With a degree of trepidation

Another humorous and strange tale from Jim and Tallis.

Tallis Steelyard

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It has to be said that people can be a little dismissive about the dangers inherent in the occupation of jobbing poet. They point out that young men who go on to serve with one of our Condottieri captains must brave the blades of their foes. This is of course true, but at least they get to do this wearing armour. People would look askance at me if I were to start declaiming my work wearing a suit of demi-plate.

But while it is rare that we have to face cold steel, there are other dangers. Those who have never been forced to perform for a patron don’t realise just how real they are.

Many years ago now I used to be asked to take part in poetry readings given by the Askhew sisters. These two ladies, Nihilia and Sinilia, passed away some years ago and I doubt we will…

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Mandarians in Baden-Baden~

Magnificent birds photographed by Cindy.


These guys weren’t part of my plan for the day!


I was going to show you Baden-Baden,

but the Mandarins got in my way!

Why are Mandarin Ducks swimming wild in Germany you may well wonder?


Although Mandarin Duck populations are dwindling in their native Russia and Asia, some escapees from captivity are breeding in the wild in Germany and The UK. I happened upon these guys today on the Oos River in Baden-Baden Germany.


So, it is cheers to you, and Happy Spring, from the gorgeous Mandarins in Baden-Baden Germany~

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A One and Three Twofer

Another part of Teagan’s serial, “Murder at the Bijou: Three Ingredients-I”

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Slow Joe Crow wanted to join us today

It’s One-Liner Wednesday, the series brought to us by Linda G. Hill, and many of you will be surprised by how close to one line I am going to come. That’s because I am joined today by Teagan R. Geneviene who will soon release her 1920’s novel. If you’re not familiar with Teagan and her three-things stories, you’re in for a treat. If you are familiar with Teagan’s work, you know exactly what kind of treat you’re in for.

My one-liner is all about a treat too. A few weeks ago, when I woke up in Florida with the task making, changing and cancelling flights on a day the airlines were struggling with a blizzard in the Northeast, I wasn’t eager to get out of bed. I talked myself into action with the following thought:

When you know you’re going…

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This antibiotic will ruin you. 

Vital information

Mountains and Mustard Seeds

4739Hi there, we need to talk. My name is Amy Moser. I have almost written this post at least 20 times and got too overwhelmed and abandoned it. Well here goes…

The antibiotics you took or are taking for your sinus infection, UTI, skin infection, laser eye surgery…ect…may have already damaged you.

Cipro, Levaquin, Avalox, nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”…are all part of a large family of antibiotics called “Fluoroquinolones.” The FDA finally updated their warning on these antibiotics as of July 2016. They site “multiple system damage that may be irreversible. Permanent you guys. Here is the link for the warning if you are a doubting Thomas: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm500143.htm. Take a gander real quick if you are reading this with an eyebrow raised. Trust me, I wish I had been given the opportunity to soak up this information before it was too late.

In 2010, I took…

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Savage Payback, Book 3 in the Jack Calder Crime Series,” by Author, @Seumas Gallacher

A great review of Seumas Gallacher’s book SAVAGE PAYBACK.

Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

  • Title:  SAVAGE PAYBACK (Jack Calder Crime Series #3)
  • Author: Seumas Gallacher a GoodReads Author
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Publisher: SGC PUBLISHING
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2013
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G00GZEO
  • Formats:  Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Crime Fiction, Murder, Heist


IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.

A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.

A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.

Attacks…

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Spring special: sakura in Japan

Lovely photos of places in Japan.

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Photography and retouch: Valya

Venue: Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara

Camera: Nikon Coolpix P7000 & iPhone 6

Music: Inuyasha’s lullaby (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eqVlxjbUpY)

Spring is the famous cherry blossom (sakura) season in Japan and every year millions of tourists travel to the land of the rising sun to witness it. This year my sister was fortunate to be there for a short vacation and her friend’s wedding, and she visited the old and the new Japanese capitals – Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo. So I asked her to share a few of her photos here as her previous set of photos from Manhattan (https://kirilson.com/2016/12/25/christmas-special-over-manhattan/) were greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy the cherry blossoms and the random collection of Japanese things I decided to select and comment on (you should blame me for any inaccuracies).

IMG_1083 We start chronologically with Tokyo and some cherry blossoms in front of one of the numerous Shinto or Buddhist temples.

IMG_1239 But the sakura blossoms can also be found…

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