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Great Britain was the name assigned to the United Kingdom team by the International Olympic Committee for the 1908 Summer Olympics along with the IOC country code GBR. The team is also referred to as Team GB. Representatives of the devolved Northern Ireland government, however, have objected to the name, which they argue creates a perception that Northern Ireland is not part of the British Olympic team, and have called for the team to be renamed as Team UK.
Under the terms of a long-standing settlement between the British Olympic Association and the Olympic Council of Ireland, athletes from Northern Ireland can elect to represent Ireland at the Olympics, as Northern Irish people are legally entitled to dual citizenship.
I prefer Benjamin Black to John Banville. Black is the name under which Banville writes his crime novels. Banville is much admired but I find him a little overwrought. His workings are too close to the surface, particularly in his early novels where fiction and pattern are among his themes.
I quite like Black’s novels. They are well written, and he plots well enough for them to be plausible crime novels independent of the curiosity of the Banville connection. That said, I sometimes wonder if his main interest lies in exploring the Dublin and Ireland of the 1950s. Banville has noted a Simenon influence and the website has a retro, grainy feel. I also wonder whether the Black novels will be better remembered than the Banville ones in 50 years, as a record of those darker years before Ireland opened up?
The Lemur is short and a departure. Most of the action takes place in the US. It reads as if it was written with a movie treatment in mind, a knowing noir. It ends suddenly. I was interested to read it as I had wondered what Black would make of his Irish protagonist in the US. Not enough really.