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The International Writer's Magazine - MAY 2008- Welcome

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One Fine Day…at the Bullring
Tyrel Nelson
Highly outnumbered, wounded bulls entered the rowdy arena to be stabbed to death by costumed men.
Cornwall diving trip
Rebecca Wass
The University of Portsmouth Sub Aqua Club journeyed to Cornwall for a fantastic week of diving

Shop House Culture
Steve Tothill in Phuket
Away from the sandy beaches it’s well worth spending time wading through the wok smoke to discover refreshing architectural gems

Don’t kill tourism’s golden egg
Munir Nassar
For the sake of tourism’s long-term future in Jordan, hoteliers must not increase their prices...
Will the Real John McCain stand up - James Campion
McCain has to distance himself from the currently doomed Washington atmosphere and rally the very troops who stand accused of screwing everything up
How to Pop The Oil Bubble

Michael Levy
When essential commodities are no longer traded in a free market that relies on supply and demand new legislation is needed to correct the insanity.

The Great Divide
James Campion on Election'08
Race, Gender & The New Frontier
The cultural landslide that has sprung from the 2008 Democratic primary race is nothing short of historic.
Let's Make A Deal
James Campion - Election '08
The unrecognizable stench of bitter and lasting defeat draped the air
From Fighter to Paramedic
Antonio Graceffo in Manila EMS school
Having spent most of my life learning to end life, it's a change learning to save it.

Spanish Elephants
Colleen Kelley in Cadiz
Nine hours on a plane, two days of road trips with inexplicable vomiting, eight hours on a bus -finally we arrived at Puerto de Cádiz.
Seven Years in Asia
Antonio Graceffo turns 40
It has been seven years since I had quit my job on Wall Street to become a full time adventure writer.
The Suffering Continues in Burma
Antonio Graceffo
A country in denial cheats its people of a right to live

On Winning at Portsmouth
Alex Hillman

Alex Hillman examines Portsmouth’s reaction to the FA cup final.

Big Adventures in the Minor Leagues
Brett A Padelford

A 3,250 mile trip through the American West experiencing minor league baseball in many forms
Postcards from Persia

John Edwards

On the way to Iran, John M. Edwards wonders if they play Uncle Wiggly in Tehran

Bpee Mai in Laos
Thomas Phipps
Travelling down the Mekong in a narrow wooden boat provides plenty of time to contemplate ones future

Taxi Hostage
Kate Mead in Ghana
It was 1:30 in the morning, and I was exhausted from a day of travel and a night of dancing.

An Unexpected Stop in Extremadura
Tyrel W. Nelson
The putrid smell that permeated the rail car. "Huele mal, huele mal (it smells bad, it smells bad)," she kept screaming

Indulging in Derived Hell
Michael Levy
You would think after the Enron scandal and the dot com bust that human financial infamy and shamefulness would cease...well think again. 
Eve of Destruction, my friend
James Skinner
Man is the only animal that trips over the same stone twice, or a dozen times!

These are not safe times to call oneself a thinker
Bryan Blake on US politics
Sounds to me like I need to improve upon the cubicle fort I’ve recently built to keep out the babbling idiots and social golems of the office

Marwan Asmar
Compared with English, Arabic is an easy read if it is written well.
Some Fools on a Hill
Darren Skelton
in Haxey
Round our way you see ‘Hood Day’ is bigger and better than Chrsitmas Day itself

Charlevoix's La Fete Des Saveurs
Habeeb Salloum

The elite of Quebec’s Charlevoix gourmet region simply enjoying themselves at La Fête Des Saveurs
The Regenerator System
James Skinner
A brief history of the world’s first telecommunications company
Serendipity and Rickshaws
Sam Freedman
Departing from New Delhi, I left behind the raw, musty smell of sweat covering every surface in India for the mystique of Nepal.

Red Eye
John M Edwards
Back in the days when I ate TV dinners in a partially flooded basement, watching, “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “Land of the Giants,”...
Original Shorts
REVIEWS Film & Books
College in America: Weed 101
Alan Stokes

I found Flyn in our dorm, smoking a joint. There was a kid with him. I asked what his name was and he said his name was Zack. It seemed incredible but I let it go.

Coming of Age in San Francisco   
Martin Green
“The new campaign stinks,” interrupted Fiegelman.
Greetings from Caen
Gordon Bourgon
France, July, 1944, near Caen
Hello my little snowflake. Do you remember when I first called you that? My little snowflake. That terrible winter when we were twelve

The Ghost in the Machine
David Tavernier
There was once a computer named Daniel. All day long he'd sit and wait for someone, anyone to help him out of his misery.

Pushkin in Britain – Book Now
Pure Russian Spirit with English Translation (June 5th-10th in London)

The Festival is a wonderful and exciting Literature occasion literally packed with interesting events – readings, competitions, workshops and, of course, inspiration

Mean Tide by Sam North
'Grandma Swivelhead, fortune tellers, bodies in the Thames, a young boy's induction to ghostworld'
ISBN: 978-1-4092-0354-4
'An engaging, unusual and completely engrossing read' - Beverly Birch- author of 'Rift'
Be one of the first to read it
- order now -

His name is Nathan
John Brackenridge
I saw it from when he got to being a teenager, but it was coming from before that. He was at school most times, didn't miss a day unless it was for something important. Not like some of them other boys
Gobble Village Chic
Michael Chacko Daniels
 “Not your beloved Bell Avenue in Chicago,” I say, as billboards beckon through fog to far planetary corners.
The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake
Sam North review
It's future without cats - most are dead of the deadly HN51 virus. Only the very rich can afford cats now and they are strictly controlled - ordinary people live in fear of catching a deadly flu from untagged cats
Iron Man

Directed by Jon Favreau

Jack Clarkson review
Nobody but Robert Downey Jr. himself could ever have played Tony Stark quite so well
The Last of the Warrior Kings
by Sarah Mussi
Hodder Children’s Books, 2008. £5.99
ISBN: 978-0-340-90322-3
Anona Evans review
Max is portrayed as a modern day hero. He is a lone crusader, fighting to restore the faith and property of an ancient civilisation.
The Beast Of Yucca Flats
Directed by Coleman Francis.
Dan Schneider
how I missed this is beyond me; especially given that its lead star is the truly legendary Tor Johnson, of Plan 9 From Outer Space infamy.
Wristcutters: A Love Story
Director: Goran Dukic
Calvin Hussey review
To judge a book, or DVD as it were, by its cover the title "Wristcutters" doesn’t exactly conjure up the most positive of images.

A World Apart
Gabriela Davies on film
'Things we lost in the fire' comes as a clean break from the happy endings we are used to. The narrative is strong, yet simple.
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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