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Soundclouding …

Congratulations, Niall, very well written.

The Fluff Is Raging

You can listen to my short story “The Two of Hearts” on Soundcloud.

The story was originally broadcast on RTÉ Radio, read by actress Catriona Ni Mhurchú.

Click on the picture to listen:

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Another film about Africa: specifically Bechuanaland now Botswana, known for the endearing ‘The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency’ TV series and books by Alexander McCall Smith.

When the flash, new casino opened in the early 70’s in the capital city of Gaborone, I toured looking for shop space to open my ‘House of Frances’ but never signed on the dotted line.

Apparently Rosamund Pike is ‘Happy being No 2. The guy’s usually No 1.’:



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From “We got this covered” webpages:


This true event took place a few hundred miles from where I grew up and I remember people talking about the peace-keeping forces.

Looking forward to seeing the movie.


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Fantastic news! I was a huge fan of the show and watched every episode – couldn’t fault it. Loved everything about every episode; script, characters, story, direction, production, acting – the lot. So pleased it is expanding.

Cinema Australia


STUDIOCANAL and Werner Film Productions release the first images and a behind-the-scenes video today for Dance Academy. The much-anticipated film is an adaptation of the incredibly successful two-time Emmy nominated Australian television series of the same name.

Picking up eighteen months after the television series finale, the much-loved characters have moved on from the ups-and-downs of elite dance training at the National Academy of Dance and are living very different lives. Tara (Xenia Goodwin) was destined to become one of the top dancers of her generation but suffered a devastating injury that crippled her career. In her quest to defy the odds and make a comeback, Tara travels to New York to discover the true definition of a dream.


With all the familiar favourites from the original series and some new faces, including Nic Westaway and Miranda Otto as the Artistic Director of the National Ballet Company, Dance Academy

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Fight for Rhinos

We are pleased to announce with YOUR generosity, we have been able to fully fund the training of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre’s APU canine unit!

corlet-with-dogTrainer, Corlet; photo: HESC

A word to all of you from our friends at HESC:

Words cannot sufficiently express our gratitude towards Fight for Rhinos for being one of our most ardent and loyal supporters.

Fight for Rhinos generously committed to assisting with the successful care and training of our anti-poaching canines at HESC – both for the protection of our rhinos and the rangers.

Over the past few months, Fight for Rhinos has managed to successfully raise an amazing ZAR80 000 (5500 usd) which they’ve donated to HESC’s Wildlife Conservation Trust.

We are so thrilled by their effort and generosity. A BIG thank you to Fight for Rhinos and each and every person who contributed towards the campaign.

You can continue protecting rhinos by sponsoring…

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To Turtle, or Not to Turtle?

Absolutely, V.J! What I admire, is that you’re taking the course – it takes guts to formally study what you’ve been doing for years. We should never stop learning. I took myself to Uni at the age of 48 – imagine how embarrassed I was, especially as I had been working professionally as a writer. Well done and keep going!

Rachel Svendsen

I’m not accustomed to this level of praise from anyone but my husband. My professor isholding out my short story to the rest of the class, my√++ a loud red against the white paper. It’s screaming, “loved it” almost literally, because that’s what he’s written next to my grade.

“Look at the format. This is what you need to do. The heading there, in MLA. And it’s six pages, so now what? She just has to hand in four more and BOOM! she’s done with her portfolio.”

I can’t make eye contact with anyone, barely even my friends. I don’t know if I’m smilingor just red and blotchy. If I am smiling, there’s a good chance it looks arrogant and cockeyed because I can’t tell if I’m pleased or I want to vomit because I’m embarrassed. I thrive on positive encouragement. In fact, I can take nearly any criticism if…

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Wonderful research and an old favourite song.

The Immortal Jukebox

‘How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears; soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.’

(Shakespeare from The Merchant of Venice)

While The Akkadians slept the Moon shone down.

While The Hittites dreamed of an eternal empire the Moon set the tides a flowing.

While The Assyrians and The Phoenicians marched the Moon shone down.

While The Babylonians, The Persians and The Etruscans dreamed of eternal empires the Moon set the tides a flowing.

While The Greeks and The Romans rose and fell the Moon shone down.

While the empires of great Alexander and that of Chandragupta Mauraya rose and fell the Moon set the tides a flowing.

Look up! Look up!

It’s the same moon! The same moon!

And, looking up, we can’t help but feel the Moon looks down on…

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