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Ian Synge
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Sometime knowledge management enthusiast, marketing director, and bon vivant.
Sometime knowledge management enthusiast, marketing director, and bon vivant.

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The Reality of Navarone
"War in the Islands", Adrian Seligman I have many reasons to be grateful to the Society for Nautical Research and their journal, the Mariner's Mirror , but perhaps the single standout point that still makes me smile is an article on accounts of sailors duri...

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The Spies of Croydon
"Icelight", Aly Monroe When Melita Norwood of Bexleyheath was exposed as a long time Soviet spy in 1999 there was a sense of mild bemusement that a sleepy piece of London south of the river could be linked to the high politics of the the Cold War. Maybe it ...

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If I was a Man I'd have a Gun
"Girl Waits With Gun", Amy Stewart Sometimes the tagline 'based on a true story' is all it takes to conjure memories of Fargo  into existence, sometimes however it provides the root of something rather different, if every bit as enjoyable. It would be all t...

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Italy Noir
"The American", Nadia Dalbuono Italy's an odd place. It's rightly seen as one of the cradles of civilisation, it was a founding member of the European Union, and it's one of the largest economies in the world.  Despite all this Italy maintains a feel and re...

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Nadia Dalbuono, an excerpt from "The American"
An excerpt from Nadia Dalbuono's  The American. When Scamarcio left the boss’s office, he found the desk sergeant waiting for him in the entrance to the squad room. ‘You’ve got visitors,’ he said. He was holding open the swing doors for two tall strangers i...

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Doing wine the biodynamic way
"Chateau Monty", Monty Waldin Sometimes a happy accident is just that. My mother will tell you, and indeed anyone who'll listen, that she struggles with Christmas presents, that she never knows what to get someone, but she does sometimes try, and sometimes ...

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The Last Spike
"Rails across Canada: A Pictorial Journey from Coast to Coast", David Cable Despite sharing a telephone dialing code with it's more populous neighbour to the south, one area where Canada can hold its head up with a certain level of distinctive identity is i...

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Strange Things Happen at Sea
"Death of a Supertanker", Anthony Trew For all the efforts of the UK Hydrographic Office and its international peers, the oceans are still uncharted spaces. The rules of normality become suspended and distorted; what is transgressive ashore becomes accepted...

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Four Kinds of Fish
"Day of Atonement", Jay Rayner There are times when you end up with a novel that confounds expectations. Tempted by a free promotion on it for Yom Kippur, Jay Rayner's Day of Atonement has been sitting on my phone for a while, and when, stuck for something ...
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