António Salazar, the man who ruled Portugal from 1932 to 1968, detested extravagance so he resisted the idea of building a Ritz hotel in Lisbon. But a group of entrepreneurs convinced him to support the project. Salazar visited the hotel before the inauguration and disliked what he saw. He exited through the back door and never came back. Despite […]
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Caught in a Trap, my latest book.
Early morning in Manchester. At Castlefield Basin an Elvis impersonator finds a body on his narrowboat. A knife is sticking out of the man’s abdomen. Fingerprints on the knife are not a match to Elvis. He and the boat disappear. The Gent investigates.
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Adega dos Arcos (the cellar of the arches) is named after its many arches. It is an old “tasca,” a humble establishment that serves traditional fare. The restaurant changed owners over the years but the recipe for success has remained the same: fresh fish and grilled meats served with no frills at very modest prices. […]
Estremoz is a town in Alentejo famous for its white marble. The same geological conditions that fashioned its pristine stones created limestone soils perfect for wine production. So it’s no wonder that there are so many wineries around Estremoz. The prettiest of them all is Quinta Dona Maria. The estate, which dates back to 1718, […]
Every Portuguese kid learns that Sagres is the place “where land ends and the sea begins.” It was here that Henry the Navigator launched the voyages that led to the discovery of new worlds. The Sagres pousada has a spectacular location on a cliff that overlooks the fort built by Henry the Navigator in the […]
I’m experimenting with Amazon’s Marketing Services ads. I have one ad for Breadcrumbs and Bombs. That one has been running for a few days now. The first time I tried to place an ad, it got rejected and I had no idea why, but I tried again. I’m pretty sure now that it was rejected…
Port wine used to be sold in austere black bottles with somber labels. Adriano Ramos Pinto, a maverick entrepreneur who entered the port wine trade in 1880, changed all that, selling port wine wrapped in sensuous images and elegant packaging. One of Ramos Pinto’s publicity coups took place in 1922. Two pilots, Gago Coutinho and Sacadura […]