Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I do love Hay on Wye and we have stayed there several times but have never been to the festival. A very brief glance through the 84 page brochure gave me a clue as to why we have not bothered.
Among the speakers Tariq Ramadan, Salman Rushdie and Rt Rev Gene Robinson not at the same time I hope.
Ashraf Ghani, Afghan finance minister 2002-2004, speaking about Fixing Failed States and Cherie Booth QC speaking about Women's Equality, or should that be the other way round.
You can hear Cherie for £9, her husband had a 3-0 record in elections, but hearing ex President Jimmy Carter with a 1-1 record will cost you £50.
Luckily Bernie Gunther [in the guise of Philip Kerr] will be present to sort this lot out , and I hope he does not get too much of a feeing of deja vue and Berlin 1932.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
MEDIEVAL COVER ART
BROKEN SOCIETY:WHERE WILL IT ALL END?
So when she politely asked a boy to stop throwing popcorn at other passengers on a tram she was confident he and the rest of his gang would behave.
Nothing could have prepared her for the shocking and violent attack that followed.
Without warning, one girl stood up and punched her in the face and then a mob of up to 30 teenagers joined in, punching her and stamping on her.
But instead of the immediate response he expected, the police told him: "We're too busy to help."
Within minutes, the burglars drove off with a haul of stolen property.
Herbert, who admitted murder and GBH with intent, was given two life sentences and will serve at least 16 years and three months.
The Hulme brothers received indefinite sentences after admitting GBH with intent on Mr Maltby.
They will serve a minimum of five years and ten months.
Mallett, who admitted the same charge, wept as he was also given an indefinite sentence. He will serve at least four years and four months.'
Monday, April 28, 2008
OUT OF ORDER: RECOMMENDED READING
MANHATTAN NOCTURNE: THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER MEME ANOTHER HEADACHE
Link to the person that tagged you.
Write six random things about you in a blog post.
Let each person know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know your entry is up.
SAY IT AIN'T SO
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
THE NESBO TANGO
Monday, April 21, 2008
1. Pick up the nearest book.
ANOTHER DONNA LEON FAN
REVIEWS AT EUROCRIME: A FRENCH NOIR THRILLER
Saturday, April 19, 2008
SEARCHING FOR GREATNESS: MISSING IN ACTION
HOLD YOUR HORSES: IT'S ANOTHER LIST
Thursday, April 17, 2008
MORE BOOKS MORE READING
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
A SMALL CLUE
Saturday, April 12, 2008
THE AIR WE BREATHE: A BERLUSCONI STRONGHOLD
"We'll vote for the centre-right, for Silvio Berlusconi. The centre-left government really punished us taxi-drivers - all our costs went up.
"Sicily has been a Berlusconi stronghold for years. If I have to choose between a friend and an enemy in power, then I'll choose the friend.
"The centre-left would tax the air we breathe if we'd let them."
CARE BLACKERTON: RELOCATION WATCH
THE ULTIMATE TEASE AND CAMILLERI AUDIOBOOKS
The Inspector Salvo Montalbano Mystery Series
August Heat(La vampa d'agosto)
(Translated from the Italian by Stephen Sartarelli)
Book Description: Not Available!
Friday, April 11, 2008
PIZZO IN PALERMO
Angelino Alfano, a 37-year-old MP within Mr Berlusconi's People of Freedom alliance says the sea-change on the streets of Palermo, with companies refusing to pay into the racket, represents "the end of an era of fear."
"Too many firms still pay the pizzo, but there has been a massive rebellion. A lot of companies have decided to trust the state and believe the state will protect them."
Thursday, April 10, 2008
APPRENDISTA: SAVING THE MAFIA
When Bernardo Provenzano took over the organisation in the mid-90s, he inherited a depleted and demoralised workforce, who had scuppered their own access to politics and industry. The bombs that killed anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino had created a PR disaster and a law enforcement backlash."...............
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
THE ART OF ESCAPISM: MID WEEK MUSING
My review of Death In Breslau will appear on Euro Crime in due course.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
A QUIET FLAME: COMPLETE AGREEMENT
Friday, April 04, 2008
THE BIG ONE: QUIRKY QUIZ SPRING EDITION
Here we go:
1) An easy one to start; Slang for an English florin, an imitative bird, and No 3 in Paris what is the cinematic connection? A full explanation please.
2) What is the link between a Maltese Jew, an African Queen and James T. Kirk?
3) The first of the straightforward multiple questions this one on detective partnerships, who works or worked with; Kollberg, Elinborg, Frank Frolich, Gunvald Larsson, and Jacob Skaare?
4) By what names are the following better known:
Gordon Daviot, Mary Patricia Plangman, Grigory Chkhartishviti, Tobias Leo Pevsner, Edith Pargeter, Elizabeth MacKintosh, Frank Morrison, and J.I.M.Stewart?
5) What is the link between a German prize, a sinister Trinidadian, and ten priestly commandments?
6) How was an author of a Roman epic unaffected when a detective changed his name?
7) Who was requested to go to the Court of the Pope, and what was the connection with Lebanon?
8) Who in the world of crime fiction worked as a:
Professor of Forensic Pathology
Professor of Medical Law
Professor of Mathematics
Professor of French
Professor of Anthropology
9) How are a system of metal pipes, hounds crossing a river, and a saintly Milanese bishop connected?
10) Guns play a big part in crime fiction but in real life who said:
You can get much further with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
When I hear the word ***** I reach for my Browning.
What is the missing word and who said it?