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E. James Chapman started his working life as an apprentice goldsmith and progressed through the jewellery trade to qualify as a gemmologist. An article he wrote in the English D.I.Y. magazine started him off on a journalistic path; after moving to Spain with his wife and children, he wrote regular weekly reports in the local press about Spanish football.
There is a saying that goes 'When life gives you lemons make lemonade' but in E. James Chapman's hilarious book, The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3, this keep positive in all situations attitude is stretched to beyond breaking point as we follow his family's journey from Spain to Canada and back again. Heaven knows what the Chapman family did in a past life, but 'bad karma' doesn't come close as they encounter mishap, mayhem and Murphy's Law and learn never to say the words 'well nothing else can go wrong now'.
When E. James Chapman made plans to take his family on holiday, he ended up getting a lot more than he bargained for...Murphy's Law states that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, and has claimed almost all of us as a victim at one point or another. However, there are several other laws that can strike and cause havoc at any time. Like many others before them, Chapman and his family fell prey to the lesser-known 'law of the journey', which states that the longer a trip is, the more likely things are to go wrong. As they were travelling nearly 4000 miles from Spain to Canada, it couldn't have happened at a more inopportune time. After run-ins with an extremely badly behaved family, a riot in the baggage hall, a bout of food poisoning and finally the pilot announcing that he has 'lost' the runway, it seems that nothing else on their trip can possibly go wrong. Or can it...? The Plane Now Standing at Platform 3 is a hilarious tale which details the extraordinary events that followed the Chapman family halfway around the world and back again. It will particularly appeal to those who have suffered at the hands of inefficient public transport, unhelpful fellow passengers and sheer bad luck.
In Telling Tales the Confessions of a Handyman, there is a compilation of seven stories that encompass many of the not so everyday events that the author has come across as a property manager come butler within the Ex-Pat community on Southern Spain's Costa del Sol.
Whenever you hear the phrase `what the butler saw', the image that springs to mind is of a 1900s voyeuristic butler peeping through a keyhole at something he shouldn't... Now let us fast-forward to present-day living, and instead of it being just the one household that our 21st century butler has control and access to, now let us make it eighty! It sounds like there is the potential for an awful lot of keyhole peeping here...In this first edition of Telling Tales: the Confessions of a Handyman, there is a compilation of seven stories that encompass many of the not-so-everyday events that the E. James Chapman has come across as a property manager-cum-butler within the expat community on southern Spain's Costa del Sol. From a set of new false teeth with a mind of their own, to a quiet community meeting that ends up being livelier than expected, all of the accounts are based on actual characters and events that have taken place during his watch over the past thirty years. Telling Tales is a laugh-out-loud collection of short stories that will appeal to fans of Carry On-style comedy. It will also appeal to those with a more romantic side - especially so in the tale featuring a certain Pepe the Plumber!