Confidential email shows Tories secretly holding off hospital closures until after election

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

UPDATE: Peter Bone now denies he wrote the email. Here’s his press release:
Press Release from Peter Bone. Curiouser and curiouser.

A confidential email from a Tory MP posted on a website purportedly shows how local hospital closures are being kept secret from the public until after the election in order to avoid ‘sensitive’ issues arising during the election campaign.

The leaked email from Wellingborough Tory MP Peter Bone to a member of the Board of Directors of the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group shows how police and fire station closures are also being secretly delayed until after the election:

From: Bone, Peter <>
Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 3:16 PM
Subject: Proposed relocation of services consultation
To: “Rees, Stuart”

Dear Stuart,

Thank you very much for your telephone call earlier today regarding the proposed consultation with regards to the possible relocation of services from the…

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Studying Fantasy: An interview with Professor Robert Maslen

Originally posted on Where the Dog Star rages:

univ of glasgowThe University of Glasgow has announced an M.Litt in Fantasy this year, and being the pseudo academic non pseudo fantasy lover that I am, I couldn’t resist taking a peek. I wrote to the program director, Professor Robert Maslen and he was kind enough to answer a couple of questions on the course, the process of designing it and the place of fantasy in academia today.

I definitely think all those interested in studying the genre in a university setting should consider the program. For more details, check out the website.

Also it totally helps that the place looks like Hogwarts.

Photo on 2015-03-17 at 11.18 Professor Robert Maslen

Here, we hand the floor over to Professor Maslen.

1) What drove you to create this programme?

I’ve always been a fan of fantasy, so the programme could be described as the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. I’ve taught an undergraduate course in fantasy since…

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Three Hundred Graves

I am the author of Three Hundred Graves, a short story set in post apocalyptic Northumberland.  The story follows Hendrix James, a notorious constable, in his quest to save a mysterious child, the land he attempts to police and perhaps most importantly himself.

Three Hundred Graves featured in Whispers of a Dying Flame:


Whispers of a Dying Flame is a compilation of post apocalyptic short stories that takes the reader through the established post apocalyptic wastelands, into science fiction and finally visits the dark realms of supernatural desolation.
The collection is headlined by Grant McMaster, author of Metro 2033: Britannia with his chilling tale ‘Whispers’ and features a foreword by Punktown author Jeffrey Thomas as well as unique stories contributed by established and new authors from around the world.
Proceeds from this book will be donated toward the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death (FSID), an organisation which seeks to understand the causes and eradicate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The anthology received some very positive reviews on Goodreads with one or two reviewers singling out Three Hundred Graves for special praise.

Digital copies of Whispers of a Dying Flame are available on Amazon HERE