Title: Sheila Ash (India)

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URL: http://ashramblings.blogspot.com

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Sessions and Sail 2018 - 08/Dec/2018 10:13 - 3 days ago
Proud to have helped this venture on its journeyhttps://www.facebook.com/SessionsandSail(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d....
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Review: Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø - 01/Dec/2018 08:15 - 10 days ago
Blood on SnowbyJo NesbøI couldn’t disagree more with the reviewers (New York Times,The Guardian) of this book who dismiss it ...
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If you’ve enjoyed reading my poems please read on …… - 25/Nov/2018 12:29 - 16 days ago
Please show your appreciation by supporting the NGO I worked for in India, through either of their 2Global Giving Projects.(1)Ol...
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Past grandeur - 25/Nov/2018 03:37 - 16 days ago
Elaborate balconies cling to the block’s sidelike warts on an old lady’s face.Wrought ironwork veins verdigris its concrete ...
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In Memoria - Peter Ward - 25/Nov/2018 03:35 - 16 days ago
The old jazzman watches from the wings–The saxophone brashly bursts upon the ballroomenergising the moment, uplifting the mood...
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Chicken Livers - 25/Nov/2018 03:34 - 16 days ago
In thenagar, stall holders banter with passers-bywords filling the air like a chorus of crickets after the rains.Hadija’s smil...
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Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells - 14/Oct/2018 15:30 - 58 days ago
All Systems RedbyMartha WellsMy rating:3 of 5 starsAn intriguing story about a part organic, part android Securty Bot attached t...
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Sweetshop - 12/Oct/2018 07:07 - 60 days ago
Photo (C) Sheila Ash The inside of Edward& Vintage Sweetshop, Tissington, Derbyshire, UK (Aug 2018) (https://www.edwardandvi...
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Song for the unforgotten - 11/Oct/2018 03:55 - 61 days ago
As the days became hourswe disentangle you from the tubing of trusttake you from the incubator of hope,cradle you in the arms of...
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Review: IQ by Joe Ide - 10/Oct/2018 06:14 - 62 days ago
IQbyJoe IdeMy rating:4 of 5 starsI sped through this riveting, fast paced, first in series thriller is a modern take on the Sher...
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Review: Tin Man by Sarah Winman - 28/Sep/2018 07:25 - 74 days ago
Tin ManbySarah WinmanMy rating:4 of 5 starsRecommended by a member of my in person book group and chosen for our monthly read, t...
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The Poem by William Carlos Williams - 26/Sep/2018 08:56 - 76 days ago
Here’s theTEXTand myrecordingof itashramblings...
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Review: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - 24/Sep/2018 08:51 - 78 days ago
Salvage the BonesbyJesmyn WardMy rating:5 of 5 starsI've had the book for ages but held back to read it with my in person book g...
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enuresis by Cid Corman - 18/Sep/2018 08:02 - 84 days ago
Just read this poem for the first time on ModPoPlus2018. The text is available athttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/52889/en...
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Untitled challenge - 16/Sep/2018 06:37 - 86 days ago
My creative writing group are mainly storytellers, but we also have non-fiction writers and a couple also dabble occasionally in...
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The common cloud - 10/Sep/2018 03:16 - 92 days ago
Stuffed in every sinus crevicePacked thick like fogsthe blanket of discomfortsits astride the presumed airwaybuilding pressure c...
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In the beginning - 08/Sep/2018 16:27 - 94 days ago
Before, there was nothing.Excitation deafened its silenceReleasing a tsunami of realisation out into the endlessness.Its stillne...
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Review: The Expanse Series by James S Corey, narrrated by Jefferson Mays - Book 1: Leviathan Wakes , Book 2 Caliban's War, Book 3 Abaddon's Gate - 23/Aug/2018 08:43 - 110 days ago
The Expanse Series byJames S.A. CoreyBook 1Leviathan WakesBook 2Caliban's WarBook 3 Abaddon's GateMy rating:4 of 5 starsI c...
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Review: Runaway by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes - 23/Aug/2018 07:40 - 110 days ago
RunawaybyPeter MayMy rating:4 of 5 starsI was recommendedPeter Mayby a fellow member of my in-person book group and this was my...
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Party Pieces–a series of vignettes–Childhood Party - 23/Jul/2018 01:00 - 141 days ago
Dressed in party best frock, favoured fluffy bolerowhite ankle sock tops reflecting in newly polished patent leather Mary Jane...
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Review: Night's Slow Poison - 22/Jul/2018 05:43 - 142 days ago
Night's Slow PoisonbyAnn LeckieMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis story is available online athttps://www.tor.com/2014/06/10/nights-slow...
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Review: She Commands Me and I Obey by Ann Leckie - 22/Jul/2018 03:45 - 142 days ago
She Commands Me and I ObeybyAnn LeckieMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis story is available online at in two parts at http://strang...
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Party Pieces– a series of vignettes – Balloons - 21/Jul/2018 03:02 - 143 days ago
Burst by boys to scare the girls and make them scream,Filled with water, or worse, to catapult the other gang,Twisted magically ...
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Party pieces–a series of vignettes - EE - 21/Jul/2018 01:00 - 143 days ago
In Old Town PragueThe lame balloonman whistlesThen blows a gigantic tear drop bubble -An ee cummings momentEntrancing child and ...
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Gone - 20/Jul/2018 06:51 - 144 days ago
The house sounds differently now -Silence amplifies the creaky third tread,The ill-fitting window frame,The warped sitting room ...
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Party Pieces– a series of vignettes – Party Bags - 20/Jul/2018 01:00 - 144 days ago
The Middletons made them businessesFortune enough to catch a royal.Hard earned from hours of honest toilYoung mums spend in equa...
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Party Pieces– a series of vignettes – Flowers - 19/Jul/2018 01:00 - 145 days ago
Does one take flowers? I never know.Is etiquette the same here as there? Now as then?In Dallowayed days flowers were gratefully ...
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Party pieces– a series of vignettes – Arrivals - 18/Jul/2018 02:43 - 146 days ago
ArrivalsEverything is done. We pace and wait.Listen for the click of the garden gateSignalling first arrival.Slow without a sign...
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Chasmophytic Crete - 13/Jul/2018 11:14 - 151 days ago
This is a tough landMoonscaped roughness scuffs the skiesMore stone than scrubthe high desert, Lefka Ori, liesbaked by day and c...
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Review: The Wasp Factory - 05/Jul/2018 06:35 - 159 days ago
The Wasp FactorybyIain BanksMy rating:3 of 5 starsNicely narrated by Peter Kenny. A gruesome story of a dysfunctional family, sp...
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Last Train - 30/Jun/2018 06:08 - 164 days ago
Photo byStefan Stefancikfrom Pexels under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licenseThe last train chugs out of the unmanned, mid-lin...
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Sexist echo - 30/Jun/2018 05:49 - 164 days ago
Meccano? That’s a boy’s toyBut you can have Lego.Disappointment tainted pleasureEchoes of tomboy battles.© Sheila Ash, 2018...
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Untitled - 30/Jun/2018 05:46 - 164 days ago
Strange, this aunt from far awaywho came each summer to stay.Given my parents bedthey camped outthe downstairs sofa spread open....
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Poise - 23/Jun/2018 08:53 - 171 days ago
In disarrayed despair, her face fell.Her elemental elegance lost to the moment.© Sheila Ash, 2018ashramblings...
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W11 - 15/Jun/2018 06:17 - 179 days ago
With industrial baggageour factories ravageour beloved Earth’s insides.The environmental clocktick tocks swiftly on.Population...
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A Mother’s Love - 04/Jun/2018 08:30 - 190 days ago
The jelly baglike an upside down dromedary humpHung from a brush handlelaid across two spare dining chairs in the upstairs room....
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More Qit’a - 02/Jun/2018 10:43 - 192 days ago
Yesterday’s pen has run out of inkTomorrow’s pen tempts me before its time© Sheila Ash, 2018ashramblings...
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Untitled - 02/Jun/2018 09:22 - 192 days ago
Science Museum Group. Bronze hair curling tongs and trimmer, Egypt, 1575-1194 BCE. A634869. Science Museum Group Collection Onli...
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Epitaph of a small winner - 02/Jun/2018 07:35 - 192 days ago
I am doing a course on Future Learn entitled“How to Make a Poem”https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/how-to-make-a-poem ...
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Review: The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi - 27/May/2018 11:17 - 198 days ago
The People of Sand and SlagbyPaolo BacigalupiMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis short story is available on the author'sblogIt envisages...
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Review: The Tamarisk Hunter - 25/May/2018 07:45 - 200 days ago
The Tamarisk HunterbyPaolo BacigalupiMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis story is available online on the author's website athttp://windu...
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Standard Roses - 24/May/2018 11:36 - 201 days ago
There were three each yearstanding proudlike buttons on the military waistcoat of our front lawn.Roses - dad’s pride and joy -...
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Trapped - 21/May/2018 10:29 - 204 days ago
Photo: The Labyrinth by Robert VickreyTrapped–by walls of wordswhich cut and hurt.Surround-sound echoesassault the mind repeti...
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Billie’s Blue - 21/May/2018 07:23 - 204 days ago
The minor key refrainEchoes the tears in her heartAs she sings in the segregated bar.The piano keysCombine in rainbowed harmonyW...
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Nostalgia’s Rainbow - 19/May/2018 06:22 - 206 days ago
Lichen encrusted black stone dykes line the fields and roadside verges of my youthwhilst at my childhood home, the red lion ramp...
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The Caterpillar - 18/May/2018 06:46 - 207 days ago
It moves along from head to toeBendy like a jelly throwUp and down and down and upLooping over, twisting up.It crawls the stem a...
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On Watching a Blackbird Sing - 18/May/2018 06:09 - 207 days ago
His insistence callsFrom high upon the garden gate.Down in my bowerI sip my tea.We waitBoth looking for his prospective mate.© ...
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The artist - 13/May/2018 04:25 - 212 days ago
The artist holds her palette in her handsStanding statuesqueLost in inward gazeWaitingThe artist holds her palette in her handsS...
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The Cromarty Firth - 12/May/2018 06:26 - 213 days ago
A graveyard of metallic ghostsMothballed scaffolds from the Age of OilDerelict transformersSurrealled in estuarine mistsAwait di...
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Review: Jazz Poems - 11/May/2018 07:45 - 214 days ago
Jazz PoemsbyKevin YoungMy rating:4 of 5 starsAfter a long wait I finally got a copy of this Everyman Anthology of Jazz Poetry. L...
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Thoughts on difference inspired by a single red apple - 09/May/2018 01:00 - 216 days ago
A wonky carrotdisrupts the perfect symmetryof supermarket veg.The stray Fujiinserts a sweet noteinto the tart concerto of Granny...
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Three Moments of Madness - 08/May/2018 16:19 - 217 days ago
The vestige of yesterday’s angerrests uneasy in the morning calm- a bloodstain on the bar room floor.Awkward silence stresses ...
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With one - 07/May/2018 13:01 - 218 days ago
With one spot, the itching starts.With one look, a world shatters.With one irresponsible tweet, a career is ruined.With one thud...
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More Qit’a - 05/May/2018 06:33 - 220 days ago
The past with all its tortuous turnslies rooted at this edge, where timehems future’s foldsunseen beyond today’s precipice.*...
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Review: Backup Man by Paul Di Filippo - 04/May/2018 09:28 - 221 days ago
This is the third ofPaul Di FIlippo’sshort stories I have read in the past couple of days. Unlike the previous two which were ...
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Review: This is my gun, This is my pen, sir! by Paul Di Filippo - 04/May/2018 07:56 - 221 days ago
This is another short story byPaul Di Filippofrom his collectionPlumage from Pegasus. The story can be found online athttps://ww...
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The Factchecker Only Rings Twice by Paul Di Filippo - 03/May/2018 15:41 - 222 days ago
This old story comes fromDi Filippo’scollectionPlumage from Pegasusand is available online athttps://www.sfsite.com/fsf/2000/p...
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Double dutch - 03/May/2018 13:55 - 222 days ago
First there is one. It’s easy to copeThen there is two in double dutch ropesThen we double up for a double tuckTwo jumpers jum...
