Author: Jack Dowd

I'm a twenty four year old (dyslexic) writer from England. I live just outside London. I hope you enjoy reading my work just as much as I enjoy writing it.
Five surprising origins of fictional mascots

Five surprising origins of fictional mascots

Full disclaimer. I wrote this article while I was hungry. We don’t generally consider mascots as characters in their own right and maybe that’s a shame.  These mascots, particularly if they are humanoid in appearance, often have a detailed backstory that is overlooked by general members of the public. Here are the surprising origins of …

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Top 5 Fictional places that may have existed

Top 5 Fictional places that may have existed

The word Wanderlust is defined by the English Dictionary as a strong desire to travel. I think it is fair to say that many of us in the UK are experiencing Wanderlust at the moment, myself included. In 2017 I published two website posts about fictional places you could visit in the real world. You …

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Five science fiction gadgets that have become reality.

Five science fiction gadgets that have become reality.

If you believe the adverts on TV, January is normally the most exciting month of the year. You can exchange unwanted Christmas presents in the January sales and make a bargain, you can plan out your goals throughout the year and if you don’t enjoy Christmas then you can celebrate the fact that things are …

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Goals for 2021

Goals for 2021

Happy New Year. I hope you welcome 2021 with open arms. It can’t be worse than last year…. can it? Needless to say, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic won’t magically disappear overnight. A wise old wizard won’t snap his fingers and end lockdown. Although a vaccine is now being circulated we will still be …

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2020: A year in review.

2020: A year in review.

Do you remember all the jokes we were making at the start of the year about having twenty twenty vision? Yeah, none of us could really see what 2020 was going to bring, could we? Hello everyone and welcome to end of 2020. Thank god, eh? I think we can all agree 2020 was an …

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NaNoWriMo 2020

NaNoWriMo 2020

Hello everyone, As the title of this post suggests, I am taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. If you are unaware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and the purpose is to motivate writers to set and reach a target before the month ends, normally 50,000 words. If that sounds herculean, it might help …

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Five conspiracy theories that were proven true

Five conspiracy theories that were proven true

There is little scarier in the world than a harsh truth… We live in a world full of misinformation. You may have seen the conspiracy theory floating around online that claims 5G is responsible for the Coronavirus. I will admit that I don’t understand the difference between 3G or 4G on my phone or how …

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How can you bring a dead actor back to life?

How can you bring a dead actor back to life?

In 2013 the Walt Disney company produced a short film titled Get a Horse which was shown before Frozen in cinemas. In Get a Horse, Mickey Mouse attempts to save Minnie by traveling between the 2D 1940’s cartoon world and the modern day cinema. If you want to watch the film in question there is …

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Top five most expensive versions of books

Top five most expensive versions of books

I have worked in many libraries and as such I have organised the books in my house into the duodecimal system. I have four drawers of books. The first drawers holds books between A-G, the second H-P, the third P-Z and the fourth holds stationery. I’m very happy (and can I say proud?) of this …

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