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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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I’ve got the doodle bug…

Well, TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS is re-edited, re-released and the copies are ready to wing out to new supporters of JIGSAW ISLAND – and, not that I have little else to do, I decided to respond to everyone who commented on … 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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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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Aah, Cornwall…

It has been beautifully sunny here in Devon over Easter, even though a bit of a sea har invaded yesterday. Realised I reported on the day out in Looe but didn’t mention gorgeous Portwrinkle (wonderfully quaint name) where we dropped … Continue reading

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