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About jazz64

Writer, photographer, filmmaker and general vagabond whose committed to inspirational stories and the art of influence.

Seasons and Timing: Are they Related?

Nature shows us that at a specified time a new season is heralded in and we see visible evidence of this in the world around us. The arrival of daffodils suggest that leaves will soon populate the trees telling us that … Continue reading

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Book reviews: Who needs them?

I do. Because without them no one knows if the book I spent four years of my life writing is worth a few days reading.   As an independant publisher I do not have the back up of a marketing deal where … Continue reading

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Recapturing the Homeland

Last week I watched with sadness a programme on BBC2 called “Kill the Christians”, a ‘This Wold’ documentary looking at Christianity’s greatest threat to its existence in the very place where it was born. The programme featured the ancient settlement of … Continue reading

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Tales from a Syrian Hospital: Part Five

They just came to take out the drainage tube that was in Suzan’s belly.  The doctor/surgeon (I’m still not sure what rank he is) asked me to help him – qualifying as yet another worrying incident. What the heck do the … Continue reading

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Tales from a Syrian Hospital: Part Four

Laura has taken her mum home.  Vulture lady, who had taken up residence in the bed of a woman discharged earlier, has just switched beds and hopped into Laura’s mum’s bed – still warm no doubt – but she doesn’t look happy with it.  … Continue reading

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Tales from a Syrian Hospital: Part Three

Suddenly an angel appeared.  Really! Not the Angel Gabriel type, but she might as well have been.  Her name is Lora and she’s with her mum who is in the bed opposite.  Seeing my bemuzed stare as I tried to make out the writing … Continue reading

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Tales from a Syrian Hospital: Part Two

Having chosen a bed, the only one available in the room, we then had to make it up with bedding that Suzan had to go hunting for.  Watching the speed at which these beds become vacant I suspect she wont be allowed … Continue reading

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Tales from a Syrian Hospital: Part One

Most people who have read Road to Damascus ask me, “What made you write it?”  They are not asking ‘why?’ so much as what were the circumstances that inspired me.  Therefore, over the next five weeks I am going to serielize the jounal entry of … Continue reading

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If you can’t choose your family, then who do you choose?

This week I was asked to prepare a talk for a group of disability and development students on the subject of “Disability within the Family” (or there abouts). The Professor, a friend of mine, said she thought of me because she had read my … Continue reading

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Travelling mercies: But only if you follow the rules

Travelling has always been a love/hate experience for me, providing both delight and frustration in equal measures. I love exploring a new and different culture.  Those in my own country, but more so, those of a distant land. After all … Continue reading

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