“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”

Doctor Samuel Johnson

Well, I guess that I must be a blockhead!

When I had a day job, I was used to writing reports, and even wrote a technical book with the racy title of Performance Assurance for IT Systems. As work declined, I started writing pieces on a couple of subjects that I was interested in, viz. the Edinburgh Festival and allotments (modest areas of land, usually provided by local councils in the UK, to grow crops).

Nowadays, I research topics, mostly relying on existing material, and write potted histories, primarily in an attempt to keep my little grey cells moving (as Poirot might say). It is a bonus if others find any of them worth reading.

My potted histories sit somewhere between short overviews that can often be found on the Internet and full-blown books. They typically vary in length from 5 to 6K words at the bottom end, up to 20K+ words at the top end, depending on the subject and the amount of existing information that is available on it.

If the reader is interested to learn more about a given subject, I provide a modest bibliography section with each piece plus lots of links to material that can be found on the Internet.

I guess that I have three simple objectives with my pieces: to produce something which is informative, readable and provides some context within which the subject sits.

You may be grateful to know that I am only capable of writing on topics that I know something about .. otherwise I would be producing even more of this sort of stuff!

If you have happened on this site by serendipity, I hope that you may find something of interest.

Note 1 – links. Providing links in articles tends to be problematic, in the sense that a proportion of said links periodically tend to disappear altogether or reappear with a different URL. It is for this reason that I tend to stick with links to articles in the likes of Wikipedia or Britannica.com where there is a choice. I would obviously be grateful if you could let me know if you come across any broken links.

Note 2 – Do not “follow me”. This is a WordPress site. Therefore, it offers the ability to “follow me”, i.e. to be informed of any new blogs that I write. Please do not be tempted to follow me for the simple technical reason that my histories are implemented as web pages, not as blogs. Followers are only informed of new blogs (alternatively called posts). They are not informed of new web pages.