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Life in Amsterdam

June is the month to prepare for family visits – Mr. Fanning’s sister and my own mother are book-ending the summer months.

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A RIPE Meeting diary

Every now and then, my job takes me away from home for a week at a time.

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Resolving for change

January is the time when the Fanning family makes their resolutions.

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Oberhausen – it has it ALL

Oberhausen is twinned with Middlesbrough. And before venturing there, that was the sum total of my knowledge.

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An agent came a-calling

Guilty as charged. Months have flown by with no diary update. I am truly sorry. I never meant to be such a lazy sod, it just happened.

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Take a seat Mo Fanning

It finally happened to me this month. The moment I’d been dreading – and I should be honest and say I didn’t deal with it particularly well.

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RIPE for Tallinn

Sorry for the lack of diary entries, been in a bit of a creative slump and didn’t have the spark to write much, busy dealing with the rejection letters from agents who you suspect haven’t even read your work – particular Kudos to the agency who shall remain nameless who said that thrillers were not really her genre – in response to ‘Help’ and the other one who had their very junior assistant reply on their behalf that stories about serial killers were not really her thing – well I’m with her on that.

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Berlin baby

There’s a reason why Berlin hotels offer attractive room rates in January and February. Nobody wants to go. It’s cold. Colder than anywhere you’ve ever been. Think about how cold that is, then make it colder.

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January is a month for loss

January is always the month to sit back and look shocked as your waistline joins forces with your wallet to reap revenge for the indignities you’ve made both suffer in the name of ‘having a good time’. Despite all my very good intentions and to the best of my knowledge, having had a pretty lousy Christmas, my bank balance is indeed shrinking in direct proportion to my increasing girth.

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