"I think even the Italian mafia in Palermo is more open to "outsiders" than public libraries are. Not only are the responses ridiculous, but even in places where ten jobs have been advertised (eg Southwark) one doesn't get called in for an interview."
I read this and while musing on the similarities between Palermo and Southwark noted that £400,000 has been spent on the London 2012 Olympic "logo".
The blurb on the back cover of An Olympic Death by Manuel Vazquez Montalban came to mind.
Private Investigator Pepe Carvalho............now finds himself forced to work for Olympic entrepreneurs for whom the only game in town is to make a fast buck.
I think it would be virtually impossible to try and justify £400,000 or even £40,000 spent on designing a logo, but I am sure they will try. The jury will be out for at least 5 years on the 2012 London Olympics, but I would not bet on an acquittal.
Petrocchi's definition of Mafia-maffia from Philology by Leonardo Sciascia:
"An association of people from all classes of society and from all walks of life, who lend each other assistance regardless of legal or moral principles."
Clientelismo: the culture of looking after friends and family, and thereby keeping outsiders and unknowns out of the loop.