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Police Bust Up

So, I’ve got this idea for a new novel. A Police Chief Superintendent discovers his wife, who is an Assistant Chief Constable in the same Force, is having an affair with the Chief Constable, and allegedly punches the Chief Constable in the face at a BBQ, to which Police officers from the same force are then called to deal with. To keep the identities of the participants private we could even change the log. Throw in a bit of bullying of those who have got wind of the incident, to make sure they don’t reveal anything that might be ever so slightly embarrassing to those involved, and hey presto! we have a best selling novel. Or maybe then again …….not.

Foreign Aid

Well the loonies have finally taken over the world. In the news this week, Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development was given a £20,000 bonus, as his department met a target to spend billions more on overseas development. What world do these people live in.

Now I’m all for helping those who are not so well off, but as the saying goes, “Charity begins at home.” The government has a ludicrous immigration policy which causes chaos in our hospitals, doctors surgeries and schools. They struggle to cope because of government policy and the government then sits back and blames these institutions for failing to reach unachievable targets which have been set by ….. yes that’s right, government.

There are cut backs in policing, street lights are switched off at midnight to save money. Millions of pounds are being spent on translation services to assist non English speaking people who use hospitals, schools or who come into Police custody. Policing, education, the Fire Brigade and the NHS to name but a few are having their budgets cut and are being told that they will have to do more with less just so that the Coalition government can carry on committing 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid, some of it to corrupt regimes, but still it gets sent. In 2013 this sum was an unbelievable staggering £11.46 billion and to add insult to injury for some reason Mark Lowcock’s job not only comes with a mind blowing salary of £165,000, but as if that’s not enough he is then given what is believed to be a £20,000 bonus for making sure this country spends billions on foreign aid.

I’m a person of average intelligence, but my brain will  just not let me grasp how this whole debacle can possible be right, regardless of any amount of government spin which is placed on the issue.

I surely cant be the only one thinking that if we stopped paying out all of this money in foreign aid, and spent it on problems and issues which we have in this country, then life in this country would greatly improve across the board. Oh and by the way remember, we are trillions of pounds in debt which we then have to pay millions of pounds in interest on. Remind me again why and how we can afford to pay out £11.46 billion.

Weight Loss

by Stephen Wynn on May 7, 2022

This article is actually connected to writing, let me explain.

Most afternoon’s, and evenings after dinner, as well as some mornings, will usually find me sat at my office desk studiously typing away on which ever book I happen to be writing at the time. The problem with this is it lacks very little in the way of physical movement, coupled with this revelation is that I may or may not, at any given time devour a quantity of biscuits, crisps, chocolate and other such items of food.

On 1 March 2022, my wife and I decided to cut out bread from our diet, I might add that as a matter of course, we have not eaten chips, potatoes, rice or pasta for some time. Our breakfast toast has been replaced with poached eggs, and when we pick it is now on nuts, fruit or jelly.

We have been out for fried breakfasts, lunch, dinner and even an afternoon tea, so as you can clearly see, we are certainly not on a diet by any stretch of the imagination, and we are never have a feeling of being hungry. This morning, nine weeks into cutting out bread, which for me meant sometimes I was eating as much as half a loaf a day, I am now two stone lighter. My good lady wife has also lost an amount of weight which she is very happy with.

There have been other noticeable pluses to cutting out bread. I certainly do not feel as sluggish as I once did. I have more energy, I do not ache as much as I used to, my blood pressure has reduced, hopefully a blood test next week will reveal whether I still have class 2 diabetes. There have also been other health related factors as well. Oh, and I have lost three inches off of my stomach. If you are looking to lose weight but are struggling to do so on one of the numerous diets out there, cut out the bread and see if it works for you.

Enjoy the rest of your day.


Edgar John Whitehead

by Stephen Wynn on February 10, 2022

I have a correction to make in relation to an entry made in my book City of London at War – 1939-45. The entry in the book for Edgar John Whitehead states that he lived at 66 Clayton Road, Peckham, London with his wife, Alice Whitehead. Alice was in fact his mother’s name. Edgar’s wife was Joyce Whitehead (nee Walker). My sincere apologies for the error. The entry also shows that I was unable to establish exactly where Edgar was buried. I have now been informed that he was in fact buried on 16 January 1941, at Bromley Hill Cemetery, grave No. 173, section G.

My thanks to Richard Whitehead from East Victoria Park, Western Australia, for the above information.

Edgar was a City of London Policeman , collar number B.64, who was stationed at Snow Hill Police Station, and was killed during an air raid on the city by the German Luftwaffe.


Ben Salfield

by Stephen Wynn on July 12, 2021

For those of you who do not know, or who have not heard of Ben Salfield, let me tell you, he is quite a character. To check out all of the different things that he is and does, look him up on Wikipedia or on his website www.bensalfield.com.

His main claim to fame, I think he would agree, is as a world class lutenist, which has seen him perform as a soloist and an accompanist in countries all over the world.

I was fortunate enough to make his acquaintance whilst researching a book that I wrote entitled Duelling Through The Ages. As it turned out, in August 1994, Ben took part in the last reported duel with swords to have taken place in the UK, after he challenged another chap over a matter of honour concerning comments made about a young lady. It was a real old fashioned blood and thunder type duel. There was no pretending, or going through the motions, both men were after blood. Ben won the duel with the other fellow ending up in hospital to have his wounds treated, although thankfully for him they were not life threatening.

The young lady’s honour was upheld, not that it was ever in question, thanks to the thoughtfulness, kindness and consideration of the man that is, Mr Ben Salfield.

I thank you one and all for your time, and wish you all, a very good night.


The Fuhrer’s Orphans – David Laws

by Stephen Wynn on October 29, 2020

I can recommend the following book for you to read, in the shape of the latest offering from David Laws, The Fuhrer’s Orphans.

The story is of a group of 27 children homeless children who find themselves living on the streets of Munich during the course of the Second World War, after their parents are sent to concentration camps.

They are taken in by a local teacher but a problem arises when she also takes in two homeless refugees, putting her own safety at risk by doing so.

At the same time a British spy working undercover and behind enemy lines in Munich, is on an important mission that if successful could ultimately determine who wins the war. He discovers the children’s  hiding place which then presents him with the dilemma, does he continue with the mission or try to save the children.

The decision he makes will change history. What does he decide to do?

Read the book for yourself and find out.

The Fuhrer’s Orphans is a well written, powerful and fast moving book which is based on true events. It is one of those books that once you start reading, you will not want to put down.


Munich – The Man Who Said No

by Stephen Wynn on June 28, 2020

Munich - The man who said noA really interesting book, and well worth a read. Munich – The Man Said No, tells the story of how two men gatecrash the conference at Munich as the then British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, is about to sign an agreement, which in essence gives Adolf Hitler everything that he wants in relation to Czechoslovakia.

One of the men is an American correspondent who cannot believe Chamberlain’s naïvety at giving in to Nazis demands. He is determined to stop the deal from going ahead, by bursting in to the conference, and as he makes his declaration to the gathering of world leaders, including Chamberlain and Hitler, his friend pulls a gun ………. I will stop there, and leave you to find out what happens yourself.

Trust me, if thrillers are your thing, then this is a book you will not be able to put down.

Find our more about the author David Laws on his website and Facebook page.