You can't get there from here without opening a book
- Film Noir essay
Paler Shade of White
Labels reflect only the extent of our ability to describe a
disparate group and can only be an approximation, but changing them
also reflects our ambivalence and discomfort
of Vernon 1993-2007
She was regal. Not in any preordained, systemic, lordly manner,
but there was a distinct nobility to her that was able to transform
out in Palawan
Will O'Neil on Gap travel
We discovers the true nature of the Philippine monsoon season.
Letter to Mr Bush
I was thinking about writing a letter to George Bush recently
Customer isn't always right
J A Laraque
Have you ever been somewhere such as a store or a bank and someone
in front of you is getting all loud and making a scene about something
that is completely their fault?
I hurried through the mud room and out onto the porch, nearly sashaying
my pregnant self right off the deck on an inch of solid ice.
Benefits of Warm Sake
This winter, as you pour warm sake into her belly button, reflect
on her curvaceousness.
Jon Courtney Grimwood Interview
His passion is evident in this desire to get the English Language
a star on the Magical Realist walk of fame.
Bites: Big Brother Culture
The 21st century can be defined as a mass media society where
people are obsessed with celebrity
Ali Tal interview
Dr Marwan Asmar
'If I am not honest about my feelings,
I dont think Ill be honest about my writings. When I
sit in my study, its not Portsmouth I see, I see the Golan
Heights, and the hills of northern Jordan'.
Searching: Why Not Bring in the Clones?
Most people looking for success on planet earth with only a physical
self-image of who they believe themselves to be
We all know, and most of us love, Google. It is by far the most
visited website in the world.
Wisdom & Student Cooking tips- Simon
Having friends over and need to know how to provide for a vegetarian,
a coeliac and a fussy child all in one go?
Is that really you out there?
Lessons from Cinema
Hollywood has been advising us for years on the frailty of mankind
and the injury humanity inflicts upon the rest of the life on the
According to my mother I came out screaming "Hungry!"
When pondering my insatiable appetite for things I can put in my
mouth, Im convinced it all goes back to my grandfather's Jamaican
Laugh and To Weep
I havent talked to anyone of "advanced age" who
think they're old
I never imagined that my beautiful blonde curly haired daughter
with her vibrant personality and smile that could melt my heart
would one day be confinded to a wheelchair.
Norman - appraised
The funny thing about Norman Mailers antagonism towards women
is that he always felt the need to keep them around him. He
married six times.
Soaring costs bite us, plunging incomes snipe at us and garish banks
polarized thinking infects us. The last thing anybody wants
are poems- right?
To Be Ladylike
I grew up in a girls school where we had to wear skirts instead
of trousers cos it was more 'ladylike', I wonder what my old headteacher
would say if he knew me now....
I looked over the books I own; stack upon stack of over predictable,
classically cheesy and a somewhat pathetic collection of chick-lit
novels. I love chick-lit - I am an addict
Towe takes Europe
Whirlwind adventures for our Vancouver Girl
'Never fly with a hangover'.
Horror to Gore - the transformation of the horror film
Though films from the horror genre rarely top the annual box office
charts they still remain big business within the industry; with
film writers frantically trying to shock the new generation, their
Days Are Like This
Plaguing my mind more often than not these long evenings are those
five simple words. The phone is silent and the remains of my own
dinner sit hapharzly in the sink
to the Frying Pan
American experience of Spanish Life
I was standing in a bar with three middle-aged women. I realized
that it was half past one in the morning; my homework for class
at nine a.m. sat untouched
Written by Alan Moore- Illustrated
by Dave Gibbons
I thought I might introduce you to Watchmen before 2009 and
potentially the most awesome film in all history, past, present
and future disappears in a wave of obscurity, not unlike Serenty
Regan - Passion Killer
The Aby Davis interview
"I was inspired by Jimmy Perry (writer of hit series Hi
Di Hi, in which Linda had a starring role) who always told me
to just go for it!"
