Saturday, April 19, 2014


Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.
 Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone . . . and that the biggest heist is still to come.

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Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia and graduated in 1959 from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After graduation he enrolled in the Air National Guard, spending two months in basic training before moving to New York, where he began a career in the advertising industry. Towards the end of the 1960s, Woods emigrated to England and lived in Knightsbridge, London while continuing to work in advertising. After three years in London, Woods decided to write a novel, based on an old family story which had been told to him when he was a child, and moved to Ireland. He moved into a converted barn on the grounds of Lough Cutra Castle near Gort, County Galway, and lived a near-solitary existence, except for spending two days a week in Dublin writing television commercials and print adverts.

Woods' first novel, Chiefs, was published in March 1981. The story was inspired by a police chief's badge Woods had found in his grandmother's home. The badge was stained with blood and pockmarked by buckshot. It had belonged to his grandfather, who died wearing it 10 years before Mr. Woods was born. He submitted the first one hundred pages and an outline to three publishers who all turned him down, before Norton bought the publishing rights for $7,500. He later stated it was a mistake to sell the book unfinished as he could have got much more money had it been completed.20,000 copies of the book were printed in hardback, but Norton did little to promote the book. He contracted with Bantam Books to print the paperback edition. In 1983 Chiefs was adapted into a television miniseries of the same name, starring Charlton Heston, Danny Glover, Billy Dee Williams, Stephen Collins and John Goodman. CBS broadcast the miniseries over three nights, and it was nominated for three Emmy Awards and one Eddie Award. Its success sparked interest in the paperback, and Woods was awarded the Edgar Award in the "Best First Novel" category from the Mystery Writers of America.

Woods' most prolific series of novels focus on Stone Barrington, a former NYPD detective turned lawyer who is of counsel to a prestigious law firm and handles cases with which the firm does not wish to be publicly associated. The novels are noted both for a strong cast of recurring characters such as Barrington's ex-partner Dino Bacchetti, frequent use of the New York restaurant Elaine's as a setting and Stone's frequent exploits with women, travel and fine dining, almost a "lifestyles of the rich and fabulous" fantasy. Stone, like Woods, is also an experienced pilot and frequent references are made to his aircraft. (source

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Foolish Polish

I came across an article about two Polish bloggers who went to visit the Philippines and tried some local foods rather most of them were actually street foods.  And they were so disappointed that the food did not live up to their expectation and posted in their blog . “I Would Rather Go Hungry Than Eat Filipino Street Food Again!” What do they think of themselves? connoisseurs? 

Anyway. I think they were being ripped off by their guide if they have one or they just want to intentionally trying to antagonize Filipino people in order to bring attention to (their) blog, maybe? But I think it was just plain stupidity.  

Just go search Google with “where to find best Filipino foods” and you will have several leads and one of them is this site by Howard Hillman who began his list of good food since 1968 and his website in 1996. He traveled over a million miles to more than 100 countries doing candid research . You will find in his list 10 of the best Filipino cuisine he tasted which unfortunately these two frugal traveler missed. He also authored a cuisine and travel books and have a Harvard Master's degree unlike this two wet behind the ears traveler who goes out and find nothing but miseries. They are just like stray dogs who don't know where to find good foods therefore ending up digging in a garbage. Sorry we have disappointed you guys but you are rather pathetic if not outright foolish. 

By the way am wondering why they have not  tried our world famous desert Halo Halo and our world renowned fruit Durian? How stupid can anyone miss these two famous Filipino delectables  , they were in CNN’s list of 25 Best Foods For Summer last 2013.

So pathetic!