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…Vogue for Bravehearts… no sporrans were harmed in the making of this Blog Post…

…a week ago, this ol’ Jurassic was privileged to be the Guest Speaker at The American Womens Association in Bahrain… it was a remarkably lively affair, and the Q and A session produced a surprising amount of enquiries into my apparel of the day… my kilt… it occurs to me that the intricacies and mysteries of my Scottish National Dress may be a source of puzzlement to many of yeez not blessed to have been born in the Land of the Haggis… hence the notion to elaborate and arm yeez with a whole new bunch of trivia with which to amaze yer friends at yer next dinner party…

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…a descriptive essay on each element of the ensemble could run to thousands of WURDS… but for the Dedicated Followers of Caledonian Fashion, a more succinct summary follows:

Brogues… these are the solid, leather footwear with laces which wind all the way up the lower part of the wearer’s legs and tied in a double knot at the side… not to be confused with ballet shoes…

…thick, all-weather woollen Socks, reaching to an inch below the knee, sometimes patterned with whorls and wee thistle emblems for the aficionado of Scottish hosiery… not to be mistaken as football socks…

…tartan Flashes for the Kilt Socks are the tie-ups, holding the Socks in place at the right level below the knee… tartan flashers are sum’thing entirely different and don’t belong in a family-friendly blog post such as this…

…tucked into the top of the right leg Sock is the sgian dubh, in Gaelic, ‘the dark knife’… as an Author, I keep it there as my hidden weapon to fend off nasty editors… it is not to be used for spreading yer marmalade on yer toasted scones…

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…the Kilt itself… the centrefold centrepiece… it is said that a good Kilt wears the man, not vice versa… the presence of a substantial male derriere lends better ‘swing’ to the cloth… much nonsense is broadcast about weight and number of pleats in a specific Kilt… I find that more than 20 kilos is too heavy, and an excess of 200 pleats a bit much for ironing… standard is about 8 kilos and 40 pleats… get in some serious wearer-training, budding Highlanders

…the Sporran… the bit that hangs down in the front of the Kilt…. no, Mabel, not that bit… I said we’ll keep this clean… the hold-all for yer money, yer MacBraynes ferry tickets to the Hebrides, and yer Writer’s calling cards to hand out to doting admirers at American Womens Association gatherings… a-hem…

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…the best-leather Belt with shiny buckle… a minimum of three inches broad… silvered clasp at the front, holds just about everything together when yeez breathe in…

Kilt Jacket, the photo above shows the formal version, with more shiny buttons… not too many… this isn’t the Cockney Pearly Kings and Queens stuff…

Dress Shirt, with attendant Bow Tie finishes it all off neatly…

…and yeez are ready… Vogue for Bravehearts… and no sporrans were harmed in the making of this Blog Post

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…Authors, avoid the ’lobster bisque’ syndrome…

…it happened so long ago, it had almost been relegated from my mem’ry, but sum’thing triggered a replay in my mind yesterday… picture if yeez will a fine-dining restaurant in one of the swankier Manila hotels in the Philippines… early evening dinner, and being the hungry gannet I usually am, I was first in the door to allow the maitre de to ‘try to find us table’ in a room with about eighty empty places… the good man led us to a nice, horseshoe-shaped, leather-backed booth, neatly placed against the back wall… very comfortable… the only two guests in the place, myself and a visiting pal… the menu was top-rate, and our orders were duly taken… five minutes later, the maitre de was in action again… the second pair of guests had arrived…

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…an older European fellow, prob’ly packing a pension book, and a pretty Filipino lady, who could hardly have been older than 18… a veritable late-autumn/early-spring relationship in the making… apart from myself and my pal, the restaurant was still deserted… however, in the fashion of all good restaurant management techniques, the maitre de placed this second couple at the table adjacent to ours… then the circus began…

