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Chris Amies
SW London
Writer, editor and translator
Interests: writing, science fiction, music, running
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Bruce the Numbat would like it known that he is not a thylacine. “I’m not a thylacine,” Bruce announced, from his burrow near Wooloomatjara. “If you think I’m a bloody thylacine you’re a drongo.” Nonetheless alleged sightings of the so-called marsupial wolf, extinct since the early 20th century, are often... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at The Solitary Review
"Walking on the Bones" is now out as an eBook on Amazon Vee Pynegar lived in the damp house. At first she drew stories for children, but the longer she lived there the more the dark found its way in. In the end she fled. Talitha Jumby has a missing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at The Solitary Review
This originally appeared in my "36 square metres" blog back in 2012. On being where you are I had a few dates with a woman I met via an online dating service. But simply being of a similar age and in the same part of town doesn't mean we have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at The Solitary Review
Thunderbird The sunset sky had led thousands of painters, good and bad and indifferent, to paint it, and given its colours to the clothes and jewelery of the native people who now lived in trailers and on the edges of officially-sanctioned space. The weird shapes of the horizon were stark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at The Solitary Review
Coffeeology W6 Clearly an old house, likely mid-Victorian with its high ceilings and wooden floors, though this is every inch a cafe there is of the quirky pub about it, the nice and modern sort of pub where you have beers called things like “You Made that One Up.” Several... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at The Solitary Review
Now available for Kindle - Belphegor: Chantecoq and the Phantom of the Louvre There's a ghost in the Louvre! Reporter Jacques Bellegarde isn’t convinced. What kind of ghost murders a guard and sends threatening notes signed “Belphegor”? An ancient mystery surfaces in Jazz Age Paris. Another thrilling case for Chantecoq.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at The Solitary Review
Jack Sprat was a cat who lived with one of my friends. He sadly passed away recently aged about 15 (we're not sure). This painting is from a photograph taken in April 2017. Acrylic on canvas panel, 30 x 23 cm Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at The Solitary Review
For a birthday card, June 2019. Acrylic, liner pen, coloured pencil. 15 x 10 cm I seem to like this kind of scenery for cards. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at The Solitary Review
Great Yarmouth Beach Acrylic, 40 x 50 cm, June 2019 Done partly in evening light but I am trying to up the colour values anyway as my pictures have not had sufficient contrast until now. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at The Solitary Review
I wrote this in 1988 or so. So sorry I seem to have invented online troll threats ... 19. The Violent Threats To Mervyn J Chang Company Of Bunkum, Nebraska The Violent Threats to Mervyn J Chang Company was founded in the little town of Bunkum, Nebraska (population 12) by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2019 at The Solitary Review Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at The Solitary Review
Clattern Bridge, Kingston. Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 15 cm. I am practicing for doing larger canvases but this is a small one for now. The Clattern Bridge (so called for the 'clattering' of horses' hooves across it back in the day) is the oldest in-service bridge in London. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at The Solitary Review
Kingston Market Place - for a birthday card. Acrylic and pigment liner. February 2019. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at The Solitary Review
The Retreat is on Hill Rise in leafy Richmond upon Thames, not too far from the river or from the shops of the centre of town. A woody interior and large-paned windows onto the street that may once have been more interesting - above the door line older panes of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at The Solitary Review
Near to Barnes Green and not far from Barnes Common and thus a favourite with dog walkers and well-heeled locals strolling on the common. A big range of cakes and salads - I had an almond cake (£3.90) which was moist and palatable, also an Americano which was really "mmm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at The Solitary Review
This story was first published in 2001 by This Way Up but no longer appears on their website. It shares some points in common with my work in progress Dark Castles but is not connected with it. TILTING AT WINDMILLS Captain D'Annunzio reined in his horse at Bleeker and Vine.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at The Solitary Review
Kingston Riverside in Snow A4, Acrylic and Pigment Liner, December 2018. Judiciously edited using - and why not? The sky as originally done was a mess and when the picture was scanned it sprouted weird streaks of purple for some reason. So I deleted it and added a gradient... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at The Solitary Review
William at the controls as the plane reaches the bottom of its loop and mistimes it perfectly so that a fence takes off the upper wing and his head. The word ‘bunt’ Is now rarely used for an outside loop. First to carry out a bunt was the Owl of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at The Solitary Review
"Tsinari" is a traditional eatery in the Old Town of Thessaloniki, capital of Northern Greece. It has been there for ... many years. I lived near it in the mid 1980s and it was venerable then. Fortunately it is still going strong. Acrylic and pigment liner, 15 x 15 cm,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at The Solitary Review
A surprising place perhaps, for a trendy cafe given the downmarket nature of the Olympia end of North End Road, but the area is a bit of a ‘stealth suburb’ - nicer and better-off than it looks and gone upmarket in the years since I left. I am greeted on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at The Solitary Review
"Tell you what, right. We'll put it about that Birmingham is a post-industrial wasteland where people speak in funny accents and keep ferrets down their trousers and perpetually on the edge of a race war." "And not mention the young and vibrant cultural scene, the green spaces, the genuinely integrated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at The Solitary Review
I revisited an old subject from three years back but one of my favourite places - the Croix-Rousse district of the fabulous city of Lyon, France. Watercolour, 29.7 x 21 cm, August 2018 Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at The Solitary Review
Watercolour, August 2018. The Tolworth apple store is a building in Tolworth, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at The Solitary Review
Parkrun venues done by initial letter (ongoing Alphabet Challenge): A - Alice Holt B - Bushy, Beckton, Brighton Hove Park, Brockwell Park C - Cannon Hill, Crane Park, Clapham Common, Crystal Palace D - Dulwich E - F - Fulham Palace, Ferry Meadows, Finsbury Park G - Gunnersbury, Gorleston Cliffs... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at The Solitary Review
This was another of those lazy mornings - had a full day the day before (including running too many laps of a parkrun!),then met a former work colleague for lunch, then in the evening to the legendary Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath to hear post-punk funkateers A Certain Ratio... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at The Solitary Review