Friday, 16 March 2012

Hi, it's been a while because I've been particularly busy, what with trying to advertise to increase sales and finish the sequel. Still, I'm writing and that, for me, is the main thing.
I was talking, the other day, to someone convinced that science, and indeed scientists, were the key to the future. He said he liked talking to me because it gave him the opportunity to try and teach me something. Especially, he said, after the way I seemed to promote the geocentric universe as opposed to the heliocentric one that all right minded people believed in.
I just went 'Hrrmmph'.
I said, "if the earth is spinning, as you say, can it spin at two different speeds at the same time?"
"What are you talking about," he replied, "of course it can't."
"Can you tell me, then," I asked, "why is it that the sun takes 24hrs to return to its original position on the earths surface, yet, the fixed stars further away than the sun, take only 23 hours and 56 minutes, give or take a second or two."
He stared at me for some time before saying, "you just don't understand."
Now, this is what I mean. When scientists come out with statements that are so easily shot down how can we have any faith in them? Oh well...
I was looking at my family tree again the other day. I'd been asked how we got back so far, all the way to 498. The reason is simple. My great grandad, with fourteen greats, was King James II of Scotland. Once a royal connection is made then all the preceeding records are in place. We were able to go through Scottish, Pictish and Viking royalty back to Eric who died in 498.
It was sad about King James. He was one of the first kings to really champion the use of a canon as a weapon of war. And, he was right. A body of men marching aggresively towards your position would have their minds concentrated when a gunstone landed amongst them when they were still a mile and a half from their objective. No doubt they would suddenly realise how much they were missing their kith and kin.
We don't know whether there was a problem with the casting of the weapon or whether the Master at Arms was over enthusiastic but, one day, when the powder was lit an almighty explosion split the gun into many pieces and the King into two pieces and the poor chap was only 30.
Do have a look at the website. That reminds me I must put a link to this blog on it. Anyway, take care and thanks for dropping in.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Hi everyone and welcome to "just me talking". That title came from an old mentor of mine who would say "it's just me talking" when he was offering advice that I would be stupid to ignore. I'm not suggesting you take any advice I offer here, but, it is, just me talking.
My name is Richard Cudlow and, for my sins, I am an author. No, you probably haven't read anything I've written yet but I hope we can change all that.
I have published my first e-book and at the end of this blog I'll put a link to it should you be interested in finding out more.
I have also created a website that you may find of interest. I was able to do this after many late night sessions trying to master html. I still haven't mastered it but I am able to create a page or two that link together.
I have a lifelong interest in history and any science that flies in the face of traditional scientific thinking and, boy, is there a lot of that. I've discovered things about Einstein, NASA and many others that really surprised me and I will be sharing them with you in future blogs.
I also had a shock when a chance encounter on the Genes Reunited website enabled us to trace our family history. I'll explain later (again in future blogs how we managed it) but we were able to go back to 498. Almost in living memory of Roman Britain. As you can imagine, I have a plethora of stories about ancestors that brought me surprise, wonderment and a healthy dose of embarrassment. Again, I will go into more details as the blog progresses. Suffice it to say, you need to be able to forgive your ancestors anything. You may, then, hope your descendants will do the same. I wonder if there's material for a series of novels, each one featuring an ancestor who is able to pass on the genes all the way down to me?
After my wife, my three great loves in life are writing, computers and DIY and if I'm not doing one, I'm usually doing the other. My biggest project at the moment is the sequel to my novel which I'm hoping to publish this year. I'd like to keep you posted on progress from time to time and, who knows, you may just help me to achieve my dreams.
Thanks for dropping by, I've enjoyed our little chat and look forward to many more of them. Don't hesitate to let me have any comments you think relevant and I'll do my best to respond. It just leaves me to say cheerio but, before I do, here's that link I told you about. The novel is available on Amazon for the Kindle and for all other formats.

Thanks again and I hope to see you next time