By Bill Buford
They've got names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. they prefer lager (in large quantities), the Queen, soccer golf equipment (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the remainder of the identified universe, and England's football thugs exhibit it in ways in which diversity from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize complete towns. Now invoice Buford, editor of the distinguished magazine Granta, enters this trade society and files either its savageries and its sinister attract with the social mind's eye of a George Orwell and the uncooked own engagement of a Hunter Thompson.
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My secrets catch fire and consume themselves in my head. In the end, I am naked, in a cell made of glass. There are phantom pains in my mind where the god parts have been cut away. There is a gun in my hand. Behind each of the four walls, there is somebody else, waiting. Cooperate or defect? 4 TAWADDUD AND ABU NUWAS While Duny waits, Tawaddud puts on a new face in her bedroom. She looks at her image in the mirror. The fantasy she created for Mr Sen is gone, replaced by a plain woman in a white body stocking that does not flatter her broad hips.
It is like watching the surface of the Sun. ‘This is what we see, muhtasib and mutalibun,’ Abu says. ‘This is what the Repentants gather for us, the blood of Sirr. Gogol trade. Sobortech trade. Jinni labour. Even,’ he lowers his voice, ‘embodiment trade. ‘It’s like a garden, and we are gardeners. We need to decide where to plant and where to cut and where to grow, to keep Sirr alive. That is why I help your father. ’ Tawaddud blinks, and the vision is gone, replaced by athar, the broken scrawls it writes on people and buildings, defaced by the white noise of wildcode.
She takes a deep breath and lets the plan take over. The metacortex passes her wish to the jewel: a complex, canned thought she crafted with the thief and Perhonen, a request for the router to run a very specialised quantum algorithm. The jewel seizes her volition eagerly. Perhonen’s modified wings, emulating a zoku communication protocol, pass it to the router. Slowly, the wedding bouquet starts to change shape, like origami, unfolded by invisible hands. Mieli carries out her part perfectly, as I knew she would.
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford