Write the book you wish to read

It was Toni Morrison who said, "If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." Growing up, all my pocket money would be spent at WH Smith in Hull and ever since I can remember, for my birthday and Christmas, … Continue reading Write the book you wish to read

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It’s a jungle out there!

It was the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi who said: "Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover." Many a time have a written a chapter while under the influence of alcohol. Though often spectacular, the next day I deemed the writing not always suitable, nor consistent or totally missing the mark. The editing … Continue reading It’s a jungle out there!

We are all alike…

Given my international and multi-cultural exposure, I have long since learned that people are different and that discrimination - in terms of recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another - is fine. It's when discrimination becomes prejudiced, partisan, and unequal that this becomes repugnant. Being Caucasian, atheist and having lived in … Continue reading We are all alike…

A good review is a wonderful surprise…!

It was Joyce Carol Oates who said, "A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise!" I am no different. I often check Goodreads, Amazon, Lulu and Bol to see how many copies I've sold and to see if there any new reviews. Given the lack of activity my expectations are low, but if I … Continue reading A good review is a wonderful surprise…!

Why can’t the world be like Rock Werchter?

Every year I go to Rock Werchter with friends, and every year I'm as happy as a lark; before the festival, during the festival and some days thereafter. During this time I wonder why the whole world can't be like Rock Werchter... Rock Werchter is an annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, just … Continue reading Why can’t the world be like Rock Werchter?

B(u)y the book

It was Dr. Seuss who said "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” As far as I can remember I've always loved reading. As a child, all my pocket money and many hours were spent in WH Smith in Hull: Paddington … Continue reading B(u)y the book

Double Dutch

Perhaps I'm a product of globalisation. I have two mother tongues, have lived in three countries and visited countless others. Throughout my professional career, I have always worked for multinationals with a large diverse workforce and a spread of different languages. English has been (and still is) a binding factor, an advantage for me having … Continue reading Double Dutch