Posts Tagged ‘Kindle’

Cover Story

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

I’ve recently been using social media not just to market my various Kindle books, but to showcase some of my photography. It all started by some innocent playing about with the “Vanishing Point” tool in Photoshop, and it’s been fun seeing just where I can make my book covers part of a picture.

This is the boat that played the part of the Andrea Gail in the 2000 hit movie “The Perfect Storm,” tracked down a year later in her home port of Gloucester, Massachusetts. You can see where her movie name has been painted out and the original restored. The rest of the boat received a digital colouring job in the movie – cheaper than painting the whole thing. Note the oil drum on the foredeck bearing the initials “AG”. Discovered on a tour of the eastern seaboard of the USA in the powerboat Spirit of Cardiff prior to setting the New York to Lizard Point transatlantic world record. All this and much more in “Confronting Poseidon.”

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! View from the flight deck of an RAF C130 Hercules coming in to land at Lydd Airport. I’d watched the RAF Falcons parachute display team departing (rather quickly) the aircraft midflight, and taken part in a low-level flypast at Eastbourne Airshow. Not actually featured in One of our Balloons is Missing, but it does rather reflect the book’s spirit of my 30 years of adventures.

How’s this for a tasteful wall decoration in the cabin of a beautifully restored traditional Broads cruiser? It was taken on a day when HRH The Princess Royal visited one of the big Broads hire cruiser companies! The Broads – A unique National Park

Broads update

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Last week saw me out in my kayak once more, crossing Barton Broad and heading downstream along the River Ant, past How Hill and Ludham Bridge. The goal was St Benet’s Abbey, a rather confused structure which combines the ruined gatehouse of a once great monastery with the brick tower of a former windmill.

But while the Ant was relatively quiet, the short stretch of the River Bure was akin to riding a bicycle in the outside lane of the M25! If nothing else, it provided me with the means to test out a different aspect of my new kayak’s performance.

A lot of the passing motor cruisers were very likely breaking the speed limit, and certainly creating a lot of wash. One of them had a group of people sitting on a tiny afterdeck. They barely gave me a glance as the boat went by, but they all looked a little surprised as I nipped in behind the moment it passed so I could surf their wake! The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame kayak handled it all beautifully (with a little help from me), and it was certainly more fun than hugging the bank and just letting the waves buffet me. Several more cruisers provided similar entertainment before I returned to the less frantic River Ant, where lack of wind meant that the gaggle of 1930s heritage sailing boats from Hunter’s Yard were all having to use their quant poles to provide some propulsion.

The kit
Kayak: Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame
Personal Flotation Device: Palm Taupo
Satnav: Satmap Active 10 plus Broads 1:25,000 scale map
Accessories: Riber throw line (used with karabiner for mooring), dry bag, PFD

And in other news, if not entirely unrelated, I’ve released a new book on Amazon Kindle: “The Broads – A unique National Park”. Everything you want to know about the history, wildlife and landscape of the Broads, along with a guide to places you can visit.

Having a Kindle Christmas

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As sales of download books have this year for the first time outstripped those of the printed word, and with the all-new Kindle likely to find its way into many a Christmas stocking, I should perhaps add another little plug for the Kindle edition of my e-book “One of our Balloons is Missing”, advertised on my home page.

It’s a compilation of some of my more outlandish travel stories over three decades, starting off with one of the earliest, from a 300 mile backpack across the Scottish Highlands from Ardnamurchan Point to Buchan Ness, concentrating on the night I slept in a haunted bothy! But things become a little more adventurous with my 90mph ride in a four-man bobsleigh down the Olympic Bob Run in St Moritz, not to mention descending 100ft to the very muddy bottom of Windermere in the English Lake District in a high-tech submersible. Even at that depth, it’s pitch dark, and all the more exciting when the sub sank into the mud, becoming momentarily stuck when it tried to blow the tanks to surface!

The title story is all about my participation in the first ever hot air balloon meeting in Soviet Russia. Apart from the excitement of flying in a balloon in the kind of conditions which would have been deemed illegal anywhere else, I also had the fun of giving my KGB minder the slip. Maybe I should have been a spy!

Clive Tully’s “One of our Balloons is Missing” is available from Amazon’s Kindle Store priced £3.16 (North America and European stores priced separately).

Hit parade

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

One of our Balloons is Missing - 30 years of travel writing, by Clive TullyA couple of days ago, my ebook “One of our Balloons is Missing” hit #87 in the travelogue section of Amazon’s Kindle store. You only get listed if you appear in the top 100, and it stayed there for a couple of hours before slipping back to #97, then disappearing again. Of course, unlike traditional book and music best-seller lists which remain static for a week at a time, Amazon’s rankings are dynamic, affected every time someone makes a purchase.

Even so, it was rather gratifying to see myself climb into the hit parade, albeit just for a few hours. Hopefully next time it happens I might stay a little longer.

“One of our Balloons is Missing” is an anthology of some of my more colourful stories taken from 30 years of travel writing. Amongst the tales you can read how I became the first journalist to fly in a hot air balloon in Soviet Russia (which gave the book its title), how I rode at 90mph in a four-man bobsleigh down the Olympic Bob Run in St Moritz, and you’ll find out what it’s like to descend 100 feet to the bottom of Windermere in the English Lake District in a high-tech submersible. There’s even a ghost story thrown in for good measure!

“One of our Balloons is Missing” is available from the Amazon Kindle store, price £3.16

One of our Balloons is Missing

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Readers of my recent blog postings might be forgiven for thinking that all I do is powerboating, which couldn’t be further from the truth. True, I did many thousands of miles around the world and on a number of other trips some years ago on Spirit of Cardiff. True, I also have another circumnavigation record attempt coming up later this year. But most of my career as a journalist has been spent travelling the world engaging in all manner of activities in pursuit of a good story.

One of our Balloons is Missing

One of our Balloons is Missing

“One of our Balloons is Missing” is an anthology of some of my more colourful stories, published at the moment purely in an electronic edition. In it you can read how I became the first journalist to fly in a hot air balloon in Soviet Russia (which gave the book its title), how I rode at 90mph in a four-man bobsleigh down the Olympic Bob Run in St Moritz, and you’ll find out what it’s like to descend 100 feet to the bottom of Windermere in the English Lake District in a high-tech submersible.

My 14th book, nearly 30 years in the writing, but less than a week from conception to Amazon’s Kindle store. Now that’s progress!

“One of our Balloons is Missing” is available from the Amazon Kindle store, price £3.16