I’m a fan of Ian Rankin’s detective novels, so much so that I named my dog Rebus after his Inspector John Rebus, so I have to fall into the Sad and Drunk camp although I really enjoyed Wallander with Kenneth Branaugh. I got the distinctive Wallander ring tone for my phone because I’m a geek. I can’t claim Wallander fandom on the same level as I do Rebus fandom because watching TV (television) doesn’t bring the same intimacy and understanding of a character as reading does. Shows have their own up-sides, but I connect better on a page. I own a Wallander book but as of now it’s stored unread on my kindle where it keeps getting bumped back on the “To Read” list by The New Great Thing. If the show is anything to go by, that is one Sad and Cold Scandinavian.
Inspector Morse is Sad and Wet but suffers from the same problem as Wallender. I’ve read a Morse book but mostly know him from streaming Endeavor on Amazon. Lots of practical raingear on that show.
What gets often overlooked is the quiet revolution in cartography happening now. Just a scant decade ago I wouldn’t expect the Basque region to receive individual treatment – it’d just get lumped in with the rest of the former Republican held regions. We expect more cultural sensitivity these days. It’s nice to see map maker’s antennae put to such high use. Cultural sensitivity is important. Until we all agree that diversity is our strength, we’ll be alone and weak. Bound together in common purpose, we are impossible to break.