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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book 2 is here

Yes, it's true. The long awaited hot follow up to The Eyes of the Jaguar God has just been published.

The Search for Tamm

This second book in the series follows on from The Eyes of the Jaguar and sees our three teenage heroes searching for the three ancient pieces of jewellery before the mysterious Baboso gets there first. But none of them can predict the remarkable challenges that will face them and the amazing mythical events that they become embroiled in.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Los Pinos

"So it was that we found ourselves back in the enormous parkland that night. We were all wearing black, which was Dominica's idea, but the cloudless night seemed to make us more than visible. It was easy to see the large ornate building glowing in the dark. Lit up both by the moon and the enormous amount of in-ground lighting, there was simply no way that we were going to sneak in unnoticed.

"Why is it called Los Pinos?" I whispered to Dominica as we crouched down in the bushy shadows."

Los Pinos is the official residence and office of the President of Mexico. Located in the Bosque de Chapultepec, the large park in central Mexico City, it became the presidential seat in 1934.

In 1934, President Lázaro Cárdenas was offered use of Rancho la Hormiga (English: The Ant Ranch) as his official residence, which he accepted. He changed its name to "Los Pinos" (The Pines) in honor of the ranch where he met his wife. However, as Bakky found out to his cost, ants still rather like to inhabit Los Pinos.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

British Museum

"Still, two days later, they were standing in the light drizzle of a chilly London evening, outside the magnificent creamy marble pillars of The British Museum. It had already been closed to the public for an hour and she was meant to be meeting her father-in-law here twenty minutes ago. The air was crisp and clean compared to the dusty, barren Jordanian desert. Although dusk had arrived, the lights of the city avoided darkness. Cars, buses and taxis vibrated their way down the high street, a constant background buzz of noise. High-pitched squeals of disc brakes being squeezed accompanied each change in traffic lights."

The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. A collection of immense importance for its range and quality, it includes objects of all periods from virtually every site of importance in Egypt and the Sudan. Together they illustrate every aspect of the cultures of the Nile Valley (including Nubia), from the Predynastic Neolithic period (c. 10,000 BC) through to the Coptic (Christian) times (12th century AD), a time-span over 11,000 years.


"Their city was called Sukhumi, a port town on the Black Sea. But when the boys were only eight years old, their parents moved to Australia. About as far as you can go from Georgia, without starting to come back the other side again. This should have been a massive disruption for the twins. But since they had each other, they took it in their stride and rapidly assimilated into the relaxed, down under lifestyle. Ironically, it was their parents who struggled with the move and were mostly miserable. They both had to work long hours to survive and hence the twins were sent away to boarding school."

Sukhumi is the capital of Abkhazia, a disputed region on the Black Sea coast of Georgia. 

It is located on a wide bay of the eastern coast of the Black Sea and serves as a port, rail junction and a holiday resort. It is known for its beaches, sanatoriums, mineral-water spas and semitropical climate.


"The Kapanadze's originally came from Georgia. A small country on the edge of Europe, which used to be part of the Soviet Union. When this huge Russian empire fell apart, Georgia became independent. It is somewhat ironic that the worst tyrant of the Soviet Union, Stalin, who murdered countless millions of people all over both Russia and its many smaller vassals, actually came from Georgia and wasn't Russian at all."

Georgia is a sovereign state in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the southwest by Turkey, to the south by Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. Georgia covers a territory of 69,700 km² and its population is almost 4.7 million.

Dengue fever

"The air was hot, sweaty and close. I was dripping in perspiration and I could smell I wasn't the only one. I wished I were taller and able to breathe the surely fresher air above. I was feeling nauseas and faint. I briefly caught Arthur's eye, before heads cut off the view. Hopefully my look was enough for Arthur to know I was in trouble."

Dengue fever also known as breakbone fever, is an infectioustropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. In a small proportion of cases the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.
Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the Aedes genus.

The mosquito Aedes aegypti feeding off a human host

Treatment of acute dengue is supportive, using either oral or intravenous rehydration for mild or moderate disease, and intravenous fluids and blood transfusion for more severe cases. The incidence of dengue fever has increased dramatically since the 1960s, with around 50–100 million people infected yearly, as poor Bakky will attest to.