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Happy Independence Day Zambia

At Midnight on October 24th 1964 Zambia became independent. So, Happy Independence Day Zambia!

My brother John Leyden was born in Kitwe, Zambia in the year of Zambia’s independence so here’s a song for Zambia from his band Mango Groove. The song when it was written was dedicated to Spokes Mashiyane, known as the King of Kwela. But for today I feel like dedicating it to Zambia, a Special Star.

Mind your Mind

Today I was looking through a small book that belonged to my grandfather, John Leyden. The book was published in 1903 and it is called ‘Mind your Mind.’ It is a small book and is the 1903 equivalent I suppose of a Book of Quotes. ┬áSome really great quotes in it and, thinking about writing, one of them struck me as something all writers need to remember.

‘Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but PLAINLY; for the end of speech is not Ostentation, but to be understood.’ William Penn. (the emphasis was in the book, it is not mine)

I continued looking through the book and found another quote from William Penn, not only pertinent to those who write!

‘If thou thinkest twice before thou speakest once, thou wilt speak twice the better for it.’

True that.

Here is a picture of the front cover of the book – I love the little owl in the corner, ‘I think.’