Stop Blaming Trump - Blame Yourself

Don’t Blame Trump – Blame Yourself

The rage across the American political spectrum is ferocious, but the  agitation is part of a widening political divide. Trump probably won’t succeed as leader – not because of his bumbling attempts to secure US borders (stupidly perceived as racism), but because of his authoritarianism, hated by the opposition. Jihadists worldwide are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of Western collapse. They are noting the hysteria … Continue reading Don’t Blame Trump – Blame Yourself

First Love - Gwendoline Riley

First Love by Gwendoline Riley

First Love may be short, but it packs a lot in. Far from the dreamy idealised nature of one’s first sweetheart as the title may suggest, this is a novel that explores adult love. The kind that comes with baggage, life experience and challenges. The kind of relationship between two people, broken and scarred but still living and hopeful, who know that any partnership is … Continue reading First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Big Driver - Stephen King's Dangerous Genre Study

Big Driver – Stephen King’s Dangerous Genre Study

In Big Driver, one of the novellas featured in Full Dark No Stars, Stephen King once again presents a writer as the main protagonist. Not an unusual thing considering that one of King’s favourite themes has always been the writing process, and for that he has created a number of characters who make a living out of their words. Some deserve special mention, such as … Continue reading Big Driver – Stephen King’s Dangerous Genre Study

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More Fruit And Vegetables To Promote World Peace

 Now, I know I’m just an old faery from Nilbud, but I’m allowed to have an opinion now and then.  I’ve been flitting in and out of late, watching what’s going on with your new world leader, Mr Donald J Trump. All this dreadful gnashing of teeth!  As my great aunt Imelda always said, (when we resided in your realm) ‘it’s no good crying over … Continue reading More Fruit And Vegetables To Promote World Peace

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Topography Of Terror

Topography – a detailed description or representation on a map of the physical features of an area. Terror – the use of extreme fear to intimidate people, especially for political reasons. (Oxford Dictionary of English) I put off visiting the museum of Gestapo atrocities, aptly called The Topography of Terror. One knows what happened. Why go for total immersion? I have misgivings about the remembrance … Continue reading Topography Of Terror

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

The Gutsy Girl – Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

It was whilst scrolling through Instagram one evening that I came across an image that made me smile, all about the importance of living an ‘adventureful life’. Further investigation led me to Caroline Paul and her book The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. And who doesn’t want to live a life of epic adventure? Whilst girls might want to, they’re certainly not expected … Continue reading The Gutsy Girl – Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure