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Komodo Dragon
Journalism

Komodo cruise – highs and lows

A Komodo cruise in the rainy season includes ecstatic highs as well as some pretty awful moments. Want a holiday you’ll never forget? This could be it.

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20th century books
Reviews

20th Century Books: top 100

20th Century Books – one for each year from 1900 to 1999 – which would you choose? How many have you read? And do you agree with the ratings?

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Reviews

Does Duolingo work?

Does Duolingo work? A professional diplomat tries it out. What is needed to move from Duolingo to fluency?

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Leigh Turner books
Fiction

Christmas books

Christmas books – 15 months after I retired, I have four out. My latest, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy” is due on 12 April 2023

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No bus on Highgate West Hill
Existential/women

Microcourtesies

Microcourtesies are a counterweight to microaggressions. They are easy and life-affirming. Let’s embrace them.

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Leigh Turner Leros
Existential/women

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr – the internet and your brain

Nicholas Carr’s “The Shallows” explores why you should put your smartphone in another room and embrace a human being instead. You know this already. But “The Shallows” spells exactly how much harm the Internet is doing to us every minute of every day.

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Self-publish your paperback book
Writing tips

Self-publishing a paperback

Self-publishing a paperback is easy – but a bit more complicated than self-publishing an e-book. In particular the cover, manuscript and pricing need care. A step-by-step guide.

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Leigh Turner im Zentrum
Biography

What changes when you retire?

What changes when you retire? I finished as British ambassador to Vienna in September 2021, 42 years after starting work. What have I done since then?

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Book published leigh turner
Writing tips

Self-publishing your own book

Self-publishing your own book on Amazon is easy, but you may find a bit of help useful the first time. A simple step-by-step guide.

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Leigh Turner The Latest Thing
Fiction

“The Latest Thing”: Ms N and Tatiana return

“The Latest Thing” is the 12th “Hotel Story”. Ms N, the world’s most brilliant, unpredictable and occasionally homicidal hotelier, must fight off a team of experts sent from HQ to “improve” her hotel…

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Fiction

John Savage in therapy: an interview

John Savage: ‘I won’t talk more about what happened that winter in Moscow. It’s between me, the Office and – I suppose the Russians know the whole story. Moscow was worse for Clare than it was for me. She suffered most. Obviously. She’s dead. I’m alive.’

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Writing in Loutro
Writing tips

Resources for writers

Resources for writers on this post include how to write articles and blogs; how to write a novel; dealing with rejection; scenes, sequels and cliff-hangers; editing as you go along – or not – and a selection of writing courses for you to try.

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Kyiv
Journalism

Russia’s war on Ukraine: what’s happening?

Russia’s war on Ukraine has failed on most fronts. But Russian President Putin continues to slaughter vast numbers of his own troops, and Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, in the hope of a military breakthrough. That could yet happen. The top task for countries supporting Ukraine must be to maintain unity for weeks, months or years to come. This will be a challenge.

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