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Another Place To Die

by Sam North

The Great Flu Pandemic of 2009 is coming.
Are you prepared?

'It will keep readers in suspense, laced with gritty-gallows humor'
Charlie Dickinson

'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, Another Place to Die will terrify you, thrill you, and make you petrified of anyone who comes near you...'. Roxy Williams -

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Travel stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
Chile High and Dry
Laguna Verde, El Norte Chico
Roger Smith
Here, at the top of the world, you cannot help gasping. There is the altitude, 4,328 meters, to be sure. The air is as thin, dry, and uninspiring as gallows humor.
Brent Robillard
The moment I stepped off the bus in Chinchon, the rain stopped. An hour later the first rays of sunshine broke through the cloud cover.

Beijing and My Pseudo Sign Language Skills
Anna Loraine Balita
Who says you can’t survive in a country where you don’t speak, read and understand the language? I did, for one whole week!
Jordan’s Azraq Wetland: ecotourist haven
Marwan Asmar
It was 6:15 in the morning, there was a chill in the air but the dew and the mist were intertwining with the brilliant sunshine.
Frat House Fracas
James Campion
A Month Of Peeling Back White House Mayhem. This is truly a country run by lunatics. It is the only explanation.
So you think the British Government will look after you
James Skinner
‘I’ve finally decided to retire as Her Majesty’s governmental representative after nearly 5 years of rescuing Brits from the gallows...

Exile On Main St
I gave you diamonds, you give me disease.

James Campion
On May 12, 1972- the greatest rock and roll album hit the streets
Down south of the border…
Ray Heap in Mexico
For now I am quite at peace with myself, sitting in a bar at the Mexico city Airport I have a beer in front of me and their little Tequila try outs
The Green Dog of Sosua
Dominican Republic
Dean Borok
In a world of big ‘putas’ its impossible for a guy to have a little fun.
The Other Adams Family
Eric D. Lehman
On a bright August morning, my girlfriend and I drove into downtown Quincy, Massachusetts, searching for the Adams National Historic Site. Where was this house?
Kurt Vonnegut,Jr 1922-2007
James Campion
'All this happened, more or less'
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Clever versus Wisdom
Michael Levy
Science has yet to define the meaning of wisdom in scientific terminology. I guess they require some type of theoretical proof that wisdom exists?

Beijing Bus
Paul Haire
I check the word in my dictionary nervously one last time as I wait at the bus stop - a hundred Chinese bodies squashed together look down at me.

A Concert Cures All
Meghan Welteroth
"Get out of the road!" I exclaimed for the millionth time to my 90 Villanova students blocking a side street.

Hassan Al Karmi,
The intellectual I knew
Marwan Asmar
I first met Hassan Al Karmi when he was in his 90s. He was still as sharp as a tack. He was living another of his golden ages. He had already 14 Arabic-English, English-Arabic dictionaries under his belt and he was now writing treatises on Islam and the West.
Fail & Fail Again
Colin Todhunter
I used to feel really great. Then I started to watch TV on a regular basis.

Is there a future for the car?
Sam North
2007 update
The key to public transport in cities is reliabity, price, accessibity and safety. A city that does not reinvest in a constant cycle in people-moving will die.
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Marianne de Nazareth
Come the weekend and with spring out in all her glory, we the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Journalism students decided to see Amsterdam’s famous spring garden- The Keukenhof Lisse
A Day in Torremolinos
Martin Green takes it easy
Our tour, taken as a gesture of defiance in the face of all of the family and physical problems engulfing us during the past year, had started in Madrid then along Spain's southern coast...

Tourismo El Salvador
Nathan Richards
If ever a nation had an undeserved reputation for danger and hostility it would, in my humble opinion, be El Salvador’s.
Barbés sur Mer
Dean Borok on Brighton beach
Stepping out of the house, all set to go work out, in my sweat suit and carrying my boxing gloves, I felt the warm temperatures and saw the beautiful sunny day, and I knew I couldn’t go through with it.

Brent Robillard
Aranjuez shimmers like a desert oasis on the dusty Castillian plateau, and the river Tajo runs through it. Five years ago UNESCO awarded the city World Heritage status


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'Lustful skeletons to Victorian
Stumbling Block
Mark Cunliffe
Guy Block hated tutorials.
A long spring afternoon was laid out in front of him with nothing but a depressing wave upon wave of snivelling students demanding his full and earnest attention.
It wasn’t fair.

George Sparling
The next day made a grand jump cut for Ralph and Kathy. We usually swallowed our medications at night, and then the sleep of the dead. The following day either faded in or made a transition to the next. But we never knew for certain. That was the tao of handis, a portmanteau word for craziness.

Red Saturday
Josh Bensen
It’s one of those Saturday mornings where I am perfectly content on be woken up by the white hot light of the sun blasting through my cracked window shades. Sleep is great but I am roused by the sun itself.
John Whalen
We were approaching the coast just below Vinh only twenty minutes after leaving the carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) on duty in Yankee Station. For weeks we had been hitting the docks of Haiphong and the other ports of North Vietnam and there was scarcely a target left.

My Best Friend

Directed by Patrice Leconte
Starring Daniel Auteuil and Dany Boon - Sam North review
Contrivance: An artifice, the slightest, flimsiest idea to hang a movie on
The Wild Bunch

Dan Schneider
Director Sam Peckinpah’s two hour and twenty-five minute long 1969 Western classic, The Wild Bunch, is an influential and important film

Diamonds - The Rush of '72
A great summer read from the Western Frontier - order your copy now

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Nicole Foulger

A gripping romantic vampire story with bite...

More Dreamscapes Fiction
Mark Cunliffe
Guy Block strode through the dull corrugated roofed, glass and brick walled tube that Hopemouth University entitled a corridor with a sense of purpose. Nothing would get him down today...

The Vampire's Garden
Natalie Tehrani
The garden was silent and still. Moonlight seeped across the grass, a dark velvet sea, soft and seductive to my bare touch. Each blade of grass caressing my skin gently as I walked.
Chinese Syndrome
Joseph Guderian is drilling for oil
Hank Croix walked out of the pharmacy mumbling to himself when he couldn’t get a refill on his prescription for sleeping pills. He was told he’d have to wait until the doctor returned to the drilling camp next week.

Can't Wait
Charles Mulberry
One morning in mid-April when a heinous cold front from the northern United States finally finished a week long refrigeration campaign on the South, the sun shone brighter and hotter than anyone in Murfreesboro, Tn could have ever hoped.
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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