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So, another Mid-Day job bites the dust. My days of Santa Spotting, First-Aiding and ball-retrieval from the field seem to be over.


It’s with very mixed feelings that I knew it was time to move on, DSCF3181but I bit the bullet, even though part of me would have liked to have stayed, but commuting two hours and rushing around like the Flash racing Superman first thing in the morning isn’t any fun, at least not these days.


There’s a lot I have done- went to a Wedding and been inspired to write a storyline on Infinite Whoniverses based on Rachel and Dave’s trip to Cardiff, Presented Tiglet to some of the kids, hiked three quarters of the Shropshire Union Canal and explored a whole lot more of Chester. Made it through two Christmases (when it was only supposed to be one!) Been inspired to create crafts, even though I’m rubbish at it! (Thank you Sue and the Hetty gang!) I’ve even had some great Show-And-Tell times, and told a few stories, though my version of Mr. Chatterbox has to be seen to be believed!


So there we go, got an interview on Wednesday, Holiday Club and hopefully Wales to look forward to, as well as the TimeRiders and Robots of Death to revise for IW, but for now am going to enjoy a Special Curry and maybe watch Sleepless in Seattle, though I might catch up on Game of Thrones or Caprica, not sure yet.


So, My Last Day in Hoole- very nice, though I’ve yet to open the chocolates the kids presented me with, I’m still getting used to the idea of not having to rush around in the morning and may even get a few reviews written, now that would be something wouldn’t it?!

 Happy Half Term Everybody!!




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Pirateez revisited!

The Captain’s back!

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Pirateez! 1Here’s something that I never, ever thought would see the daylight again- an exercise in storytelling for children that became the whackiest, most bizarre and funzany serial EVER!

That’s right, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen and do some baking- here he is, Captain Caibeard and the crew of the Jollyjammiedodgerroger in their very strange adventures in the one-off series from Feb/Mar 2013. The video version actually made it onto episode four of the Tiglet show, though I cannot fathom why I ever did that either! Or for Series 3 of Tiglet’s Time Travels- Oops!

Following the epic Infinite Whoniverses PDF stories, I thought I’d reshow these as one adventure- I may have to go and hide in the cupboard or something now!

So here we go again, off on another craaaazy adventure!

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For one night only- the return of Pirateez!!

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Chief Chef Caibeard shook his beard, almost making his Chef’s Hat fall off.

“OO-ARRGH!” He said. “That’d be an adventure in itself, when a strange stripey fellow joined the crew of the Jollyjammiedodgerroger just before it disbanded.”SAM_5503

He had hung up his cutlass and Pirate hat, baking a tray of delicious cupcakes at the Tasty Cupcake Caferama and regaling the rest of us with his tales of the 7 Seas.

SAM_5506“Aye, Tharr were no wind after Barbs, Polly. Sir Jeffrey and Happy Beak left, just after our Bakesale for Comic Relief (See Pirateez 1-6, Feb-Mar 2013) so it was just me, Fishcake and Han Polo left to sail the ship inta port and go our separate ways.  Then this Tiger Man appears out of nowhere!  Arr, shiver my Bourbons!

‘Don’t eat me’ Polo cried, as the Tiglet shook his furry head. ‘Don’t…

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My Nephew broke my TV, the Making of Pirateez, adventures in Vlogging and other ramblings

I’ve started recording some of my hikes as Video blogs, or Vlogs, the fourth one, up at Halton Castle was a total disaster, as sound quality let me down completely, so I have had to go back and re-record it, which seems to have gone okay, but it’ll be Easter once I’ve figured out how to edit and sort out sound. I’m still thinking of an alternate platform, as this blog is running out of space and very cluttered, which is why I launched the Storysite with all Tiglet’s tales last month, which seems to be going okay.

I was going to go on about the Making of Pirateez; this story literally came out of nowhere and blew me out of the water, oo-argh!

Seriously, four days from initial idea to shooting the model sets, which took an entire Saturday to do. Even though I’d spent a week on Tig’s Time Travels 2, I wanted a Pirate story for Tiggle time- about a good Pirate, one who would give away gold and save puppies and stuff.  Getting what I needed meant rummaging through Nephew’s toyboxes again and setting up the bathroom as the main set.  I knew I wanted to take the crew on a big, life-changing adventure, dragged by their knees through storms and strange encounters, which they did in spades!

For me, it was a great storytelling exercise, developing an idea in a short space of time and completing it.  Again, as with Episode 5 of Tiglets Time Travels, Series 1- Zaurius Z’Roma (Oct 2012) the pictures came first and the words/dialogue second. I’ve really enjoyed the inspiration and freedom working that way gives, rather than storyboarding according to script and having to follow it slavishly, so it’s given me a more flexible way and with Tiglet’s Days out and Time Travels 3 shaping up into something epic for Easter (ish), where everything goes to hell in a handbasket for the entire Tiglet family, amidst a galactic-soap/space opera backdrop, and great themes, like trust and betrayal, hope, faith and somesuch.  It’s got a lot going on, but then I’ve already said, back in the Making of TTT2 that Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings/Babylon 5/The Matrix and other epics have influenced and inspired these stories. JKR’s use of Foreshadowing in particular led to me weaving a few plots/characters together in ways that’ll be resolved by the end of Series 5 in the Autumn, after Series 3 in Spring and 4 in the Summer.  I have even gone and shot part of the final episode and the Ultimate ending/Epilogue, though not decided to save it for another Christmas Special, I may decide I’ve had enough in September and leave it in.

