Please go to this site and sign the petition that calls China out on its human rights abuses in Tibet: www.secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_tibet_loc/?thWjfbb. Now,shortly after this is posted my webmaster will contact me and ask "are you writing about Tibet again? You're under cyber-attack from China." It's always a petty onslaught and doesn't get past the firewalls, but proves the general suspicion that China employs a vast number of poorly paid personnel to trawl and troll the Internet as it tries to clamp down on any criticism of its regime. Totalitarian capitalism - short of Naziism, the world's worst nightmare. And of course the West is too busy kissing China's financial butt to stand up for what's right. There are fewer than 20% Mongols in the population of their homeland, Inner Mongolia, after Chinese invasion and settlement. Mongolian language, culture and religions (Tibetan Buddhism and shamanism) have been all but wiped out. Tibet will suffer the same fate if the world does nothing.
I was born in Ireland and grew up in Toronto, Canada with my seven sisters and two brothers. Left home at seventeen to live in a commune, then headed off across Canada with my pal, Carole, and we hitch-hiked around California for months, then back up to Vancouver(Van as we called it then) and across Canada with two more pals, Linda and Peggy. A year later, headed off to Malaysia and Borneo with Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth for a year. Baik-lah! Back home, went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto (posh blokes) while also joining the Canadian Naval Reserve as an Officer Cadet. Trained on the east and west coasts of Canada every summer. Great fun. Then what? Hmm. Started to write books, dodgy personal life (that's personal but let's just say it's been a long time between drinks) started to wander around the world, had a darling daughter, settled down in Ireland, wrote more books.