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Inspired by“Autumnal Path” a painting by Kirsty Asher - 30/Apr/2018 07:04 - 225 days ago
The fire that burns withindances its chromatics (*)amidst life’s autumnal diatonics.++++++Echoes of Scandinavian greybirch the...
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Review: My Mother's Ashes - 25/Apr/2018 05:30 - 230 days ago
My Mother's AshesbyElaine ChiewMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis story is available online athttps://lost-balloon.com/2018/04/25/m...I ...
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For FMC - 14/Apr/2018 03:01 - 241 days ago
Photo courtesy of FMCI didn’t know her wellI didn’t even know his birth nameJust her nom de plumethat said so muchthat hid s...
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Review: Poison - 13/Apr/2018 09:41 - 242 days ago
PoisonbyHenrietta Rose-InnesMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis short story is available online athttp://caineprize.com/s/2008-Poison-H.....
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Review: Semiprecious - 13/Apr/2018 09:38 - 242 days ago
SemipreciousbyHenrietta Rose-InnesMy rating:4 of 5 starsBeautifully written short memoir piece from South Africa giving a glimps...
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The Miner’s Minor - 03/Apr/2018 08:53 - 252 days ago
His hands bear the grim of the long day well into the nextHis back the burden of toilHis eyes the ever black of pit and shaftHis...
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Review: The Colour Forty by Lucy Grace - 03/Apr/2018 07:49 - 252 days ago
 Derbyshire Miners Coal-getting at the Bolsover Face. Drawn by D Macpherson. The Sphere | 22 March 1919This story is the wi...
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Review: Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde - 02/Apr/2018 08:33 - 253 days ago
Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady HandbyFran WildeMy rating:2 of 5 starsThis story is available to read and listen to online a...
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Upland essence - 02/Apr/2018 06:14 - 253 days ago
It slithers and slides like an eel over graniterocks encased in soft springs of moss bedsbanked by lush riparian green.A twig fl...
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Review: Henosis by N.K. Jemisin - 01/Apr/2018 06:34 - 254 days ago
HenosisbyN.K. JemisinMy rating:3 of 5 starsI stumbled across this story when going to the Uncanny website to read/listen to anot...
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Review: Carnival Nine by Caroline M Yoachim - 01/Apr/2018 04:58 - 254 days ago
Carnival NinebyCaroline M. YoachimMy rating:5 of 5 starsThis story has been shortlisted for the 2018 Hugo Awards according tohtt...
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Review: Clearing the Bones - 26/Mar/2018 01:49 - 260 days ago
By Bank Square Books - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Celeste_Ng_at_Wheeler_Library_(37313134021).jpg, CC BY-SA 4.0, ht...
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Review: To the Lighthouse - 21/Mar/2018 13:33 - 265 days ago
To the LighthousebyVirginia WoolfMy rating:4 of 5 starsIs this Woolf at her best? The consummate guide to people looking. Go wit...
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Irish Solitaire - 19/Mar/2018 07:46 - 267 days ago
Green velvetdraped like northern lightsswings soulfully above towering spires of red stilettosAlone, she ascends the staircasein...
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Match Dot Com - 19/Mar/2018 07:38 - 267 days ago
Ad: Reasonably good looking ex professional sportsman, 6’, slim-average built, eats healthy, likes the outdoors, sports, seeki...
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Review: The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux - 18/Mar/2018 10:40 - 268 days ago
The Mystery of the Yellow RoombyGaston LerouxMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis book is available online athttps://en.wikisource.org/wik...
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Erotica - Three Poems - 12/Mar/2018 07:49 - 274 days ago
The challenge for my Creative Writing Group was to write something erotic!CongressMy hand has five fingersEvery one of them is f...
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Shakti run GlobalGiving Project to improve Old Age Home, Rayagada - 07/Mar/2018 07:31 - 279 days ago
I spent 2 yrs with Shakti (http://www.shaktiorg.com/)   in Rayagada, India. They are funding their second project thro...
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Review: Dead People on Facebook by Roger Ley - 07/Mar/2018 02:05 - 279 days ago
Dead People on FacebookbyRoger LeyMy rating:4 of 5 starsFlash fiction available online athttps://literallystories2014.com/2018.....
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A child’s dream of adventure - 06/Mar/2018 10:12 - 280 days ago
Languid days when I would lie in prairie grasses nine feet highgazing long and hard upon a dream land fresh and sweetI’d trace...
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The Wreckage of the Earth - 05/Mar/2018 06:42 - 281 days ago
From cuttlefish to Cutty SarkFrom shopping bags to plastic partsThe waste that fills the land piles highThe sea distressed gives...
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Ephemera - 26/Feb/2018 09:05 - 288 days ago
Junk is other people’s collected ephemeraamassed over yearsaccruing dust on shelvesun-tended gardens of spidersinhabited by un...
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Guardians of the Galactic Jewel Box - 26/Feb/2018 06:25 - 288 days ago
The Southern Crossguards the opening carved in the heavensby the galactic arm of the Milky Way stretching far across the night s...
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The Last Party - 25/Feb/2018 06:51 - 289 days ago
When I’m the last one standingAll nine bottles goneAll eight lives lived to the fullThe ninth will be a song of remembranceToa...
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At 17 - 25/Feb/2018 05:19 - 289 days ago
“And those whose names were never calledWhen choosing sides for basketball”© Janis Ian, 1975https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics...
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Review: A Mexican Story by Alberto Barrera Tyszka - 22/Feb/2018 07:54 - 292 days ago
A Mexican StorybyAlberto Barrera TyszkaMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis story is available online at theWords without Borders websiteJ...
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The Shepherd - 19/Feb/2018 06:45 - 295 days ago
The fulcrum of the nightbalances dark and lightThe hope of a new daypivots against a pastlaid to black.Tequila sunrise oranges a...
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Opinion : Cortland Review, Issue 78, Feb 2018 (Part 1 of 2) - 15/Feb/2018 05:53 - 299 days ago
Why are poetry books so expensive? At 10GBP PLUS per short chapbook pamphlet this keeps poetry elitist, out of reach for the str...
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Review: Kelemo's Woman by Molara Wood - 14/Feb/2018 06:41 - 300 days ago
Kelemo's WomanbyMolara WoodMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis short story can be found athttp://www.eclectica.org/v11n3/wood.htmland inM...
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My life in shoes - 14/Feb/2018 03:16 - 300 days ago
At first there were a pair of handmade crocheted booteesSurpassed, for the photographer hired to capture my christening, by whit...
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Makemo - 11/Feb/2018 05:19 - 303 days ago
A mirror’s edge horizoncuts the endless blue sea and the endless blue skydefining difference only by a scattered motu, a motio...
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Cheddar Man - 09/Feb/2018 09:39 - 305 days ago
https://www.w3livenews.com/News/ReadArticlehttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/09/hes-one-of-us-modern-neighbours-welco...
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Review: The Dancer by Bashir Sakhawarz - 08/Feb/2018 06:13 - 306 days ago
The DancerbyBashir SakhawarzMy rating:3 of 5 starsThsi stry is availableonlineIn the #MeToo age here is a sad story about paedop...
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Review: Girls Fine as Beeswing by Elaine Chiew - 08/Feb/2018 04:17 - 306 days ago
Girls Fine as BeeswingbyElaine ChiewMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis short story is availableonlineA young 15 year old Gracie is taken...
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I - 08/Feb/2018 02:33 - 306 days ago
I am the other insideThe doubt, the fear, the apprehensionLying hidden behind a gregarious charade masque.I am the other insideT...
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Review: The Lament of Hester Muponda - 06/Feb/2018 07:50 - 308 days ago
The Lament of Hester MupondabyPetina GappahMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis is a very poignant, quite short, story of a women's life w...
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The Beautiful Dawn - 06/Feb/2018 06:16 - 308 days ago
I once dreamt of her,TheBeautiful Dawn,Softly humming James BluntWhile watching you sleep.The white voiles breeze in the open wi...
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Vampire Crossing - 05/Feb/2018 06:57 - 309 days ago
I gorge on their succulent and juicy fleshTo satisfy my thirstAnd live another nightTo fly free with the windAcross the campos a...
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Elegy for Ursula Le Guin - 04/Feb/2018 08:34 - 310 days ago
No time left nowThe light is extinguishedThe chair unoccupiedThe pen abandoned.Their tales of earth, sea road,of fire and stone....
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Review: Chekov and Zulu by Salman Rushdie - 03/Feb/2018 03:15 - 311 days ago
This story can be found online athttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1994/08/22/chekov-and-zuluAll I can say about this one is th...
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Review: Don't Let Them Catch You by Molly Patterson - 02/Feb/2018 05:07 - 312 days ago
Don't Let Them Catch YoubyMolly PattersonMy rating:4 of 5 starsUpfront I shall say that the author is the daughter of an ex work...
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Review: Lederhosen by Haruki Murakami - 02/Feb/2018 03:53 - 312 days ago
LederhosenbyHaruki MurakamiMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis story is available online athttps://granta.com/lederhosenand in Murakami's...
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Review: No oyes ladrar los perros by Juan Rulfo - 01/Feb/2018 07:54 - 313 days ago
No oyes ladrar los perrosbyJuan RulfoMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis is available online in the original Spanish athttp://www.literat...
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Review: Acuérdate - Remember by Juan Rulfo - 01/Feb/2018 07:54 - 313 days ago
AcuérdatebyJuan RulfoMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis story is available online in the original Spanish athttp://www.literatura.us/ru...
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Change - 31/Jan/2018 01:53 - 314 days ago
The swish and sway of waves upon the shorelineThe emergence of a butterfly from its chrysalis cocoonThe transformation from tadp...
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Qit’a – inspired by Abbas Ibn al-Ahnaf - 28/Jan/2018 08:23 - 317 days ago
The pink flamingo stands statuesque on one legThe ballet dancer pirouettesThe red abaya glides effortlessly between the Abuja tr...
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Review: Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun - 28/Jan/2018 06:19 - 317 days ago
Diary of a Madman and Other StoriesbyLu XunMy rating:4 of 5 starsI recenty completed an online course on edX HarvardX: HUM12.2x ...
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Review: Birds Through a Ceiling of Alabaster: Three Abbasid Poets by George Whitman and A Y al-Udhari. - 28/Jan/2018 04:10 - 317 days ago
Birds Through a Ceiling of Alabaster: Three Abbasid PoetsbyGeorge B.H. WightmanMy rating:3 of 5 starsThe informative introductio...
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Review: Birds Through a Ceiling of Alabaster: Three Abbasid Poets by George Whitman and A Y al-Udhari. - 28/Jan/2018 03:45 - 317 days ago
Birds Through a Ceiling of Alabaster: Three Abbasid PoetsbyGeorge B.H. WightmanMy rating:3 of 5 starsThe informative introductio...
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Review: The Last Bus Stop by Molara Wood - 27/Jan/2018 13:50 - 318 days ago
The Last Bus StopbyMolara WoodMy rating:2 of 5 starsThis story is available online athttp://www.snreview.org/0308Wood.html/http:...
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Review: The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin - 27/Jan/2018 08:03 - 318 days ago
The Queen of SpadesbyAlexander PushkinMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis story of obession and risk is available viaProject Gutenburg.In...
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Kiva–help others help themselves - 27/Jan/2018 04:23 - 318 days ago
Working capital is always difficult to acquire for individuals and small startup businesses especially those without access to t...
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Review: Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien - 23/Jan/2018 12:15 - 322 days ago
Going After CacciatobyTim O'BrienMy rating:4 of 5 starsWhen is a war story more than a war story? This is a writing tour de forc...
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Not, start a fire–a scene from a restaurant - 22/Jan/2018 07:17 - 323 days ago
Libra, libretto, liberty,cube libra, labour day,Impatient as Billy Joel is playedI drink my coffee ponderouslyLooking towards th...
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Renascence - 21/Jan/2018 05:18 - 324 days ago
The doleful old soul slumped in his chairUntil transformed with the skirling of the pipes and drumsReeling and risingErasing the...
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Review: At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers by Salman Rushdie - 17/Jan/2018 07:56 - 328 days ago
At the Auction of the Ruby SlippersbySalman RushdieMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis story is available online atGranta Magazine. I alw...
