Category Archives: Personal

Berlin – a city with a conscience

From Winston Churchill’s speech UNITED STATES OF EUROPE September 19, 1946. University of Zurich Our constant aim must be to build and fortify the United Nations Organisation. Under and within that world concept we must re-create the European family in … Continue reading

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Diana re-appears on Leros!

In 2002, Martyn and I went to Leros to celebrate his 50th birthday. As usual, we stayed at Studios Happiness and had fun with the Varnas family, Mixailis, Eytychia, Despina, Takis,¬† and micra – little – Eytychia (granddaughters being named … Continue reading

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It’s all about observation and empathy – sort of…

I won a course on marketing my book (in this case TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS) and the tutor commented on my first assignment that some of its appeal might be to single mothers. I hadn’t thought of that, even though the … Continue reading

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NHS Hooray! Boo… But stay with us.

I have had a very mixed relationship with the NHS. Almost exclusively, I have unbounded admiration for staff at the sharp end – nurses, doctors, paramedics, healthcare assistants, porters… Where it all falls down is communication and, unfortunately, that is … Continue reading

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Break a leg…

Break a leg. As most of us know, it’s a theatrical term wishing a performer good luck. But where did that phrase come from? One theory is that it relates to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who played his most … Continue reading

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Putting out The Ritz

When I was writing an early draft of JIGSAW ISLAND, I wanted Annie to meet her friend Shona in a setting that highlighted the difference between them. Annie had just come off the bus from Glasgow so looked a wreck … Continue reading

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The artist in me

The artist in me needs an easel. But is this easel-y achieved? It took a lot of swearing, a whole Archers Omnibus (combat pain with pain) and half a bottle of red wine. And two metal bits left over. Now … Continue reading

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