Latitude summary

28 07 2011

Slightly belated report this. Latitude was great fun, despite the mud.

Highlights included:

Adam Ant and friends (delivering all the hits)

The Waterboys

They Might be Giants (very entertaining)

Edwyn Collins (great to see him performing)

Early Review with Marcus Brigstocke and others (just hilarious)

OMD (really impressive enthusiasm and delivery)

Stuart Maconie on his new book

Some good (and some not so good) poetry

John Shuttleworth (classic stuff from the versatile singer/songwriter)

Paloma Faith (no thanks)

Suede (big performance but not quite the force they were)

K T Tunstall (rather good)

Paolo Nutini (time for bed)

Best of all were Echo and the Bunnymen, delivering most of Crocodiles and Porcupine plus the Killing Moon – ‘the best song ever written’ (according to its writer) – Nothing Lasts Forever (with Walk on the Wild Side and the Midnight Hour as interludes) and the Cutter. Terrific.

Lots of other things we failed to see, because of mud, incompetence or the kids deciding they were too noisy. Next time maybe.

Redeeming features

14 07 2011

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo

One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun. After some exceptionally shrewd detective work, the team begins to close in on a suspected hit man, monitoring his credit card, false passport and the line to his employer. With no money, only six bullets and no place to stay in the bitter cold, the hit man becomes increasingly desperate. He will stop at nothing to eliminate his target.

Another really good read from Nesbo. Good plotting, some very good twists and turns and entertaining throughout. Harry Hole remains a quite compelling character too.

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