While London's Cockneys delight in telling you they were born “within the sound of Bow bells”
Martin Hedges' international yearnings began as he was lulled to sleep by the sound of jets taking off at Heathrow.
He is a business journalist though he latterly took a PR role when hired by the French government, trying to convince its oldest enemy, the British, to invest in business in France. The high points of his career include being hit with a golf club by Ted Turner and introducing Boomtown Rats frontman to British press baron Robert Maxwell with a “Bob, this is Bob...” Blackadder-style
He trained as a lawyer, though he never practised. He trained as a private pilot though he thought that him flying a plane was like giving the keys to the highway to the worst learner in driver's ed.
He lives in Acton, not that strip mine of the soul in West London, but a leafy village in the ancient English county of Suffolk, where the sound of woodpeckers on 'fully automatic, safety's off' attacking insects under the bark punctuates the relentlessly demented lowing of wood pigeons.
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An Infinite Deal of Nothing
by Martin Hedges
In one year, 1871, two audacious frauds played out. One said diamonds were lying on the desert floor waiting to be scooped up at a secret location somewhere in the American west, while the other was a mine that everyone knew. While the locals thought it worthless, London went mad for shares in the Emma mine. New research finally answers the question who was responsible.
The Day They Hanged a Banker
by Martin Hedges
Social history;A miscellany of tales of fraud from the 19th century onwards. Whatever we just lived through during the crisis of 2008, our forebears got just the same. From a man that invented a country, to Ponzi's stamp collection and diamonds lying about on the desert floor. We keep on believing that the too good to be true will be true this time around.
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