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Ian Fleming … from Goldeneye to Casino Royale

Hello there. This is the latest post from my second blog over at Routine Matters. Please join and follow me there if you enjoy it. I so appreciate all your comments and support. All the best. Chris.

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Ian Fleming … from Goldeneye to Casino Royale

In 1946, the author Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of spy JamesBond, bought a piece of land on Jamaica with a private beach and reef, and got a local contractor to build a simple house with a great view of the Caribbean Sea. He christened the house Goldeneye.


Fleming had mentioned to friends during the war that he wanted to write a spy novel.

Fleming started writing Casino Royaleat his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica on 17 February 1952. He liked to say that the book wrote itself, but in fact it was the product of hard work and discipline. He started his day with a morning swim in the Caribbean Sea followed by a breakfast in the garden with his wife Ann. The breakfast always consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon and black coffee.

At 9am, he would give Ann a kiss, leave the breakfast table…

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The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 159

The 1951 Rolling Review Show … # 159

Welcome to the 1951 Rolling Review Show which features pieces of music I have enjoyed at some time in my life. I hope you enjoy them as well. Let me know if you do. Sometimes I feel that each song here is a little personal voyage for me on a vast and beautiful ocean of musical memories. Thank you so much for joining me. I really appreciate your company.

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I, Writer …. # 25

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I, Writer …. # 25


I seem to remember telling you that I now have a new cat.
Her name is Kitty. She is almost 4 months old and her favourite food is Felix tuna flavour. She sleeps just about anywhere and has recently taken quite a fancy to the wooden fruit crate in which I keep some of my old writing files.

I also have a new desk. It is quite small and fits in nicely by the window. Try as I might it is stubbornly refusing to eat. I asked in the pet-shop if they had any tasty desk nibbles. This was just before they threw me out.

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I, Writer … # 24

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A couple of days ago I reblogged a post from Kate over at 4AM Writer. She’s called 4AM Writer because she does precisely that. Highly recommended.

Anyway, I woke up really early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. I looked at the clock. It was a little after 4.AM.
Freaky or what. I lay awake and got to thinking – 4AM Writer lives in America and is 5 hours behind British time which means she’s 9AM Writer as far as I’m concerned, me being over in Scotland and all. So I just rolled over and went back to sleep. Back to my dream about drinking beer on the Moon. Time-zones are for wimps.

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I, Writer … # 23

More mad ramblings from I, Writer over at Routine Matters.

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I, Writer … # 23


A short dialogue I overheard when my ear was pressed close to a bowl of salad at a friend’s birthday party.

Your eyes are like limpid pools of starlight. Your skin is as soft as a kitten’s fur.

What about my hair. Do you like my hair ?

You’re a cucumber. You don’t have any hair.

And you’re a tomato. You’re not exactly hairy yourself.

Well no, but …

You’re just jealous.

Jealous ?

Yes. You’re jealous of me and salmon.

No I’m not.

Yes you are!

Look … what you two get up to in a sandwich is non of my business.

Anyway, lettuce told me that you were getting very friendly with a courgette.

Yes. We were at Eton together.

You mean you were eaten together ?

No. We were at Eton together. He was in the year above me.

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I, Writer … #22

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I, Writer … #22

I, Writer has a new furry addition to the family …


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You are never too old …

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You are never too old …

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I, Writer … #20

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I, Writer … #20

Cry me a river …

I mentioned a wine called Writer’s Block in a recent post.

My pal Dermott Hayes over at Postcard from a Pigeon very kindly left a comment in which he mentioned a brand of Irish Whiskey called Writers Tears.

So, I think I’ll go and cry me a river …

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Meanwhile, in a Parallel Universe …

September 2017

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe …

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Today I am reblogging a post from 2011 because it is quite timely. It contains a message from GORT the interstellar enforcement robot (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951).
Certain world leaders should take note.

1951 Club



A huge 1951 Club welcome to interstellar law enforcement officer  GORT ,  the eight-foot humanoid star of the 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Now you may be wondering where GORT has been hanging out these past 60 years since 1951. ( I can’t hear you wondering … but I’m going to tell you anyway! )  GORT is currently to be found at The Science Fiction Hall of Fame within Seattle’s splendid  EMP Museum. And before this … well let’s just say that he’s been keeping an eye on things.

I recently wrote a letter to GORT c/o the very helpful assistant Curator at the museum, Brooks Peck. It is a 1951 Club rule that agreement to membership has to be in writing. Fortunately Gort wrote back.

Dear Gort

Hello. My name is Kris and I am an Earthling living in Ayrshire, Scotland. It’s not every day…

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