NY City Council members are spending thousands of dollars to buy
new garbage cans bearing their names
the smoking dog - a catalyst to a new life
I was separated, lonely and needed to get out and meet new people.
My children for years had been begging for a dog and cat
Heathrow Airport Takes On New Dimensions
On the way back, we were scheduled with a five hour layover at Heathrow
The meaning of art is to enhance a miserable and brutish natural
existence by the flowering of culture
My humble county full of rolling countryside hills, huge mansions,
acres of farmland and some of the best schools in the country
Whilst being a calm and peaceful town of seclusion during the day,
Abbots Langley of Hertfordshire has had growing problems of division
over the years.
Not many people outside of Kent have heard of Gravesend
- Historic town of,
The only famous person to come form Bedford is Paula Radcliffe.
And she hasnt stopped running. Though I am doing Bedford an
injustice if implying it is a hard place to live
It was 1968, a summer of love, and so it was with Martha and Odell.
They had three girls, the youngest at sixteen months, and another
child on the way. Back then, you didn't know what you were going
to have until it popped out screaming at the world
I was once on a reality TV show where the contestant who lost the
most weight won the prize money. I never saw so many fatties in
one place making fools of themselves
in House Sharing
I met her for lunch at a pub near St Bartholomews Hospital
in London and I liked her immediately. She reminded me of most of
the other women I had rented rooms to, smart, no nonsense types
Place to Call Home
Casey Manes in Zambia
painted brick street fronts and sprawled against stretches of sidewalk,
young boys make their beds, napping in what has become their pseudo-home.
Their lean bodies and ragged clothes depict a small slice of the
difficult life they lead.
with Nancy Bradley - Legendary Psychic to the Stars by Paul
Californias' Celebrity Ghost Whisperer
I used to think hed always be there. His voice rumbling like
a Harley-Davidson engine idling
During Ramadan I read the Koran maybe five to six times
Labor Day in New York City
As the smug Tony heads off into a potential Middle Eastern nuclear
sunset, you are already probably aware that there are a huge number
of similarities between him and Thatcher.
Sketch On A Boarding Pass
Natalie Neville on Cuba
is special. As the Oxford defines the term, special is exceptional
in quality or degree, unusual, out of the ordinary, excelling in
some positive quality, exceptionally good or talented. Cuba is indeed
all of those and a great deal more. Havana
is intoxicating and inspiring and decrepit and soiled...
With a Muslim President, Sikh Prime Minister and an Italian-born
Catholic as Head of the largest political party, diversity and tolerance
appear to work hand in hand
I had been to Dubai twice in my life: In 1998 and 2003,
the latter was a harrowing experience.
at the lake
Eric D Lehman
When I was sixteen, my brother Andy and I hiked up the summer Sierra
in the backcountry near Lake Tahoe. Our parents had left us with
two water bottles and worried instructions to stick to the trail
Eric D Lehman
Having taken a walking holiday in England, I began searching the
local libraries for accounts of similar journeys. I happened across
Afoot In England by W H Hudson
Dean Borok - real power revealed
No amount of money can induce a French woman to go along with the
program if its against her nature.
How Flawed is the Education System?
I was talking recently with a middle school teacher from Louisville,
Kentucky and she was telling me all the problems that face her educating
her class just to read and write.
Murphy within us
Last year I wrote about how Murphy's Law was having way too much
fun with me, broken ankles, pain, promises broken and turmoils
in abundances. I realized that he left an imprint on me,
Re-Election of Mayor Edward Hagedorn
The environmentally conscious Mayor Hagedorn was sworn into office
to the backdrop of the Pista Y Ang Kueban, the annual Feast of the
Forest, tree planting festival.
India: The Hollywood Connection
Colin Todhunter talks to Anthony Loder, son of Hedy Lamarr described
as the most beautiful woman in the world. But not many know that
she was also an inventor.
