September 2nd, 2008

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September Books 1) Mystic River

1) Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane

Picked this up on a friend's recommendation of the author last month, and I must say I was really impressed. Superficially it's the story of a murder, and the links between the victim's father, the investigating detective and the chief suspect, who were childhood friends; but it's also a story of a Boston community, of families, of deep secrets and love and hate, with fascinating characters and a twist or two in the tail. Excellent stuff, and I will look out for more from Lehane.

Just about passes the Bechdel test, as we follow the victim's final evening with her friends.
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More EU telecoms

Sinn Féin's Bairbre de Brún (who actually taught me French at school for a year) has sent me her speech on the telecomms package, translated from the original Irish. The money quote:
The European Parliament must act to delete the most regressive elements it has introduced into this directive. As it currently stands this directive opens the door for further involvement by businesses and state organs into the private use of communications networks by individuals. The protection of intellectual property rights must not be used as an excuse to allow personal and private data to be accessed by unaccountable bodies.
Previous responses logged from Saïd El-Khadroui here, and Heide Rühle, Gisela Kallenbach, Bart Staes and Chris Davies here and here.