Friday, March 18, 2005

The other night I went to this restaurant as recommended by Evan Rail. Naturally, since it was recommended by Evan Rail, half of expat Prague was there. (OK, so I ran into two foreigners I know.)

Anyway, during the conversation the point arose that Evan Rail has been writing restaurant reviews for the Prague Post longer than any previous restaurant reviewer -- perhaps longer than any restaurant reviewer in Prague, who knows -- and that indeed, his reviews are one of the reasons a lot of people buy the paper. There's got to be a publishing opportunity of some sort in there.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Two people die as tram derails in Prague.

Yes, it's getting warmer here, but somehow it feels one of those terrible, terrible days. Maybe it's because the IRS tax deadline is less than a month away, maybe it's the overcast sky. Or maybe it's that link up above.

It was the talk of all Prague. From what I understand, the second car of an early-morning 22 tram went careening off the tracks for no apparent reason, as the driver turned the corner at Karlovo nám?stí to head up toward Tesco-Národní. (The 22, as I'm sure you know if you've ever visted Prague, is probably the most used line in the entire city. Why, there it goes now, right past my bedroom window.) Two people, who were probably standing on that traffic island where Resslova meets the square, were killed dead.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

This blog has been Sluggered! I'm talking about the excellent (and increasingly popular) Northern Irish political blog Slugger O'Toole , which links to me here.

The subject: My recent op-ed/analysis in Slate, Gerry's Kids, about Gerry Adams and the Irish Republican Army. I've been working on the topic for some time now and I'll be writing more about it shortly, when time permits. (Yes, I know there's been a ton of ink spilled about the IRA already, but now I got all this extra stuff in my brain and I just gotta do something with it.)

Although the article itself is modest, researching the subject was actually a major undertaking of mine in recent months, so any comments about the piece, positive or negative, would be greatly appreciated. If you're interested in this sort of thing, I highly recommend Ed Moloney's A Secret History of the IRA. I can't realistically imagine what a better work of investigative journalism might look like.

Thanks to my friend David for coming up with that excellent headline.