Fancy Restaurant|رستوران مجلل

Fancy Restaurant|رستوران مجلل

Love this. It’s one in the eye for all hardline racists 😉

A Voice from Iran

A rich man walked into a fancy restaurant and asked for the best table.


When he sat down, he saw a black woman sitting at the bar.


He didn’t like what he saw. He didn’t like to eat in a beautiful luxury restaurant and see a black woman enjoying the same place that he was. He decided to show her; where her place was and prove to her that she didn’t belong there.


He called the waiter and said: “Everyone will be my guest for dessert, except that black woman.”


The waiter brought the restaurants famous chocolate cake to every single person except the black woman.

The black woman walked to the rich man and with a kind smile, said: “Thank you.”

The rich man got angry and called the waiter and said: “Give everyone a glass of wine under my bill except the black woman.”


The waiter did what…

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The Four B’s of Budapest – III – Buda Castle

Justin on Budapest 😉

The Champagne Epicurean


A Medieval castle built in the 13th century that was renovated into a Baroque behemoth in the 18th.

Buda Castle is the landmark that is most prominent on the banks of the Danube. It controls an eye-catching hill, just across Chain Bridge, and at night is a fortified beacon of soft pride.

Nowadays, the building no longer serves as a castle. Once a royal castle and the main bulwark protecting Buda and Pest, now it houses the Hungarian National Gallery and History Museum. The times have converted the palace into a centre of art and culture.

When I was there, I was happy to learn that an exhibition of the major works of Frida Kahlo was on display.

I had decided to walk to the castle from the Jewish District. I crossed Elizabeth Bridge, walked long stretches of leafy Buda, then climbed the gardens, elevators and…

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Retro Review: The Day After (1983)

I barely remember this film…


Made at a time when the Cold War was still part of everyday life, this film supposes a real nuclear conflict between the Western powers, and the Soviet Union. The entire first half deals with the introduction of various characters, whose fate we will follow throughout. Set in Kansas, USA, it shows us a slice of everyday life in the cities of Lawrence and Kansas City, as well as the surrounding agricultural countryside. We are also made aware that the area is home to Air Force bases, including the storage of lots of nuclear missiles in underground bunkers close to many homes.

The tension in Europe is well done, as families read newspapers and watch TV News broadcasts, relating events following the East German seizure of West Berlin. Strategic Air Command is on alert, and down in the missile silos, the air force personnel go through their drills. As real…

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La vendange, once again

It’s harvest time in la belle France 😉


Don’t forget to click on the photos to enlarge them. 

Fruit of the vine Fruit of the vine

It seems that most everyone here is involved in La vendange (grape harvest).

Sunshine on our shoulder... Sunshine on our shoulder…

More grapes are grown in this region than anywhere else in France.  Even before the last of the grapes are picked, the celebrations begin.  The festivities seem to never end as each village hosts its own so there is always one to attend, throughout November, and sample the wares.

While it seems that increasing numbers are being picked by machine, much of the land here is just too steep for them. It is backbreaking work and the cutters used to take the fruit are very sharp.

It is almost a rite of passage that young people from other parts of Europe head down to the vineyards of France to pick grapes and enjoy the country. At the end of…

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…Authors, fear not, the ‘business’ of story-telling is limitless…

…it might be so Seumas. But there is no ignoring the fact that ebook reader numbers are falling in the US!

Seumas Gallacher

…the phrase, ‘there are only seven story plots’ is an old chestnut, averred by alleged ‘literary’pundits over the years… I’m not convinced, but my take on it is a bit broader… even if the assumption of the surreptitious, silvery, slippery seven is correct… how does it explain the millions of books, novels and stories that have filled our libraries and bookshops for the past coupla thousand years?… p’raps the not-so-secret clue is in the actual ‘telling’ of the story… ask any theatre performer what differentiates a great performance from a merely good performance, and they will say “it’s in the ‘business’ on stage”… in other WURDS, “it’s the way they tell ’em”… such it is with any great book…

…granted, there are those authors whose use of vocabulary is outstanding, but even the simplest unfolding of a narrative can contain that magical element that glues readers’…

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A “Revealing” Straightlaced Saturday — & Cornelis Drebbel 6

A “Revealing” Straightlaced Saturday — & Cornelis Drebbel 6

Something to titillate the little grey cells…

Teagan's Books

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Did the allure of the word “revealing” lure you to my clutches? I’m giving a shout-out to the fabulous Mae Clair who has just revealed the delicious cover of her next novel!

Book cover for End of Day, mystery/suspense novel by Mae Clair shows old dilapidated church with bell tower and a cemetery in the background overgrown with weeds

The big release of the book won’t be until January, but you can pre-order End of Day here.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait — sooo you can go ahead and read Cusp of Night to which the new book will be a follow-on.  (Hint-hint.)

Now, Felicity and Cornelis have their hands full so lets get on with the Straightlaced Saturday episode of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers

Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers

Chapter 5.  Naughty chimpanzees ran amok, stealing the corpse of the still unknown man, and knocking Felicity out cold.  She found the “flat sounding pop” with…

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Talent versus the overrated amateur

Many consider Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid) to be a literary genius, and continue to do so even now in the twenty-first century. Having read his Poems of Exile, I came away with the feeling that his was a childlike approach to writing. Hardly the pen of a competent adult writer. Judge for yourself:

For you no purple slip-case (that’s a colour 5 goes ill with grief), no title-line picked out in vermilion, no cedar-oiled backing, no white bosses to set off those black edges: leave luckier books to be dressed with such trimmings: never forget my sad estate. 10 No smoothing off your ends with friable pumice — appear for inspection bristly, unkempt. And don’t be embarrassed by blots. Anyone who sees them will sense they were due to my tears.c

Ovid. The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters (p. 3). University of California Press. Kindle Edition.

Reading Ovid you begin to wonder about his state of mind. Or at least I do. Reading his poems there is no sign of him being a literary genius despite what is said about him. There is bitterness at being banished to Tomis on the Black Sea by the then Roman Emperor Augustus if you read between the lines.


When it comes to true genius, another Italian, Michaelangelo Merisi da Carravaggio, was the real deal. Yes he was not a nice individual. Yes he was a drunkard. Yes he was a brawler, and a murderer. But when it came to wielding a paint brush, he left his contemporaries and those before him like Michaelangelo di Lodovico Buonorotti Simoni (Michaelangelo) in his dust:

Caravaggio Judith Beheading Holofernes.jpg

Give me Carravaggio every time!

By the way, I haven’t completely dismissed the idea of writing a novel based on him…