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…the menus— big, smart, expensive jobs, built obviously to justify the inflated prices, arrived at the next table… the young lady appeared flummoxed with the responsibility of choosing her food… the noble veteran with her explained… with interpretation so loud that we could hardly miss overhearing… ‘lobster bisque, my dear–that’s bisque with lobster in it’… ‘snails in pastry– that’s pastry with snails in it’… and so it continued… I’ll leave the rest of the occasion to yer imagination… I didn’t stay long enuff to see if he paid by credit card… that’s a card with credit in it… the lesson for Authors from that little episode… let yer readers figure out at least the basic stuff…  avoid the ’lobster bisque’ syndrome… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…Authors… the phrase, ‘that’s not my job’, is NOT part of yer lexicon…

…no matter how much research yeez employ, it’s unlikely yeez will find records of the likes of Billy Shakespeare, Enid Blyton or Chuck Dickens having to do their own artWURK, or distribution channel placement for their masterpieces… nor the copy-editing, proof-reading or bookstore signings… changed days indeed… the modern wannabe classic scribblers are obliged to have more arrows in the things-yeez-have-to-do-yerselves quiver…

bbbbbb…at the last count, I’ve managed to find an assortment of operational obligations required to get yer books out there… and this holds for whether yeez are an independent self-publishing stoic or shepherded by either/or an Agent (a what thing??) or a real-live Publisher (they do exist)… but this ol’ Jurassic is fortunate (?) in having found a person for each function, viz:

writing the bluudy thing in the first place… er, that’ll be me..

initial editing…. that’s down to, well… me again…

copy-tracking for plot holes…. I’m the one who does that…

proofreading… I’m yer Huckleberry on that one, too…

organising cover artwork…. hmmm… aye, that’s yours truly…

coordinating with eBook channels such as the Great God Amazon… myself’ll do that…

price-setting… who else, but Moi?…

SOSYAL NETWURKIN activity to ‘build yer platform’… cloning of oneself would be a plus…

marketing programming… nobody but I…

continual promotional pitching… self, again…

bookstore signings… only the Author can do it…

Guest Speaking to generate interest in yer wee literary babies… who can do it better than?…

just about anything else that impacts the entire business of being a successful quill-scraper… yer mirror shows yeez who’s best for that…

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but the employment terms are terrific… I’m permitted to invent 36-hour days… indulge in constant cerebral debates with my fictional (?) characters… allowed to feast on chocolate biscuits and Diet Cokes in lieu of lunch/dinner/supper/breakfast/oh-is-it-that-time-already?… eternal nibbly picnics amongst the laptop keys… and d’yeez know what?… I’m LUVVIN IT!… emb’dy else amongst yeez Lads and Lassies of Blog Land relate?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: an Interview with Author @seumasgallacher

Seumas Gallacher:

…great fun being on the remarkably comfortable chaise lounge chez my Crooked Cat Publishing Author pal, Vanessa Couchman…

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: an Interview with Author @seumasgallacher

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My guest today is a man who moves seamlessly between a career as an international businessman and that of a successful author. He’s also generous with his time and promotes other authors unstintingly. He’s the kind of person who’d be an asset as a guest at any party. Just read his blog: you’ll see what I mean.

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…no, Authors… yeez don’t have to do stuff PERFECTLY… just do it!…

…it’s prob’ly one of the most widely-known non-secrets amongst those of yeez who know me well… my tag of, ‘this ol’ Jurassic’ refers not just to my belly-button age, but to my self-confessed ineptitude in all matters compoooter… gadgets, machines, things-to-fiddle-with-to-make-them-WURK, are all as Churchill’s famous ‘riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’ to me…

com…my wee gray cells are steadfastly set against even the merest comprehension of how to deal with such things… and yet, Mabel, here I sit, the proud producer of three Jack Calder crime thrillers, and one more title currently WURK-in-Progress… I manage an almost daily blog… my direct SOSYAL NETWURK connections muster 20,000+ …and I have more internet pals and scribbling buddies than yeez can throw a laptop at… I still recall in flashbacks of terror the day I pressed a coupla buttons, and three months of hard-crafted writing disappeared from the page… just like that… gone!… vamos!… my WURLD stood still… I couldn’t speak… then sumb’dy stepped forward, tapped a different pair of keys, and voila!, the masterpiece-in-process reappeared… a rough, tough, horrific way to learn… but it was part of the education… much of the rest of my journey through the Magical Mystery Tour that is the Web has been kinda similar…

