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Recent Ezine Articles by John Powell

Posted by John Powell on September 15, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (8)
Curiosity and Addiction

A Book for Kids of All Ages

Adult Views on Children's Books

Concussion and Language Change

The Ideal Book for Reading to Older Children

A Book for Brighter Kids

A Book to Keep the Kids Engrossed

Motor Racing on TV: Formula One and Indycar

An Alternative to Violence in Computer Games and TV Films

Will Growing Mutual Respect Repair a Broken Marriage?

Sex for Gold: The Seduction of an Air Hostess

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Return to the Garden City - Kwame's Dilemma

Posted by John Powell on September 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (7)

Once again, as in The Colonial Gentleman's Son, Kwame Mainu is faced with deciding whether or not to help the British authorities combat Kumasi-based drugs traders. It takes him some time to make up his mind.

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Kwame was surprised, confused and angry all at once. ‘Why should I need to be tested?’ he protested. ‘I’ve come here to live peacefully and do honest work to keep my family safe. I came here today of my own free will. I can’t see ...

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The Survival of the Fitter

Posted by John Powell on March 25, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (8)

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International Development: The Role of Fiction in Training and Public Awareness

Posted by John Powell on March 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (5)

The effort by industrialised countries to assist in the development of newly independent and less advanced countries has now been underway for half a century. Much has been learned that will be of use to future technical experts and consultants with an ambition to work in this field, and universities in the USA, UK and elsewhere have set up training courses to prepare these people for the task ahead. Most of the materials used on these courses are dry technical reports that impart the facts b...

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No Spare Parts

Posted by John Powell on December 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

You can learn more about Suame Magazine and the work of the fitters by viewing the videofilm 'No Spare Parts' released in 1990 by Asterisk Films. The film is available from Bullfrogfilms. It is narated by David Suzuki and lasts 22 minutes. The film has won two awards and is recommended for schools and colleges in the USA with programs in development economics, technology transfer and recycling.

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The Colonial Gentleman's Son - An Absolute Must!

Posted by John Powell on September 21, 2011 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the story of the life and career of Kwame Mainu, born in Ghana in 1957. I found that it vividly portrayed the feelings and experiences of a principled individual as he battled his way through life's temptations and dilemmas. The interpersonal relationships are intriguing. My only criticism was that some of the engineering technical detail went over my head.

Set against and skilfully intertwined with the political and economic development of an emerging African nation it is a br...

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The Colonial Gentleman's Son - Call for a Sequel

Posted by John Powell on September 21, 2011 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

From the beginning, the author's love and understanding of Ghanaian Culture is apparent. So much so that I feel this story is fact intermingled with fiction.

We follow the life and career of Kwame Mainu, born in 1957, four days before Ghana gained its independence. In spite of many changes in his family's circumstances, leaving them in relative poverty, his energy, intelligence and persistence enabled him to survive and progress. We learn much of the problems, both political and econom...

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Will Kwame join the Drugs Trade?

Posted by John Powell on April 4, 2011 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

“So you can provide the wee, er weed,” prompted Kwame. “It’s good to start with that,” said Peter, “but we should soon move on to coke and smack, that’s what really brings in the big bucks.” “Can you supply all that!” gasped Kwame, unable to contain his surprise at this unguarded statement, “Where does it all come from?” “Need to know, I’m afraid, Old Boy,” said Peter, tapping the side of his nose.

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Kwame Loses His Wife

Posted by John Powell on March 4, 2011 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

'Look at yourself, Kwame Mainu! You’re thirty one years old and you still don’t have a house or a good job. You’ve no ambition for your family. You talk about pursuing your education but you still don’t have even a first degree. You can never make up your mind about anything. I’m tired of making excuses for you to my family and friends. You’re a disgrace to us all. I’ve been talking to your mother and she says you’re just like your father. He wa...

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A Hot Afternoon in Suame Magazine

Posted by John Powell on March 2, 2011 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around the extensive maze of dirt roads that wound irregularly between the thousands of concrete-block workshops and wooden shacks that composed this greatest of Ghana’s industrial assets. Walking was difficult, as the ground underfoot was rendered irregular by pot holes, stony outcrops and half buried vehicle parts. Vehicles in all states of disrepair lurched past in clouds of black smoke and choking red dust. Everywhere was red earth, rustin...

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