AN ERA ENDS AND IT'S MOVING ON TIME

DOORS CLOSE AND DOORS OPEN

I started playing Squash fifty years ago when a neighbour seeing a new sports centre was opening which featured a Squash Court asked me if I fancied giving it a go.

From that beginning I have played more or less continuously barring a twelve thousand mile transfer and various holiday and sickness breaks.

For the past about twenty years my opponent has been my oldest Kiwi friend, and we have gradually slowed down together.

Squash is an ideal game, compact and not weather/season dependent and with few rules. Smashing that black ball against the wall gets rid of stress and tension, is good for hand/eye co-ordination and reflexes.

Sadly the squash court has closed and our alternative was to re-join the local club which we left twenty years ago which neither of us fancied.

Secretly both of us was awaiting the other to ask "is it time to retire?" So the decision has been made for us.

We move on!

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TWELVE THOUSAND TO ONE

 After two, no, maybe three years I have written the FINAL Chapter and have a plan for the next episode - and maybe beyond

AGENTS - PUBLISHERS - READ ON

WHO IS ROBERT PRESTON?

Is he Kathy's mysterious Englishman who drinks in her Christchurch bar?

The passsport supports this identity

OR

Is he GEORGE DIXON a childhood friend of Mike Daly who remembers him when they raced Roaring Liz through the quiet streets of their Lincolnshire village?

The passport photograph convInces him - the distinctive scar can belong to one else.

WHOEVER IT IS, HIS SKELETON LIES IN THE BUSH OFF A DESERTED TRACK IN NEW ZEALAND.

In his search for the truth Mike uncovers a 1985 New Zealand bloodstock scam and we relive those days of financial piracy following the Rogernomics "reforms" before it all fell apart in 1987. Days of greed and naivety, of housewives' stocks and shares clubs, When gambling on the stock exchange equalled gambling on racehorses.

Dixon/Preston meets Mr Asia, and the violent drug baron Terry Clarke, and is threatened by a Bikie gang.

 We are introduced to  Sinjon from Jamaica  and his Manchester drug financed nightclub, and see the growth of the drug culture and the West Indian Yardies in England during the sixties and seventies,

Dixon, hiding  from French Albie when his  land-deal scam went wrong by chance meets Paddy O'Hara in a Richmond hotel, an expert on racehorses who introduces him to the New Zealand 1984 financial euphoria.

WAS IT GEORGE DIXON'S SKELETON = OR ROBERT PRESTON - OR EVEN RODGER JONES OR MAYBE PADDY O'HARA BURIED IN THE  BUSH AT STOCKYARD BAY?

TWELVE THOUSAND TO ONE UNRAVELS THIS MYSTERY.

I INVITE ANYONE TO READ AND CRITIQUE MY MANUSCRIPT WHILST I CONTINUE WITH THE MIKE DALY STORY

CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

ANOTHER DOOR OPENS - MY BOOKS ARE NOW ON DISPLAY AT

THE LITTLE BOOK COMPANY, GABLES ARCADE, RANGIORA - the best bookshop in the district. Thank you.

DOORS CLOSE AND RE-OPEN

Inevitably when finishing a book which has been worked on for years there is a sense of closure.

What next?

My mind was blank until I re-read the final chapter and asked myself.             Is this the end for Mike Daly?

I had grown to like my key character MIKE DALY and I will not say how Twelve Thousand to One ended - but that last chapter seemed to call for a sequel or even a trilogy (if I live that long!).

So a sequel or a follow-up was born, which will send Mike searching for the truth about his late father who he never really knew. 

I examine the fine line between heroism and cowardice, and the permanent of war on immature minds.

At the same time, the mystery of George Dixon/Robert Preston nags away at him seemingly further away than ever.

Only one avenue still remains open!

 

 


 

     

 

 

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Pamela Downes | Reply 26.09.2018 15.23

Good stuff Gerry.
Your No 1 Fan, Pam

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26.09 | 20:42

I know how that must have felt Gerry! We recently had no power for 2 weeks; lots of buckets full of water from outside, luckily we have a tap at bottom of tank.

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26.09 | 15:23

Good stuff Gerry.
Your No 1 Fan, Pam

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12.10 | 19:10

Jerry- I am so glad to see that you are firing on all four cylinders, your impish sense of humour comes through again in this piece. Regards, Brian.

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09.09 | 14:44

A fascinating history I don't know of any community libraries let alone one with this continuing story

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