(A) Pen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics part 3

(A) Pen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics part 3

  Anyone wishing to test their endurance or general state of health should push a heavy motorbike along – not even up – a road and I quickly (re)-discovered that this odious task does not come without certain side benefits. To begin with, it’s a wonderful examination of your heart, because if your ticker, or […]

(A Pen) and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics part 2

(A Pen) and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics part 2

  So everything’s going pretty well as I hit the coast road, heading south towards Grand Anse. The neutral space is automatically clearing up one concern after another as I muse over the story of my historical thriller, Kolony, from a distance, quietly amused at how the process works. It’s taken me 13 years to […]

(A) Pen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics

(A) Pen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics

  Yes, yes..I hear you..the title’s a spoof on the bestseller of the ’70′s, ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics’..great book and an interesting exploration of values. My theme here is a lot less lofty because I just think there’s a link, somewhere, between (my) writing and owning and riding a motorcycle. And, if […]

Wings of butterlies: part 4

Wings of butterlies: part 4

Such quirks of destiny have never been better explained than by the delightful story, aptly named ‘ Death in Tehran, which goes like this: Once upon a time, a rich merchant was approached by his servant who was in a dreadful state, trembling and weeping inconsolably. Eventually, the servant spluttered the reason for his condition. […]

Wings of Butterflies..part 3

Wings of Butterflies..part 3

  For the best part of 2 decades, excitement in this wonderful corner of the planet came hard on the heels of excitement: night dives in the big blue; fishing expeditions in the virgin waters near the Amirantes drop-off; sailing trips to legendary Aldabra, one of the largest raised coral atolls on Earth; expeditions by […]