Snowman 2 – Greg Stokes
Another hilarious comedy from Greg Stokes. The wee lad who went walking in the air. We never learned his name, but it was Jimmy. Well, jimmy is now 18 and just out of therapy. all that walking talking snowman stuff was just unreal... or bollocks as we say in Dudley. In Snowman 2 Jimmy has recently started work and is hoping to get off the mark with Fiona at the office Christmas party... Well, obsessed with getting off the mark with Fiona . Worried that things may drop off if he doesn't succeed, a heavy snow falls to dash his hopes... Then an old friend turns up, and this time he's Scottish... and Father Christmas is a Scouser!! Performed by Black Country Theatre
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A Witness For Peace: Kindle Edition – Greg Stokes
Following the bombing of targets in Libya by the USA in 1986, Dudley man Doug Stokes was murdered in Marrakesh by an Arab looking for Americans - an act reported across the globe as that of a "crazed knifeman running amok". "A Witness For Peace" tells the real story in a powerfully written account which takes the reader through a working class life which ended in tragic death, through a stoic fight with intransigent insurers and indifferent politicians to an ultimate statement of hope for the future. "A Witness for Peace" is a moving story at times angry and indignant, but not without flashes of humour. The work critically analyses the product of the media as well as describing their excesses in obtaining it; it tackles the issue of crime and insanity in a case where the culprit got away with it; and it examines the role of professionals in an expanding bereavement counselling industry.  The conclusions are startling. Foreword by Lenny Henry
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The Road To Number Ten: Kindle Edition – Greg Stokes
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, the marmite Prime Minister. You either loved her, or hated her. Greg Stokes detested the bitch. The Road to Number Ten - Thatcher's First Hours in Hell was written in the month after her death. Number Ten, is the new circle Hades MBC have built to house the Tories, Dante only having provided for nine. Thatcher is escorted from the Ritz to the River of Styx by the Grim Reaper. At the ferry port they are joined by the demon Baphomet, otherwise known as the Goat of Mendes. On the ferry she is witness to a pageant of her errors and led to believe a rescue is possible. Clarkson, Gove, and Nick Robinson put in an appearance, but Clarkson is only there to do a Top Gear special and Gove is only there to offer hell Academy status following their recent "outstanding" Ofsted. Arriving in hell the pageant of her errors continues on the quayside before she meets all the demons of hell including the Prince of Darkness himself, Satan. All of the staff of hell make it clear they think very little of Thatcher or Thatcherism and they are disrespectful throughout. Thatcher is then given a tour of hell to show that the service provided by Hades College For Miscreants is truly individualised. This tour features Deng Xiaoping, Pinochet, Stalin, Hitler and Fegelein before Thatcher comes face to face with Judas Iscariot who has gone incandescent at the news that Blair will be moved in next door to him when he pops his clogs as he is now the biggest traitor in history (to the working classes at any rate.) There are guest appearances by Sean Connery as James Bond and Joey Goebbels as himself before Thatcher is finally delivered to her furnace. Tebbit and IDS's furnaces are previewed as they are ready and waiting in the new tenth circle of hell. If you hated Thatcher, you'll love this. If you loved Thatcher then this story should probably come with a health warning as she is royally abused throughout. Now here's the thing though Maggie lovers. Margaret would love you to spend your money downloading it onto your Kindle as it is an example of private enterprise... Now that is funny. Warning: contains strong language as the Thatch is roundly abused by the demons of hell throughout. Further warning: There is a scene towards the beginning of the story in which there are two Margaret Thatchers. People of a nervous disposition may wish to avoid this scene. One Thatcher was one too many!
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Last Virion Standing: Kindle Edition – Greg Stokes
This book is very much what it says on the tin. Hepatitis C is a dread condition, you don’t want it! Hepatitis C can kill you. It’s caused by hepatitis C virus. A single virus particle is called a virion, and a single virion can replicate. For that reason any treatment of hepatitis C has to take the infection down to the last virion standing, and then it has to take that one out too… Otherwise it will replicate and replicate and you will still be infected. In this book, the nature and pervasiveness of hepatitis C is explained as is the development of treatments. Author Greg Stokes gained infection through infected blood products. Part of the book is devoted to the nature of clotting disorders and how treatment was developed. It also focuses on how these treatments came to be infected and how a large proportion of the haemophiliac community was wiped out as a result. This episode is the greatest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS and is to the great shame of those involved in the serial failures of healthcare professionals and government. It is an alarming story that needs to be widely publicised. The author’s own journey to and through treatment is also chronicled. This is an alarming story too in parts. Although it is one man’s story, there is a commonality with the stories of all the other people who were infected; the inevitability of infection by virtue of having a bleeding disorder, lost medical notes, not being told when first infected...
