Black Orchestra

WW2 Double Cross – the true story?

During WW2, British Military Intelligence, MI5, intercepted every enemy agent that the Abwehr sent to Britain. Some of these agents were interned – or shot – but MI5 quickly realized that enemy agents could be put to use if they were ‘turned’ and became double agents, sending misinformation back to their Abwehr spymasters in Berlin […]


Insulation Beads

Our house is old – and cold. We use gas central heating that never quite succeeds in heating the place properly. The reason for this has been clear for years: the cavity walls have no internal insulation. Yesterday, two young men arrived in a truck and filled the walls with bonded insulation beads. These are […]

WW2 – What if…?

WW2 Alternative History Writing historical fiction is fun, but the need for historical accuracy can impose artificial restrictions on the narrative flow. In the same way that world-building provides a blank canvas for fantasy writers, allowing them to escape the restrictions of real life and stretch their imaginations, alternative history provides wriggle room for the […]

My mac

Migrating from windows PC to Apple Mac – day 2

I booked a call with Apple Care – their support team. The way that works, you can schedule a time for them to call you. I booked it for 10 am Monday morning and asked my friend (LR) to come for a visit over the weekend. She agreed to bring her Mac Air with her […]

Mac Air and glass of wine

Migrating from Windows PC to Apple Mac – day 1

When I heard that Microsoft was no longer supporting Windows XP, I checked my options. These consisted of upgrading to W7 or W8 or scrapping my desktop (name of Henry) and buying something else. I checked the upgrade options and they looked too complicated and too uncertain to me, so I decided to buy a […]