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A villainous brew

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I ordered a cappuccino for my Mum on a recent visit to England, and she was presented with this baby’s potty of suds. It wasn’t unlike the coffee that Francis ordered in the following extract from An Englishman’s Guide to Infidelity. The narrator is Thea.

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I pointed to a coffee shop and we went in. He ordered what looked to be a litre of coffee foam, a supermegaccino I think it was called. I had Earl Grey. I waited for him to speak.

“I never forgot you Thea.”

“Why did you pick on me all those years ago? You did target me, didn’t you? It wasn’t just random?”

“I did. I picked on you on purpose. I wanted what Jack had. What they owed me.”

“You wanted me as part of his chattels?”

“No, it wasn’t like that. First of all I just wanted a life like his, wife, children…

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Tram ride to evil

I just binge-watched Deutschland 83 and I’m pretty sure that some of it was filmed in the Stasi headquarters in Berlin. This is a little blog piece I wrote last year about that particular remnant of the Cold War.

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tram2The M13 tram snakes its way from Warschauerstrasse station through the uninspiring suburb of Lichtenberg. There are no signs for the Stasi Museum when you get off at the town hall. We had to ask directions in a bakery, and had almost given up when I spotted the modest sign.

The headquarters of the Stasi secret police – now a museum – is in a dull office block at the back of a medical centre where old folks have their knees and hips fixed.

The interior of the museum seems fixed in time, expect that the spookiness is tempered by the almost apologetic air of the staff – are they volunteers, perhaps? There’s no fancy till or flash tickets. In the café, a kindly lady serves filter coffee and marble cake as if at a church craft market.

In the entrance is a Stasi prison van, a people mover containing tiny…

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“Debate needed on return of slavery” says magazine editor

I couldn’t resist reblogging this post from my late friend and mentor Raymond Saucisson as a reminder of the mad stuff that was swirling around Australian politics before Tony Abbott’s departure from the PM’s office.

Stuart Campbell author

raymondMy attention was recently drawn to a news report claiming that an Australian government minister ‘has called for a “discussion” about the death penalty’. While the report suggests that the minister does not support the death penalty, the gentleman said that ‘many Australians supported capital punishment’.

If I may interpose my own thoughts on the subject, I am approached regularly by friends and professional colleagues who bemoan the difficulty of obtaining good domestic staff at affordable rates. Some have even suggested that they support the return of slavery. While I abhor such a barbaric notion, I do believe that a sensible government ought to call for a discussion about the matter.

Raymond Saucisson

Editor – Charcuterie Monthly

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Review Joy

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DPS - BoxCover & E-Book - Francis Guenette

Amazon book reviews are vitally important for self-published authors. This cannot be stressed enough. A review of one’s work means, first and foremost, that someone has read it. Yippee. Without a large promotion budget or the ability to get featured in print or televised media, Amazon reviews become the gold standard of how one’s work is being received. A large number of reviews gets noticed and opens the door to high level promotion opportunities.

Disappearing in Plain Sight has received approximately thirty-five reviews across all Amazon sites. I have heard that fifty is some kind of magical number.

Today, I received a review that lifted my spirits and made me feel that all the time and effort expended to bring the Crater Lake Series to the reading world had been worthwhile.

January 17, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

A few pages into Disappearing in Plain Sight, I knew I…

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