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My Magnus Opless


Monday, April 2016. By chance, I have just turned up this little jotting, published in 2013, on IO webpage. Eight years, plus a couple of months later and I am pleased and relieved to report my book, “If I hadn’t been shot, I’d be dead by now” has been completed and awaits a publisher.

Midday, February 2008. I was in London and  in The French House pub. Being In a nostalgic mood I had ordered a Pink Gin. Lying on the bar in front of me was a new and empty notebook  in which I hoped to put down some recent impressions before I forgot them.

Apart from being one of the few places where you can get a correctly served PG, the French House in Soho is my local when in London. It is also a home for home for actors, writers and artists. There is no music, no television, mobile phones are prohibited and beer is served in half-pints only. A perfect pub, I would say.

Now if there is one drink that sticks a pin into my memory, it is a Pink Gin. The smooth taste of a good Gin – Plymouth being my preference and the mere suspicion of angostura bitters can, like the fast rewind of a film, transport me back over the years.

It was the past I was thinking about when I took today’s first satisfying sip and my eyes alighted on the cover of my notebook. Printed  large on the cover was a quote by the Decline and Fall historian, Edward Gibbon.

“Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.”

Eureka! The above declaration applied perfectly to yours truly. I would write a Rise and Fall of my own life. Alas. Five years and a few PGs on, with and dozens of filled notebooks,  my undertaking has yet to be concluded. I have promised myself and the few would-be-interested-readers (mainly friends) who humiliate me with my tardiness, to take heart – It took Gibbon thirteen years to complete his Magnum opus and J.K.Rowling needed all of seven to write her first Harry Potter Book.

Bear with me, I still have an on-going life to write about.


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Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

4 comments on “My Magnus Opless

  1. Christine Goodnough
    August 22, 2017

    Forget about the “ongoing life.” This is where fiction kicks in.

    Next time you’re in that pub you need to imagine overhearing a plot by some unknown Welshman to pass himself off as Lord Shaftsbury and gain access to the ____ (fill in blank). Then you need to outline the steps you use to bring his plot to light. 🙂 Then just novel away. 🙂


    • bbryanthomas
      August 23, 2017

      Good tip thanks. I am not happy with the story. I just had the urge to write and needed a break from a novel I’m struggling with

      Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      August 23, 2017

      Confusion on my part. I was replying to my shoddy piece, Top Table. The non-fiction book, “If I hadn’t been shot, I’d be dead by now” is sitting with a London publisher, gathering dust at this moment.

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      • Christine Goodnough
        August 23, 2017

        I hope we get to see your book in print soon. This is why so many of us opt to self-publish. We may never sell much, but it costs not very much and we actually get to see our book for sale on the internet.

        when I first wanted to do Silver Morning Song, I could have gone Kindle e-book, but my husband was dead set against the giant, market-controlling Amazon company. He’s finally come around, so I’m working on that project as we speak.

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