Nothing to See Here

I don’t really have anything to blog about today but there’s some new technical folderol about my website which I need to try out, to prove to my webmaestra that I’m not a total dummy. I’ve heard enough pitying sighs for one week.

The young sales assistant in the phone shop was very gentle with me. He just did some rapid swipey, clicky thing and the problem was solved, but I know, deep down, that to him my query was in the same league as asking how to hitch my horse to my car.

I watched a concert last night, conducted by Daniel Harding who looks about 18 and, (I learned in an interval interview) is not only an internationally renowned conductor but also a qualified Airbus pilot. Does it ever seem to you that talents get dished out far too randomly? Some people can understand calculus, do a one-and-a-half somersault dive (with tuck) and make really good bread. Others can boast only one talent. Creating the sound of a duck call with their armpit, perhaps.

There may be no post for the next week or two. I’m off to London to, among many other things, ply reviewers and book bloggers with tea and cake and so well and truly launch Dr Dan. Thus far, readers are liking him. Good, because there’s much more to come.

Report from the coalface of domesticity: Rolos in banana cake are a very good idea. Well, I say that, though no-one around here seems to sell Rolos so, reckless improviser that I am, I used Caramel Nibbles instead. Verdict? pauses to wipe drool from keyboard. Yum.


  1. Jane on September 16, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Very frustrating — although I bought Dr Dan from Amazon UK, they won’t let me leave a review. Also tried with Anyone For Seconds? and couldn’t leave one for that, either. They say I have not purchased enough. I usually do my purchasing through Amazon USA. Sigh. Anyway, this is the review I was planning to post:

    All Laurie Graham’s characters, even the minor ones, are spot-on. (All done through brilliant dialogue!) In Dr Dan’ Casebook I loved Trevor Buxton (a medical Rumpole). Read Dr Dan to discover the kind of medical care we will never see again, now that doctors only give you 5 minutes and no eye contact as they hunch over their computers. And read it for those marvellous characters. More, please, Laurie!

  2. Kate on September 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Dr Dan’s Casebook is absolutely fantastic! I was completely hooked, read it in two days and now can’t wait for the next in the series. I loved the surgery family; especially the unflappably efficient two Marys (Mary and Moira) and the great Dr Buxton, for whom I wish only happiness, a long and happy (un)retirement, an end to his daughter’s traumas with Micky, and an absence of sister-in-laws.
    There are big questions to answer, which I won’t ask for fear of spoiling the joy for other avid readers.
    But thank you, thank you; Dr Dan’s Casebook was funny and sad, pleasure and pathos: just like life, in other words. And that is what is so clever…

  3. Linda Fallas on September 27, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Loved it! Trevor is a joy and a delight and loved that his wife is a bit like Maris in Frasier whom we all hear about but never get to know properly. Went to Menorca with a revisited Anyone for seconds? Laughed so much that my friend who went with us borrowed it,maybe we can get him on board with your wonderful humour.

  4. Maureen Clements on January 9, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Imagine my delight when I stumbled across Dr Dan on Kindle. It seems such a long time since The Early Birds. Loved Dr Dan and eagerly awaiting next book – with the state of this crazy world it’s good to be able to lose yourself in a book by a favourite author.
    Maureen Clements

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