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Ali Abbas is a writer, carpenter and photographer born and bred in London.

He is the author of “Like Clockwork”, a steampunk mystery published by Transmundane Press; “Image and Other Stories” a collection of seven short stories that examine themes of love, loss and the haunting nature of bad decisions; and “Hajj – My Pilgrimage” a light-hearted and secular look at the pilgrimage to Mecca that is at the heart of the Islamic faith.

His short stories “An Absolute Amount of Sadness” and “The Girl Who Gives Me Sunsets” have been published in anthologies from Mad Scientist Journal. “Désolé Habibti”, a paranormal romance, has been published in the “On Fire” anthology from Transmundane Press

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Hajj - My Pilgrimage

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Upcycling: from scaffold to garden seat

My blog is over five years old and despite enthusiastically adding joinery to the title, I have not once blogged about my woodworking projects. Time to address that. One of my neighbours had building work done a couple of years ago. Apart from the aggravation this caused, his workmen left a scaffolding board and another […]
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