A Post from A Member of the U. L. S. — Robbie Cheadle


Robbie Cheadle is the guest of Charles French this week with an article and review for King Solomon’s Mines by H Rider Haggard.. makes for fascinating reading. I hope you will head over to read the post in full.. thanks Sally.



I want to welcome Robbie Cheadle to the U. L. S., The Underground Library Society! This group is an unofficial collection of people who deeply value books. It is based on the idea of The Book People from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  Robbie is the newest member of this group of book lovers!

Robbie has excellent blogs: Robbie Cheadle books/poems/reviews and   Robbie’s inspiration. Both are wonderful; please be sure to visit them.

King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard


I decided to read King Solomon’s Mines as it is set in South Africa in the late 19th century. I am currently finalizing my first adult novel, A Ghost and His Gold, which is set during the Second Anglo Boer War. I hoped that King Solomon’s Mines would give me insight into life in southern Africa during this period.

Rider Haggard spent time in South Africa after he took a position as the assistant to the secretary to Sir Henry Bulwer, Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Natal in 1875. In 1876, he was transferred to the staff of Sir Theophilus Shepstone, Special Commissioner for the Transvaal. It was in this role that Sir Haggard was present in Pretoria, capital of the then Boer Republic of the Transvaal, in April 1877 when it was officially annexed by Britain. Sir Haggard was tasked with the duty of raising the Union flag and reading out much of the proclamation at the annexation event after the official originally entrusted with this duty lost his voice.

I had an interest in Sir Rider Haggard and his books because he lived in Ditchingham, a town close to my mother’s hometown of Bungay in Suffolk, England. When her brother was a young man he was employed by Sir Haggard and Sir Haggard daughter, Lilias Haggard, edited a book entitled The Rabbit Skin Cap which told the story of an old man who was well known to my mother. My mother’s memories of Sir Rider Haggard’s house and his daughter, Lilias, are included in the fictionalized memoir of her life, While the Bombs Fell, which we wrote together.


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Words, Wonderful Words…


A lovely post about A.A. Milne from Joy Lennick​ and I hope you will head over to enjoy the post in full.. thanks Sally.

Words, Wonderful Words…

Trinity-College-Library-in-Dublin-1Every now and then I pontificate on the power and magic of words. Those twenty-six little letters have faithfully served us ever since “Adam” said Ugg to “Eve.” And, in what variety! True and Fairy tales… Sci-Fi and Paranormal, Murder and Mystery, Love and Romance, Historical, et al – all cater to different literary tastes.

Milne 3What led to writing today’s post was reading about Alan Alexander Milne and his Pooh stories. The House on Pooh Corner (1928), and Winnie the Pooh in particular. Without Milne, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and the rest of the gang, would have been lost to so many fans. Christopher Robin, Pooh’s human companion, was named after Milne’s own son. Sadly, Christopher was not happy about his inescapable connection to the popular books as he grew older. Winnie the Pooh was based on his teddy bear. Also on his infant bed, were a stuffed piglet, a tiger, a pair of kangaroos and a downtrodden donkey. (Owl and Rabbit were added for good measure.) Hundred Acre Wood closely resembles Ashdown Forest near to Milne’s home.


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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 21st June-27th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy and Chocolate…


If you missed Carol Taylor’s catch up for the week on Sunday, there is plenty to keep you interested.. including climate change news and recycling initiatives, some lovely Thai fruit and veg, some Whimsy and A-Z of Food, and National Chocolate Pudding Day followed by Saturday Snippets.. head over to enjoy in full.

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 21st June-27th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsy and Chocolate…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…Let’s take a pew and have a read… enjoy!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday…Recycling and Climate Change…22nd June 2020…

There were a few links to data updates on Climate Change last week and some info on ” Doing Palm Right” plus Waste…On the subject of waste…The sight of all this waste being left by people on beaches is absolutely appalling…yes I am having a rant…WHO are these people they are not my family and friends…Are they yours?… So who exactly are they?


