A Hibiscus Touch

A Short Story by Marijka Bright Fadwa had accepted her fate long ago, when she had decided to put love ahead of all else. She couldn’t know however, that her fate would catch up to her so soon. She stood, surrounded by angry faces; faces of those she knew and some she didn’t. How could … Continue reading A Hibiscus Touch

Sunday Poetry – A Common Thread.

A Common Thread I cover my face from the prying eyes of the many, Shades of grey colour my view of the world, Blessed with the sight of a thousand yesterdays, We see what we want, but we observe nothing.   I cover my body, fortified against the world outside, I wrap it tightly in … Continue reading Sunday Poetry – A Common Thread.

The Glooms by Marijka Bright

It is that time of year again, where darkness rules and the heady days of summer seem like a lifetime ago. Winter's chill is taking its toll and the only respite is the thought of a little Christmas cheer, here and there. But there is only so much that the Christmas Markets, Plätzchen and Glühwein … Continue reading The Glooms by Marijka Bright

Three Revelations

Three things have dawned on me recently - all of them unrelated, yet each are life defining in some small way. In a world full of conflict and uncertainty, wars raging in faraway places and so many people suffering through dictatorships, or at the hands of corrupt governments or even through a genuine lack of … Continue reading Three Revelations

What is the meaning of this?

Have you ever just looked up at the sky and wondered what it all means? Why are we here? What is the plan for us? Humans are complex creatures. Our brains are wired to search for meaning in even the smallest of occurrences. It is the reason that institutions like religion exist - they are … Continue reading What is the meaning of this?

4.50 from Paddington: A Miss Marple mystery

  Agatha Christie's '4.50 from Paddington' was first published in 1957 and is the 8th book in the Miss Marple series. Image sourced from the 4.50 from Paddington sales page on Amazon.com under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book, click here. Mrs McGillicuddy catches the 4.50 from Paddington station. At a certain … Continue reading 4.50 from Paddington: A Miss Marple mystery

Agatha Christie’s: Dead Man’s Folly

Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly was first published in 1956. It is a Hercule Poirot mystery and as with Elephants Can Remember, he is teamed up once again with the famous mystery author and Agatha Christie's alter ego, Ariande Oliver. Image sourced from Amazon sales page under the rules of fair use. To purchase this … Continue reading Agatha Christie’s: Dead Man’s Folly

Word of the Day: Perspicacity

To be completely frank, I had never known the exact meaning of the word perspicacity. I had heard it a number of times and had made an educated guess as to its meaning from the context that it had been used, however I had always been too lazy to pick up the dictionary and check … Continue reading Word of the Day: Perspicacity

Word of the Day: Defenestration

Who would have thought that we needed to invent a word specifically to refer to throwing someone out of a window? But that is exactly what we have here. For those of you who have ever wondered about the meaning of defenestration - look no further. Defenestration is the act of throwing someone out of … Continue reading Word of the Day: Defenestration

Cat Among the Pigeons

Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons was first published in 1959 and centres on an exclusive girls' boarding school in England - Meadowbank. Image taken from Amazon.com sales page under the rules of fair use. To purchase this book click here The story begins with a revolution in the Middle East where Prince Ali Yusef … Continue reading Cat Among the Pigeons