A week in politics


It’s tough at the top, when the public demand the undeliverable. Here is an imaginary monologue from this week.

Brown-Beer Brewing will help the Resurgence


Everyone talks about stout and porter, but no one drinks it. Here are some reasons to brew it and enjoy the beginnings of modern brewing, ca. 1730

Someone Tell Me! – Day 1


During C-19 lockdown, I decided to post chapters of my 5* novel Someone Tell Me What Is Going On, as a free read. I’ve now re-posted the first 9 chapters so that they are in the correct order. If you are interested in the whole novel, go to Clive La Pensée on Amazon or clickContinue reading “Someone Tell Me! – Day 1”

Someone Tell me! – Day 2


New to this series? Please check out Day 1 – Vera before continuing. The Rules. Tuesday. It was a beautiful July morning. I took my normal route to the café, alongside a stream full of watercress and tall grasses and late-spring scents. It followed the route of an avenue of fine old sycamores and chestnuts,Continue reading “Someone Tell me! – Day 2”

Someone Tell Me! – Days 3 and 4


These chapters stand alone as short stories, but click here for Days 1 and 2 and enjoy the build up. Summary Day 1. Vera offers Millie a job as a Lady’s companion. Day 2. The Lady and her companion get off on the wrong foot, but manage a truce. Day 3. The House. Wednesday. SometimeContinue reading “Someone Tell Me! – Days 3 and 4”

Someone Tell Me! – Days 5 and 6


It’s great fun putting my 5* novel up for people to read during lockdown. I will keep posting <Someone Tell Me What Is Going On!> after Lockdown. You can also read for free on Kindle Unlimited. So far – Millie is offered a job as a lady’s companion, but things end in a myriad ofContinue reading “Someone Tell Me! – Days 5 and 6”

Someone Tell Me! – Day 7


You can find the previous chapters as Day 1 etc. under Literature. Can’t wait. Get Someone Tell Me What Is Going On,’ free to read on Kindle Unlimited, or just £0.99 as e-book. If you would rather read on, then just know that Millie and Sid are best friends and employed by Lady Vera AshingtonContinue reading “Someone Tell Me! – Day 7”

Topography of Terror


Hildegard Kneff starred with Ernst Wilhelm Borchert, in ‘The Murderers Are Among Us’. A film about the Nazi war criminals, rejoining everyday life (1946) Topography – a detailed description or representation on a map of the physical features of an area. Terror – the use of extreme fear to intimidate people, especially for political reasons.Continue reading “Topography of Terror”

The Other Half – Days 8 and 9


Here are the next two chapters from my 5* novel, Someone Tell Me What Is Going On. Day 10 is imminent. Can’t wait? Then get the complete novel, free through Kindle Unlimited. Day 8. Interludes for more gossip. Monday. Not even out of bed yet and a text from Vera. I always put my phoneContinue reading “The Other Half – Days 8 and 9”

Farrenbacher Weissbier


A blast from the past – Baltimore 1995 – AHA annual bash. I was the principle speaker on the history of brewing. The handwritten copy of my talk is languishing in a filing box somewhere and I am not going to seek it out, so if you were there, Baltimore – June 14th 1995, andContinue reading “Farrenbacher Weissbier”