Imagination is the bedrock of great writers…

Imagination is the bedrock of great writers - for others, the life led fills the page and colours all the words with meaning and substance. Although creativity requires much more than a chronicle of days past – that’s just a biography - the people and locations that...

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Legacy of Revenge

In the wake of a catastrophic explosion at Adolfo Guzman’s arms warehouse and the loss of ten million pounds from Otterburn Fuller Bank, the president of the bank, Lord Longwitton, publicly blames his son Charles Mayer for the bank’s financial debacle. Mayer, however,...

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Oppenheimer

The film Oppenheimer scooped the Oscars this year. It is a weighty piece about a weighty theme – the development of the means to destroy the earth. Say it quickly, and it almost sounds sane. Slowly, and you’re swimming in a swamp of lunacy. The reviews were...

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WHY A Newsletter

A regular newsletter is a relatively new phenomenon – brought about because authors can now connect directly with their readers. In the past, a writer would toil away and then hand a manuscript to a publisher who, if it were accepted, would edit, polish and draw up...

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Rupert Murdoch and Star TV

Star TV was launched in Hong Kong on 29 September 1990, bringing Hollywood English-language entertainment channels to Asian audiences. On Friday, 23 July 1993, Richard Li, the 26-year-old son of Li Ka-Shing, the head of the Hutchison Whampoa empire and his...

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Does anyone think I could be bribed for $50,000

So said Malaysian Prime Minister Doctor Mahathir Mohammad when I met him in the early 1990s. The premier was furious when the Sunday Times, owned by Rupert Murdoch, published an allegation in February 1994 under the headline “Wimpey offered bribes to Malaysian Prime...

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Shadows of Retribution now on Amazon

Marked by the ravages of war, Tony, a former soldier, and Maria, a nurse, turn to the tranquil paradise of Langkawi for solace. However, their plans are disrupted as fate entangles them in fresh conflicts—Tony aiding a troubled comrade and Maria returning to her...

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The School of the Americas

In 1983, Adolfo Guzman was sent to the School of the Americas at Fort Gullick, Panama. When he returned to San Salvador after graduating from the school, Guzman was promoted to Teniente Colonel - Lieutenant Colonel - and took over as head of operations for the...

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The Millstream where Friends sit, laugh and slumber

Bosham in Chichester Harbour is a village whose narrative stems from Roman origins and weaves a tapestry of English history. Holy Trinity Church is a unique part of Bosham's legacy, its Saxon roots entrenched by the water's edge. Immortalised in the Bayeux Tapestry,...

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Henry Kissinger 1923-2023

A controversial figure whose influence spanned international foreign affairs in the twentieth century “Henry Kissinger was a colossus who bestrode a century: He shaped politics like no other statesman, and the world wouldn’t be in such a perilous state if more...

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Rebrand: Complete.

When I met Sir Ian McKellen a few weeks ago, I gifted him a first edition copy of A Flyblown Solution, complete with the original yellow and black screen-print cover by the talented Mark Dodson. If you buy the book today, you’ll be one of first to own a copy featuring...

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Sir Ian McKellen and The Grapes

‘Meet me at The Grapes, Narrow Street in Limehouse - Ray knows it - twelve-thirty tomorrow.’ Tavinor nodded. ‘We’ll be there.’ It was a pleasure to meet up with acting great Sir Ian McKellen at his pub, The Grapes, recently. Sir Ian is one of the world’s most gifted...

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Alfredo Cristiani ‘wanted’ concerning 1989 massacre

A court in El Salvador on 11 March 2022 ordered the arrest of former president Alfredo Cristiani concerning the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests witnessed by Consuela in A Candle for Consuela. Alfredo Cristiani Burkard is a Salvadoran politician who served as the...

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Father Rutilio Grande

A key figure in the life of Consuela Flores in A Candle for Consuela, Father Rutilio Grande was a Jesuit priest in El Salvador dedicated to social justice and the rights of the poor. He was assassinated, aged 48. by a death squad on March 12, 1977. Pope Francis...

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Why I write

I have been asked why I write. That is a question I’ve asked myself a number of times. The answer, I guess, is that I’m not sure how not to write. I’ve amassed files of “stuff” - notebooks,  stories, poetry, scraps of papers with overheard conversations – they don’t...

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Two Degrees of Pain

COP26 refers to the 26th annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The main objectives of COP26 were to secure global commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to well below 2...

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Ethical or Selfish – take your choice

Self-driving buses will drive alongside other traffic for the first time in the UK as part of a trial in Cambridge. The three-wheel ‘autonomous passenger shuttles’ or ‘Auto-Shuttles’ were launched in May (2021) Thursday at the University of Cambridge. The all-electric...

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Line of Duty

The final episode of Line of Duty was broadcast in May and “Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey” it’s been great television since it first aired in June 2012.’ Line of Duty’s sixth series was just as taut and thorny as ever. It eclipsed everything else on...

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