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What will Heaven be Like? : Short Poem by Ian Sutherland Canada
What will Heaven be Like? : Short Poem by Ian Sutherland Canada There are those of us who believe in God and those of us that don’t. I am one of those that does. And with that belief comes a belief in something called “Heaven”. There is some disagreement about what and where Heaven is. From my readings I have concluded that Heaven is here on Earth, following a moment of change, when all that is bad ceases to be and when all is forever after good. This is my short poem about what this world, Heaven, will be like following the moment of change. We hope you enjoy and be inspired by this little poem by Mr. Sutherland Ian is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. He and his wife, Carol, have five wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren.  https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/happyldnpress/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
01:49
November 27, 2019
Good Advice ; Thriller Short story by Ian J. Sutherland UK
Good Advice ; Action thriller Short story written and narrated by Ian J. Sutherland UK The story is woven from many aspects of personal experience knowledge, but the result is pure fiction. I trained as a scientist and then made a career delivering complex change in the City. Once I reached 50 I decided to challenge myself in new directions which have included standup comedy, photography and blacksmithing. I also started to blog professionally, before being tempted to try my hand at fiction. Check our happy stories weekly gossip on our blog or other goodies https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/happyldnpress/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
11:53
November 22, 2019
Little London Adventures and Cockney Curiosities by Clare Newton
Little London Adventures and Cockney Curiosities by Clare Newton and Narrated by Kate Bishop. Artist and photographer Clare Newton rediscovers and records the faint remnants of old London, only made visible when lit by a fleeting low winter's sun. These images are the conduits through time, analysing the sometimes uncomfortable balance between a struggling heritage to exist and the insatiable appetite of modern regeneration. But deep inside East London also lies a Victorian era. The mother of inventions, which not only stimulated change across the world then but even now their lingering artefacts and sayings effect us even in today's hi-tech social world. Strange but true stories that explain how and where artefacts have come from. Including the roots of 'Sarcasm' or the colour purple, both invented in the east end. Or how Shoreditch got its name. Luis de Góngora, in a portrait by Diego Velázquez. The man with a face stuck to his nose Spanish Translation by Maria Carrera  11 July 1561 – 24 May 1627) a Spanish Baroque lyric poet. Kate Bishop is a performance coach specialising in confidence, career and wellbeing. Her training and background in acting and performing have shaped the way she works with clients to ensure they create and maintain their confidence and achieve their goals through interactive, fun and exhilarating coaching sessions, workshops and seminars. Thanks!  Kate Bishop Career, Confidence & Well Being W: www.kate-bishop.co.uk Order Little London Adventures and Cockney Curiosities Now for Xmas https://www.waterstones.com/book/little-london-adventures-and-cockney-curiosities/cl-newton/9781912951017 https://www.amazon.com/Little-London-Adventures-Cockney-Curiosities/dp/1912951010 https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
11:34
November 17, 2019
A Major operation : Short Story by Andrew Segal
A Major operation : Short Story written and narrated by Andrew Segal. Hello, I thought I would share with you my pleasure in writing about romantic short stories. Here's something about the background to major operation. I find the woman taking the lead, being the stronger of the two in a relationship. Perhaps that is a reflection of the women I’ve lived with, worked with and loved, myself. But occasionally my male lead takes over and proves he can shoulder responsibility too, be a shoulder to cry on, a prop just when his lover needs him most. As they say in France, “Vive la Difference,” and so it should be. We live in an enlightened age where the sexes are regarded and indeed treated equally. But that doesn’t mean we behave in the same way. Some people still show symptoms of the old established modes of character and behaviour. The “he” and “she” that make life so endlessly varied and interesting. Extract from I am a Gigolo by Andrew Segal - collection of short stories to be launched spring 2020 https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
09:15
November 17, 2019
Lyme Regis Murders: Extract reading by Andrew Segal
