Francis Cottam

Francis Cottam

Author

F.G. Cottam Wrote four literary novels as Francis before adopting the pen name as author of paranormally themed thrillers which include The Waiting Room and most recently, The Lucifer Chord. Paranormal debut The House of Lost Souls won The Dracula Society’s Children of the Night award and has been translated into 16 languages.

Francis Cottam @fgcottam

Chronologically: Jack Johnson, Primo Carnera, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Gerry Cooney, Ernie Shavers, Mike Tyson. All bigger punchers than Deontay Wilder.

You can either waggle your ears or you can't. It's a genetic endowment, not a skill you can learn. I can do it, but I can't raise a single eyebrow, not both left and right, which my daughter can. That's a truly impressive accomplishment.

Arthurian mythology. Arboreal enchantment. A tree surgeon desperate for money and a rich man seeking immortality. Only £1.99 ($1.99) to download, offer ending Saturday. If you've ever thought a forest sinister... #FolkloreThursday

As a kid, worked on the South Lancashire Plain picking tomatoes. Also worked picking and sorting potatoes. Celery, rhubarb. Cycled the 7 miles to the grower. Good luck getting English-born workers doing those jobs today.

Ernie Shavers the hardest one-punch hitter I've ever seen. Both hands, all angles. Deontay Wilder hits hard - but not as hard as Shavers, and only with the straight right. The Mike Tyson who stopped Pinklon Thomas hit harder. Then there's George Foreman #ShortMemories

Just put a battery in long neglected timer. Committing to 3x3's of round-shadow every day. The hook off the jab still feels solid, but that probably only an elderly delusion. Any strategy a fair one to keep the years at bay and the heart pumping.

They've been debating smacking children on breakfast TV. How is it even a debate? How would you quantify the level of violence to use? Because violence is what it is.

The red onion debate rolls on without actually being a debate (or an ingredient belonging in a roll). You might as well eat the plastic housing the wiring powering you kettle, iron or toaster. It's a more vibrant colour and tastes better.

Andrew Sabisky. Read a letter from mayor of a German town in Nazi Germany begging for his epileptic son to be spared the fate of a 9mm bullet in the back of the head in the Black Forest. He failed. Social engineering? Third Reich.

Red onion. Does anyone actually like red onion? The cheap and ubiquitous ingredient that has over recent years sabotaged a nation's sandwiches. The texture is even worse than the favour. Fibrous, smelly, nasty. Ban them, I say.

Was going to say something facetious about this view signalling the end of Storm Dennis. Then occurred that a London sunset brings some people no joy or solace. Samaritans 116123 a free phone call away and will always, always listen. And hear.