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Sunday, 12 January 2014


I read The House of Mirth for the first time over the Xmas period. It's amazing, but not only that surprised me: it was written when other novels with women at their core were written elsewhere: Madame Bovary, La Regenta, Anna Karenina, Portrait of a Lady... What made those writers create such strong female characters 100 or so years ago? What strong female characters can we remember from the last 30 years or so?

Thursday, 26 December 2013

No Smoking, editorial Baile del Sol, december 2013

Link to my latest published novel, a gift, always a gift.

a small, independent, publisher from the Canary Islands (Tenerife).

Papa Noel has been good this year.


Friday, 22 February 2013

South Ilford

Prostitution? Dog poo? Fly tipping? Too expensive childcare facilities? Do come to South Ilford, the most deprived ward in Redbridge, yes, the same Redbridge of which Wanstead and South Woodford are a part of. Nine years since we live here, thought it would get better, but the reality says it's getting worse.
Do we close shop and go somewhere else, somewhere 'trendier'? Nope, I don't want to live in ghettos, plus my partner and myself come from working class villages in both France and Spain, where people care enough not to leave dog poo and old mattreses in front of other people's houses . I only want people to care for their sorroundings, to look after the local environment and not treat others like animals.
Is this asking too much, greater London?

Thursday, 3 January 2013

A little gem in the heart of Ilford

Redbridge Museum is a small but lovely museum showing the History of Redbridge, located on the second floor of  Ilford's Library building and free of charge.
Believe me, I have had to pay so much money to visit similar museums in other parts of this country, that to be able to enter this place for free is a real relief. Watch video here:
So now I know Churchill was the MP for Woodford and Silvia Pankhurst was born somewhere in Redbridge.
My eldest loved it too and when children like museums, it's because they're good.

Reminds me of this other little museum, which my students liked too:


Saturday, 22 December 2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Spain was a 'fiesta'

And then if you thought Britain is getting madder by the minute, take a look at the latest in Spain:

When one can't pay the mortgage 'cause there is no job and no savings, the bank sends its bulldogs to re-possess your property. For some, the only way out of this is to take their own life: two cases of suicide due to banks re-possessing their flats.
What do Banks do? They don't care.
What does the Spanish Government do? Nothing, no law that stops banks from doing this. They just carry on smirking (that ain't a smile, is it Mr. fucking Rajoy?) and touching their balls whilst they line up their pockets.
Brace yourselves, friends, this huge tsunami of grief and anger is only starting to rise.


A disgrace

There, blame the poor man who was sexually abused when he was a child in Wales only because he made a mistake when naming his abuser, a 'weirdo', no more no less, not his abusers, oh no, but him, for blaming people in high places.
And then carry on and blame him for the resignation of the Beeb DG, and carry on blaming him for journalists at the Beeb not being able to do their job properly, i.e., checking their sources are trustworthy, and then carry on blaming him for having been born and being put into care in the first place.
And then finalise the blame thinking, like I do (a lot, these days), 'calm down, dear, in the tear and wear of human existence, sometimes it only takes a deep breath and a smile to come back to one's senses'.
Are we not losing the plot a bit?