Books Quarterly has an article about Paddy Ashdown which is interesting in as much as just after last Christmas I was pushed forward to talk to the tall young Policeman who was providing a cordon around a group of Muslim Protesters in downtown Southampton on the issue of Palestine! So I wondered if I could be of any support and I wandered up to the PoliceMan and asked directly ... Would I be useful in this context as I have taught Muslims full time both in the UK and in Turkey!" "I am a retired Lecturer!" "Well" he replied .... "you must be like Paddy Ashdown ... he is retired as well and doesnt he sit in the House of Lords or somewhere!" I sloped off and got back to Starbucks Cafe and had a double expresso to sort out my feelings and views ... I did try one more time!
However its pertinent to note that here is the Paddy Ashdown CV - long awaited ... and Paddy Ashdown's Current Job is: Campaigning as a sort of house husband, dealing with Northern Ireland (a negotiator!) Staying in and out of Politics!" My summary based on facts in Waterstones Publication/Books Quarterly. Ashdown's previous experience .... ex soldier, a kind of a diplomat, twice a businessman and twice - unemployed" plus a lot of other interesting career development on the international scene: skills - still learning: languages spoken: Malay: Dyak: Chinese: German: French and Bosnian, Croatian Serbian - great understanding in all of this is evident from Paddy Ashdown's CV!
Ambitions: easy listening re his grand children: Regrets: Not being a PM: Proudest Moments: Winning for Liberals in 1983 ... what a busy and challenging lifestyle has been lived and still enjoyed by Paddy Ashdown!
Literary firsts: Faber is celebrating 80th birthday
Review/Colm Toibin's tale of a blossoming emigrant ... Brooklyn reference a review by Patrick Gale!
Finally /One Foot Wrong/ by Sophie Lagune "brutally punished in childhood painful memories a familiar story for this novel - One Foot Wrong/ Plus The Great American Novel and see an interesting list below including some of my favourites:
Adventures of Hucklebery Finn by Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerlad
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Beloved: by Toni Morrison
on my short list anyday .. nice work!