Even When Your Heart is Breaking
"The teelim fall everyday here," he says, "but they
dont always hit something." He is referring to the missiles
launched from Gaza into the neighboring areas of Israel
Guns of Central America
This bizarre trip, from Havana to San Salvador, took me through
five levels of Central American gun culture. My journey started
in Havana probably the safest capital in Latin America.
most have barely heard of it, many are intrigued, few
are brave enough to go. If this is your first encounter with
the phenomenon of Burning Man, welcome.
We first encountered the mucky off-white dog hanging around
outside a well lit government building, on a Cuban side street.
It has been three months since I began living in this neat and tidy
room, all by myself, like "Alice in wonderland".
Valencia The City That Has It All
Valencia gets to be in the circuit of world music, arts and cultural
It seems unlikely that many cars would stop for a lanky, 6-foot-4-inch
hitchhiker with wavy hair falling past his shoulders and only a
backpack to his name.
- Flushing, Queens, NY.
I rush to take the #7 subway train in order to make lunch at
East Buffet and Restaurant in Flushing, changing at Queens Plaza
to the express that will let me off at Main Street, the last stop.
I remember I first spotted him standing
behind the store, smoking a cigarette. He had spotted me first,
as I quickly made my way to the clothes dumpster, which was overflowing
with discarded goods.
Al Karmi, the intellectual I knew
I first met Hassan Al Karmi when he was in his 90s. He was still
as sharp as a tack. He was living another of his golden ages. He
had already 14 Arabic-English, English-Arabic dictionaries under
his belt and he was now writing treatises on Islam and the West.
Fail and Fail Again: the choice is yours
used to feel really great. Then I started to watch TV on a regular
basis. I didnt know it previously but Im ugly, have
bad hair and dont possess the latest gadgetry that will make
me supremely happy.
abandoned my Canadian way of life, traveling thousands of miles
across the ocean to central China to teach English. The further
from home I traveled, the more second thoughts I had...
of the best places to read is along the promenade in Aqaba. Just
sit on one of the benches, and open your book, nobody will bother
you, the traffic is light, so no noise, the breeze is pleasant,
and every once in a while you can turn around to look at the beach
and the distant sea.
world and the Arab world
laughter, jokes, and mirth is what characterizes human development,
and makes us cope with the intricacies and problems of life.
Opera in a Quarry
300 kms northwest of Stockholm is the beautiful region of Dalarna,
spread out all around Lake Siljan
Roxy Williams under the knife
Op of Doom minus 20 hours:
The day before an op you should be taking it easy, not sat on a
freezing platform in Southampton. Burning my tongue on an overprized
latte I realise that hours sat on a packed platform, in the rain,
are not ideal - because once again the trains are late - very late.
underground/indie music scene is still thriving in the good ol
US of A
Saturday was the big day. Two driving tests taken when I was living
in Hawaii had come back with negative results due to technical problems
(wasn't sure which pedal was the brake), poor preparation (confused
about whether red lights were suggestions or orders)...
Les Vamps - a
celebration of the mysterious
Marianne de Nazareth
Rodricks has put the tiny Indian state of Goa firmly on the fashion
along with us. We're going to take a bath. We made our way downtown
to Ao Wei the Miraculous Transformation Bathhouse.
Hope At Dawn
James G Skinner
In March 2003, María Teresa, a perfectly healthy Spanish
sixty year old, was diagnosed by a leading orthopaedist, Doctor
Domingo Rueda of Povisa Hospital in Vigo, with Spinal Stenosis,
a disorder of the spinal duct caused by Primary Osteoarthritis.
