Fake Plastic Souks: Belfast: Of Marches, Parades And Protests

Posted on the August 11th, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

We put away a serious Irish Breakfast Merchant style, then took to the rainy streets to clear our heads having put in a considerable amount of 'research' at various venues, a team effort that concluded at The Spaniard, the nearest thing to a Hamra bar ...

Fake Plastic Souks: Book Research Is SUCH a Drag…

Posted on the August 9th, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)There comes a time when some form of reality has to intrude into writing novels, usually when you feel someone with access to the Internet is going to bother to work out if a fifty metre luxury yacht with such and such engines ...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: 10 Celebrities who have criticised Israel’s actions in Gaza

Posted on the July 30th, 2014 under Uncategorized by

Hollywood and politics often make for a messy and inconsistent mix. Whilst celebrities like George Clooney and Angelina Jolie quite openly wear their international political opinions on their cuff, other less powerful celebrities have been more hesitan...

Fake Plastic Souks: If Gaza Were Ireland

Posted on the July 29th, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)As the world stands idly by and Ban Ki Moon waffles incomprehensibly about peace, it struck me what would have happened if Britain had behaved in Northern Ireland as Israel has in Gaza and the West Bank.It's the same sort of gi...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: The Book of Fate – Five Decades in Iran.

Posted on the July 29th, 2014 under Uncategorized by

By Muhaira LamkiParinoush Saniee, an Iranian sociologist and psychologist who has written several novels, shares with us The Book of Fate, a strong and powerful tale that questions equality for women in strongly patriarchal societies. A novel about dre...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: Guns and romance in Palestine: Omar (2013)

Posted on the July 27th, 2014 under Uncategorized by

Caught between a rock and a hard place, the award winning romantic thriller Omar set in the Palestinian occupied territories, tells the story of four Palestinian adolescents who make a series of grave mistakes that directly sweeps them up into the tida...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: From Dubai to China, Switch (2013) is so bad, its good.

Posted on the July 26th, 2014 under Uncategorized by

About halfway through the Dubai based thriller Switch, one of its characters breaks down into tears, professing her confusion and despair over the events in this movie, and it was at this point that a profound feeling of empathy washed over me, as I be...

Fake Plastic Souks: Of Gaza And Telegenically Dead Palestinians

Posted on the July 21st, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

(Photo credit: AlphaBetaUnlimited)I have long been struck by how little people back home knew - or cared - about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.Advancing that understanding was a big part of my intent in writing Olives - A Violent Romance, ...

Fake Plastic Souks: We Are Amused

Posted on the July 17th, 2014 under Personal Bloggers by

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The strange and, well, basically 'wrong' minds behind the Pan Arabia Enquirer have long provided me with much gentle amusement, even though I have been associated with many who have for one reason or another been horrifie...

One Nine Seven One: The Review AE: The X-Men, Militant Islam and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Posted on the July 10th, 2014 under Uncategorized by

If there is one thing the X-Men franchise has shown, is that Hollywood and by extension the rest of its society, still has a lack of understanding of the fundamental components of hate, prejudice and why their society remains divided. Within the fictio...

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