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The Enduring Story of Siegfried

Found this blog through clicking to follow the author on Twitter. It has rekindled an old passing interest I had from school days in what I would term non mainstream Myth. I often wondered why Germanic never had the same attention as Norse and Greek tales in the Anglo-Saxon world, although I understand there is a lot of overlap between the northern beliefs.
Anyway, the author had me with the ‘beer drinker’ description (although not so much nowadays, age and responsibility comes to us all).

Kristyn J. Miller

Toward the end of my college years, it came time to select a topic for capstone research. Despite my university’s focus on relatively recent works, I found myself gravitating toward medieval epics outside of the English canon. This was likely informed by a lifelong love for fantasy—when I’m really passionate about something, I want to get to the root of it.

It was the famous Sigemund passage in Beowulf that led me to two other epics: the Icelandic Völsunga Saga and the German Das Nibelungenlied. Both stories revolve around the same hero, and tell more or less the same tale. They’re not alone, either—the legendary Siegfried is attested to in Þiðrekssaga, the Poetic Edda, Biterolf und Dietleib . . . the list goes on.

Whether or not Siegfried was based on a real person is debated. Some have suggested he was based on a sixth century Frankish ruler…

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8 Days – German T.V. Show

Being a late to bed and late riser, I am sat here watching my T.V at 2 a.m. in the U.K. (GMT) having just watched episode 5 of a sub-titled German thriller called 8 Days which is being shown on the Sky Atlantic channel. I didn’t use to watch sub-titled programmes as I often semi-watch, by which I mean read something else at the same time or wander out of the room without pausing the show. However, the rise of Scandi-Noir has converted me and I have now watched numerous such shows from different corners of Europe. Still having a bit of a problem maintaining my concentration, probably just demonstrates my laziness as a native English speaker, (despite having learnt Danish as a child, and promptly lost it when I left, plus my mother having been fluent in four languages).

The show centres on a wider German family in the last days before an asteroid is due to hit Europe. It is a clever play on the migration crisis as people pour out of central Europe and the rest of the world limit immigration. The authorities do have some bunkers ready, but without spoilers, the plot revolves around the politics and morality of who gets a place. a bit slow to start with but really picks up as the story develops although I haven’t got to the end yet, I would be interested in other opinions and envisage an English language version in due course.

Influential book – Here, Away from it all.

HERE [away from it all]

HERE [away from it all] by Polly Hope

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fantasy book set on a Mediterranean island where, after some cataclysmic event, locals revert to ancient beliefs to the detriment of tourists trapped there. I actually first read this book many years ago as a young man when I found it in the library of an oil tanker I was working on. It has always remained in my memory as I found it uplifting in a thoroughly depressing way. You keep expecting some rescue to arrive and turn things round but, just like real life often is, the tide never turns, until in the final pages all hope is lost. A very brave non-engineered conclusion written at a time when such things were rare in popular fiction. I believe, but can’t be sure that this may be one of only a small number of works published by this author.

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Jools Holland

Just been to see Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Band at the Royal concert Hall in Nottingham. Also singing with them was Eddi Reader (lead singer of a band called Fairground Attraction some years ago for those too young to remember) and Ruby Turner. They were absolutely brilliant boogie woogie as always (seen them live at least six times now), as were the supporting act, Emma Hatton and her band (never heard of them before but very impressed)

Current project

I am currently working on my next book, having completed almost half of it. It will be a break from the Irrelevant Saga series I have produced so far, although in a similar vein. It is about a librarian called Monika who is mistaken for a famous blogger called Monica and abducted by rodent alien invaders disguised as Chinese dentists. The adventures she has subsequently involve conspiracies by both the Russian and American governments and considers issues of power within society in a light hearted fashion.

I am writing it so that it can be read as a standalone story. However, after a bit of writer’s bloc I am back at full steam and becoming attached to my characters so it may be the first of two.

Who am I?

Good question. I am a man in his sixties, living in the English East Midlands between Nottingham of Robin Hood fame and Derby, the home of Rolls Royce aviation engines. I have worked in a number of jobs over the years, from being a trainee navigating officer in the early seventies, on oil tankers and dry cargo ships, going through both the Panama and Suez canals and visiting a number of countries including Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

I have also, amongst other jobs worked as a trainer and teacher over the years, most recently teaching psychology and humanities at a local school and sociology at a college, plus training software systems, numeracy and various other subjects to adults. I now do supply work at schools when I have the inclination and indulge myself in my first passion, writing.

I also try and go swimming four times a week which is why, as a late bird I appreciate the freedom of being able to write when it suits me.

My Books

I am the author of three books published on the Amazon self publishing site which are available both as kindle ebooks and paperbacks.

Details of each of the books, which should be read in sequence are available on the ‘My Books’ page on the menu button at the top of this page, plus Amazon viewing and ordering buttons.