Happy New Year for 2012…

Wishing you all, wherever you are, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for 2012. Thanks for all your comments, suggestions and links to interesting sites. But most of all, thank you for buying and reading my books – without you all, I’d still be stuck working as a veterinarian. Instead, I’m a full time writer, and I’m grateful for that every day. THANKS!

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  1. Mike Reed
    Posted 2 January 2012 at 11:30 | Permalink

    I know what you mean Ben. The way you felt about your vet’s job is the way I feel now about my security job. It’s such a relief to know you’ve got a talent to fall back on, especially when times become difficult like they have now.

    I can especially see why you’re capitalising on the current Spartacus craze – that’s good thinking! I don’t think it’s just because of the TV series either – it’s general altogether. Even (I think) Adrian Goldsworthy pointed out that there’s a fast-growing number of Roman re-enactment groups springing up, especially on both sides of the Atlantic (the Americans love them!), and even gladiator groups like those you mentioned earlier on. There only needs to be a Hannibal craze now doesn’t there?

    I’ll definitely order Spartacus very soon. I know you’ve got some signing sessions coming up in the next few weeks but I’m sorry I can’t make those because I’ll be busy (shame!). I’ve also been promising Russ for months as well that I’ll tuck into his Gladiatrix, so I’m currently working on that.

    Best wishes, Mike.

  2. Ben Kane
    Posted 2 January 2012 at 12:39 | Permalink

    @Mike: sorry to hear that you don’t enjoy your job. I hope that one day you can give it up to pursue something that you really love – like your artwork, perhaps.

    It’s good to hear that there are more Roman reenactment groups springing up. The Americans do seem to love them, yes! As for a Hannibal craze, well I would love to see it, but I don’t see that happening as much in the UK, where there is less interest, simply because it didn’t concern Britain. For example, the Spanish are much keener on Punic War reeneactment. So too are the Italians. I’ve been invited to an event in Spain which is to take place this September. They’re hoping to have 500 Punic war soldiers to fight in a battle. Hopefully, I’ll get to go, although that depends on work load etc.

    Sorry that you won’t be able to make any of the signings in the next few weeks. Never mind. There’ll be plenty more later in the year, all being well! Cheers.

  3. Posted 2 January 2012 at 16:07 | Permalink

    500 Punic soldiers? You better bring that falcata sword. 🙂

    Happy New Year.

  4. Ben Kane
    Posted 2 January 2012 at 19:42 | Permalink

    @Gabriele: And a Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Mike Reed
    Posted 3 January 2012 at 19:59 | Permalink

    When you mentioned the Punic re-enactment in Spain in September Ben, do you mean the one at Cartagena on the S.E. coast? The one I clicked onto starts on the 17th, which is a pity because my 50th birthday is barely 2 weeks earlier than that, and I intend visiting the same country then. If you go yourself do enjoy it because it sounds good. I was tempted myself, especially since I still haven’t booked the flight yet, but you certainly gave me food for thought.

    I’ve still given myself the choice of visiting the Art Museum and Amphitheatre in Merida (near the Portuguese – or should I say – Lusitania border), Italica near Seville (where Trajan, and I think , Hadrian as well, was born), or the ruins at Segobriga (near the Toledo/Cuenca road). It’s somewhere to take my sketchbook and something to share with Graham Sumner when I return.

    I’ve also just discovered you will be at Chester in June, besides Lincoln a month earlier. I’ll be with the ESG in Chester, bearing in mind it’s only about 90 minutes’ drive from here in Blackpool. It looks like it’s going to be a good summer Ben – let’s hope so.

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