Monthly Archives: March 2014

Black Death skeletons unearthed in Crossrail Project


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The Invisible Code – A Bryant & May Peculiar Crimes Unit Adventure

There are few writers whose work I eagerly anticipate – Christopher Fowler and his amazing cast of “peculiar” characters are among those!  The latest offering “The Invisible Code” once again pits the always-in-jeopardy Peculiar Crimes Unit against a heinious invisible villain, the Home Office (always looking for an excuse to shut down the Unit), and their own bosses.  St. Bride’s Church is the readers’ new domain and history lesson, along with a trail of clues scattered from the infamous Bedlam Hospital to the code-breaking Bletchley Park of WWII fame.

Fowler has the supreme gift of leading the reader through historical mazes while never missing a beat with his tightly-patterned plots.  The oft ill-used phrase “twists and turns” never enters the lexicon of Senior Detectives Arthur Bryant, John May, reluctant Acting Unit Chief  Raymond Land, and the five other members:  Janice Longbright (Detective Sergeant), Dan Banbury (Crime Scene Manager/InfoTech), Giles Kershaw (Forensic Pathologist – St Pancras Mortuary), Jack Renfield, (Sergeant), Meera Mangeshkar (Detective Constable) – oh and Crippen, the Staff Cat.  The various other cast members, Bryant long-suffering housekeeper, Alma plus  his dear friend and white witch, to say nothing of the connecting characters at Bletchley Park, take the inquisitive reader through  a maze of clues, respecting and challenging the reader to form some sort of pattern in order to solve the intertwined cases.

Another pip of a yarn from Christopher Fowler, hard at work on his next two Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries: The Bleeding Heart and  The Bleeding Man.  So ready the teapot, put on the kettle, search up a few biscuits and boiled sweets and prepare to enjoy The Invisible Code.

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L’orologio ad acqua del Pincio



Curiosità romane: l’orologio ad acqua del Pincio.

L’idrocronometro del Pincio fu inventato da padre Giovan Battista Embriaco nel 1867 e fu presentato all’Esposizione Universale di Parigi.
L’orologio consta di quattro quadranti. Il suo funzionamento è garantito dall’acqua sottostante che mette in moto il pendolo caricando così il suo movimento e caricando anche la suoneria mediante il riempimento alternato di due bacinelle.
L’ambientazione dell’orologio, invece, fu curata da Gioacchino Ersoch che lo inserì in una piccola torre sita in un isolotto al centro di un laghetto con decorazioni lignee in stile rurale che rievoca la foresta. Ha la forma di una torretta lignea realizzata con l’utilizzo di ghisa fusa a imitazione di tronchi d’albero. I quattro quadranti dell’ora sono visibili da ogni direzione.
Nel 1873 l’orologio ad acqua fu collocato a Villa Borghese a Roma, all’interno di una fontana appositamente realizzata dall’architetto di origine svizzera Gioacchino Ersoch.

Il restauro dell’orologio in…

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Writing Tips!

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Common words that suck emotional power out of your content

Super suggestions that are easy and powerful!

Marketers being Awesome

blog writing with emotional words You can’t bore someone into reading or sharing your content.

Every word has an emotion attached to it.

Every reader, regardless of profession or IQ, has an emotional reaction to your words. It is hardwired into the brain.

So when you are writing a blog post or other content for online marketing, your choice of words is important. Need convincing?

Legendary copywriter John Caples made a life study of persuasive writing. Once, he changed the word “repair” to “fix” in an ad and achieved a 20% increase in response. One word!

Related:A word reduction plan for lean writing

That illustrates an important rule of word choice for writers: When emotion meets intellect, emotion always wins. Analytical words activate the reader’s analytical brain instead of triggering an emotional response. Here is an example.

How would you respond to getting this email?


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