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Author: justinw

A fifty-five year old press cutting and a poem about Ukraine

This picture was taken on September 28, 1967 and published in the Eastern Province Herald. It’s a bunch of young people sharing a table at the Walmer Hotel in Port Elizabeth. Included are people who worked at the newspaper, and they probably motivated the get-together. Three of them were young reporters in the newsroom: myself,…

Zane Grey Country

Zane Grey wrote romantic western novels, the emphasis on romantic. So this picture would have found favour with him: a pretty girl in front of a western scene, Bryce Canyon in Utah. When I am not writing I do photo albums. Zane Grey Country contains photographs and commentary of a road trip Cathy and I…

Dreaming Books

Carte Blanche in early February had an expose of the crooked side of publishing in South Africa; promises being made to aspiring authors to have their books published and promoted for over R20 000. I felt for them, with their dreams being dashed after parting with a substantial amount of money. It brings me to…

The road to Petra

Our journey started in Eilat, the Israeli city on the Red Sea. We crossed the border into the twin city of Aqaba, the port city of Jordan, then took the double carriage highway north towards the capital Amman. The road rises through barren mountains to a plateau, with desert vistas and isolated mountains, then west…