My grandmother died on the way to her second wedding. I had always thought this would make a dramatic ending for a story and when I found myself living in Hong Kong with oodles of time on my hand, I decided to research my grandparents’ lives and times. Research proved seductive, as did my early attempts to create sentences, paragraphs and chapters. I fell in love with WWI and have now written three novels set in that era.
Earlier this month, a bit of colour was added to the St Stephens/Parnell Road corner beside the cathedral complex. The indefatigable Rendell McIntosh of Parnell Heritage gave me the head's up on its preparation and installation -- and this week I finally had a chance to photograph it.
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Lies Told in Silence—the novel I am currently polishing—is the story of Helene Noisette who is sixteen when WWI begins. Believing that Germany will make straight for Paris if war occurs, Helene’s father, Henri Noisette, sends Helene along with her mother, Womens Supra Shoes Australia grandmother and younger brother to northern France where he feels they will be safe from potential attack. As it turns out, Helene and her family are closer to the front lines than they would have been in Paris and experience war in a more direct fashion. After finishing Unravelled, I felt Helene’s story needed to be told and was intrigued at the thought of writing a novel that was in no way confined by family history. I also love France!
The Scottish Government has therefore been keen to move away from UK Government’s plans to increase the state retirement age, making the case last week at the launch of the White Paper on independence that the proportion of tax revenues taken up by social protection, which includes state pensions, is lower in Scotland than the rest of the UK, and argued those benefits are currently more affordable in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK. The White Paper went on to say that the UK Government’s plans for a “rapid move to 67 is a concern”. Therefore, the proposed increases to 68 and 69 would be likely to be more greatly opposed.
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