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Lower League Grounds of the North – Greg Stokes
Working as a locum at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Black Country author and West Bromwich Albion fanatic Greg Stokes chose to break up the week by attending night matches... Not at Old Trafford and the Ethiad, but at Stockport, Rochdale, Accrington and other lower league grounds. With Greg Stokes's eye for the comedic, these trips became adventures and the stories proved popular with subscribers to his newsletter. They are now available to the wider reading public.
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Last Virion Standing – Greg Stokes
Last Virion Standing – A Journey to, through and beyond hepatitis C This book is very much what it says on the tin. Hepatitis C is a dread condition, you don’t want it! Hepatitis C can kill you. It’s caused by hepatitis C virus. A single virus particle is called a virion, and a single virion can replicate. For that reason any treatment of hepatitis C has to take the infection down to the last virion standing, and then it has to take that one out too… Otherwise it will replicate and replicate and you will still be infected. In this book, the nature and pervasiveness of hepatitis C is explained as is the development of treatments. Author Greg Stokes gained infection through infected blood products. Part of the book is devoted to the nature of clotting disorders and how treatment was developed. It also focuses on how these treatments came to be infected and how a large proportion of the haemophiliac community was wiped out as a result. This episode is the greatest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS and is to the great shame of those involved in the serial failures of healthcare professionals and government. It is an alarming story that needs to be widely publicised. The author’s own journey to and through treatment is also chronicled. This is an alarming story too in parts. Although it is one man’s story, there is a commonality with the stories of all the other people who were infected; the inevitability of infection by virtue of having a bleeding disorder, lost medical notes, not being told when first infected... Cover photograph courtesy of Linda Harper Hocknull Rocket Cottage Photography, West Bromwich
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Second City Stories – Greg Stokes
SECOND CITY STORIES First published as a comb bound volume by the Kates Hill Press in 2006 now available in paperback. Second City Stories is a collection of short stories from the pen of Black Country writer Greg Stokes, all set in the neighbouring city of Birmingham. BIRMINGHAM, a huge city of a million souls and at one time a thousand trades. BIRMINGHAM, a truly regional capital, and the teeming cosmopolitan second city of England. BIRMINGHAM, great Victorian city with a vast manufacturing heritage. BIRMINGHAM, vibrant international city of the twenty first century. BIRMINGHAM, hammered by the politics of Thatcher in the 1980s, and then witness to a New Labour new social order. SECOND CITY STORIES reflects all these shades of the great city of BRUM and the resilience and humour of the BRUMMIES who have lived through the changes and make it the great city that it is
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A Pocketful of Memories: War Memories (Recollections and Stories) – Greg Stokes
"This 'Fifth Column' apparently consisted of Nazi sympathizers who infiltrated anywhere where information could be gathered, hence the slogans that were invented, 'Careless talk costs lives' and 'Walls have ears.' From My War Memories by Sylvia Thomas SYLVIA THOMAS was born and brought up in the west end of Dudley. She originally wrote her war memories for younger members of her own family in attempt to show them what it was like to live through the conflict. However, she went on to present the piece in schools. My War Memories has been on the Kates Hill Press website for a few years now and is one of the most frequently visited items. TOSSIE PATRICK, author of A Pocketful of Memories - Blackheath, continues bringing the past to life with her recollections of the war as it affected the town, and a young women in work. EDNA MITCHELL lived out in Wilnecote near Tamworth, very much a rural setting on the fringes of the west midlands conurbation. Much has been written about evacuees from their viewpoint. Edna recalls the evacuees coming to her community. GREG STOKES has written two stories to accompany these recollections. Greg spent many hours round at author CLARICE HACKETT’s house. Her husband Wilf used to tell a tale of the time he had to work all weekend in the war. THE LONG SHIFT is based on that tale. In May 2006 Greg took IRENE M DAVIES, author of A Pocketful of Memories Rowley, to Birmingham to appear on the Carl Chinn Show. On the way back she told him of her time at the Button during the war. The story is reproduced here as LOCK OUT.
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