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Another Place To Die
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The International Writer's Magazine: Our Eleventh Year - Sept/October 2010 - Welcome
Travel stories & guides
Politics & Issues
Ways of living
Tharu Culture in Turmoil: Sauraha, Nepal
Scott Maier
Nepal has been civil war-free for exactly one year.  This is progress but it hasn’t mitigated the accompanying cultural and social strife
John M Edwards

Antonio Pigafetta, chronicler of Magellan’s voyage, was the first “literary” travel writer to circle the globe, recording mutiny and shipwreck, Patagonian giants and Filipino warriors.
Meeting David
Marianne de Nazareth

Firenze, or as we know it as Florence, was the city where Michaelangelo the Italian artist and sculptor was born
Mauritius Getaway
Charlotte Chorley

The generous and hospitable people of Mauritius are only too happy to show you around their country

Vienna Philharmonic on the Baltic Sea
Elizabeth Schotten Merklinger

Join me for a 10-day music cruise on the Baltic Sea with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sahara Safari
Alison Reed

‘Sahara’ is the Arabic word for desert and in Tunisia there are three different parts: sand, stones and salt. 
She and I
Nicole Fabian

I dreamt of my mother every night I was in Italy.  It had been two months since she died, and no, I wasn’t there to “find myself,” I was there for my honeymoon
Morocco Bound
Kalie Schumacher-Smith

No other city of Morocco can compare to that of Fes. 

Fruit for the Gods
Michael Chacko Daniels

Fuyu, I sink teeth
into and eat skin and all.
Hachiya, I gulp.
Everything coming up Roses in Eastern Quebec
Habeeb Salloum

Roses in history
Morocco: Europe meets Africa meets Middle East
Mathew Thomas

A desert African nation with a distinctly Mediterranean feel

Democrats Circle the Wagons
James Campion

Last Ditch Effort To Fire-Up, Insult & Beg Progressives to Stem GOP Tide
'Circle the wagons with hefty Custer-like denials...'
Reject IBB for President
Adewale T Akande

The recent declaration of the former military leader, General Babangida of his intention to contest the 2011 Presidency should not be seen as a surprise to all Nigerians
On Being Homeless
Yesterday I learned a lesson I hope I don’t soon forget. It has given me a feeling that’s been bothering me all day - nagging me and ridiculing me
Tehran Confidential
Saja Najafi
I didn't notice the egg cartons at first. It was only when an Iranian friend pointed them out that I saw them

The Vacation Nation
James Skinner

Influx of tourists saves the Spanish economy for now- but the real pain is coming very soon
Brighton Beach Social Networking
Dean Borok

a few hundred youngish people dressed in black tie and evening gowns had descended on Brighton Beach and proceeded to jump in the ocean

Never Forget
Nicky Millman

In May I embarked on a Jewish organised tour of Poland - an intense and challenging experience.

Klein, aber fein
Amanda Quinlan
Travelling across Europe often evokes visions of backpackers hitchhiking through Southern France, holding cardboard signs announcing their destination.

Travels with a Couchsurfer
Robert Cottingham

I took one book with me, ‘The Worst Journey in the World'

Fools Gold
Antonio Graceffo

Some questions just shouldn’t be asked. And some people should be allowed to fly.

A Bridge To Enlightenment
David Russell
What inspires a story?  In this case, it may have been seeing pictures of this year’s last Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo.
Tiny, Perfect Louisville
Gerald Levitch
Regional American museums get no respect – or hardly any, at least from art lovers.  Nobody goes to Nashville, for example, to explore its art collections. 
In Search of the Nomads of the Jade Sea - Chris Clarke
“You are mad!” Ken, my Kenyan housemate, concurred. “Turkana is nothing but desert and bandits. Nobody goes there!”
Waugh's Grandson
John M Edwards

A chance meeting

BookCrossing for beginners: how not to do it
Chris Mills

Recently I decided to log on to the BookCrossing site again
Creepy Crawlies
Amanda Callendrier
We finished building our new house in the French Alps about a year and a half ago. In American time, this translates to at least a quarter of a lifetime.
Mysore Maharajas
Marianne de Nazareth

