Recently - September 2015

Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth
Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth


Back after a six weeks away in Europe. Not the clear and clean start I've got used to after the summer, but a few interesting work things are starting to take shape. Stayed in a beach hut at Hengistbury Head near Bournmouth. Thanks April! Trips to Hathersage Lido and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. My birthday involved a cake piled with chocolates and edged with Kit Kats.

Outcome of last month's goal

MISS. But getting closer. I managed five days writing 500 words per day (see chart).

New goal

Try again, but bring it down a bit: write at least 500 words 10 days or more. Also October is going to be a dry (no alcohol) month.

Civilisation Under Attack by Dan Cruickshank

Dan Crukshank’s documentary on the looting and destruction by ISIS was upsetting and disturbing but also vital and important. It’s odd how watching the destruction of ancient sites can be so horrific but there’s something about act of purposefully destroying historic objects with sledgehammers that is appalling. In places such as Hatra and Palmyra, these vandals have annihilated many beautiful works of art and structures which have survived for thousands of years. Cruickshank underlined how these attacks — many of which have been filmed and published online — are an assault on civilisation intended to wipe out people’s collective identity, culture and history. Yet ISIS’s promotional videos belie what’s really going on: industrial-scale looting of over 4,000 sites across the region then selling the objects on eBay and Facebook to fund the terrorist group’s activities.

Writing progress

Here’s my writing progress for September. At least I’ve made a start.

Days of writing in September

Films I enjoyed