Flying a Kite ... publication due 25th July 2013!
Flying a Kite is my latest novel—and a most unusual one, I can assure you. It goes one step beyond fiction! Hopefully it will entertain, amuse, and make you think.
What do you think? Read about it by clicking its title above.
Reality Check: Science Meets Religion (Non-fiction)
Reality Check: Science Meets Religion is my latest non-fiction publication. With a career background in science and technology, I was always curious about how things came to be, from the universe to sub-atomic particles. A growing interest in cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy, and the paranormal made me want to find out more about the world we live in. Being grounded in both research and logic due to my work, and as someone who had to write about everything I was involved in—which included a number of non-fiction books written under my real name years ago on subjects ranging from semiconductor physics to logic design (see below)—it was natural that this exploration would eventually lead to another book. Hence 'Reality Check'.
Due to a questioning belief as an agnostic, and as a result of years of interest and research, I eventually became firmly convinced there really was a God and that all the facts and evidence supported this. So it seemed logical to suppose the apparent conflicts between science and religion could be explained. With so many people believing in God, any so many believing in the substance of science, why should so many feel they are mutually exclusive? It made no sense! Yet there were many contradictions between the two: such as creation versus evolution. But I was determined to at least satisfy myself why this should be so. After all, even two popes came to admit evolution might have been part of God's plan. Perhaps this was the biggest clue.
The explanation I came to, and the one I now offer in this book, is that science and religion are both correct in their respective 'beliefs'. (Yes, I also call science a 'belief' because its current thinking is always liable to change.) The beliefs of science and a monotheistic (single-God) religion are, in fact, complementary—but they look at the same things from different points of view. So, in reality, the conflicts evaporate. Hence my call for a 'reality check' whereby 'science meets religion'. 'Occams' Razor' describes the sound principle that the simplest explanation for something is most liable to be correct. I believe the final explanation I offer in this book is simple: despite the apparent complexities science makes of creation.
I hope you find this book as fascinating to read as it was for me to research and write. It contains some amazing facts, which was why I chose to include End Notes referencing over 70 sources you can follow up on the internet: proof I am not making up my supporting evidence! I have included these End Notes on this website so it is much easier for readers of the book to follow up. You can, of course, check these out without reading the book, but it won't make much sense in isolation; so please do buy the book and join me on an amazing journey of discovery! It won't cost you more than a cup of coffee!
If you would like to believe in God, the evidence and logic within this work might be what you have been looking for. If you do believe in God, but feel uncomfortable about apparent conflicts between your faith and modern science, it might reconcile them. If you do not believe in God, it might just change your mind—and thereby prove to be your godsend. So wherever you stand, I hope you will find this interesting and thought-provoking reading. Despite its depth, rest assured that early reader reviews confirm it is a light and easy read for all—not without a vein of humour.
Sandman (A psychological thriller set near Bournemouth, UK)
SANDMAN is a psychological thriller that shows while everything may seem tranquil enough on the surface, there is no telling what disturbing undercurrents lie unseen. In SANDMAN they gradually leech away all normality as murder, stalking and kidnap infiltrate what is otherwise a natural haven of beauty. This novel is set in real locations in and around Christchurch Harbour in Dorset, England, including Mudeford Sandbank, Hengistbury Head and the little town of Christchurch. If you know them you'll recognize the settings. If you don't, you may want to after reading the novel. The real-world setting is, of course, far more peaceful.
Reading eBooks on your PC
Did you know that you don't have to have a Kindle to read eBooks?
Click here to read how to download a free eBook reader. I have written this article giving you a choice. All make for relaxed reading on your computer, and one option is a PC version of the Amazon Kindle.
If you live in the Bournemouth area you can pre-order SANDMAN from my local bookshop: Bookends
It is good news for me, perhaps, that people sometime have difficulty getting copies of my book locally because demand sometimes exceeds supply. They are my locally approved stockist and do all they can to try to maintain stock on the shelf. The remedy, of course, is to either pick up the phone to reserve or pre-order, or buy from Amazon.
