Category Archives: country

POETRY AND PROSE

I’ve had a lazy Saturday tweaking my poetry. It’s wonderful how one can transform a mediocre first draft of anything – whether prose or poetry – into something pleasing to the ear and eye. Often it needs a second, third … Continue reading

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OUR TOUR GROUP

Half the fun of travelling on an organized tour is the company, sharing stories and adventures, while engaging in that great sport of people watching. Folk on the trip came from Canada, South Africa, Australia, US, Singapore. Over the course … Continue reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE

I had long wondered why all those who deny climate change seem to be on the right of Genghis Khan and Alan Jones. There’s overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is all too real, and happening faster than expected, and … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO

ATHENS 1995 perhaps jason pilots the olympic airlines flight towards greece    cradle of european civilization  plato’s dialogues  socrates’ philosophy  pythagoras’ secret numbers mythical argonauts gild skies  golden lambswool clouds freshly shorn   afternoon light steals into night timeless   past  present  future  … Continue reading

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ROYAL VISIT

My alphabet has two r’s – oops! Never mind… Who could fail to admire handsome Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his beautiful Kate? Or not fall in love with delightful Prince George, a bubbling, squeaking, kicking, bundle of … Continue reading

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ONLY THE LONELY

In the last thirty years reports of feeling lonely in the US have doubled. In many countries, including Australia, more people live on their own than ever before. The elderly are isolated by illness and frailty, many far from family. … Continue reading

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NATURE

Many of us are awed by the beauty of a morning sunrise, inspired by the golden veil of evening stretching over the landscape, delighted with animals in their natural environment, and think it cute to see ducklings toddling along in … Continue reading

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CAN YOU BELIEVE…

Mike was holding his daughter’s 21st birthday party in a small weatherboard hall, miles from anywhere. At forty-eight, his sister, Linda, looked vibrant and youthful: smart hairdo, trim white slacks, summery top. She lingered outside in the twilight chatting with … Continue reading

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