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"You've Got to Sleep With Your Mum and Dad" is now available on Amazon. Childhood angst, marathon swimming, international exploitation and the threat of impending pinniped intimacy. on 2014-08-13
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Have a look at my page on Amazon. Still plenty of summer left for challenging literature. on 2014-08-13
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Check out my Amazon Kindle page. 'The Baby Who Killed People for Money' is now available. An utterly charming child with a unique and lucrative skill. A father with no defence against his daughter's impulses. Would you take your little girl around Europe for a spot of murder tourism? Of course you would. on 2014-06-30
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My story on the Tate gallery website on 2013-11-11
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A Thousand Natural Shocks An anthology that includes two of my stories. Available now at Amazon. on 2013-11-11
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Posted March 29, 2016
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Posted March 27, 2016
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In late March 2016, I was walking up from the sea walls in the Mangana district to Aya Sofya when I saw a new building site in Cankurtaran. Because of the density of buildings in Constantinople in this district, every property has a few Byzantine bits in the basement. This site (41.005861, 28.982220) was no exception.

The massive digger on the left argues against this being a painstaking archaeological dig

The massive digger on the left argues against this being a painstaking archaeological dig

The location is between two of the major areas of Byzantine building activity: it is south-east of the Great Palace and west of the Mangana region. A quick look at the objects uncovered so far argues for a late Byzantine church, 12th century or later. The column capital in the middle of the picture below is of that age. However, it will take some detective work to figure out when the church was originally built and which parts are from later additions and renovations.

The basket of goodies in the middle of the picture shows that at least someone is treating this site as significant

The basket of goodies in the middle of the picture shows that at least someone is treating this site as significant

This photo, taken 7 days after the ones above, shows the fast pace of excavation

This photo, taken 7 days after the ones above, shows the fast pace of excavation

There is clearly a great deal of Constantinople to be discovered beneath the existing buildings in this area.

There is clearly a great deal of Constantinople to be discovered beneath the existing buildings in this area.

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Posted March 26, 2016
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