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…‘try it and see’ became the ever-present motto… what doesn’t meet with success gets binned, and sum’thing else gets tried… slowly, oh, so slowly, I’m catching on… how to link my blogposts to the various channels… yeez would laff yer socks off at me if yeez knew how long that lot took… how to copy different attachments from emails … simple, huh?… not to this fellow it wasn’t… but, here’s the point… trial and error, more trial and even more error, eventually gave way to an operating rhythm that gets me there… so, my advice to iccomputerites like me, especially quill-scrapers…  yeez don’t have to do stuff PERFECTLY… just do it!… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…a very special Lady graces my blog today… Authoress and Poetess Supreme… Rohini Sunderam…

…at the risk of repeating previous blog openings, I’m the most fortunate of bloggers inasmuch as my terrific Guests come from all corners, and in all guises… since this ol’ Jurassic arrived in Bahrain, I was invited to join the excellent Bahrain Writers Circle

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…started a few years ago by Robin Barratt, who still offers great support from his home base these days back in the UK, the group has gone from strength to strength on the broad and willing administrative shoulders of David Hollywood and Rohini Sunderam… David is an accomplished Poet in his own right, and may appear at some time on this ‘ere blog…. meantime, the effervescent Rohini offers splendid illumination to my page… let me stand aside and allow her to speak for herself and her unique CORPOETRY collection…

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From Corporate Laughter to Corpoetry

Rohini Sunderam

This collection of poems came into being by a chance remark made by a colleague when I was working as a copywriter in the advertising department of the regional newspaper The Chronicle-Herald in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The chairman of our company happened to visit our department – which was located in the industrial park in the neighbouring twin-town of Dartmouth – and he was being given a tour by our department head.

We all knew that the ‘Big Chief’ was calling on the Advertising Director but he rarely walked around the floor. So we were all quite relaxed. I happened to be standing and chatting with one of the senior designers – was it work related, I can’t recall. It probably was, initially, but we’d wandered off into other more interesting subjects than work when clear across the floor we heard our boss’ forced laughter. The kind of ‘ha ha hah’ that you know means he’s laughing at said big boss’ rather tame joke. That prompted my colleague to comment, “Ah! Corporate laughter.”

Simultaneously I noticed quite clearly that everyone on the floor started to look busier than usual. People slouching in front of their computers straightened their backs. Casual conversations were cut off with an official sounding, “So when do you need it?” The other colleague understood and gave some equally officious response. Folk ambling along to the water cooler or kitchen walked right by and headed back to their cubicles or desks.

In the meantime that phrase ‘Corporate Laughter’ started bouncing around in my head like a squash ball that’s been whacked hard against the wall and missed by the opponent. I couldn’t concentrate on the headline and copy until I’d written ‘Corporate Laughter’ out of my system with a short poem that repeats what I’ve just said with the added suspicion that the Chairman was quite astute and saw through our ‘acting busy’ charade. In fact it ends with:

While the chairman of the company

Stifles signs of sharp intuition

And lets those other little signs pass by

At least, just for today.

That should have been that. Most times for me, when the subject of a poem has been exorcised with a poem, it’s gone and doesn’t bother me again and I can get on with more meaningful real work. This one didn’t.

I began to see and hear things and become aware of situations that prompted another and yet another poem. Before I knew it I had twenty-five poems dealing with life in a corporate situation. Simultaneously I began to doodle using the built-in clip art that came with Windows back in the early 1990s.

I didn’t do anything with the poems or the illustration but I’d look at them once in a while, (they’d gone from being saved on a floppy disc to my hard drive to a flash drive) and have a chuckle. Then I came back to Bahrain and shared the poems with Linda, my friend and erstwhile colleague at the advertising agency where I worked.

She thought they were “awesome”. And she offered to illustrate them for me, while urging me to find a publisher. Initially I approached a Canadian publisher, because some of the poems were very Canadian. They were very encouraging and asked to see a manuscript. They liked what they saw but said I needed to bump up the number of poems to fifty at least.

In Bahrain I saw even more opportunities to write more poems on the subject.

I re-did the very Canadian poems and made them more universally relatable. Unfortunately the Canadian publisher decided to pass – they were small and traditional and published only limited titles. Fortunately in my search I came across Ex-L-Ence Publishing in the UK and they decided to go for it.

