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Most security services around the world have come to accept that Covid 19 is a Bio-terrorist attack from Wuhan. To believe that a virus accidently escaped from a bio-secure facility, or that a Pangolin infected an entire city is pure fiction. This could not happen in China without the knowledge and direction of the state organisations, fact, nothing happens in China unless the state authorises it.

Wuhan is a classic example of how to direct a Bio-attack if you are totally ruthless and we all know how ruthless the Chinese state organisations are.

Firstly: you need to build up a reservoir of infections in an out of the way place, Wuhan! then isolate it from the rest of China while at the same time allowing it to continue interacting with the rest of the world. Tourists travelling to international transit points, northern Italy, London, New York and in that way guaranteeing it’s spread, remember it was only after a doctor went public in Wuhan that the world was made aware of the danger, it had existed there for months.

Secondly: The Chinese needed to have some means of controlling this virus, nowhere else in the world has this virus acted in the same manner, no matter if it is an open democracy or a dictatorial authoritarian state. Only in China has the virus been controlled locally, so before pressing the accelerator they already had a brake, deaths in China have been restricted almost totally to Wuhan.

Thirdly: The Chinese economy has suffered minimal damage, while deaths have multiplied around the world affecting travel, leisure, the service sector, finance and manufacturing, destroying the economies of many small countries and even cause severe damage to large economies. China has remained largely unaffected growing by leaps and bounds and buying into economies worldwide forcing debt onto many small struggling countries so that they are tied into the Chines philosophies and world view. Now they have no option, they have to obey their financial master, remember these are not companies lending money this is the Chinese state, with a giant military apparatus, they dare not offend just

KOWTOW.

Michael Douglas Bosc

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A lot has happened in both my life and world events since I was last on here that its hard to know where to start. So I won’t even try to put things in order just jump right in.

Covid-19 and Lockdown effect – Catalan view

As we get older things and events take on different meanings, all looked at in different ways from different viewpoints because we are all very different individuals. But this Covid-19 has, in many cases, helped put things into perspective. After 7 months of lockdown law and self imposed – NO we did not have Covid-19 but November/December of last year we spent recovering from Pneumonia – isolation we were able to revalue our lives and way of living. What we found was that we were less stressful, eating better – basically fruit and veg – and felt better for it. So we cut the chocolate, crisps and other comfort foods down to a minimum by saying we couldn’t go and get them because of lockdown and learnt to spread them out. There have been bars of chocolate in the fridge for weeks but only having a few squares now and then means we aren’t binging. I have also taken to no sugar in coffee or tea the fight to keep my blood sugar down and Diabetis at bay. With being confined to the house for over 11 weeks in the countries fight against the virus and only allowed out to do shopping, get medication or visit the garage its surprising what you come up with. This is the before picture of the kitchen before we decided to change it now have more space and units rearranged make it more country kitchen.

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Keeping Active

However there is always catch 22. For me its that although I try and keep active by doing odd jobs around the farm, it was taking a long time to build my energy back up as I got tired easily – at my age I’m sticking to that. Once we could move around again and get to the coast I have felt better as walking on level ground is easier then forest ground. There is the gardening which I helped my wife with and gave more ideas for the small gardens and me a liking for garden centres and potteries so going to look round them gives us plenty of exercise and gets us out. Which brings me to the animals.

The Wild Life

Yes he’s still here and wandering around. He and his friends come and go as they please he has a new friend we call The Rock. A Sandy coloured lump twice the size of Puddytat and wild like him. I think the wildlife up here is doing well they look healthy and well fed we don’t seem to have any mice etc,. Question! What makes a crunching noise and dislodges uncemented stone walls? Wild Boar rooting for grubs of course. We have seen them on the track looking healthy and heard them around the house in the night. So the forest at least is back to normal.

My Writing

I have started back writing, but picking up from where I left off has been a tad difficult. Until recently I hadn’t felt like writing. I’d start something then think whats the use and stop. I’m not sure why it just happened but I would regularly make notes and expand on ideas so now is the time to sort them all out and get back to my favourite pastime.

Well there you have it in a nutshell. I am quite sure I will be expanding on things but for now that’s it.

Michael Douglas Bosc – Author

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Satellites and other Parasites of Solar Energy

Over the next six years a vast array of satellites will be launched the largest proportion will be communication. Starlink alone will be sending somewhere between 12.000 to 42.000 into space and the numbers will be accelerating as more commercial outfits muscle in on the internet and communication. After they have finished working, these items of space junk will decay in their orbits until gravity drags them down to the ground or sea. But this will take a minimum of twenty-five years for those that comply with regulations, however, most will not because they do not have to so more and more junk litters the sky becoming a danger to many other collectors of information.

