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Another Place To Die

by Sam North

The Great Flu Pandemic of 2009 is coming.
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'It will keep readers in suspense, laced with gritty-gallows humor'
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The International Writer's Magazine - March 2007 Welcome

Travelers reports & guides
Politics and Issues
Ways of living

My Heart Goes On
Neil Smith in China
I was invited to dine at a restaurant located outside of town as far away from the police as it could be since it served "special" dishes.

A Walk on the Wild Side
Marianne de Nazareth at Vythiri
We needed a break and the brochures of Vythiri resort in Wyanad district of North Kerala beckoned inexorably. Set on 30 acres of land the jungle retreat is an escape into the lush forests of Kerala.
Visiting a Chinese sauna with my student…..steamy!
Paul Haire
One of my students invited me to a sauna to see a show and have dinner. I was slightly apprehensive
Hangzhou Pilgrimage
Paul Haire
Hangzhou is firmly established as a favourite destination for the Chinese traveler and is one of the prettiest historic cities in China.
Chickens in Church
James Matthews
In few places in Latin America is the collision of imperialist Catholic Spaniards with indigenous Maya cultures more visible than in the small village of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas, Mexico.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
in Djibouti

Rachel Jones
We headed to Arta Beach in an effort to see the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. And we were not only going to see whale sharks, we were going to swim with them.

A Prayer for Mariame
Kari Masson
Our lives crossed 20 years ago in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, and I find them still crossing my mind.

800 Miles
Ari Kaufman
Eight hundred miles of driving in a single weekend, much of it on the windy, back roads of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Democrats v Republicans'08
James Campion
*Parts 1 & 2
Sixty days is a long time in Washington. In 600 days there might not even be a Washington.
Tranquil Coup d' Etat
Eliot Ballard
I am standing in front of a smashed car a Thai slogan over its caved windshield. Soldiers file past. To my left, protestors are waving signs. "No To Dictatorship"
Rock On
Jeffrey Beyl
If a marriage ends in divorce, is the diamond disappointed
Turning 30 in Mexico
Dermot Sullivan
I am having some trouble adjusting to the altitude. To try to get fit I have started playing football with some of the students on a Friday afternoon and but find myself gasping for air after only a few minutes!

The Poor Always Pay Back Capitalism for the Poor
Ginette Ballard on Muhammad Yunus
"Credit is so important in the lives of all people that I have been arguing that credit should be accepted as a human right."
Bush 1 - Democrats - 0
James Campion in the house

Dreamscapes Fiction
Elizabeth di Grazia
The bedroom is shadowy. The bundle, a snail swaddled in yellow flannel, curls into my chest. We rock. A homemade quilt lies at the edge of the crib. Against one wall the silhouette of not yet opened infant toys propped on white shelving.

Love Story: A Narrative
Amber C Wisniewski
It is 5:30 a.m. and my husband lies alone in our bedroom unaware of my absence. I cannot sleep. How could I possibly think about closing my eyes when every image I see is so disturbing that I am driven to nightmares?
Long Lost Winter
Colin Todhunter in Anjuna
Take me back because I need to be reminded of what I left behind. Take me back where? I don't really know anymore: a time, a place, a memory? But just take me back...
A Hammam in Damascus
Namit Arora
I was traveling alone and, on a whim, dropped by at a hammam near my hotel. It was one unforgettable experience.
In Rhythm with Wolves:
'A Calendar of Nature and Soul'

Josef Graf
Northern Native people tell a story of a starving hunter given the first pair of snowshoes by the Spirit of the Wolf.

Dream Surgery
Eric D Lehman
"We’re leaving the wives in Sydney or Melbourne and renting an old Army Jeep, and just going, heading into the outback, Midnight Oil blasting on the stereo...
The Squatter, Bride & Groom
Paul Dale Roberts
There is a full moon.  I can only wonder what is in store for me as I get together with H.P.I. (Haunted and Paranormal Investigations) of Northern California.

Where the Well-Oiled Wheel Still Squawked
Michael Bober

For all of the riches that Nigeria holds, to the people it means little, a sad truth across much of Africa.
Paul Haire in Beijing
I watched the rugby on Saturday night this weekend, Scotland v Ireland. I drank too much as usual.
Marc George
You’ve just been selected from hundreds from all over the country for one place in sixty. From that sixty only ten are selected and from those ten only three will have their play filmed. I was one of the three whose play was filmed
The Toilet Tour of the Universe
Brett Hardman
I fought with my son this morning, again. At eight-going-on-nine he knows more about everything than anyone on earth ever has or will...
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Uncle Pringle and the Witch’s Curse
Martin Green
“Are you all right?” she asked.
“Yeah, just another little accident.   They’ve been happening all this month.   It’s because I’ve been cursed.”
Love Games
Mark Cunliffe
It was a crisp September morning with the summer sun still hanging in the air, abetted with the nice breeze that signified that autumn was round the corner. It was 1974, and Wendy Lampkin stepped off the train at Hopemouth station


Alibash Chandran
Shibu was stuck dumb when he saw Mohan standing on the doorway with that strange puppy. Its nose was glowing and moist. It was strikingly cherry-like.

Martin Green
It was a spring evening in San Francisco. Paul had gone back to work on his resume, but the sight of his cramped room seemed to drain all his energy

The Coconut Tree
Kiran Kannappan
Uncle walked in with a few big, red, freshly picked, ripe coconuts from his treasured tree...
Road Block
Mark Cunliffe
As Guy Block walked briskly across the windswept concrete square that was optimistically called a ‘piazza’ at an incredibly early hour of the day he knew that what lay ahead for him did not bode well.
The Gig
Alex Hay
Kevin strapped on the guitar and searched around for the jack-plug socket in the amp. A voice from the back of the pub shouted something about Oasis and Wonderwall. He thought to himself -' You’re gonny hear what I want to play. Nane o’ yur Oasis shite’.
Oil Slick
Richard Corwin
Whatever it was that popped up into Lake Wanautta, like a bubble, Terry was startled, mesmerized and watched from his kitchen window as the mysterious thing floated and bobbed,

The Winged Ones by Joginder Paul - Translated from Urdu by
V Ramaswamy
All’s well here. Best wishes for your honour’s well being. Writing a letter to his old friend Fazaldin
Dora and her Mother
Gabriela Davies
The day that Dora was born was the happiest day in her mother’s life. Everyone; family, friends, neighbours, and even the birds that lived in the trees had come to see the birth of the new baby girl.

Life and Death
Kiran Kannappan
Suma was looking gorgeous in her new white Kanchivaram saree with dark green border, as she was being slowly led to the mane (Dais) by her sister-in-law

A Brush with the Law
James Matthews

The burly youth waved a piece of broken stick at Ana. They were down a side street of La Boca, a touristy enclave of Buenos Aires in the middle of a run-down neighbourhood. She was cornered.

Floating Weeds
Dan Schneider DVD review
Yasujiro Ozu was perhaps the greatest obsessional filmmaker in history.
The Frugal Book Promoter
by Carolyn Howard Johnson

Ian Middleton review
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Dan Schnieder
- a bad book by a bad writer
Salmonella Men on Planet Porno
by Yasutaka Tsutsui
Translated by Andrew Driver

Sam North review
'A terrific introduction to this hilarious and perceptive Japanese Sci-Fi author.'
Blood Diamond Directed by Edward Zwick - A Holly Joy review of the conflict diamond thriller
The Pursuit of Happyness
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Gabriela Davies

The Good German
Directed by Steven Soderberg

Neo-noir trapped by own style
Sam North


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