60s Teenage Angst 3 – Workplace


Little Town Blues – or why I became a science teacher. Little Town, Essex. Real name – Stanford-le-Hope. Better named back then, Stanford-no-Hope. A just reminder that the ‘good old days,’ were actually, crap! The pictures of it look great, now! Put Stanford-le-Hope Fertilizers into your search engine and check out images. Not so pretty!Continue reading “60s Teenage Angst 3 – Workplace”

My Grandma was a most amazing girl – part 1


 My grandmother, Aunt Joan and father. (1932) 16 Apr 2016 by 6 Comments  © Clive La Pensée There is a much-loved German children’s song. It starts, ‘Meine Oma fährt im Hühnerstall Motorrad’. Translated freely one gets ‘My Grandma rides her Honda in the henhouse, and the chorus is, ‘My Grandma is a most amazing girl.’Continue reading “My Grandma was a most amazing girl – part 1”

My Grandma was a most amazing girl – part 2


Aunty Joan – #metoo – nothing new! That summer’s day, I saw my great uncle Ray for the last time. I knew I would never see him again, so it was a chance to get a few questions answered. The one I chose to open with received such a baffling and horrific answer, that IContinue reading “My Grandma was a most amazing girl – part 2”

Wetlands – Or how not to translate Feuchtgebiete


The Mersey, trying to hide its innermost thoughts by reflecting everything. Unlike Roche and Newman, who bare their souls, or me who hasn’t quite the courage yet to really write what he feels, but is getting there. As a bloke, I’m always a bit afraid of straight out chick lit, but then again, I findContinue reading “Wetlands – Or how not to translate Feuchtgebiete”

Out Now – My Berlin Thriller – Suspense suspended by comedy.


The Last Stop – A Berlin Story Endstation – Eine Geschichte aus Berlin – jeztz auch auf Deutsch. Clive’s latest thriller. Get the videos from YouTube The BNBS cover to look for! Sample Pages Chapter 1 ‘The bus or train?’ Jack Precious was not ashamed of talking to himself. After all, a simple decision canContinue reading “Out Now – My Berlin Thriller – Suspense suspended by comedy.”

Awesome 19th Century Gyles


https://tinyurl.com/wkqcnwt Pale Ale played a pivotal role in the development of commercial brewing. As such it was the beer that defined the industrial revolution. It began the search for industrial, mechanised brewing. It was where modern brewing began. It gave us the discipline we now call biochemistry.Scientific advances during the early 19th century revealed theContinue reading “Awesome 19th Century Gyles”

Gift – Or imagining the dark side.


We are writers. Imagination is our most powerful gift. Imagine the impossible – being a Spitfire pilot in a dogfight, being your sister, especially if you don’t have a sister. Then you have to imagine her brother or sister, too, who isn’t you. And you can safely imagine your dark side. Crime writers imagine theContinue reading “Gift – Or imagining the dark side.”