One problem that has not been looked at is that all these objects will operate like a curtain between the earth and outer space preventing solar energy from reaching the surface of the earth. But how much? if it was just the satellites not such a big problem but they all have giant solar arrays of huge panels to collect energy to drive the people’s desire to talk endlessly and take stupid videos. On this basis how much heat and energy will be prevented by these internet monster from reaching the ground? what will be the effect on sea surface temperatures? will a new ice age begin and earth turn into a giant snowball. Today we talk about global warming and climate change because of greenhouse gases. But what will happen if you place a curtain around the earth, a curtain of electronic junk, cutting of the energy, the heat and the light from space or impairing it to such a degree you destroy life on earth?

To make matters worse energy companies are laying out thousands of Hectares of solar panels absorbing vast quantities of sunlight and preventing it from reaching the earth’s surface. When you add to this the millions of wind turbines taking energy out of the weather systems globally, which initially will seem like a small effect, how could these machines reduce the energy and heat within the earth? you ask, but eventually the cumulative effect becomes overwhelming. The question used to be how could coal fired generators alter the worlds weather, but that question was answered some while ago. Today the world and sun alone does not have an infinite ability to satisfy humanities lust for energy nothing comes for free, there is always a cost, there is no such thing as a free meal and that includes perpetual motion. We are always told that wind power is there to help the environment and to and keep the planet healthy, but the first wind turbines are being decommissioned as we speak. What American companies are doing is dismantling the machines cutting up the blades into manageable pieces and then digging giant holes and burying them. These blades are made of fibre glass and all they need to do is run them through a line of crushing rollers until all the resin is turned dust which can be recycled and the glass weave put into the furnaces but big money is not interested, “destroy the world” that is their moto.

Michael Biswell (Casandra)©

– Author    Michael Douglas Bosc

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Covid-19

This particular coronavirus is somewhat more aggressive in its evolution at this moment in time than one would expect, starting with SARs which had a very high mortality rate it effectively killed itself, but evolved into MERS which killed a large number of those it came into contact with, but it could not sustain itself, destroying to many of its hosts and dying out fairly quickly. Now we have the third mutation Covid-19, yes it is killing many people but an acceptable number, as far as it is concerned, it has communicated amongst itself and has learnt when to be aggressive and when to be passive as if it knows how the immune system works and how it responds, do not waste energy on strong defences perhaps damage them a little but when you have a host that is unwell or the immune system is damaged it goes in for the kill, an aged person or a disease that damages the body’s ability to fight back and the infection is fatal.

The question that must follow is this, are viruses and coronaviruses sentient beings individually or a group intelligence? perhaps more like an insect colony with a guiding leader, a queen bee or queen ant guiding their actions, unlikely, they do seem more like a linked communal intelligence what one learns they all learn, a strong coronavirus in a strong host can assimilate all the information from its companions in a weak host who is dying, how to attack and how to grow becoming stronger in a healthy host, the strongest of the strong. Perhaps it is learning how to destroy us first the weak and then the strong.

Nature can be a strange, beautiful and very dangerous environment perhaps it is getting its own back on human stupidity? Saving the world at the cost of many human lives, greenhouse gases are declining as we speak soon the ice could be returning to the north pole and sea temperature will decline if we accept what nature is telling us, in just a few months of restraint by wasteful and greedy countries who pollute all greenhouse gases are falling dramatically in a short time, countries around the world using vast amounts of coal and breeding like rats desist from manufacturing vast amounts of items that we do not really need it is time humanity acknowledged that we are destroying life on earth and realise that this is a warning from our planet, the next virus might wipe us out completely.

If we can stop working and print money for a few months and nature shows us it can recover then why not reduce what we make in the future there is enough on this planet if shared equally, if leaders political and church mean what they say about caring for all the people then they must stop polluting the world, with too many people and too much greed.

Michael Douglas Bosc ©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Story With a Difference:


Writing is something strange, you either feel it or you don’t.  Personally for me it’s something that’s there and often the urge to write even if I’m not sure what is strong.  Thats how Drifting came into being.  I have a book of jottings where I write down ideas and this was one of them.

In the past I have written about people and their lives Stanley for example.  His story was one of crime, sex and how he and his mother survived during and after WW2.  Then there was Jason. Now his story woven into the British Navy of the 1700/1800’s was different. This was historically challenging, not the naval side but the social side of life then, which makes these books Adult books.

