Percy Chattey Books

Author of Thrillers: Genre: Murder, Mystery & Crime

To be Seen

One of the most useful items when crossing open water, like the strip between France and England is a radar system, it keeps one informed of what is happening around you and picks up small objects in the distance, it is not as if it is new it was invented back in the thirties and forties.

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I have loved mucking about in boats and have crossed the English Channel including going up as far as the Belgian coast. On a clear night it is possible to see the lights and the outline of the continental shore line with the different lighthouses flashing their warning signals. The one thing that used to surprise me all those years ago, was on our return we were never stopped from entering the country, it was all very much a Gentlemen thing as one was supposed to report to the harbour master. It seems nothing has changed, however in those days mass immigration was not a problem not like it is in today’s situation.

As I remember the Coast Guard were responsible for monitoring the shore line of the British Isle, and although I just said we came and went as we pleased it was not without being monitored by them.  By its name, instantly you can understand what its function is ‘Guarding the Coast.’

The Border Force which was formed in 2012, I am not certain what it means: Force to force people away or the force them in? It is also strange when we find that two out of three ships are not anywhere near the coast of the U.K. but in the Mediterranean. So what force are they forcing?

As the people in the U.K. sleep in their beds at night feeling comfortable with the countries armed forces to protect them, it must be a bit disturbing to find that before they can be deployed to stop an invasion of small boats across the Channel, two MOD department first, as just recently happened, have to argue it out what department is going to pay for it.

In the mean time with all the modern equipment that the Army, Navy and Air Force  have at the their disposal they find it difficult to see or stop rubber dinghies arriving at  the Kent or any other coast, which we are told is illegal but in the eyes of those protecting Britain it is allowed to happen.

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Droning On.

We are told the Home Secretary has had a bad couple of weeks, which did not stop him from going on safari for the Christmas Break, although he has now hurried back to try and sort out the problem of the invasion of small boats crossing the English Channel.

In the mean time we learn that the spectacle of the events at Gatwick Airport a few days ago was a mistake when ninety two trusted informers of the police reported drones over the runways, which in all possibilities turn out to be warning lights on high builder’s cranes swaying in the wind, as seen from seven miles away. 

 In a situation which Rowan Atkinson would have been proud to have written in one of his humorous sketches, it is alleged the Police send up a drone to look for the supposed illegal ones. Now there are real flying objects crisscrossing the airport and no one got to grips with the situation and realised the ones that were now flying were friendly ones and not there to disrupt the flight time tables.

The Police it is reported having refused help from the armed forces chase around looking for persons launching these flying objects and resort to the knowledge of known people who like the pastime of flying toy aeroplanes and manage to arrest a couple, who had nothing to do with it. On further investigation, so we are told, no evidence could be found of drones being launched from anywhere around the airport.

While this is happening hundreds of thousands of passengers look at departure boards and the disappointing word ‘cancelled’ for 750 flights and fretting if they will get to their Christmas destination, and out of frustration and lack of sleep curl up on the cold floor, while they wait for the problem to be sorted.

While writing a fictional story, if I had thought of something similar, it is a situation I would have discarded as being unbelievable. Story telling has to have a level of excitement and drama, but to close a main terminus down for 36 hours does not seem possible in a fictional tale not in the circumstances as portrayed, and my guess is the reader would put the book down at that point.

It goes to show life is stranger than fiction.  

It was in nineteen forty that Hitler amassed invasion barges along the French coast preparing to invade Great Britain, perhaps he could have saved himself a lot of time and used rubber dinghies instead.

Seriously the meaning of the word immigrant: A person who moves to another place to start a new life. We as a married couple did exactly that when we legally moved to Spain, but first we had to prove we could support ourselves before we were allowed to become residents and that meant agreeing to the Spanish way of life and their laws.

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Now that the two authorities in charge of the ‘Channel Tunnel,’ the underwater crossing of the strip of sea between France and the Kent coast, this escape route has been closed or suitably prevented migrants from gaining access to it, so called immigrants are using small unstable boats to try and cross the twenty or so miles of the shipping lanes. Good luck to them that is a very hazardous journey.

What I do not understand having tried to stop them originally, when they have almost made it they are rescued and welcomed with open arms and passed to the Social Services. If they are illegal, and they must be otherwise why try to stop them in the first instance, then why are they not arrested and returned from whence they came?

The other thing I find disturbing is we are told these people who are trying to reach the shores of Britain, pay smugglers large sums of money, one quote was for €15,000 per person. If it is worth that amount to risk the discomfort, the cold and the dangers of the crossing how much is the reward when they arrive? Perhaps the welfare payment to new comers is far too much!!

The Christmas Drone

My guess is that most people who have listened to the horror, which represents Gatwick Airport for the last few days, would ask how could it have happened? This drone, this toy, similar ones will be under many a Christmas Tree this Xmas, can be used against and defeat the modern technology that protects the countries Aerodromes.

We now know for certain there is a facility to bring the incursion of this plaything to a stop and yet it took almost three days to use it.  Are we to believe there is no one in authority who can order the use of the ‘drone killer.’ In the mean time the termini is full of folks while some deranged idiot makes a play thing of them. Today it is a drone, perhaps tomorrow it will be carrying some high explosive and this is just the dummy run for the real event. Why wasn’t it treated as a terrorist attack from the start and measure put in place to protect those travelling. It would have been a great idea in the first instance to have stopped talking about doing something, and done it.

