Falling out of love with The News

I hate the way the news is being presented today as well!!!


Ever since I was old enough to read, I always loved to look at the newspaper. Despite being too young at the time to fully understand what I was reading, I learned the names of political figures of the day, and how they featured in world events. General De Gaulle, Jomo Kenyatta, Archbishop Makarios, and Nikita Krushchev. Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Berlin Wall. All those personalities and events marked my formative years, and I became a dedicated newshound very early in life.

Once the TV news started to report using longer bulletins, I was able to watch events unfold in Vietnam, Biafra, Lebanon, Egypt, and Israel. By the time I left school, I was ‘world-aware’, and devouring any news content I could get my hands (or eyes) on. I took great pride in knowing what was going on, and using the news to help…

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…Glasgow’s Kelvin River water flow, Bahrain Pharmacy business and desalination… unlikely links?…

Seumas remembers…

Seumas Gallacher

…I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful ‘coincidences’ that march across our lives… my separate personaeof businessman and writer/author/blogger sometimes get together to produce ‘Wow!’ moments… yesterday delivered one such confluence… I met with a fine Bahraini gentleman, Dr. Abdulmajeed Ali Alawadhi, who is a Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of a prominent local group, Bahrain Pharmacy… my purpose was to interview him about some other business relationship in Bahrain… but our conversation soon turned to his early days in the 1970s, when he was studying for his Masters Degree in my own home city of Glasgow… many young men and women from the Middle East over the years have chosen Scotland as their preferred destination for higher learning… Abdulmajeed pursued his degree in Mechanical Engineering, and rejoiced under the tutelage and guidance of one of science’s unsung heroes – Professor R.S.Silver… Professor…

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Guest author: Robbie Cheadle ~ How my short story “The Haunting of William” came to be written

Robbie talks about her short story…

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I have two short stories in Dan Alatorre’s latest horror anthology, Dark Visions: An anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors.

Writing stories in the horror and supernatural genre was a big move for me away from my existing children’s book and poetry. I have been following the progress of this book on Amazon with great interest and am delighted to see that it achieved number 1 in its category during the first week of its release. I have also been reading the reviews of the book and am thrilled that a few of them specifically mention one or the other of my stories, or both.

The first tale, The Willow Tree, was my first attempt at a short story in this genre and is a psychological thriller. My son suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (“OCD”). He is under the care of a…

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Guest author: Kaye Park Hinckley ~ Why does a writer write?

One woman’s reasons for writing..

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I am a writer. But why?

It’s certainly not for the money. Some people have said I could make more money cleaning houses.

It’s not because writing is easy. You have to choose to do it–i.e, self-discipline. And sometimes it messes up your mind for days when you are dealing with the problems of your characters–lots of problems because if your characters don’t have problems worth solving, the story isn’t worth writing.

And writing can be lonely–because it must be done alone. There are things you miss. When you are writing, you must focus only on writing. And what happens then? Well, for sure your house does not get cleaned!

So why do I do it?

Maybe because I’ve always been someone who likes to “get to the heart of the matter.” I like to know why and how we human beings love, have compassion, understanding, peace and joy. And…

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New Review


After a lengthy hiatus another much appreciated review appeared the day before yesterday, this time on Amazon.com. Prior to its arrival another twenty-one free copies were taken up over five days.

Here is the breakdown of the giveaway:

USA – 11

Germany – 5

Netherlands – 1

Canada – 1

Brazil – 2

Australia – 1


October 23, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition


The best cheese sandwich?

Weird tastebuds 😉

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“Cheese?” I asked, with knife poised. I had just cut a slab of rich fruitcake and put it on the  plate. The half-stifled “ewww…”  and the horrified expression was all the answer I needed. I sighed. People don’t know what they are missing. You simply cannot eat the dense, dark confection without cheese… or at least, not if you come from Yorkshire.

It is one of those oddities of taste that does not seem to have wandered far from its roots, though it did make it across the Pennines and into parts of Lancashire, I am told.

There is no knowing just how far back this culinary tradition goes, but it has been around at least since Victorian times when the modern Christmas Cake became part of the festive fare. It may have descended from an even earlier traditon, and certainly my great grandparents, who were born…

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Why Myth? IV… Stuart France

Not sure I approve of folk taking liberties with the classic tale…

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‘Gilgamesh is among the greatest things that can ever happen to a person.’
– Rainer Maria Rilke.

Those of you with an eagle eye will have realised that next year’s Silent Eye, Spring Workshop has a mythological theme.

It is based upon The Epic of Gilgamesh which is a story worked up into its present form over four thousand years ago.

Prior to its re-incarnation as an epic poem it existed as five independant mythological episodes, which, as we traditionally split our April Workshops into five ritual dramas tends to suit our purposes rather well.

But why do we insist on revisiting the past in this way?

It is our contention that drama as we now have it derives from sacred drama as practised in the mystery temples of old where it was used to develop the psyche of the neophyte and initiate them into the sacred and secret…

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