Tuesday: National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

As June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month today I am celebrating the lovely fruits and vegetables we can get here in Thailand…


There is sea caviar which is a lovely green and very nice eaten with a chilli dip…the grandkids just love it…Also many others some you may get where you live and others you may not but I am sure you also get lovely vegetables which I can’t it evens out really but we also have many vegetables in common…


Wednesday…Time for a touch of whimsy and my Food Column over at Sally’s where it is the A-Z of food and on my journey through the culinary alphabet it is the letter L…


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The Delta Pearl 39 — Rise


Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene with this week’s episode of the Delta Pearl.. and there is plenty of action for Émeraude and her companions who have to fight to try and save her life…

The Delta Pearl

Chapter 39 — Rise

Pixabay image altered by TRG
Pixabay image altered by Teagan R Geneviene

Shouting voices rose up from beneath me.  I’m not sure if it was the voices that woke me or the pain in my shoulder and head.  The world around me shifted and drew close.

Stars danced before my eyes.  My ears rang like a ship’s bell.  Although my head hurt, it was not as bad as my shoulder.  I cried out when I moved it.

As my vision cleared, I looked upward ― it felt like I was rising.  Light glinted dully from a gray metal ball.  It drooped from a cord, to which it was attached.  Several of them dangled above me.

“That’s what hit me,” I muttered as consciousness returned.  “Lead weights.  It’s a net!  But where did it come from?” I exclaimed.

The weight that knocked me on the head must have been a glancing blow, else I would have been unconscious longer.  I didn’t think I had been out more than a moment.  I moved my shoulder gingerly.  I dreaded to see the bruise that would soon be there.

Shouts intruded on my dazed thoughts.  I looked down toward the voices.  Regardless of how I came to be in the predicament, I was scooped inside a net.  It was being drawn up to who knew where or what.

Already I was higher than Victor T. Elam could reach.  I saw him on the ground, jumping, trying to grab hold of the net.  It was mere inches beyond his grasp.

Vernon Lee by John Singer Sargent 1881
Vernon Lee by John Singer Sargent 1881










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MarySmith’sPlace – Afghanistan adventures#40


Another amazing post from Mary Smith sharing her work and the wonderful people that she met in the late 1980s when working in Afghanistan. This week a friend shares his story of leprosy and his childhood.

MarySmith’sPlace – Afghanistan adventures#40

Lad-sar-Jangal Winter 1989

Qurban’s wife, Masooma, had taken their two daughters to Pakistan to visit her parents, who had not yet seen their grandchildren. She was expected to return with Jon when he came to collect me. In the evenings I sometimes joined Qurban in his room where we talked late into the night catching up on news.

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Qurban had spent much of his life in Karachi and was eager for news of friends there, and to reminisce about his days at the leprosy training centre and hospital. Although I had known Qurban quite well during his student days he had never talked much about his early childhood in Afghanistan. During one of our late night sessions he told the story of the horrors of those days when, at the age of about seven he contracted leprosy.

He had known of the disease as his paternal uncle had leprosy. In those days, people were terrified of leprosy, believing it to be incurable. As no-one understood its cause all kinds of misconceptions and myths surrounded the illness: it was a curse of God, a punishment for sin.  Qurban’s uncle must have done something dreadful to be punished in this way, a bad person, to be avoided. He had been ostracised by the community, forced to build his house far away from the village. He wasn’t allowed to pray in the mosque.


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Recycling and Climate Change…22nd June 2020…


Carol Taylor shares some innovative climate change projects that have been accelerated by the pandemic and the realisation how much better the earth did without the intrusion of people and their technology.. also a way to make the production of palm oil less devastating to the environment and wildlife…And an ingenious way to prevent littering by customers from McDonalds..

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Recycling and Climate Change…22nd June 2020…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. ..many countries are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases and in light of recent developments around the world I am guessing it is not over yet…I was very disturbed to read about Swedens policies I am sure after this is over they may occur repercussions…Scary..

Here in Thailand we are not many days of declaring ourselves Covid-19 free…fingers crossed…BUT so far although some restrictions have been lifted masks and social distancing is still very much in the fore front of everyday life and not being lifted in the near future I am guessing but I am happy with that…

But let’s not dwell on what we have no control over and do our bit to stay safe and well and look at the good things happening and the things we can control in our daily lives…


If you have been keeping up with the news on climate change then you will know that there have been lots of changes in certain areas this has prompted calls for a green recovery plan and calls for a “green recovery” have been growing ever louder over recent weeks. Yesterday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a new report stressing that the world now has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs.


