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Allan Stratton
Date: 2010-10-12 09:29
Subject: BLISS!!!
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Tags:abby, abbyssinian, cats, cats cuddling, siamese, tabby


I'm having a nap in the middle room with Soly, the Abby named after Chanda's little brother. He loves to snuggle and stick his nose in my ear.

Oh yes. And I nap with Penster too...



And Misha...



And P2...



The four of them all run downstairs to greet me when I come home. I have to pet a different one with each hand, rub a third with my chin, and either use a foot or rotate hands so the 4th doesn't feel left out.

Who needs a psychiatrist with so much love? :)
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Allan Stratton
Date: 2010-09-14 08:22
Subject: LIFE ABOVE ALL (CHANDA'S SECRETS IS S.A.'S OFFICIAL OSCAR ENTRY!
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Tags:chanda's secrets, life above all, oscars


SOUTH AFRICA HAS NAMED "LIFE ABOVE ALL", THE FILM OF MY NOVEL "CHANDA'S SECRETS" AS ITS OFFICIAL ENTRY FOR THE 2011 OSCARS!!!

(Photo of me with the kids who play Iris and Soly. They're amazing!)

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tiff/story/2010/09/10/tiff-life-above-all-oscars-toronto.html

http://www.toronto.com/tiff/article/658952--south-africa-picks-life-above-all-as-oscar-entry
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Allan Stratton
Date: 2010-09-06 22:02
Subject: VIETNAM WAR REMAINS: CHINA BEACH AND THE HILLS
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Tags:china beach, vietnam


China Beach is where US soldiers did their R&R during the war. Across from the beach the old abandoned US airforce hangars disintegrate slowly.



Soon they'll be demolished. The old bases are being turned into waterfront condos. Oh, and tourist hotels.

In the hills overlooking the beach, en route to Hue, we came across some old fortifications. Imagine being holed up here with the enemy watching you from anywhere and everywhere. Imagine being here at night.





Now, instead of war, a quieter way of life...


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Allan Stratton
Date: 2010-09-02 10:33
Subject: LIFE ABOVE ALL (CHANDA'S SECRETS) AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
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Tags:chanda's secrets, life above all, toronto international film festival


The Toronto Film Festival is almost here! Tomorrow tickets go on sale for LIFE, ABOVE ALL, the film version of my novel CHANDA'S SECRETS. Hope to see you there. Description, times, and blah blah blah at the link:

http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2010/lifeaboveall

Cheers,

Allan
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Allan Stratton
Date: 2010-08-28 16:22
Subject: GOING BUGGY or SILK WORMS: YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR
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Tags:hoi an, silk, silk worms, vietnam


Normally I've posted scenic shots from my travels. These aren't them. They come from a silk factory in Hoi An, Vietnam, where I got to see how silk is made. First, of course, come the silk worms. A closer look:



The caterpillars spin cocoons and prepare for metamorphosis in leafy beds like this.



Since the beetles that would emerge would break/chew through the threads, the silk makers boil the cocoons. (Note some of the almost-read-for-prime-time beetles.) Kind of grisly when you think about it. Like lobsters -- only bugs.



And then the cocoons get processed, the clothes get made, and it's off to shops and onto people's backs.(Note the 'eyes' over the shop doors on this Hoi An business. They're to ward off evil spirits.

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