There's Fungus on the Mushrooms: or if something can go wrong it will ....
By Mike Lord
The twenty three chapters in the manuscript are anecdotes of things that really happened in various locations during those years. Some are funny but others are shocking and alarming. One chapter relates to a flight in a DC3 from Singapore to England in 1952, followed by a real life by shocking visit to Benin State in Nigeria during the Biafran war, and the third during work on a project in Libya.
Mike Lord has lived and worked in Africa and Asia for nearly 45 years. He became a consultant by accident, and has worked in that capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and now Vietnam, principally for major aid donors in the field of development aid, including poverty alleviation and the development of sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged farmer families, who often live in remote areas.
The twenty three chapters in the manuscript are anecdotes of things that really happened in various locations during those years. Some are funny but others are shocking and alarming.
One chapter relates to a flight in a DC3 from Singapore to England in 1952, followed by a real life by shocking visit to Benin State in Nigeria during the Biafran war, and the third during work on a project in Libya. The 23 chapters total about 32,000 words, and covers the author’s life as a child in the Singapore, including the Maria Hertogh riots, incidents at school and then college. More interesting is when Mike started working in Africa. Work in Asia included some hot-spots like the Swat valley in Pakistan, and Sri Lanka during the war against the LTTE! Stories and anecdotes are recorded and the author has tried to include happenings in most countries where he has worked, although these are by no means exclusive. Mike Lord has also written three other books – two historical novels relating to Sri Lanka which has a whole wealth of recorded history, and the third manuscript about Emperor Quang Trung who defeated the Tsing invasion in 1789, and which has suddenly become topical in Vietnam.
Books by Mike Lord
by Mike Lord
The Tay Son uprising, removing the Nguyen and Trinh dynasties, defeating the invaders from Siam, and then the massive Tsing invasion from Beijing, and unifying the country. Princess Le Ngoc Han is married to the Tay Son leader, who declares himself Emperor Quang Trung to defeat the Tsing. Following popular agricultural and educational reforms, Quang Trung dies suddenly, aged 40, and his widow laments writing some beautiful and stirring poetry.
by Mike Lord
The story is set in 5th Century Sri Lanka – Taprobane as it was then called. A princess from Eritrea becomes the fourth wife of the Raja of Taprobane. The story relates her journey by land and sea, escorted by her brother, from Assaba to Puttulam, and their adventures on the way, even being attacked by pirates! The story continues with her marriage, and her life in the rock fortress of Sinagiri, meaning Lion Rock (nowadays called Singirya).
by Mike Lord
A tale of international intrigue set in the glorious ranch land of Rhodesia in the early 20th Century. A young veterinary surgeon is faced with management of a large herd of cattle, but the ranch is suddenly plagued with veldt fires, poisoning, stampede, flooding and even attempted murder.
by Mike Lord
In 1659 an English Ship, called “Ann” was almost wrecked off the north west coast of Ceylon, and the Captain Robert Knox and several members of his crew were tricked and then captured, and imprisoned for almost 20 years until a small group escaped. In 1680 Robert Knox Junior, published a book in London detailed his life during the 20 years of captivity.