International Writer's Magazine - February
Travel stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
The St Lucia Shake
Lucia- our peaceful Island in the sun. That was the advert that
lured us into the travel agents. It sounded exactly what the doctor
...rows of hospital beds full of fully clothed, groaning
patients, whose limbs were being gleefully mangled amid the wild
hoots and derisive snorts of bystanders
Search for Crazy Horse
Harlan G. Koch on a Harley
wanted to actually "see" wagon wheel tracks and pony express
stations. At Wyomings Independence Rock we wanted to see proof
of pioneer names and dates carved into stone
A Middle East Viewpoint
world is watching Barrack Obama,
The Cheesehead Victory Lap
seconds after the Associated Press had called the Wisconsin primary
for Barack Obama, the young senator stood at center stage grinning
from ear to ear.
Clinton has the same appeal for me as German chancellor
Belgrade a thorn in Western Politics for
Sometimes the visionary can overcome the boundaries of concrete reality and fly to the moon.
Galician Ganja Trail
Too many problems? Too many sleuths.
Tabytha Towe in Australia
Thailand nearly a month ago was extremely surreal and rather hard
to let go of. I was still stuck in Thai mode for a few days until
I realized, abashed and confused, that shit, Im in Australia!
Caves in Lone Valley
trip to the Vogelherd Caves in Lone Valley is not advertised on
any travel brochure.
Some Place Paradise, Kiss it Goodbye
Eric D. Lehman on why he
won't tell you where he has been
Why keep the name of that town a secret? The reason
is that this town isnt sharable at all.
the forgotten art of kickboxing
- Antonio Graceffo
can gain extra power on your kicks by throwing your kicking arm
down, but you need to protect your face with a cross arm defense.
Like it or not we are cultural receivers, and I dare
say, if western audiences were exposed to "our culture,"
the influence would be much more balanced
Spains history is riddled with rebellions, coupes,
military dictatorships, monarchies, civil war, and finally a consolidated
democracy that permitted its entry into todays modern world
Defying the Burmese governments ban on journalists,
I crossed the border under the protection of the Shan State
Army, and began filming interviews with Internally Displaced
Persons within the war zone.
Spanish National Anthem debacle
in Spain they have just had a competition. The Spanish Olympic
Committee decided it would a good idea if the Spanish national
anthem had some words written for it.
A Prog Rock Tale
For many music lovers, Prog is a dirty word, an era best
forgot. But to those who accept, admire and wish to address prog
rock, then look no further than Falcon.
Kindness of Strangers - a true story
"Hello, Hello!" I yelled louder and louder
hoping someone would respond. My face was pressed up against my
tiny bathroom window.
Brown, Skag, Smack,
Junk, Gear, Wayne first chased
the dragon at the age of twelve ...
Encounters of the Third World Kind
Here are 10 tips to speed you through the confusing congestion
of customs and weird freeways of the extreme sport of
foreign food eating
what a day! Hanging out with my girl friends nude on the beach,
I cant think of anything better
Film & Books
Fall of Me
did care for them. You learn to care for anyone you work with every
sunlit hour God sends. I watched the children grow like weeds in
Spring. I would be lying if I said it didn't touch my icy, red heart
when they smiled or cried
the Moroccan Bath
I was six, or probably seven years old, my mom always took me and
my sisters to the public bath. Whenever we built up a good thick
layer of dirt on our skin, or had gone two weeks without washing
for some reason or another, she would take us there.
Good evening, Sir.
Im calling from Happy Ending. Youve been selected to
win a prize.
the wonder dog
David Tavernier -
need a dog willing to travel through the eye of this tornado of
shining tomato paste. They need a dog who is willing to give his
body for their lives.
It was an awkward meeting from the very
start. Leon uneasy, edgy, keen to go the moment he arrived, looking
at his watch and cellphone and there was Arnold, carrying a full
caffeine load, mid-sentence in a difficult moment for Detective
Spink one of Vancuver's least finest cops
G David Schwartz
Merton's dream was about to be
fulfilled. The good Lord willing, and a little bit of luck,
Merton would have what he had been nagging me about for the last
twelve hours. Merton was about to be satisfied.
She was the jewel in the crown of Liquorices
dancers: as delicious, elegant and alluring as any vintage wine;
the most requested dancer; the most fascinating treasure.
'Tell me Mr. Stead. How did you, such a respectable man, come
boy who never had a good day
was once a boy who looked in the mirror, and all he saw were pimples.
He thought he was the ugliest boy on earth
San Juan Bagels Parking Lot
La Creta dwelt in perpetual fear
of the parking lot, which was two doors away, separated from the
factory by the Taliban shish-kebob garage where resided the The
Forty Thieves of the spicy halal chicken and rice wagons which
were ubiquitous around Manhattan, led by their boss, ZiZu.
The sound came once more. He
stiffened. It was closer. His whole body knew it was closer. It
was not just in the hearing. It approached.
Small Change. Thats what
they called him on the street ,,, because he would do just about
anything for a hand full of next to nothing.
Directed by Francois Truffaut
Critics argue the film shows how much François
Truffaut loves film. So? Love without action or meaning is rather
sterile- the perfect description for this well made but dull and
simply pointless film.
Explorer a life at sea and a mystery
been a good few years now since I met Ernie Suddaby. Someone mentioned
to me that a former fisherman had a story to tell and had written
a book about fishing that he was trying to get published maybe
we could help each other out?
Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
premise of Marie Phillips's debut novel, Gods Behaving Badly, makes
a certain sense if your old Methuselah self has been around a long
time, say, even thousands of years.
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Review by Jack Clarkson
Scott Lynch seems to share the cynical imagination that Terry
Pratchett used to make Discworld so popular. The characters
were likeable and hate-able in all the right places.
Catkin by Nick Green
Faber &Faber Paperback
Too late Ben realises this is not Tae Kwon
Do but Pashki, the lost art of cat kin. They are going to learn
to be cats.
Carmen Martin Gaite
Some works of fiction can be read
in just a few sittings; others take somewhat longer. The Farewell
Angel is not a book to be rushed.
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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