Monthly Archives: November 2018

“Defeating Dictators” – A Book Review

There are many kinds of books. Yes, I know, I am stating the obvious of course. However for me its always helpful when I read a book to try and place it within the panoply of other books seeking to … Continue reading

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A Reason, A Season, or a Lifetime

I got accused of good writing yesterday. Naturally, it did not come in the form of a compliment – but nonetheless that is what my unfriend was saying. Unfriend, one of the clutter of people from our past who long … Continue reading

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On I, Charles, From the Camps by Joel D. Hirst

Originally posted on Richard Ali's Blog:
I, Charles, From the Camps Book:                    I,Charles from the Camps Author:                Joel D. Hirst Publisher:            iUniverse(2018) Page Count:       213 The eponymous Charles is Charles Agwok, the northern Ugandan protagonist of Joel…

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Ours Are Not the Children of the Nobles

After a long hot day in Africa fighting the anarchy that came – heralding our arriving ordeal, an ordeal which is only just beginning – I sometimes sit down on my sofa wine-glass in hand, a silky red imported from … Continue reading

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Where Have All The Readers Gone?

“Where have all the good writers gone?” It is a lament I have, often followed by “—and where are all the real journalists? Not professional ill-informed opinion holders but the great minds of old who still have that undying spark … Continue reading

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Burmese Days – A Book Review

This was a novel about loneliness. Most people who post on travel blogs or the quotidian social media photograph parades of beachgoers and beer do not do justice to the loneliness of a life lived away from what one knows, … Continue reading

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On Putting Down the Shovel

The year was 2006, and the table was set for a party. A coronation of sorts; Hugo Chavez had succeeded in overcoming six years of instability which included multiple electoral challenges, a national strike, an attempted coup. Those had been … Continue reading

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