Well, as lockdown two comes to an end in the UK, I’ve been
busy. Some readers may recall that a few years ago I completed the construction
of my stone hut in Spain, properly known as a caseta. It took me five years to
complete, on and off. The people in our village mostly thought that I was mad
to build it traditionally of stone (loco) and were amazed that I did most of it
on my own (solo). I like a good project and this one turned out to be a biggy -
and one that brought me more deeply in touch with those villagers who labelled
me Loco Solo.
Sometimes I do wonder whether I do these things for
themselves or in order to write about the experience. Bit of both, I guess.
Anyway, I did write a book about the project but, for various reasons, did not
publish it just then. Now, I have. It is titled Rolling Stones in Spain: Solo Loco
and is available as a Kindle
eBook right now, the paperback will be released next week (2nd
week of December
You can see it at robsbookshop.com
or here’s the direct link
to it on Amazon. If anyone on my blog list wants to read it then I can send it
to you for free as an eBook (you can read it on a PC, Apple or a phone using
the Kindle app (also free). Just email me at email@example.com
All I ask is that you write a short review if you like it.
And on the video front, I’ve made another for the Rob’s Oxford
channel. It’s a short one entitled The
Top Three Colleges of Oxford and explains how they are rated and takes a
look at the top three. That too is free,
but it would be great for me if you were good enough to subscribe to the
channel (free and advert free). Here’s the
Besides all that Christmas is on its way again, though a
rather different one this year for most people – Covid Christmas. Meanwhile
there may be a rather special present for me since I’ve actually now seen an
image of the cover of my Indian book, not the actual book, just the cover. So,
after two years of frustrating delays there’s a possibility that it could be
launched (in India at least) before Christmas, fingers crossed.
And more again,
I’m just putting the finishing touches to a novel I’ve been working on for some
time. Though it's an outcome of my life in Spain, the locations are imagined location and characters fictional. Watch this space.
Fortunately there is now some good news on the corona
vaccination front. Obviously, I have no connection with it at all, but it is
nice to see that Oxford is right up there with the lead researchers in trying
to combat this scourge.