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The Delta Pearl 38 — Tangle


Teagan Geneviene with another wonderful episode of The Delta Pearl.. and if you are not sure what a telectroscope is then head over to be enlightened. As always a fascinating read.

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The Delta Pearl 38 — Tangle

Saturday, June 20, 2020 


The Delta Pearl book cover created by Teagan R. Geneviene

Welcome, my chuckaboos, to another episode ashore in my fictional, Victorian Era version of Cairo, Illinois.

Last year, just as this riverboat left the dock, Rob Goldstein left an amazing “random reader thing.”  It’s Telectroscope.  Read on to learn what that is.

Now we return to Émeraude and Eliza.  I think Victor and Randall are about to join them. Without further ado…

All aboard!

The Delta Pearl

Chapter 38 — Tangle

Leadenhall Street London 1837, street scene engraving by J Hopkins, Wikipedia
Leadenhall Street in London 1837, engraving by J Hopkins, Wikipedia

Following the clockwork scarab, I ran out the library door.  I barreled straight into Dr. Victor T. Elam, my young inventor.  We both landed on our backsides.

Randall Needleman, the wealthy entrepreneur and Eliza’s husband, looked down at us.  His expression was startled yet bemused.  His mustache twitched.  I knew he was trying not to laugh – because I could see for myself that it was a comical thing.

“Miss, are you hurt?” asked Jet Fischer, the librarian.

The bustle and the voluminous fabric of my gown had tangled me.  At the same moment, both Jet and Randall bent to help me up.  Victor was also getting to his feet, but he tried to avoid stepping on my skirts.  That caused him to stumble into Jet, who then lost his balance and fell into Randall.  A second later all four of us were in a heap at the entrance to the library.

A street urchin ran to his friends, shouting “Fight!  Fight!”


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Games for readers and writers: when main characters play hide and seek.


Jessica Norrie with her post this week… hunt the MC… she shares some excellent examples of books where you might be forgiven for wondering who is the main character… fascinating from both a writing and reading perspective.

Games for readers and writers: when main characters play hide and seek.

How hard can it be to find the main character (MC) in a novel? No prizes for David Copperfield, Jane Eyre, Mrs Dalloway. Playwrights may play tricks: Julius Caesar dies in Act 1,  we’re left Waiting for Godot who may not even exist, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. But novels are easy.

Or are they? Even the classics can fool us. Are the four Little Women equally important? As an avid bookworm and would-be writer I should have identified with Jo, but the recent very good film confirmed what I’d suspected since childhood. Amy leads the pack.




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Top Five Mistakes New Authors Make and How to Avoid Them


Author John Howell has joined the team at The Story Empire and his first post shares some common mistakes that new authors might make.. as always entertaining whilst getting some key messages across..Head over to enjoy the post in full. Thanks Sally.

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Hello, SEers. I am delighted to be part of The Story Empire group. I have long admired the members and followers and am pleased to now be a part of the team. I feel like a kid who has been looking at penny candy with his nose pressed against the display case glass, and the shop keeper invites me to take my pick.

The good news is I’m in. The bad news is now I have to go to work.  As you know by now, you can find a wealth of information on writing, publishing, and organization on The Story Empire. The authors here have a lot of experience and are willing to share.

To that end, for my first post, I’m going to discuss the top five mistakes that most new authors make and how to avoid them. Since I have pretty much made them all, I guess I’m setting myself up as a mistake expert. I hope you enjoy my debut Story Empire post. If not, please don’t tell me.

The Top Five Mistakes of New Authors and How to Avoid Making them Yourself.

Mistake one – Rushing to Publication.

We all want to get out books published. We’ve worked so hard getting the manuscript finished, and now we want the glory and honor that comes from being able to say, “I’m a published author.” I have to ask a question here. What’s the rush? You’ve lived this long without being published, why now?

The reason I ask is there is nothing worse than rushing a book into print or an agent’s hands, and then the need for editing pointed out. The second worse thing is to have a book published that no one buys. Lack of sales comes from not having an adequate plan on how to sell the book once it is published. So, rushing to publish has its downside. It is better to take the time to make sure the book is as error-free as possible and backed by a solid plan on how to communicate its availability to the target readers.

Mistake two – Getting advice from family members.



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