Back From The Brink by Alistair Darling

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I first became aware of Alistair Darling in the 1970s when I was reading law at the University of Edinburgh. Little did I know what great heights he would reach. He rose to be Chancellor of the Exchequer during the period the Gordon Brown was Prime Minister of the UK. Darling and Brown were not a match made in heaven.One of Gordon Brown’s books, My Scotland: Our Britain, is reviewed on this site:…y-gordon-brown/ ‎.  Other biographies reviewed on this site include: As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me…-james-m-bauer/, Wasted, HumblePie, WhiteSlave…o-pierre-white/Any One Can Do It…ncan-bannatyne/, Serpico, My Shit Life So Far…-frankie-boyle/, Black LikeMe…howard-griffin/,, Tuesdays With Morrie…by-mitch-albom/, I Don’t Mean ToBe Rude But…

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Restaurant Minos, Helsinki, Finland by guest author Reijosfood

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Restaurant Minos is over 25 years old restaurant, which serves traditional Greek food. Clear proof of authenticity is the language used by waiters and waitresses; they talk to each other in Greek. Minos has pleasant covered terrace, which can be used also in the winter time, as it is heated.

Always choose to dine at the terrace, because you can observe by-passers at the same time. In the summer Minos has its own spot in popular Kamppi shopping center terrace area serving Greek wines and for instance Mythos beer.

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For starters chose of course again Tzatziki yoghurt and cucumber salad and Dolmades vine leaves stuffed with rise and herbs.

Greek starters are always delicious, still miss taramosalata from holidays, but unfortunately it is not available at Minos. Tzatziki was made from genuine Greek yoghurt, not from Finnish or German and therefore really enjoyable. You can purchase similar dolmades from…

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Blood in the Water by Gillian Galbraith

A great book by a fine writer

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This was the first book I had read by Gillian Galbraith. She is a Scottish crime writer who was a lawyer before gillian galbraithshe turned her hand to writing. Galbraith was born and brought up near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland.  She practiced until 1999 as an advocate (barrister) and specialised in cases involving medical negligence. For a while, Galbraith was the legal correspondent for The Scottish Farmer. She has also written on legal matters for The Times newspaper published in London, England. The author’s protagonist, DS Alice Rice, is based in Edinburgh.

Blood in the Water was the first crime novel by Gillian Galbraith and was published in 2007. It is the first of her Alice Rice Mysteries. The protagonist is smart and capable, but battling disillusionment and loneliness, we follow her as she races against time and an implacable killer to solve a series of grisly murders amongst Edinburgh’s professional elite in the smart New Town area of the city.

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