Monthly Archives: October 2008


Isn’t this wonderful! It’s the winning portrait in this year’s Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. His name is Troublemaker and he’s a young adult Sulawesi black-crested macaque. The photographer is Stefano Unterthiner of Italy. (Thanks to … Continue reading

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Free delivery

If you’re thinking of ordering a copy of The Scent of Cinnamon online, try the Book Depository here. They’re cheaper than Amazon (currently charging £9.66, compared to Amazon’s £11.49) and they deliver free worldwide, from Tallahassee to Timbuktu. For example.  … Continue reading

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Credit crunch

Near the bottom of this blog on the right, you’ll find a widget that tells you how much the blog is ‘worth’. Now, I don’t want to get into just what’s meant by ‘worth’, in this context or any other, … Continue reading

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(Thanks to Towleroad for this.)

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Forces of order

If you’re wondering what this Cossiga petition business is about (see widget and earlier post), let me fill you in with a few details. Cossiga is an ex-president of Italy who served within the government as home secretary during the … Continue reading

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The author speaks, so button up and listen

One of the things I did when I went to visit Jen and Chris at Salt Publishing last month was make a podcast in which I talk about short stories. The result is – how shall I put this? – engagingly … Continue reading

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A froggie would a sacking go

The curator of the exhibition in Bolzano that included this admittedly rather unlovely artwork, by Martin Kippenberger, has just had her contract withdrawn. Corinne Diserens, appointed director of the new Museion to give it a touch of international class and … Continue reading

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Austin Drage: Billie Jean

I like this very much. I saw it on X Factor. Should I be worried on either count? On both?

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Breaking wind: Cossiga talks through arsehole

APPELLO AL PRESIDENTE NAPOLITANO PER FARE CHIAREZZA SULLE RECENTI DICHIARAZIONI DEL SEN. COSSIGA  I’ll give you some more information about this when I get a chance later today, but if you speak Italian and/or live in Italy, and already know … Continue reading

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The evidence

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