Gallipoli Centenary – Part III

This is my third and final post on the pilgrimage I undertook last year to the Centenary of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915. Click links to go back to Part I and Part II Antipodean Ignorance Travelling with my sister, we made the 6 – 7 hour journey from Istanbul to the Gallipoli Peninsula en masse... Continue Reading →

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Arnold’s Amazing Leonberger Rescue

Dogs and birds! They go together like lions and zebras. In fact the leonberger dog was originally a designer dog, bred to look like a lion. That was because the lion was the emblem on the coat of arms of the town of Leonberg (adjacent to Stuttgart, Germany), where the breed originated in the early... Continue Reading →

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The American Invasion

... of Warkworth, New Zealand When Japan successfully struck downtown-Honolulu in December 1941, they effectively brought about the end to their own imperialistic fantasies. Because, whatever the Americans' involvement in the Second World War had been up until that point, after Pearl Harbor they were Officially At War. It may have taken the Allies another... Continue Reading →

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FEPOW Repatriation Ship List

I've compiled a comprehensive list of Allied mercy ships (and air-craft) which were used to recover and repatriate British Commonwealth Far Eastern Prisoners of the Japanese imperialists (FEPOW) including civilian internees. See end for disclaimers and addendum's. There are currently 77 entries in this table. Use the next button to move down the list. Columns can be... Continue Reading →

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Her Road From War: genre

I'm regularly getting asked what genre my novel "Her Road From War" is. Just to be clear, this is historical FICTION. Yes, it is broadly based on a true story. Yes, the things that happen are all authentic factual events, meticulously researched, if I may say so myself. I call it biographical fiction because, while... Continue Reading →

Divorce is Healthy

Recently I had an article accepted for publication in an American magazine called Pilcrow & Dagger. The magazine aims to showcase writing talent. The May/June 2016 issue had the theme of New Beginnings. Post divorce, I've been forced to pretty much start my life again so I figured I was ideally placed to write from the heart. Here is the... Continue Reading →

My First Time

Ally McCormick shares the goss on her newest love affair with E.V. Lucky me - I got to borrow a zero emission Nissan Leaf for the weekend. It is the very first E.V. that I have had the pleasure of getting to know intimately. I suppose that would make me a virgin as far as... Continue Reading →

Gallipoli Centenary – Part II

I went all the way to Gallipoli and they wouldn’t let me in! In part 2 of my Gallipoli posts (see part 1 here) I’m going to share my extraordinary experience at the Centenary Commemorations at ANZAC Cove on 25 April 2015. Both the good and the bad. I know some parts of my post... Continue Reading →

Gallipoli Centenary – Part I

In my last blog post about the Tulip Festival, I mentioned that I visited Istanbul briefly in April 2015. The reason for that visit was to attend the centennial celebrations of the WW1 campaign known simply as Gallipoli.  Australians and New Zealanders all know this name and most understand its importance. It is imprinted in... Continue Reading →

Tulips Aren’t Dutch

Well who knew?   I for one, had always thought Tulips were Dutch. I still find it hard to get my head around the fact that they are not. Tulips, windmills and wooden clogs are the things I most associated with the Netherlands, but it turns out that tulips were only introduced to the Netherlands about 500... Continue Reading →

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