Inspiration for writing: The Lyme Regis Murders Crime thrillers look to present one with surprises. Could it be the murderer? the victim? the setting? or the circumstances of the crime that pique the interest and keep the fans glued? Readers want to be puzzled, shocked, swept along and then reassured that from where they are sitting or reading, their hero or heroine, has things under their control, that in the end all will be well. After all, it’s how we want life to be, isn’t it? So, I decided I would use a safe and popular resort, that of Lyme Regis, where I have holidayed on a number of occasions. In my writing the rocks on the Jurassic beach proved a useful foil for any contemplated murder. Thus we have a sleepy town with the counterbalance of a series of horrific murders. This book is my first foray into the world of crime fiction, and I’ve discovered that drawing out and developing characters with both human strengths and frailties has proved to be challenging, but in the end rewarding too. Worth noting, it is not simply the question of whom the guilty party or parties is/are, it’s also a question of attributing reasons. If murder were purely random it would hardly be a subject with motives to ponder and debate. The Lyme Regis works on the mistaken prejudices of people, leading the readers astray, before finally offering up the guilty with motives. Available on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lyme-Regis-Murders-Children-Conspiracy-ebook/dp/B07VKD6GDF BOOK TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5RxvUisVmQ Interview with Author Andrew Segal and Dr Shahnaz Ahmed USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1CxqzX66hI
04:54
November 13, 2019
Eight Feet High : Short Story for Adults by Ian J. Sutherland UK
Eight Feet High : Short Story for Adults written and narrated by Ian J. Sutherland UK I trained as a scientist and then made a career delivering complex change in the City. Once I reached 50 I decided to challenge myself in new directions which have included standup comedy, photography and blacksmithing. I also started to blog professionally, before being tempted to try my hand at fiction. Eight Feet High was one of my first attempts at competitive short story writing - no more than 2,500 words in 7 days. This was a personal challenge for me being someone who has always been happier with numbers and pictures than with words. The format is entrants are given a genre, in this case romance, a location (an ER room) and an object (a mop) that have to be woven into the story. I rather dreaded romance, but as usual I tried to pull some anchors from personal experience and create my story around them. The first was those silver nitrous oxide bottles that the kids sniff. I had found a few outside out house and it had set me thinking. I had also seen a girl with one of those sternum piercings on the train - needless to say it caught my eye. Lastly the location of the club was set broadly in a retail park not far from us. As they say, the rest is history, or rather fiction. I did receive some encouraging feedback from the judges, but was not considered good enough to progress past the first round in this instance.
04:55
November 11, 2019
Grumps & Sweeties; Children's Short Story by Ian Sutherland
Grumps & Sweeties; Children's Story Suitable for 3 year + Written and Narrated by Ian Sutherland from Canada Ian is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. He and his wife, Carol, have five wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren. About Grumps & Sweeties What type of person do we want our child to grow up to be? This is a story about the most basic of choices that can make all the difference to a person’s happiness and personal development: the choice to be kind, even to those who are not kind to us. Inspiration behind the story: I was doing some philosophical writing one day and stopped when I was finished and thought to myself: “What an important idea that is. But almost no one is ever going to read this and be inspired by it. What can I do to give it some concrete effect?” Then it occurred to me I could take my ideas and express them through a children’s story. So, I immediately sat down and wrote “Grumps & Sweeties”, a story that gets across the incredible importance of kindness both to the individual and to those whose lives they touch. http://www.lulu.com/shop/ian-sutherland/grumps-sweeties/paperback/product-20277968.html http://www.grumpsandsweeties.com/home.html https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/happyldnpress/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
04:46
November 9, 2019
Heaven Is... A short poem by Ian Sutherland
Heaven Is . A short inspiring poem written and narrated by Ian Sutherland from Canada. Ian is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. He and his wife, Carol, have five wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren. The poem was written during a reflective time, when Ian was trying to understand the big picture in life. Ian Sutherland, is a full time lawyer who writes in his rare quiet moments to share his thoughts on the importance of kindness, love, hope and respect for others. He and his wife, Carol, have five wonderful children and four beautiful granddaughters. We hope you enjoy and be inspired by this little poem by Mr. Sutherland https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/happyldnpress/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
02:43
October 29, 2019
Stephen the Statute : Children's short story by Andrew Segal
Stephen the Statue : Written and narrated by Andrew Segal Children's short story; suitable for 3- 6yr old It’s not always that easy to say where the inspiration for a story comes from. In the children’s story, Roberto the Robot, I looked at the fantasy of a machine with a mind and with feelings. The robot connects with a little girl, and she with him. An innocent friendship where the frail one is mentally the stronger. But where the physically stronger, is also too gentle to hit back when he’s attacked by ‘bully boys.’ I developed the idea further with Stephen the Statue, this time the inanimate object, the statue, being the principal character. Here the threat to be faced by Stephen, a hero from the past, is of oblivion, something I’ve suggested the statue is aware of. In facing the problem, where the statue can of course do nothing, he is rescued by a wheelchair bound child who reminds the village of the heroism of Stephen, insisting it mustn’t be forgotten. A child who is facing a disability has something in common with the statue, although the child, whilst seeing itself in the same situation as the statue, is able to do something about it. https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.pinterest.co.uk/happyldnpress/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
