Traditional British Fish and Chips
I am continuing my tortuous path to international fame and stardom. Under advice from people who should know better than me I am trying to raise my profile on Goodreads (well, they are in bed with Amazon, so it cannot hurt to be in bed with them – three in a bed? – maybe next weeks blog topic!)
Good reads is complex, but quite fun. Even an internet Neanderthal like me can usually manage to work around it – and once you get used to it it’s quite comforting to see people putting your book on their shelves, voting for your book on lists and participating in one of the thousands of discussion threads. I suspect that there will be increasing co-operation and integration with Amazon, so a presence there can only be a good thing.
My readers (yes, both of you) have liked the snippets I have put in about life in the Philippines – where I lived for eight years and where my book is set, so I will try to put something in each week to help you build up a picture of life in these idyllic islands.
The lawmakers are rushing through a bill to prevent people keeping small change! Yes, thats right – it will soon become illegal to hold large quantities of small copper coins. Why? you may ask.... Well, go on then, ask..... Ok, I’ll tell you anyway. The currency has such a low value that the small copper coins are worth more than their face value if melted down and sold as scrap metal. Apparently this practice is so widespread that there is now a shortage of small change...... only in the Philippines!
Now, the price of fish is a subject that I know is on everyone’s mind these days. Here in Hong Kong fish supply is abundant – excellent piscean delights of all sorts can be acquired in the markets quite cheaply – then taken home, usually still flapping. However, when it comes to the staple diet of an (expat) Englishman, it is difficult to find Fish and Chips in the various eateries for less than $80 – ($10 US) – even in the supermarkets, English battered fish is nearly $100 for a box of four. Are shopkeepers and restaurateurs profiting from the perception that expats are wealthy and do not care about the price? Oh well, never mind. It is a great place to live, so I do not mind too much.
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Now, down to business. My Book – Deadly Election – is (as I write) number 14 in goodreads list of “Little Known Authors Worth reading” (out of nearly 1,400!) – if you can assist me by voting for the book you will find it here http://bit.ly/14r0fmb - and I will be very grateful.
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The Cats are back! – probably after the fish and chips – stay away!! It’s mine....................
See you next week, Arthur.
Meet the author
Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands.
He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping
– usually, but not always, in that order.
His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his
experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilisation, operates like the Wild West and is very
dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.
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