East Germany, Tunnel 29 and no toilet paper

This is not Tunnel 29. The original YouTube video here has been taken offline and this is the only image I had on file of a tunnel!

A couple of years ago, I listened to a fascinating BBC podcast called Tunnel 29.

Broadcast thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in this podcast producer and presenter Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel from West Berlin into the East to help friends, family and strangers escape.

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My song is perfume

Today, I finished editing and designing my late Mum’s second book called My song is perfume.

This book of poetry is the second volume of writings that I have compiled and edited from the nine-hundred or more (A5) pages of writings that I found on Mum’s laptop after her death in August 2020. The first volume was her autobiography Rosalie: In her own words (2022), the next volume will be a collection of the very many short stories and other creative writings that she penned. Nestled between is this short book of poetry.

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My new book: I like to write back—a collection of silly replies to unsolicited email

Book cover shows old Gmail icon

Look! I’ve made a thing!

What do you do with unsolicited emails? Ignore them? Delete them? Let your spam filter swallow them? What if you were to reply to them?

That’s exactly what I did in October 2009. Fed up of people wasting my time sending me emails about search engine optimisation opportunities, or who wanted to place adverts and guest posts on this blog, instead of rolling my eyes, tutting loudly and deleting them, I wrote back.

You can download a free copy in PDF, or buy a paperback copy on Lulu.com on my books page.

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Fathers. Brothers, and Sons

Frank Bello’s autobiography

As I said in a previous post, I have been trying to read more this year. Less ‘doom-scrolling’ through infinite social media feeds, more feeding my mind with other people’s insights and experiences.

I recently finished reading Frank Bello’s autobiography Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surving anguish, abandonment, and Anthrax, co-written by Joel McIver and with a foreword by Gene Simmons of Kiss.

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The Fear Bubble

The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live Without Limits eBook : Middleton,  Ant: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
The Fear Bubble

Over the last few years I have read mostly business, productivity and agile-related books that have helped me at work. This year, I have made it a priority to try to read more and to read more widely, from a variety of genres.

Last night I finished reading The Fear Bubble by former Special Boat Service (SBS) operator Ant Middleton.

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