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1867 Update

If you follow this blog, you will already know that I am currently working with a friend (cyberpiper) in the production of an authentic historical reproduction of 1867 Luxembourg, using the Roblox platform.

Using old photographs and other historical documents, cyberpiper and I are producing a realistic computer generation of how this part of Luxembourg would have looked in the mid-nineteenth century.

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If you are keen to see how the work in progress is faring, you are welcome to view the following video clip of a basic walk around the Rue des bons Malades. Cyberpiper and I are now working on buildings on the opposite side of the river, before proceeding to complete the section of the city beyond the church.

There is a great deal of work to do but you are welcome to visit what has been done so far, if you remain interested.

Click here for a link to the1867 game.

Can you recognise the location shown in this photograph, by visiting and playing the game?

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Ultimately, our aim is to produce a working game that may encourage gamers to enjoy and respect our amazing shared historical heritage.

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1867

You may have seen very little activity from me, over the past few months, and wondered what I am up to.

You will already know, if you have read any of my free eBooks, that I am interested in Victorian history. Many of my stories are based around this era or set in a Victorian steampunk genre. You would be correct in thinking that the Victorian period is a favourite point of interest for me.

Since the start of 2019 I have paired up with an Internet friend of mine (cyberpiper) and, together, we have worked on the construction of a computer-generated reconstruction of 1867 Luxembourg. My friend lives in Luxembourg and has an avid interest in the year 1867, due to its importance in the history of Luxembourg. As for me, as you will already know, this project marries very closely with my own interest in history and my background in the education of children.

Although a great deal of work has been completed, there is still a vast amount of work left to do. It will be a long time until we can both realise our goal of a fully functioning game, set in 1867, where gamers can live, work and explore the city of Luxembourg, in 1867. Even still, this short video should give you a taste of what has been achieved so far.

If you are interested you can access the game by clicking on this link.

Fantasy Faire Presentation

Professor Nibbler

Maxwell Grantley presents ‘Professor Nibbler’s Most Amazing Mouse Circus’

When:

Fri, 19 April, (12:00 – 13:00 Second Life Time / 20:00 – 21:00 British Summer Time)

Where:

Trollhaugen (Second Life)

Description:

Have you seen a real live mouse circus? If you have, you’re very lucky indeed, as very few other people have ever seen one. As part of the performance, the mice will climb upon tightropes, perform amazing acrobatics and scamper about doing all sorts of incredible things. When Professor Nibbler brought his most amazing mouse circus to Luxembourg, two homeless children (Jacob and Molly) were enchanted by the posters that were pasted across the city. However, as is common with other stories from Maxwell Grantly, things don’t go according to plan. Discover how Jacob and Molly got to see the most amazing mouse circus in the world and find out what they saw.

For More Details:

https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Fantasy Faire 2019

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This Friday (Friday 19th April at 20:00 – British Summer Time) Maxwell Grantly will be talking about and reading from his story ‘Professor Nibbler’s Most Amazing Mouse Circus’ – as part of the online Fantasy Faire event. At the same time, he will be giving a slideshow presentation of illustrations from the book.

You are warmly welcome to attend the online session, if you are free. You can find more details about Fantasy Faire at the following link:

https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Thank you for following this blog.

If you have a few quiet minutes spare this festive season, have you read The Christmas Penny?

‘The Christmas Penny’ tells the adventure of two Victorian street urchins, who found a whole new penny, one Christmas in New Babbage, and saw Professor Jiggers’ Flea Circus. As with all stories by Maxwell Grantly, things never go according to plan. If you are interested in reading this story, it can be downloaded free of charge from Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu and Smashwords. Simply type “Maxwell Grantly” or “The Christmas Penny” into the search bar at any of these eight sites.

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You may like to know that all of Maxwell Grantly’s stories can now be found at the site called Smashwords, totally free of charge. Here you can access his stories in epub, Kindle, PDF, Sony Reader, Palm Doc, Plain Text and Online Reader formats. There is bound to be a format at Smashwords that suits your own personal reading preference!

If you enjoy reading these stories then Maxwell is pleased that you were able to briefly enter his fantasy world too, if only for a brief ten or fifteen minutes of your busy life.

Happy New Year

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In the past, chimney sweeps used to wander from house to house on the first day of the new year, to wish people good luck, in their role as the ultimate bringer of good luck.

A chimney sweep is a sign of good luck, wealth and happiness. There are many legends why a chimney sweep is said to be the harbinger of good luck. One version has its origins in the UK, where King George III was riding horseback in a royal procession. A dog ran from the crowd, barking and nipping at the King’s horse. The horse reared and almost threw the King. A lone figure, shabbily dressed and filthy, stepped into the road. He caught the horse’s halter and quickly calmed the animal.

As soon as he appeared, the man faded back into crowd. The King, wanting to reward the man, asked for his name. No one knew the man’s name, but many told the King that he is was a chimney sweep. The King declared that from that day that all chimney sweeps should be regarded as lucky and treated with respect.

Here’s wishing you and your family all the very best luck and happiness for 2016 and beyond. Happy New Year.

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Child Literacy at Christmas

Have you seen the new Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert this year? Mog sets off a chain of unfortunate events that almost ruin Christmas for the Thomas family. Can she pull it all back to save the day?

This year, Sainsbury’s are working in partnership with HarperCollins Children’s Books and world renowned author/illustrator Judith Kerr to create a Christmas story based on her much loved character Mog.

If you enjoyed the video clip, you can buy the beautifully illustrated book from Sainsbury’s. Every penny of the profit from sales of the book will be donated to Save the Children, improving child literacy in the UK.

If you would like further inspiration for teaching children to read, you may also like to know that every story by Maxwell Grantly can be downloaded (completely free of charge) from both iBooks and Kobo. There is even a free special Christmas eBook planned for released in December – more news about that later this month.

A Merry Christmas to you all.

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