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Spreewald. Germany
Norman Wolfer

We never cease to be amazed at just how the Berlin/Brandenburg area excels in providing these historically significant and contemporary points of interest, within easy one day outings.
Morocco Sahara Odyssey
Charlotte Temple

Morocco is a country filled with history, fabulous food, incredible scenery, warm and friendly people and a little bit of mystery. 
Casa Pilerne in Goa, India
Marianne de Nazareth

It's a great feeling, for never in all our years of driving down to Goa, in South India, from Bangalore, have we ever arrived, in time, to eat lunch in Panjim, on the same day that we left.
Around the world in 30 days
J West Hardin - Part Two

Shanghai to Helsinki
Our next leg was going to take us through Shanghai airport as transit passengers enroute to Helsinki , Finland.
Classical Elegance
Nick Constance
8 days, 4 ships, 3 concerts and 7 locations –a magical musical tour through the French countryside
Exile in Bogota
Dermot Sullivan

I find myself this Easter in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. It is much quieter here than in Mexico, with none of the passion plays of orgiastic violence which Mexicans seem to celebrate
Thanks for Driving Around
John Vaughn

I was taken somewhat aback earlier this month when I overheard some of the fellows in the clubhouse referring to the fact that the earth’s climate was improving due to the traffic congestion on the highways.

GOP Lockdown
James Campion

Republican Establishment Cleans House
Reince Priebus is on the wagon. The RNC chairman's days of drunken violence and crude behavior are behind him. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and the faux conservative uprising of 2010 has been duly defeated
The Buffet Rule?

James Campion

It's national campaign time and the Democrats have joined the crazy. Six months of idiocy from the Republicans was apparently enough. Check that; to understand what is going on in congress with what is officially coined the Paying a Fair Share Act is merely the volley returned for the TEA Party induced mayhem that stalled Capitol Hill during last year's Debt Ceiling Debate.
Back to 1934 (10.04.12 Update)
The Spectre of Civil War
James Skinner on Modern Spain

1934 was the year Spain went completely berserk and divided the country into dozens if not hundreds of political factions of all sorts that eventually led Generalissimo Franco to come back from Morocco a beat the hell out of all of them
A Rational  Perspective
Barry Mayhew

Some time ago, a friend who was experiencing a particularly perplexing period in his life due to financial and marital misfortunes, offered the comment that “life is really a crap shoot.”

The Bigger Man
Dietrich Kalteis

Fly the friendly skies, my ass. Bumpy as a back road. First the security dick with that stupid scanning device, making me open my suitcase, embarrassing the hell out of me...
Martin Green
Phones - and automation
The London Book Fair 2012
Sam North

China and Digital signal the big changes
A Month of Letters
Chris Mills
I had come across a letter writing challenge A Month of Letters set up by American author Mary Robinette Kowal. challenge in February

On the Hemingway Trail
Habeeb Salloum

Some years ago, on a trip to Havana, Hemingway's granddaughter Mariel is reported to have said: “Cuba has three icons - Che and Fidel and my grandfather."
Eleanor Ross

Durham’s crooked grey streets, stone castle and slow paced river attract coachloads of tourists every year. Lonely Planet’s ‘Thousand Things to do Before You Die’ book cites Durham as a top destination for visitors to Britain.
The Missing Ritual
Barry Mayhew

Since the beginning of recorded history, and likely long before, humans have given special recognition to important events that occur, often quite predictably, throughout the various stages of the life cycle.

REVIEWS Film & Books

Holy Week
Helen Terry

Loneliness often drives me to ask for advice from others instead of relying on my own judgement. Being a woman does it too; I haven't developed the unshakeable confidence in my own opinion that seems second nature to men of my acquaintance.
The Coward
Martin Green

Since grade school, Tom Newberry knew he was a coward.  It wasn’t anything he did but what he didn’t do.
Come the Revolution
Clare Sager
I threw the car keys on the table. ‘We need to get out of here.’ Clear and simple – no time for misunderstandings.
Getting Out Of Bed
Vanessa Telaro

In her reverie, Andie was about seventeen years old. Some parts of her skin were clear and others marred with blemishes. She was thin, always had been thanks to a good metabolism. Her hair had always been in the shades of blonde except for the time she’d dyed it black in an attempt to look different
Oswaldo Jimenez

They had reached a phase in their relationship she called ‘cocooning.’  “Everyone in our age-range is doing it,” she had said to him with a smug, matter-of-fact tone in her voice that reminded him of the tone his mother had used when calling him to dinner.

Fountain kerb
Chris Castle
"You’re last day today?" She looked down to her sandwich, looked back up.
"Yeah. Bit part dies then its back to the stars I guess."
Gingerbread Men

Steve Slatter
First, ask Mummy to turn on the oven to 170. You might have to wait for her to do this because she’s always busy.
Mirror, Mirror...
Oswaldo Jimenez

Annabelle walked into her tiny bathroom and  stood before the full-length mirror with the same resignation of Joan of Arc waiting for the executioner to light a fire beneath her
Cabin Fever
Dietrich Kalteis

Clay juggled the plate of jelly sandwiches and mugs of coffee. Glumness hung over Vivian like smog. Shaking the snow cone, she sat on the plump sofa, boxed in by the paneling lined with trophy heads. All those glass eyes staring down.

Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates
Sam North
Second Outing for Sergeant Gunnhildur in this riveting Icelandic murder investigation
. A terrific read rich in every detail.

The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor
Evie Seo - Bookish Blog Review -
The Repossession was absolutely amazing! It's mesmerizing, clever, captivating, in short it is everything you could possibly hope for in a book
Ghost Lights by Lydia Millet
Review by John M Edwards
Her wickedly perverse sense of humor is as deliciously burlesque as Dorothy Parker riffing at the Algonquin Roundtable.
The Terror Of Tiny Town
Dan Schneider
The Terror Of Tiny Town is a 1938 dwarf B film (Black and white) that is often spoken of in the same terms as two other films with dwarves in them- Tod Browning’s 1931 film, Freaks, and Werner Herzog’s 1970 film Even Dwarfs Started Small

Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and little fleas have lesser fleas infinitum - Augustus de Morgan
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