I’ve had a fantastic week, on Monday I met the esteemed inventor Dr John C Taylor, OBE.
What an experience, Dr Taylor is an extraordinary person. He is an inventor, pilot, adventurer, photographer, architect and philanthropist. After meeting him it’s no wonder that I’d be inspired to write a Tanka poem about one of his amazing Chronopage inventions. He has three in total, the Corpus Chronopage below resembles a grasshopper and features on the front cover of my novel.
Here I am with Dr Taylor by the Corpus Chronopage in King’s Parade, Cambridge.
Below is the Midsummer Chronopage, a huge mythical fly-like creature with intricate wings and a sting in its tail.
And the interactive Dragon Chronopage does everything a dragon should short of breathing fire and flying away.
Here’s a close up of the dragon’s shiny blue tongue with pearl!
and now for the eye!
Isn’t the Dragon Chronopage fabulous?
Using Colleen’s prompt words this week – voice and watch – I wrote a little Tanka poem. I used statement instead of voice and I kept watch even though I had chronograph.
Before I tootle off I’d just like to say that Dr Taylor has some magnificent stamps that you can order and collect featuring his wonderful inventions – all proceeds go to the Teapot Trust – a worthy charity – art therapy for children with chronic illness: http://www.teapot-trust.org/
Here’s the link to order @DrJCTOBE stamps: https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/invention-and-innovation-dr-john-c-taylor-obe/
All funds received by Dr Taylor from sales of these stamps will be donated to the
To read more about Dr Taylor’s Philanthropic work here’s a blog post I discovered about his professorship of innovation: https://venitism.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/professor-of-innovation/
To join in Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge follow the following link:
Many thanks to the lovely Tina Fotherby at Famous Publicity for emailing me the wonderful images of the Dragon Chronograph and Midsummer Chronograph.
Photography Credit: Dragon Chronograph, Midsummer Chronograph – Dr John C Taylor, OBE.
If you’d like to vote for me in the WritersDB first line and cover contest here’s the link to my blog post about that: https://mjmallon.com/2017/09/08/please-vote-for-me-in-authorsdb-first-line-contest/
Bye for now dearest clock and dragon lovers don’t forget to leave a fiery message below.
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Marje, those chronopages are spectacular! I love all three! Your poem is a lovely tribute to this artist’s fine work. Love it! <3
I’d love to have each one on each cover of the series! I didn’t think of that before but now I am considering it. 🙂
I was thinking about that too. That is EXCELLENT!!! Do it!!
Great minds think alike. It would mean I’d have to change book two a bit…. But that wouldn’t be impossible. Would have to ask permission from Dr Taylor to use the extra two images … If permission is granted this could be interesting!
I agree. It seems like a logical progression and one that could make the story really interesting. <3
What a magical experience Marje! 🙂 x