed with my writing activities thinking it might be useful to make a list of my publications along with links to the publishers' websites. I shall keep it here up at the top of this page under HOME and shall try to keep it up to date. I might as well begin by telling you who I am.

COLIN BELL - BIOGRAPHY:


Colin Bell was born in a Franciscan convent in Surrey but grew up in Sussex – almost everything he’s done, he did for the first time in Brighton. His first novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love was published in October 2013 (Ward Wood Publishing). It is set in Brighton in 1967. His poetry has been published in the UK (including Cinnamon Press and Soaring Penguin) and the USA (Musepie Press, The Blotter, Every Day Poets). He has also published short stories (Ether Books) and children’s books (Novello). He was a producer-director and then Executive Producer of music and arts programmes for Granada Television in Manchester and executive producer, EuroArts-Primetime. He’s made programmes for ITV, Channel Four and the BBC as well as for American, Japanese and German broadcasters. His television credits include Celebration, God Bless America, My Generation, Menuhin's Children and It Was Twenty Years Ago Today. He now lives in Lewes, Sussex where he also writes a daily blog - http://www.wolfiewolfgang.com. His new Brighton novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames will be published in 2015.

STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE 

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.




It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:




BLUE NOTES, STILL FRAMES 


My second novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames, will be published in 2015 by Ward Wood Publishing. It begins with Joe Edevane, a Brighton street busker with surprizing powers who borrows a towel from well-heeled strangers, Alan and Rachel, for his Goth girlfriend, Victoria, and begins a chain of events that changes all of their lives.







COLIN BELL'S PUBLICATIONS:


FICTION:


Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013


POETRY ANTHOLOGIES:



Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology



Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology



Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology



In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An "uncommon anthology" of images, fragments, stories and poetry.




POETRY JOURNALS:

The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South's unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.



The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present



Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal



Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.




Thursday, 24 July 2014

Why I always have a bandage on my arm on Thursdays.





I think people in my hometown of Lewes, UK, are used to me walking around on a Thursday with a bandage on my arm.



 Sometimes once a week, sometimes once a fortnight or, if all is well, once a month, I go to my local doctor's practice for a blood test because, all year, I have been recovering (I hope) from a serious lung condition known as Pulmonary Embolism - in simpler words, I have two large blood clots in my lungs which make me breathless because they interfere with the flow of blood through the lungs and also cause fluid in there - in my case in both lungs.

Looked at dispassionately, blood clots are pretty things but, believe me, you don't want them and you especially don't want them in your lungs where, if left untreated, they can stop you breathing and we all now what happens then.


Fortunately I have been in the safest of hands, the British National Health Service where I am regularly tested, scanned and medicated to make sure that the clots don't grow any bigger while the body begins the long slow process of dissolving the clots and, ultimately, clearing my lungs.




Pulmonary Embolism, I have discovered, is a very serious condition but it is survivable if correctly diagnosed and treated with the appropriate daily doses of anti-coagulant drugs known as Warfarin. People say that Warfarin 'thins the blood' but this isn't strictly accurate. Warfarin slows down the blood coagulation rate so that the blood clots are halted in their progress. I'm happy that I am now in the therapeutic stage with the medical opinion being that it is now just a question of time and a sensible lifetyle, before I make a complete recovery.  If you think you have Pulmonary Embolism, seek immediate treatment because, ignored, it is life threatening.



So that's why I have that bandage on my arm.  The blood tests check on my levels of anti-coagulant and that dictates the precise amount of Warfarin that I should be taking each day.



Here am I this morning in the caring hands of Belinda, the Warfarin nurse at my local practice.  I am long past getting squeamish at the sight of my own blood. In fact I've grown rather fond of it. Long may it flow freely through my veins.




I am also relieved to see that the computer reading says that my coagulant rate is at the right level so, fingers crossed, I am on my way back to full health. I'm still hoping to be off the Warfarin drugs by the end of September but there I'm in the hands of the excellent doctors and nurses of the British National Health Service. I'm not only truly grateful for their care but impressed by their skills. It's good to be alive.





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STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE BY COLIN BELL

My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.



It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:


...or from Book Depository:


...or from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Stephen%20Dearsley's%20Summer%20Of%20love


BLUE NOTES, STILL FRAMES BY COLIN BELL


My second novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames, will be published in 2015 by Ward Wood Publishing. It begins with Joe Edevane, a Brighton street busker with surprizing powers who borrows a towel from well-heeled strangers, Alan and Rachel, for his Goth girlfriend, Victoria, and begins a chain of events that changes all of their lives.




COLIN BELL'S PUBLICATIONS:

Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013

http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk/titles-fiction-colin-bell-stephen-dearsleys-summer-of-love.htm

Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

http://www.soaringpenguinpress.com/publications/poetry/genius-floored-whispers-in-smoke/

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology

http://www.soaringpenguinpress.com/publications/poetry/genius-floored-whispers-in-smoke/


Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology

http://www.cinnamonpress.com/product-item/reaching-out/


Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology

http://www.kindofahurricanepress.com/2014/06/tic-toc-is-now-available.html


The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South's unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.

http://www.blotterrag.com/back-issues/2009-11.pdf


The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present

http://www.musepiepress.com/fibreview/writers.html


Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal

http://www.musepiepress.com/shotglass/writers.html


Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.

http://www.everydaypoets.com/?s=Colin+Bell


In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An "uncommon anthology" of images, fragments, stories and poetry.

http://www.bittersweeteditions.com/in-the-night-count-the-stars.html#%2EU8ZFXY1dXoo