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Review: Yorick by Salman Rushdie - 17/Jan/2018 07:50 - 328 days ago
YorickbySalman RushdieMy rating:2 of 5 starsThis story is available online athttp://www.unz.org/Pub/Encounter-1982....I like it ...
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Review: The Prophet's Hair by Salman Rushdie - 17/Jan/2018 07:49 - 328 days ago
The Prophet's HairbySalman RushdieMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis story is available online athttps://www.lrb.co.uk/v03/n07/salman-.....
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Review: Good Advice Is Rarer than Rubies by Salman Rushdie - 17/Jan/2018 07:39 - 328 days ago
Good Advice Is Rarer than RubiesbySalman RushdieMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis story is also available in theNew Yorker magazine- Mi...
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Review: The Children Act - 15/Jan/2018 10:07 - 330 days ago
The Children ActbyIan McEwanMy rating:3 of 5 starsI listened to the audio version beautifully read by actress Lindsey Duncan. Sh...
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The Toucan and the Slug - 15/Jan/2018 07:31 - 330 days ago
At the sign of The Toucan and the Slug,The Frog and Parrot,Tanya’s Twisted Toucan,The Lazy Lizard, andThe Garden at Dreamsther...
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Romanesco broccoli–Brassica olerecea - 13/Jan/2018 07:15 - 332 days ago
Named as if memorialising a long forgotten dictatorits proud spikes protrudelike modern day Lego’s sci-fi pinnaclestheir lime ...
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Review: Wednesday's Story by Wole Talabi - 13/Jan/2018 04:54 - 332 days ago
Wednesday's StorybyWole TalabiMy rating:4 of 5 starsStories within a story. A nursery rhyme reworked. This is Wole Talabi's ambi...
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Review: The Martians Claim Canada by Margaret Atwood - 12/Jan/2018 04:35 - 333 days ago
The Martians Claim CanadabyMargaret AtwoodMy rating:4 of 5 starsBrilliantly weird, irreverent, this is a must read story about j...
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Review: The Seventh Man - 11/Jan/2018 09:16 - 334 days ago
The Seventh ManbyHaruki MurakamiMy rating:4 of 5 starsI read this as per the translation available inGranta Magazine. It s also ...
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Review: Of Soulful Cheese and Melted Needs - 08/Jan/2018 06:26 - 337 days ago
Of Soulful Cheese and Melted NeedsbyElaine ChiewMy rating:4 of 5 starsThis short story got me with the title which encapsulates ...
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Review: Aquarium - 08/Jan/2018 06:25 - 337 days ago
AquariumbyElaine ChiewMy rating:3 of 5 starsThis story is available athttp://www.smokelong.com/aquarium-2I have a liking for ope...
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Review: The Suitcase - 08/Jan/2018 06:25 - 337 days ago
The SuitcasebyElaine ChiewMy rating:5 of 5 starsI adore this short story to be found athttp://peacockjournal.com/elaine-chie...I...
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One hundred years to solitude - 07/Jan/2018 03:49 - 338 days ago
“One Hundred Years of Solitude”Life changing when read at 20Now lies abandoned in the charity shopEvacuated along with all h...
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Christmases with Uncle John - 16/Dec/2017 07:47 - 360 days ago
As soft as powdered snowHis white hair lay under his post man’s hatIn days before push trolleys eased their loadAnd high vis j...
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The Hat Girl - 04/Dec/2017 06:40 - 372 days ago
Shaking with shynessshe strolls silently along The Strand.Her hands hold hatsfolded from felt for daylong hoursinto the night wh...
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Grant Me Atonement for Mesostics - 26/Nov/2017 05:29 - 380 days ago
Amesosticis a poem arranged so that a vertical phrase intersects lines of horizontal text. It is similar to anacrostic, but with...
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Forgetfulness - 20/Nov/2017 06:00 - 386 days ago
A missing button left undoneMy half drunk cup of coffeenow cold. Where is my scarf?Buster paces round unsettled“Mum, I still n...
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The world according to - - 19/Nov/2017 05:16 - 387 days ago
Lets go to Ben Brown in Harare, a momentous morning.Yeah. When you think about it….Lucy, tidy those toys up. I won’t tell yo...
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List poem– messages in a bottle - 13/Nov/2017 06:53 - 393 days ago
A bottles of bargains bought and soldA vial of vintage vitriolic venomA flask of famous faces frozenA keg of kept‘kerchiefs sc...
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White noise - 09/Nov/2017 07:12 - 397 days ago
Sex scandals scream incessantlyFumbling breathless depravityStirring popular empathyMedia’s trivial recipe.News and truth lie ...
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Breaking bends - 02/Nov/2017 09:37 - 404 days ago
Step on a line, break yourJump the tracksThe road to nowhereLess travelledIs fraught with dangersApproach with cautionBest footF...
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Yanking my chain - 02/Nov/2017 04:09 - 404 days ago
20 minutes -don’t prevaricatedash to shopall in handbegin- bugger it!doesn’t workwhere’d I go wrong?- make tea© Sheila As...
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Variations on a theme by A.L. Kennedy - 30/Oct/2017 08:15 - 407 days ago
A.L. Kennedy wrote an extremely short story“He didn’t. She did. Big Mistake” (1)Here are my“Variations on a theme by A.L...
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Chronoscape– by Roger Ley - 29/Oct/2017 07:35 - 408 days ago
Please support a fellow writer get published - Share but more importantly Nominate / Vote onKindle Scout website!.My writing gro...
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Ghost in the Attic - 25/Oct/2017 03:09 - 412 days ago
The figure looks out through the windowto the world beyond,the people outsidethe figurebehind the grubby glassof the resting roo...
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How I sound how I sound - 21/Oct/2017 07:57 - 416 days ago
Nursery rhymes and balladsHumpty Dumpty and Sir Patrick Spensremembered unmemorisedtheir music lost to youthful years when70s gl...
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Hawwah - 14/Oct/2017 15:30 - 423 days ago
Scarfed in the red snake of temptationthe light maid of Sophia sits seductivelysurveying The Garden for forbidden fruit. In...
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Lipogram - 14/Oct/2017 08:09 - 423 days ago
A lipogram is a type of poem in which you restrict the use of certain letters. I just found this out. It is really difficult to...
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Football focus - 10/Oct/2017 03:48 - 427 days ago
He spends his Sunday morningsrummaging car boot sales,His Saturday nightstrawling ebayto re-collect the programsleft in the atti...
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Inheritance - 09/Oct/2017 06:28 - 428 days ago
For you -I would wield the surgeon’s knifeto cut away society’s cancer at its root,And banish the bankersprohibit the priest...
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The hands of time - 08/Oct/2017 04:19 - 429 days ago
Clouds breeze across the fieldsCorn ripens in the sunwrinkles crease your tissued skinyour touch tells all our memories© Sheila...
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Playful Poetry - 04/Oct/2017 04:39 - 433 days ago
LIGO/VIRGO© Sheila Ash, 20174thOctober 2017on the announcement of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics (https://www.nobelprize.org/...
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LIGO/VIRGO - 04/Oct/2017 03:52 - 433 days ago
Ripples in the fabric of space and time ripple in the fabric of space and time….Where two black holes merge,there, undulate an...
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Psychotic prism - 02/Oct/2017 05:53 - 435 days ago
Our writing exercise this morning consisted of using an object from a collection given to us to craft a character in a scene. My...
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Sunday Morning Market Nightmare - 27/Aug/2017 04:45 - 471 days ago
Dogs to the left of you,dogs to the right,still more unseen in front of you,hidden from sight.Dogs at eye leveltrying to lick yo...
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For T - 15/Aug/2017 09:49 - 483 days ago
Red eyes of salt water memoriesswim in the blue Caribbean Seaover bottomless coastal shelvesa thousand fish stream bylike days l...
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Love song - 17/Jul/2017 07:26 - 512 days ago
Running round the corner wind in your hairYou took my breath away. Would I dare?Lost in the scene, flower power days rememberedL...
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Memories from a crochet hook - 10/Jul/2017 06:30 - 519 days ago
Memories from a crochet hookGranny’s crochet shawlsspread across the settee backgathering cat hairs,budgie droppingsand age.Po...
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Poetry - 09/Jul/2017 08:34 - 520 days ago
WordsStructured and freedBlended with rhymes, seen and hearddance across the pageare slammed round roomsengraved on tombsto be ...
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Human chain (*) - 03/Jul/2017 06:14 - 526 days ago
The tap tap tap has passed.Terrace doors are opened one by oneand one by one are shutclosing life behind them.One by one the men...
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Journey - 02/Jul/2017 12:58 - 527 days ago
Many paths weave life’s tapestryeach easy to walk absentlyguided by others design.I thought I wanted conformityuntil the enorm...
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Reflections - 02/Jul/2017 06:22 - 527 days ago
I’ m often tearful telling storiesThe ones which made me who I amThe ones which spun the threads that became my DNAThe ones wh...
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Hand-made - 05/Jun/2017 08:03 - 554 days ago
Fingers once strong and sturdynow gnarled and twistedby an age of manual labour.His hand-made livelihood lies disabled© Sheila ...
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Two pieces about Home - 03/Jun/2017 01:53 - 556 days ago
1.These arms always strive to seek those faraway otherson this day like so many, they sway out of reach in the breezetwo singula...
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Trump’s up - 02/Jun/2017 10:18 - 557 days ago
Come on children learn Trump’s songhere’s the chorus you can sing alongit’s easy to learn, here’s how it goesnot a lot o...
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Trump’s up - 02/Jun/2017 10:18 - 557 days ago
Come on children learn Trump’s songhere’s the chorus you can sing alongit’s easy to learn, here’s how it goesnot a lot o...
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Two pieces about Home - 02/Jun/2017 05:29 - 557 days ago
1.These arms always strive to seek those faraway otherson this day like so many, they sway out of reach in the breezetwo singula...
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The accident - 22/May/2017 01:16 - 568 days ago
I’d known something was wrong, even before opening the doorto see this upstanding pillar of the establishmentpolitely take his...
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The accident - 21/May/2017 02:39 - 569 days ago
I’d known something was wrong, even before opening the doorto see this upstanding pillar of law enforcementpolitely take his h...
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Syria - 17/May/2017 05:50 - 573 days ago
Life without light.The grumble of generators.The eternal shadows of black nights creep on.(C) Sheila Ash, 2017posted 17May 2017s...
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Syria - 17/May/2017 05:50 - 573 days ago
Life without light.The grumble of generators.The eternal shadows of black nights creep on.(C) Sheila Ash, 2017posted 17May 2017s...
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Sakura - 26/Apr/2017 03:10 - 594 days ago
Magical moments whenA flock of origami lanterns raise heavenward without a careCherry blossom scent blankets the airSmothering f...
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Sakura - 26/Apr/2017 03:10 - 594 days ago
Magical moments whenA flock of origami lanterns raise heavenward without a careCherry blossom scent blankets the airSmothering f...
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A bridge to forever - 23/Apr/2017 03:42 - 597 days ago
Dedication: For Klair and Russell on their wedding day, 15th April 2017.Build a bridge to forever, walk over it together,there...
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A bridge to forever - 23/Apr/2017 03:42 - 597 days ago
Dedication: For Klair and Russell on their wedding day, 15th April 2017.Build a bridge to forever, walk over it together,there...
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Loneliness lies hidden - 02/Apr/2017 13:16 - 618 days ago
Lying in a crate of dusty odd endsOne Royal Wedding mug, four Poole plates, a Pyrex bowl, and me.Newsprint of the masses - the D...
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Loneliness lies hidden - 02/Apr/2017 13:16 - 618 days ago
Lying in a crate of dusty odd endsOne Royal Wedding mug, four Poole plates, a Pyrex bowl, and me.Newsprint of the masses - the D...
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Writer’s Block - 27/Mar/2017 07:51 - 624 days ago
He sits and staresthe world passes by.Birds sing, outsideplanes fly.He lifts the penthe page to replenisha few words writtenthe ...
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Writer’s Block - 27/Mar/2017 07:51 - 624 days ago
He sits and staresthe world passes by.Birds sing, outsideplanes fly.He lifts the penthe page to replenisha few words writtenthe ...
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Westminster Wake up Call - 23/Mar/2017 04:22 - 628 days ago
This time a loan assassindrove madly at the crowdhis car upon the pavementa bloody furrow ploughed.With knife in hand he’s run...
