Title: Sheila Ash (India)

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URL: http://ashramblings.blogspot.com

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Love song - 17/Jul/2017 07:26 - 9 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 - 16 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 - 17 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 - 23 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 - 24 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 - 24 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 - 51 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 - 53 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 - 54 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 - 54 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 - 54 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 - 65 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 - 66 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 - 70 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 - 70 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 - 91 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 - 91 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 - 94 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 - 94 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 - 115 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 - 115 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 - 121 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 - 121 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 - 125 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 - 125 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 - 128 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 - 128 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 - 129 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 - 129 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 - 135 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 - 135 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 - 141 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 - 141 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 - 156 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 - 157 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 - 170 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 - 170 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 - 177 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 - 177 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 - 179 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 - 180 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 - 186 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 - 186 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 - 191 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 - 191 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 - 191 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 - 191 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 - 233 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 - 233 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 - 241 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 - 241 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 - 247 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 - 247 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 - 248 days ago
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Winter Words - 20/Nov/2016 08:56 - 248 days ago
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Message - 14/Nov/2016 11:14 - 254 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 - 255 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 - 255 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 - 259 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 - 261 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 - 262 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 - 262 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 - 272 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 - 283 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 - 289 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 - 290 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 - 290 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 - 297 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 - 301 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 - 302 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 - 304 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 - 310 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 - 311 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 - 311 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 - 312 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 - 314 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 - 315 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 - 316 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 - 335 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 - 347 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 - 349 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 - 372 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 - 381 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 - 385 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 - 389 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 - 390 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 - 391 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 - 394 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 - 397 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 - 401 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 - 411 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 - 412 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 - 451 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 - 493 days ago
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Ballad of Pittencrieff Park - 19/Mar/2016 09:20 - 494 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 - 494 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 - 494 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 - 494 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 - 494 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 - 494 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 - 494 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 - 494 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 - 495 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 - 495 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 - 495 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 - 495 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 - 518 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 - 518 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 - 520 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 - 522 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 - 525 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 - 528 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 - 533 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 - 535 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 - 543 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 - 543 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 - 549 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 - 549 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 - 552 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 - 556 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 - 572 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 - 586 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 - 592 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 - 598 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 - 605 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 - 608 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 - 610 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 - 624 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 - 624 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 - 625 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 - 628 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 - 646 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 - 652 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 - 653 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 - 653 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 - 655 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 - 660 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 - 661 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 - 666 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 - 669 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 - 674 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 - 674 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 - 674 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 - 681 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 - 681 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 - 690 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 - 695 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 - 697 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 - 718 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 - 722 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 - 736 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 - 764 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 - 765 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 - 766 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 - 766 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 - 767 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 - 771 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 - 779 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 - 788 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 - 791 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 - 791 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 - 800 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 - 801 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 - 807 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 - 809 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 - 812 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 - 843 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 - 852 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 - 859 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 - 863 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 - 864 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 - 870 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 - 870 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 - 881 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 - 882 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 - 884 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 - 884 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 - 889 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 - 891 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 - 892 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 - 896 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 - 898 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 - 898 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 - 901 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 - 902 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 - 904 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 - 906 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 - 906 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 - 906 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 - 906 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 - 908 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 - 909 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 - 912 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 - 914 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 - 915 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 - 918 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 - 919 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 - 919 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 - 920 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 - 938 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 - 944 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 - 947 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 - 947 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 - 950 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 - 957 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 - 958 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 - 962 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 - 964 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 - 965 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 - 967 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 - 967 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 - 973 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 - 973 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 - 982 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 - 982 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 - 982 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 - 982 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 - 997 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 - 997 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 - 998 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 - 998 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 - 1000 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 - 1000 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 - 1009 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 - 1009 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 - 1013 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 - 1013 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 - 1018 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 - 1018 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 - 1024 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 - 1026 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 - 1032 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 - 1032 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 - 1033 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 - 1033 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 - 1034 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 - 1034 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 - 1039 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 - 1041 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 - 1042 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 - 1042 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 - 1042 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 - 1042 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 - 1042 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 - 1042 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 - 1043 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 - 1043 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 - 1044 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 - 1044 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 - 1052 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 - 1052 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 - 1094 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 - 1094 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 - 1109 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 - 1109 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 - 1110 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 - 1110 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 - 1115 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 - 1115 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 - 1122 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 - 1129 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 - 1130 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 - 1142 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 - 1143 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 - 1144 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 - 1147 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 - 1153 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 - 1158 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 - 1159 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 - 1160 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 - 1162 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 - 1163 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 - 1164 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 - 1173 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 - 1177 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 - 1181 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 - 1181 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 - 1181 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 - 1185 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 - 1193 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 - 1200 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 - 1200 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 - 1200 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 - 1211 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 - 1213 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 - 1214 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 - 1222 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 - 1230 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 - 1234 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 - 1241 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 - 1241 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 - 1242 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 - 1244 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 - 1248 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 - 1249 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 - 1249 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 - 1250 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 - 1253 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 - 1256 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 - 1260 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 - 1262 days ago
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Shadow of the Serpent by David Ashton - 06/Feb/2014 04:38 - 1266 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 - 1269 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 - 1270 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 - 1272 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 - 1272 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 - 1273 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 - 1276 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 - 1280 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 - 1280 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 - 1283 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 - 1283 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 - 1283 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 - 1297 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 - 1307 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 - 1310 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 - 1311 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 - 1312 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 - 1320 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 - 1323 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 - 1329 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 - 1429 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 - 1502 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 - 1506 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 - 1506 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 - 1524 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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