July 22nd, 2008



It's official - I am being spoiled. (According to A at work anyway.)

Last night the boy invited me over to join them for dinner. He made a delicious vegetarian chickpea thing and then he shooed us into the TV room to watch the Final Finale of Big Brother whilst he did the dishes. I told you he was lovely.

It turns out that you can be happiest in the world not from the grandest extravagant gestures but from the less extravagant, Monday night-cooking-dinner-when-you-don't-really-feel-like-even-thinking-about-it ones. Which, I always hoped was true and am really glad to find out it is. And yes, I feel way more spoiled than I have ever felt in my life.

I'm happy.

History repeats itself

The ability to dehumanise any group of people leads to the ability to commit your own acts of inhumanity.

ITALIAN society has been rocked by photos showing sunbathers relaxing on a beach next to the bodies of two drowned girls.

CNN reports the two girls, Violetta, 12, and Cristina, 13, had been swimming with two friends at Torregaveta beach, west of Naples, on Saturday when they got into trouble.

Photographs published around the world show their bodies laid out on the beach under towels while sunbathers sit close by.

The photographer told CNN the mood among sunbathers was one of indifference towards the girls, who were Roma gypsies - a disliked minority in Italy.

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One witness told The Daily Mail: "Their bodies were left on the beach for an hour before being collected, just covered by a beach towel while people just got back to sunbathing and playing football. It was very surreal. There was this picture of a typical Italian beach with families enjoying the sun and then just metres away were the bodies of these two children. People were completely indifferent about what had happened".

The Guardian reports Italy is gripped by anti-Gypsy feeling.

“Since coming to office in May, Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing Government has appointed three special commissioners to deal with the Roma in each of Italy's three biggest cities - Naples, Milan and Rome. It has also ordered the fingerprinting of the country's Gypsy population, including minors, who make up more than half of the estimated 150,000 Roma in Italy,” it said.

The newspaper quoted a survey showing 68 per cent of Italians want the Roma expelled, regardless of whether they hold Italian passports. Many Italians are openly hostile towards the Roma, accusing them of choosing crime over legitimate employment, and living in illegal camps instead of joining mainstream Italian society.

The British broadsheet quotes Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which also expressed astonishment at the behaviour of those on the beach: "While the lifeless bodies of the girls were still on the sand, there were those who carried on sunbathing or having lunch just a few metres away.”


Twelfth Planet Press Announces Novella Series Debut

Twelfth Planet Press is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Rising Angel by Dirk Flinthart. This novella will kickoff our novella series as well as offer a foretaste of our upcoming New Ceres Anthology.

George Gordon, mad, bad and dangerous to know, is back and hot on the trail of a Fallen Angel in the Sunset Isles of New Ceres. Teeming with samurai and ninjas, Flinthart plays up against the New Ceres backdrop for another rollicking adventure.

Rising Angel will be launched at 5.15pm on 18th of October 2008, at Wastelands II: Age of Iron.

We expect to publish one to two novellas a year in this ongoing series. More information will soon be available on the upcoming new Twelfth Planet Press website.