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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The Hop Pickers – Barry Harper
The Hop Pickers A play for radio, by Barry J. Harper. Set in the 1950's, a young lad from the Midlands goes to visit some relatives, who are hop picking in Worcestershire. His first trip on a train. His first time in the countryside. And his first encounter with a girl. 40 years on, and things have changed. Or have they ? Featuring the voices of Barry J. Harper and Jamie Lee Beacher (who appear in BBC 1 'Doctors' and feature films, 'Jawbone' and 'Kingsman 2') the play is a story of growing up, in a different time, of warm summer days. Original music by Fiachra Trench.
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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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Hard Graft (All for twenty three bob) – Brendan Hawthorne
In 1992, after reading a series of old newspaper articles found in - of all places - a skip, Brendan Hawthorne began to piece together the tragic story of poverty in Wednesbury suffered by the poor and unskilled working class. Their story leapt from the pages of faded ink and yellowing paper to become a vibrant record of adversity, struggle, hope and victory. “My first dedication is to those people who stood up to be recognised in 1913, taking on the might of local businesses to secure a more decent way of life and whose only ‘crime’ was being poor. The play itself follows the story as it unfolded in these newspaper articles but is not meant to be an accurate historical document. The characters are fictitious, representing what I believe to be an approximation of feeling at the time. Dates and places are referenced as well as certain people concerned in the recorded events of the strike. Any names or deeds in the imagined element, therefore, are purely coincidental. The play you see before you is slightly edited and modified from the original first draft script. It contains songs as they originally fell onto the page and played in my head and also two Acts that were cut for timing reasons when in production. The play itself was written, cast, rehearsed, directed and performed in under twelve months to a one-night sell-out audience in December 2013 at Wednesbury Town Hall.” Brendan Hawthorne
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A Hard Rain On Birchfield – S.G. Grey
The weakly lit scene below viewed from up on that purposely darkened silent space was exactly as it had been described; the position of the body, the age of the victim and the gender. Carson studied that grim tableau for a moment or two more; and then the Detective rose to his feet and began to make his way into the light again. He was wondering if everything else he’d been told relating to the killing was as accurate and true as the description of that bloodied place he was treading towards...   A HARD RAIN ON BIRCHFIELD is the sequel to A COLD SNAP ON SNOW HILL, S.G. Grey’s debut novel, self-published in 2002.  
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