Author Archives: Richard Grainger

PANDEMIC ROAD TRIP, PART ONE

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Pandemics, it would seem, are a good time to travel. In a previous blog, I told you how the cascade of air travel had calmed to a trickle and how the hustle of airports had faded to an almost sepulchral … Continue reading

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THE LIONS, THE BOOK AND THE WARDROBE

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There, that got your attention, didn’t it? Okay, hands up – there’s nothing about a wardrobe in this blog, but it sounded good. This blog is about two totally contrasting issues – my new book, Saving Dave, and the selection … Continue reading

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My Inspiration for SAVING DAVE

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What inspired me to write Saving Dave? Next week I have an interview with Hannah Murray. Hannah hosts a programme called The Book Show on Radio Talk Europe, and last interviewed me back in October 2019, when Losing The Plot … Continue reading

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Saving Dave, and the ten positivos of COVID

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It’s a long time since I last blogged. Of course, to many of you the silence may have been golden, but with an “event horizon” looming close, it’s time to put finger to keyboard once again. And what, you may … Continue reading

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SPOT BLOG SPOT

I had to take Spot for a walk. It had become so big I could almost put a lead on it. ‘Oh querida!’ exclaims the pharmacist. ‘Que terrible!’ ‘Yes, it is terrible,’ I reply. ‘What is it?’ ‘I’d rather hoped … Continue reading

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Who’s Got The Biggest One? Vocabulary, that is.

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The other day, I had an interesting debate with some of my advanced students about who’s got the biggest one … vocabulary, that is. English naturally, I inform them and I am immediately challenged on this. One of my students … Continue reading

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Four Things That Need to Happen to Improve the 6N

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I’ve not blogged about anything other than the Chinese flu for while, and we’ve all had enough if that, haven’t we? So what else is there to talk about? Brexit? Ditto my comment above. Anyone got any ideas? Oh yeah … Continue reading

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My COVID DIARY – Part 2

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I left you, around three weeks ago with the cliff-hanger, that having returned to Poland, I had tested positive for the Chinese Flu. So, no doubt you are wondering – or, on the other hand, you may well not be … Continue reading

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MY COVID DIARY – Part 1

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PROLOGUE GOD sat in his office, cowboy boot clad feet on his desk, fuming. Christmas had been cancelled for the first time since Herod had ordered the Massacre of the Innocents. There was a knock at the door. ‘Come,’ GOD … Continue reading

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SAVING CHRISTMAS

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‘Right,’ said GOD, squeezing his ample frame into his two-for-the-price-of-one Ikea revolving office chair. He’d put on weight since this pandemic began. It wasn’t that his lifestyle had altered; it was just that making man in his own image had … Continue reading

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