The International Writer's Magazine -
Winter 2008 - Welcome
New Year to all our readers- 2008 will be quite a ride
Travel stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
Eric D Lehman
Having taken a walking holiday in England, I happened across Afoot
in England by W H Hudson
I left my heart in Lebanon
Baksheesh' the boy said.
Hong Kong Dash
Tabytha Towe in Hong Kong
Hot, exciting, heaving, moving, different.
Benefits of Warm Sake
This winter, as you pour warm sake into her belly button, reflect
upon the moment
Sleeping Dogs Thai
Tabytha Towe - update
Every dog you see here are either lying on the ground dehydrated
and too hot to move, or either scavenging for food.
Tab in Ko Chang.
I never imagined that my beautiful daughter would one day be in
To Laugh and To Weep
I havent talked to anyone of advanced age who thinks they're old
Kitchen Wisdom by Simon Bishop
Having friends over, need to know how to provide for a vegetarian?
Rise of Women Power
The century of female power??
Is that really you out there?
Christmas Shopping Evil?
idea of actively searching for new things to buy for people that
dont need anything is really kind of sick.
Ghose - Pantry Raider
According to my mother I came out screaming "Hungry!"
When pondering my insatiable appetite for things I can put in
A small island poised above masses of red hot rock, straddling
the north American plate.
Come for a two-day road trip into Scenic Kentucky and experience
the rare beauty of this State.
Brian H. Appleton
Welcome to a palazzo in Antignano
Croatia - discovered
I do like going back to Croatia in my thoughts
Trip to Hel
I can honestly say that I have been to Hel, and back. I went by
train; an old black steam train to be precise.
Plata more than beaches
Sosúa,on down the coast is somewhat different. The town
and its beach have developed into a resort that is ideal for self-sufficient
We all know, and most of us love, Google. It is by far the most
visited website in the world.
Searching: Why Not Clones?
Most people looking for success on planet earth with only a physical
self-image of who they believe themselves to be
Customer isn't always right
J A Laraque
Have you ever been somewhere such as a store or a bank and
someone in front of you is getting all loud and making a scene
about something that is completely their fault?
Lessons from Cinema
has been advising us for years on the frailty of mankind and the
injury humanity inflicts upon the rest of the life on the planet.
Ali Tal interview
Dr Marwan Asmar
'If I am not honest about my feelings,
I dont think Ill be honest about my writings. When I
sit in my study,I see the Golan Heights, and the hills of northern
Bites: Big Brother Culture
The 21st century can be defined
as a mass media society where people are obsessed with celebrity
I hurried through the mud room and out onto the porch, nearly sashaying
my pregnant self right off the deck on an inch of solid ice.
modes of transport
There are many different modes
of transport in China which the foreign traveler can use ranging
from the luxurious to the downright dirty.
Letter to Mr Bush
Sat down and wrote Mr Bush a letter
Books & Film
Aby Davis review
On the 10th of December 2007, the Kings of Leon opened their Birmingham
NIA set in a burst of yowling voice and raunchy guitar.
Dont call me baby by Laurie Depp
Dont call me baby creates a realistic teenage voice
with is use of contemporary cultural references to Hello
magazine and celebrities like David Beckam,
Artist Of The Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro's 1986 novel, An Artist Of The Floating World,
which won that year's Whitbread Prize, may be a great novel
Flanders, by Daniel Defoe (1722)
Moll Flanders tells us everything that could not be spoken about
in the eighteenth century. Pretending to be factual truth, this
novel explores the taboos of the time.
Call Me Elizabeth
by Dawn Annandale
Emma King review
A story of abuse, rape, prostitution, marriage, money and family
values, there are few issues Call Me Elizabeth doesnt explore.
Eyes by David Almond
Holly Bates Review
This mysterious and intriguing tale of "damaged child"
Erin Laws adventures with her friends is haunting and fantastically
& Worst Movies of 2007
Hackwriters makes the list
Directed by Chris Weitz
Sam North review
Mrs Coulter is truly evil. The Bear battles are terrifying, the
daemons are just wonderful - Lyra is a tough little cookie. Roll
on 'Subtle Knife'.
Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
Directed by Lewis Milestone
films can boast relevance to all eras. All Quiet On The Western
Front, a 1930 screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's novel
written from a German perspective is one of these films.
and Prejudice (BBC 1995)
Director: Simon Langton
of all the historical fiction out there, my favourite has to be
the 1995 BBCs six hour adaptation of Jane Austens
Pride and Prejudice.
Wars: A New Hope
Dir. George Lucas
was a good year to be a geek. If there were a moment in time I would
travel back to, this would be it.
Perfume: A Story Of A
Director: Tom Tykwer
Aby Davis review
opening sequence of Perfume: A Story Of A Murderer stinks.
I mean, it almost literally smells. Which is probably the affect
director Tom Tykwer was after
Developed by Ion Storm
Jack Clarkson review
"Deus Ex" is the first half of the Latin saying, "Deus
Ex Machina", God from the machine. Nowadays its the term
for a plot device in which something comes along and just makes
everything better like some kind of narrative Chuck Norris.
The Jon Courtney Grimwood Interview
by Aby Davis
His passion is evident in this desire to get the English Language
a star on the Magical Realist walk of fame.
Most nights Albert was distracted from his television or radio
listening because of the outbursts of fighting in the grounds
Long Night in the Old Town.
She would be there on the stage singing a slow 30s croon
in a harsh rasping voice that aches with sexual desire. A red
dress maybe, tight and close to the skin,
Stories. I used to think they are a part of this world, of reality.
Now I realize they are only a means to make you feel better or
worse about yourself
Every Sunday, after lunch, Donald
Wickens called at 211 Albert Road for Miss Hattie.
Salt, Mustard, Vinegar
Salt, Mustard, Vinegar, Pepper the chants of the children drifted
over from the school playground like a distant echo from another
Son Is Crying
I have some happy memories of train journeys. They are of slow
trips into the city during school break with my mother...
Perrita, The Darkest Man
J Alan Billstrom
The Yuma did not bring a guitar with him to Cuba because he wanted
to buy a Cuban cigar
"That was fantastic," she said, pleasing Guy immensely."Much
better than last time."
DOA. Jim stated flatly. No
need to rush. We have to wait for CSU to finish before we
can go in."
Des Daly in Paraquay
We arrived a little early for Theos party and were shown
into an ante-room that led off from the highly polished marbled
Mark Robinson - survivor
And the skies above the City bleed
down upon the earth its overcast haze. Quiet below, sinking beneath
the mist, a stale darkness pervades. With streets aloof, atom-bomb
flashing twelve oclocks light a humming wave of out-of-order
signs and sequential blinking green men below the anodised phosphorescent
burn of street lighting.
(Extract from Symphony of Fear)
The world of dreams is an eternal infinite universe inside each
person... driven by the unformed expression of neurotic impulses
and sexual repressions of the dreamer
By the Tail
He ran as fast and as hard as he could but there was no escaping
the fact that he was a dead man racing towards an early grave
the hell did those bastards come from? Other people? Dead people?
Lost animal souls looking for a new burrow? Combinations of these
perhaps. Oh well. How deep is the well? Deep, not deep enough for
Mitch is always going on about how much he hates his job and how
much he wants to leave.
true price of cheap meat
Meat has become a ubiquitous part of our diet. In the last thirty
years global meat production has nearly doubled and will increase
The Golden Compass
fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and
little fleas have lesser fleas ...ad infinitum - Augustus de Morgan
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