Welcome to the Justin Newland Blog Writers write. That's what they do. This page includes some of my other writings, examples of my Thought for the Day, broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol. There are also some other nuggets for your delight and delectation.

Author Justin Newland's Thought for the Day as broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol 18.05.21

Today, the 18th May, 2021, was the second day after the easing of the lock-down. Listen to Justin's Thought for the Day on this important event, as broadcast this morning on BBC Radio Bristol. ...

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BBC Radio Bristol Thought for the Day 14th April 2021

Last Monday, 12th April, you might have seen the first, small slither of a crescent moon in the night sky. That new moon ushered in the Holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time dedicated to prayer, reflection and community. Ramadan being a month of fasting, some Bristol Muslims are reluctant ...

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BBC Radio Bristol Thought for the Day 9th March 2021

I'm a writer and a student of history. Today, I'm going to talk about a particular historian, who, born a Jew, later became a Roman citizen. His name: Titus Flavius Josephus, aka Josephus. Just before Josephus was born in 37 AD, another famous Jew lived and died. His name: Jesus of Nazareth. Josephus's extensive history cove ...

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BBC Radio Bristol Thought for the Day 28th January 2021

Thomas Gray, an Eighteenth century English poet, penned the well-known lines: "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." For example, in these days of email scams, how much do we need to know? Or is it better to be ignorant? What about children? They're 'ignorant' in the sense that their experience of life is small ...

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Did Faust cheat the Devil?

Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend and is based on the historical Johann Faust (c. 1480–1540). The erudite Faust is successful yet dissatisfied with his life. One day, he meets the Devil at a crossroads and makes a pact with him in which Faust exchanges his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. ...

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What is writing?

A three-word question - to which there must be a simple answer, yes? There seem to be more authors out there now, everyone seems to be writing. There are genres whose names didn't exist 25 years ago (Steam Punk, Space Opera etc.) let alone new ways of disseminating books e.g. e-books. Rather like 21st-century life, the sur ...

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Some thoughts on Newton's Laws of Motion

Newton's first law of motion states that: [[An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it.]] [[An object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless an external force acts upon it.]] This is known as uniform motion. An object continues to do whatever it happens to be doing unless ...

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Reading an extract from 'The Old Dragons Head' in support of Somerset Libraries

This is a promotional video I did for Somerset Libraries, who not only stock my novels, but who often host my author talks in their meeting rooms. It features yours truly speaking about Somerset Libraries and then reading an extract from his Old China novel, The Old Dragon's Head. ...

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