Wishes for 2007
by James Campion
With Aids: Britains Battle
Review by Rosie Wheatcroft
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word
AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)?
a Mad World
do we feel about whats being going on and what lies ahead?
tell me that American presidential politics has not entered The
Through the Looking Glass
James Campion - Hypocrisy
& Incongruities in 'The Mitchell Report'
Romney: Don't Ask - Don't Tell
James Campion - The voice of enlightenment bellows
from Mitt Romney
Michael Bloomberg is getting ready to present himself as the only
viable challenge to Hillary Clinton
to Pay Dirt
Iowa Caucuses Loom For GOP & Dems -
There's been over a year of white
noise and revelry and backbiting and futile positioning rhetoric
between 16 candidates
Rise of Women Power
Female power in the 21st Century
with Free Burma Rangers by Antonio
I get discouraged, I can go home, the Karen tribe cannot.'
true price of cheap meat
Meat has become a ubiquitous part of our diet. In the last thirty
years global meat production has nearly doubled
Christmas Shopping Evil?
idea of actively searching for new things to buy for people that
dont need anything is really kind of sick.
Sweats & Mailer Dies
Pedro and myself watched in relative horror as General Musharraf,
the acting president of a crumbling government, spoke to his nation
web, it's secrets and Me
dad, with all due respect, is crazy paranoid.
future prospects for the American economy
of Culture Shock
Tower of Babel started a phenomenon that we are still dealing
with today. One race, one language, one culture
How Renouncing Your Citizenship Can Save You Big $
James Campion- Madam Shoo-In On The March The Democratic
Party is officially scared
End of Real Estate - and what
can take its place- Josef Graf
within the term "real estate" there lives a hint that
the nature of the modern land transaction game has little authentic
bearing in the real world
Campion Readers Feedback
Democracy in action
York City Report
OK, I killed myself after the Yankees lost last night, and now
Ive come back from the dead and I feel better.
last samurai's belly that kissed the tip of a sword was Mishima
Yukio on November 25, 1970
Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster ride may be closed for the
season but dont worry, your bank account is getting ready
for the ride of its life
Long Neck Karen Hill Tribe chose exploitation rather than
civil war - Antonio Graceffo
Burmese civil war, often viewed as a genocide, committed against
Burmas tribal minorities, has been raging off-and-on for
a period of nearly fifty years.
entire planet is televised, web-cammed, You-Tubed, Google-Earthed,
camera-phoned, amateur-videoed, and 24-hour cable networked. We're
a staggering eighth Oval Office address since the beginning of
military action in Iraq, the president went on to list further
benchmarks for a "return on success" set to unfurl in
and Kettle Revelations
does Idaho Senator Larry Craig have to resign? Tell me. You can't
and he doesn't.
Intervention and the Middle-East
think that it does Iranians a grave disservice to dismiss their
70 million population as Islamic fanatic madmen
Emperor's New CDOs
Dean Borok explains sub-prime lending
down into bite-sized pieces that even I can understand, this is
how the racket was set up:
Years of Reflections
'Know this, as long as this nation is at
war the truth can no longer be considered an absolute
at the Desk
10 Years Of Treachery & Mockery
is not a job description or any kind of reasonable vocation, it
is a lifestyle, no, a malady, no, more like a virus one accepts
to live with...
Powerless Senate Debuts Finger-Pointing
that the latest surge of U.S. troops to Iraq has reduced our boy
president to a cold-blooded murderer,
Crash of '08 is coming
capacity, driven by Chinas need for natural resources, is
not keeping up with demand. There are not enough freighters
to transport essential commodities like iron ore and liquefied
natural gas. As a result freight prices are rocketing through
the roof, adding to inflationary pressures.
has a huge nuclear arsenal to prevent Chinese penetration, but
with China now a nuclear power too, can a Sino-Soviet standoff
over the Russian far east be far in the future?
Qaeda & Gunga Din
you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and
blaming it on you' Rudyard Kipling
of a Dying Whale
How A Decomposing Beached Sea
Mammal Came To Bury A Presidency
Moore and his 'Sicko' Utopia
Moore is one of the few completely moral public figures left.
