Enter Now to win!

…the lovely 3M Snap Band I spoke about here.
i-631a3366e30e9d0ea368cdbb564e006e-snapbox.jpgEntry is easy, first to comment gets the prize, just like I said:

Remember that comments don’t appear immediately, I have to moderate them all to stop all the spam from appearing. If you are having trouble posting a comment, send me an email instead. I’ll use the timestamp on the email to log your time of entry (that is, my server timestamp, so don’t try changing your computer clock!).
A couple of simple rules. 1) I decide who wins, my decision is final. 2) I get to change the rules whenever I feel like it. 3) I’ll be posting the band to you if you live in the UK. If you don’t live in the UK then there’s no need to enter. 4) You can enter on behalf of someone else if you like (eg If you are in Australia but you want your prize posted to someone in the UK, that’s fine).

Avenger (Frederick Forsyth)

Another enjoyable action book, taking the mild manered persona and giving it a hidden life. What I most enjoyed about this book was that so many story lines interacted to make the story complete. It travelled from a engineering soldier in Vietnam, A couple of RAF World War 2 fighter pilots, A lawyer in New York, A rich businessman in Canada, An arms dealer in Bosnia, a computer security programmer and consultant, and probably a few people I forgot in there too. It used those connections between people very to give our hero motives and to take our hero to the brink of death. Enemies from one war became friends to fight another. Our hero survives, some innocents die and ending in somewhat of a moral victory, the villains are captured to be tried by the authorities. Another book I couldn’t put down once I had started reading.

Driving Blind Stories (Ray Bradbury)

When I was growing up I was given a book of short stories written by Ray Bradbury (A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories). I remember loving it so much I read it several times over the next few years. The title Story (A sound of thunder) explored time travel and the effects a time traveller could have on the future.

Perhaps I had expectations too high for this book because of my fond memories that I found myself disappointed at the end of almost every story. There was one story that I loved when I finished. Since then a couple more have grown on me and perhaps that’s the key to this book. The stories are so unrelated, so unexpected, so ‘short'(!) that before the idea has had enough time to settle on the mind the story is over. It’s probably a book that many people will find one story in they like but I found it a little bit of a chore to work all the way through to find them.

The Tristan Betrayal (Robert Ludlum)

Just over 500 pages long, this book finishes with an exquisite twist. A story of how an aging diplomat averts world war 3, we read of his past during World War 2 and are lead slowly towards the answer. In so many ways a typical spy novel but having read the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down.

Redcoat (Bernard Cornwell)

What do you get if you cross a classic Bernard Cornwell Sharpe book, the American fight for independence and a love story?

Redcoat! A pleasant book which I found to be as much a love story as a book of action. Our hero is British soldier serving in the ranks and he falls in love with a girl who happens to be helping the American Rebels. It’s as well written as all the Sharpe books and it reveals some of the subtleties of war, like how would the rebels find out about a planned attack? I wouldn’t go looking to read love stories but I found this a very enjoyable read.

First ever competition for this site (and first video too)

I know what you’re all thinking, nothing has changed here lately. I’ve been working on things in the background but today marks the first of a whole bundle of waiting posts. This post includes my site’s first ever competition as well as it’s first ever video, created using the magic of my PDA’s video camera, Quicktime Pro, Macromedia Flash Video Encoder,Macromedia Dreamweaver, One not very willing actor (James) and a 3M Snap Band….

i-18fe714219c9bb282ad34fa15fa38af4-video.jpg I wanted the video to be here, but it needed some special code which won’t work through the movabletype software I use here (It’s a security thing, that’s good!). Follow this link to see the video

I know what you’re going to say, “don’t give up your day job, and you won’t need to worry about being available for the Oscar ceremony…”. I know that too, but it’s been fun making it work and I’ve learnt some things too.

Competition Bit
I bet most of you jumped straight here wondering what you can win? Well, I’m giving away a 3M Snap Band as modelled by James in the video. They are reflective bands that will wrap around things, like James arm, a leg or a bike handle bar and so on. You can roll them flat and they will hold that position. As well as the video, you can find out all about them at www.3MBeSeen.co.uk. Now the weathers getting darker it makes sense for the children to have something reflective on them. As James is showing, they happen to be fun as well as safe. Better still, they only cost 3.00.

Wining will be easy. During the next week a new post will appear on this site called “Enter Now to win!”. If you are the first person to comment, you win.

Remember that comments don’t appear immediately, I have to moderate them all to stop all the spam from appearing. If you are having trouble posting a comment, send me an email instead. I’ll use the timestamp on the email to log your time of entry (that is, my server timestamp, so don’t try changing your computer clock!).
A couple of simple rules. 1) I decide who wins, my decision is final. 2) I get to change the rules whenever I feel like it. 3) I’ll be posting the band to you if you live in the UK. If you don’t live in the UK then there’s no need to enter. 4) You can enter on behalf of someone else if you like (eg If you are in Australia but you want your prize posted to someone in the UK, that’s fine). 5)

Now, if you’re interested in how this all came about, read on….
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