FORTALEZA da LUZ

 

Sunday, early afternoon eating a freshly made tuna salad lunch with a chilled glass of dry white wine. It is very warm, and the azure-blue Atlantic Ocean is calm, with only a couple of sailing boats drifting along. Suddenly the sound of Jazz-Blues music can be heard. We wonder where from, and then realise it must be from the Fortaleza restaurant on the rocks at Praia da Luz, half a mile away. The Fortaleza is an historic site, from Roman times, rebuilt in 1670, after an earthquake. Richard the Lionheart is reputed to have stopped off there on his way to the crusades.
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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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ONCE UPON A TIME

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A sad and lonely wordsmith, sat down to write one day
He wrote an O and then he puffed upon his pipe of clay
He wrote an N and then he puffed, upon his pipe some more
He sat and toiled for quite some time, as hail beat down the door.

The hours passed and he laboured on, bereft of inspiration
Day passed to night, his pencil a sword, under candle and moonlight
His eyes grew weary, his head did fall, onto the table hard
His pencil it was broken into two quite separate halves

Time to end his labour now, for ‘twas end of the line
He mopped his brow, gazed out once more, to see the stars so bright
Looking down to his writing pad, he cast a wry old smile
His accomplishment on this sad old day read ‘Once upon a time’

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A Manchester Mystery Thriller

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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.

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Legendary moments at Quinta da Boavista — Salt of Portugal

Some quintas in the Douro valley experienced one legendary moment. But Quinta da Boavista had two. The first came in May 1809 when Joseph James Forrester rented the quinta to work on his masterpiece, a detailed map of the Douro river. This map quickly became an indispensable reference for port-wine makers. It also made Forrester […]

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A Manchester Mystery Thriller

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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.

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Red gold from the Douro valley — Salt of Portugal

“God gave Douro precious wines so that people would come and find all the other treasures,” says Abílio Tavares da Silva. He is a successful software engineer who fell under the spell of the Douro valley. After going back to school to study enology at the famed UTAD in Vila Real, he uprooted his family […]

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OLD SALT WORKS

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OLD SALT WORKS
Sunny day in August at the Old Salt Works, Middlewich, Cheshire, UK. After snow falls in the winter and the roads become icy, gritter trucks will be queuing up outside. Following the Roman invasion, Middlewich was named Salinae on account of the salt deposits around it, as it was one of their major sites of salt production. Salt manufacture in Middlewich is now concentrated in one manufacturer, British Salt The salt is sold as the Saxa brand by RHM. Looking for a Mystery Thriller Learn More