Monthly Archives: August 2014

‘Touts Will Be Shot’

It is believed that the deaths yesterday of three high-ranking commanders of Hamas’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, were facilitated by intelligence given to Israel by Palestinian spies inside Gaza. The trio are Raed Attar, imprisoned for five years by … Continue reading

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Heil Herbert?

A mate of mine, Nottingham poet Neil Fulwood, got a few of us talking about Herbert Von Karajan, recently. With tongue firmly inserted in cheek, I referred to the late HVK as the ‘Nazi conductor.’ Not, as it quickly transpired, … Continue reading

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Darkness, Darkness

One of the more enjoyable aspects of the promo work for my book, earlier this year, was crossing paths with other writers whose work I admire. One such was John Harvey. Connoisseurs of British crime fiction will know Harvey well, … Continue reading

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Black Dog

Following the death of Robin Williams, it’s been truly moving to see the outpouring of compassion, empathy and understanding with regard to depression. I clearly underestimated the well-informed nature and generosity of spirit of the average person in the street. … Continue reading

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Listen Without Prejudice

As all fathers know, life affords few opportunities for deep satisfaction comparable to embarrassing one’s spawn. My love for My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade being a particularly apposite case in point. My sixteen year-old son, Satanicus Maximus, seems to … Continue reading

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Israel: You Only Sing When You’re Winning

They say you should never meet your heroes. As a man in his forty-seventh year, I reckon I’m a little long in the tooth and too world-weary to have heroes anyway. Having said that, there are those who once were … Continue reading

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When Pigs Fly

Good evening and here is the news from the BBC. Talks between Palestine and Israeli militants are entering their second day. But Likud, whose armed wing continues to bomb Gaza, says there is no agreement and there is a big … Continue reading

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