Clare Longrigg

Clare Longrigg is a specialist on the Italian mafia. She blogs at mariology.com

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Sicilian mafia boss Domenico Rancadore has been arrested in London after 19 years on the run.

The Mafioso in Uxbridge: Don't be surprised. Mafia dons make the best neighbours...

Why godfathers like to make a good impression

Publish or be damned

Would-be novelists no longer have to labour over their work alone. Even Oxford University is teaching creative writing these days, reports Clare Longrigg

Food & Drink: Real food, real people

Service at the Organic Cafe may be a bit eccentric, but at least you know the beef is entirely sane.

Travel: Rome - A very happy birthday

When three generations gather in the Italian capital for a family celebration, can they all be kept amused?

Versace: Handle with care

Since her brother Gianni's death in 1997, Donatella Versace has fought with tooth and highly polished nail to defend his legend and the company's reputation against the excesses of the media - as a New York publisher discovered to its cost this week

When Dad's left holding the baby

A Family Affair

The Irritations of Modern Life: 36. The CD Case

IN HIS biographical pop odyssey Lost in Music, Giles Smith devotes part of a chapter to the question of how to open a CD case. It is a measure of how much the LP generation struggled with the new box that his instructions run to a full nine pages.

Travel: 24-Hour Room Service: Surya Samudra Beach Garden, Kerala

THE FIRST thi-ng that greets you when you arrive at the Surya Samudra is the scent of frangipani blossom, which sets the tone perfectly. Beneath a ceiling of coconut palms along the shore, the German proprietor and architect, Klaus Schleusener, has reconstructed a number of traditional 100-year-old wooden bungalows, to create a luxury hotel in staggering natural surroundings.

Irritations of Modern Life

15: Call Waiting

Mummy runs the Mob

The popular view of women in organised crime is of gangsters' molls, ignorant of `the business'. The reality, as the authorities are discovering, is very different.
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