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"I'm just working through your book The Ascent of Sedgley Beacon.
I Have to keep putting it down as I'm laughing so much.
Don't Spook the Bonk Oss - Now Available
For those of you unfortunate enough to not live in the Black Country "Keep out the oss road" means keep on the pavement but I often use it as my way of saying "take care".
The website came into being after I put together a book of short stories titled "The Ascent of Sedgley Beacon, The Bilston Moon Landing Hoax and Other Stuff".
Many years ago I used to write a crudely produced Sunday League Football Fanzine but I had not put pen to paper for many years. A few years ago I started to write again. Following the age old advice of ''write about what you know' I found myself with a collection of humorous short stories all with a Black Country theme.
I wrote the stories for pleasure and I didn't really know what to do with them so I sent a couple off to the Black Country Bugle, they were published and very well received.
The stories in the book are fictional but based on real Black Country people, places and events. I have lived in the Black Country all my life and I love the history and humour of the area.
'Bostin Stuff' and 'Links' contain a random assortment of things that I like and recommend, pretty random stuff really. It doesn't contain obvious or well known items, it's more about the gems that some of you may not have come across ........... yet!
BB Singh - The King of Black Country Blues
Close Encounters of The Dudley Kind
A Typical Black Country Bloke's Guide to Cooking
The Mystery of The Sphinx
The Da Dudli Code 2
The Tipton 2012 Olympic Bid
Old Wives Tales
The Legend of King Shawn & the Catering Size Jar of Pickled Gherkins
Black Country TV
Fancy an Indian
A Day in the Life of a Bonk Oss
Ode to a Bonk Oss
Three Corners a Penalty
What people have said about the Don't Spook The Bonk Oss...........................
"I took it to work to read during my lunch break but I had to stop reading it because I was laughing so much I was choking on my sandwich!"
The Ascent of Sedgley Beacon - After returning from an expedition to Everest Base Camp where I climbed to 5,600 metres I saw Lenny Henry being interviewed on the One Show on the day that Sir Edmund Hillary died. In a lighter moment Lenny said that "Mountaineering wasn't big in the Black Country"
Float like a Homing Pigeon, Sting like a Wasp - Very little has been written about Black Country boxing legend Cyril Day (probably because he never really existed!) so I thought that it was time to give him the credit he deserves!
When Elvis Came to Tipton - The history books state that Elvis never set foot in the Uk ..................... I know different!
That's Where The Music Takes Me - It always amazes me how a song can take you back to a specific time or place.
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