Saturday, 26 August 2017

UCAS 2018 - A Step-by-Step Guide




This up-dated guide for 2018 entry would be an enormous help to anyone preparing to apply to be an undergraduate at a university in the U.K. They would really benefit from reading this inexpensive book and it does exactly what it says on the cover - guide applicants every step of the way from registration through to sending off the completed form and accepting and declining offers.

It's affordable, accessible and indispensable for assisting with that step from sixth form to undergrad. It is full of tips and information in a straightforward, easy-to-follow guide. A small price for a huge piece of helpfulness.

I know from experience how stressful a time it can be for young people; I've even known students refuse chocolate treats because they were too worried about completing their UCAS form.

There are also endorsements and helpful comments from university lecturers.

The paperback version (£4.99) is available by clicking here and there are even some pages for your own notes.

The ebook is available (£1.99) for download to Kindle - or free if you have Kindle Unlimited. If you haven't got Kindle yet, you can easily get the Kindle app for your tablet or smart phone. 




Friday, 7 July 2017

Bat Out of Hell - The Musical

 ‘A dystopian, underground extravaganza’



Jim Steinman originally wrote Bat Out Of Hell as a musical and Meatloaf’s album, released in 1977, has become one of the most successful of all time. Forty years later, the musical has been staged; it’s been worth the wait and musical theatre will never be the same again.

Steinman’s music rocks the auditorium from the very first second, as the show begins loudly and continues, fast paced and ‘in your face’ – where West Side Story meets Peter Pan – with attitude.

In a post-apocalyptic setting the tunnels under Obsidian are the homes of The Lost who live in a dystopian underground, where no one ages beyond eighteen. Something has affected their DNA and they shall never grow old. Nothing ever grows in this rotting old hole, and everything is stunted and lost.

The production kicks off with All Revved up and Nowhere To Go and the energy from every member of the cast is astounding.

Zahara and Jagwire deliver a powerful duet – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad!

Falco, Obsidian’s Commander in Chief intends to ‘remove’ The Lost. He has a beautiful daughter, Raven, who is about to turn eighteen and her birthday party has not only an extravagant setting but an outrageous conclusion. Falco and his wife, Sloane remember their past when they experienced Paradise by the Dashboard Light – a truly stunning performance.

‘The sky looks down onto the sea; the sea looks up to the sky – nothing will happen.’

The rebellious leader of The Lost, Strat, falls in love with Raven – Oh, baby you're the only thing in this whole world that's pure and good and right even though she has been kept away from everything outside her home. For Crying Out Loud,  he needs to get her away. He discovers that remaining eighteen forever isn’t so idyllic – Raven will age!

Every Steinman song was delivered in an intoxicating way – speaking of intoxication, there’s the Pride of Obsidian lager to try On a Hot Summer Night – would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses? – Raven had to be asked a number of times before she gave the correct response.

I don’t think I have ever been to a theatre production where there was a standing ovation at the end of the first act. Exuberance and dynamism shone from every cast member who each gave a spectacular performance.

The orchestra was energising, bringing everyone together in clapping the rhythm of Modern Girl. The choreography was superb and faultless.

Motorbikes, crashing cars, fire, water, bats even – and, of course, the red scarf in Falco’s hand at the very end, when Strad would Do Anything for Love, was the subtle salute to Meatloaf’s championing Steinman’s brilliant musical works.

To see a trailer, the cast and creatives, the merchandise and more, just visit the website. https://batoutofhellmusical.com

And don't forget to pick up your copy of The Obsidian Times.


The albums:







Giovanni Spano as Ledoux

On the way to the Coliseum
By the 'Bat Out of Hell window

All revved up and ready to go

Thursday, 30 March 2017

New Short Story Anthology by Ruler’s Wit



Winter Tales 



Winter Tales anthology of seasonal short stories has been revised, up-dated and added to,  creating sixteen stories written by the same four authors as the first edition: Stephen Ashurst, Karen Ette, Melinda Ingram and Donna Shepherd plus a great new story from the pen of K. D. Parker.

The stories, some new, some re-written, all have a winter setting, which brings them together in a united theme, but each one is very different from the others. You will recognise some of the characters from earlier anthologies as they take up new adventures.

The stories:

Number Nine sees our historical time-travellers, Paige and Wesley, help an old man on the Feast of Stephen.

Promise of Adventure: Twelfth Night takes us back to 1662, or is it 2014? Contains a desperate woman, strange costumes and unusual meetings.

The Christmas Wish comes true for Erin as she visits a Christmas market.

One for the Road – and who took the charity tin? Was it the old tramp? And is it wise to have ‘one for the road’?

Mephisto Waltz – a dark, weird tale when a Christmas tree becomes sinister along with the music, and life will never be the same

New Year’s Resolutions – many make them, but starting over isn’t easy.

A Winter’s Tail – you can always rely on a cat to sort things out.

The Damage is Done  - you wouldn’t expect that to happen if you had just been shopping, or suspended from school.

The Single Present Remaining: a most unexpected present from Mike’s hidden past is revealed.

Stumped! The Cricket Club’s party didn’t end in the way Alfie had thought. And who was Santa that night?

Sledging – to somewhere a long time ago, and back.

Contained – a dark tale of kidnap and forced prostitution that Morgan fears she will never escape.

The Book in My Hand: Inspector Sandbach returns with another crime mystery to solve.

Candlemas: Will there ever be forgiveness for a child of the sixties?

Just Desserts: Hell hath no fury… especially when it freezes over.

A Photograph – the camera never lies, does it?


Also by Ruler's Wit:

     Spring Tales                                          Summer Tales                                               Autumn Tales
       



www.rulerswit.co.uk