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

  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  COMMENT THREADS ; ON-LINE BULLYING A lot has been  written about cyber bullying among young people on social networking sites, but 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

Was it really twenty years ago that Sydney hosted The Games? The photograph at left confirms that in the year 2000 I was a true Olympic nerd!   The only previous time Australia  had hosted the Games was in 1956, when  I was  five. I remember we

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APPLE OF MY EYE!

APPLE OF MY EYE!

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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