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Since When Did Travel Become An Exercise Of Acute Narcissism?

Once filled with the sounds of suitcases rattling over the slightly uneven pavements, pulled along by bewildered tourists, my local streets now echo with the sound of children's voices playing outside near-vacant landmarks. Today these landmarks offer locals an intimate experienc ...

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Getting A Haircut During A Global Pandemic.

Six months ago, I delivered a proclamation to anyone who would listen, and, if truth be told, there weren't many of those.     · My declaration went along the lines of, "I'm not cutting my hair until this bloody pandemic is over."  ·   · Until late, this plan has worked rather we ...

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"Everyone has the right to be stupid, but you're abusing the privilege." Anonymous

Ignorance, thankfully, is something that we can cure. Stupidity, on the other hand, is terminal. · For example; · "We are at a moment of truth and a crossroads. Will we allow these people to use fear and propaganda to do further harm to our society, economy, and our children? Or ...

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The Blossom Collector

                                                                                       In the dark times ·                                                                                        Will there also be singing? ·                                                         ...

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Has Your Novel Fallen Into The “Biblio Black Hole”?

This very morning I received an email from my publisher, who kindly sends me quarterly updates regarding sales of my novels as well as a detailed report of the royalties associated with those sales. To say it made depressing reading is rather an understatement, as now I seriously ...

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Its Time to Confess. I Am A Thief

  · ‘Steal from everywhere and everyone and make it your own.’ · Dina Litovsky’s · I have been wrestling with my conscience lately and, for some reason or other, I have developed an overwhelming desire to offload a guilty secret. · You see, the thing is....... I steal.   · There, ...

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When August Came in April.

I had somehow forgotten how tiny newborn babies are. · The first time I held her, it was as if someone had handed me a priceless piece of delicate porcelain that I was terrified of dropping. Suddenly I was consumed with an overwhelming feeling of joy that coursed through every fi ...

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High Times In Sunny Vancouver.

In this picturesque, multicultural port city, a mere three - hour drive from Seattle, cannabis seems to have embedded itself into the population’s psyche as both a recreational drug as well as a state of mind. · Talking to a few young professionals, they seem to have no problem i ...

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Postcard From Vancouver.

I've now been 'in country', so to speak, for almost four weeks. · Two of those weeks were spent travelling from Indonesia (no mean feat!), three days in a government-mandated Airport Hotel, and finally, twelve long, long days in quarantine, confined to a tiny Air B&B in East Vanc ...

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Travelling During An International Pandemic Is Certainly Not For The Faint-Hearted.

It has been a time of covering our faces, isolating ourselves from others and watching the world go by on television. When COVID hit Bali, we actively discouraged friends and associates from visiting us, to the point where I seriously considered taking up the banjo as a way of dr ...

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Living Alongside The Wallace Line .

For the last few years, I have found myself in the relatively privileged position of having the opportunity to spend extended periods on the exotic island of Bali. · Bali is one of the smaller islands that make up, the greater Indonesian archipelago attracting approximately 6.3 m ...

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What Lies Beneath. Restoring The Coral Reefs In The Time Of Covid 19.

Bali, one of the most beautiful islands on Indonesia's Southern Archipelago sits just a few miles off the 7,300 meters (24,400 ft.) deep Java Trench. This geographical phenomena, due to its immense depth creates a unique set of swirling currents creating what is known as ‘disturb ...

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Burning Down The House.

In another place or another time, fate might have decreed that one Donald J Trump might not have blighted our lives for the last four years; unfortunately, it was not to be. Of course, millions knew of him from his stint as a reality television celebrity or seeing his logo in gig ...

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The World Is An Amazing Place.

2020 was undoubtedly 'slow.' · It was a time when sloth and procrastination, to which I have been addicted to for a few years now provided me with ample time to bring these two laconic bedfellows to a state of absolute perfection. · During the really 'slow' days (read; most days) ...

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The Year We covered Our Faces.

2020 is the Year when life as we knew it suddenly went on pause and for many, it has proved to be an exhausting and an isolated time. · It was all so sudden this disruption after the festivities of Christmas and New Year when we revelled in being with family and friends and cheer ...

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Just When We Thought It Was All Don and Dusted.

( · This article was written on 5th November 2020 but I am happy to report that it looks as though it the Don has been dusted ) · It’s early morning in Indonesia. A shaft of brilliant sunlight spears through the foliage and spreads a halo of golden light across my newly created g ...

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Waiting for Waiting.*

Waiting. · It’s a fact of life that waiting takes up some part of our everyday lives. We wait for delayed flights to take off, wait for doctors in bland waiting rooms, wait for an exam or test results, wait for the sun to come up or to disappear behind the horizon. · In many ways ...

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I Built A Garden In The Time Of Covid 19

It's said that many a writer has been a keen gardener. · My father, a dedicated gardener, was not a writer by any stretch of the imagination; however, he had a nimble mind and an excellent eye for design. In the twilight of his life, I saw relatively little of him given we lived ...

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“I Read The News Today. Oh Boy…” *

I have always had and probably will have a gigantic appetite for the media. · In ancient times when I worked in advertising each morning, I would wake and devour several daily newspapers before heading off to my agency to immerse myself in, well, media! · Years of practice meant ...

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The Emptiness Of Streets During COVID 19

Sometimes there is a sure and strange delight about walking down an empty street alone; however, lately, the emptiness of those self-same streets seems to have taken up so much more space.  The abundance of time has allowed the opportunity to explore the town in which I live. I t ...

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