“Beeramisu”???

Italian foodies are getting their serviettes (napkins) in a twist over tiramisu. It may sound like a confection, but tiramisu recipes are causing controversy in Italy as beer is added to the mix. The country’s foodies fear the mouthwatering mélange of mascarpone cheese, sponge fingers, coffee and chocolate could soon be unrecognisable as organisers of this year’s Tiramisu World Cup are inviting participants to create their own versions of the popular sweet with a twist, adding chilli, onions, wasabi, and even beer. . . . Mr Redi defended adding beer, saying: “I believe it is possible providing you can reduce the alcoholic content.”

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Some amazing wildlife photographs

Britain’s world-famous Natural History Museum has just released the results of its 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  There are some spectacular images.  Here are just two, to whet your appetite.  Click each one for a much larger view.The winner in the category “Animals in their Environment”, from Spain, is Cristobal Serrano with a drone-captured overhead picture of crabeater seals on an ice floe.  (Oddly enough, despite their name, they don’t eat crabs!) Highly commended in the category “Animal Portraits”, here’s a lioness captured by Isak Pretorius of South Africa. There are many more photographs at the link.  Highly recommended viewing.

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Dragon Awards?

I received an e-mail this morning from reader Dennison S., who pointed out that the first two books in my current Cochrane’s Company trilogy are eligible for nomination for this year’s Dragon Awards, the biggest reader-selected award in the USA. I was flattered, of course, although I don’t know what my chances will be against luminaries such as Larry Correia, John Ringo et. al.  They’re the superstars in the mil-SF field;  I’m a relative amateur by comparison!  Nevertheless, he wanted to nominate my books, so I said he should go ahead.  I asked him to nominate the middle book of the

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