08:52
October 17, 2019
Clarissa the Clown ; Children's story by Andrew Segal
Clarissa the Clown ; Children's story written and narrated by Andrew Segal As a kid I remember the first time I was taken to a circus. It was Bertram Mills. Well known as one of the pre-eminent of circuses of its day, and not without justification. There was the excitement and anticipation before we arrived, the bustle, the expectant crowds of children and adults. Then there were the animals, not as prevalent today as once. But we had horses, dogs, seals, elephants and most exciting of all, the lions and tigers. How could anyone be brave enough to get into a cage with those big cats? Their roars were terrifying, but exciting at the same time. The whole event was almost overwhelming. Even today we see circuses with rings and tents bigger than anything we might have envisaged when I was a youngster. Indeed the visiting, Moscow State Circus with its vast trio of bright red tents should be enough to impress the most dour of critics. But then, the thing we all waited for, was the clowns. The somersaults, the slapstick, buckets of paint, faces splashed with cream pies. They say, every comedian harbours a sadness in their life, a sadness that encourages then to make others laugh. Clarissa dreams of flying on the trapeze, but lacks the confidence, insists her knees are too weak. But it’s just an excuse, and despite her nerves, when she overcomes her fear, and gives it a go she finds she can fly on the trapeze with the best of them. If we don’t give it a go, we’ll never know what we’re capable of. Extract from Village People collection of short stories by Andrew Segal - to be launch later next year https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
03:50
October 13, 2019
Cuthbert the Colonel : Children's Story by Andrew Segal
Cuthbert the Colonel : Children's Story written and narrated by Andrew Segal British soldiers, renowned for their courage and bravery, train under conditions of strict and uncompromising discipline. I recall an ex- soldier telling me that his NCO had screamed at the men till he was hoarse. But he got results. What was intriguing was that when the men were off duty, as it were, the same NCO chatted to them amicably about his wife and family. Once on duty again, he reverted to the alter ego. He was respected, admired and acknowledged as able to do anything he expected of his men. Cuthbert is a recognisable British type. Furthermore, he sees it as necessary in an emergency situation to take the credit for the solution to the problem, even when he wasn’t actually responsible for that solution himself. Well, we can’t let discipline slip, can we? Extract from Village People collection of short stories by Andrew Segal - to be launch later next year https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
03:20
October 12, 2019
Roberta Robot : Children's story by Andrew Segal
Roberta Robot : Children's story written and narrated by Andrew Segal We live in an age of increasing, some would say encroaching, Artificial Intelligence. How would it be, if say, a robot with intelligence was actually given the chance to express itself? What would it want to say? Whom would it wish to say it to? When would the opportunity arise? Roberto the Robot expresses the thoughts that a robot with artificial intelligence, bordering on real intelligence, might think in given circumstances. He works hard and expects no reward. His maker, Bob, only sees him as a machine. Roberto reminds us that, ‘even cars and trains have secret brains, but cannot speak or tell.’ A fantasy. A what if, situation. But when he’s bullied, a little girl comes to his aid, encourages him, reassures him and ultimately helps him to, ‘find his voice.’ They become friends and even when she moves away to a different school, the confidence she’s given him remains. This is one of my favourite stories in rhyme as it shows the power of friendship and love in what is quite frankly, the most unexpected of situations. Extract from Village People collection of short stories by Andrew Segal - to be launch later next year https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
05:32
October 12, 2019
Lavender Roses : Short Story by Andrew Segal
Lavender Roses : Short Story written and narrated by Andrew Segal was published in The Lady Magazine in April 2019. I was just eight years old the first time I visited Paris, but even at that age something about the city was entrancing. Too early in life to see the romance of the place, but not too early to fail to appreciate the sounds and sights. The delicious food, and the way Parisians relished their meals. Vichy water, as in those days tap water wasn’t fit to drink. Hence the custom of drinking wine with every meal, at least for adults that is. Steaks, the like of which I’d never tasted in the UK. Crisp, golden colour chips. And, modest by today’s standards, the famous Folies Bergere. Today Paris still enchants, the Eiffel Tower standing proud and tall in the centre. My story encapsulates the feelings that the city engenders in a young loving couple, and the way in which aspects of their stay remain with them into old age. Extract from I am a Contract Killer collection of short stories by Andrew Segal - to be launch letter this year https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
