Monday, 18 December 2017

Season's Greetings

Well Christmas is almost upon us once again and I am pleased to say that the cards I posted from England to Oz have arrived – well most of them anyway! Cards to friends 'across the ocean' are the only ones I really worry about.

The other good news is that I have signed off the proof copy of 'Sunburnt Pom's Tales of Oz' which I am happy to say is on target for release on 26th January – Australia Day.

The recent vote on Gay Marriage in the Oz Parliament made me chuckle as it reminded me of an anecdote in the second story in the book which I called Boutique Beer. You'll have to read it for yourself.

For the moment you can get it only from YPDBooks

Have a great festive season and see you again in the New Year.

Mark AKA The Sunburnt Pom
16th December 2017



Friday, 1 December 2017

Countdown to Christmas

Well, as usual we Poms got stuffed by the Aussies in Brissie. How predictable is that? I wish I was there – or maybe not!
Cricket or no cricket the State Capital of Queensland is a truly beautiful city and I have made two separate trips there.
Sufficient anecdotes stuck in mind from places and people to make me write several 'Queensland stories' for my forthcoming book 'Sunburnt Pom's Tales of Oz.' 
The day on Fraser Island which I called 'Jurassic Park Oz Style' will stay in my memory forever. I am sorry this book has only been on Amazon Kindle thus far but it will be launched as a slimline paperback in time for Australia Day next month. It will be lightweight to make it 'airmail friendly' and I am hoping to emulate the success of possibly my favourite  Oz book of all time – Let Stalk Strine!
Initially it will only be available from ypdbooks.com – checkout the website to pre-order.
Back to cricket, moving house recently I unearthed a photograph of the Aussie Touring Team to England in 1961 which my grandfather had bought for me and posted to Malta where we lived at the time. Some of the names are now icons....Bill Lawry...Richie Benaud...I could go on.
Can any other sporting contest, anywhere in the world, ever equal the Ashes? I very much doubt it!

Have a great festive season and see you again in the New Year.

Mark AKA The Sunburnt Pom 
1st December 2017