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It kept closely to the floor, as if its moral scope was taught equal to a pet; I caught him as a silhouette of dark movement in the blackness of the bedroom doorway that laid down the hall. Felt the mutual glaring from a brightness of eyes that gleamed its golden iris like a serpent on the occasion, as if he wandered lost and perhaps even as frightened as I was of him. I fell asleep that afternoon in the contentness of no episodic spasms showing...

The movie exposing the lie at the heart of US capitalism

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/02/inequality-for-all-us-economy... I don't usually review films I've not seen. I don't make the rules. 'Reich calls "the hugh lie". That the free market is good. And government is bad. Government makes the rules...it decides who benefits from those rules and who is harmed. And increasingly that boils down to the rich and poor. This is inequality imposed from the top. 42% of those born in poverty in the US...

It's snowing

I love the quiet snow the huge silky snowflakes that sprinkle down Like they did many years ago Muffling my heartbeat And lifting my spirits As I walk in dreams Together with my memories

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood - out now!

C.J. Flood - or, as we know her, Chelsey Flood - has her first book out with Simon and Schuster. 'Infinite Sky' has attracted considerable interest in the trade and we're very proud that another ABCtaler is doing so well. Here are reviews from Sunday's Child (the winner of our Ininite Sky comp) and tcook: SUNDAY'S CHILD WRITES: When I realised this (very pretty!) book was a coming-of-age story, I was really excited because when done well, I find...

Rio and Norway

Sandown was so wet on the 2nd Feb that all Hurdle races were cancelled so no race for Rio! We are looking at a race that may suit on the 15th also at Sandown, so fingers crossed for the weather. Norway was fantastic. Northern Lights, Ice Hotel, Dog Sledding, we crammed a lot into 5 days. Went to Tromso and Alta in the north of Norway. Would highly recommend it!

Getting past the censor

I'm starting this blog in the hope that I'll be able to keep it up. It's not that I’m the type of person who starts something and then quickly gives up. On the contrary, I’m a persistent character who, once he starts something, will go all out to keep it up. And I do, in fact, have a Japan-based blog that, despite coming up against many hurdles, I have kept up for more than five years. The problem is that I live in China, and the Chinese...

Sneaking past the censo

I'm starting this blog in the hope that I'll be able to keep it up. It's not that I’m the type of person who starts something and then quickly gives up. On the contrary, I’m a persistent character who, once he starts something, will go all out to keep it up. And I do, in fact, have a Japan-based blog that, despite coming up against many hurdles, I have kept up for more than five years. The problem is that I live in China, and the Chinese...

Length of Posted Pieces

I am often asked what is the ideal length of a piece of prose to post on here - and the answer is 1500 to 2000 words. If your piece is longer then I suggest that you break it up into sections and post it in bits. You can get away with 3000 words - but it will inevitably suffer from fewer reads and anything over that taxes the patience of the Editors!

Black Swan (2010) directed by Darren Oronofsky (watched on DVD).

This is a story about possession, obsession and the search for perfection. Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman) is all of these things and a bit more as well. Her life is ballet and is being relived vicariously through her mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) an ex-ballet dancer. In a telling exchange Nina reminds her that she was 28 when she gave birth to her, so her claims of having to give up ballet…In a prior scene Erica offers her a slice of...

Snowdrops

Better get over it. Snowdrop shoots are sprouting round about in gardens- also in my garden. Harbingers of Spring- we are getting closer with each day that passes.

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