Still here, hey?

If you’re reading this it means the world hasn’t ended yet. Here’s some free advice: never trust anyone who gives you a date for the apocalypse. The Bible says it’ll be a complete surprise and not even Jesus knows the date. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it won’t happen when some looney-bug in the USofA says it will. Life’s an ephemeral thing. It seems like only yesterday I was bringing my first child, my boy, home from hospital. I was scared stiff I’d do something awful like forget to feed him, or throw him out with the vegetable peelings. (I’ve lost a couple of good knives that way.) Now he’s about to turn mumble mumble… He’s older in his body than I am in my head! How did that...

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And the award goes to…

The 2011 International Book Awards are out and once more I’m not featured in any category. A couple of my friends did well and I’m very happy for them. They’ve worked hard and they’ve written quality material, so they deserve their success. Good on ’em. I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve figured out what’s holding me back. The truth is, there’s only one thing standing in my way. If I can overcome that one thing I’ll soon find myself in a list of finalists too. For your enlightenment and, perhaps, for your own personal growth I’m prepared to make myself vulnerable and to tell you what that one thing is. In order to get my book listed as a winner in any book award, all I have to do (it’s...

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The hunt is over.

So the USA finally got their man. You have to admire their perseverance, even if you don’t like the way it ended. Personally I’d prefer capture and trial, instead of a Dodge-City-kill-the-bad-guy mentality. After WWII the Nurembourg trials were really important. The allies who ran the trial showed they were different to the Nazis by their determination to reach a fair verdict in a court of law. Justice was seen to be done. The world learned of the Nazis’ atrocities and consequently their actions and philosopy were declared a stain on history’s page. Hitler was revealed (among other things) as an ego-maniac with disturbing sexual proclivities and serious tendency to mass-murder. No one – apart from a lunatic fringe – emulates...

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