NON-FICTION

Valentina Corcoran. From alpha to omega

 – Wha-a-a-at is this? – What? – What is this? I’m asking you, – the PE teacher was vigorously pointing his finger into my birth certificate. On the reverse side of the certificate, in beautiful calligraphic handwriting, was printed: God’s servant Valentina took the rite of baptism… (such-and-such date, in such-and-such a church).  -It’s pretty.  -What is pretty? –The PE teacher’s face reddened.  -It’s written beautifully. I can’t write like this… and the ink is brown… – I have not had time to understand the meaning of what was written. How did I not take notice of […]

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Cathie Cayros. Autumn arabesques.

Autumn. The word itself brings back memories, stirs up feelings and wraps you up in the charm of the secret of being. Autumn truly deserves her golden crown of the greatness of mother nature. She is shining and glistening with all colours. Like a noble lady, she is gorgeous and full of dignity and pride, wisdom and passion. The undisputable beauty of autumn has been glorified by poets for centuries. Her crown is decorated with rubies and pearls. Moonlight and sunlight are playing in the abundance of her precious stones, radiating magic rays, illuminating and mesmerizing everything […]

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Aldona Grupas. Yes, it’s Hard

When facing stress from nursing the sick and infirm, how can you withstand the pressure? I have been working as a caregiver in nursing homes in England since 2005. With the help of a recruitment agency, I have had the opportunity to work in over a hundred nursing homes, homes for the disabled, and caregiving centres. My job is to tend to the sick, terminally ill and dying patients, providing them with healthcare, socialising with them and doing everything possible to ensure they live out the rest of their life to the full, with a minimum of […]

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Ali Jafar Oglu (Aliyev)The tree of life

The tree of Life                                                               (A story) A tree has grown in a hot and dry area. This tree has climbed high. There were so many leaves that there was a shadow all around. Every time the sun warmed him, he was disappointed, because no one caressed him, did not care for him. The tree, from loneliness, considered it useless that it grew here. It dreamed that it would be better to be a small shrub, but to have tall trees nearby. For birds to sit on its branches, for people to rest in its shade. The […]

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A plane tree and a plank. Ali Jafaroglu(Aliyev)

A Story                                                           (A story) They cut the wild nut tree in the forest. After they cut the branches off it, they shaved its trunk on a planing machine. They made doors and windows from the pieces of plank. The workers loaded the wooden materials onto the lorry and took them to a nice house. After some time the doors and windows of the building were made, and decorated glass was cut according to the size of the window frames. When the frames were painted with red paint they began to glitter under the rays of the […]

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Aldona Grupas. Foggy Albion

For those of you who do not know – or may have forgotten – I would like to describe a place called “Albion”. There is no country of that name in the modern world; it cannot be found on modern maps. Rather, Albion is an ancient name for Britain, that island comprised of the modern nations of England, Scotland and Wales. Albion means “White Land”, probably a reference to the spectacular White Cliffs of Dover, which visitors (or invaders) would have seen on arrival by boat. Some people, however, believe it refers to the foggy weather for […]

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