08:37
October 8, 2019
Catherine Wheels : Short Story by Andrew Segal
Catherine Wheels : Short Story written and narrated by Andrew Segal  Another story about love. So often in my short stories I find the woman taking the lead, being the stronger of the two in a relationship. Perhaps that is a reflection of the women I’ve lived with, worked with and loved, myself. But occasionally my male lead takes over and proves he can shoulder responsibility too, be a shoulder to cry on, a prop just when his lover needs him most. As they say in France, “Vive la Difference,” and so it should be. We live in an enlightened age where the sexes are regarded and indeed treated equally. But that doesn’t mean we behave in the same way. Some people still show symptoms of the old established modes of character and behaviour. The “he” and “she” that make life so endlessly varied and interesting. In my novel, “The Lyme Regis Murders,” my principal character, is a multi-racial, bi-sexual, cigar smoking, cocaine taking, vodka drinking, martial arts exponent, six feet tall, woman. But powerful as she is, when it suits her and she behaves unpredictably she reminds her boyfriend, it’s “because I am a woman.” In this short story it is the male who, able to show emotion nonetheless, is the strength his woman relies upon. Extract from I am a Gigolo by Andrew Segal - collection of short stories to be launched spring 2020 https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://www.happylondonpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6-N_Ac7zQk&feature=youtu.be https://www.reddit.com/user/HappyLondonPress/draft/74033c78-e693-11e9-ab2b-baf524289879
09:06
October 8, 2019
Fondest Love : Short Story by Andrew Segal
Fondest Love : Short Story written and narrated by Andrew Segal Love stories take all sorts of formats, and thankfully in today’s world intolerance of the past is very much, just that; a thing of the past. And so we read with pleasure of love among those who are straight, or gay, perhaps bisexual and or now too, transsexual, without the bigotry and persecution that blighted so many relationships in years gone by. Sometimes an event presaging a time of sadness and loss can be an inspiration for a love story. Again, our preconceptions of who is the strongest character in an affair can be misleading. In this story, the relationship is straight, and he feels he should be the leader. He’s an old fashioned macho man who hides his feelings. But is he really the stronger of the two, whatever he feels, or would like to believe his role is supposed to be in the arena of ‘Goodbye?’ Or is it she who is the one he unconsciously leans on? But then we can introduce another element, another character, perhaps related in one way or another to the other two. A character who puts the whole of the first relationship into clear perspective. Extract from I am a Gigolo by Andrew Segal - collection of short stories to be launched spring 2020 ANDREW CAN BE FOUND ON AMAZON https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Segal/e/B0034OLPQM Check our happy stories https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ READER REVIEWS
08:34
October 3, 2019
Sleight of Hand : Short story by Andrew Segal
Sleight of hand written and narrated by Andrew Segal was published in The Lady Magazine in September 2019.  I love magic, and once dreamed of being a magician myself, and joining The Magic Circle. But to be a magician requires a special temperament, together with the ability to stay absolutely cool, particularly if things start to go wrong, which in the world of illusion, they all too frequently do. A number of Houdini copyists lost their lives when trying to emulate his escapes from a sealed mail bag, in a chained wooden crate, thrown into the freezing Hudson river. They weren't as practiced or prepared, as he was. So they drowned, or else froze to death before they could be warmed after a rescue. Having watched Cirque de Soleil on a number of occasions, I had also come to appreciate the skills of acrobats, taking on board the years, the practice and the strength required to engage in their kind of performances. And so it was that I decided to write a love story combining all the above, particularly the possibility of a love interested connected to a disaster, a trick gone drastically wrong. An incident involving a friend provided the starting point, and with my ideas in mind, I took it from there. The story encapsulates exactly what can happen when one engages, unwisely, in Sleight of Hand. Extract from I am a Courtesan by Andrew Segal - collection of short stories to be launched spring 2020 ANDREW CAN BE FOUND ON AMAZON https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Segal/e/B0034OLPQM Check our happy stories https://www.instagram.com/happylondonpress/ https://twitter.com/HappyLDNpress https://happylondonpress.blogspot.com/ READER REVIEWS @karenbennettphotography Can’t wait to read this one 🐶 💕💕💕 @graceodonnellburke ❤️ · Great story  @vintagehipchick 💕🌸💕🌸💕🌸  
10:10
October 3, 2019
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