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Sunday, 29 November 2009

The World of Literature salutes Mandip and CurtCole!

Three cheers for CurtCole and Mandip!

I have now received my first (and possibly last) journalistic by-line in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper. My editor failed to tell me the publishing date had been brought forward but fortunately a friend let me know. At least you can get to see the article online and I will get my friends to let me have a paper copy.  

A special thanks to Curt Cole and Mandip who between them finally persuaded me to start a blog, which in turn gave me the courage to send a piece from this blog on spec to the Guardian. (The original article first apapeared on this blog on 24th October 2009). I promise to name-check them both when I receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.The Guardian


  1. Wow!

    What can I say ? I have always admired you for your way with words and your mastery over the English language....and the way you described your harrowing experience really captures the situation vividly and I can just picture in my mind's eye what you must have gone through. I hope to read more of your submissions in the Guardian...please do let me know when you expect to submit your next article.
    Blessings M

  2. Congratulations! We really enjoyed your article and what a superb photo. With love R, M and Ellie xx

  3. Hiya. I thought your picture is very nice and enjoyed reading it. C

  4. Congratulations!!! That's so great!! Here's to many more...F

  5. Excellent article! Sorry you missed the printed version - afraid I did too, but hope someone you know turns out to be a regular guardian reader.


  6. Well done - you must feel very proud! Good to be able to get something positive out of that horrible incident.

    C B

  7. Congratulations!

    Many thanks for posting the link to your wonderful article. I was all geared up to secure the paper version on the 5th! So we would have been very disappointed to miss it. When we read it we found it both powerful and moving.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Are you tempted to pen something else?

    Also loved the photo - I hope they've let you have some shots from the photoshoot.

    Lots of love,

    S, M and J XXX

  8. Well written piece and very descriptive of your experience. You should write more!


  9. I'm so happy for you! Congrats my dear.
    Much Love,

  10. Got you a copy from Lynda a work colleague

    Showed it to my mother her comment was what a beautiful picture what a beautiful girl we must not throw this away. I had to tell her the reason I had it was to give to you.

    You've got a whole page and it is more than just a head shot am sure you will be pleased with it.


  11. Hi

    I read your Guardian article with interest; I had not realised how bad the fire had been - you now have smoke alarms installed I'm sure.

    Best wishes,
    D H


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