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Neo-Shamanic wisdom in urban survival 2016, a green technology mindset of sorts…

Neo-Shamanic wisdom in urban survival 2016 © Andrè M. Pietroschek, all rights reserved My title accepts the risk of a terminology which became defiled due drug-crazed sermon and sanity-defying esoterica publishings across the planet. One life to save is always your own, and that needs … Continue reading Neo-Shamanic wisdom in urban survival 2016, a green technology mindset of sorts…

I’ve Looked at Life From Both Sides Now*


Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

DifferentPerspectivesOne of the best things about books and reading – and I include crime fiction in this – is that they give readers the chance to explore and learn about different places, different events and so on. What’s soon clear is that a lot of those events, social issues and so on are complex. So understanding them means reading both sides (or to be more precise, all sides) of an argument. It means reading about a place from a variety of different perspectives. It means reading about an event from the perspective of the ‘winners’ and the ‘losers.’ To put it simply, the more deeply we read about something or someone, the better we understand.

Let me just offer a few examples from crime fiction. Let’s start with the issue of immigration. Many different countries face the challenges that come with immigration. It’s very complex, with many aspects, perspectives and…

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In The Spotlight: Ray Berard’s Inside the Black Horse


Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

>In The Spotlight: Carl Hiaasen's Skinny DipHello, All,

Welcome to the first of four special editions of In The Spotlight. I got requests from a few folks to say a bit more about the finalists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel, so I decided to do just that. Starting today and going on for the next three weeks, I’ll put the spotlight on each of the four finalists, so that you can learn (I hope!) a little more about them. Let’s begin with this year’s winner, Ray Berard’s Inside the Black Horse.

The Black Horse Bar and Casino is a pub that also offers off-course betting services (Incidentally, Berard was a supervisor for off-course betting outlets for the New Zealand government). Located in a rural town on New Zealand’s North Island, The Black Horse is owned by Toni Bourke, a recently widowed Māori who’s trying to do the best she can…

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