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Westminster Wake up Call - 23/Mar/2017 04:22 - 628 days ago
This time a loan assassindrove madly at the crowdhis car upon the pavementa bloody furrow ploughed.With knife in hand he’s run...
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Dreams of Flying - 20/Mar/2017 07:38 - 631 days ago
Long chalky fingers hold me fastSweat drips with the rising sunLegs flex and stretch out and upI swing, the foothold foundas wit...
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Dreams of Flying - 20/Mar/2017 07:38 - 631 days ago
Long chalky fingers hold me fastSweat drips with the rising sunLegs flex and stretch out and upI swing, the foothold foundas wit...
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Who I am today - 19/Mar/2017 04:11 - 632 days ago
In my head, the sands of Tin Merzouga blendtheir red with the purple heathers of Alba.My heart has bled its contradictions,its l...
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Who I am today - 19/Mar/2017 04:11 - 632 days ago
In my head, the sands of Tin Merzouga blendtheir red with the purple heathers of Alba.My heart has bled its contradictions,its l...
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Desert Larks - 13/Mar/2017 08:57 - 638 days ago
Two balls of dusky camouflagelost to their playful scurryI am in no hurryto riseto disturb these twin juvenile desert larksrolli...
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Desert Larks - 13/Mar/2017 08:57 - 638 days ago
Two balls of dusky camouflagelost to their playful scurryI am in no hurryto riseto disturb these twin juvenile desert larksrolli...
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The last word - 07/Mar/2017 03:00 - 644 days ago
We didn’t realise till too late. The rise in doctor’s visits was probably the first sign, more complaints of tiredness put d...
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The last word - 07/Mar/2017 03:00 - 644 days ago
We didn’t realise till too late. The rise in doctor’s visits was probably the first sign, more complaints of tiredness put d...
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Apollo 13 - 20/Feb/2017 05:45 - 659 days ago
The cosmic curtain cloaked the 3 in silencetheir fate hung in a delicatebalance.Downwards they fell, fast and furious,to the wor...
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Apollo 13 - 19/Feb/2017 07:41 - 660 days ago
The cosmic curtain cloaked the 3 in silencetheir fate hung in a delicatebalance.Downwards they fell, fast and furious,to the wor...
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The forge - 06/Feb/2017 05:51 - 673 days ago
In sepia’s golden glowsa bellow blows.Molten liquid flowsviscous like sloe ginwarming within.The hammer beats the metal.A shap...
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The forge - 06/Feb/2017 05:51 - 673 days ago
In sepia’s golden glowsa bellow blows.Molten liquid flowsviscous like sloe ginwarming within.The hammer beats the metal.A shap...
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B*gg*r off rap! - 30/Jan/2017 06:50 - 680 days ago
Monday morning grey and drearyGot up late, feeling wearyWriting scripts that’s the theoryMore like dialog hari-kiri.Words in a...
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B*gg*r off rap! - 30/Jan/2017 06:50 - 680 days ago
Monday morning grey and drearyGot up late, feeling wearyWriting scripts that’s the theoryMore like dialog hari-kiri.Words in a...
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Dressing up - 28/Jan/2017 02:15 - 682 days ago
“And would you like dessert this evening?” said the waiter.Carole shook her head, smiling.“No, not for me either. Time for...
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Dressing up - 27/Jan/2017 09:06 - 683 days ago
“And would you like dessert this evening?” said the waiter.Carole shook her head, smiling.“No, not for me either. Time for...
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Dialog - 21/Jan/2017 05:29 - 689 days ago
For this week’s homework for my Creative Writing Group, we are asked to write an opening dialog for a radio play. Not my forte...
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Dialog - 21/Jan/2017 05:29 - 689 days ago
For this week’s homework for my Creative Writing Group, we are asked to write an opening dialog for a radio play. Not my forte...
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Kiva Shiva - 16/Jan/2017 05:07 - 694 days ago
The picture stirs a memoryof place, of time -the broken walls,the market stall,of saree colours bright and gay,her smile of welc...
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Kiva Shiva - 16/Jan/2017 05:07 - 694 days ago
The picture stirs a memoryof place, of time -the broken walls,the market stall,of saree colours bright and gay,her smile of welc...
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Snowed in - 16/Jan/2017 05:00 - 694 days ago
As she approaches I smile and pick up two sliders, one to cut off my pint of milk from her upcoming load and the other to block ...
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Snowed in - 16/Jan/2017 05:00 - 694 days ago
As she approaches I smile and pick up two sliders, one to cut off my pint of milk from her upcoming load and the other to block ...
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What are you trying to say Ms Hamilton? - 05/Dec/2016 01:01 - 736 days ago
 You erectas a doorway within a brick walla gigantic pair of buttocksClutched by a pair of hands.You suspend in mid airin f...
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What are you trying to say Ms Hamilton? - 05/Dec/2016 01:01 - 736 days ago
 You erectas a doorway within a brick walla gigantic pair of buttocksClutched by a pair of hands.You suspend in mid airin f...
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Strictly Story - 27/Nov/2016 07:37 - 744 days ago
A dialog of voices round a table offers choicesfor a poet sitting searching for that all illusive rift.As Saturday night to Sund...
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Strictly Story - 27/Nov/2016 07:37 - 744 days ago
A dialog of voices round a table offers choicesfor a poet sitting searching for that all illusive rift.As Saturday night to Sund...
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Passport - 21/Nov/2016 08:26 - 750 days ago
Long days and even longer nightsRushed by out of sightVast swathes of lands I’d findas names on the school mapNow pass as grai...
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Passport - 21/Nov/2016 08:26 - 750 days ago
Long days and even longer nightsRushed by out of sightVast swathes of lands I’d findas names on the school mapNow pass as grai...
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Winter Words - 20/Nov/2016 08:56 - 751 days ago
ashramblings...
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Winter Words - 20/Nov/2016 08:56 - 751 days ago
ashramblings...
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Message - 14/Nov/2016 11:14 - 757 days ago
All the things I never saidthat still remain inside my head,the feelings left inside my heart,unexpressed, so never feltby you a...
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The room closed for 30 years is open….. - 13/Nov/2016 04:05 - 758 days ago
Stepping out, I should rejoicebut sky shouts so much noiserebounding off surfaces sharp and hollownot like my dream this tomorro...
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Fairytale Rap - 13/Nov/2016 02:52 - 758 days ago
Once upon a time in a land far way a door that had been shut for 30 years was opened……..Waves of light upon an oceandust spe...
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Rap lessons (1) - 09/Nov/2016 02:41 - 762 days ago
3 imperfect attempts at writing rap from our lessons with Kiran yesterday evening.Exercise– use the words bottle, silence, pow...
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Crumdrum - conundrum - 07/Nov/2016 05:15 - 764 days ago
Today’s mystery object at our creative writing classCrumdrum - conundrumBrass handledpan handledcollector of crumbsinto its dr...
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The Surveyor - 06/Nov/2016 04:31 - 765 days ago
He opened his eyes. He felt quite rested but lay still. With a slight sideways glance he saw she was still asleep. The curls of ...
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All was not as it seemed - 06/Nov/2016 04:31 - 765 days ago
Funereal black,shoes to matchshe stands in church.The bells were rung.The choir had sung.His coffin, nicely done.Total conformit...
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Tea story - 27/Oct/2016 07:10 - 775 days ago
Years ago for work I had the opportunity to stay at a very posh private conference facility in Belgium, I’ve forgotten its nam...
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My plea - 16/Oct/2016 06:16 - 786 days ago
The clock is already counting down.The steps of change tread soft upon the ground.Beware their speed is not the worry,their slow...
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Emily Davison - 10/Oct/2016 06:14 - 792 days ago
She needed to feel brave.She buttoned up her boots.Best feet forward.She wanted to feel comfortable.She put on her blue serge co...
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Quill skill - 09/Oct/2016 07:40 - 793 days ago
Once upon a time in Ancient Egypt,Phragmites reeds from the banks of the NileWere fashioned into qualams.The symbol of wisdom an...
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Production lines - 09/Oct/2016 03:53 - 793 days ago
Clunk, clink, squish, squash,Water pours and brushes wash.Bottle after bottle passesHeld by the neck with metal catches.Squirted...
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Street photographers - 02/Oct/2016 11:34 - 800 days ago
On every 1950s high street you could see themSpruced up, suited and bootedSickly smile in placeChat up lines at the readyto enco...
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Halesworth Library Monday’s Creative Writing Group - 28/Sep/2016 07:04 - 804 days ago
Writings from the group on display for 1 month in our local libraryashramblings...
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - 27/Sep/2016 09:06 - 805 days ago
The Shadow of the Wind(El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1)byCarlos Ruiz Zafón,Translated byLucia GravesStarting as man br...
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Liverpool Lime Street Remembered - 25/Sep/2016 04:33 - 807 days ago
Urgency hangs in the air,replacing the smoke of yesteryear’s trainswith commuter chaos.Bustling to and fro,potential passenger...
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The Gift - 19/Sep/2016 11:21 - 813 days ago
In youA smile breaks out.Eager hands are lifted up.Anticipation anchors your eyesupon the unknown surprise.In meAll of you is re...
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Post BREXIT debacle - 18/Sep/2016 03:54 - 814 days ago
After  listening to this morning’s Andrew Marr Show #marr -Like fridge magnet scrabble without the fridgeNo backbone to c...
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A writer’s worst nightmare - 18/Sep/2016 03:39 - 814 days ago
The pen nib broken.Words, unabated,Fly jumbled on the airCreativity wastedAn author in despair.© Sheila Ash 18thSeptember 2016a...
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Into my box I’d put … - 17/Sep/2016 10:15 - 815 days ago
Into my box I’d put all the darknesses -The dread of a young child calling for the lightThe resentment gnawing the spurned lov...
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The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud - 15/Sep/2016 08:33 - 817 days ago
The Meursault InvestigationbyKamel Daoud,Translated byJohn Cullen Ever read L’Étranger (The Outsider (UK) /The Stranger(...
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The drunken sailor’s revelry - 14/Sep/2016 09:56 - 818 days ago
For this week’s Creative Writing class exercise, our Tutor brought in a tallship in a bottle to use as a springboard for our w...
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt - 13/Sep/2016 08:55 - 819 days ago
The Secret HistorybyDonna TarttIt is a“why dunnit”for the first half of the book at least. I found it a bit overlong, just a...
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Gothic dreamland drama - Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - 25/Aug/2016 07:58 - 838 days ago
MarinabyCarlos Ruiz Zafón,Lucia Graves(Translator)In his intro to this book Zafón says it is perhaps his favourite work, I can...
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The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - 13/Aug/2016 02:05 - 850 days ago
The Midnight Palace(Niebla #2)byCarlos Ruiz Zafón,Lucia Graves(Translator)This is the second in Zafón’s Niebla series. Each ...
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September lights / The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - 11/Aug/2016 10:30 - 852 days ago
September Lights/The Watcher in the Shadows(Niebla #3)byCarlos Ruiz ZafónI am not sure why the renamed this book written in 199...
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Desert Rose - 19/Jul/2016 01:17 - 875 days ago
Tonight the desert comes to NorwichAnd I will dance the night awayListening to the musicRemembering the starlight skyUnder which...
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Ode to the Halesworth 5 - 10/Jul/2016 11:52 - 884 days ago
Standing proud the five triskelionsRaised by some night rapscallionTower above the fields and treesPreparing to tumble with the ...
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Betrayal - 06/Jul/2016 02:59 - 888 days ago
Carrying on our theme at our Creative Writing Group of looking at emotions, this weeks we tackled betrayal. Here’s my piece.Th...
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A Poem about Fear - 02/Jul/2016 07:28 - 892 days ago
For one step the world stops,time is lost to any clock.For one step the only soundher pounding heart beating down.For one step a...
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Poems from 1998 - 01/Jul/2016 11:29 - 893 days ago
I wrote these poems in 1998 during a holiday in Ireland with a friend who challenged me to write a four line poem, the first of ...
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Iceland v England - 30/Jun/2016 16:22 - 894 days ago
Facing defeat the players froze.Heads dropped,Eyeing their own feet’s futilityLacking in agilityStumbling immobility.They cowe...
