Cindy-Lou Dale


  Professional Writer,  
  Editor & Photographer  


I probably have the best job in the world. I'm invited, paid even, to verbalise every cantankerous thought I've ever had about things which irritate and torment me, from police corruption to surly sales staff, criminal incompetence, to the morally righteous. Here are a few comments received from editors and readers - all of which truly gladden my heart.


These photographs are stunning! JN, Features Editor

You are one of the best writers I've worked with - travel, profiles, reviews, great photographs. MD, Editor

What you wrote for me, in my time with Sawubona, was beyond GREAT!! I gave you all the freedom to express - mostly your 'dialogue'. I, and our sub, MM, placed you in our 'top' three writers - with you, always being Number 1! MdO, Editor

WOW the photos are absolutely stunning. GvH, Editor in Chief

I love how vibrant your London photos are! GVH, Editor

A wonderfully evocative piece of writing - your descriptive powers are enormous! GR, Editor

I love and admire your writing! HM, Editor

This is fantastic and extremely well written -you've really done the area justice with your descriptions. JL, Editor

The article is really well written and informative. BM

It's a great story and the photography superb! MS, Editor

I like how you focus solely on one topic, like one store, or only teashops or one district, one street. Send me more! KV, Editor.

I like your photos but especially your way with words. AN, Editor

Fantastic reading! KR, Editor

Mind-blowing super crisp images. AR

I love your work. You're probably the best writer I've ever worked with. SH, Editor

You are a lovely writer!  This is a fab piece.  CP, Editor


This is a great piece of writing and the pictures are beautiful too. HC, Editor


Fantastic work. IS,  Editor


Brilliant, Cindy. That's one helluva piece of writing. Bravo! EF, Editor


This is a superb eerie piece and so incredibly written - your stuff is beautiful! MDO, Editor


I like the tone of your political work and I'm absolutely delighted to be able to publish your articles.  JS, Editor


Your article is so beautiful and humbling it brought tears to my eyes. LS, Editor


Absolutely brilliant. PP, Editor


Thanks and congratulations on your food and drink articles in September’s Hemispheres issue.  They were fantastic and so much fun to read!  Great images also! MU, Seoul Tourism


Fantastic article, I felt I was there taking in the smells, sights and atmosphere. It lifts ones spirits. PGT

It's brilliantly written and full of really interesting, topical information! SA, Editor


Cindy, you write so beautifully. HM, Editor


This is one the best story I've had the privilege of editing!  JD, Editor

Cindy-Lou could write about trimming her toe nails and keep me riveted, and most likely laughing to tears. I do wish she provided more photographs, but I suppose she is correct in that one should not provide too much evidence for the prosecution. If you ever find yourself seated next to a woman that reeks of cat pee, on an intentional flight, who proceeds to strip to her skivvies, so she can pack away her offending garments, all the while telling you it was an adoring Cheetah, that had a special way of showing affection. Well then, you need to introduce your self to Cindy-Lou. And no, I am not making this up and neither is she. Do not hire Cindy to do normal, as she has but one setting: Exceptional! BB, Publisher


It has been my good fortune to work with Cindy-Lou and publish her work on Her writing is always entertaining and engaging and she is the ultimate professional - always delivering excellent work on time. KO, Editor

How did you manage to pull this together? I am sure if I asked you to arrange a war, interview the dead or find Madeleine McCann, you would. MH, Editor

No wonder everyone loves you Cindy. RC

I have commissioned Cindy-Lou to write for me on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed. She has also pitched a couple of great ideas to me which have been very positive for the titles I edit. She is very well connected and manages to make things happen - no matter how challenging the brief. She's quite exceptional. JR, Editor

I am blown-away by your words.You really have guts! And so much passion. OM, Editor

No one else can make driving a car sound like sex. LK, Editor

Love the piece, it gave me goose bumps! TP


You are very, very good and versatile! PLD, Editor


I just love your writing. SB


Cindy, you are one of the (few) finest writers I have ever worked with. MD, Editor


Wow Cindy, I love it. MO


I really enjoyed your writing and photography! Your work is very emotive. JK


Well-pitched and expressive, it definitely drew me into the story. CS, Editor


You write with a classiness and professionalism I've not found with other travel writers; you interject key facts and information with precision and leave your reading audience with a certainty that you know exactly what it is you're talking about. SB, Editor

You paint a three-dimentional picture with your words. It's pure cinema. GR, Editor