He really is. Everything you read about him, his over-zealous
bending of truth, his leftist propaganda, and his antipatriotic
rhetoric, pales in comparison to his impeccable moral structure
Cuba and Castro
revelations disclosed in CIA documentation released this week
about the Agencys plot to kill Fidel Castro do not go far
our continuing series on "The Law Is Bullshit", we cast
our collective eye on the sad and sordid tale of Michael Nifong,
former Durham County District Attorney of North Carolina
Hilton is being railroaded. Period. She deserves to be in prison
as much we do for putting her there. What the hell is the point
of making a ton of cash in this society if you can't get your
wretched progeny off?
Are We in Iraq?
years ago Norman Mailer wrote Why Are We In Vietnam?
in which he seemed to imply that we had engaged in that war out
of a neurotic, predatory god complex.
ever said that transforming this former fiefdom of Standard Oil
into a freestanding socialist model economy was going to be easy..
believe in a republic of independent thinkers. Thats an
easy thing to do when youre sitting at an outdoor café
- a ride on the subway, with its population of put-upon commuters,
quickly disabuses you of the concept that people are going to
educate themselves enough to arrive at their own conclusions on
the issues of the day.
James Campion calls for a big political change
I give you the latest Gallup
poll, which paints a split electorate: Republicans, 27 percent;
Democrats, 34 percent; Independents, 38 percent.
Bound: Baseball in a fix
Barry Bonds approaches to surpass Hank Aarons career home
run record, a question arises of his legitimacy...
Month Of Peeling Back White House Mayhem
This is truly a country run by lunatics.
It is the only explanation.
All this happened, more or less
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. "Slaughterhouse Five"
The greatest living American author is no more. Who's left?
& Network Rubber Necking
The Virginia Tech Killer's 15 Minutes Of
Random violence is really interesting.
Especially epic slayings by lone nuts for no fathomable reason.
Big ratings. Big talk. Big headlines. Big reasoning. Tons of that.
Ed For Post-Compulsory Teaching
'The Importance of Teacher Training'.
The above statement is used as a diagnostic tool in the assessment
of trainee teachers literacy skill and/or acumen in order
for them to qualify irrespective of their previous training
Victims and Vengence
A Radio Has-Been and Student
Condescending. Patronizing. Exploitive.
Hypocritical. Disingenuous. All
the words that make this supposed democratic society of equals
I should be a Juror
Unfortunately the author did not experience
the privilege of serving as a juror. He was dismissed for being
a freelance journalist
Have you seen the new ad for
the Armed Forces? CBC has been running it incessantly during the
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Prime audience. Good demographic.
Sixty days is a long time in Washington.
In 600 days there might not even be a Washington.
1 - Democrats - 0
"The president needs a check and
a balance. This president hasn't had one, hasn't listened to others,
including his top military commanders, and it's about time he
Colin Todhunter on
how corporate jargon invades daily life and politics
Sales Career Can Pay Big Money,
No Matter What Your Major
- Antonio Graceffo
you get a degree in engineering, you graduate and work as an engineer.
But if you graduate with a degree in English, do you work as an
English? What do you actually do with a degree in history or political
For some sad reason only known to the
gods of misfortune, I found myself listening to the "Imus
In The Morning" radio broadcast sometime during the surreally
long week of funeral events surrounding the passing of our 38th
Challenge to the 110th Congress
"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers
are not warned from time to time that the people preserve the
spirit of resistance?"
Will lack of market
demand save Icelandic whales?
"We are back in business with about 100 tons of excellent
eco-friendly whale meat and blubber ready for the market.",
said Kristjan Loftsson
French Do it Weekly
Neil Smith on strife in Paris
On March 30th 2006, nearly two
thousand Parisian youths proceeded to block off highways and streets...
'This is not the fight we entered in Iraq,
but it is the fight we are in'. - George W. Bush 1/23/07
A death rattle echoed through the chamber Tuesday night
Shetty in the House
Pay a volatile mixture of famous personalities a shedload
of money to live in an enclosed house, hope theyll get on
each others nerves, and let the nation vote them off the
show one by one. The last one in is the winner.
