I Spy a little-used word!

Spy novels often use terms like ‘secret service’, under cover, ‘agent’ and so on. They don’t often use: ‘cabbalistic’, ‘Delphic’ ‘oracular’ or ‘abstruse’. Nor when reflecting on any failure of cunning by spies do they use ‘maladroit’ or ‘ingenuous’. In fact to reflect this failure of effective spying we can turn to Lord Chesterfield who said: ‘Cunning is the dark sanctuary of incapacity.’ Spies need to be ‘artful’, ‘astute’, Machiavellian and trained in the art of ‘wiliness’. They need to use ‘narks’ and carefully ‘descry’. In the early days of organised spying, as opposed to being generally nosey, spies were…

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Spying can be fun

By David E P Dennis Indeed, espionage can be fun – but you can also get yourself killed. State secrets are secret for a reason! So how can you have fun whilst immersing yourself in a world of spies? Easy – use the luxury of armchair spying, mix yourself a martini shaken not stirred, sit back and read about their activities.  Not necessarily the James Bond fantasies but the cold and deeply scary reality of pretending to be someone you are not whilst sticking your nose into someone else’s business. If you read, then you can safely nose about in…

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The Literati Glitterati of Chichester

By David E P Dennis Do you know which prominent supporters of the literary arts and crafts have been associated with Chichester? They may have been born in the city, lived and worked there, or died there.  In this article we look at some of the notable or notorious personalities and their lives down the ages. If you are a Chichester writer who is not mentioned here, then please work on your notability not your notoriety and we’ll list you next time! John Bullokar (1574-1627) – Lexicographer John was an English physician and lexicographer. He was born in St Andrew’s…

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Dante comes to Hastings

THE PRE-RAPHAELITES By David E P Dennis Many people know the story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who signed themselves cryptically as PRB. They were not Cambridge Apostle spies, but artists who wanted to break the dreary mould of English Art. The founders of the art movement were Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and John Everett Millais. Hunt was born in 1827, Rossetti in 1828, and Millais in 1829, so it is easy to see how they could share the same views. Hunt was staid, quiet and not as talented as the other two. He was born into a humble home,…

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Slowly is more surely

If you are a novice author and trying to make an impression on the big world out there, then take a moment to read this excellent article by Jane Friedman on ‘Building an author platform’.  Jane explains that it is better to grow your following slowly and that there are no quick routes to success.

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