Then came young persons books Clearing in the Forest, Peaceful Land and I am currently working on the third book. These were from ideas written down in my little book.

But Drifting was something different, something with no social comment, or historical reference just a plain straight forward story, of happenings and the supernatural.  I entered a strange world of possibilities and did it or didn’t it happen, was it real or just imagination and the ending well….

So I have decided to write some short stories along these lines, where it will lead I don’t know, but there is one thing I am sure of I will not be delving into this realm.  The stories will come from all over woven around an idea, yes some will have a historical nature but they will be based on factual events, only the story will be fictional because you cannot ask the characters exactly how they came to be where they were.  My research into history and stories from the west country have given me a few ideas along this line.

So there is an awful lot to do and keep me busy for a long time. Such is writing.

 

(c) Jason D’ebre – author

 

 

 

 

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Kath Spreadbury I’m hooked now I will have to get it.

Linda Coombes Love this book such a great read 💖💖💖💖💖

CLEARING  IN  THE  FOREST  by JASON D’EBRE  –   Authors remarks:-

I wrote these books with the younger generation in mind, in the vain hope they would like reading about events in history whilst wrapped up in magic, witches, villains and good v evil.  Now a days everything seems to either whoosh bang wallop or killing, bloodshed, total destruction with NO proper story behind it.  Comic book films seem to be all directors can do these days.  Now I like certain films, the penguins, scooby doo, (the original films) and so forth. They are fun, relaxing and THEY HAVE A STORY RUNNING THROUGH THEM even tom and jerry have but they entertain and have more words than hey lookout etc.,

Writing is hard and those who pay others for ideas, or to ghost write for them are NOT real authors.  Stories come from within a person’s head, they feel part of the story as if the characters were telling them what came next, at least that’s how I fell about all my stories.  Sometimes I cannot sleep because there is a character in my head nagging me about something that either needs to be written or I have got it wrong and need to get it right before I forget. So then it’s up and laptop on writing, and usually the character is right.   I am not the only person who writes and experiences this so I am sure there are many of you who do.

Over the past few months when I have been busy repairing and installing security stuff in and house, I have not been writing.  So when at last everything was done and I finally sat down to write again, imagine how I felt the other night when I had this voice saying you should get this down now this is what happened, not whats written get it put right now before the others have a chance to interfere….. So there I was at diddly squat hours pounding away on the laptop and do you know that character was right.  Once I had typed everything then read it corrected, refined, checked research then read again it all made sense.  I have tried having a pen and paper by the bed but I find if I wake I am sitting there for hours writing so it’s just as easy to sit at my laptop.  I have a plug for charging and a lap cushion for the laptop, but it is easier to sit at my desk….

(c) Jason D’ebre – author

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Drifting a short story by Jason D’ebre

I often have lots of ideas running around my head which end up in my note book for future reference or on my laptop in note form.

So with my short story Drifting it was the same. Al  (the sheriff) would not let me rest until I had written it. As he would say “once I’ve told you the story and you have written it down then I will leave you in peace”, so after a few restless nights sleep I got writing.

Now this book is different in that This is a western with a twist no shoot em, kill em blood and gore stuff like some, but a story with a theme running through it. Yes there is action, yes people get killed and the sheriff is Al but it’s what happens to him and a boy’s family that makes this very different from other cowboy stories.

The desert is a place where things either live or die or…….

 

(c) Jason D’ebre  Author

 

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My New Book 

This is my new book Drifting. It’s a cowboy short story which ventures into the unknown. Often things come to me when I am researching or reading other things this was such a time. It is not my normal style or subject, plus ghost stories are quite difficult to write and this was no exception.  As usual you start with an idea then build on it only now you have to remember the ghost, how it came to be and in some cases not reveal this until later in the book, whilst all the time including it in there.  Write and re-write came into this, as I would sometimes forget this rule, but I got there in the end and it has had some good responses – albeit the cover I first put out was the wrong one. As usual it’s on Kindle and Create Space as well as Books2Read.

The Wallow Hole

 

Remember these jokers? They who dug up my bulbs and ate all my saffron bulbs in the process. Well they have decided to make a wallow hole on the lower terrace.  Finding a good place for the camera was a little difficult as the tree has been pruned and the good branches for positioning the cameras have gone.  So I called Spurs into action but the position of the dish was wrong however the pump is just right and providing they don’t come poking around the photos are not bad.

