Author Archives: sunnydunny

About sunnydunny

Poet, publisher, gardener

The Open Mouse

The Open Mouse started as an offshoot from the Poetry Scotland website, which I started in 1996 as the web presence of the printed broadsheet Poetry Scotland, which I’m happy to say is still flourishing under its editor, my friend Sally … Continue reading

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Short story writing

I did a workshop on short story writing for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) recently, and I thought I’d put down a few notes on it here. I began with some thoughts on making a start on stories; some of … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, final part

Day 6, 5th November 2003 Up at a reasonable time for breakfast, then shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, and a change to a ‘limited express’ to Takayama. A stunningly beautiful journey through the mountains. The autumn colours are at their … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, Days 6 and 7

Day 6, 5th November Up at a reasonable time for breakfast, then shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, and a change to a ‘limited express’ to Takayama. A stunningly beautiful journey through the mountains. The autumn colours are at their magnificent … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, Days 4 and 5

Day 4, 3rd November, Nara Off to Nara today by coach. Drove through forests of bamboo, and in every hamlet persimmon (kaki) trees – leaves bare but with the large orange fruit still festooning the branches. There’s a Japanese saying … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys Day 3

Day 3, 2nd November, to Kyoto A very early start to catch the bullet train. Luggage space on these trains is very limited, so ours is transported by truck, taking most of the day to get to Kyoto, while we … Continue reading

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Mountains and valleys, temples and gardens, Day 2

Day 2 – 1st November, in Tokyo An excellent city tour today, led by Smiley, who fills every minute of every journey with facts and figures about Japanese history, religion, culture, language and way of life. We start at the … Continue reading

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