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WE’RE (almost) IN THE MONEY!

WE'RE (almost) IN THE MONEY!

A  few weeks ago my partner Rob received a letter  from China which began; I am Harvey Mbu, A Private Investment Manager, I am getting in touch with you regarding the estate of William CONOLLY,  an investment placed under my management over 10 years ago, I would

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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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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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