DonkinLife is by award winning journalist and author Richard Donkin who has had so many adventures around the world in the last 20 years that Brad Pitt could star in the movie. Not that Brad looks like Richard, because he doesn't. Richard is more mature. Older. Carries a bit more weight. You get the idea.
Years ago, he was our map reader when three of us walked the Dales. There was me, Donkin and Ratbag (an affectionate term for journo Alec Ramsden). We were a sort of younger version of Compo, Clegg and Foggy. Richard was the map reader because he had the map. In fact, he had all the kit: map, compas, emergency foil blanket, toilet roll.
Alec brought cold potato sandwiches in a scout bag.
Like Oscar Wilde, I had nothing to declare but my wit. The other two preferred the cold potato sandwiches.
Richard would carefully guide us along well beaten tracks and trails. He was so good that he once famously map read us from a place where we hadn't been to a place we didn't want to go. We forgave him because, like many villages in the Dales, it had a very good pub.
DonkinLife covers many subjects in his own distinctive style. It's well worth a read.
Openwriting is a site that encourages people to write. It was launched and is run by another world travelled and talented journalist, Peter Hinchliffe, who has covered revolutions in Africa and the assassination of JFK in Texas. Which is a fair indication that he, too, is quite mature.
Mind you, I am not sure if mature fits. It intimates someone who has settled into a rut and become a chartered accountant or builds scale models of steam engines out of matchsticks. Just don't try lighting the boiler. This would be a wrong impression because Hinch has always had a bit of a wild streak about him, which is part of the reason he was such a great journalist.
One thing that is certain is that Hinch knows all about writing. He has been reporter, feature writer, investigative journalist, news editor. He knows how daunting it can be for some people to try to write and share their work and how difficult it can be to get published. Openwriting Web magazine encourages writers and has regular columnists, U3A writers and authors.
The internet is the new Caxton Press of publishing. Everyone's work can now be read and Hinch has been at the forefront of this new revolution with Openwriting. Enjoy and, perhaps, contribute.