By then my contribution to Season 39 of The Doctor Who Project- Story 8-The Children of Chaos will have been published on the TDWP Website.  I’ve been given a subplot by the Editors that is absolutely awesome, and one pivotal scene to move that storyline along, so I’m really, really glad they’ve given me the opportunity, it’s just a matter of getting it worked into the story in time for the end of May! I have written a first draft of the scene, so am pretty excited to see the Editor’s reaction to it.


My TV set has been in a sorry condition for a while, the only way for it to work was to actually plug it in, and then unplug to turn it off.  After my Nephew James forgot to do this, I came in to find an acrid smell and a small ’whump!’ turned it off completely, so I’ve had no TV for over a week, which has been good as it has given me more time to write/listen to music and begin creating sets/designs for TTT3, including painting Tiger toys black and work on spaceship designs.  I’ve got a big battle for climax of TTT4, so getting the Black Fleet ready, using bits and pieces, sticking them together and then painting them has become a nice little side-hobby, a bit of Blue-Petering with sticky-back plastic and little paint pots! The Saturday night Nerd Club, especially the Space Station project has made me think I could actually do it, so there’s a new challenge for the next month or so.


I’ve also been enjoying power-napping on the brand new comfy-buses, bongo-ing, forgotten to take my library books back (again) and had a few cakes from the excellent Red-Nose day cake sale at school. I haven’t mentioned the new Language/codes I’ve made up for Tiglet, nor the fact I’ve been involved with the Keystroke Killer project for a year, but I’ll save those two for another time.

So there’s a weeks’ worth of blogs all cobbled together. Someday I’ll get myself organised and conquer the Universe, that’s a promise. Maybe what I need to get for my birthday is a filing cabinet just to organise my notes, I’ll just live in hope for that one, maybe a vain hope, but I’m used to that.

And to top it all off, I’ve been chasing sunsets again and gotten a few goodies!




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The voyage is over!!

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Pirateez 6







Captain Caibeard awoke on a beach, groggy, sore and hungry. He got up and staggered forward, looking for food, help, something to give him a reason to live.

He found a field, trees, but his mind was unfocused, confused, bewildered.  The storm had carried him far, too far maybe.  Where was he, could he ever SAM_4882find a way back to his beloved ship?

He tripped over a rock, tired and drifted off into a dream.



In this dream, he was surprised and bamboozled to find he was at the Nativity, which was not only impossible, but also a bizarre place to find a Pirate, he wasn’t sure if he was supposed to give a doubloon or piece of eight, not that he had anything, since he was pretty…

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The final voyage, and the strangest version of the Parable of the Good Samaritan!

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Adrift on the mighty Ocean, time passed slowly as the makeshift raft bobbed along.  Captain Caibeard and Firstmate Fishcake got tired of playing ‘Eye-Spy-with-my-little-eye’ and were fed up.

Caibeard felt a bit out-of-sorts. He didn’t miss Pirating, or plundering, he missed his baking tray, the scent of freshly-baked Jammie Dodgers.  But then he thought he heard something, like the steady hum of a Warp Drive.


He suddenly spotted the Starship Enterprise swooshing overhead.  “Help, please help”. He cried.

Scotty asked them who they were and reported “There’s Pirates on the Starboard bow, Jim”!

And the Enterprise turned away and wouldn’t beam them up!



Even worse was when Rogue 17 skimmed past.

“This is Rogue 17 to Commander Skywalker, do you copy? Captain Solo?  Echo Base, this is…

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Under Attack by Sea Monsters!!! The New Episode of Pirateez!

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Polly the Pterodactyl flew high over the Jollyjammiedodgerroger and reported what she saw.

“Squawk, Tharr be monsters, Tharr be monsters!!”


Suddenly, a whole bunch of Sea Monsters appeared near the ship.


“There’s Monsters all righty, fire the cannon Barbs!”  Captain Caibeard ordered.  He’d just baked a mighty Dodger and didn’t want it ruined.


Then he noticed, right at the back of the pack, something mighty strange.

SAM_4833“Oi! Reepicheep the Rancor, what in the blazes arr you doing here??  Shouldn’t you be on Tatooine??”

Reepicheep the Rancor blushed.  “Oh, I’m just on vacation, but now SAM_4834you mention it, I should be getting back to the palace, sorry guys.”

So, he went off back to Jabba’s Palace and the grisly fate that awaited (see Return of the Jedi for the gruesome details!)

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