Take a break in Ooty, in the summer palace of the Maharaja of Mysore – his highness Srikanta Datta Narasimha Raja Wadiyar Bahadur the 26th Maharaja of Mysore in South-India.
Have you ever been exfoliated
Elizabeth Schotten Merklinger
I have just discovered a wonderful antidote to the prospective jet lag.
Penny Lane: Why can't the day trippers just let it be?
Patrick Browne

Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes everyday. I live there, and always have, beneath a seldom blue, but admittedly suburban sky
Deep Tank to Wierd Blood
Jersey Shore Music Icon Rob Monte Says Good-Bye
James Campion
Rob Monte, The Columbian Freak Boy is about to head southeast to do what he has done for the past 20 years; sing, prance and entertain over every inch of a packed barroom.
A Call before you Sleep
Chris Castle
She looked at the calendar, following all the crosses leading to the one perfect empty square. The answering machine on a loop, his voice rolling over and over, the words simple, devastating
Blue Sky Day
Chris Castle

The letter comes through the door before nine. The post is early for the week. She sees the hospital stamp, the address. She doesn’t hesitate but opens its straight away. She reads the results and immediately rings the hospital.
Peter Ike Amadi
“So what do you do in your spare time?” Caesar asked the girl of his choice called Amaka.
“I’m a dreamwalker” she replied with a small smile
Reminders of women
Abigail George

No man is an island – he is distorted in some places. Perhaps his vision of the world is not clear, threatens his existence, he finds no peace of mind in his environment

Fashion Asylum Part I
Dean Borok - a life in fashion
I started working at Harmal Industries in Long Island City on April Fools Day, 1985
Grandma and the Old Warrior
Michael Chacko Daniels
Grandma Jacob, dressed in a white cotton sari and blouse, opened the door of her new home on Rural Route 2, South Riverside, on a warm day in 1975 and looked into the blue eyes of the old Polish warrior.

Filming Action and Martial Arts in 3D
Creates Both Challenges and Opportunities
Antonio Graceffo
“In some ways, 3D is like real life. It’s the way we see the world normally.”3D Guy, Al Caudullo
The Prince of Mist
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Nina Aumaitr
e review
Spanish story set in wartime tantalises but ultimately disappoints

Written & Directed
by Christopher Nolan
Music Hans Zimmer

Finally a visually stunning adult film that engages all the emotions. Surely the best movie of 2010
until Black Swan arrives

Movie Town for Thailand
Jules Kay

Thailand has long been known as a popular choice for filmmakers. With a US$650-million Movie Town project scheduled to open in Chiang Mai 2012, Thailand may soon become Hollywood's favourite supporting actor.

More about Film Here

The Mourning Emporium
by Michelle Louric

Pub: November 2010

Miss Uish is the most evil woman on earth and makes Teo and Renzo suffer greatly, starving them with disgusting foods. The evil Teipolo is back and means to destroy London as well as Venice.

Blood Alchemy
Book Three of The Bad Tuesdays – Twisted Symmetry
by Benjamin J Myers
Orion Books
Sam Hawksmoor review
Blood Alchemy ticks all the right boxes, leaves you utterly exhausted and you too will discover how to make time stand still.
The Black Lung Captain
by Chris Wooding

Gollanz Books
Marcel D'Agneau
Take the cynical qualities of Indian Jones mix it with the movie Serenity and an eclectic gun-toting crew and you have the thrilling mix of Captain Frey and his oddball crew aboard the Ketty Jay.

Firespell: Dark Elite vol 1
By Chloe Neil

Nina Aumaitr
e review
Mean Girls with a vampire twist
The Wind-Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
is joint winner of the 2010 Hugo Award
Cross My Heart & Hope To Spy
by Ally Carter

Mia Palmer review
CoveOps train Cammie and her friends in the art of losing enemy agents, infiltrating secure buildings and countersurveillance

Lost Books:
‘Other’ book groups are out there
Chris Mills
I thought that it would be interesting to scout around and see what other sorts of book clubs are out there.
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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