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The International Writer's Magazine: Our Tenth Year - October 2009 - Welcome
Travel stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
The Island of Ariadne
Lily Iona MacKenzie
It’s a relief to leave Karditsa in Thessaly, central Greece, a dry, inland area, and head for Naxos, the largest island in the Cyclades
Being Russian Pt 2- Moscow
David Russell
Visiting Moscow, where we lived with our oldest daughter, who was then working for CARE

The Pot that is Hot
Darren Skelton

Without a shadow of a doubt the greatest culinary discovery I chanced upon on following my arrival in Harbin is Chinese Hotpot

Phang Nga Bay Sea Safari
Simon Ramsden

We clamber onto the traditional longtail boat and head for a shimmering, turquoise-blue waterway, en route to one of Thailand’s most tranquil islands, Koh Yao Noi.

From Saigon to Angkor
Jeff Fitzgibbon
It’s hot, it’s flat and it’s straight as a rail, cycling in Cambodia is an exhilarating multi-dimensional experience, if just for a moment, the piglets stopped their squealing

Rob Astorino: in the land of Scum
James Campion

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.

A lack of urgency in Bangkok?
Marianne de Nazareth

How much more devastation does the world need to sit up and realise that the catastrophic effects of Climate Change are already upon us?
Peace prize, Letterman and Kids
Dean Borok

Our New York viewpoint
Alt Palestinian History

Norman A Rubin
Sheikh Tayseer Rajab Tamimi claimed that there was no evidence that the Jewish people ever lived in Jerusalem

Solution for National Health Care
James Campion + Readers Responses

There is little chance national health care reform will be constructed much less passed through the legislative branch of our government any time soon
Book Jacket Puffs:
Judging a Book By its Cover
Chris Mills
The 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
David Calleja
I could sense that something was wrong but I did not have the courage to ask what was happening.

Obama, Change & the Missing Conversation
Christina Baldwin
How are you Barack Obama? What are you reading? Who are you listening to?
Quo Vadis Spain?
James Skinner

Spain is in a mess and can only get worse as unemployment rises

Karaoke Girls
Shakil Rabbi

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 that’s the best way to see Bangkok."
REVIEWS Film & Books

Tragedy of the Spring-Breeze King
Daniel DiPrinzio
"All I wanted was to make people happy, to add an element of luxury to hygeine, and this is the thanks I get?"

Shoot Out at Conner's Arcade
Anne S. Armand
"Stop or I’ll Shoot." It was in all of the papers. Made the headlines in the SHORE TIMES. Even saw it on the news channel from Boston.
Déjà Vu
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.
My Mom
Jude Perera

Mom did her best to patch us up; but my hurt was too deep, I couldn’t hack it anymore. The bastard never said a word in defense; I wish he had
Ryan Madej

The probability is, despite a lack of foresight, I have lost my way. Not just metaphorically, mind you, but literally. I’ve always started out with bad directions, whether it be in life or love, and now I was paying the price.
Uncle Pringle & the Scam Artist
Martin Green

Life is good, thought Sidney Rothenberg, sitting in a lounge chair at poolside of the most luxurious hotel on the Caribbean island

Starting Over
Daniel Haight

38, divorced and staring down the barrel at alimony and child support. The awkwardness of his son’s visits – the inevitable moment when his son would look up at him and say, "Why did you have to leave Mom?"

Isobel Ashdown
Glasshopper is masterful ... easily readable in a short time, the plot never too tight for comfort

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Change of Heart’ is Jodi Picoult’s second novel to debut at number one on the highly prestigious New York Times bestseller list, deservedly so
The Sleepwalker by
Robert Muchamore
Nick Prescott
Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.
CSI Miami - Sink or Swim
Karen Hall
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.
The Man Who Would Not Die
By Stephen Olvey
Daniel Cann

Long before Jack Osbourne became an adrenalin junkie and Evel Knievel decided to jump over buses for a living there was ‘Lucky’ Herschel McKee.

Conversations 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
The Undrowned Child
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 of 1899
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

District 9- Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Jack Clarkson Review

Insects Rule!

Gifted by Marylyn Kaye
Marcel d' Agneau
Emily can see the future, Jenna can reads peoples' minds, Tracey can go invisible and Sara’s powers are too big to even use.

The Soloist (2009)
Directed by Joe Wright
Daniel Cann
This 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)

Flash Forward
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,
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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