Sunday 17 February 2008

We had our last lesson with Master Lin, the Shaking Crane Master today. It was asking a lot to master the pattern in 5 days – and, of course, no one expected…

Saturday 16 February 2008

Only one day left with Master Lin after today so we went to the Fuzhou Gym expecting to get well on our way with the Shaking Crane pattern. I had practised with…

Friday 15 February 2008

Day Three of our training sessions with Shaking Crane Kungfu Master Linn and we learnt some more moves in our pattern. The acupressure massage from last night had its effect though as…

Thursday 14 February 2008

It was our second day of training with Master Linn today and a lot of the formality wore off as we got to know each other better. As he does not speak…

Wednesday 13 February 2008

Today was the first day of training with Shaking Cane Kungfu Master Linn who is teaching us a Shaking Crane pattern called Babbulian which challenges our Western muscular stiffness as it is…

Tuesday 12 February 2008

Well the Wolf has landed and we were in Hong Kong yesterday where we had a day before flying on to Fuzhou today. Hong Kong was cold and misty so I couldn’t…

Thursday 7 February 2008

Well folks, we are off to China on Sunday for just over two weeks Kungfu training with two Chinese masters in Fuzhou in South East China. It is the dream of everyone…

Kung Fu Summer Camp 2007

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Hostel

Two wide-eyed American students, back-packing across Europe, are looking for fun with sex and drugs and Europop. Their young men’s appetites take them to Slovakia where they discover that, not only are…

The Fountain

Loved by some and hated by a whole lot of others, Darren Aronofsky’s latest movie is every bit as weird and, some would say, wonderful, as his previous highly original movies, Pi…

Spider-Man 3

It’s slick, funny and spectacular and, for a change, here’s a super hero sequel that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is still the nerdiest of nerds but he…

TMNT

Those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back. The little green turtles were fun in the Eighties and Nineties but their 21st Century reinvention, in so-so animation, is just plain dull. It was…

Inland Empire

Wildly imaginative to some, infuriating to others, surrealist David Lynch is back with his most uncompromising movie since Eraserhead. If you didn’t like his previous films, you’ll hate this. If you’re a…

The Science of Sleep

The director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind shows us his imagination in this highly original new movie but he also tries our patience with a plot that gets lost somewhere…

Black Book (Zwartboek)

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven who brought us the iconic Robocop and Basic Instinct but also rubbish like Showgirls returns to his roots and finds his form again. A beautiful Jewish singer, Rachel…

A Prairie Home Companion

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About Me

I am Colin Bell, a UK novelist and poet, previously a TV producer-director of arts programmes for British, American, German and Japanese broadcasters. I am also known as the blogger Wolfie Wolfgang. My two novels are Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love (Ward Wood Publishing, 2013) and Blue Notes, Still Frames (Ward Wood Publishing, 2017). They are both available in paperback or as Kindle editions. My debut poetry collection, Remembering Blue (Ward Wood Publishing 2019) is now available. My poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies in the UK and the USA.

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Remembering Blue

Remembering Blue is the debut poetry collection by Colin Bell, whose novels Stephen Dearsley's Summer of Love and Blue Notes, Still Frames are also published by Ward Wood.

'These poems were written during ten years recovering from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage.

'The poems began before I left hospital. They document, often tangentially, that period, from awakening out of a six-hour coma, through several years of rehabilitation, remembering and decoding - the good things as well as the bad: childhood and adolescence revisited, adult relationships reassessed, and most significantly, what is important now that I am fully recovered.

'Awakening from that death-like coma was a rebirth. When things were difficult, it helped to remember blue.'

- Colin Bell

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Blue Notes, Still Frames

 

It's Brighton in 1994 Busker Joe lives on the beach with his flute and his troubled Goth girlfriend, Victoria, who’s a singer. He borrows a bath towel for her from Rachel and Alan, a prosperous young couple from the rapidly growing world of computers. The meeting will change all their lives…and other lives too.
There’s Harry, a beach bum drummer; Nico, a transient American who takes revealing photographs of passers-by; Kanti and Diep, mysterious artist twins from Nepal; Lionel and John who reveal more than their bodies on the nudist beach; and pub landladies Jacqueline and Rosemary who top up their income by dabbling in the sex trade.
Joe is always there, somewhere, weaving more than melodies with his flute.

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Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love

 

It's 1967 and the start of the Summer of Love. In Brighton, Stephen Dearsley is tempted and intimidated by the way his generation is casting off traditional ways of dress along with the old ways of thinking. His ambition to become a biographer is fulfilled when he's commissioned to research the life story of the mysterious Austin Randolph.

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