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  • A Treasure Hunt in Tenby – Simon Whaley
    buy some souvenirs in the shops and ask the volunteer behind the counter for some help Can you tell us where we might find St Julian s please She smiles Ah You re on a mission are you Well don t let me spoil your fun All I ll say is that you ought to be heading back towards town you won t find St Julian s on Castle Hill Armed with this nugget of information we set off around Castle Hill to its easterly point near the bandstand Overlooking the sea we spy St Catherine s Island and in the distance our original target for the day Caldey Island With the tide in St Catherine s Island is completely cut off from the mainland From our vantage point we can just make out St Catherine s Fort perched on the top of its tall cliffs It was built in 1869 by Lord Palmerston and was one of a chain of forts designed to protect the Admiralty s docks a bit further around the coast at Pembroke It s had a varied life though because in 1907 it became a private a home but it was compulsorily purchased in Word War II After the war it was sold off and between 1968 and 1979 was home to a zoo At high tide it was more like an ark than a zoo Our path takes us back down Bridge Street under another crenelated archway and onto Tenby s fine South Beach It s no good we have to take off our socks and shoes Giggling like children our toes wiggle and sink into the soft fine warm sand An ice cream van has driven onto the beach and has a queue of customers We spot several licking blue ice cream Blue Apparently it s bubblegum flavour I prefer mint choc chip The tide has retreated enough for us to wander along the beach beneath the cliffs upon which Tenby is perched As we turn a corner we spy some old stone steps leading up to the old town walls Unfortunately these are no longer passable so we climb the next set up to the Esplanade Some of the best remains of Tenby s old town walls are here used to protect the town from a land attack We follow them along St Florence Parade to Five Archways once the south gate entrance to the town Slipping through we enter the heart of Tenby full of shops selling seaside gifts buckets spades sweets and clothes Ahead of us is the church Aha Perhaps this is St Julian s Entering Church Street we discover we re wrong It s St Mary s Church Inside is a plaque in memory of Robert Recorde the man who invented the equals sign Suddenly we spot a clue Opposite the church is a road called St Julian s It s full of high street shops but hidden on our left is a small alleyway The walls close

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  • The Long, Long Mynd Hike – Simon Whaley
    From here the hike heads northwards to Earls Hill site of another Iron Age hill fort and then back southwards to Bank Farm Continuing in a southerly direction the village of Shelve is reached marking the 27 mile point The Long Mynd Hike now crosses the border into Wales briefly in order to conquer Corndon Hill before slipping back into England to Black Rhadley Hill Reaching this summit requires the route to cross private land to which hikers only have access during the Hike event itself thanks to the co operation of the local landowner Heading north returns hikers to the Stiperstones again in preparation to drop down across the East Onny River once more to clamber back up onto the Long Mynd at Pole Cottage The route then travels southwards to the small hamlet of Minton a place favoured by local award winning actor Pete Postlethwaite whose films include The Omen The Constant Gardener The Shipping news Jurassic Park and Brassed Off With only four miles to go the hike crosses over the Stretton Valley to climb the southern edge of Ragleth Hill before running along its entire ridge to make the final descent back down to the school some 50 miles or 80 kilometres later and hopefully within the 24 hour time limit There are many trophies available for successful completers of the route including the Longmynd Staff for the fastest completion the Junior Longmynd Staff for the fastest completer aged between 18 and 20 the Swain Shield for the fastest completer aged at least 50 Peggy s Plate goes to the fastest female completer aged 50 or more and the Over The Hill trophy is awarded to the fastest completer aged 60 or more Optimum Organisation Of course organising an event like this takes a team of volunteers and it isn t just the scouts who get involved There are almost as many volunteers as there entrants said Brian We even have a couple of lads who come up from Torquay just to help out And the skilful organisation of the event is something that many entrants comment on We travelled over from Ireland to compete in the event and thoroughly enjoyed it said Norma Rae and David Ewart from Belfast The atmosphere was great and the organisation superb I think the event really benefits from being a Scout organised event you get the feeling that it is very much part of the local community Thanks to everyone to made it such a great experience In some ways many perceive the Stretton Hills to be a relatively safe walking environment and it is for those who take sensible precautions The proximity to the centre of the West Midlands conurbation and the fact that Church Stretton lies on the main Manchester to Cardiff railway line means that civilisation isn t far away But having an understanding of its location is important because of the weather The winter of 2009 2010 was particularly harsh in the area with snow

