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The World's First Multi-National e-Book lived up to its name last month, proving to be truly global. Successive messages in our GuestMap came from visitors in Lithuania, Belgium, India, Canada, USA, Scotland, Canada, India, Hawaii, USA (with an Afghan flag), and France. Earlier in January we heard from readers in Iran, Poland, Mexico and Australia.

From Jamaica, Melanie Bailey (MBaileyATjpsco.com) sent us this email:

Hi Eric. I always find your e-books very interesting. I am from Jamaica and I found the one on 'Name and Shame' particularly interesting. In Jamaica we have a Students' Loan Bureau which operates a revolving loan scheme, which lends money to students for tertiary education.

When students do not repay their loans then the bureau publishes their names and photographs in the most popular national newspaper. It is quite a shameful situation and students try to avoid by repaying their loans on time.

The bureau has on occasions made mistake threatening to publish people who have actually paid, then I guess, they'd have a lawsuit.

Here are other messages received last month:

Very interesting! Thank you! - Donatas, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Just enjoyed a plate of neeps - not known in Belgium - but being Scottish, love'em and found this site from enquiry re Scotland's national veg. - Marian Mitchell, Namur, Belgium.

Wonderful. Reading with great interest. - Pinaki Ghosh, Kolkata, India.

Hi, just found you via The Wordsmith. Looks very interesting! - Ruth Steeves, Meeting Creek, Alberta, Canada.

Love this site! - Marge Davidson, Brookfield, Connecticut, USA.

Happy 2005 to everyone . - Annie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hello from Lotusland! - Jack Hinton, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

A great idea. - Mandayamkumar Krishnaswamy, Bangalore, India.

Thanks for the website! - Sallie Powell, Waianae (Oahu), Hawaii, USA.

Afganistan flag because I liked the people in 1970 - Timothy Nelms, Morgantown, USA.

Thanks for your interesting site, and for demonstrating that there is life after 80!!! - Vabre, Foix, France.

Delight to find this site. Enamored with slinging slurs whenever appropriate and non-injurious. Love to make some new connections, have been much too shy- 50yr old biker/painter researcher post-antiques dealer married dont wanna date thanks but would like to contribute my share to the world-can't give money can give hard work and ideas. - Michael Little, Greenfield, USA.

Just visiting, dropping in from Anu's word a day site. This place looks interesting. I love this map. - Claire Pelchat, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Always an interesting read. I follow the link from the excellent A Word a Day - Jonathan, Menlo Park, California, USA.

Interesting site, Wordsmith led me here - Joe Katz, DeLand, Florida, USA.

I wish peace for everyone on Earth. - Mary Gussick, Franksville, USA.

Often enjoy your point of view - Don L. Horn, Punta Gorda, Florida, USA.

Living in arguably the most beautiful place on the planet... love to all. - Christina, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Thanks for an interesting and humorous break in my day. - A. Rotter, Lakewood, Colorado, USA.

Neat site! - Elle, Toronto, Canada.

What goes up and doesn't come down? - Your age! (joke from LA Times). - Tom, Torrance, California, USA.

I enjoy your e-book! - William E. Lisenby, Chesterfield,South Carolina, USA.

Interesting site with lots to read. - Michael, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Neat info - Henk, Canada.

Greetings from northeast Ohio, near Lake Erie - Warren, Akron, Ohio, USA.

Life is (more exciting than) a cabaret. - Robert L. Lee, Tucson, USA.

Looks like an interesting site with provocative material. Most promising. I've bookmarked it to spend more time here. - Steve, Petaluma, California, USA.

Thanks so much. Yours is a very interesting and useful site. - Hossein Vahid Dastjerdi, Isfahan, Iran

Dzieki wielkie - Teresa Muszynska, Lodz, Poland.

Anu led me here and you have a great website for the curious! - Norm Gillespie, Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Found you via Wordsmith! Interesting... - Linda Kalend, Lakewood, Colorado, USA.

Hi! - Raśl Cervantes Desouches, Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Mightly fine location - David Johnson, Crab Orchard, Tennessee, USA.

Ripper reading of humourous stuff and love the links to other places. Keep it up, mate. - Ian McDougall, Brisvegas, Australia.

Thanks for your entertaining website, Eric - I found it via AWAD. Being S African by birth & Canadian since 1955, I enjoy the international flavour. May 2005 bring peace, love, goodwill, harmony, joy, compassion & respect, to all people & the creatures of the earth as well. Ahimsa! - Denise, Metchosin, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
[We had to look up Ahimsa in a dictionary. It's a Sanskrit word describing the Hindu and Buddhist doctrine of refraining from harming any living being.]

Our sincere thanks to the many visitors who signed our GuestMap. We appreciate your friendly support. - Eric Shackle, Sydney, Australia (author) and Barry Downs, Kimberley, South Africa. (webmaster).
 

Story first posted February 2005

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Eric Shackle

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