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  • remember
    these are memories from places in my past


  • sadie jones: the outcast: a novel

    sadie jones: the outcast: a novel
    what is it with me picking really dark books at the moment? isn't there anything out there that is happy? (***)

  • andrew bavidson: the gargoyle

    andrew bavidson: the gargoyle
    dark, dark and more dark. i should have figured this out from the blackened book spine. good, thought provoking. not sure i would recommend it. (**)

  • stephenie meyer: breaking dawn

    stephenie meyer: breaking dawn
    didn't go to the usa as planned so had to buy this in hardback. (****)

  • rohinton mistry: a fine balance

    rohinton mistry: a fine balance
    my friend kelly warned me this was sad. without that warning i'm not sure i could have taken it, but knowing this, i really loved this book. mistry has an amazing ability to help you see why it's important to try to view things from another person's perspective. (*****)

  • stephenie meyer: eclipse

    stephenie meyer: eclipse
    yep still enjoying these. (****)

  • stephenie meyer: new moon

    stephenie meyer: new moon
    once i got started, i had to finish the saga...i saw someone say this made them wish they were 13 again and i have to agree. it's very well done. (****)

  • kate furnivall: the russian concubine

    kate furnivall: the russian concubine
    while i got a little confused between the characters for the first half of this book, and i wished i had a little more political context, i enjoyed this. set in pre-revolutionary china, this looks at a russian girl who falls in love with a chinese communist. (***)

  • stephenie meyer: twilight (the twilight saga, book 1)

    stephenie meyer: twilight (the twilight saga, book 1)
    i had four people recommend this over a two day period so when i saw it in the airport bookstore i picked it up. having liked buffy, i really enjoyed it and have now bought book 2. (****)

  • jane harris: the observations

    jane harris: the observations
    despite a relatively distracting voice, bessy--the protagonist in this story--grows on you and i enjoyed this story despite its flaws. (***)

  • sara gruen: water for elephants: a novel

    sara gruen: water for elephants: a novel
    four or five friends recommended this book before i wrote off to amazon to order it. i can understand why it has a viral following. it's great--good writing, gripping story, solid characters. well worth reading and my favourite new book of 2008. (*****)


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It must be awful to have nothing political to worry about in the UK. Frankly I've never worried how an election in the UK, Italy, Japan, Isreal, or anywhere else affects my life. If I were to get one of these letters I'd probably put it in the round file. Non Americans have no business influencing US elections - non Americans influencing the US elections what a positively United Nations thought -just as Americans have no business influencing elections anywhere else.


"Britain said yesterday it will respond soon to a US request to send troops to more dangerous areas of Iraq, a politically charged issue that has revived anger over Prime Minister Tony Blair's support for the war.
Critics have accused Blair of preparing to put the lives of British troops at greater risk to help President George W Bush in the US presidential election, in which Iraq is a key issue."

No letters to influence the elections, please. Just send more bodies to influence the elections. Thanks.


Thanks for the thoughts. As an American living outside the US, I have to say there's no question that our political situation has huge impact on the rest of the world. To quote Claire Tréan in an article in the French Le Monde (, "This is not an empty, static world we live in, the choices we make have important implications for the entire world. What is America's position if the countries of the world are stacked against it? How are Americans to react in a world that is not supportive of their government?" While it may not feel to us that our elections are that impactful, certainly the rest of the world feels otherwise.

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