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Aiyahh!!

Aiyahh!!! Aiyahh! is the expressive Cantonese exclamation for almost every emotion under the sun. Here it signifies shock and dismay. It has been 7 months since my last posting. And still people stumble across this blog (how? Where?) and think … Continue reading

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The Alphabet of Vietnam

Here is a review of my novel The Alphabet of Vietnam from someone who was there and whose comments I therefore have immense respect for: “This book really got to me. I am a veteran, I fought in Vietnam in … Continue reading

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The Lost Cosmonaut

Daniel Kalder was a Scot in his late 20s when he set out on ┬áthe travels – the four journeys that make up his book The Lost Cosmanaut. Faber and Faber did him proud for this is a paperback with … Continue reading

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Getting back into the swing of things with Poe Ballantine

It is about three months since I last posted some great words. And yet, yesterday, I had a visitor who read three pages (before getting bored?). That’s OK. I’m a glass half full kind of guy. Three pages he managed! … Continue reading

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Greenmantle – What a load of old tosh! – and Rogue Male – still has what it takes

Greenmantle was published in 1916. This was the second of John Buchan’s novels and features the character Richard Hannay who was the hero of the better known TheThirty-Nine Steps. I decided to re-read it (I had read it once when … Continue reading

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Me! Me! Me Tarzan. You! You! You idiot!

Yes, the ‘me’ word raises its ugly head again but before I get into that I need to address a particular supermarket whose name may or may not be Waitrose (I may or may not be talking about the branch … Continue reading

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You know how it is…

Or maybe you don’t (know how it is, I mean). I have voices in my head. That’s right and it explains my theory of sanity being merely a form of controlled insanity – or if it doesn’t actually explain it, … Continue reading

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