Here’s a bit about The Phraser and me.

The Phraser began in a rush – a scrapbook to keep me writing – and it’s covered everything from the arts, to conservation, to interviews with extraordinary ordinary people. Much of it is set around London, where we live now; in Zimbabwe, where I was born; and in Naples, Italy, where we lived from 2014 to 2016.

I also do books, and the worlds they thrive in. In case you’re wondering, I only review books that I enjoy, and I’m not paid for anything I write.

A quick bio on me: I was born in Zimbabwe, went to school there, and then moved on to university in Scotland. Marriage, children, and travel came next, with plenty of in-between jobs, including writing. Now I blog.

If you’ve the time to rummage through some blogs on The Phraser here are links to a few samples to give you a taste: an interview with Barnaby Rogerson, of Eland Publishing, in which he discusses the art of travel writing; a review of a book about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; an interview with a singing teacher in Italy; a piece about a tragic incident involving fireworks around Naples; an article on Zimbabwe’s elephants exported to China; and an interview with Lance Ramsay, when he was General Manager of the Bakerloo Line, London Underground.

Thanks for looking in. Please let me know any ideas, suggestions, thoughts … or if you’d like to advertise on the blog. Best way to contact me is by email: thephraser@gmail.com.

All the best


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  1. Ciao, are you living in Naples? I have the utmost respect for non Italians living in Naples after my own visit because of it’s incredibly rich and challenging environment. I am always fascinated by people that do it. I think on some level i am deeply jealous!

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    • Ciao – we live about half an hour from the centre of Naples (if the traffic is on our side!). I love your choice of words ‘incredibly rich and challenging environment’. It’s certainly rich, and the challenge is there at the start but, if you have the time to learn the language and explore, Naples will reward you over and over. It’s the locals who deserve respect as somehow, despite everything life throws at them (and there’s quite a pile) most, in every day encounters, are gracious, compassionate, self-aware and with a wicked sense of humour. They’re also resilient and tough – the difficulty for visitors, especially from cities with more obvious ‘dos and don’ts’, is that we stand out a mile 🙂 I hope you’ll be back.

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  3. Georgie! We love your blog and read it with interest from Zimbabwe. Wishing you and all the family a very happy New Year. Jean and Shelagh, Paul from London, Alexandra from Boston and Emma and Philippa currently in Cape Town!


    • What a treat to hear from you – happy 2015 to you all wherever you are. It’s always such a boost to know a post might find you. Any chance of anyone heading to Naples? With love Georgie


  4. Hello Georgie, Thank you so much for taking the time to contact me about my piece ‘Tardelli’s Scream’. That was so kind of you. I am really enjoying reading your blog and noting a lot of points of resonance in it: I lived in Rome for two years. My family are from an area in south Italy which is very near to Naples. And I live in London. I enjoy your writing, and your approach to blogging generally.
    Thanks again. Looking forward to reading more of your writing. 🙂

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    • Hello – thank you for giving so much of your time to my blog! I am so pleased when anyone is kind enough to do that but I am especially pleased given that you have insider knowledge of a part of the world that I can only observe as an outsider. I am working on my Italian but I am a long way from true conversation. Please let me know if you feel I have missed the truth behind something – I can only give my honest response to places and events. Thank you again for your company and time.

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  5. Hi Georgie, I like your idea to keep your posts to 500 words as I do the same as I would like folks to enjoy my stories without needing to read too much. And, I think I am going to like your posts.
    In regards to the nomination, could you please let me know where I nominate to. Although I have now been blogging for 2 years I am still a novice, thanx Georgie. Lyn. ps, how fabulous to live in Italy.


    • We are so lucky to be living in Italy!! I have posted details on my blog about the nominations. Should be easy to find if you go to the home page of The Phraser. Basically you write a post about the award, a few details about yourself and then list other blogs you would like to nominate. Please let me know if you have any problems – hope you enjoy the process. It does take a bit of time but I learned so much about other blogs in doing this – it was fun!


  6. hi georgie , love your blog. back home in amsterda. i already miss naples and the nice italian lezziones. 🙂 at least i have some reading on your blog to keep the memories alive.
    will send the group pic later.
    ciao Jane



    • Grazie Jane!! We missed you today. Naples has lost a flash of colour now you’ve gone but I know Amsterdam and Macho will be pleased to have you back! Have a photo to send you. Hope the music goes well. Ciaoxx Georgie


  7. Hi Georgie, will be following your blogs with great interest! Well done for inspiring me, much needed at present! Keep up the great work. Loved the Pompeii blog! All the best and longing for a trip to Naples?! Frances


  8. Hello there. I saw your message on FeedingtheMuse.com about our fundraiser/launch party on June 2. But are you in the UK?! Our event is in Bluemont, VA…Nice site!

    –The Muses


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