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There’s a Police station not far from Burton Road, but I decided that the Serious Crimes squad would be based in the GMP headquarters. So I took a bike ride out there, to get a picture.
The North Manchester Police headquarters is just across the road- to the right of this photo, in a smaller, but similar looking, building. I wonder if there’s any rivalry between the two blocks?
I only took this photo, and didn’t have a wander around to get a closer look at the layout of the site, because I was nervous about explaining what I’m writing. If enough of you buy the book, I can use its best seller status as a way to talk them into giving me a tour.
The death in A Death In Didsbury happens on Burton Road. Maybe this part, maybe further up, I’m deliberately vague about the precise location of On The Wall.
Burton Road has changed a fair bit since I first lived in the area, undergoing a sort of hipster gentrification. I miss the family butchers and the lovely deli that used to be there. The Canadian Charcoal Pit is a bit of a throwback, and looks out of place in the road’s new style.
The news that a Russian journalist wasn’t actually shot dead in the Ukraine, but was actually in on a sting against his would be assassins, is one of those cases of real life reading like spy fiction.
It’s also yet another example of how I’ve managed to put particularly relevant plot points into A Death In Didsbury. Without giving too much away, there may be some parallels between the story of Arkady Babchenko, and the truth behind the death in my work in progress.
Every few days, there seems to be a news item that suggests my current project isn’t so much ‘plucked from the headlines’ as predicting them.
I’ve been toying with an idea for a story involving a super yacht. I’m thinking heist, but reading about the conditions the crews often have to put up with, maybe mutiny would be more likely.
Related- a few links on super yacht cyber security- Cyber defence at sea – The essential guide to preventing superyacht cyber crime – Why cyber crime is the biggest threat to superyacht security.
Completely unrelated (unless I want to kill a billionaire in a truly bizarre way)- Why Spanish Fly only works on men. And is deadly. And also- Aphrodisiacs From These Toads Lead to Heart Attacks, Not Sex.
That should allow me to close a few tabs, at least.
The Gang Violence Matrix, used by Police forces around the UK seems purpose built for a tale about a miscarriage of justice. More details in this report, including a hint of how people on the list could be victimised by reduced access to services.
There’s an enquiry going on into the activities of undercover Police officers, details of which may inform a story I’ve got part planned.