Some people are better than others at pushing themselves and their wares on-line. It seems that the more brazen the person is, the better the results – and so perhaps I should be pleased with my meagre success in this arena. Certainly my pushing is always gentle – a ‘funny’ blog with a covert suggestion […]
Three boutique cinemas packed with children and their families who have been/are going through… some very tough experiences. People who were mostly invited by charities that the Brothers Trust have supported (Debra and Momentum), others through Make a Wish, GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) and some who were invited more organically. Circa 120 people in […]
Finally, welcome to my new site… as torturous an experience I can recall until the last two days, loading the manuscript and jacket of I,Gabriel on to various on-line book publishing platforms – harder in fact that writing the blinking book. This site is designed with ease and accessibility in mind, for instance, the comments […]
Hello all, This new site has been a while coming and many glitches along the way – and so been off-line and not blogging for a week or so. How have you coped? (He asks, unrealistically…) I am rushing to a new material gig now – but I have much to write about and share, […]
Two blogs in as many days, I know, but today is a special day in the Holland household… Today is the world….
It being 1st July – the day before the worldwide release of Spider-Man, Far From Home – I am receiving constant…
Having never been fashionable myself – I have long harboured a slight resentment for people so inclined….
In 2010, I visited New York with Tom because he had been cast in a film called, The Impossible – and the story of Eclipsed was already fully formed in my mind whatever happened to my eldest son from here-on-in. As well as meeting the director and his co-stars, Ewan MacGregor and Naomi Watts (I […]
This week, the true horror of the word impotence struck me. I refer not to any marital failings but an equally grave scenario – my website went down. Anyone self-employed and with clobber to sell is completely beholden to the nerds who now run our world. On this subject – exciting news – a new […]
With my new novel, I,Gabriel being published on July 29th (available for pre-order now), with its promotion in mind, I publish here a short story I have written called The Surgeon. Between now and publication date, I plan to publish and release various short pieces which have something in common with I,Gabriel. This story is very short […]
Well this is exciting… My sixth book and fifth novel – I,Gabriel will be published on 29th July 2019 but can be pre-ordered now as a kindle book or a print on demand. It is my shortest book to date – at just 200 pages but this does not mean that it has been quick […]
Tom becoming Spider-Man and indeed a movie star will probably remain the biggest surprise of all – eclipsing….
Amidst all the announcements we are familiar with, suddenly I hear my name. I wait for a moment, all my senses…
I realise that comedy and golf combined has a certain reputation and is most usually maligned and sniffed at….
It is perhaps a foolhardy admission that I am not a huge Super-hero fan. By this I mean I do not live my life….
Last weekend, I went along to MCM Comic Con with some trepidation; not knowing what to expect nor what….
Back in the day, I used to do what became affectionately known in the Holland household as “The Fruit Bowl.”….
Back in the day, I used to do what became affectionately known in the Holland household as “The Fruit Bowl.” Each morning, I would pulverise a load of fruit and veg through an angry and loud machine to produce a juice drink in the hope that the Holland boys would grow to be big and […]
On this day 23 years ago my world changed irrevocably – becoming a dad for the first time. And people say there is no such thing as a job for life anymore. And at this time, I had know idea that three more boys would join him – and with them my life would be […]
Last weekend, I went along to MCM Comic Con with some trepidation; not knowing what to expect nor what might be required of me. The moment I arrived I realised that I am hopelessly under-dressed in a plain shirt and jeans (both from TK Max, where else?). I know, what was I thinking? Most people […]
It is perhaps a foolhardy admission that I am not a huge Super-hero fan. By this I mean I do not live my life on a countdown to the next film. I have not even seen them all and so I don’t understand each impact and permutation of each character arc and no part of […]
I realise that comedy and golf combined has a certain reputation and is most usually maligned and sniffed at. It is not lost on me then that my adulthood has been largely occupied by both pursuits, with mixed and mostly disappointing outcomes, punctuated by fleeting moments of wonder and joy, of which one occurred recently […]
At Heathrow with Sam and Harry – on our way to Atlanta to surprise Tom… Amidst all the announcements we are familiar with, suddenly I hear my name. I wait for a moment, all my senses attuned now and then I hear it again. “Would Mr Dominic Holland make his way to Gate…” Quickly I […]
Surprises run long and deep in the Holland family. Tom becoming Spider-Man and indeed a movie star will probably remain the biggest surprise of all – eclipsing even the surprise of my own failing to reach the dizzy heights… I must write this in to a story one day! But on a smaller scale too, […]
This year is my 25th anniversary – of when I started to play golf – and despite huge effort and much anguish, I remain hopeless. It is also our 25th wedding anniversary which means that Nikki has witnessed this entire sporting debacle. Over the years, she has seen how excited I am heading for the […]
A bust is perhaps the ultimate sign of a truly great man. Churchill has one. Dickens. Shakespeare of course and now me. So why then, am I less than happy with such an honour. Earlier this year, hosting a charity quiz for Lunch Bowl – a charity that The Brothers Trust supports – someone thought […]
An audition yesterday for Audible to become a book narrator which was different and exciting. Especially so since they asked me to bring along two pieces to read – a fiction and non-fiction and ‘it should be writing that I feel comfortable reading in my own voice.’ My advantage being that I have lots of […]
We can argue whether America is the leader of the free world or nor but it is indisputable that America is the world’s cultural superpower with its influence far, wide and complete. By this I mean, it’s influence on other cultures. Our rock stars sing in American accents. The street language and modern culture of […]
This stand-up bill of comics who have passed grows ever longer and now reads like one of the big benefits on C4 – and this week our much loved Ian Cognito added his name to the list – and would make a good claim to close the show! Because when Ian was on – few […]
Today is a landmark day in the Holland household. A true first – or at least a first in over twenty years. I refer to the return of Patrick from his school tour of Sri Lanka – and the end of this kid free house that we have been for the last week. Not to […]