Category: Writing posts

This is a list of all my writing related posts.

Spitfire Review: No Time to Die

After being postponed…. (checks notes) five times, No Time to Die has finally reached cinema screens. As the swan song to Daniel Craig’s Bond and the film that is hoped to lure the public back into cinemas , does it live up to the hype? Here are my thoughts… Major spoilers for No Time to …

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Top five famous last words

Hello everyone, When I was younger I always thought that last words should be meaningful, profound and memorable although I now realise that’s rarely the case. According to a survey done at hospitals around the world the most common last words are ‘I love you’.  How sweet is that? In our final moments we seek …

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Top 5 authors who regretted publishing their novels

Somebody asked me a very strange question the other day. ‘Jack, do you regret publishing Empty Nights three years ago?’ The answer, quite simply, is no. I’m still tremendously proud of my first novel but I’ll admit that there are things I would do differently. For example I would publish via a traditional publisher instead …

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Top 5 real stories that are completely false

Here is a strange fact about the human mind. If you tell yourself a lie over and over again eventually you will come to believe it. For example, citizens of North Korea believe ridicuous lies about their ruler (such as he found a unicorn lair) because they have been told the lie repeatedly over several …

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Top 5 unmade Doctor Who episodes

On Monday 7th July 2007 The Guardian labeled Russell T Davies as the fifteenth most powerful player in the media industry. Although you have to question the use of the word “player”, many would say that Doctor Who was at the peak of its popularity at this time. With the two spin off shows, Torchwood …

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Top 5 missing episodes of Doctor Who

On December 31st 2020, to round a dreadful year off, all episodes of Doctor Who broadcast since 2005 were removed from Netflix. This is something many Doctor Who fans feared but expected as Britbox, who currently own all classic episodes of Doctor Who, had previously shown interest in owning the complete collection. Despite this purchase, …

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Languages in the Star Wars universe

I love languages. That doesn’t mean it is easy for me to learn new languages (just ask my old French teacher) but I do love studying them. Here are some statistics for you: There are over seven thousand recognised languages spoken on Earth today. Out of these seven thousand languages half of the world’s population …

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Top five Easter Eggs in Literature

Happy Easter, everyone. I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. I don’t normally take much notice of Easter. I’m not religious and I don’t enjoy chocolate so I normally just enjoy the extra long weekend. There is one kind of Easter egg I do enjoy, Easter eggs in films and literature. I’ve spoken about …

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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

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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