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An Elephant never forgets - 27/Jun/2016 15:26 - 897 days ago
An elephant never forgetsas neither will I.The circle of cows around the unmoving new born.The gentle prodding of trunks.The Mat...
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Where once love lay - 24/Jun/2016 05:59 - 900 days ago
I do not want the morning sun to riseTo bring another day of bright blue skiesI do not want to face the ache of lossThe pain of ...
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Trapped - 20/Jun/2016 06:17 - 904 days ago
At our Creative Writing Group this morning we were looking at emotions and how to write them. Today’s one was Joy.Out of work ...
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Untitled rendering - 10/Jun/2016 03:02 - 914 days ago
From out of the blue it camewashed upleft behinda residue deposited on my shore.Does curiosity reign supremeprompting me to open...
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Fenn Halfin and the FearZero by Francesca Armour-Chelu - 09/Jun/2016 07:08 - 915 days ago
Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero (Fenn Halflin, #1)byFrancesca Armour-CheluThe author is one of our local librarians and I went las...
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Blogging - 01/May/2016 06:19 - 954 days ago
"jesjaspers.ashram@blogger.com"<jesjaspers.ashram@blogger.com>Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.ashramblings...
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Test - 20/Mar/2016 16:41 - 996 days ago
Testashramblings...
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Ballad of Pittencrieff Park - 19/Mar/2016 09:20 - 997 days ago
Will it still be as in my childhood memories?…..Behind the wrought iron gateslush lawns, open spaces, playful parksof gala day...
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The Shape of Life’s Signatures - 19/Mar/2016 08:53 - 997 days ago
It was the letter A that caused the problemLarge or small case variant as a first letter?Connecting, or not, my new surname to m...
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No touch - 19/Mar/2016 08:23 - 997 days ago
No hands to hold meNo arms to embrace memy body alone like never beforewaits and waits for touch.No tickles to make me laughand ...
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Pleasingly affective - 19/Mar/2016 08:14 - 997 days ago
Encapsulated in pink and orangethe plastic dolly mixturesits on my tonguegoing nowhere fast.The taste of toys, of rainmacsfills ...
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If I wasn’t awake I’d miss….. - 19/Mar/2016 07:51 - 997 days ago
Pencils scratching paperruffles of armed sleevessofty shuffling sighsAires of composed concentrationbroken by unseen beads of sw...
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A friend - 19/Mar/2016 07:36 - 997 days ago
I have lost more lovers than I care to rememberbut only once did I find a friend. © Sheila Ash 19th March 2016ashramblings...
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Loss of perspective - 19/Mar/2016 07:35 - 997 days ago
I lost my sense of perspective- under the influence of too many martinis- in a field of Henry Moore’s- listening to Donald Tru...
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My mother’s hand - 19/Mar/2016 07:23 - 997 days ago
I lost my mother’s hand the day I was bornbut another reached out for mine and held me dear.I lost her hand in Woolworthsamong...
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Jungle juju - 18/Mar/2016 10:12 - 998 days ago
Jack led the way, slashing furiously with his machete at the dense undergrowth. The others trailing one by one behind him. His s...
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The Guardian - 18/Mar/2016 09:30 - 998 days ago
The visual trigger for our Creative Writing group a couple of weeks back was an old factory clocking in machine. We were asked t...
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Writer’s block - 18/Mar/2016 07:03 - 998 days ago
This week’s visual trigger for our Creative Writing Group was an old wooden writing case - a lockable box, key lost, meant to ...
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The Door - 18/Mar/2016 06:50 - 998 days ago
Our Writing Group challenge was to envisage a door, real or imaginary, and to describe what we see through it. I wrote of memori...
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Legends to engender women’s rights - 24/Feb/2016 14:47 - 1021 days ago
The Palm Tree BanditbyNnedi OkoraforAvailable online athttp://www.strangehorizons.com/2000/20001211/palm_tree_bandit.shtmland in...
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Mixing juju and technology with mixed results - 24/Feb/2016 11:06 - 1021 days ago
Hello MotobyNnedi OkoraforAvailable online athttp://www.tor.com/stories/2011/11/hello-motoHaving read two of Okorafor's books no...
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African culture meets scifi– a fusion of promise - 22/Feb/2016 06:02 - 1023 days ago
BintibyNnedi OkoraforMy second book by this American– Nigerian author having previously readLagoon.I loved the way she takes t...
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The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy - 20/Feb/2016 14:59 - 1025 days ago
The Sunset LimitedbyCormac McCarthyAstounding. I listened to the excellentAudible versionwithEzra Knightreading Black andAustin ...
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Desert Island Discs - 17/Feb/2016 06:26 - 1028 days ago
Halesworth U3A Music Approeciation Group discovered the Desert Island Discs of some more of its memebers.(1) First up, LynetteCe...
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Lost parentage - 14/Feb/2016 03:11 - 1031 days ago
I’m sitting listening to the manwho cometh here from my homelandFrom my mother’s town.My mind is wanderingto heritage,to lin...
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My weekly trip to Tesco’s - 09/Feb/2016 06:53 - 1036 days ago
This week at our Creative Writing Group we had a visiting tutorPiers Blaikiewho post academic life has become a short story writ...
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The Good Companion - 07/Feb/2016 11:07 - 1038 days ago
Queuing to pay for the milk, I saw the face appear at the door with a look saying“Why are you taking so long?” I’d been ne...
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eyeing up his rewards - 30/Jan/2016 09:00 - 1046 days ago
Our brief for Creative Writing homework this week was to get outside our comfort zone and write a narrative piece getting under ...
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May my heart be open to little birds who are the secrets of living - 30/Jan/2016 06:58 - 1046 days ago
“May my heart be open to little birds who are the secrets of living” EE Cummingshttp://www.thepoetryexchange.co.uk/uncategor...
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Sheltering from ties that bind - 24/Jan/2016 08:10 - 1052 days ago
A Sheltered WomanbyYiyun LiThis short story is availableonline. It won theSunday Times Short Story Prize in 2015, at GBP30,...
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Love does not necessarily conquor all - 24/Jan/2016 05:27 - 1052 days ago
 The CovebyRon RashNarrated byJennifer WoodwardThis story is basically a doomed war time love affair. Laurel Shelton and he...
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Gok Wan restyles Anne Reid! - 21/Jan/2016 03:56 - 1055 days ago
The Matisse StoriesbyA.S. ByattI’ve only read one AS Byatt beforeThe Children’s Bookwhich I had struggled with. This led to ...
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The snowman cometh - 17/Jan/2016 02:41 - 1059 days ago
 “Hurry, hurry, before it goes”Where it came from no one knows.On with the hat, the scarf and the glovesOn with the wel...
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A runaway success! - 01/Jan/2016 04:25 - 1075 days ago
The Year of the RunawaysbySunjeev SahotaThis is the story of the lives of migrants, legal and illegal. Randeep, Avtar and Tochi ...
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Sci-fi shorts still work - 18/Dec/2015 07:04 - 1089 days ago
The Illustrated ManbyRay BradburySome time back my onlne book group read Bradbury’s short story “There will come soft rains...
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Heralding anew - 12/Dec/2015 03:05 - 1095 days ago
I am your lover, waiting in the wingsDo not walk aimlessly while you can sing.I am your lover, desire resting in my handsDo not ...
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I fell in love with the voice….. of Ron McLarty - 06/Dec/2015 03:25 - 1101 days ago
Last week’s in class exercise was 10 min on this line “I fell in love with the voice…”I know not the man,only the voice....
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If the cuckoo don’t crow then you know there’s a wind coming - 29/Nov/2015 13:28 - 1108 days ago
This week’s homework assignment for our Creative Writing group was to be inspired by the story of“if the cuckoo don’t crow...
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The Winter’s Tale left me cold - 26/Nov/2015 15:47 - 1111 days ago
Just been to see Kenneth Branagh's production of Shakespeare'sThe Winter's Talebroadcast liveto my local arts centre from the Ga...
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Dancing right in front of me - 24/Nov/2015 02:38 - 1113 days ago
This weeks Creative Writing exercise was to utilise this phrase taken from the David Gilmoursong.Facebook this morningis full of...
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Compulsory - 10/Nov/2015 16:00 - 1127 days ago
This weeks Creative writing exercise was a quickie– write in 5 minutes on “Compulsory”.You have to do it.You must do it.Yo...
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November Meeting Halesworth U3A Music Appreciation Group - 10/Nov/2015 13:29 - 1127 days ago
 Alison was up first with her desert Island disksBeethoven’s Symphony No. 6 Pastoral, played by Concertgebouw Orchestra c...
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A weekend of Zhang Yimou - 09/Nov/2015 01:43 - 1128 days ago
I’m a hugeZhang Yimoufan and especially his films withLi Gongfrom the very first one I saw which wasRaise the Red Lantern, so ...
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A week of strong film dramas - 06/Nov/2015 15:57 - 1131 days ago
This week’s movies I watched areA Second ChanceUsually the cover of a DVD gives a fairly accurate assessment of the type of mo...
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The man on the stairs - 19/Oct/2015 06:00 - 1149 days ago
 The Stirling staircase cascades down its landings.Descending you approachas in one long David Lean take of Sherif Ali appr...
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Desert Island Disks - 13/Oct/2015 05:42 - 1155 days ago
For today’s Halesworth U3A Music Appreciation Group meeting three of us did our Desert Island Disks, a choice of 3 each from 3...
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Desert Island Disks - 12/Oct/2015 08:51 - 1156 days ago
I was asked to pick 3 recordings as my "Desert Island" disks for our Music Appreciation group which meets tomorrow. After much d...
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Suicide on the beach? - 12/Oct/2015 06:51 - 1156 days ago
Todays scenario for our Writing Group in class exercise was as follows:On the beach you find a scrap of paper with hand writing ...
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In Cameo - 10/Oct/2015 05:20 - 1158 days ago
8 lines curve upon the screena minimalist caricatureof the puppet master.the music beginsGunoud’s Funeral March of a Marionett...
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Me and I - 05/Oct/2015 06:19 - 1163 days ago
This weeks prompt was a silver Victorian/art nouveau hand mirror similar to this picture. Our tutor asked us to look at ourselve...
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In the end everything simply began….. - 04/Oct/2015 04:43 - 1164 days ago
 Divine hands at work.Particles expand.Whatever! Am I bothered?Does it matter? Dark matterBig bangs, multiple universesexpa...
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Wood Words– for Rachel’s Wood - 29/Sep/2015 02:03 - 1169 days ago
Majestic guardians stand tall.Keepers of our past,protectors of our future.Enclosure in decay.Crumbling atop the earthwhere deep...
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Hommageà Bergman - 26/Sep/2015 06:43 - 1172 days ago
This weeks homework for our Creative Writing Group was to write 300 words beginning“Yesterday Ingrid came back into my life”...
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An Inspector’s eye view - 21/Sep/2015 06:27 - 1177 days ago
This weeks Creative Writing Group exercise was one of tutor’s mystery bags. Picked, contents unseen, these are our starting po...
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Just One More - 21/Sep/2015 06:11 - 1177 days ago
They sit cross leggedeagerly anticipating.Passed hand to handrapidly at first, then slowlyhoping for the game’s end.Tiny hands...
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Quest– purveyor of flavours and fragrances - 21/Sep/2015 05:35 - 1177 days ago
Last week was our first week back at our Creative Writing Group after the summer break. I can never get this consistent regress ...
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Contrasting coping mechanisms revealed - 14/Sep/2015 09:41 - 1184 days ago
The IlluminationsbyAndrew O'HaganYet another book about dementia and memory!  This time threaded through with the story of ...
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if I were fishing for a winner….. - 14/Sep/2015 06:37 - 1184 days ago
The FishermenbyChigozie ObiomaA 1990s middle class Nigerian childhood in which the loving Agwu family is torn apart by the proph...
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Music group playlist - 05/Sep/2015 06:14 - 1193 days ago
Our music sharing group met again on Thursday this week. The playlist was Jean Sibelius   -Intermezzo from the Ka...
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If the dead could tell the real story - 31/Aug/2015 06:36 - 1198 days ago
Echoes from the Dead(TheÖland Quartet #1)byJohan TheorinThe death of a child must remain with its parents for ever. How much wo...
