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'Grandma Swivelhead, fortune tellers and bodies
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International Writer's Magazine: Our Tenth Year -
MAY 2009 - Welcome
Joy in Sucre
How a backpacker couple turned a local watering hole into a
nationally known restaurant and tour company
Marianne de Nazareth
My invitation to the UNFCCC conference on Climate Change had
me scuttling around for my visa at the last minute
Cut Price Kilimanjaro
Half way up Kilimanjaro I found myself abandoned, first by the
fleet-footed porters, then by my guide, and finally by my own mother.
Beyond the Valley of
How easily the spell of civilization is broken, and how easily
this void is filled. In Taghazoute a few yards walk suffice to carry
you away, the hustle of a weekend market immediately fading to cactus
That Kid could sure eat
We were headed from Los Angeles to Islamabad, Pakistan, with
a planned stop in Manchester...
Fear of Flying - Bucket
John M. Edwards
John M. Edwards tries a risky bucket shop for cheapo
airfare to Amsterdam, ending up on a white-knuckles charter flight
A Long Farewell to Oz
Landing in Australia I knew immediately there was a special
voyage ahead of me...
A Lesson Within the
Beth A. Prazenica in China
"Friends, my friends, you are welcome. Acceptance, support.
That is all I understand," our tour guide declares
were no cowboys at Calgary Airport...important to travellers like
us, whose total experience of Canada was gleaned from books in which
the Mountie always got his man.
The U.S. press corps is pathetically myopic. They have the
depth and consistency of processed cheese slices, knowing nothing
of American history and even less than nothing about the lessons
of world history The
James Campion on Obama's first 100 days + Readers Responses
thing I enjoy is reminding people of inconvenient things that
they have done that they would prefer to ignore.
the Aid plug to Africa be pulled out? A critical
Dambisa Moyo with her new book Dead Aid: How Aid is not
working and how there is another way for Africa, has become
Bodyguard of Aung San Suu Kyi
Injustice takes place in Burma every day, I know that I am
safe in Australia, but I cannot forget what has happened to me
New Concept of Home
We ended up together in Madrid from different schools, for
different reasons. Some of us to escape our university campuses,
some to seek adventure...
I first came to the Northwest at the age of twenty I was introduced
to lots of animals and plants that I had never seen. Marmots,
mountain goats, skunk cabbage, blue grouse
The huge New Delhi train station towers ahead of me but before
I reach that I have to cross the ocean of bright yellow auto rickshaws
that form a fat snake on the road in front of me
of the Mohicans
I asked my wife if she thought going back to college in the
UK was a good idea. Send me a postcard, she answered
York City has got the loudest, pushiest women in the world
to make sense in the Caribbean
John M. Edwards
General was running down the beach like an Olympic athlete on steroids,
closely pursued by two policemen, who tackled the General and handcuffed
him. As they hauled him away, he bawled out, "Im innocent!"
Putting in Earth Time
My main spiritual practice this past weekend has been largely focused
Humanity or Bust: Why
the Carbon Footprint Threatens More Than Just the Future - Benjamin
I would like to declare that it is a statement of personal opinion
and not a carefully deducted and objectively reached conclusion
Sessions with Sigmund
It was to Freuds Vienna home/office that in October of
l934, a 28 year old American psychiatrist, Doctor Joseph Wortis,
came to begin a 4 month "didactic psychoanalysis" (teaching
analysis) with the 77 year old Freud.
T.S. Eliot Goes to London
Sitting in a room when in comes some guy brandishing a syringe
and shouting, yum yum yum. Everyone gets up and screams
but Im thinking hang on a minute this is silly
Who's afraid of History?
The other day, as I was idly surfing channels, I chanced upon
a historical film about the British invasion of Zululand.
to the 29th Winchester Writers' Conference July 3rd/4th 2009 -
Still time to book a place and meet authors & agents and 600
writers in one venue
Joe, a 500-pound Brown Bear, worked for Pine Tech Incorporated.
He plodded away from the time clock, down the hallway and slumped
down into the chair in his cubicle.
It Was Just Another Manic
Randall W. Pretzer
It was just another day at work she thought. A typical Monday.
No customers. She had four more hours before her shift ended. It
was days like these that she begged for a customer.
Events of the Day
The alarm rang. 6:45. Arnold Gray reached over and turned it
off. His wife Mary stirred slightly but remained asleep. How many
days since theyd done it now? 23 and counting.
It wasnt like someone drawing the words on your back with
a finger while you tried to spell it out in your head. I was definitely
trying to spell out the words in my head, "Seek Happiness"
A Junk Story
The man who opened the buildings front door for us looked
to be in his late eighties. Grizzled whiskers sprouted from a lined
face beneath a black old-fashioned cap. Bill and I stepped up to
shake his hand.
Taxicabs and Burger Vans
I still wake up with a start whenever I hear a door slam in
the dead of night. I listen without breathing for as long as I can,
hoping I wont detect the diesel throb of a taxi drawing up,
or hear a familiar deep voice asking to go to the Central Rail Station
The Positive of Negative
Karen Murray Gow
Bang, bang, thud, "hurry up," a deep satanic voice
bellows from the other side of the toilet door. Squatting over the
stench, of the well soiled bowl, pigeon toed around an incontinent
puddle; I manage to un-wrap the stick.
the Right One In
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Aby Davis review
spooky has come over me, in recent months I have found myself
cautiously peering into the genre of horror and being pleasantly
thrilled with the results.
it up by Ali Valenzuela
Alana Hebenton review
Weighing it up follows Ali Valenzuelas frank account of
being anorexic with diary extracts, from her point of view when
she was suffering from the disease
Collected Stories Of Carson McCullers
In reading The Collected Stories Of Carson McCullers
I was expecting good, and possibly great, things. After all,
her first published novel, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is
a near great novel.
Texas Stories Of Nelson Algren
Reading The Texas Stories Of Nelson Algren, a 1995
book from The University Of Texas Press, and edited and introduced
by Bettina Drew, was an odd experience because a) the quality
of the tales was very hit and miss and b) the book was not really
a book, at all
San Suu Kyi: The Voice of Hope
by Alan Clements - Ebury Press - Reviewed by David Calleja
The political, social and economic tragedy that exists in
present day Burma is a permanent stain on humanity. Burma is a
prison within a prison
Ask and the Answer
by Patrick Ness
Walker Books - Pub May 2009
Sam North review
The sequel to the award winning 'Knife of Never letting go'
continues to be highly original, brilliant writing about Todd and
Viola's struggle to survive against Mayor Prentiss's vicious army
in a world filled with vivid intense frontier people clinging to
life and honour in total insanity. Stunning reading for all.
Dan Cann review
held my breath waiting for lots of exposition and a plodding story
but was pleasantly surprised when the film unrolling before me became
a fast-paced, action-packed, adrenalin rush
Directed and Starring Clint Eastwood
Michael Webb v Josef Fiser reviews
reviewers fight it out over the new Clint Eastwood movie
by Graham McNamee
Sam North review
Bonechiller is an exciting Canadian thriller about an
ice monster that stings and steals children that is pretty damn
scary and all too real
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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