Monday 19 February 2024

Golden Age (42) : Called Back

In Called Back by Hugh Conway, a blind man witnesses (though not be sight of course) a terrible crime, a murder. Later on his blindness is cured and he falls in love with a mysterious woman. However, he knows that she was involved in the crime but not exactly how...

Although the book was apparently a success when released in the late 19th century, and was adapted into a stage play, i found this a troublesome and frequently annoying read. 

The story moves on at a pace though i found it rather melodramatic and the plot a bit too fanciful, though a common fault/feature (delete depending on your point of view) of the time.

Sunday 18 February 2024


After last weekend's fiasco i went into this week's attempt at a railway adventure with a little trepidation, luckily everything went without a hitch (well ok maybe the odd train was a couple of minutes late). I went to Congleton in Cheshire. First of all i walked part of the Macclesfield Canal (which was more a mudpath than a towpath in places but still very interesting) then into the nice little market town itself.

Friday 16 February 2024

Churches (211) : St Gregory, Offchurch

The parish church of St Gregory in the aptly named Offchurch in Warwickshire dates from the 12th century. It probably replaced a Saxon church which may have been built during the reign of King Offa of Mercia in the late eighth century. No trace of the Saxon church remains though the local legend has it that if you jump off the roof of the church then King Offa will rise out of the ground and catch you. I have not tested this.

The church has a west tower, north vestry, chancel and a nave with a south porch. The church is built from local red sandstone and grey ashlar. Much of the church is Norman including the nave and chancel.

Thursday 15 February 2024

Birmingham's Railways, release day!

Today is the official release date for my first book, on the railways of Birmingham and how they have changed over the last ten years. Although the book has been on sale online for a while now, hopefully soon i will be able to see it in the shops. Is this the end of my new career as an author, by no means. I am sure there will be more to come. 

Wednesday 14 February 2024

On the NET

A Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram approaches Ruddington Lane.