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Bringing back memories of India but with a hint of darkness - 29/Aug/2015 05:43 - 1200 days ago
Sleeping on JupiterbyAnuradha RoyAs a seven year old Nomi sees her father murdered by armed men, looses her brother, and is fina...
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An orchestral composition - The Chimes by Anna Smaill - 08/Aug/2015 04:01 - 1221 days ago
The ChimesbyAnna Smaill Many of the write ups about this book cite it as challenging, unusual, difficult to get into and as...
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Caine Prize 2015– The Sack by Namwali Serpell - 04/Aug/2015 09:48 - 1225 days ago
 I’ve been reading thisshort storywith my online book club buddies at Constant Reader and you can follow the discussionhe...
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A Horse in the Morning– Roger Ley - 21/Jul/2015 10:48 - 1239 days ago
A friend has just written a memoir–A Horse in the Morning  - which is available on Amazon, the proceeds from which will g...
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A Song of Joy and Pain - 23/Jun/2015 02:00 - 1267 days ago
Sitting there upon your kneesHair blows gently in the breezesoftened up by all your charmsresting peaceful in your arms Sin...
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Planning my writings - 22/Jun/2015 10:09 - 1268 days ago
A couple of weeks ago it was my turn to talk about my work in Progress at our Creative Writing Group. I spoke about my planning ...
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Fleeting by– a story of childhood - 21/Jun/2015 07:17 - 1269 days ago
As a child she had kept caterpillars in a glass jar. Slightly hairy, black and white curly things she’d found on the blackcurr...
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We each build walls to protect ourselves - 21/Jun/2015 03:12 - 1269 days ago
MonasterybyEduardo HalfonI read andreviewedhisPolish Boxerlate last year and was mightily impressed. In this his second book Hal...
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Stories from the Land of Neme - 20/Jun/2015 01:55 - 1270 days ago
So I have been writing more bits of Stories from the Land of Neme,  (seeTala’s story) my fantasy collection which is my w...
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The Sound of Things Falling - 16/Jun/2015 04:30 - 1274 days ago
The Sound of Things FallingJuan Gabriel VásquezTranslated from the Spanish byAnne McLeanLonglisted for the Independent Foreign ...
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Lost souls– lost soles - 08/Jun/2015 06:44 - 1282 days ago
For our regular Monday morning brain teaser, our Creative writing tutor had spread before us a collection of various old shoes, ...
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test post - 30/May/2015 01:31 - 1291 days ago
This is a test post with photos to test if the workaround for Blogger– Windows LiveWriter issue works with multiple photosashr...
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U3A Music Appreciation Group - 27/May/2015 13:14 - 1294 days ago
I heard that Halesworth Branch of the U3A were trying to start a Music Appreciation group  so this afternoon went along to ...
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Untitled - 27/May/2015 09:36 - 1294 days ago
This is a test post to see if blogger will post blogs since my live writer will not.ashramblings...
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Dziękuję (Thank you) - 18/May/2015 05:04 - 1303 days ago
 His best friendOur best manMemories of years agoHis weddingLots of vodkaSmuggled in, in cases large and small,for toasts,w...
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Blues for BBK - 17/May/2015 05:03 - 1304 days ago
“The thrill is gone” sings the repriseI wipe the tears from my eyes.“The Thrill is gone” is all the airways playHalleluj...
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Thoughts for a defeated Liberal politician - 11/May/2015 06:56 - 1310 days ago
He sits in front of his computer screendemoralisedavoiding the news.Fixating vacantly on its pixels.Demoralised, crestfallenHe d...
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Mongolian Winter, 2010 - 09/May/2015 05:25 - 1312 days ago
 Slowly it advances ever onwardstriding southwardcrossing mountains, plains and seas.Spreading forwardnever stoppingrelentl...
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A Man and His Camel– a devotion above all else - 06/May/2015 00:42 - 1315 days ago
Gold Dust(first published in Arabic in 1990 as al-Tibr)byIbrahim al-KoniUpon reading that al-Koni was a Libyan Tuareg, writing i...
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The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto - 05/Apr/2015 04:07 - 1346 days ago
The Shadow of the Crescent MoonbyFatima BhuttoFatima Bhutto was born in Kabul in 1982. Her father Murtaza Bhutto, son of Pakista...
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A lyrical account of exile and return– I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti - 27/Mar/2015 05:19 - 1355 days ago
I Saw RamallahbyMourid BarghoutiHaving recently readSusan Abulhawa’s novelMornings in Jenin,  I felt compelled to read a ...
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Checking out loneliness and loss– The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami - 20/Mar/2015 06:47 - 1362 days ago
The Strange LibrarybyHaruki MurakamiTranslated byTed GoossenIn the Library basement, the narrator knocks on a door,“It was a n...
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The Perfect Now - 16/Mar/2015 07:42 - 1366 days ago
For today’s trigger, our Creative Writing Tutor brought in a small stone he’d found on a beach years ago. It is about 1.25-1...
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A Red Nose Day Pantoum - 15/Mar/2015 14:51 - 1367 days ago
Every two years the Comic Greats performto support all the little Violetsto encourage us to empty pocketsto save a life tonight....
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Green Fractal - 09/Mar/2015 10:43 - 1373 days ago
This week our tutor brought in an old green glass fishing float similar to the first of these pictures. Our task was to take it ...
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Tripping the light fantastic! - 09/Mar/2015 08:00 - 1373 days ago
 Our tutor asked us to write either a joke or an amusing occurrence in 40 words Purple Rain is playing. I’m dissolvi...
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Espantos de agosto (The Ghosts of August) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 26/Feb/2015 02:54 - 1384 days ago
I read thisstoryas part of mySpanish Challenge. It is a classical ghost story like those of Charles Dickens or MR James.  I...
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Un día de éstos – One of those days by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 25/Feb/2015 06:31 - 1385 days ago
 Continuing on withMy Spanish Challengeand reading this one by one of my favourite authors. It is part of the collection en...
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The Big Crunch - 23/Feb/2015 06:31 - 1387 days ago
When I was smallmy world was.Mum, dad and me.I explored the gardenand as it grewI did too.I ventured forthdown the lane explorin...
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Ajagara - 23/Feb/2015 06:31 - 1387 days ago
 In the undergrowth, by dappled lightpatiently, persistentlymy reptilian guard lies waiting.A stem hugging, leaf clinging s...
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Hear my words read by another - 18/Feb/2015 08:02 - 1392 days ago
I was amazed when Blackheath Dawn publishers approached me a few weeks back for permission to record and publish one of mypoemsw...
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The Consequences of Good Faith Actions - 16/Feb/2015 05:08 - 1394 days ago
The LowlandbyJhumpa LahiriLike my other recent readThe  Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee, this book has as its backdrop th...
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¿Tejar o tejer? To tile or to knit? - 15/Feb/2015 13:25 - 1395 days ago
Casa TomadabyJulio CortázarOne of this first ever stories, it can be found in his collectionsBestiario (The Beastery)andCasa to...
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My Spanish Challenge - 11/Feb/2015 03:01 - 1399 days ago
In my 30s I read a lot of Latin American literature, fell in love with magical realism and made a promise to myself that once I ...
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Max - 09/Feb/2015 11:09 - 1401 days ago
It was Holocaust memorial Week last week and I happened to watch one of the programmes on TV. It was about the lives of several ...
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Fox furs - 09/Feb/2015 05:33 - 1401 days ago
I can imagineMrs Palfrey at the Claremontdawning her fox fur stoleelegantly stepping out onto Kensington High Street. Much ...
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A challenge to our concept of a character or plot based novel - 06/Feb/2015 05:47 - 1404 days ago
The Wandering FalconbyJamil AhmadThis is an engaging book about a part of the world I have never been to but always wanted to tr...
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Thought you knew who Elizabeth Taylor was? Think again! - 05/Feb/2015 05:28 - 1405 days ago
Mrs Palfrey at the ClaremontbyElizabeth TaylorNot an author I had heard of, although seemingly very respected and well known in ...
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A Rune Tale–Tala’s Story - 03/Feb/2015 11:01 - 1407 days ago
Our Creative Writing tutor arrived for Monday’s class with a bag full of stones, each with aRuneengraved on them.  Each s...
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The Hat - 01/Feb/2015 05:59 - 1409 days ago
Bobby Charlton should have had one. Never embarrassed by his single hair straddled across his bald head which we all agreed just...
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Early memories - 01/Feb/2015 05:51 - 1409 days ago
Monday morningwashboard rhythmsdancing Fairy suds.The heavy mangleloaded upclasped in place across the sinksqueezing, pushing, p...
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The challenge– 13 short stories in 13 days–No. 13 and my final thoughts - 01/Feb/2015 04:25 - 1409 days ago
 The American LoverbyRose TremainStory 13– 21st-Century JulietDecided not to wait till tomorrow to read the final instalm...
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The challenge– 13 short stories in 13 days–No. 11 and 12 - 01/Feb/2015 02:24 - 1409 days ago
The American LoverbyRose TremainStory 11– Lucy and GastonLucy cannot go near the water. She fears the sea which she believes i...
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The challenge– 13 short stories in 13 days – No. 9 and 10 - 30/Jan/2015 02:44 - 1411 days ago
The American LoverbyRose TremainStory 9– SmithyA sensitive and tender tale of the last days of Reginald Smith, a man who throu...
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The challenge– 13 short stories in 13 days – No. 7 and 8 - 29/Jan/2015 07:04 - 1412 days ago
The American LoverbyRose TremainStory 7– Juliette Gréco’s Black DressThis deceptively straightforward little story has two ...
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The challenge– 13 short stories in 13 days – No. 5 and 6 - 26/Jan/2015 07:41 - 1415 days ago
The American LoverbyRose TremainStory 5– A View of lake Superior in the FallWow this woman can write. Her stories raise emotio...
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The challenge– 13 short stories in 13 days – No. 1 and 2 - 24/Jan/2015 14:45 - 1417 days ago
The American LoverbyRose TremainI have set myself the challenge of reading one story a day from this collection for the next 13 ...
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The challenge– 13 short stories in 13 days – No. 1 and 2 - 23/Jan/2015 13:24 - 1418 days ago
The American LoverbyRose TremainI have set myself the challenge of reading one story a day from this collection for the next 13 ...
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The Nigerian predicament in a nutshell - 20/Jan/2015 09:27 - 1421 days ago
Every Day is for the ThiefbyTeju ColeAccording toDuncan White’sreviewof this book in the Telegraph, in January 2006 when Teju ...
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The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee - 19/Jan/2015 09:38 - 1422 days ago
The Lives of OthersbyNeel MukherjeeThis novel wasshortlistedfor the 2014 Man Booker Prize. It is an impressive novel set in the ...
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War Child - 19/Jan/2015 05:00 - 1422 days ago
I remember how I first saw her. Silently cowering in the corner, amongst the rubble. Her straggly hair, her dirty face, her dust...
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Unseen - 18/Jan/2015 07:15 - 1423 days ago
 This term’s Creative Writing Group theme is one of concealment. Siren wailingTyres screechingShouting, knockingThe ...
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Recommended read for any returning volunteer - 31/Dec/2014 06:18 - 1441 days ago
The Book of Strange New ThingsbyMichel FaberI loved his short novellaThe Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps(seemy review).This is Fab...
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Potential in miniature - 25/Dec/2014 02:03 - 1447 days ago
The MiniaturistbyJessie BurtonThe story is set in 1686’s Amsterdam, Nella, a 18-year-old country girl with good lineage and ha...
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - 22/Dec/2014 04:24 - 1450 days ago
Dear friends, I hope you are enjoying reading my ashramblings blog and facebook page posts throughout 2014.Your continued accept...
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Excellent, well crafted, political satire - 22/Dec/2014 04:08 - 1450 days ago
The Fall of the Stone CitybyIsmail Kadaretranslated by John Hodgson This book was shortlisted for theIndependent Foreign Fi...
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Fuentes does Faust - 19/Dec/2014 10:05 - 1453 days ago
InezbyCarlos FuentesCan a reader truly understand a book which is so dependent upon a piece of music which she doesn’t know? I...
