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Shaken and stirred.

June 23, 2020 - 16:33 -- Admin

“Can I have an espresso martini?” The young woman asked.

The waiter smiled, but it was a cruel and unusual smile.

“I can make you a martini,” he said. “Or I can make you an espresso. There is no way of combining those two things.”

And gentle reader he was right and she was wrong and you should be ashamed of yourselves for ever having ordered the red-headed stepchild of the cocktail world in the first place.

Where's my cheese

June 23, 2020 - 15:57 -- Admin

I had cheese, and it is gone. Certain I was that I did not finish my deliciously mouldy wedge of cheese. The delightful little strips of prosciutto, for sure. The small brick of fancy French Brie? But of course!

But hand on my heart and strike me dead for a liar, I would swear when I left the room that not only was there a solid wedge of stinky blue Roquefort awaiting my return, but an elegant sufficiency of tiny baguette rounds on which to spread it.

Redefining sci fi.

June 23, 2020 - 14:35 -- Admin

I was asked by Publishers Weekly to do up a list of authors and books that are rewriting the rules of science fiction. Or maybe it was space opera? Who can remember anything these days? It was before… all of this. (JB frantically waves his hands around. Again).

Anyway, below is the list, in case you were interested. Dan Moren’s Galactic Cold War Series was also on it, but I’ve written about that separately. So these guys are all that remain…

Breakfast! I am saved!

June 23, 2020 - 14:01 -- Admin

I wrote in my first newsletter that I was missing breakfast out. It really is my favourite meal to have out of home. I recall reading an interview with Tom Clancy many years ago where he described his daily writing routine as being based around the reward of a big sit down breakfast at his favourite cafe. I was insanely jealous.

The Last Burger… until the next one

May 30, 2020 - 15:47 -- Admin

So, I have been quiet, but I"ve been busy. Partly writing books and a new subscription column to make up for a pretty dire collapse in my other income. Thanks Rona! But also, partly building a new blog, or rather a new version of The Burger.

I was having real trouble finding the time to post here because I was so busy everywhere else. It was really getting me down.

I"d also been struggling with what to do about my mailing list/bookclub.

And then I thought.

A world we could travel

April 14, 2020 - 21:16 -- Admin

This is my current lock screen, a scene from a bar we came to love to in Paris while there recently. Somebody on Twitter sent me a heads up on this place and I really should look them up and thank them for the pick. I think I fetched up at this joint on the edge of the Marais at least once a day (and a couple of times more than once).


April 13, 2020 - 15:02 -- Admin

Big surprise, but I"ve been eating out in cafes and restaurants a lot of less recently. Well, okay, not at all. But I"ve been spending a lot more money at one of my local haunts than I ever did before the plague.

There"s a place down the hill from us which used to be a French Twist franchise but the owners struck out on their own and now it"s called Fiddeleaf. (I think that"s some kind of tree reference).