The Handmaid’s Tale

More from the most beautiful school teacher I know – Stefie xx


Western civilization has been influenced by Aristotle’s vision of the world for centuries. In short, God had structured all matters of life in a sort of hierarchy were God was at the top of the ladder while right under him there were the angels and human beings. Animals, plants, minerals followed in this order. Everything and everybody had they exact place and , according to this perfect organization, women ranked right after men. Women were meant for reproduction after all, and apparently, this was believed to be their main task as all the other more important matters concerned men only. Therefore, man’s place was the world, while women had to remain confined in their houses.

This patriarchal vision of society was the consequence the divine vision of the world and for this reason it was regarded to be primary duty of men to tell the subordinate gender what was right…

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12 Famous Writers on Literary Rejection – Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

It’s not just you and I…

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Take heart folks, even the best of us receive rejection letters, are constantly criticised, endlessly subjected to rants by idiots thinly disguised as reviews…

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Review: ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE by Martin Edwards, published by New English Library

Review: ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE by Martin Edwards, published by New English Library



I have written already about a Martin Edwards book, THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE. This was the second book of his, which was irritatingly a book earlier in his Harry Devlin series, but which was superbly well written.

Martin’s books had a bit of a choppy beginning, I think. This was originally published by Judy Piatkus Books, then taken on by Bantam, and the current edition is, I think, published by a division of Headline. So Martin has successfully migrated his titles to a better home for crime – which is no surprise. Martin is a very successful lawyer. Doesn’t it just make you sick when someone can be brilliant in two professions?

Let’s get on with the review, though.

The blurb reads: “Liverpool lawyer Harry Devlin remains infatuated with his wife Liz – even though she has left him for another man.

“When Liz shows up at his flat, obviously…

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At long last Dice is making Battlefield Bad Company 3

God how I wish they would get on with it!!!

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The characters from left to right Preston Marlowe, Sweetwater, Haggard (don’t call him Gordon!) and Sergeant Redford.

The Bad Company games are the best FPS games from my point of view. These characters are typical of the ones I knew when I did my military service. The other plus is that you get to take a breather between each action. This is when the often humorous banter starts, especially between Haggard aka Haggs the good old boy from Texas and Sweetwater aka Sweets from New Jersey.

Back in 2008, the first game was released. Then in 2010 Battlefield Bad Company 2 was released. Now after eight long years Dice are planning to release Battlefield Bad Company 3, probably next year. Bad Company is about a bunch of complete misfits in the US Army who get all the dirty jobs. Sergeant Redford has the unenviable task of looking after them.


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Stefie, our beautiful teacher, on saying goodbye to her pupils…


There is something moving when you see your students go right after the secondary high school examination. 5 years together, with ups and downs, for sure , 5 years during which you have seen boys and girls blossom and become adults . 5 years is too long to be indifferent. That is why I see what we call “Esame di Maturità” more like a ceremony, a rite of passage, ratherthan a real exam, where we, their teachers, let the students go to experience the world.

The “ceremony” usually ends with the final question: “ what are you plans for the future?” That very moment we realize we belong to the past and a sort melancholy clouds us . We would like to say one last word to the , something they can remember, a treasure to be kept.

We have discovered in time that the language poetry on this purpose…

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Marjorie Mallon’s book…

loved this, the original…

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Here’s my review…

What do you say about a book in a genre you normally steer clear of? In the case of Marjorie Mallon’s first book The Curse of Time,Book One – Bloodstone, the first thing to say is that it demonstrates just how the author’s mind works. It gives the impression of having been written at a frenetic pace. And yet the story takes an age to unfold before the reader. Right from the start I loved the heroine Amelina. Seeing the world through the eyes of a fifteen going on sixteen year old young woman was an education for this crusty old male writer.

If I had any form of criticism to make it would be… Sorry, but I can’t think of anything bad to say about the book. While YA is not my cup of tea, I take my metaphoric hat off to Marjorie.


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Jean-François Champollion under the spell of Ramses II of Turin!

Champollion anyone?


Ramses II, or the Great; ‘Rais the one who bore him’ or ‘born of Ra’, (Rhaméssēs),c.1303 BC– July or August 1213; reigned 1279–1213 BC, was the thirdpharaohof theNineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of theNew Kingdom, itself the most powerful period ofAncient Egypt.His successors and later Egyptians called him the “Great Ancestor”. He is known asOzymandiasin Greek sources (Koinē Greek:Οσυμανδύας,romanized:Osymandýas),from the first part of Ramesses’sregnal name,UsermaatreSetepenre, “TheMaatofRais powerful, Chosen of Ra”. More on Wikipedia

He was undoubtedly the greatest pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty – and one of the most important leaders of ancient Egypt. The ostentatious pharaoh is best remembered for his exploits at the Battle of Kadesh, his…

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I’m not the only one…

Once again…

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To silence my detractors among the editing set once and for all. I’m not the only one who regularly calls your bluff!

A word to the wise folks, this time from Derek Haines, author, blogger and English language teacher. If you ever hear or read the wordstrust me I’m an editorbe extremely wary! What you need is a genuine proof or beta-reader, not an editor! Most of today’s editors are failed writers who demand money for their dubious services. Proof or beta-readers on the other hand will only ever pick up on spelling mistakes etc, etc without payment.

Lastly – for the total divots who only ever bother to click the like button without reading the posts here on my blog, break the habit of a lifetime and click on the red link in the text above to read Derek’s post.


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Review: EMPIRES OF CRIME by Tim Newark, published by Pen And Sword History

Review: EMPIRES OF CRIME by Tim Newark, published by Pen And Sword History




I have to admit, I picked this up with a degree of trepidation.

There are so many books published which blame the British Empire for everything from famine, slavery, warfare and xenophobia, that I am forced to select my reading with care, just to avoid damage to my blood pressure. I need not have worried with this.

This is a superb, balanced book, which takes a number of examples of conspiracy, incompetence, and venality to show how the modern drug trade really kicked off. Was the Empire responsible? At the outset, you betcha. It was, after all, the Opium Wars which kicked off mass demand for drugs, and it was merchants and adventurers who profited from the misery of their Chinese victims. But that was then. This book is about the attempts by many Imperialists to stop the flow of drugs and save people from becoming addicts. And yes…

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I’m at a critical juncture

I’m at a critical point in my latest W.I.P. In effect, I’ve written myself into a literary dead-end! For the first time in over twenty-five years writing and blogging, I can honestly say that I didn’t see it coming. So now I have to decide what to do. Should I fill in what I already have with what the average reader thinks is necessary – descriptive prose? No way Jose! Far too many of today’s writers do just that, despite being told its taboo, not to mention it being detrimental to the story. I know several who still see nothing wrong with it – largely unpublished fools every one.

For your information, descriptive prose is the correct name for ‘endless detail’. It’s use was perfectly acceptable from the sixteen hundreds until mid-way through the twentieth century. No more. So what I have to do is add a secondary story within the existing storyline. Confused? Unless you are a published writer, you will be. I can tell you that while it sounds straight forward, it’s anything but!

Well, thats it for now. Until next time when I’ll let you know how its going…