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The tongue’s blood does not run dry: Algerian stories by Assia Djebar - 12/Dec/2014 03:55 - 1460 days ago
The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry: Algerian StoriesbyAssia DjebarTranslated byTegan Raleigh “When you come back to Oran...
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Unleashing the silent scream of environmental pollution - 11/Dec/2014 11:41 - 1461 days ago
The Iron WomanbyTed HughesThis is the sequel to his previous bookThe Iron ManwhichI read earlier.Lucy is befriended by the Iron ...
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Here, there and everyone - 07/Dec/2014 05:01 - 1465 days ago
Here and there, now here and nowcaptured still, in forgotten photographs,sepia edged mementos of days gone bye.Dog-eared, brow-b...
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Villain to hero: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes - 05/Dec/2014 04:48 - 1467 days ago
The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five NightsbyTed Hughes,Illustrated byTom GauldBrowsing the library shelves for inspiration ...
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Epistrophy at its best - 04/Dec/2014 03:57 - 1468 days ago
The Buddha in the AtticbyJulie OtsukaI came across the concept of an epistrophe recently when readingEduardo Halfon’s novel&nb...
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Judge not others by who they appear to be - 02/Dec/2014 03:56 - 1470 days ago
When The Emperor Was DivinebyJulie OtsukaUnsentimental story of a Japanese American family from California, split up and interne...
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Judge not others by who they appear to be - 02/Dec/2014 03:56 - 1470 days ago
When The Emperor Was DivinebyJulie OtsukaUnsentimental story of a Japanese American family from California, split up and interne...
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Rasgar-ing the literal : The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon - 26/Nov/2014 05:57 - 1476 days ago
The Polish BoxerbyEduardo HalfonThere is a great review of this book on theWord Without Borderswebsite,  an interview with ...
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Rasgar-ing the literal : The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon - 26/Nov/2014 05:57 - 1476 days ago
The Polish BoxerbyEduardo HalfonThere is a great review of this book on theWord Without Borderswebsite,  an interview with ...
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Tiger, tiger - 17/Nov/2014 06:15 - 1485 days ago
The hunter’s trophieshung on wallsfloored in hallsglorified guardiansof a time gone by,an age beforewhen tails and silk dresse...
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Tiger, tiger - 17/Nov/2014 06:15 - 1485 days ago
The hunter’s trophieshung on wallsfloored in hallsglorified guardiansof a time gone by,an age beforewhen tails and silk dresse...
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Nightmare - 17/Nov/2014 06:11 - 1485 days ago
Awaiting the arrival of sleepthe toys are boxed away.Eyelids heavy in their droop and fallcaressing the pillowlulling the duvet ...
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Nightmare - 17/Nov/2014 06:11 - 1485 days ago
Awaiting the arrival of sleepthe toys are boxed away.Eyelids heavy in their droop and fallcaressing the pillowlulling the duvet ...
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Las esculturas de bronce de Alejandro Colunga en Guadalajara, México - 02/Nov/2014 06:11 - 1500 days ago
The magician spreads his cape to work his magictransmuting metal into goldthe alchemy of oldmade manifest in a sculptor’s hand...
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Las esculturas de bronce de Alejandro Colunga en Guadalajara, México - 02/Nov/2014 06:11 - 1500 days ago
The magician spreads his cape to work his magictransmuting metal into goldthe alchemy of oldmade manifest in a sculptor’s hand...
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The Immolation of Quetzalcoatl - 01/Nov/2014 11:00 - 1501 days ago
Quetzalcoatl -bringer of corncultivator of the artsorator of life.Feathered serpentbearded manbetrayed brother. Condemned t...
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The Immolation of Quetzalcoatl - 01/Nov/2014 10:51 - 1501 days ago
Quetzalcoatl -bringer of corncultivator of the artsorator of life.Feathered serpentbearded manbetrayed brother. Condemned t...
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Still Life - 30/Oct/2014 07:04 - 1503 days ago
The diary lies open and emptyA clock strikes the next hour againFamily photos loose colour and yellowRaffle tickets bring hope t...
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Still Life - 30/Oct/2014 03:09 - 1503 days ago
The diary lies open and emptyA clock strikes the next hour againFamily photos loose colour and yellowRaffle tickets bring hope t...
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An assessment of development trends and their implications for capacity development - 21/Oct/2014 14:11 - 1512 days ago
One of the report outputs from my time in Nigeria withMSAhas been published   - An assessment of development Tren...
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An assessment of development trends and their implications for capacity development - 21/Oct/2014 14:11 - 1512 days ago
One of the report outputs from my time in Nigeria withMSAhas been published   - An assessment of development Tren...
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The Glass Room by Simon Mawer - 17/Oct/2014 05:01 - 1516 days ago
The Glass RoombySimon MawerThe house in The Glass Room was designed as a futurist, modern work of art by its visionary architect...
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The Glass Room by Simon Mawer - 17/Oct/2014 04:59 - 1516 days ago
The Glass RoombySimon MawerThe house in The Glass Room was designed as a futurist, modern work of art by its visionary architect...
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Uncle John - 12/Oct/2014 02:23 - 1521 days ago
One side of the flacking, blue painted, panelled wood door stands slightly ajar on rusty hinges on this bright Spring day. I pee...
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Uncle John - 12/Oct/2014 02:23 - 1521 days ago
One side of the flacking, blue painted, panelled wood door stands slightly ajar on rusty hinges on this bright Spring day. I pee...
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The Watch - 06/Oct/2014 05:35 - 1527 days ago
My Creative Writing Tutor set us homework . We had to imagine an item of jewellery, and using our term’s theme of light and da...
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The Watch - 04/Oct/2014 07:18 - 1529 days ago
My Creative Writing Tutor set us homework . We had to imagine an item of jewellery, and using our term’s theme of light and da...
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Autumn - 28/Sep/2014 06:26 - 1535 days ago
Dank misty mornswaddling shroudgiant gossamer cobwebsdesiccate into unobserved obscurity. Dew dropsline up along the window...
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Autumn - 28/Sep/2014 06:26 - 1535 days ago
Dank misty mornswaddling shroudgiant gossamer cobwebsdesiccate into unobserved obscurity. Dew dropsline up along the window...
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Only 3 more to go - 27/Sep/2014 01:43 - 1536 days ago
It's the final stretch - Only 3 more donations to go before its ends on September 30, 2014 until 23:59 hrs EDT. Please support t...
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Only 3 more to go - 27/Sep/2014 01:43 - 1536 days ago
It's the final stretch - Only 3 more donations to go before its ends on September 30, 2014 until 23:59 hrs EDT. Please support t...
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Madness - 26/Sep/2014 10:38 - 1537 days ago
Our theme for this term’s Creative Writing Group is Light and Dark. Last week our tutor read the following line fromThe Prophe...
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Madness - 26/Sep/2014 10:38 - 1537 days ago
Our theme for this term’s Creative Writing Group is Light and Dark. Last week our tutor read the following line fromThe Prophe...
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Tenere - 21/Sep/2014 05:04 - 1542 days ago
 Timelessnessthat stillness of perpetual motion.Sensuous curves slumber onthe clearest blue pillowssnuggling amidst a richl...
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Ashburton Cookery School - 19/Sep/2014 03:56 - 1544 days ago
I spent 5 days this month atAshburton Cookery Schoolattending theirIntermediate Course.  A real treat to myself after the h...
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Ashburton Cookery School - 18/Sep/2014 07:25 - 1545 days ago
I spent 5 days this month atAshburton Cookery Schoolattending theirIntermediate Course.  A real treat to myself after the h...
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Tenere - 18/Sep/2014 04:58 - 1545 days ago
 Timelessnessthat stillness of perpetual motion.Sensuous curves slumber onclear blue pillowsand richly textured, glorious o...
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Forgotten Writings (2): Homage to Homs - 18/Sep/2014 04:44 - 1545 days ago
Homage to HomsThe city walls will not forgetthe long fought, weary, fighters as they leftWho’d stood so Homs would never fallt...
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Forgotten Writings (2): Homage to Homs - 18/Sep/2014 04:44 - 1545 days ago
Homage to HomsThe city walls will not forgetthe long fought, weary, fighters as they leftWho’d stood so Homs would never fallt...
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Forgotten writings (1) The Border’s Gate - 18/Sep/2014 04:44 - 1545 days ago
I forget to post two pieces of writing I did early this summer, here’s the first. The Border’s GateFalse boundaries put...
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Forgotten writings (1) The Border’s Gate - 18/Sep/2014 04:44 - 1545 days ago
I forget to post two pieces of writing I did early this summer, here’s the first. The Border’s GateFalse boundaries put...
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Return to Creative Writing Group - 17/Sep/2014 04:27 - 1546 days ago
This week saw the restart of our Creative Writing Group. The tutor had us each write down on a slip of paper 5 characteristics o...
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Return to Creative Writing Group - 17/Sep/2014 04:27 - 1546 days ago
This week saw the restart of our Creative Writing Group. The tutor had us each write down on a slip of paper 5 characteristics o...
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Update: Sept 30th deadline for educational appeal by Shakti Organisation, the Indian NGO where I did my VSO placement - 16/Sep/2014 01:27 - 1547 days ago
This project, from the NGO I worked with in India, has to raise $5,000 from 40 donors by September 30, 11:59 PM EDT to earn a pe...
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Update: Sept 30th deadline for educational appeal by Shakti Organisation, the Indian NGO where I did my VSO placement - 16/Sep/2014 01:27 - 1547 days ago
This project, from the NGO I worked with in India, has to raise $5,000 from 40 donors by September 30, 11:59 PM EDT to earn a pe...
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Support the NGO I was with in India - 08/Sep/2014 15:04 - 1555 days ago
The NGO I was with in India are looking to raisefundingto continue their excellent education program for slum children. It would...
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Support the NGO I was with in India - 08/Sep/2014 15:04 - 1555 days ago
The NGO I was with in India are looking to raisefundingto continue their excellent education program for slum children. It would...
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Storm clouds - 28/Jul/2014 02:01 - 1597 days ago
Thunder roarsLightning veins the skyEyes peer out in awe and wonder at nature’s power.But still we dash from homes to cars, fr...
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Storm clouds - 28/Jul/2014 02:01 - 1597 days ago
Thunder roarsLightning veins the skyEyes peer out in awe and wonder at nature’s power.But still we dash from homes to cars, fr...
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Winds of change - 13/Jul/2014 09:15 - 1612 days ago
HarmattanbyGavin WestonWinds of change storm over 12 year old Haoua living in the western part of Niger making her transition fr...
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Winds of change - 13/Jul/2014 09:15 - 1612 days ago
HarmattanbyGavin WestonWinds of change storm over 12 year old Haoua living in the western part of Niger making her transition fr...
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Orange flares and slimey waters - 12/Jul/2014 05:45 - 1613 days ago
Oil on WaterbyHelon HabilaSet in Nigeria’s Delta amidst the swamps and mangroves lit up by the orange flares from the oil expl...
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Orange flares and slimey waters - 12/Jul/2014 05:45 - 1613 days ago
Oil on WaterbyHelon HabilaSet in Nigeria’s Delta amidst the swamps and mangroves lit up by the orange flares from the oil expl...
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Tom’s garden - 07/Jul/2014 06:17 - 1618 days ago
The old broom headlike an elongated hedgehogstoppers open the rickety driftwood gate. The shingle pathwinds its way through...
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Tom’s garden - 07/Jul/2014 06:17 - 1618 days ago
The old broom headlike an elongated hedgehogstoppers open the rickety driftwood gate. The shingle pathwinds its way through...
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A better place to be - 30/Jun/2014 06:06 - 1625 days ago
From despair, a longing for a better place to be.He stares hopefully, counting his future in his past pennies.They left in thous...
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Very short stories - 23/Jun/2014 02:00 - 1632 days ago
Ernest Hemingwaysupposedly wrote a very short story for a bet. It was:‘For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.’So the challenge wa...
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - 22/Jun/2014 06:00 - 1633 days ago
At last week’s Creative Writing Class we were challenged to first feel an object without seeing it with our eyes and to think ...
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Then and Now - 10/Jun/2014 01:00 - 1645 days ago
Inspired by the Billie Holliday classic, Strange Fruit, and for the two youngIndian womenrecently raped and murdered."Strange Fr...
