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Lunch at the Palazzo

It’s his first time in the bistro and he’s not impressed. The Venetian Lagoon on the mural is cracked and faded, and Vesuvius is never going to erupt again on that grimy wall. The once-cheerful tablecloths have been washed a hundred times too often, and the menu wilts in his hand.

He’s surprised that Sam Deasey would choose this place for their meeting. Then he looks around at the empty tables and has his answer.

The shabby black shoes of the waiter catch his eye, and he follows their shuffle around the room. The old man’s feet must be bad. He glances down at his own polished Barkers. At least he still has some decent footwear. He watches the waiter to avoid watching the door. He can’t afford to look anxious.

A couple come in and sit near Anthony. The waiter, his body an obsequious question mark, leans in to take their order and a lock of grey hair falls on to his brow. He brushes it aside wearily with the back of his hand, and Anthony sees his own father. In the end he was exhausted too.

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October 2016 Edition The one with the "EAT YOUR CEREAL" COVER Robbie Dinwoodie has an exclusive interview with Malcolm Chisholm Peter A Bell on the Essential Nationalist and why a form of cultural oppression has been going on for years in the classroom Will McLeod in New Yorks writes on Hilary and the US Media Dr Craig Dalzell on the subject of GERS Wee Ginger Dug - Have a nice cold bowl of Brexit The Most Excellent Tom Morton on Finding good whisky at reasonable prices. Delia Forrest in Barcelona - Independence, at what price? Photo Essay by Top Photographer Simon Mayson Prof Steve Peers of Essex University - Can Scotland stay in the EU as part of the UK after Brexit? Jennifer Harper- a Basic Income Guarantee Payment + a Glass Act Dr Steve McCabe - Protecting Vulnerable Adults Ann MacLaren - James MacLaren and Fortingall Dave Bowman - Ewan MaColl iScot Short Story - Lunch at the Palazzo iScot Book Review - Par for the Ladies Rachel Gillon - Preserving Scotland's culinary heritage Grouse Beater - My Life as a Hero Mary Edward - The Govan Stones Fiona Nicholson - Bio-Assistance Dogs David McVey - Industrial Idyll - Inchcailloch - Loch Lomond Major Bloodnok - The guvnor