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Join our partnership programme

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on July 24, 2015 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (1069)

That it is a very  grand title  for  quite  a small idea. But Wendy  at the Shekinah Mission on Mutley Plain in Plymouth  and Sue  at the White Lane Art Gallery  on the Barbican in Plymouth have  very kindly allowed Tan Tan Books  to put up a small  display of books and a poster. Thank you all  for that. It is 100 per cent  appreciated. Anyone  else  wanting  to do  the same, please ...

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Donkey's End

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on July 24, 2015 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (2)

End of the road for Welsh  Wizards and donkeys . With great  reluctance  but acknowledging the passing of time etc shortly going to  remove  donkey picture from home page.

The Welsh Wizard surrenders

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on December 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (3)

After a  Titantic  struggle involving, among other institutions  Llanelli County Court, the Welsh  Wizard has finally  rolled over and surrendered and returned  the money he  owed. (Over the summer he sent us a  donkey that  was really a  mule and panniers that  were no more than shopping baskets thereby  ruining  our promotional  tour).  Blogs  previous have all the ...

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Mad donkey man

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on October 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

For latecomers to the party an explantion of the picture on the ABOUT US page. Tan Tan Books had planned  a long  walk  with a  donkey  this summer as part of a promotional  tour. But  due to the strange vicissitudes of the Donkey Owner, known as the Welsh Wizard, whose skull  seems  to be as thick as the mule he sent us, it has all had to be postponed. See blogs passim for details.

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Cautious Scots Say No to Future

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on September 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (4)

Heard an interview  with a Scot on the BBC three  days  before the vote. He  said he was  going to  vote No because, " He didn't think  we  were quite ready yet."

What? After  300 years?

Sometimes  you've just  got to gird your loins, pluck up your courage, take a chance and jump.

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Prophetic or what?

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on September 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article for the  WriteWords web site writewords.org.uk/forum/48_454224.asp which  read in part:

'There is a scene that must be familiar in a lot of pub...

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Wikipedia and others

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on August 12, 2014 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (4)

Wikipedia makes the walls of their castle sufficiently high so that only the brightest and the bravest can scale them. This morning after an hour's work I was knocked back by someone calling him ( or her) self Mean Custard. This confirms a  growing impression  that sites  such as Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon are peopled by precocious 12 year olds. And certainly American. When I posted a short  review for Tombola! by the political m...

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LIsten to the music in One Million Euro

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on August 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The  idea of adding music to a book is pretty new. In Tombola published in 2007 even if it was possible I dont think anyone considered trying to add the wonderful music of the Touareg that I was trying to describe. Now you just pop in a link. So in One Million Euro the music to which the pilgrims listen as they walk is easily accessible. Just  go to the links page and follow the music section. If Mamani Keita  does not  warm your heart y...

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Will the Welsh Wizard pay up?

Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on July 29, 2014 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Some movement in the attempt to recoup  the money the Welsh Wizard owes - and admits he owes. The new version of the old Small Claims Court is called Money Claim Online.  Have started the ball rolling with them. A communication back  from them states that  unless the WW puts  in a defense by August 3rd he is toast. A judgement will be issued  against him. Which is then enforceable etc etc.

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Posted by lauren.downes.mtp@gmail.com on July 23, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

How to categorise a book that does not fit into a category? There is no slot into which any of these three books will fit.  Counterpart sits uneasily between memoir and fiction. So  what do  we call that? MemFic? FicMem? One Million Euro and Tombola!  triangulate a position between adventure, humour and polemic. This is a problem when it comes to selecting a category for the Nielsen book catalogue service. Perhaps there should be a final catc...

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