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Handle Me Gently - 09/Jun/2014 06:33 - 1646 days ago
Handle gentlybut do not crush my heart, my friendbroken and abandonedits sharp barbs confine a tender corefrom which a bounteous...
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Halesworth Carnival 2014 - 08/Jun/2014 09:21 - 1647 days ago
Not quite Rio!Halesworth’s 2014 Carnivalon a beautifully hot summer’s day.You can seethe full albumashramblings...
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Transition lenses - 05/Jun/2014 06:00 - 1650 days ago
A sliver of shining AbalonePearl of the South Seasreturning memories. Light upon the antediluvian lustrereflects a changed ...
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Some amazing young writers… - 30/May/2014 02:20 - 1656 days ago
Totally inspired by these youngsters and what they have produced in their 500 word stories. Imagine being 9 and not only winning...
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The Cock Fight - 25/May/2014 02:05 - 1661 days ago
 In the dark, a tense circle of countingnumbers multipliedodds spiral.Central, two sets of handstender, controllingeach hol...
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Edison, New Jersey by Junot Diaz - 24/May/2014 00:00 - 1662 days ago
Short Story Title:Edison, New JerseyAuthorJunot DiazWhere to find itfull text onlineandOxford Book of American Short StoriesBrie...
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Short Story Quickie - 23/May/2014 03:13 - 1663 days ago
 I do occasionally read short stories, usually with myonline book group. When I was a child the only reading done in my fat...
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The right to a life - 21/May/2014 10:48 - 1665 days ago
Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill: The Story of Mary BellbyGitta SerenyLooking for JJbyAnne CassidyFinding Jennifer JonesbyAnne C...
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The cutting edge - 20/May/2014 01:16 - 1666 days ago
For this week’s exercise for my Creative Writing class our tutor came with a selection of scientific photographs. He used only...
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Cliff House - 19/May/2014 06:41 - 1667 days ago
Last week my Writing Group took a trip toCliff House Holiday Parknear Dulwich where one can purchase residential log cabin style...
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Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy - 10/May/2014 10:14 - 1676 days ago
This is a book, aimed at Young Adults, won the Booktrust Teenage Prize in 2004. The potentially difficult subject, a child who m...
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An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan - 06/May/2014 11:45 - 1680 days ago
What can one say about this book but that it is an incredible record of an incredible achievement, namely that of remaining a sa...
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The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness - 02/May/2014 10:27 - 1684 days ago
Every so often I stumble across a new author whom I feel I should have known about. Laxness won theNobel Prize for Literaturein ...
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Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi - 02/May/2014 09:27 - 1684 days ago
When I readPersepolis The story of a Childhood, I hadn't realised there was a second volume. Volume 1 left me wondering just wha...
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Bundu by Chris Barnard - 02/May/2014 06:10 - 1684 days ago
 BundubyChris BarnardThis book was shortlisted for theIndependent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2013and was translated from the ...
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi - 28/Apr/2014 01:44 - 1688 days ago
Persepolis: The Story of a ChildhoodbyMarjane SatrapiThis is the first graphic novel I have read since my fanaticism with Marvel...
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The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat - 20/Apr/2014 08:53 - 1696 days ago
The Blind OwlbySadegh HedayatTranslated byD.P. CostelloThis is one of the strangest books I have ever read. It was banned in the...
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Rats - 13/Apr/2014 02:34 - 1703 days ago
RatsHe gasped for air, struggling to breathe. The bag tightened, driving further and further into his mouth with each gulp. His ...
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The Priory - 13/Apr/2014 02:24 - 1703 days ago
The PrioryI make haste along the corridor to the Great Hall. I want to be there first each morning to see everyone arrive. No so...
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Inclination - 13/Apr/2014 02:15 - 1703 days ago
Reclining Woman, 1951. The Henry Moore FoundationAt our Creative Writing Group our tutor this week placed several picture postca...
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Aromatic memory - 02/Apr/2014 13:00 - 1714 days ago
I planted it in the garden the year before, a discarded bulb from an Easter pot, with a forgotten hope of life respringing. The ...
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My World Rainbow - 31/Mar/2014 04:00 - 1716 days ago
The black stone walls encrusted with grey lichen line the fields and roadside verges of my youthThe red lion rampart of the Wall...
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Under the Frangipani by Mia Couto - 30/Mar/2014 09:59 - 1717 days ago
 Under the FrangipanibyMia Couto,David BrookshawIn the edition I have, the short intro, entitled White body, black soul, is...
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Moul N’Aga - 22/Mar/2014 03:04 - 1725 days ago
The bright orange sands of Moul N’Aga move secretly and silently in their timeless stroll across the southern Algerian landsca...
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Have you not found my shoe yet? - 14/Mar/2014 03:00 - 1733 days ago
  forensics on sceneyellow tape cordonsshallowwoodlandgraveAt long last, now he will be foundthe bastard who did this ...
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The alley - 10/Mar/2014 10:11 - 1737 days ago
It was an anonymous alleyway. A mere 6 feet wide, each side bleak brick without doors or windows. The left hand side reached up ...
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Northern Lights - 03/Mar/2014 08:14 - 1744 days ago
Photo Attribution:Brocken InagloryThe northern skies came south last nightwondrous celestial curtainsdancing like Salome’s sev...
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Tanka - 03/Mar/2014 08:10 - 1744 days ago
Last weeks home work from our Creative Writing tutor was to attempt to write a tanka. This is a Japanese poetry form which in it...
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Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo - 02/Mar/2014 09:50 - 1745 days ago
Private PeacefulbyMichael MorpurgoIdyllic memories of childhood pre WW1 are recounted through the night by an under age soldier ...
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The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca By Tahir Shah - 28/Feb/2014 04:21 - 1747 days ago
 The Caliph's House: A Year in CasablancaByTahir ShahThis is an account of how the young author moved himself, wife and two...
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Communion for John Veitch - 24/Feb/2014 05:32 - 1751 days ago
 Thursday evening saw our book group meeting relocated from the Library to a house nearby because of anaccident. We didn’...
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The Last Friend by Tahar Ben Jalloun - 23/Feb/2014 08:27 - 1752 days ago
The Last Friendby Tahar Ben Jelloun This novel is the story of a friendship between two men– Ali and Mamed. In the f...
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A wet winter wonder - 23/Feb/2014 06:43 - 1752 days ago
At last week’s creative writing class our tutor brought in a small, attractively glazed pot of flowering snowdrops and set us ...
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The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings - 22/Feb/2014 06:10 - 1753 days ago
The Shahnameh: The Persian Book of KingsbyElizabeth LairdIllustrated byShirin Adl TheShahnamehis a long epic poem written b...
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The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani - 19/Feb/2014 07:36 - 1756 days ago
The Blood of FlowersbyAnita Amirrezvani A young girl and her recently widowed mother, without a male family member to tend ...
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Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaza Mengiste - 16/Feb/2014 05:27 - 1759 days ago
Beneath the Lion’s GazebyMaaza Mengiste In 1974 the Ethiopian MarxistDerg,Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces, Pol...
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My childhood landmark - 12/Feb/2014 15:16 - 1763 days ago
Public Weighing MachineIn the bustle of the Woolworths store. amidst the polished mahogany counters and the shoppers’ stocking...
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Test3 - 10/Feb/2014 09:03 - 1765 days ago
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Shadow of the Serpent by David Ashton - 06/Feb/2014 04:38 - 1769 days ago
Shadow of the SerpentbyDavid AshtonScottish author David Ashton first wrote an Afternoon Play for BBC radio about James McLevy, ...
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The user is about to commit an indiscretion - 03/Feb/2014 06:41 - 1772 days ago
 At our Creative Writing Group, the tutor brought in an article for us to use as a creative trigger along with the words“...
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The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah - 02/Feb/2014 03:07 - 1773 days ago
The House of the MosquebyKader AbdolahReminding me of reading Latin American family sagas and of first readingKhaled Hosseini,Th...
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Rock and Roll Salvation - 31/Jan/2014 13:35 - 1775 days ago
Rock and Roll Suicide– David Bowie, from the Ziggy Stardust Album, 1972.© EMI Music Publishing“Time takes a cigarette, puts...
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Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame, 2007 Dir. Hana Makhmalbaf - 31/Jan/2014 09:39 - 1775 days ago
Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Buda as sharm foru rikht)2007Director:Hana MakhmalbafThis is the first feature film from the...
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White Castle by Orhan Pamuk - 30/Jan/2014 06:10 - 1776 days ago
White Castle by Orhan Pamuk A young Italian sailing from Venice is taken prisoner by the Turks and sold into slav...
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No, not ordinary - 27/Jan/2014 10:21 - 1779 days ago
The winter frost snow caps the carsDark puddles litter the car park potholesLast year’s Harmattan seems a world away. M&a...
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Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah - 23/Jan/2014 15:15 - 1783 days ago
Lasting DamagebySophie HannahI read this one because I am new to my in person book club and this was what they had decided to re...
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The Spider’s House by Paul Bowles - 23/Jan/2014 07:57 - 1783 days ago
The Spider’s HousebyPaul Bowles Bowles spent much of his life in Morocco and wrote his fiction there. This familiarity is...
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Strange Meeting by Susan Hill - 20/Jan/2014 10:54 - 1786 days ago
Strange MeetingbySusan HillIn her Afterword to this book, Susan Hill says that it owes nothing more than its title to Wilfred Ow...
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False tree - 20/Jan/2014 10:53 - 1786 days ago
Lying spent after the eventimpervious to wind and raininedible to bugs and grubsdiscarded to the kerbside.Tattered, ripped wrapp...
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Hats - 20/Jan/2014 10:53 - 1786 days ago
Red hat, blue hat, green hat. Felt hats, fur hats, wedding hats. Mad hatter hats– that’s actually a place called that near w...
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Braving the new world - 06/Jan/2014 10:06 - 1800 days ago
Isn’t it nice when things start to fall into place like when you are first getting to know new people?Moving to a new town mea...
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Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe - 27/Dec/2013 09:08 - 1810 days ago
Woman in the DunesbyKobo Abe Whilst the plot is straightforward, a man visiting a coastal area is tricked into staying over...
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Joyeux Noel - 24/Dec/2013 03:26 - 1813 days ago
Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Feliz Natal, Merry Kirsimeti, Meri krisamasa, Maligayang Pasko,Merry Christmasashramblings...
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Playing with Lightroom (1) - 23/Dec/2013 13:23 - 1814 days ago
 When I was on my photographic overland trip earlier this year I was complete blown away by the effects you could achieve w...
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“Points in Time” by Paul Bowles - 22/Dec/2013 06:33 - 1815 days ago
Points in TimebyPaul BowlesA series of short snippets and vignettes become a series of points in time within an overall impressi...
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Halesworth–a little gem - 14/Dec/2013 05:01 - 1823 days ago
Halesworth’s Portas BidAs I discover more about my new home town of Halesworth I find they made aPortas Bidin 2012 but sadly w...
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A Simple Story by Leonardo Sciascia - 11/Dec/2013 09:23 - 1826 days ago
 A Simple Story by  Leonardo Sciascia   Following a recommendation for this author I was init...
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War Music - 05/Dec/2013 05:24 - 1832 days ago
While browsing my Facebook friends today I read the followingpoemwritten by Fadi Alansary on one of my Liked PagesJe n’aime pa...
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I’m the King of the Castle….. - 27/Aug/2013 04:11 - 1932 days ago
 I’m the King of the Castle by Susan Hill         I found this a v...
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AIF5 Okavango Delta - 15/Jun/2013 07:05 - 2005 days ago
a fish eagle watches over the lagoonits silence softened only by sporadic splashesof poles punting their makorosalong hippo high...
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AIF4 - It's all in the name - 11/Jun/2013 01:02 - 2009 days ago
Various unusual and comical establishment names seen during our travels through ZambiaGolden Pillow MotelBit by bit groceryFlamb...
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Moment in Oulu,Finland - 11/Jun/2013 01:02 - 2009 days ago
I was  there in February on a work tripStands of silver birchupright legs from off the snowtable cloth over northern soila ...
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AIF3 - Animals seen - 24/May/2013 13:48 - 2027 days ago
We are spending tonight aside the Kavango River on the Namibian side looking over to Angola before heading into the Okavango Del...
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