After a windy night I have had to find another position for the camera but at least I have these shots of the little so and so’s. First is the wallow hole in daylight to give you an idea of its position. They have made this originally it was a small – very small – little trench which provided run-off water for two fig trees. We should have known better as the boar decided to use they as rubbing sticks and eventually killed them off.  Then this appeared.

 

So to the pictures of  the little gits having a bath and generally enjoying themselves.

 

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc – Author

 

 

 

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There are some things that you come across something surprising and creative.  Well that’s what happened last year when we went for coffee and a drive along the coast.

We had stopped off at the little restaurant we like for coffee, and sat watching the rain falling and being blown around by the wind.  It was nice to be in the warm, so we ordered cheesecake and relaxed whilst keeping an eye on the weather.  By the time we had finished the rain had stopped so we decided to take a walk along the beach – to walk off the cheesecake…. On our way back to the car we passed these sand sculptures and could not resist taking a look.

Well this year they had some more on display these were a mix of sheep and ‘modern’ sculptures which to me looked more machine than animal or human.

But the effect was the same the little area was full of people looking and taking photographs.  So when we went for a drive and passed the sculptures we just had to stop and take a look.  It took some time to find a parking spot but finally we found a place further along the beach parked and walked back to take a look.  By this time it was getting dusk so the flood lights were on and people were almost queuing to get a look. So here are the sculptures:

These are a find we now look for something to brighten a dull, windy day in winter.  Hope you have a good 2018 of course you could try this yourselves.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc  – Author

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My Books

              

This year has seen my Young Persons books  Clearing in the Forest and Peaceful Land published.  These are the adventures of three orphaned (seems you are not allowed to say bastard these days. But in the Middle Ages where the story is set it was a common word used to define the ‘out of wedlock’ offspring of Kings and Nobles of the times.  The reason they were called bastards was so they could not make claim to the Kings/Nobles titles or lands although as history has proven it did not stop this).

Writing about history has brought me another string to my knowledge bow.  I have had the pleasure of meeting people who enjoy history as much as I do and in this particular area – the Middle Ages – they are a knowledgeable lot.  I had the first book given as a prize in a competition which I thought was very kind seeing as the story is a historical fantasy.  Witches, demons, spells, good v evil are all these as is the really evil Odo, demon master to the King of France.  The story is et at the end of King Johns reign and follows the adventures of John, Geoff and Ela as they fight to survive. I have been genuinely surprised at how many adults like the books so it was both a nice feeling and surprise when out shopping a lady came up to me (recognised me from my photo) and said how much she liked Clearing in the Forest and was going to buy Peaceful Land.  Now I have written many adult books and a Historical Naval adventure – A Plymouth Story – but never before has anybody actually recognised me and enthused about a book.  My wife said I fairly floated out of the store.

The Finca

                           

I dont know if you remember the high winds we had when this happened, but needless to say I have fixed things now. We still get the high winds from time to time and we sit and listen to the supports of the panels flexing when the wind really gets up but so far so good.  Everything is repaired now still a bit of rendering to be done but that’s on the inside. I’d like to say its a wet day job but we are in the middle of a horrendous drought and rain is very little and far between, but it will get done   one day….

The Animals (Wild Boar)

    

Well 2017 saw my wife almost go shooting.  The wild boar made the mistake of first digging up her saffron bed (to the right of the last step) and eating most of the bulbs then destroying her ‘tyre’ garden. So I moved one of the cameras as I was not sure whether it was the goats or wild boar, I should have known. These were the result a sort of caught in the act animal version.  But somehow she decided that hunting them was not for her.  So she salvaged what bulbs she could and replanted them.  Then turned her attention to the tyre, here they had eaten the tulip bulbs so she tidied them up and planted iris and lily bulbs, but no tulips.  You know when she saw what they had done to the little tyre garden that was the first time I had seen the animals make her cry.  But as she said this is a garden in a forest and unless we wall ourselves in this will happen and we are not wall people.

The Goats

Then came the day I could hear banging noises like a rock being hit by a large hammer. Then I looked at the masa and saw these.

The Eagles

 

These are the big ‘quackers’ we hear in the forest now and then.  The old adage if it looks like an eagle, flies like an eagle and quacks like a duck then….its an EAGLE!!

Well that’s a few of my 2017 memories, things that stay in my mind because they are, to me, wonderful.  The animals and birds are part of our life and some things seem like yesterday. So from Puddytat, the Boys and ourselves here’s hoping you have a happy, safe and gentle 2018.

rgds  Michael

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc – Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

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