AMAZING....these are fantastic shots! MH, Editor

This was a fearless piece of journalism and a genuine good read. KH, Editor

You tell it like it is - good, honest journalism. My mind's eye could see him squirm. PH, Editor


I've just taken a look at the copy. Very impressive! LKP, Editor

Amazing photography. HLS, Editor

My gut was churning as I read your artical. I'm not usually an emotional person, but the tears rolled and my heart yearns to go back. PR

Your travel writing is far superior to most of our existing writers; and I know I can always rely on you. ND - Editor

Your writing is superb. BT, Editor


You really do write beautifully. Your descriptions and your choice of words are a treat. MH


I love your writing style more than anything I've read in a long while. I've gotten to know how you operate through the many features you've writen for us and how professionally you facilitate assignments. Darn, you're so dependable too! - MDO, Editor


I'm really thrilled with the photos Cindy, thank you. - RSE, Editor


I like this article. It reads well and is very informative! It will work great for us! - SS, Editor


These are probably the best shots of this type of wildlfe I have seen. CH, Editor


Amazing, thanks Cindy - DJ, Editor


This is so intense, the stark colours so brilliant, I can’t believe how beautiful this country is - KH, Editor


Your Nigeria piece really rocks! - MG, Editor

What a beautifully written piece with such 'goosebump' photography - MO, Editor


Very nice job! - KP, Editor


Checking out your latest blog at Automotive Traveler is always a treat. You have a great talent for capturing a moment in time - whether it's a couple at the seaside or your anecdote about taking the trash out late one night, in Brussels. And your feature piece on Malawi is still the one I tell new readers of AT to read first! - RT, Editor


I have goosebumps all over and a tear in my eye. My God, this is so beautiful, thank you! - NO, Editor


Excellent work. - LN, Editor


Your killjoy intro, your untamed voice, and your pithy passion for what you love and hate is so exhilarating and we love it! AV – Editor


All your stuff is fantastic, but this interview especially so. SH - Editor


Your coffee story really moved me; I felt for those farmers and thought about the joy they must get from those new bicycles and school uniforms. WK - Editor


Keep on sending us, we love your stuff. GN - Editor


Doing the last minute adjustments to the October issue, and I just reread your article and wanted to tell you that I think this is simply the most charming piece I have ever printed in this magazine. LB - Editor


If that was just a first draft, I wish my other writers could turn in final drafts half as good. RT - Editor.


Your article about the Asian Tsunami is frighteningly brilliant. MA - Editor


We think you're great Cindy. KP - Editor


Thank you for doing such a superb job for our magazine! PF - Editor


I really love the energy and passion that you show in your writing, combined with a great level of knowledge and understanding. JAD - Editor


These articles are fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them – thanks for covering this destination so well. AM - Editor


We've had rave reviews from all over the world about your Hungarian wine article. MH - Editor


Great article as usual. AH - Editor


Brilliant work, thank you Cindy! WJ - Editor


I love your descriptions, your sense of humour and the brilliant use of adjectives, metaphors and similes. You truly evoke all the senses. HM - Editor


We love your Isle of Mann piece and the Ugandan coffee farmers. And the Malawi photo essay. We love it all. You give us reason to live. SH - Editor


The voice of this piece is outstanding; I wouldn't ask you to change it one bit.  JB - Editor


I love your use of the English language. MR - Editor


Thanks for the early and excellent article. I enjoy your writing style. JMC - Editor


I truly enjoy your writing and superb photos. SM - Editor


A magnificent piece of truth-telling! JA - Editor


I wish to thank you for the great work that you are doing to bring these matters to the attention of the world community. Keep up the pressure. - SL


Just a quick kudo from one writer to another.  I marvel at your work - fluid, artistic, exciting, "chancie" and fulfilling. - DB


You have the knack of turning a dull subject into a fascinating topic – that’s a sign of true intelligence. I never thought I’d find myself reading 2,500 words about Belgium coffee and liking it! JL


Many thanks for your wonderful writings and truths about this world - DC


Your article about the Tsunami is an eye-opening master piece - HA


I read your lovely article on trade in Uganda - very touching and a refreshing treat in a world that just doesn't get it.  JB


Your article about Berlin's nightlife is BRILLIANT and the way you describe the most pornographic of instances without once using a graphic word is written with such elegance. This is truly artistic. MH


