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International Writer's Magazine: Our Tenth Year -
October 2009 - Welcome
Island of Ariadne
Its a relief to leave Karditsa in Thessaly, central Greece,
a dry, inland area, and head for Naxos, the largest island in the
Being Russian Pt
Visiting Moscow, where we lived with our oldest daughter, who
was then working for CARE
Pot that is Hot
a shadow of a doubt the greatest culinary discovery I chanced upon
on following my arrival in Harbin is Chinese Hotpot
Nga Bay Sea Safari
We clamber onto the traditional longtail boat and head for a shimmering,
turquoise-blue waterway, en route to one of Thailands most
tranquil islands, Koh Yao Noi.
Saigon to Angkor
Its hot, its flat and its straight as a rail,
cycling in Cambodia is an exhilarating multi-dimensional experience,
if just for a moment, the piglets stopped their squealing
Astorino: in the land of Scum
Not one hour ago I received a link to a story that turned my stomach,
something that rarely happens to cynical old hacks who've not
only seen but done it all twice.
lack of urgency in Bangkok?
Marianne de Nazareth
much more devastation does the world need to sit up and realise
that the catastrophic effects of Climate Change are already upon
prize, Letterman and Kids
New York viewpoint
Norman A Rubin
Sheikh Tayseer Rajab Tamimi claimed that there was no evidence
that the Jewish people ever lived in Jerusalem
for National Health Care
James Campion + Readers Responses
is little chance national health care reform will be constructed
much less passed through the legislative branch of our government
any time soon
Judging a Book By its Cover
phrases must leap out at the casual browser. Review quotes are chosen
to be snappy, eye catching and bold. And very persuasive. But how
useful really are the quotes?
Tragedy in Savannakhet
I could sense that something was wrong but I did not have the
courage to ask what was happening.
Change & the Missing Conversation
are you Barack Obama? What are you reading? Who are you listening
Spain is in a mess and can only get worse as unemployment rises
I have always been interested in Cambodia and so was excited at
the chance of seeing it, in going on an adventure.
Strike a bargain in Bangkok!
Marianne de Nazareth
"You must be ready to walk as thats the best way
to see Bangkok."
of the Spring-Breeze King
"All I wanted was to make people happy, to add an element
of luxury to hygeine, and this is the thanks I get?"
Out at Conner's Arcade
Anne S. Armand
"Stop or Ill Shoot." It was in all of the
papers. Made the headlines in the SHORE TIMES. Even saw it on
the news channel from Boston.
Carrie Anne Riddle
It's strange going back. Stranger still, that it happens to be
exactly twenty five years to the day since I left. I always swore
I'd never return.
Mom did her best to patch us up; but my hurt was too deep, I couldnt
hack it anymore. The bastard never said a word in defense; I wish
The probability is, despite a lack of foresight, I have lost my
way. Not just metaphorically, mind you, but literally. Ive
always started out with bad directions, whether it be in life
or love, and now I was paying the price.
Pringle & the Scam Artist
Life is good, thought Sidney Rothenberg, sitting in a lounge
chair at poolside of the most luxurious hotel on the Caribbean
divorced and staring down the barrel at alimony and child support.
The awkwardness of his sons visits the inevitable
moment when his son would look up at him and say, "Why did
you have to leave Mom?"
Glasshopper is masterful ... easily readable
in a short time, the plot never too tight for comfort
of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Change of Heart is Jodi Picoults second novel
to debut at number one on the highly prestigious New York Times
bestseller list, deservedly so
Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. Theyre trained
professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect
that children are spying on them.
Miami - Sink or Swim
There are two reasons why I am sold on this show, one is the
presence of no-nonsense, tough talking David Caruso as the boss
of the outfit, Horatio Caine.
Man Who Would Not Die
By Stephen Olvey
Long before Jack Osbourne became an adrenalin junkie and Evel
Knievel decided to jump over buses for a living there was Lucky
from the neighbourhood ice cream shop
by Denny Stockdale
Karen Hall review
There is much to recommend in this book. The language is easily
formal, uncritical and stimulating
by Michelle Lovric
Sam North review
Take one adopted child call Teodora, add a cursed city under siege
from vindictive ghosts seeking revenge, a huge monster slowly coming
awake under the Venice lagoon, cannibal seagulls, anti-establishment
mermaids, a vain friend and one handsome Venetian boy and you have
all the ingredients for a spectacular adventure in real life Venice
Sir Alan Sugar - Biography
by Charlie Burden - Daniel Cann
In the last few years British television has been saturated
with reality shows. One in particular has received much attention
and commentary not so much because of its contestants, but because
of one man, Sir Alan Sugar
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Jack Clarkson Review
by Marylyn Kaye
Marcel d' Agneau
Emily can see the future, Jenna can reads peoples' minds, Tracey
can go invisible and Saras powers are too big to even use.
Directed by Joe Wright
tells the true story of how journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey
Jr) met and befriended the homeless but exceptionally gifted musician
Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx)
Reviewed by Dan Bond
As one of only a handful of people to escape the endless screenings
of Lost in recent years, I feel I may have conveniently positioned
myself with a slight advantage when it comes to Channel 5's latest
offering, Flash Forward,
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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