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  • Managing Money in 2011 – Simon Whaley
    Article Writer The Positively Productive Writer Photography for Writers Running A Writers Circle Fundraising For A Community Project Ten Teatime Tales Best Walks in the Welsh Borders The Bluffer s Guide To Hiking 100 Greatest Walks In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Managing Money in 2011 By simonwhaley On 29 January 2011 In Features Finance Managing money during 2011 is going to be challenging This article was published on the UK Money management website To read the article in full click here Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Uk Money Management Previous Debt Management Tips Next New look Website Coming Soon Comments are closed Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee Writer Freelance Market News Great Walks Australia Holiday Cottages Lakeland Walker Outdoor Photography Outdoor Pursuits That s Life Fast Fiction The Author The Independent The Observer The People s Friend The Simple Things The Weekly News

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  • Finance – Simon Whaley
    Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Category Finance A Will To Write By simonwhaley On 28 March 2013 In Features Finance A Will To Write by Simon Whaley Writers News It s something many of us put off for another day but writing a will is essential to safeguard your literay estate advises Simon Whaley Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Managing Money in 2011 By simonwhaley On 29 January 2011 In Features Finance Managing money during 2011 is going to be challenging Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Debt Management Tips By simonwhaley On 29 January 2011 In Features Finance Borrowing money isn t necessarily bad but the way you borrow it can be Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February

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  • Debt Management Tips – Simon Whaley
    The Complete Article Writer The Positively Productive Writer Photography for Writers Running A Writers Circle Fundraising For A Community Project Ten Teatime Tales Best Walks in the Welsh Borders The Bluffer s Guide To Hiking 100 Greatest Walks In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Debt Management Tips By simonwhaley On 29 January 2011 In Features Finance Borrowing money isn t necessarily bad but the way you borrow it can be This article was published on the UK Money Management website Read the article here Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Uk Money Management Next Managing Money in 2011 Comments are closed Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee Writer Freelance Market News Great Walks Australia Holiday Cottages Lakeland Walker Outdoor Photography Outdoor Pursuits That s Life Fast Fiction The Author The Independent The Observer The People s Friend The Simple Things The Weekly News Trek Mountain Uk

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  • The Wrong Number – Simon Whaley
    Similar fictitious codes exist in other countries too In the UK Ofcom has even created geographical fictitious telephone numbers meaning that authors can create a Bristol area telephone number for their Bristol based character and a Nottingham number for their Midlands based archrival Telephone numbers tend to comprise two sections the first being the geographical area code 0121 for Birmingham the second being the unique code allocated to an individual or business Being able to use the same UK geographical area codes as those used in everyday real life enables us to add more authenticity and realism to our fiction It s the second part of the telephone number where the fictitious element of codes apply As Liz de Winton from Ofcom explains They are allocated specifically for these purposes and won t be allocated to telecoms companies Telephone numbers are allocated in blocks of consecutive digits to the various telecommunications companies who ask for them So by allocating a block of numbers purely for fictional use writers can use any number from within this fictional range safe in the knowledge that in the future the number they choose for their main character won t suddenly be allocated to a butchers in Swindon You can choose any number from within the fictional range of numbers For example if you have a character based in Sheffield then you can give them the telephone number 0114 the real Sheffield geographical area code 496 0123 from the fictional range The fictional range of numbers offers 1 000 variations for each area code Check the numbers carefully because the fictional range of numbers allocated differs for areas such as London Tyneside Cardiff and Northern Ireland If your character does not live in one of the UK geographical areas that has a dedicated numerical fictional range Ofcom suggest that you use the No Area geographical code of 01632 and use a number from within the fictional number range of 960000 to 960999 You can t register a fictional telephone number they are merely a selection of numbers available for use in any form of fiction It s possible that you could choose a fictional number for a character and another writer could select the same fictional number for one of their characters Fictional numbers also exist for other common telephone dialling codes such as mobile phones freephone numbers and even premium rate numbers American Fictional Telephone Numbers Wherever in the world your characters are based you may be able to give them a fictional telephone number Although American fictional numbers famously begin with the area code 555 the fictional range that follows this is quite small Only 555 0100 to 555 0199 are specifically allocated for fictional use Other 555 numbers are used in real life such as 555 1212 which is used as one of the numbers for directory enquiries in North America Be aware that this range 555 0100 to 555 0199 is only valid for North America Other countries such as Iceland

