Author: Mike Cunningham

Born in England in 1940 in the middle of the Blitz, the youngest of three brothers, he survived an early death after a gas leak filled his bedroom in Jarrow. His sister, who was born ten years later, died at a tragically-early age of sixteen from leukaemia. He joined the Merchant Navy after an Engineering education, and spent seven-odd years living a footloose existence at sea, but met the light of his life, the girl who is now his wife of now forty-seven years while in London. Lived in South Africa for eighteen years while raising three kids, all of whom are now Engineers of varying disciplines themselves. Worked in Africa, and then in England in heavy Engineering, on water, sewage, power and electricity projects, watching the steady decline, in Great Britain, of all types of manufacturing and engineering excellence for the next twenty-five years. This decline mainly due to a combination of political interference and political ineptitude. Likes and loves his family, giving special attention to the three Grandsons who are all both independent and always smiling! Is very proud of his three adult kids. Interests range from politics to blogging and writing, from classical music to photography. Is taking a special interest these days in local council political matters. He has had two books published, one of which is a book in both print and Kindle, and is a novel about Right-wing politics, with four more available as e-books. Politically, he is inclined towards the Right, but is constantly depressed by what is on offer on that side of the political divide. Dislikes the very idea of the European Union, and is forlornly awaiting any Party to keep their promises regarding that bureaucracy-ridden place by the offer of a Referendum. High on any wish-list is an importation of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States into the political life of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, so that once more Freemen can speak Freely, without recourse to euphemisms and double-speak!

It truly is amazing what….

…..Twenty-odd Million dollars will buy. You can buy a Sunseeker cruising yacht; you can hire a private island in the Seychelles for three years; you are able to make a substantial downpayment on a private Lear jet: or you can…

Tell it like it is.

You will feel sorry if a complete stranger commits suicide by stepping in front of a seven-hundred ton train moving at 95 m.p.h., even if his self-serving death impacts on your life only through a delay to your travel plans.…

Fairs fair!

‘Troubled’ footballer wins equivalent of 2009 X 10kg kegs of Stella. ‘Gazza’ stated, “I deserved it, my Piracy, sorry my Priority; no, that should have been Privacy was  disturbed, and I feel rectified, or summat similar; like, Hawaaay the Lads:…

Tomato; Tomahto.

When posting on a blogsite such as ‘Orphans’, we who write these sometimes provocative words can, unfortunately, not foresee what the future holds for us. When I posted on the unfortunate truth that everyone in Great Britain has the same…

An Honourable Man?

As I am first and foremost an Englishman, and after that British, I shall not link to the Trident document issued by William McNeillly. But this document’s appearance online should not be dismissed by the Royal Navy as the ‘meanderings…

Chill-out, its Goddard time-out

We are told by various leaks, rumours and op-ed pieces in the newspapers, that the much-vaunted and eagerly-awaited Independent Enquiry into Child Sexual Abuse would not, nor could not, begin for another six months, due to the disappearance of rubber…

Recquiescat in Pace; Olive!

Foreword:- I don’t care if those little black kids are blind, or uneducated, or are allegedly exhausted from walking miles to get water. It is their Governments’ responsibility to teach, clothe, or cure them, all of them. I don’t want…

Dog-gone!

Amongst writers, there is a long-acknowledged truth that fiction cannot compare with the truly fascinating truths of reality. I mean, where in the whole world of fiction would you get a plot where an American film star imports two scrappy,…