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The International Writer's Magazine: Our Tenth Year - September 2009 - Welcome
Next Edition Oct 1st
Travel stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
The Ultimate Getaway
esley Boutilier
What do you get when you combine the extreme adventure sports of whitewater rafting, riverboarding, and skydiving? Itıs called the ultimate adrenaline rush and Millinocket
The Beypore Lighthouse
Lakshmi Nair
Our mission was to discover the Beypore lighthouse. So we set out on a nice bright day our hearts singing with joy

Backpackers in Paris
Jason Phelps
We had devised a brilliant plan. We would fly into France and take a late night bus into Paris, even though we didn’t have a place to stay.
Discover Historic Quebec
Habeeb Salloum

We drove on the Côte de Beaupré following one of the oldest thoroughfares in North America from Quebec City to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

Reflections of a Backpacker:
Melbourne + Hoey Moey
Dan Cann
The overnight Greyhound bus arrived in the early hours at Melbourne, capital of the State of Victoria. Ben and I booked in at the grand looking 'Toad Hall Hotel.'
Kathmandu, the ‘roof of the world’- Marianne de Nazareth
I was invited for the ‘Third Pole Project: Covering Climate Change in the Himalayas, I jumped at the chance

Being Russian For Two Weeks
David Russell in St Petersburg
We had made arrangements to live with a Russian family in St. Petersburg for two weeks fostering "better understanding among people".

The Race Illusion
James Campion

Jimmy Carter, America's political equivalent of Liz Taylor, who emerges every so often to stammer out the most insane gibberish known to freethinking man...

Unified Berlin: 20 Years On
Nate Barron
How long is twenty years? For the city of Berlin, it is both Augenblick and Ewigkeit: an instant and an eternity.
Burma Terror
David Calleja "We do not understand why the military is doing this to us." An exiled monk poses the one question that nobody can answer

Revolutionary Wrath

John M. Edwards
rogue ancestor, Aaron Burr, shot Alexander Hamilton with a Hoss-pistol from a mere ten paces away—and got away with it
Is Health Care a Right?
James Morford

is health care a right that should be guaranteed by the State, yes or no?
Clunker Bonanza ends
Dean Borok

The "Cash for Clunkers" program expired even as frantic buyers were still banging down the door.
Make Drugs legal?
James Skinner - reality of drug crime

The worldwide campaign against drugs is not working and hasn't for decades. So why not make it legal and tax it?
The Third Pole
Marianne de Nazareth

'We in Nepal recognize that Climate Change has become possibly the greatest development challenge of our times...'
Breakfast at Manny’s (NYC)
John M. Edwards
I flubbed my audition recently @ Manny’s, the legendary guitar shop on 48th "Avenue" - not that anyone was really listening
First steps to Gladrags
Dean Borok
There was no point to sticking around Montreal any longer. It was 1982 and the economy was in the tank. I packed up my design portfolio, and caught the Montrealer express train to New York

Umrah 2009 – A wish fulfilled
K Fatima

In the first Salat Al Fajr a realization struck me: In that huge crowd of Muslims from everywhere, speaking all sorts of languages but praying together in Arabic, it felt like Yaum al Qiyama.
An Unbreakable Bond
Marianne de Nazareth

Chandra Rajendran & Neeta Dutt, a mother/ daughter duo have turned the sari into an art form, in their venture named Sakhi.
Ramadan Readings
Marwan Asmar

Ramadan is a spiritual month, serving to in-gather Muslims worldwide for a higher existential being, the one that can’t be touched or seen but is everywhere

Deep blue in trouble
The oceans are an endless supply of resources. For long, it was assumed that this resource could be exploited and used as a dumping ground. But, no more.

Book Miles
Chris Mills

Ever considered the miles a book may have travelled before it reaches my hands

The Art & Craft of Being Helsinki
Charlie Dickinson

Obviously, we were in Finland, the tech-savvy, most-wired nation on the planet.
Original Shorts
REVIEWS Film & Books
Allison Fine
It was Sunday; he did not have to be anywhere and most important he did not have to be at Brown Harris Stevens Brokerage where he worked as a real estate broker
An Act of God
Damilola Ajayi
It all began that evening when Papa knocked on the door, fully dressed in his police uniform save for his beret. The squeaky sound of the opening door is still vivid in my mind even after seven years.
The Purple Maiden - Chapter 3
MV ‘Franconia’, off the Cies Islands, Galicia. June 1999.
James Skinner

He couldn’t research further into the actual U-boat without going back to the Navy and that would mean going above his boss’ head. ‘Who’s really behind this anyway?’ he thought.
The Power of Nothing - Chapter One
Robbin Yager

'To be still was impossible for her. They weren't living with a ghost, didn't have disaster stalking'.
The Other Side of the River
Bill Hedman

Willie James wasn't a big guy in the way that some guys are scary big, he was just big. Caldwell was scary big. An altercation in the locker room after football practice touched the flash point when Willie said, "Cal'wel, watch yo sef, dynamite come in small packages!"

Havant Literary Festival 2009
Come hear Sam North talk about his Sherlock Holmes novel

The Curse of the Nibelung
Sept 26th 6pm - Ticket event

Book available from The Nineveh Gallery, 11 The Pallant, Havant,

Wild About Harry
Charles Ausherman
I asked Dad what his father did for a living. He answered, "Well, son, your grandpa was a salesman who just went from titty to titty."
Twilight of the Gods
Keith Leonard
Stan watched fascinated as the woman squeezed between tables, a plate of sandwiches balanced precariously on a tea cup
Water Colored Memories

Marcia Dumler

"Buttercup! Stop that! You're going....." too late, the glass of water top heavy with my water color brushes had already tipped onto my therapy painting for today
The Wait
Esha Nag
Ameera couldn’t wait to get home. It was getting dark and the warm Shamal winds made it difficult for her to remain on the streets any longer. Besides, she was expecting Salim any moment now.
Time To Eat The Dog? - The real guide to sustainable living by Robert and Brenda Vale, - Charlie Dickinson review
If everyone on Earth shared equally the lifestyle enjoyed in North America, then five planet Earths would be needed. Obviously, an unattainable proposition.
SCAT by Carl Hiaasen (Pub: Oct 1st)
Orion Books
Sam North review
Following closely in the footsteps of his environmental kids' thriller Hoot, Carl Hiaasen plunges once again into the murky waters of the Everglades and a species under threat.
The Stories Of J.F. Powers

Dan Schneider review

Every so often there is an artist that has a great reputation, yet a small cult following, that turns out to truly be a great artist. Then, there are all the other times that one recognizes that the repute for greatness is merely the mistaken dementia of the cultic ideologues
Night World: Volume3 by L.J Smith
Reviewed by Callum Graham

Through the novels Lisa J Smith creates an interlinked world of mystery and intrigue, dominated by vampires, witches and Shapeshifters. Most are bent on the destruction of the human world...

Eagle Day by Robert Muchamore
Callum Graham
The Nazis have a new plan to ensure victory for Germany. Henderson quickly realises that he and the children are Britain’s only hope against a new threat,

Darke Academy - Secret Lives
by Gabriella Poole
Marcel D'Agneau review

There’s moveable feasts and then there’s moveable schools that are also a feast in progress. The Darke Academy is a school with a terrible secret.

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2009
Rocksteady Studios. Eidos.
Jack Clarkson review

Carl almost jumped out of his skin when he heard the scream. Loud, shrill and cut short before he could hear exactly where it came from. He almost wondered whether he had really heard it or if it had simply occurred inside his head.
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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