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What the Media are Saying

‘What the Media Say’ about me and my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story is a timely addition to this website in light of today’s developments. This memoir about my undercover cop days on one of the UKs largest drug busts has made it into two book categories as #1 Best Seller plus a further #1 in a Kindle category. (October 24, 2016) 5* Amazon Review – “Compelling insight to the life, mental make-up and identity confusion of someone deep undercover …”  The media in the UK has been kind to me and my book and here are some links to the interviews and articles: BBC Radio Interview Below is an interview aired on BBC Radio Solent – BBC Online News The BBC… Read More

Serendipity: Word Wednesday (Improve Your Word Power)

Serendipity is one of my all-time favorite words. Say it, savor it. It sounds like its meaning. Merriam-Webster has this to say: Serendipity noun ser·en·dip·i·ty \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\ Popularity: Top 1% of lookups Simple Definition of serendipity : luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for No wonder it is in the top 1% of look ups. It’s such a cool word. Full Definition of serendipity : the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this Examples of serendipity in a sentence As they leapfrog from South Africa to Singapore in search of local delicacies, the authors prove again and again that serendipity is the traveler’s strongest ally: many… Read More

Who Wouldn’t Have Feared For Their Life?

This article first appeared in the UK’s Daily Express on Wednesday October 19, 2016. I liked it not just because it helps to promote my book, but also because it is the first article in 40 years that focuses on the huge cocaine plot that I infiltrated together with my undercover partner. ‘Who wouldn’t have feared for their life?’ Meet the cop behind biggest 70s UK drug-bust STEVE BENTLEY felt the pressure against the side of his temple and knew he was in trouble. By NICK RIPPINGTON PUBLISHED: 14:55, Tue, Oct 18, 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01, Tue, Oct 18, 2016 Above: Author Steve Bentley, as he is now, and a LSD factory that was raided in Hampton Wick, London The Mafia-connected gangster lent down and… Read More

Stories by ‘G’ Alas No More – RIP G

RIP G is a sentiment I was not expecting to express any time soon. Sadly, G passed away early yesterday morning after a fatal and sudden heart attack. Some of you read his stories here and I’m sure you enjoyed them as I did. G, Gerry, started to send me the short stories soon after he became a regular visitor to this blog. I accepted most of them with glee, only refusing one because it was a little risqué. He had talent and in his younger days had screenplays accepted by Hollywood. Gerry and I soon became online friends and I was delighted to meet him when he flew into Bacolod with his wife from Mindanao, Philippines, where he lived with his wife Priskylet Panday… Read More

Edited BBC Interview with Former Undercover Detective

This article first appeared on the Stephen Bentley – Author website. Following on from a BBC News article about me and my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story, and read by over 250,000 online readers, this pre-recorded BBC author interview with Stephen Bentley (me) was aired on the BBC this week: Here are some photos from the period showing me in my other persona as Steve Jackson with some images of the “other me” right after Operation Julie then more recently. Now it’s only fair I insert some images of the other people mentioned in my book, namely Smiles and Buzz: Please consider buying and reading the book. It has some great reviews and leave one of your own. Authors do like to… Read More

Christmas Comes Early in the Philippines

I had heard “Christmas comes early in the Philippines” before I arrived here. It’s true! We have had our Christmas tree up in the living room since September and that is a common sight throughout the Philippines. I like it. But there is a more serious side to the season because it’s all about kids for me. I love to see their faces light up at the sight of a new toy or present after it has been frantically unwrapped. So I thought you may like some ideas for toys and presents for your kids as Christmas is fast approaching. Robocar Poli Bucky Transformer Robot Car Toy Action Figure Buggy Academy Genuine | eBay New Batman 6 inch Batman Figure and Batmobile Gift Set Model… Read More

Jingoism By Jingo!

Hard times, tough times do foster a wonderful feeling of resilience in people.  War time is possibly a good example of that. I mean war as in WW2,  not the futile war fought in the Falklands at the whim of a whiskey-dependent mad woman in charge of the UK at the time. That was jingoism at its worst. Jingoism in its  modern-day form (aka racism) was also seen in the UK before and since Brexit. The sense of resilient feel-good -pull-together-because-we -are -all- in -the- shit feeling was possibly last experienced en-masse during the heavy bombing of the UKs major cities and dockyards during WW2. I guess it was also felt to a degree in the aftermath of some terrorist attacks in London. I lived… Read More

Scion: Word Wednesday (Improve Your Word Power)

Scion is today’s word and taken from the Merriam-Webster ‘Word of the Day.’ Let’s get straight to it 🙂 noun SYE-un Definition of Scion 1 : a detached living portion of a plant (as a bud or shoot) joined to a stock in grafting and usually supplying solely aerial parts to a graft 2 : descendant, child; especially : a descendant of a wealthy, aristocratic, or influential family 3 : heir Examples “The duke was the billionaire owner of swaths of central London, a friend of Britain’s royal family and the scion of an aristocratic family stretching back to the Norman Conquest.” — The Boston Herald, 14 Aug. 2016 “The vibe of the place is a mixture of old-school cool and Brit eccentric. There are… Read More

They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? – Book Review

They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? by Natalie Vellacott My rating: 4 of 5 stars I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. This book intrigued me for two reasons. I am also a former UK police officer as is the author of this book and I now live in the Philippines, the location for the tale of the “Rugby Boys.” It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative read and I recommend it to all who are concerned about the plight and suffering of our fellow humans no matter where they happen to live. I was aware of this problem and sometimes see the effects of solvent abuse on the streets of the provincial city where I live. I… Read More

Malunggay – Miracle Tree of the Philippines

Moringa malunggay is known as the ‘Miracle Tree’ because all its parts are beneficial for health. It is also called Drumstick Tree and in the Philippines, it is known as malunggay. Scientific research can prove that moringa has many health benefits because it contains seven times more vitamin C from oranges, four times more calcium in milk, four times more vitamin A in carrots, three times more potassium than in bananas and two times more protein from milk. It is used to combat malnutrition because of its high contents of vitamin A, B, and C, calcium, iron, protein and potassium. It can be a substitute for many foods, fruits and vegetables because of its high nutritional value. – Source: Youth Health Magazine The article goes… Read More

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