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  1. I've been off the site for a bit so it was a nice surprise to come back on and find aa new story by Nigel. Knowing Nigel's writing, I suspect this is not going where we think it is going. It will be interesting to see where it ends up. One thing that did surprise me was that I realised that I knew the town that Nigel had set the story in. OK he has moved it from the southern Midlands to the North of England. Also the town does not have a river flowing through it. What it has is a major road that cuts the town in half. However, the other facts about the town fit it exactly. If the location exists I am wondering how much of the story is actually a retelling of facts?
  2. I first read a draft of this story about two years ago, I think Nigel was intending it for a Christmas story. Liked it then. Like it even more now, the detail he has given into bookbinding is fascinating. There is a lot more to this story than I remember from reading the original draft. Would not say it is a better story, but it is a more involved story. Have read it a couple of times now and each time I have found something new. Nigel, usually has a twist at the end of his stories, I had half expected it but the nature of it took me by surprise. It was not in the early draft I read though I think he must have had it in mind from the start.
  3. It's a pity we are not going to be seeing her here!
  4. There is a new story, 'Walking the Wild Side', being posted by Nigel Gordon on IOMFATS.org. It is now at chapter 4 and looks like it is going to get very interesting. I noticed in intro that it had been edited by Pedro and Cole Parker so was rather surprised not to see it here. Hope Nigel has not decided to move, his 'Words Unsaid' has also been posted to IOMFATS. Not sure where the story is going to go but I can say that at the moment I am very scared for the well being of the lead character. You can find the story at: http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/nigel-gordon/walking-the-wild-side/01.html
  5. Listened to this last night and found it exceptionally moving and very powerful. If you have not listened to it, do so, before it expires. One of the best pieces of radio for a long time.
  6. Well, just re-read this as it has finished posting. Even though I knew what was coming the end still had me in tears. A well written story that is worth reading.
  7. I am glad to see that this has now started to be reposted. I have the advantage of having read it in full. Went round to see Nigel to ask him what the problem was and he allowed me to read the whole story. It is good and had me crying at the end. What had Nigel crying was the number of emails he received about the 'technical issues' and stating that if he wanted to write material like that he should go to Nifty. The technical issue had nothing to do with his writing but concerned the fact that a copyright image had been used as a result of an honest error. As soon as John was made aware of this the image was taken down. Things were not helped by the fact that Nigel's internet went down on the 5th of May and he had no internet access till yesterday. His only access to email was via his 3G Phablet which could only get a connection when he was in town.
  8. I think the Eagle upgrade includes all the electronics - basically you get a brand new car built inside the old body. Even the engine is completely stripped down and rebuilt using higher spec fittings.
  9. A terrific story well told. It brought back memories. If only I had the guts to brass it out.
  10. I met Nigel a couple of years after the events in this story. At no time in the forty seven years I have known him has he ever regretted what he did. A couple of times he has said he thought he should have called on the students to walk out with him but as he said never ask a question you do not know the answer to. He suspected some might but also thought some might not. In many ways the events in this story made him. He went on to work extensively in the civil and gay rights movement, I don't think he would have done that if he had not been forced to take a stand. That led him into an interest in law and politics and he eventually returned to full time education (some ten years later) to study Law and Accountancy. ​A couple of years after the events set out in this story he got involved in local politics and pushed for an amendment to an order banning dogs from municipal buildings to exempt guide dogs form the regulation. When the amendment was put to the council the councillors they had not thought about guide dogs. This resulted in the council adopting a policy to check if regulations have impacts on disabled assistance dogs of all types. A policy not followed by all councils as good practice. Nigel became very much an autodidatic in the years that followed and is now an acknowledged expert in a number of fields ranging from the Marital Arts to Gaia. He currently admits to having three degees (there is a forth on which is a doctorate) but he does not claim it as he says it is worthless. He is currently working on two areas of research (Task Oriented Application Development) and (Ethics and Theology of Gaia from a Pagan Perspective). Both are looking as if they will be coming out as books next year and hopefully he may end up as Dr Dr. Would Nigel have made a good doctor of medicine. I don't think he would - it was he father who wanted him to be a doctor. What he haa becme is a good fighter for rights, even if fighting for those rights puts himself at risk. As I am well aware it did in the recent past. Ten years after this story Nigel was back at the now merged college doing his A levels. Once again he came up against a bigot who wanted everybody to conform to his views. Once again Nigel took him on and once again Nigel won. He won by using the fact that he was gay as a weapon against the bigots. Maybe one day he will stell that story on this site. I sincerely hope he does.
  11. I have a suspicion that Simon Charles Seymoure is actually based on somebody Nigel knows. The description fits him exactly. Somehow I suspect there is a lot more 'truth' in this story than first meets the eye. Nigel spent some years in the antique and art business and still does some auctioneering. On the occasions when I have been at a dinner party where he has been a guest he has recounted some interesting insights into the shadier sides of those worlds.
  12. I suppose one should start to expect the unexpected at the end of Nigel's stories but I must admit there was no way I expected the ending here. It left me feeling rather shocked and a bit uncomfortable - then that is probably what he intended. I am not sure if I like this story but it was certainly worth reading.
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