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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

We have had an avalanche of amazing work this week - thank you so much for posting it, and thanks also to the lovely editors who help clear the spike each day - i'm so grateful to you all. There are so many good poems, it's been exceptionally difficult to choose just one, but in the end I've gone for fatboy74's wonderfully chilling Rooks For prose Drew Gummerson's brilliant series continues, and we have a new story just started by airyfairy...

The Mole: Infiltrating North Korea, BBC iPlayer, writer and director Mads Brügger.

The Mole: Infiltrating North Korea, BBC iPlayer, writer and director Mads Brügger. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nr85/the-mole-infiltrating-north-korea-series-1-part-1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nr87/the-mole-infiltrating-north-korea-series-1-part-2 A cautionary tale. Otto Warmbier, a student of the University of Michigan was freed by North Korean officials after being detained and sentenced to 15 years for allegedly...

Another year older

Here I go again! Strange times indeed, I hear it said often, and I guess there is no argument about that. I would consider them awkward times with all the restriction with lockdowns, can we can't we. Those that do and tose that couldn't give a toss as long as they can go on holiday or have a BBQ with all their mates or families. I feel sad for all those that are on a knife edge as far as work/wages are concerned. It's good to se the help that is...

The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen aged 83 and 1/4 - review

Maybe, like me, you think that life in Amsterdam is freer and more advanced than in Bojoland Britain. But for Hendrik Groen, Henk to his pals, even though he makes himself get out for walks, come rain or shine, it's drab. He lives in a care home where the residents only have the state pension and maybe a small work pension. A lot of the residents drivel on about the good old days, complain about their aches and pains, worship the Royals and huff...

Joe Biden wins

I’m delighted. I kept checking the US election results in the same way I usually check the football results to see how my team, Celtic, are doing. I get it. I really do. I’m not American. I was not going to influence the almost 75 million polled votes for Joe Biden, nor the just over 70 million votes for Donald J Trump. For the last five years I’ve called him the moron’s moron. He is no more. When the 45 th United States President was elected, I...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

First of all, of course, a reminder of our Virtual Reading Night on November 28th! Many thanks to Mark Burrow for organising it once again. Whether you fancy reading, or just watching and listening to other ABC Talers doing their stuff, do please join us if you can.

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

First of all, of course, a reminder of our Virtual Reading Night on November 28th! Many thanks to Mark Burrow for organising it once again. Whether you fancy reading, or just watching and listening to other ABC Talers doing their stuff, do please join us if you can. It's friendly, it's unpredictable, it's thoroughly good fun, and it's free! All the details are here: https://www.abctales.com/blog/insertponceyfrenchnamehere/our-next-virtua... Our...

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Greg Palast, How to Steal the Presidency and Get Away with It, (scorecard) 2000-1

Al Gore, of course, won the 2000-1 election, but an unfamiliar word entered the lexicon – chad. An appeal to the Supreme Court called for a recount of the votes in Florida. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_v._Gore Palast shows that following the 2000-1 Presidential election stories of African American voters being targeted, racial profiling, that excluded voters from the electoral roll weren’t fake news, but fact. He had a copy of two CD-Rom...

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