#McMafia? Anti-Semitic?

First off, happy new year and all the best to you for 2018.

Have you came across or watched the new BBC 8 part big budget thriller McMafia?

If not, please do, having watched the first two episodes I found it particularly gripping with its plots and subplots involving drugs, human trafficking, money laundering and interactions between Russian, Israeli, Czech and Indian gangsters.

It’s not particularly surprising that in this twisted tale where capitalism meets criminality that the UK element is a fund manager who’s family have been expelled from Russia.

Is it coincidence that this family are Jewish and that his family escaped the Russian mob with enough funds to set up the fund management company?

Or is that an example of a possible real world situation?

Having worked in investment banking, I have personal experience of fund managers who were Jewish and whose family were from Russia and whose business was set up with family money.

It doesn’t make it dirty, it doesn’t make them bad people. Far from it.

In the situation in the story, the family were driven from Russia because of the mob, not because they were in the mob.

Alex Goldman, the main character played by James Norton, is a good, clean living, privileged guy, privately educated and running his fund cleanly until it gets in trouble, ironically by rumours put out by his uncle with the intention of Alex accepting Israeli investment with motives of getting back at the Russian mob who stole the original family business.

It’s a good yarn, full of intrigue and plot twists.

So why do various Jewish bodies think that it’s Anti-Semitic?

Apparently it’s stereotypical, uses gratuitous slurs, uses material not in the original book and misquotes the motto of Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence service.

What a surprise eh?

The problem with these people is that they perceive that anything that contains content showing Jews or Israel in any perceived bad light is a slur.

Actually the biggest stereotype is probably that of Russians being gangsters or corrupt.

As for the Mossad motto “For by wise guidance you can wage your war” apparently misquoted as “by deception we will do war”.

Is wise guidance to deception that much of a difference? Particularly when it refers to one of the most efficient and connected intelligence agencies on the planet?

Deception is exactly how any intelligence agency wages war. It’s not a slur.

If anything, the lead character Alex Goldman and the Israeli businessman Semiyon Kleiman played by David Strathairn are the “good guys” in this story with the Russians being the nasty baddies.

Now how stereotypical is that?

Personally, coming from glasgow I was a bit disappointed with the title McMafia and it didn’t refer to any Scottish gangsters.

I’m so offended! ūüôā

If you get the chance, give it a watch, you won’t be disappointed unless you’re a person who goes out of their way to be offended by any perceived slur.

BBC anti-Semitic claimshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5232503/BBC-hit-complaints-anti-Semiticism-drama-McMafia.htmlMcMafia critics review http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42540514—-

On a related note, this has vastly increased the chances of James Norton becoming the next James Bond.
He’s got the right build, tall, athletic, good looking, charming, brooding with cutting delivery of a sarcastic barb here and there. Additionally he looks as if he has been working out in the fight scenes and would be good in the JB role.
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Wolf – 8 – Whodunnit?


How do you go about killing someone?

Well that kinda depends if you want to get caught or not.

Let’s imagine for a moment .. or as long as it takes to read this .. that you wanted to murder your ex wife or former partner.  

Reason?    

We aren’t talking reasons. .. that’s up to you .. let’s talk practicalities. 

Statistically most murders of women are stabbings committed by their partner or former partner in the women’s home or partners home.

So in most cases Miss Scarlet does gets murdered by Mr Green in the Living Room with the dagger.

The implication of these statistics is that regardless if you consciously plan to murder or in a moment of passion react violently and kill your partner then no matter how you try and hide it, Inspector Cluedo will already have a good inkling that it was you and it’s just a matter of collating the evidence.

Do you remember all those old episodes of Colombo, still being broadcast on satellite channels?

Typically some woman is killed, usually in glamorous locations in unglamorous circumstances.

The inspector turns up like a bad smell in his grubby raincoat. He’s the little guy, the underrated underdog that nobody wants hanging around embarrassing them in their perfectly imperfect lifestyles.

He takes one look at the scene, It’s not obvious who killed the poor woman but Colombo knows a liar when he sees one.

Continue reading “Wolf – 8 – Whodunnit?”

Wolf – Preface

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A tale of lust,  love and revenge.

A loose follow on to a few of the characters from The Platform Lovers.

Charles is the obvious bad guy,  serial shagger,  now caught and ejected from the family home,   but it has brought him a new found freedom.

But there are other characters who hold darker secrets.

I’ve never written anything really dark and I intend to with this. ¬† You see I don’t always believe that the good guy wins .. that’s not how things work in real life.

Here’s the thing, ¬†I can’t easily get my head around writing about revenge or murder, ¬† it means putting your head in that place, ¬†it’s not how I think.

But we all have a dark side .. right?

That little fascist conniving part of us who would exercise our right to correct any wrongs that have been done against us .. as long as there aren’t any consequences.

If someone seriously wronged you .. and you could kill them without any consequences.

Would you?

How serious would that wrong have to be?

  • Theft?
  • Assault?
  • Rape?
  • Child abuse?
  • The murder a family member?

I think that most people would say that if someone hurt their family,  then they would want to kill them .. but at which point does your NO.. become a YES?

 

Wolf -4 – Cold

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Revenge is a dish best served cold, so they say.

It’s a phrase quite often used in popular culture and another phrase reiterated in The Godfather.

I’d heard it when I was younger, but If I’m honest, I was never sure exactly what it meant?

But now looking back, I seem to have learned that lesson from life experience.

I guess it depends that each case is different and it depends on the particular circumstances at the time. Continue reading “Wolf -4 – Cold”

Using Your Noddle? .. #Money

A friend of mine was caught out last year when her husband was secretly running up large credit cards debts.

To make matters worse,  he took out an extension to their mortgage and despite upgraded banking practices he forged her signature on the loan paperwork.

I’m surprised this is possible as my understanding is that as part of “Know Your Customer”, the borrower would have to be on the banks premises to confirm their commitment to the deal.

Obviously not. Or in this case over familiarity has allowed abuse of the systems designed to prevent this fraud.

Fraud,  provable with serious consequences both directly  for the fraudster and indirectly for my friend and her family.

So what would you do?

Involve the police?  Let him be arrested? Prison?  Loss of earnings?  Loss of family home?

Or sort it out between yourselves?¬† Continue reading “Using Your Noddle? .. #Money”