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Robert the Bruce: Scotland's King

Robert the Bruce: Scotland’s King

A biography of Scotland’s hero king.

Winning a kingdom was not a game for the faint-hearted or naïve.

When he played his hand in this game of thrones, Bruce played the game with an unmatched determination. Here we explore the tragedies and eventual triumph of this quest.

Like his contemporary, William Wallace, the story of his life is intimately connected to Scotland’s heart breaking struggle for national survival. However, the living man behind the legend is not forgotten in this tale. His journey from boy to hero king, from uncertainty to conviction, is brought to life by considering the cultural context and his family dynamics. Bruce’s character, that combination of iron hard fortitude balanced with decency, emerges from this treatment. As does Bruce’s reputation as a great king and one of history’s greatest heroes.

This is the companion volume to William Wallace: Scotland’s Hero by the same author.

Janet: A life in verse

Janet: A Life In Verse

Janet’s story told in prose and verse.

People mind her as youthful even long past her youth; a testimony to her lightness of heart and childish optimism, but she had plenty of that stuff, long in the forging, that had earned her nation fame over the wide world.

Set mainly in Sixties Glasgow, this story of child to woman is also a portrait of that optimistic age. The future would be better, unless you were unlucky.


Relentless: The Death March to Educational Excellence

Watching the never ending conveyor belt of educational nonsense.

Although bursting with good intentions and right-on ideas for fixing everything, our schools still disappoint our ambitions for them. Our leaders and managers invite themselves and their top-dollar cronies to sort things out. As the politicians, lawyers, consultants, web wizards, pressers of keyboards, council chiefs and their buck-passing entourage descend (remotely, of course) on the institution, irony shades to day-glo.

This work is a gold sticker response to that perfect storm of social, economic and technological trends that find a happy vortex in the primary classroom.


Likabehandlingsplan: A Toast to Sweden’s Future with Cyanide

Jag har en dröm. I have a dream

Fulfilling a long-held ambition to live and work in Sweden, this collection is my report. Although containing the usual observations and reveries of a stranger in a strange land, it has found a focus deriving from an increasing awareness that Sweden was birthing a new society. Unwittingly leading the world in reverse social and genetic engineering, Sweden’s social justice warriors bin 1000 years of history and welcome Grendal.

Once fresh and healthy, blue and yellow, Sweden’s new colours are those of a burned out car. Now a zombie state. Waiting, but alas forlornly, on the coup de grâce. The willed future can clearly be seen; 9mm in one hand, cyanide capsule in the other.

Way to go, Bro!

Queens of the Reich

Queens of the Reich

The 21st century primary school considered in verse.

If set out with the objective of destroying our education system you could not do a better job than that achieved by its soi-disant champions and managers.

Poems considering the counter-intuitive, anti-human initiatives and other social trends which have undermined education, delivering the exact opposite of the intended goals. Hopefully, the total effect of this onslaught in verse is more light-hearted than its description.

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