Chinese blogsAs part of CBC News' trip to Beijing, CBC.ca has posted a story on China's bloggers — and the restraints they impose on themselves.
Sonkrai updateFinally have enough operating grey cells to get back to work on the book, after a lot of time working on the tsunami coverage for CBC.ca.
I worked on almost daily photo galleries and interactives on the story. For those you can go to the Asia Earthquake main page and check out the list of photo galleries and interactives on the right side.
(A note on links. The New York Times keeps its book review links active, so that one should work. Sullivan, unfortunately, as far as I can tell, is behind in indexing his blog archive, so I am linking to the main page, rather than the specific posts on Abu Ghraib and torture.).The Abu Ghraib book reviewed by Sullivan is Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror by Mark Danner, New York Review of Books.
I met both my movie trivia friends on Tuesday. With one, a university buddy, it was for dinner. The other guy, by coincidence, I met on the street.
Neither guessed the riddle out right. But when I went over the clues, the university buddy, was able to come up with two of the three movies. As I said, this little riddle is a tease. You have to know both movies and the characters in the book to get it.
One friend has guessed wrong with the first set of clues.(I am not going to post the correct answer on the blog. After all I want to promote the book!)
(and this is a bit unfair since this was uncovered in research for the book.)The book takes place during the Second World War in Singapore before the fall of the city to the Japanese, a POW camp on the River Kwai and during the subsequent war crimes trials.
One story with one character does take place during the Second World War.
The second story with the second character takes place five years after the end of the Second World War.
The third story takes place many years later as the third character is about to retire.
The actor was nominated for academy awards three times.
The actor was nominated but did not win for one of the roles in the riddle.
(I don't expect an complete answer right away, although I have sent this to two friends who are movie trivia experts to see if they can guess.)One actor played three different characters from my book, in three different movies.
One character was based on the life of one man, two other characters were composites where the real-life character from The Sonkrai Tribunal is the core.
Who was the actor?What were the three movies?
Who were the real life characters in my book?You'll probably have to wait until it's published.
I'm a Toronto-based writer, photographer, web producer, television producer, journalist and teacher. I'm author of five books, the latest A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal. The Garret tree is my blog on the writing life including my progress on my next book (which will be announced here some time in the coming months) My second blog, the Wampo, Nieke and Sonkrai follows the slow progress of my freelanced model railway based on my research on the Burma Thailand Railway (which is why it isn't updated that often) The Creative Guide to Research, based on my book published in 2000 is basically an archive of news, information and hints for both the online and the shoe-leather" researcher. (Google has taken over everything but there are still good hints there)
|A River Kwai Story
The Sonkrai Tribunal
|The Garret Tree
That tree can be seen outside the window of this garret.
An original photograph, filtered by a Photo Shop plug-in called India Ink.