April 24th, 2009


for those of you who asked...

It was rather unprofessional of me to blab about the story sale last night without checking with the editors first - they might have had good reason to keep things quiet so they could announce the anthology at a time of their choosing. You laugh, but these things happen and I should have thought about that.
Anyway, I belatedly checked, and I can tell you that the story, `The Fortunate Isles,' will be in an anthology of crime stories with an Irish mythology slant, edited by Mike Stone and Gerard Brennan (our very own mylefteye and gerardbrennan) and scheduled to be published next Summer by Morrigan Books. The title of the anthology hasn't been decided yet. I'm incredibly lucky to be in this book as a) I know next to nothing about Ireland, b) I only know one Irish myth, and c) I've never written a crime story before.
Now, onward and upward...
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the face of gordon

Attentive villagers will have noticed that I have mentioned our Prime Minister a number of times over the past couple of years, but it occurs to me that those of you on the other side of the village pond may not know quite who I'm talking about. I mean, President Obama is probably the most recognisable man in the world, but which of you could pick Gordon out of a police lineup?
So this is Gordon recently announcing the measures to revamp the rules on MP's expenses. There are two remarkable things about this clip on YouTube. Firstly, it was actually released on YouTube by Number Ten. And secondly, I have no idea what Gordon's image consultants have been telling him, but watch out around 1.35.

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