Any Storm in a Port is a memoir of the author's first voyage on a passenger cargo ship, the S.S. Pando Head, from the London Docks via Panama Canal, to the Far East and then back to Southampton. He travelled with some wonderful characters, fellow crew members, interesting passengers and visited colourful ports of the call. He fell in love, and out just as quickly, learnt how to trade and make some money; these years at sea were the most formative of his life. After three voyages he went back to passenger ships, to complete five years of travelling around the world...
'Once upon a time...' I'm really coming to despise those four words. They seem to imply I'm lucky enough to either have been thrown into a whirlwind, fluffy fiction, or have simply lost my marbles. And when the latter starts to look appealing you know you're in deep. 2012 is a normal kind of place. Smoking is still a moral taboo, cash a sin and the credit card god's gift. Yes, we waited for meteorites, but other than the few extra spending cuts everything's as chipper, cheery and constrictive as ever. Disaster free. It's just me who's having encounters of the freaky kind.
“Do you have a comfort zone? If so, are you aware of how far it will stretch? Are you unsure if you even have a comfort zone?”
As Bubbles in the Mountain Stream is an extended essay on ecology, humanity and politics – on nature, and on what humans are doing to it (and to themselves); and ultimately what the chances are of either, or both, of them surviving. As Bubbles Dancing in a Mountain Stream is a really remarkable work. It's challenging, imaginatively and brilliantly written; argued with passionate conviction, but also a self-deprecating humour; altogether an extraordinary read!
Ashamed or Embarrassed Is Not An Excuse is a moving account of the author's experience of growing up with learning difficulties. He shares painful reminiscences from his school days and demonstrates how his disabilities led to a downward spiral, both in his education and his state of mind. Although this is a subjective account of the author's own experiences, most of the issues are relevant today and many children and adults across the world will identify with Michael's experiences.
ASTRAL PROJECTIONS is an account of the author's many experiences of astral projection or out-of-body phenomena over a forty year period. The author describes himself as being naturally susceptible to paranormal experiences, his mother having had the abilities of a medium. He grew up in a psychically knowledgeable environment but also possessed a strong scientific and philosophical inclination which was fired off by a teacher discussing the alleged differences between the mind and body as in Cartesian dualism.
1972: Idi Amin's regime has been in power in Uganda for just one year, but is already beginning the insane and self-destructive programme that would eventually bring the country to its knees. It began with propaganda, continued with the expulsion of Asians, and eventually the British were in the crosshairs. When, ultimately, Amin's policies were expanded to include all foreigners, the atmosphere became distinctly sinister. Amidst political tensions and caught between their own wellbeing and loyalty to friends, Monica and her family must find the delicate balance required to live safely.
The author takes the reader on an amazing journey of inner transformation as experienced by hundreds and hundreds of clients who have crossed her path over the past 10 years. It has not been an easy journey for some, since human beings have never reached this stage of human development before.
When King Leonard II succeeds to his father’s throne, all is peaceful in the land of Bordeaux. But sibling rivalry is never very far away. His brother, Morvan, has other ideas of how things should be run and with the help of his two wicked conspirators he sets about achieving his own, evil, ends.
Widower Jim lives in Penge and is content with his daily routine. His sister Sharon, however, is determined to sort out his love life by sending him on frequent, and mostly calamitous, blind dates much to the amusement of the regulars at the local pub. When Jim meets Tilly on one of these blind dates things look up and he finds a whole new bunch of friends at the local swimming pool. But trouble brews when a competitive synchronised swimming group is given carte blanche to use the pool, ousting Jim and his new friends.