To place a telephone order for later collection from Bookends in Christchurch, Dorset, call 01202-479059.
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Helful Broadband Tips (for the UK)!
I don't usually make recommendations for anything, but after so long with indifferent broadband performance which really reduced in speed as soon as the local kids got home from school and went online, I am so impressed with Plusnet that I do not hesitate to recommend them to those in the UK. Read on to find out why.
I already had a satisfactory TV solution so I didn't want fibre coming into the house, even though I knew it was the fastest solution. Instead I went for unlimited fibre broadband from Plusnet. The way it works is to link your existing telephone cable to a fibre cable in your nearest street telephone cabinet. So instead of having perhaps a mile or more of electrical cable between you and a fast fibre, you may only have a few hundred metres, or less. (I estimate I lose around 0.5Mbps for every 100 metres of wire.)
When the BT engineer installed their OpenReach modem on behalf of Plusnet, he told me the speed at my local street cabinet was 80Mbps! It was still capable of up to 54Mbps at my house. Normally you should leave this router switched on so it settles to the fastest reliable speed; it takes a fair few minutes to connect, so be warned. Typically your speed should be in excess of 38Mbs, or as otherwise predicted, but speed tests will tell you what to expect when it settles. (They recommend you switch the router on and off a few times during the first 10 days while it is testing reliability at different speeds - for some strange reason; perhaps this retriggers a test.)
The cost of the new Plusnet Unlimited Broadband package with their optional phone package added - which includes line rental - was about the same as I was already paying for broadband, phone and line before - but I now get a much faster speed for the money.
A BT OpenReach engineer installed a new BT master socket faceplate and their modem and confirmed the new higher speed. He also connected the Plusnet Router. I then had to wait until the next day for external switching to be done by Plusnet, and for them to advise me it was ready by text message. Following their simple instructions, the rounter then automatically set itself up for broadband. They have a really readable book to help you. If you decided to switch, download their Plusnet Assist app onto your computer before you switch and it will later help you with any problems once you have your new hardware up and running (eg setting up your email).
I did consider switching to the BT equivalent, but after investigating this and having great difficulties with their customer services based overseas, it was like a breath of fresh air to realize Plusnet have award winning UK-based customer services whom I found most helpful. (You can ask them lots of questions online before you commit.)
Want to switch? Just click the banner below. Yes, I do get a little bit off my monthly bill if you go by that route, but I reckon you won't object to that when you find out how good Plusnet are. (And you can get your monthly bill down as well by recommending it to friends and contacts. You might end up with FREE FAST broadband! Go for the unlimited option and you are well away. And see below for my tip on avoiding wireless link problems!)
Worried about leaving BT? Then don't. Plusnet were bought-up by BT in January 2007! They still run as an independent subsidiary from offices in Sheffield - but now with the financial backing and power of BT. (And, remember, good customer services based in the UK! So what more could you ask?)
An alternative way to get over weak wireless problems - cheaply!
My router is located in my office, away from the main house. Although the router will give a signal to the house, it is a stretch and can sometimes be a weak signal. (It would be fine if located within a house.) When it comes to updates or data streaming, I needed something really reliable. Thankfully, I discovered Netgear Powerline Adaptor products; I use the AV200 Series for up to 200Mbps connection. You just plug one in a mains socket near your router, connect it to your router via a supplied Ethernet lead, then plug in other adaptors in mains sockets wherever you need an internet connection! (They come in pairs, with Ethernet leads, but you can add to them.) Apart from pressing a button on each device when you install, that's all there is to it, and you then have internet connections wherever you want them in your house: cheaper than wireless solutions. Get them from stores such as Amazon or Currys. The signals are modulated on your local mains, and encryption ensures your security. I use one to connect my Smart TV to internet apps for streaming films, etc. Not a lot of people know these can solve wireless problems in a cheaper way than wireless solutions! Enjoy!
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