James Campion on how Oil Money crushes Global Warming Science
Frozen precipitation has a way of bending the mind. Terror
rules the day. Otherwise functioning humans with nary a care in
the world become jabbering loons, dangerous to themselves and
others almost immediately.
Coup d' Etat
I am standing in front of a smashed car. Its hood is crumpled
like wadded paper, and someone has spray painted a Thai slogan
over its caved windshield. Soldiers file past. To my left, protestors
are waving signs. "No To Dictatorship," they scream
silently, "No Thaksin No Coup." "Restore Democracy
Eric D Lehman
Subhash began regaling Andy with plans
for the trip that he and I would take when were thirty.
"Were leaving the wives in Sydney or Melbourne and
renting an old Army Jeep, and just going, heading into the outback,
Midnight Oil blasting on the stereo, seeing Ayers Rock,
the desert, maybe going all the way to the wilds of the west coast."
Poor Always Pay Back:Capitalism
for the Poor
Ginette Ballard on Muhammad Yunus
is so important in the lives of all people that I have been arguing
that credit should be accepted as a human right."
Citrus Heights Vortex
Paul Dale Roberts
location is Citrus Heights, near Sacramento - one critical moment
the occupant felt like she was almost possessed
I have just had the privilege of spending an evening with
the most beautiful woman in the world. I had been watching a Hollywood
film from 1949, the biblical epic Samson and Delilah
starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature in the two lead roles
Many moons ago, some astute XX century futurologist stated
that Man would eventually be dominated by machines. He was obviously
referring to the computer age
On Main St
Funky, Junky,Country Blues
I gave you diamonds, you give me disease.
On May 12, nineteen hundred and seventy-two, the greatest
rock and roll album by the greatest rock and roll band, smack
dab in the middle of the genre's golden age, hit the streets.
think the British Government will look after you
Ive finally decided to retire
as Her Majestys governmental representative in this remote
part of Europe known as Galicia after nearly 5 years of rescuing
Brits from the gallows...
Eric D. Lehman
On the first night of my "Meatless Meals" cooking class,
the casually dressed chef told us that she was vegan for health
Other Adams Family
Eric D. Lehman
On a bright August morning, my girlfriend and I drove into
downtown Quincy, Massachusetts, searching for the Adams National
Historic Site. Where was this house? The map displayed the icon
in the center of the downtown, and we circled the blocks, confused...
The Joy of Audiobooks
Eric D Lehman
I always hated the idea of audiobooks. Im afraid that
as a younger man I was a bit of a purist, loving the feel of the
pages and the musty smell of the paper. But one summer, having
little to do and little money, I began to explore my local library
a bit, and found their enormous "audio" section, taking
up a whole room.
the Well-Oiled Wheel Still Squawked
For all of the riches that Nigeria holds, to the people it means
little, a sad truth across much of Africa.
Almost everyone I speak to these days has a continuing story to
tell on how they are being ripped-off by erroneous charges and
Science has yet to define the meaning of wisdom in scientific
terminology. I guess they require some type of theoretical proof
that wisdom exists?
If a marriage ends in divorce, is the diamond disappointed?
The Squatter, The
Pacer, Bride & Groom
Paul Dale Roberts
There is a full moon out this night. I can only wonder
what is in store for me as I get together with H.P.I. (Haunted
and Paranormal Investigations) of Northern California.
Toilet Tour of the Universe
I fought with my son this morning, again. At eight-going-on-nine
he knows more about everything than anyone on earth ever has or
will, and defends his positions with unassailable conviction and
his own brand of inarguable logic.
On Thomas McGuane and
When I first read Thomas McGuanes "Gallatin Canyon"
(in The New Yorker) I was baffled. Despite its straightforward
presentation of plot and character, I was left with a "Whats
wrong here?" feeling.
Memories of Honey
I was lucky to witness the process of honey making at my dads
honey farm situated in the Fergana Valley region of Tajikistan
many years ago.
I truly believe it is brighter here. The sun shining on my face
feels warmer more welcoming