Monthly Archives: November 2016

GOLD, FRANKINCENSE & MERCHANDISE.

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Back on September 16th, it was a really hot day and as a few of us wandered through a Garden Centre in Ditchling, Sussex, our eyes naturally lingered lovingly over Christmas trees and decorations thinking how close it must be to Christmas and that we should place a tree and a Christmas pudding in our basket. Say what?

No! What actually happened was that the sight of a nearly a third of the Garden Centre sectioned off entirely for Christmas stuff so infuriated me I vowed never to go there again. After remonstrating with one of the employees I was advised that it took their ‘team’ a long time to set up the displays and get them all done before Christmas. The thought of maybe employing more people to do it later on didn’t seem to occur.

You’ve got to appreciate that we were there on a glorious late Summer day and didn’t want to be thrown post haste into the Winter and a festival which was still three months off. Now, this is nothing new  but I am sure the Christmas period is starting earlier each year. Soon it will start in the New Year sales and we won’t know which year’s Christmas we are celebrating. It appears to me that merchandise has long ago taken the place of the original myrrh but there’s still gold in them thar tills.

This rant was ignited this week by the sight of a neighbouring house all lit up with trees external and internal and it’s still only mid November. So what, you might ask? People who are             pre-emptory with their decorations often say they enjoy Christmas so much they cannot wait to do their decorating. Others see it as some sort of status or competition to win for first display in their area. But do they really like Christmas? Surely, waiting for Christmas Day is part of the joy?

Is it not surprising that Christmas trees are now taken down much earlier, often the day after Boxing Day, rather than kept up for the traditional twelve days, and I don’t mean for superstitious reasons. Apparently, everyone is  fed up with seeing the things and forever sweeping up needles, unplugging or treading on wires, that the tree falls from grace more swiftly than a Trump at a Clinton rally.  Now, if the tree had only been seen for a few days I’m sure most people would like to prolong the agony…I mean celebration.

The point is, those who unilaterally start Christmas in November or earlier are forcing others to endure it too. Garish illuminations shatter the quiet darkness of which, as an amateur astronomer, I am quite fond. The waiting is removed and by the time Christmas week actually arrives nearly everyone has had enough of Christmas adverts and  Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ blaring out from every shop etc. Far from enhancing Christmas, it is spoiling it.

No wonder many prefer to shop online these days. I can remember when shops didn’t display any festive trimmings until the first or second week in December. Yes, I’m that old. As children we would peer in the windows and get excited by the knowledge the big day was really near.The waiting should be half the pleasure but in today’s instant, ‘always on’ culture where anyone can buy anything immediately with a credit card, the mystery and dare I say joy, is going.

But this isn’t just the curmudgeonly ravings of a bitter old person who goes down Memory Lane and forgets to turn off because there is no Sat. Nav. direction. No. I enjoy Christmas when it’s actually Christmas. The anticipation of presents, good food and drink, proper Christmas Carols, the stories of the Magi and looking up at the stars (if I can find somewhere dark enough) wondering what that special star might have been.

I think that’s why children and grandchildren can help capture that excitement and joy again. So what if  we lie to them saying the International Space Station trajectory  is Father Christmas on his sleigh? Christmas should be a special time of wonder and mystery. It’s how the original Christmas night was.

As for premature Christmas lights…perhaps I should ‘lighten’ up and face the electric facts rather than ‘conducting’ my own campaign against it. Currently, as a variation of  Ohm’s Law, it seems resistance is useless.

Does anyone agree?

K.L.F.

TOMORROW IS YOUR LAST DAY….

Well, hopefully not but it is for getting An Element Of Time at a bargain price of 0.99p. On Saturday evening the price goes up to £1.99 and then back to the full price three days after that. So, if you fancy a gripping Victorian thriller set in the period of time up to and including Christmas Day, get it now while it’s at the cheapest price it ever has been.

An Element Of Time by [Freeman, K]

HURRY! THE REDUCED PRICES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER – THEN IT REVERTS BACK TO THE FULL PRICE.

So just click here to get a bargain at amazon.co.uk

Or here for amazon.com   

An Element Of Time is an enthralling journey back and forth through history, starting with Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved Albert. Becoming convinced that she will be able to communicate with him once again using the mystical powers of the gold given to the infant Christ by the Magi, the story incorporates myth and legend by way of murder, secret societies, séances and the search for true love.

 An Element Of Time. “It is a gripping Victorian supernatural adventure with a new twist on the Grail legends. Conan Doyle meets Dan Brown”, said one reviewer.

