Friday, August 04, 2017

John Rebus, “Big Ger” Cafferty, Siobhan Clarke;……

Story telling at its zenith, an 11 on the: Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel scale.  Hammering home the point, Rankin really nailed it.rbtd2From the Novelist:

Some cases never leave you.

For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria’s killer has never been found.

Meanwhile, the dark heart of Edinburgh remains up for grabs. A young pretender, Darryl Christie, may have staked his claim, but a vicious attack leaves him weakened and vulnerable, and an inquiry into a major money laundering scheme threatens his position. Has old-time crime boss Big Ger Cafferty really given up the ghost, or is he biding his time until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking?”

In a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.

Alternate dust jacket:alternate1 An album much covered by many: (not only in song)alternate2

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Inner Mongolian new High Speed Train

Aug 3, 2017: First high-speed train running through Inner Mongolia autonomous region.train1train5train2train4

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

China's new bullet sleeper train


4th. JULY …. TdF Stage 4


Stage 4206.5 km of business as usual .. Last 1km large field crash .. final 150 meters: CARNAGE !!!! Sagan disqualified.stage4pro1

Saturday, July 01, 2017

It’s TEA time with the Tour de France !!!

Saturday July 1st. 2017 …. 06:30am Southern Californian time.

Thé du jour: Pu-erh accompanied by “homemade” Spinach and Walnut muffins:

Chapeau à Mark returning to this year’s TdF. (post race update: Mark was off the pace today, 1:45 behind the winning time)mc1timesChapeau à  Team SKY .. Four riders in the top Ten

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Two Teas Please

Two extremely similar cakes .. one commissioned by a Local Huang Jiang tea impresario: Empereur Tea Co. Ltd. (on the left) .. 2012 Meng Cha Hang Hao and a 2003 from the same location but sister factory.2ts1 Information on back of cake2ts2 As can be seen a remarkable visual similarity 2ts3Both present similar fragrance, taste and after taste and I have a number of both cakes on hand. , … I therefore  have broken both cakes and combined/mixed them together.