DOLPHIN WATCH

Dolphin

Been back in Algarve a few days now, a relief from the storms of the UK. One o’clock today and a tourist boat was static only a few yards off shore, with a smaller boat hovering alongside. Not wishing to put down my glass of chilled white wine, but curious nevertheless, I picked up my binoculars for a look see. Around the front of the boats, quite clearly in sight was a playful pod of Dolphins, a magnificent spectacle. I sat and watched for a quarter of an hour before they moved on. Alas the wine had gone warm.

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Skynews Fracking banned in Manchester

The region’s mayor, Andy Burnham, says it is “quite a radical policy, making quite a big statement”.
Shortly after 9 p.m. a young woman left the River Bar of the Lowry Hotel, Salford Manchester. She is a member of a group called Harmony Earth which is protesting against FrackUK a company prospecting for shale gas. She paused, as her mobile phone rang. It was to be the last time it would ever ring. She was dragged backwards the few feet towards the river Irwell. It was an easy task for a strong man to lift the petite girl onto the low railings and heave her into the murky waters below. The Gent investigates.
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Caldo verde

Caldo Verde

Caldo verde (green broth) is the most Portuguese of soups. It comes in different versions but Maria de Lurdes Modesto, the doyenne of traditional Portuguese cooking, recommends a simple preparation used in the village of Marco de Canaveses.  Here’s the recipe.
Gently boil 500 grams of potatoes, 3 garlic cloves, one sliced chouriço (meat sausage) and some olive oil.  Crush the potatoes with a masher. Add the shredded Galician cabbage for just a couple of minutes (avoid overcooking the cabbage). Dress the soup with olive oil. Serve, preferably in a clay bowl, and accompany with broa, a Portuguese corn bread.
The soup has the colors of the Portuguese flag: green from the cabbage, red from the sausage, and yellow from the olive oil. You find caldo verde everywhere: in homes and restaurants, in places where fado singers gather, and in festivals and fairs. The soup is so popular that vendors in farmers’ markets have a special shredder to make the distinctive strips of Galician cabbage that are the hallmark of caldo verde.
As with many traditional recipes, the origin of this soup is lost in time. There’s no recipe for caldo verde in the cookbooks written by Domingos Rodrigues in 1680 or by Lucas Rigaud in 1780. But these chefs worked for the royal family, so they probably shunned peasant cooking. The soup is mentioned in several 19th century literary works and it is the first recipe in Culinária, an influential cookbook published in 1928 by António Maria de Oliveira Bello.
Caldo verde is often served at midnight on New Year’s eve. Its comforting taste helps everyone feel warm and optimistic about the New Year!

A Manchester Mystery Thriller

A Manchester Mystery Thriller
Shortly after 9 p.m. a young woman left the River Bar of the Lowry Hotel, Salford Manchester. She paused, as her mobile phone rang. It was to be the last time it would ever ring. She was dragged backwards the few feet towards the river Irwell. It was an easy task for a strong man to lift the petite girl onto the low railings and heave her into the murky waters below. The Gent investigates. BUY NOW ON KINDLE   NOOK   APPLE   KOBO

A Manchester Mystery Thriller

A Manchester Mystery Thriller
It is early morning in Manchester. At Castlefield Basin an Elvis impersonator wakes, to find a body slumped on the back of his narrowboat. A knife is sticking out of the man’s abdomen. Fingerprints on the knife are not a match to Elvis. During police investigations, they return to find that he and the boat have disappeared.
A rich lady believes her toy-boy lover, the drummer in a rock band is stealing from her. He is found murdered one evening in the band’s dressing room. A maths student at Manchester University is leading a double life as an escort. Her body is found floating in Castlefield Basin. Is the connection the missing narrowboat? The Gent investigates.
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HERON IN FLIGHT

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HERON IN FLIGHT. A Heron TAKES FLIGHT from a few inches of water in the bottom of the Shropshire Union canal at Middlewich, Cheshire. The canal suffered a serious breach in March 2018, leaving 20 boats stranded.
Middlewich breach NOT A MYSTERY. It was caused by a ‘tsunami’ of up to 3 million gallons of water sweeping down from the lock above – where all four paddles had been left open. Looking for a MYSTERY THRILLER.  LEARN MORE

A Manchester Mystery Thriller

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A Manchester Mystery Thriller
Following news of the death of his Aunt, Brad Johnson, an American, travels to Manchester UK, researching his roots. Whilst visiting an Art Gallery he suffers a heart attack. Forensic tests are not conclusive with natural causes. The Gent investigates the complex labyrinth of Brad’s family history. What does this have to do with the murders of prostitutes?
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