It seems to me the UK is not coping in many ways and when we are told the homeless and individuals living on the streets has multiplied by a very high percentage and little being done for them. The Minister in charge, who is supposed to be controlling and managing this continuing rise of vulnerable persons, arrives in the media studios to spout in some political language, what they are doing which is passing the problem down the line.

Of course in some ways they are correct. With a situation where there are only two main parties in control of the country, and has been for some time, the party in power see’s its policies being watered down by the opposition, who control a portion of town and city councils, and are not too keen in making a strategy work which would be of benefit to the opposing party, and deliberately drag their feet implementing any proposals. Having myself spent some time in politics I know this to be true.

In the mean time we have more and more citizens unable to cope and living in squalor whilst at the other end we have wealthy persons building underground swimming pools in houses worth millions of pounds. I am not proposing anything, just saying ‘it does not seem right!’

Hopefully after the 29th March someone will get a grip on the country to protect the people from not only the danger at the airports, but also to buy up rows of empty properties, there are many in the High Streets, and make them into somewhere for those out of their luck, where they can be at least warm and in some comfort.

Pinnacle Books Award Winner
Percy has won five awards for his writing he is with three of them.

Happy Christmas

As we celebrate the day with the shortest daylight hours we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a glorious New Year from Percy at Percychatteybooks and Jean at Casa Fuentelargo.

To those who have been lucky enough to have received a book as a present we are sure you will enjoy it as you turn the pages taking you into a new interesting world of excitement, romance and intrigue.

Our Holiday home continues to receive excellent reviews another ten out of ten from the guests that stayed with us recently putting our score very high on Booking.com at 9.6, with the new season about to start the house and grounds are prepared and ready to receive visitors.

We are looking forward to the coming year with excitement as our Series of short stories ‘Story Telling’ passes issue number twenty which is also receiving good reviews from our readers.   

Blitz & Pieces

Percy Chattey Books

So once again another get together by delegates from
some of the countries of the World to discuss Climate Change, this time in
Poland, and although after days of talking, that in itself is a lot of hot air,
no decision was made. Well there was almost a decision, no direction though,
just everyone agrees to keep each other informed of what action they are
taking. The USA ignored the proceedings and stayed away.

I have said it before calling it ‘climate change’
could mean the weather transforming to being more hot or on the other hand cold. In this instance they were concerned about
the temperature rising and yet at the same time there was another report in the
papers that 1922 was the hottest year there has ever been, and we must not
forget that NASA resonantly reported on a New Ice Berg the size of Manhattan.

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Blitz & Pieces

So once again another get together by delegates from some of the countries of the World to discuss Climate Change, this time in Poland, and although after days of talking, that in itself is a lot of hot air, no decision was made. Well there was almost a decision, no direction though, just everyone agrees to keep each other informed of what action they are taking. The USA ignored the proceedings and stayed away.

I have said it before calling it ‘climate change’ could mean the weather transforming to being more hot or on the other hand cold.  In this instance they were concerned about the temperature rising and yet at the same time there was another report in the papers that 1922 was the hottest year there has ever been, and we must not forget that NASA resonantly reported on a New Ice Berg the size of Manhattan.

Next year will be eighty years since the declaration of War with Germany after the British Government had warned Hitler to stop his troops from marching through the rest of Europe and to stay away from Poland otherwise the questionable peace would come to an end and we would be at war. By the time the warning had been given it was a little late as he already had his ‘jackboots’ echoing around most of the other countries on the continent.

It was the following year when he took his spite out on the U.K. by releasing the Blitzkrieg by bombing the major cities in the country, mainly at night and where in nine months he managed to destroy one house in three in the capital city of London alone.

In my book ‘Blitz and Pieces,’ a true story which won best autobiography at the ‘Pinnacle Awards,’  I describe what it was like for a six old living through this horrific period in East London, when bombs were raining down nightly and the steel shelter where we were trying to sleep, continuingly being rocked and vibrating from the explosions. It is available through Amazon by following the link  https://tinyurl.com/yc6tfjoo

Blitz & Pieces by [Chattey, Percy]
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Softly Softly

It was in 1925 that Hitler wrote ‘Mein Kampf’ he was in Landsburg Prison at the time serving five years for Treason.  The book, some people see it as the ‘blue print’ for the ‘Third Reich,’ which went on to sell millions.

One of the passages in the book, which was originally called ‘Eine
Abrechnung’ or ‘A Reckoning’ before the name change, and I quote from it.  ‘The best way to take control over people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and imperceptible reductions.’

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An original saying from London slang before that time is ‘softly, softly to catch a monkey,’ themonkey being a sum of money, five hundred pounds. Both Hitler and the slang areright. As an example, in the ninety eighties in the centre of the City of Bath,is Queen Square with four access points to it. The local Authority wanted toclose one of them, which caused many people to disagree. So the council said ‘let’s try it for six months and if does not work we can take down the temporarybarriers.’ After six months the populace were used to it and there were noobjections when it became permanent.

June 2016 and the referendum vote was the reverse of what the establishment expected. As a comparison it only took a few months for the country to prepare for the Second World War, it is surprising that two and half years after the vote was taken to leave the EU,the ‘ifs and buts’ are still being discussed.   

Blitz & Pieces by [Chattey, Percy]

Hitler also said “When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”

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