Free book (SF satire)

Book 1 of the Zaftan Troubles by my fellow author Hank Quense is now available and it’s free on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/872986 and a number of other book sellers. The six other books in the series will roll out at two-week intervals. You can check out an overview of this scifi satiric series at: https://padlet.com/hanque/hdg4c2cy3njx

September 13, 2018
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Photos of the week: insects on flowers

On Tuesday I went for a photo stroll with my friend Petra. Looking at the photos now, I think I see a bit of a theme here although i wasn’t conscious of one at the time. It made a nice break from studying for my German exams next week. I’ve been studying so hard that I’ve starting thinking in German sometimes (which is a good sign) and occasionally finding it…

May 13, 2018
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Astrofest 2018

I spent most of the weekend in the Astrofest conference, learning from other people in the stargszing industry. We heard from prfessionals from La Palma, Tenerife, Fuertaventura, Aragon, Malaga, Extremadura, Andalucia, Alquevera (Portugal), Chile and Peru. I caught up with a lot of old friends and made some new ones. I got a flat behind from all that sitting, and a lot of ideas (far more than I’ll ever have…

May 7, 2018
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The lost week

Where did the last eleven days go? Well I went to see the bell of La Verdad finally arrive on La Palma. I’ve had three mornings’ work as a tour guide. I’ve had my German oral exam and passed: three more exams to go. I’ll be done in a couple of weeks but I still have a lot of studying to do. Apart from that it’s something of a mystery…

May 4, 2018
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Photo of the week: Jade vine flower

Yesterday I saw a jade vine in flower for the first time in my life. As you can see, it’s not really jade coloured, much less emerald (the other name for the plant) but it is very pretty. After a bit of googling I discovered that it’s in the pea family, and the Latin name is Strongylodon macrobotrys and it comes from the Phillipines.

April 8, 2018
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Off to England

Tomorrow morning I’m going to England for a week, to see family. The outward journey is going to be a pain: La Palma to Gran Canaria to Tenerife South to Manchester, followed by a couple of hours in a car. On Wednesday I’m going to spend most of the day driving from one set of relatives to another. On Friday afternoon I’ll drive to Gatwick and spend the night in…

March 24, 2018
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