The ELO anthem as far as I’m concerned…

More of my favourite music…

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It’s a pity music like this is not being made by today’s generation!!!

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Mas on life…

The thoughts and life of me

I am one of those people who has always loved to sleep. Well, always is a bit of an overstatement, as a baby I hardly slept. But once I got over my colic and for as long as I can remember I have loved going to bed to sleep.

Every night when I go to bed as I get might head on the pillow, I just relax and almost always get a smile on my face. The happy feeling does not last very long as I am one of those annoying people who fall asleep almost immediately and I usually get a good night sleep.

I do tend to wake up early and I have never been one of those people that can regularly sleep the whole day. But mornings are not the worst time of day, if you get to wake up naturally. It is a bit strange, but…

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Stage one in a story’s evolution

I thought about it in 2018, then promptly forgot all about it. Until now!!!

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Niccolo Machiavelli


Michaelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Stage one of the research I need for my next book has drawn to its conclusion after almost three years. When I originally wrote this back in 2018, I had been reading about Machiavelli and Caravaggio in search of the traits my new chief character needs. From Machiavelli comes intrigue and deviousness. From Caravaggio comes hotheadedness, raging against the world and murderous intent.

While I was reading about both men an idea for a working title sprang to mind – Good Never Triumphs.

As yet I still have to determine the gender of the character, and the time in which it will be set. Before you ask ; no it will not be set in the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries. I have also decided that he, or she, will be a sailor wandering the seven seas. This is where I can draw on my…

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Hysteria and Farce

More from bella Stefania…


It’s over. This school year is virtually over, before than expected, actually. It is about to end in the same hysterical way it started and progressed. Truly hysterical, as at first the great thinkers who are in charge of this ship called “School” meant  to prolong our sailing one month more, only to make it end eventually a week before. Why?  Well, it seems they ran out of provisions and had to disembark some young cabin-boys  who were recruited just to be able to finish the journey. To cut a long story short, they had no money to pay the substitute teachers – I wanted to stick to the metaphor, I do apologize -. By the ways, a trip to “Summer School” land was still in their plans with an investment of about 561 million euros, but when they understood that this plan would have been deserted by both students…

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The jury is still out…

I’m getting ‘Brain Itch’ again….

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Will I or won’t I? What am I on about? Whether or not I will ever write another book. At the moment I have no burning desire to torture myself once more. Having said that, If (and I do me if) an idea should make itself known to me, there is a chance that I may write again.

My initial enthusiasm for writing until my fingers bleed has thankfully passed. These days I’m still catching up on my reading. In the past most of my books came from something I’d read. Something that on its own was nought but a vague idea alluded in passing by the author of the work.

Meanwhile the world still turns. Does it need another book from me? It’s not for me to say…


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Baltic Sea, A long Weekend with Nature.

Aladin invites us to the Baltic…


Last weekend was a long one, because of the celebrating the fiesta of Pentecost (Pfingsten, in Germany), and my wife and me, take a trip to the Baltic Sea (Ostsee). And, because Regina, my wife, always disliked social media, I have reduced all my activities and gave me wholly in her hands to take me where she wanted. Honestly, I liked it!

I am a man who always feels dutiful. Whatever I have begun to do in my life, I had tried to make the best of it. Like in earlier times in Iran, when I coincidentally got the chance to play for a short time on stages, until I had to work as a taxi driver in Germany (despite my introversion), I did all I could. I remember once, one of my customers had meant to me that I am actually not a taxi driver but pastoral care!


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Review: THE DIPLOMAT’S WIFE by Michael Ridpath

Review: THE DIPLOMAT’S WIFE by Michael Ridpath

Another review…


Well, recently I reviewed the first of Michael Ridpath’s books, and it’s only natural that I should follow it up with the latest of his books: THE DIPLOMAT’S WIFE.

Disclosure – I know Michael quiet well, and have enjoyed several glasses of wine with him at crime writer gatherings over the years. In fact, that is why he kindly sent me a copy of this book. Some months ago, he contacted me to ask whether I would mind having my name in his book. I’ve been told that I’ve been put into several other books over the years, by Quintin Jardine and others, but each time it’s been on the entirely reasonable basis that I have been put in as an author the hero or heroine has been reading. Which is fair enough.

However, Michael Ridpath has a twisted sense of humour. He preferred to see me as a jaded…

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Despite advertising, ebooks arent selling – read on…

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… meet the real reason for the demise of your book sales. I give you the Smartphone!!!

For book sales to once again occur, people have to be forced to put down their habit forming highly addictive Smartphones and apps, for them to even begin to want to read anything longer than a headline or a Tweet. Let alone to suggest they might actually like to expand their minds by reading an entire book. Lets face it, as writers we have to acknowledge that a paradigm shift has taken place in the last few years when it comes to the younger generation, since constant use of Smartphones has created short attention spans and fleeting gratification in their users!

The novelist Howard Jacobson said it bestin this recent article. “Blame the reader!” I completely agree with him. For a change publishers aren’t the bad guys – highly addictive technology…

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Hatshepsut’s big expedition to Puntland

Hatshepsut – my favourite Pharoh

Information About Queen Hatshepsut | Ancient Egypt Pharaohs

Today, I want to present a strong Pharaoh, not a common one, though. It is a she, a woman! Which, of course, is very rare. However, it is not always so easy to dig into ancient history for finding the truth. There’s a big problem when we look back and read our history: they all have been written by men! Therefore, fairness failed here and there, and finding the truth, is a big challenge, but it is surely worth trying.

Hatshepsut, also spelt Hatchepsut,  was the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Egypt (spouse: Thutmose III), ruling for 20 years in the 15th century B.C, who attained unprecedented power for a woman, adopting the full titles and regalia of a pharaoh. She is considered one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs. Place of Burial: Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut.

Her reign was…

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