Category Archives: Personal

For those of you who remember calypso…

Shopping calypso, shopping calypso, hear all about it – yakka-yak-yak Morrisons Sainsburys Aldi and Tesco – giving out the discounts and getting it back Well we had a happy ‘sperience in Teignmouth town Never thought our groc’ry store would let … Continue reading

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Non-parent writing about parenting issues – where have I gone right?

Having ducked out of the whole breeding issue, I stand as an observer of friends, family, colleagues – and partner – who have all trodden that uneven path. I’ve been lassoed in from time to time, as a totally unprepared … Continue reading

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Start ’em young

In 1990s in Berkshire, I ran a young people’s performance group, Fable Productions. Students devised, wrote, and performed their own plays. I remember them all. ​ Occasionally, I wrote plays based on students’ ideas. Wonder do they remember me? And … Continue reading

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Thank you Karen Cole of ‘Hair Past a Freckle72’ for her in-depth review of Jigsaw Island

Intricately plotted, observant and empathetic What a treat this book turned out to be, even if it turned out to be rather different from what I’d expected. I thought I’d be reading a novel about a woman finding herself on … Continue reading

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Let me take you to where we live – in our hearts….

Leros, of course… This is a view of Pandeli from the path that leads to Vromolithos in the next small bay. In Jigsaw Island, this is the path Alexis uses when he strolls down to have a drink at the … Continue reading

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Let me take you somewhere else…

OK – today is not about Leros, or theatre adventures – far from it. This is about Sophie, Countess of Wessex and a – ball?… she dropped in 2001. The incident of the Fake Sheikh and her indiscretions…which feature Sophie … Continue reading

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Agios Isidoros, Leros. Religion, fairytale and fiction

All Leros Info has to say about this beautiful little chapel is: In the area of Kokkali, the picturesque, little church of Agios Isidoros can be found. It is built on an islet in the sea and is connected to … Continue reading

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Καληνύχτα φίλοι μου – Kalinýchta fíloi mou – Goodnight my friends

It’s been a long day’s formatting and I’ll be sleeping like a log – just ‘cos I wanna be a paperback writer… (spotted the link?). JIGSAW ISLAND the paperback should go live soon. Until it does – here’s an early … Continue reading

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Behind the holiday island: The refugee crisis and the future for healthcare on Leros

     Pandeli Harbour, Leros Here is the second part of the interview with my friend, Takis Varnas, who works as a nurse on Leros in the Dodecanese islands. I am indebted to him for his practical help and advice … Continue reading

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Behind the holiday island: Leros as seen by Takis Varnas

Apart from the beauty of the island of Leros, Martyn and I return year after year because of the friends we have made there. We have known Takis Varnas and his family the longest. They have all helped me one … Continue reading

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