Conrad Black, on his way to the slippery showers of a US pen for six-and-a-half, apprently also writes in whatever time he can spare from a once healthy career in power-brokering and fraud. I’m even told he’s quite a good writer, though you wouldn’t know it in the US where his new book is getting few reviews. Everyone but Black’s family seems to be having a field day with this, the vile and scatologically-inclined Rosie Dimanno among them. Even here in Canada where Lord Conrad gets little sympathy, except from the rich and famous and his own paper, which is reporting on the detrimental effect Black’s enprisonment will have on charities and yet still spends editorial inches reminding everyone of its journalistic integrity (which is kind of like the man on the witness stand who utters the words, “I’m innocent!”) His partners in crime are getting off easy, some think. Oh, those “somes”. It could have been worse for Black, but I expect it will get even better with appeal.