Corpoetry is available here:

http://www.ex-l-ence.com/Corpoetry.php

Reviews may be read here:

http://www.robertcubitt.com/1/post/2015/04/water-cooler-wit-five-star-poetry.html

And here:

https://fictionpals.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/david-hollywood-of-bahrain-confidential-reviews-corpoetry/

Rohini has been typically modest in her piece above, but let me share with yeez, Lads and Lassies of Blog Land, a little more about this enchanting Lady…

Rohini has been an advertising copywriter for more than 30 years. She has written ad copy – for films, radio, and print- in India, Bahrain and Canada. Two books were commissioned assignments as part of her professional work. Her articles and stories have been published in The Statesman, Calcutta, India; The Globe and Mail, Canada and The Halifax Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia, Canada.

She also edits and manages a blog ‘Home The Clock Struck One’ (http://dlip.wordpress.com) for her brother who had a stroke a few years ago and a blog of personal writing and interests: http://www.fictionpals.wordpress.com. And she is an active member of the Bahrain Writers’ Circle. (SG editing here : for ‘active member of,’ read, ‘she is one of the people who constitute the personal glue that keeps the Bahrain Writers Circle as enjoyable and friendly a writers’ gathering as it is… )

Rohini’s writing credits include the following:

  • Corpoetry, a collection of light hearted poems about corporate life published December 2014 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing, UK.
  • A contributor to the anthologies:
    • My Beautiful Bahrain (Published in 2012 by Miracle Publishing, Bahrain)
    • More of My Beautiful Bahrain (2014 Robin Barratt Publishing).
    • Poetic Bahrain (Published 2015 by Robin Barratt Publishing)
  • A poem was selected for publication in the international competition Poetry Rivals (Published by Remus House, UK) 2012.
  • Her short story Your rebirth, My death was short listed in The Atlantis Short Story Contest 2013.
  • Her 50-word short story was the winner in a competition held by Oapschat, UK
  • She has participated in The Colours of Life an annual poetry festival held in 2012, 2013 and 2015

Connect with the Lady on

twitter       : @Corpoetry

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/RohiniSunderamAuthor?ref=profile

…thanks for sharing, m’Lady, Rohini… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…it’s time for PROPER change… give the running of the WURLD to the under-eight-year-olds…

…there has always been a constant undercurrent of thought that this ol’ Jurassic possesses the IQ of an infant… on that score, I’d gladly accept that as a major compliment… the more I watch and listen… well not so much ‘listen’, more like, ‘suffer to hear’, the endless political parties’ garbage machines (read ‘spin doctors’ production’), the more I’m convinced that the wrong people are in charge of the WURLD… it matters not if yeez live in ‘Merika, the UK, or anywhere else in Yourope… clearly, the levels of insanity that permeate parliamentary, congressional and other forums for ‘country and international management’ have reached the ultimate in non-WURKIN… changed days since Plato and the lads in the Ancient Greek times ROOLED with such sensible authority… as of today, I wish to launch a new arrangement to monitor, oversee and administer the Affairs of State for the entire planet…

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…applications will be sought from individuals who have not yet attained the age of eight… the Manifesto yeez will be expected to run with will include:

1. …mandatory milk and cookies at 2 p.m. daily…

2. …equally mandatory is the universal taking of naps immediately following the milk and cookies gorgement…

3. …all-day playtime will consist of unbounded access to toys and games, and helping each other to enjoy yerselves…

4. …ALL MOBILE DEVICES SUCH AS iPHONES, BLACKBERRIES, iPADS, and other similar rubbish will form the content of a succession of HUGE bonfires with attendant fireWURKS displays…

5. …educational equipment will spin around good stuff like unlimited coloured crayons, drawing books…

6. … school qualifying examinations and tests will be abolished…

7. …proficiency will be targeted toward whoever can sing Nursery Rhymes the LOUDEST… singing in tune is much to be discouraged…

8. …a WURLD President will be elected every three months, and the incumbent must not be older than 5 years…

…other ROOLS will be made and implemented in no particular order…

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…there… that’s that sorted out… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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