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  • A Will To Write – Simon Whaley
    expired in 1987 50 years after Barrie s death but a unique clause in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 gives the charity all royalties from any Peter Pan performances in perpetuity Leaving your copyright in a will isn t just for the JM Barrie s or the JK Rowling s of this world It s for every writer No one knows what the future may bring Who d have thought ten years ago that blogging would have taken off in the way it has Even stranger perhaps is the fact that some blogs have since gone on to become printed books such as Belle de Jour s blog http belledejour uk blogspot com which was published in book format as the Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl Who knows what opportunities may exist in twenty forty sixty or one hundred year s time for our lovingly created words of today Leaving a will and expressing who you want to benefit from your copyrighted material gives those beneficiaries the opportunity to exploit any new rights that may come into existence after your death I m sure JM Barrie wasn t thinking of electronic rights for iPads and MP3 players when he wrote Peter Pan About two thirds of the UK population don t have a will I was one of those two thirds but after a couple of short meetings I m now part of the third who does have a will Everyone s situation is different and it s important that you get a solicitor to draft your will to ensure it is legally binding and that your express wishes are carried out as you want them to be My professionally drafted will cost me 85 because my circumstances are straightforward Yours may be different and more complicated so will prices vary but many solicitors offer a free initial consultation to discuss your circumstances before you make the decision to go ahead It s worth spending time thinking about your situation and your wishes before the first meeting with a solicitor Copyright is an intellectual property that you can leave to one person whilst the physical manuscript forms part of your chattels personal property which can be left to someone else A will needs to be effective in case you were to die today Don t assume that you ll be around for another 20 30 or more years Although I hope you are Bequeathing rights to relations who are currently still running around in nappies thinking they ll have kids of their own when they finally get their hands on your text isn t good if you expired tomorrow A good solicitor should point out that if you died next week and your nappy wearing nephew inherited your latest novel his ability to sign a contract with a publisher agent as the copyright holder maybe somewhat limited It s worth thinking about issues like this before your initial meeting Are your records accurate If you ve

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  • Business of Writing – Get Help Through Business Synergies – Simon Whaley
    in fear of what the critique might say However with only hours to go before the deadline Vicki made her submission and was glad she did because she won the competition The critique she received was immensely helpful It was a very carefully thought out critique says Vicki that mainly focussed on the internal conflicts of the hero and heroine what the editors liked about them and what needed more work I found it a huge help in that it forced me to think more deeply about the story and see it not just as a writer or a reader but from the perspective of an editor who knows her line very well and understands what a reader expects a Mills and Boon historical to deliver This is where the professionalism of working with another business shines through That industry expert perspective can set us off on the right track Anyone can give us advice but what we need is the right kind of advice We re often advised to join a writers group and that s a great tip but there s a limit as to what a writers group can do for us Unless we re fortunate enough to have an editor agent or publisher as a member a writers group may not be able to give us the up to date industry perspective on our work Vicki s critique has enabled her to move on with her project She made the changes the critique suggested and then sent them in I received a revision letter from Mills and Boon last week she says so I m busy working on that and will resubmit when it s done By building upon the feedback Vicki has taken a step closer to publication External Eyes Editorial services aren t the only businesses that writers can benefit from Vicki is a proofreader www vickibeebyproofreader co uk and knows the benefits of what a proofreading business can bring to other writers businesses Some writers use a proofreading service before submitting to an agent or a publisher to ensure their manuscript is as polished as it can be while self published writers engage their services before going directly to print Spelling grammar and punctuation mistakes throw up a barrier between the readers and the story says Vicki therefore you should check your work carefully before submitting it to give your story the best possible chance of being accepted However it can be very difficult to spot mistakes in your own work all too often you read what you think should be there rather than what actually is An external proofreader will provide a fresh pair of eyes to your work and pick up mistakes that you ve possibly skipped over many times A good proofreading service doesn t just look at spelling punctuation and grammar although these are vital points as Vicki explains Another major aspect of proofreading is checking for consistency For example ensuring that formatting fonts line spacing paragraph indents etc

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