Friday, June 29, 2007
BOOKS AND WELSH LAMB
Saturday, June 23, 2007
MEAN STREETS AND DIFFERENT TIMES
Friday, June 22, 2007
THE NATURE OF REVENGE
THE LEGACY OF SJOWALL AND WAHLOO
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I think you will enjoy reading Simon Buck's first published book. One particular plot development was not to my personal taste, but then I am a bit quirky.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Like Basil in Fawlty Towers with his German guests, and his request "don't mention the war".
(ANSA) - Palermo, June 13 - A top Palermo mafioso was gunned down in the street on Wednesday, just minutes after leaving a local police station where he had signed a register for suspects under special surveillance.Nicolo' Ingarao, 46, who was recently sentenced to nine years in jail for Mafia crimes, was shot at least four times by assailants who then fled on a motorbike. He died a little later despite the attempts of ambulance medics to revive him.Ingarao was close to his home when he was ambushed. A group of relatives and acquaintances quickly gathered at the scene of the crime, some of them shouting and weeping.Because of the high profile of the victim, Mafia investigators expressed fears that friction between different clans could be growing in the wake of the arrest of 'boss of bosses' Bernardo Provenzano last year."This murder certainly indicates a flare-up inside Cosa Nostra," said Palermo anti-Mafia prosecutor Guido Lo Forte.Noting that Ingarao was head of a Mafia 'family', experts said the murder was especially worrying as it came three days after the slaying of a relative of two mafiosi arrested for extorsion."It's perhaps too early to talk about a new Mafia war, but we certainly have to keep our guard up," Palermo's chief prosecutor Francesco Messineo said.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
CRIME AND COMMENTARY
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
"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.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Is Palermo without the Mafia like Venice without the canals, Sydney without the Opera House, or San Francisco without the Golden Gate Bridge?
This should be an interesting film.