I just loved your photo's - you're very talented. AMD


Excellent writing! SW


Your superb writing has inspired me to travel to Namibia. JK


I really loved your article in Nomads about the Congo Gorillas. AB


What a wonderful article, and fantastic photographs.SH


You have a keen mind and great talent for observing critical details. JN


Brilliant, brilliant, have said everything that has been in my mind for the past 11 years. Please keep this up, be the voice for the many, many frustrated South Africans and ex SA's of all colours. WI


Your Malawi story is so touching. EJ


I loved your article. It tells the truth about South Africa which most of the people in the US don't know.  I did not even know many of the facts that you wrote of. I think you handled the situation like a true pro. DA


I particularly enjoyed your prose; your opening paragraphs are well-crafted and I found myself wanting to read on. PN


The allegations you are making are sadly damaging to the credibility and image of the icon of our struggle. I am not going to attempt to respond to your nonsensical and falsified engineered distort myths about our country and role played by our country liberators. However I want to put it on the records that you must go back and ask for change on fees from those institutions you proclaimed to have learmt at as your writings has no depth. How these things are printed I not now. Your articles they doesnt worth responding to as sensible people will read and see that there is lot of bullshit in what you are here saying as there is no truth in what you are saying. Our Constitution is the best in the worlds which guarantee our peoples of their rights. May advice that you do your study again and resuarch facts not fictions before you make the damaging articles such as these ones. PM


When I visited South Africa in 2004 everyone with teenage children asked me if there was any chance of employment in Denmark, as there was no propsects for white teenagers in South Africa. KH


After reading your article about farm murder in South Africa I hope that white South Africans band together. I'll say a prayer for your people: "may they wake up in time and take matters into their own hands". BW


Your Charles Dickens article in Travel Through History, was wonderful. Fantastic job! SS


Your article was wonderful. Thank you very much. SW


I just read your articles about South Africa. Damn good writing! I feel there is a great shortage of objective journalism in the world and thank you for your courage! JL


We have a very biased news media here in the US who wish to bestow a sainthood on Mandela. You have an insight into the real story behind this man and the balls to publish it. TL


Your article on Mr. Mandela is the most ludicrous, most one sided, non informed, most racist piece crap I have ever read. You are an ignorant white boer bitch and know nothing about the history of South Africa from a black man's perspective. Come back so us blacks can teach you a lessen. One-boer one-bullet. Bang! BX


I must congratulate you on this excellent article you published about the SA farm murders. AS


A dreadful shame the leftists caused so much harm in South Africa. I’d like to move some of our liberals (responsible for the horror in SA) over there now so they may enjoy the fruits of their labor. JK


Great article on Mandela! It has always sickened me what happened and is still happening to South Africa, with the aid of the US government, and the useful idiots in the media and Hollywood, and the ignorant people they brainwash. I don't have much hope for America, either. WS


Clearly Baghdad is a safer place to visit than Johannesburg! FP


I have read your articles about South African crime with great interest and agree with your finding. I think many were dumbfounded when President FW de Klerk gave the country to the communists'. Congratulations on your courage and boldness. BB


I was very moved by your writing. JH


I just wanted to let you know I think your stories are great and I like your website - it is by far one of the best journo's websites I have yet seen. SW


I just finished reading your excellent article on the Tsunami. As you described the effects of resonance I immediately began re-thinking the wholeì/11 thing and the jets hitting the World Trade Center. I think we can now safely assume it wasn't the fires that brought down the towers but resonance. BR


A fellow spirit! I have just read your article about Nelson Mandela You stole into my mind and read my thoughts about this. It’s amazing how few people know. MH.


I cannot imagine a more harrowing task than reporting on the crimes of baby rape. Bless you my child! That was a great article. JF


As your article is based on verifiable fact, I think it is very hard hitting and brilliantly written. DV


Excellent stuff. I am sending copies to my friends now. FK


I read your article entitled The Fall of the British Empire with deep interest. You certainly hit the nail on the head. EK


Your views show an unbiased level of deductive reasoning. I like the honesty and integrity of your writing and wish our journalist in the US were as open about the problems here at home and abroad as you are. RT


Thanks so much for this article on SA. You have put into words what I've been secretly thinking for years! I moved to America 6 years ago and have not looked back. RB


Thanks for your help and thanks for caring about South Africa. DP


Wonderful writing! As a South African I whole-heartedly agree with every word. This need's to be put out there for the rest of the world to hear the truth. BM


Excellent work!!!!  I am thrilled that you have written these articles about what is taking place in South Africa. However you need to take care that you don't put yourself in danger. DA



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