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Kidnapping Cameron (for Christmas)

Posted: Dec 15, 2012

Many students and staff at Salford University will know the Adelphi Building, the home of media, dance, music and performance. After today, they may not think of the old sugar factory in the same way. It's the location for a new crime fiction novel, (at the invitation of the Vice Chancellor, who suggested the site, due to its unique structure, amazing corridors with their twists and turns, and unexpected stairs). Yes, November was 'National Novel Writing Month'. The challenge was to produce 50,000 words of a new story, within the 30 days of November. Job done. The new book is called 'Kidnapping Cameron' and, for a short period only, it can be downloaded FREE from Smashwords. The link is If you want to find out why the Prime Minister came to Salford, visited the University and was invited to stay for a few days - much against his will - then this really is a 'must read', for Christmas.

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LETS in Ordsall

Posted: Mar 13, 2012

LETS stands for 'Local Exchange Trading System', a way of people swapping goods and services without cash. We use points instead, and, in Ordsall, they'll be called 'Ords'.

The system was big in Manchester in the 1990s, and has started up again in that area recently.

Salford needs something like it too. Salford does have a 'Timebank' system in Lower Kersal, but that is a method of swapping hours, not points. If you want to know more, click on the link below.

Click here to see the video.

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Mayors' Tale

Mayors' Tale

Posted: Mar 13, 2012

For this week only -

the whole book 'Mayors Tales' is available as a FREE download on Amazon.

The link is here.

(Don't forget: you don't need a Kindle machine to read a Kindle ebook.

If you go to the Amazon page and look on the right, you will see links to all the free apps available, which you can download for free and then read ebooks on any old computer, laptop, desktop, PC or Mac. Anything.

Try it.



This is a new project, started in January 2012 when the people of Salford decided, by a simple majority, to have an elected Mayor in future, rather than the ceremonial one we have now.

The election is the first week in May and I decided to monitor and comment on the process. I'm doing this in the form of a novel, and I'm using the technique that Charles Dickens pioneered - issuing the story in section. In my case, I'm doing one chapter a week, uploaded to my new website every Saturday at 5pm, (to coincide with the football results).

I'll give you a link to the website here. Just click, read and comment. Cheers.



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Mar 13, 2012 : alexfenton Says:

Great project Mike, thanks for sharing.

Mar 14, 2012 : alexfenton Says:

Thinking about it Mike, wonder if you would fancy doing a talk about this at CH Live

Mar 23, 2012 : mikescantlebury Says:

Sounds good. CH Live sounds like exactly the kind of Forum to get talking about recent developments in Salford, such as the race for Mayor. Thanks for the offer.

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Olympics 2012

Posted: Oct 12, 2011

My next novel is going to be about the 2012 Olympics, commonly known as the 'London Olympics'. But how could we forget? In the original bid it said that all regions of the country would benefit. I'm sticking to that, which means most of the action of the book happens around Salford.

How cool is that?

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Nuclear fusion

Posted: Oct 06, 2011

Apparently, you need to get to France if you want to find out how fusion might work to our benefit.

Not to worry, there's always the world of fiction, or, in my world, crime fiction. I'm working on a new novel in which someone has found out how to make nuclear fusion work in a small way, and, of course, that means they're the subject of attention from all sorts of baddies.

After all, if you were a 'goodie', you wouldn't want to stop the development of fusion, would you?


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Oct 06, 2011 : alexfenton Says:

Welcome to CH Mike. Sounds like an interesting plot. Someone from the ABF recently gave me a copy of Anthony Burgess' Spy novel Tremor of Intent - Its worth a read if you haven't read it.

Oct 06, 2011 : angelatait Says:

Hi Mike...and welcome to Creative Hive. I'm an avid reader myself but it's my husband who reads the crime fiction...I'll be sending him in your direction. Best of luck with your new venture. Angela

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