Saturday, January 21, 2006

Saturday Trivia

Jamaica - Legend of the Nile (Jamaica Observer)
"The stage was set for some ten weeks of fetes and carnival action as the Bacchanal Jamaica organization announced its programme for 2006 at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Tuesday evening. This year's theme is Lost Empires, inspired by the exploits of the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and other ancient cultures. The popular series of Friday fetes begins tonight at the Mas Camp in New Kingston, with a special event billed Legend of the Nile, hosted by mobile telecoms provider Digicel." Sounds like a lot of fun.

Book Review: Conspiracy theories out to change the world,2106,3546559a4501,00.html
"If you suspect the Bush administration knew about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in advance, or that the Titanic never really sank, or that Elvis was a CIA agent, then you are not alone. Almost every major event in history has its conspiracy theories, from Holocaust deniers, Nazi gold hunters to the belief that Google is a national security agency plot.
Such intrigues led British journalists James McConnachie and Robin Tudge to compile the best intrigues of the last 3000 years or so in The Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories.
Tudge says their book does not presume to tell readers that Princess Diana's car crash was definitely an accident, or if Neil Armstrong actually walked on the moon or stomped around an indoor setup. Instead they are presenting the world according to conspiracists - a compilation of allegations, accusations and bizarre explanations. Some of the more extreme include Anne Frank as the face of an international conspiracy, the British royal family as power brokers behind agencies and corporations, and the curse of Tutankhamen creating bad luck for anyone associated with the discovery of his tomb. Some theorists also believe Tutankhamen was the model for Jesus, even claiming the two were the same person."
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Fiction Review: Brad Geagley's Year of the Hyenas
"A novel of murder in Ancient Egypt. Geagley shines his spotlight on an already existing mystery: the strange death of Ramses III, an event that nearly brought ancient Egypt to collapse.Semerket is hired to investigate the death of an elderly, seemingly insignificant Theban priestess. Hoping to affect a cover-up, the authorities soon realize they have opened a Pandora's box, because Semerket is actually too good at his job. He also has a pesky habit of uncovering the truth when he really wants to. As Semerket picks up one thread after another, he discovers that they all lead to a plot to kill Pharaoh Ramses III. Complicating his case is Semerket's ex-wife, who has inadvertently stirred up the murderous nest of the plotters. As a consequence, the ancient Egyptian detective finds himself on the horns of a dilemma: making a choice between saving his wife or saving his country."
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