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Moderating Forums

Moderating Forums

AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ FORUM: A MODERATE SUCCESS? Pauline has suggested that I ePen some words about internet forum moderation based on my experience with the Australian Writers’ Forum (AWF). If the AWF is a nice place to be, that’s the forum members’ fault. But since Pauline has flattered […]

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Remembering Jamaica Inn

JAMAICA INN As child growing up  in the late  fifties there was a slim volume on our bookshelves that I turned to over and over again. It was  certainly not intended  for a ten  or eleven year old, especially one  more  accustomed to  Enid Blyton and The […]

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PUTNEY: GNOME-MAN’S LAND

PUTNEY: GNOME-MAN'S LAND

  I chose this story because Gnome is  now a close neighbour of mine. He played a special part in  Pauline’s book,  All Along the River. Here is a little piece from the manuscript: ‘There was a touch of the surreal about the outdoor cafe we visited […]

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Moral Courage and Cyber Bullying

Moral Courage and  Cyber Bullying

NEEDLES IN THE THREADS ; ON-LINE BULLYING A lot has been  written about cyber bullying among young people on social networking sites, but recently I was shocked to encounter  the problem on an  online  writers’  forum.  Generally speaking I found the  members to be  mature, articulate and […]

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Olympic Fever

Olympic Fever

WELL, HERE WE ARE, READY TO LAUNCH INTO  ANOTHER OLYMPIC GAMES.  GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE ATHLETES AT RIO…..BUT  ESPECIALLY THE AUSSIES OF COURSE !  WE REALLY MUST BEAT THOSE WRETCHED BRITS THIS TIME.  A LITTLE PUNCH ON THE NOSE FROM A BOXING KANGAROO MIGHT BE THE […]

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Tourist Tuesday – The Blackheath Pie

Tourist Tuesday - The Blackheath Pie

 BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH I recently read an American blog in which the author introduced  Tourist Tuesday.  Her idea was  that  residents  of  tourist towns and  villages  should  re-acquaint themselves with their surroundings  instead of simply taking everything for  granted.  Tuesday was chosen because  weekend visitors have usually left […]

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Blackheath: my Blue Mountains home.

Blackheath: my Blue Mountains home.

Autumn In Our Blackheath Garden WHY BLACKHEATH? It was primarily  my passion for birds and gardens that prompted my move from Sydney to the beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales.  As a writer, I also wanted a place of peace and inspiration.         […]

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From My Bookshelf!

From My Bookshelf!

AN ENGAGING READ One of my very favourite books combines all three of my areas of interest…HISTORY, HUMOUR, & TRAVEL.  It is also about one of my favourite cities – New York.    Apple of my Eye was written  by the late  Helene Hanff, better known for […]

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Current writing projects

Current writing projects

THE WATER DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS 29/6/2012  – It occurs to me that I should give a brief explanation of how I came across the story of Dr James Loftus Marsden and his daughters.  It”s a little convoluted, but bear wih me.  For some time I have been researching […]

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