Perfect for reading around Christmas time as the story reveals what happened to the gold of the Magi, or for anyone who just enjoys a really good adventure thriller; the book is available as a paperback or on Kindle from amazon.co.uk

Click here to get the bargain price.

No Kindle? No worries. Just download the Kindle App for your tablet, phone or computer and you can then read the books just as easily. 

Don’t like Amazon? You can also order here from smashwords.com for non Kindle users (where it is entitled The Time Element and can also be ordered from bookshops). Just insert the code FL89P at checkout to get a 60% discount. 

Any problems just email me at keithfreeman@differentvue.com

The cover for the Kindle version is shown above but there is also a paperback version shown below.

GOOD NEWS! TODAY AND FOR ONE WEEK ONLY.

An Element Of Time by [Freeman, K]

Thanks for being a follower of my blog. I have a little gift for you.

The world is changing. It has always done so. History often repeats itself. It has to. Nobody listens the first time! Today we might get tumultuous news individually or collectively that delights or disturbs us. But what if there was a way to reverse decisions? To change decisions in parts of Time to our way of thinking? Would we get it right?

Well, that is the problem facing Dr Richard Warhurst, Queen Victoria’s Secret Field Police and The Knights of The Golden Circle from America in An Element Of Time.

So, I am letting you know that  as a precursor to the arrival of my next novel,The Sword Of Facilis,  Amazon are running a ‘timely’ Kindle Countdown Deal from November 9th to November 16th for An Element Of Time.

During this time the price will be reduced to 0.99p and then increase in two more increments until it reaches the normal selling price of  £3.49 again on the 16th November.

HURRY! THE REDUCED PRICES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER – THEN IT REVERTS BACK TO THE FULL PRICE.

So just click here to get a bargain at amazon.co.uk

Or here for amazon.com   

An Element Of Time is an enthralling journey back and forth through history, starting with Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved Albert. Becoming convinced that she will be able to communicate with him once again using the mystical powers of the gold given to the infant Christ by the Magi, the story incorporates myth and legend by way of murder, secret societies, séances and the search for true love.

 An Element Of Time. “It is a gripping Victorian supernatural adventure with a new twist on the Grail legends. Conan Doyle meets Dan Brown”, said one reviewer.

Perfect for reading around Christmas time as the story reveals what happened to the gold of the Magi, or for anyone who just enjoys a really good adventure thriller; the book is available as a paperback or on Kindle from amazon.co.uk

Click here to get a bargain price.

No Kindle? No worries. Just download the Kindle App for your tablet, phone or computer and you can then read the books just as easily. 

Don’t like Amazon? You can also order here from smashwords.com for non Kindle users (where it is entitled The Time Element and can also be ordered from bookshops). Just insert the code FL89P at checkout to get a 60% discount. 

Any problems just email me at keithfreeman@differentvue.com

The cover for the Kindle version is shown above but there is also a paperback version shown below.

Remember, Remember Not Just In November.

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So, F.I.F.A. want to ban football players from wearing poppies during matches on Remembrance week in Britain. This is just another example of ridiculous Political Correctness which has infiltrated our society and mostly to its detriment. What always amazes me about these so called P.C. attitudes is that they are in fact not correct or political!

Some P.C. attitudes started as something commendable but have now dissolved into petty restrictions, intrusion into beliefs, phoney outrage and inferring malice where none was intended. Apparently Football authorities  have told the players to ignore the F.I.F.A. ruling so the F.A. etc run the risk of a heavy fine. Let’s hope common sense prevails. The  spirit of any Law should always prevail over the letter.

Anyway, I am going to re-post a poem and comments I did last year on this Blog. I make no apology for this. We owe so much to the memory of these people.

Thinking about people like my father and grandfather who fought in the two World Wars, prompted me to write this poem a few years back. I think it is still appropriate  today.

Remembrance Day

As the bell tolled and vibrated

It was though the dead were listening.

In those two minutes;

Was this the total time it took

For the millions dead in two World Wars,

Actually to die –

The cumulative total of their dying seconds

Adds up to what?

Two minutes – a minute for each war?

Two minutes silence in a day where elsewhere

The guns still chatter to solve petty squabbles,

Where bombs fragment more than dreams,

Where some people don’t need a knife when they have a cudgel for a tongue,

Where eyes appear open

But hands are closed – tight.

Two minutes silence, and hard though I tried,

I couldn’t hear a trumpet call from Heaven,

But felt the eyes of a father

Upon his children, watching their growth,

And maybe just sometimes wondering

Whether the death of his only son

Was really appreciated or understood,

Among so many deaths,

Among so many deaths…

K.L.F.