What does a key ring, a piggy bank, Victorian Handcuffs, and a bottle of beer have in common?
This post is separated into two parts. In Part one I show how they are all connected, and in part two, I will extend the connections. This post came about after an offhanded comment in work about not being able to teach pork.
The keyring is decorated with the crest of the Purcell family. The surname Purcell came from a common occupational name for a swineherd. The surname Purcell is derived from the Norman-French word Porcel, which in turn comes from the Latin word Porcus, which means pig(1) or piglet. The four boars on the crest are ancient pigs(2).
The Piggy Bank
Piggy banks get their name from the fact that they were made to look like pigs(3).
The Victorian Handcuffs
The Handcuffs are mostly used by police. The police were created in the 19th century by Sir Robert Peel(4). It is believed that Sir Robert Peel was believed to have been the originator of the Tamworth Pig after importing an ‘Irish Grazer’ into his estate at Drayton Manor. (5). It is believed that because of this connection, the police gained the nicknames of “Peelers” and “Pigs” (6).
The Bottle of Beer
One of the first police officers was sack in his first day for being drunk on the job after turning up for work with a tankard of beer (7). If you are guessing, no, I haven’t started on the Beer yet!
Let’s have some fun now.
In part one I continued to mention pigs so, keeping to that theme I will go off on a tangent.
Two most valuable foodstuffs derived from pigs are Pork chops and Bacon.
Bacon is also the surname of actor Kevin Bacon (yay, fifty shades of Kevin Bacon reference!) One of the film franchises he was most known for is Tremors. Tremors had a new film comes out this year and Kevin will be reprising his roll in a new Tremors TV series’s.
So I’m back to editing and writing my books after such a long break and have discovered quite a few errors with Æther Shadow. I’m currently getting it re-edited and formatted and will hopefully get the new version out in both paperback and ebook formats for Halloween. (deadline is actually September for a special preview up in Scotland)
Dragon world exiles has finished its 3rd edit and on its forth rewrite.
Sirens of Albion: Shelly Lee is frozen,
Kitsune, the last of the first trilogy is also frozen until I finish Exiles and Æther Shadow as Shelly Lee and Kitsune are interconnected.
I have been less than productive of late and just haven’t felt like working on any of my books. I am trying to finish off Exiles as that is the first of the phase #0 books, but I am just getting nowhere. In a fit of boredom I have been trying out some 3D Art and the following images are just my playing around.
The manuscript that inspired these images is far from complete and I was hoping to have finished it by now, however, depression is a nasty condition and I just constantly feel down about my lack of artistic ability to get things from brain to paper.
I have a few days leave and hope it will help me out.
I also have a meeting with another Writer soon called Liz Hill and am looking forward to that. For the next few days I will be down in Windsor (UK) so keep a look out for a bloke with a black hoody with a large white skull on the back and the slogan “Deploy, Dominate, Disappear.”
That is all for now.
See you in port soon my fellow Rouges and Airship Captains.
I can honestly say that after four years Book#1: ÆtherShadow is nearing completion. While I still have mixed feeling about it (it was the first one I wrote, but the second to be released) I can’t find anything else wrong with the book itself. There is still some formatting bugs to be cured and some issues concerning #Scrivener, but I will be glad to move on to the next books.
#NaNoWriMo is rapidly approaching and this year I will use it as an excuse to avoid #Dragon World:Exiles and work on the rewrite of joint books #Kitsune and #Shelly Lee which are the next in the story line and show the main characters taking separate paths.
I am still holding hope that it will be finished in time for All Hallows Eve, but one can never be certain.
Well, thats all for now,
See you in port next time Lords, Ladies and Airship Captains.
Currently EditingÆtherShadow and have reached chapter nine. This is only the first editing pass, but at least it feels like I am nearly finished with Book #1.0 Æthershadow.
First alpha reader of Dragon World:Exiles enjoyed it so that a good start and the editor has Book #2.0 Kitsune. The next twelve months are going to be busy for me and I really need to knuckle down and put more effort into my writing.
Just a quick post to post up the beginning of The Diaries of James Purcell Book #02 Æther Shadow.
Book #02 does not continue directly from Book#01 The End as several years and bad events that have been glossed over have passed between the two. One of these (Dragon Hunt which is part of the kindle only version) has been rewritten and will be published as Dragon World Book#00 Exiles.
The Diaries Of James Purcell
Book#02 Æther Shadow
Copyright 2012 James Purcell, All rights reserved.
The multicoloured lightning storm raged around the castle and mirrored the passengers anger as he stepped out of the carriage. There was no rain coming from the clouds as the storm was the result of wild magic that was slowly destroying the world of Albion. HighlordNorlanBracegirdle stormed across the courtyard into the entrance of his castle causing guards, soldiers and servants to scatter out of his way. He had just returned from Camelot after having been summoned to account for the loss of two prototype ships that had cost the equivalent of seven ironclad battleships and now the partners who had invested were calling in their loans. He stormed up his tower and entered his chambers dropping his cloak on the floor. How dare they treat him like this, he knew too well how much was at stake, but if it wasn’t for his designs then the ships would not have existed in the first place. He walked over to the large table that was covered in diagrams and glowing glass spheres. In the middle of the table laid the plans for the two ships he had now lost. His hand reached out and picked up the glass sphere that was wrapped in satin and looked at the pulsing glow inside. The sphere hadn’t existed when the first ship had been converted and stranded in the other world, but they had come out of the development of the second ship and now the second ship had been missing for three years. He needed to get the first back and install the new devices that would allow it to cross back across the Vail and arrive back in Albion
Queen Victoria Pendragon had been there and was most defiantly not amused over the constant delays in the planned invasion of the other world. “Why had she been there?” he thought to himself, these things were normally below her, “I sometimes wish that stupid fool Guy Fawkes had succeeded in blowing up parliament. The Highlords would still be in control of this country and not answering to a bunch of old bureaucrats who spent all their time arguing over petty things and never getting anything done!”
“Sir?” Norlan’s guard and assistant asked.
“Where is she is she back yet?” Norlan roared.
“Where is who sir?
“You damn well know who I mean!”
“Oh Lady Alison DuBlade.”
“Yes her!” Norlan shouted back.
“She just got back a few moments before we did sir, according to the stable master.”
“Summon her at once.”
The guard walked over to the door, opened it and shouted down the tower. A few minutes later, the crystal on Norlan’s desk glowed and a ghostly female voice emanated from it.
“My Lord, you summoned me?”
“Tell me you have good news, Alison.”
“My lord?” The voice had an ethereal flow to it which was a side-effect of the crystals. “The mission was a success.”
“Have you killed the target?”
“Yes, my lord.”
“And were the traitors as the information suggested?”
“Yes sir, but … “
“He wasn’t working on his own, he was working for one of the other lords.”
“Did you find out who?”
“No sir, he took that knowledge to the grave with him.”
“Very well, I have another mission for you. You have twenty four hours to recover, then I want you in my office.”
“Yes sir.” her voice responded before the crystal stopped glowing.
“Fools, this country is run by nothing but fools!” Norlan muttered to himself as he started pacing around his study stopping to look at the piles of correspondence that had gathered on his desk.
And as aways, if you haven’t picked up Book #01The End it is still available on amazon including a few exclusive extra’s