Tag Archives: Greece

I mean, just look at it!

Leros. Today. A place we’re not going this year. Probably just as well because I’m becoming very antsy about air travel. Before all the current disasters with beloved’s leg and my hip, I was looking at possible rail travel to … Continue reading

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Four stars over five?

This was the four star review of Terrible With Raisins posted by Anne Williams in 2016. I value these reviews  because they are completely unbiased. Five stars boost the ego but four stars tell you more about the reader and … 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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I used to hate jigsaw puzzles…

I used to hate jigsaw puzzles… I could say – “Until I discovered Smirnoff” – but that would date me and anyone who remembers the ad campaign (and the awful jokes*) and baffle anyone who wasn’t in Britain in the … Continue reading

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Traditional Easter in Greece and – well – other aspects in Britain

Greek Orthodox Easter isn’t always at the same time as the Anglican, Protestant and Catholic festivals. This year it falls a week later, with Easter Sunday being on 28 April. In Symi, the sombre observations of the preceding Holy Week … Continue reading

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Pre-Easter test of ingenuity…

Clue – 3rd and 4th course on the menu…

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Jigsaw Island – finding the comedy in tragedy

Top: Agios Isidoros Chapel, Leros, Dodecanese Islands Below: Refugees, Lakki Harbour, Leros Much as I enjoy humour, increasingly I see the balance between comedy and tragedy. Like yin and yang, they are co-dependent, one acting as a foil to the other. … Continue reading

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Hooray! Finally a THREE star Amazon review for TWR.

At least no-one will accuse them of being my friend… 3.0 out of 5 stars This book was recommended read for our book club, 16 Nov 2014 – By Mr J P Thallon This review is from: Terrible With Raisins … Continue reading

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Raisin’ the bar – check out the new jacket

What do you think? (A few people thought the old one was a recipe book…). Click on the image for enlarged version. Thanks to Joanna Cardwell for her expert input on this. Go to Terrible With Raisins on Amazon.co.uk or … Continue reading

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