48: Journey to the Olympic closing ceremony

Posted in Diary posts on August 11th, 2012 by Peter Baker

11 August 2012

Since moving to Manor Park, five-minutes by train from the Olympic site, in 2008, I’ve watched the stadium rise from the wasteland north of Stratford during daily commutes to the City.

Beyond that physical manifestation of their approach, for most of the past four years the Olympic Games only impinged upon my consciousness to the extent of the predictable rows over their budget, occasional stories about Team GB and the reshaping of local land prices and transport connections. All that changed at the end of last year when a friend suggested I apply to be a volunteer cast member in the closing ceremony. Read more »

47: Writing and publishing a travel book

Posted in Diary posts, Website content on July 18th, 2012 by Peter Baker

A blow-by-blow, first-hand account of writing and publishing the travel and philosophy book, The Jolly Pilgrim, is now live on this website.

The sales documents used to represent the book to agents and publishers are also online, as a free PDF download (both here and on page six, linked below). Writers and aspiring writers should feel free to use these documents for ideas, inspiration, or as an example of how to sell work. Read more »

46: Phase Change

Posted in Diary posts on March 28th, 2012 by Peter Baker

28 March 2012

Good Morning Everybody

I‘ve resolved to keep you informed with media and website updates etc, but from now on I’ll spare you the blow-by-blow account of my movements, and especially my love life (because I keep getting myself in trouble). Read more »

45: Common Era or The Year of Our Lord?

Posted in Diary posts, Worldview on March 26th, 2012 by Peter Baker

26 March 2012

I’ve been asked to explain (and justify) why I use (and favour) the CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era) dating system, rather than the more traditional AD (Anno Domini, or ‘In the Year of Our Lord’) and BC (‘Before Christ’) system. Read more »

44: Apotheosis Revisited

Posted in Diary posts, Worldview on February 19th, 2012 by Peter Baker

19 February 2012

A tricky decision while compiling The Jolly Pilgrim was how hard to go with the final global musings. In particular, the thirteenth: Apotheosis.

In the end, we chose to tone down the original draft (for the book), and post the ‘uncut’ version online at a later date. You can now find it here: Link to original version of GM13: Apotheosis Read more »