April 2014 archive

Apr 27

Book Review: Shadow of the Swords by Kamran Pasha

Book Review: Shadow of the Swords by Kamran Pasha Once again Kamran Pasha, in his novel Shadow of the Swords, has succeeded in telling a complex story with great sensitivity to the situation, the faith groups concerned and the main characters. The plot is fixed by history as far as the main events of the …

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Apr 24

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve Your Writing

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing   A simple check, when editing, will ensure that you avoid repetition of words, and improve your writing. Using the same word, several times close together in a text is irritating on the eye, and suggests a lack of appropriate vocabulary. Even in published novels you can …

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Apr 19

‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote Chapter 2: Dirty Doings

  ‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote Chapter 2: ‘Dirty Doings,’ or ‘An everyday tale of history folk.’       Juan de Béthancourt landed in Lanzarote in 1402. He came ashore between Papagayo and Playa Blanca, part of what is now Yaiza Municipality (Yaiza being the name of a pre-Hispanic Princess) and was greeted, by …

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Apr 15

Book Review: Mother of the Believers

Book Review: Mother of the Believers by Kamran Pasha Mother of the Believers is a gripping book and remarkable in that it is a novelisation of the life of the favourite wife of the Prophet Muhammad, by a Muslim author. As such some might see it as controversial, especially as it faithfully presents the main …

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Apr 13

Bite Size Histories of Lanzarote Chapter 1

‘Bite Size’ Histories of Lanzarote Chapter One ‘That which wasn’t lost was found!’   The first in a series of short, factual but quirky, bite size histories of Lanzarote. The island of Lanzarote gets its name from, and was discovered by, Lancelotto Malocello, a Genoese explorer, of the 14th century, or at least he gets …

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Apr 11

Visit by Gerry Kreibich to Lanzarote Creative Writing Group

Visit by Gerry Kreibich to Lanzarote Creative Writing Group Friday 04 April 2014 We were very happy to have a visit by Gerry Kreibich, to Lanzarote Creative Writing Group recently in which he entertained us with anecdotes, liberally sprinkled throughout his very informative and interesting talk about journalism, and his experience as a lecturer in …

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Apr 08

Book Review: Smile of the Viper by Harry Dunn

Book Review: Smile of the Viper by Harry Dunn The Smile of the Viper is a thumping good read. It is a well paced thriller with credible and well drawn characters, an excellent plot and plenty of drama and atmosphere. The focus is always on the action with clever economy of description, enough to evoke …

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