Twelve Shades.. of Shame…

“Twelve… Years…

A… Slave”…

Rather…

Twelve…. shades…

Of… shame…

How…

Did human psyche… dip into the depths of its…. pathological disintegration…

Why…

Was such demeanment… humiliation… and chilling cruelty… inflicted upon fellow humans…

The much praised 2013 period drama… an adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Soloman Northup… “Twelve Years a Slave”… was imposed upon us on the small screen… “la télé”…

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The Yearnings… of a Woman…

When… young…

Rummaging through much loved books… in an old musty library… I touched on a novel which fascinated me…

It was… “The Sheik”…

Not only did I read the book voraciously… I also watched the film starring… the incomparable “Rudolph Valentino” and Agnes Ayres…

Both left an indelible impression on me…

The novel is about a young British aristocrat… a Lady Diana Mayo… who is kidnapped by a dashing Sheik…

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Berber Women… of Morocco…

Berber… Women…

Of… Morocco…

Exhibition… was…

Mysterious…

Authentic…

Not only was I whisked away… transported to that magnificent land… which mesmerised me… at first sight… it also brought back vivid memories… during my journey there… and the stunningly beautiful Berber jewellery I collected… loved and adored and still wear today…

Pour moi… it was a moment…

When time… stood still…

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Salon du Livre… de Paris…

Salon…. du Livre…

de… Paris…

A deluge… of books…

Writers… authors…

Editors… publishers…

“Scénaristes”…

Talented professionals… congregate from all over the world to pay hommage to…

“The… book”…

We were at the “vernissage”… private view… of the Salon du Livre 2014… at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre… where we proudly mingled with representatives of their “métier”…

“Les hommes… de lettres”…

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