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Modesty Blaise

June 17, 2014
Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise

A cartoon strip and book dating from the 1960s.

No one knows where she came from, other than she was in a displaced persons camp.

She worked for a criminal, eventually taking over and expanding into an international network, known as The Network.

She and her trusted sidekick Willie Garvin take up retirement, leaving The Network to break up into national crime gangs run by mangers. The manager in France is known as Paco.

Retirement suits neither Modesty nor Willie. Sir Gerald Tarrant, head of MI6, arrives at an opportune moment, he has a proposition for her.

The dramatisation by BBC Radio 4, has Modesty Blaise as a James Bond type character.

BBC once again, shoot themselves in the foot, only on-line fir seven days.

The Alchemist: two hundred and seventy-eight weeks in New York Times best-seller list

November 24, 2013
The Alchemist two hundred and seventy-eight weeks New York Times best-seller list

The Alchemist two hundred and seventy-eight weeks New York Times best-seller list

Today, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has notched up two hundred and seventy-eight consecutive weeks in the New York Times best-seller list.

Not bad for a book that was first published twenty-five years ago.

What is equally amazing, is that it is slowly, slowly, creeping up the best-seller list. Last week No 9, this week No 8.


January 26, 2011
Paulo and Maria 2002

Paulo and Maria 2002

“At every moment of our lives we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.”

“When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side… And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left! How is it possible for the beauty that was there only minutes before to vanish so quickly? Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.”

“If I must be faithful to someone or something, then I have, first of all, to be faithful to myself.”

“If I’m looking for true love, I first have to get the mediocre love out of my systems.”

“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally come to realize that nothing really belongs to them.”

“The art of sex is the art of controlled abandon.”

“Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path.”

“In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.”

“The great aim of every human being is to understand the meaning of total love. Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with.”

Pain and suffering are used to justify the one thing that brings only joy: love.

“Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.”

From the diary of Maria, the prostitute in Eleven Minutes. Also posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho is the story of Maria, a Brazilian girl who is enticed to work in Switzerland and ends up working as a well-paid prostitute.

Danish composer Stig Nordestgaard turned Eleven Minutes into a musical.

For my lovely friend Polina who read Eleven Minutes in English, then Russian. And for my lovely friend Alisa at whose suggestion I read Eleven Minutes.