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-rt turns out that she's got a kid, she's been earied three tines before and is just abut to end her present atriage. .she te-lls us she's got an 9 yeu ofd daughter yho has troub-ie readinq and uriting,,, ild can't_stand study-ing. she Chon telts us her naEe "J€6n" .Sheen"'Beed'-nO ae €nterotinally it's "Doan- (I thlnkl ). to a hypochondrlac vlp rosh€g to D€dn says she's atriad out or -he cuts his hosp.itai overy tihe an eyelash'fal]s turni out he's iapanase-Hls t6thet is a cen€tic thu;t,-rt engineer, vho tutors xhe Jipanese .Enperor's -son'8y then I tf,int r"!r, chendo and r oesii to thlnk vhatta.loddashlt she's years or telfing us-She tells us that sh6'6 gonnd vaitilfif€€ so beiore divorcing hlr b€cau6e there'5 a -lcit of rcney involved-I ask her if she's doing afso for her daugbter's 6uch sak@ -t{ah, she can't staDd hie'-.qs tbe fath€r tutor's an inportant per6on. they rekoned that it vas a dlsgrace vanted to for t-he parents to have the guy i^ JaPan.Thoy unfoad hid on h€r, she tellt u6 that that l5 the on).y raason they got Dar.ied-Her father hates the guy 'ae'd hanq'ia if ouife he got hold o! hi[".The JaP's lathat and her er6 F-t and she 6ay6 she'd tLrry the tather. sinilt, ft turns out th6t the father of her lrusband is dying so he's puttirg dovn all his notes in books vhich are being



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sm[ CUcego ofice we6 spsndy furnlshed; two desks, a cort hanger where McKenzlets ovensmt hilng, one of those overhead lang the Agency cerdnctte, rnd s smoky stmosphere. HIs.3{1, 'Betsy', lay In the first drawer next to a few unused bullets and his LD. At $44 4.t " r plus cxpen.ts he hardly consldered hlmself success,Just an er-cop trylng !o mgke an honest budr. Well, we all know this sccrp ftom ttp Hollywmd movies, but most of us have grobably never wondered what privarc invegigacs really do in the l990's. Sirce we're dl trEtty c'ynkd I guess we pdabty iEagnE 0ral tlre Eulh is completcly diffaent to the old clich6s. Lindy Grant runs m all-fcorale daecivc agary in Surrey callod 'S & Elle' ard st€ agreed to put the story sEaight



crr. gd irlo cr of fusc agercies?'S & Elle' tcnd to employ pcople ovcr lhe sge of 2J. Thae are a h,t of siuatiors which could be somewhat shocking, so a persor who does not hrve expcriance may not know how to dal sith then. Sooaimcs, due to the nature of tbc work bvolvcd, d& will fud tEsclf in very srarge plocas; dark ad dang,ercus areas of 8 town or city. Or she night find that she has to enter a bar in a rough neighbourirm4 which canld be tricky if strc's too yourg. Brn as far as getting ino an agency is corcecncd, Unty says that it realty is judgcd according to chrrader. No spccific qualifications rre requircd. There are a lot of


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"Yes, but there is no requirement to becomc a ncebcr and bcing an indcpendent, all.femalc agency, we don't frnd the need to bclong to it." What son of cs-ees d€s t}tc agency normally deal wilh? "Thc nqjqity of the pcople dut co6e to us are women. sirrc rr't adverrise as an 'all-womcn agary,' A lct of tlcm feel more coofortable dealing with women, therefore much of the work is of a matrimonial nature. Normally we're asked o follow the woaan's ttusband sirrcc she strTeds he rnay be havine an affair, trat sat of thirg. We also trace missmg person-s." Crrt it gct dd4erous? "lt cart" Howo,er, lhc nain ttarger is not normally the person you're followinS, it's the placas you end up going to. You often find yourself in parts of lnndon you'd raher not b€ in! But as e nrle, we go sround ln pelrs, slace lt's sefer. You scc, if a woman goes iffo a club by herself. she bccomcs ttoticed immediately. wtrerc two *omen wouldn't." I tell Lindy Grant that her name sounds good for a detcctive. Neverlheless, I still don't kmw whctpr ttrre are any similarities with ttre movies. "Although the situations could tr just like in the movies (if not morc bizarre), there is m rmmediate differencc: werpons. We don't c&rry Suns or get involved in massive car chases." Yet tbe scezr of two detectives sining in a car outside a boilding, caling doughnuts and drinking coffcc is very common accoiding to Lindy, I asked Lindy whether sle could give me an example of a csse. Apparemly she's under contract for a TV serics so she can't really say much, Aft€r a long pause shc tells me: -Thcre wa.s one case when the wife of an inJluential banku sugcctcd him of havirry, an affeir with ano0rr woman. We followed him for quilc a while. He spcd a fe* lunds wilh a msr: rnver did c,e $e hio with


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anothe{ rEtEdjc wornan. One day we wcre waichiflg, iriui witlt Ous other icllow arrd sud<icniy, ficy saaftc{i kissir.8. Evcntually hc left his wife {rd moved in with thc m8rr" 'S & Elle' cturge f20 8n hour phs exparles, which is a typicd r8te. I sec. but what sbout the ovefcoat? 'Tr'ell, there's no Frxed costume ai suclt, but nc eech bevc ln

n cort cf dlsgulsc bor, fillcd *lth stgs, etq so lhat the same woman isn'l 3e€fl all thc time. Although being a woman dcrcs tuve advantager. Peoplc don't scern to suspcct rnythhg and moqfeel coofortEble rflswering your questions. You can gdr away with a lot being a

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Das tr agerxry ftave ery coffEdiJns with ttr police? 'tlo nu really. Ttey genaally keep ort of it sincc we mainly deal with crvil sffairs (dof,estic) and tlEy prefer rot to tel involved. Unless we're about to cfltcr r potedially dangerous siruEtion. Then we wsm them thal we may csll upon rhcm if necessary." According to Lindy thc wolt doeso't really intcrfere wi0t her privatc life. She has a boy ard a girl, her husbud's a pilot and shc doesn't rrke her wcrk home. On occasions, ar a party for example, when someone lcarrs about her ocaryation she gets all the usual questims (like fte ones I asked her). Acccrdiq o Lindy, tlrc job is cle big leaming erptrierre. No two days arc the sarne. She suttests that ifyou're inrerestcd, you could stet by &in8 sriy khd of esearch wcrk (fa example, poblic reco'rds), and from thcrc move on to an ageocy. So the next tiEc you watch yct anothc( nrovic, you can btag o ycr &iands about how thc real thing works. And stop being rc cynicd, darnmit!


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Like many other Latih American counLries. partsicularly Argentinq, BrasiI, Paraguay, Bolivia and ChiIe, Uruguay has experienced a lons milibarldictatorship (1973-f984) marked by a constant violation of huriran rights and based on the doctrine of "national security", is the locaI version of bhe typical anti-comunism of the Cold tlar.


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Since the return t-o democracy in 1985, a great debate has passionately and deeply divided t.he people: Should we bring to justice the milil-ary responsible of crimes and atrocities? IL \.Jas necessat:y to go to a referendum in order to deal with the quest.ion and t-o appeace the people. It took place on il$umrn tl1r ffiuntl1 ApriI 15th 1989 and, to general surprise. the majority of Uruguayans (55%) raLified bhe l,aw of AmnisLy voted in l986 :f."o" *: .dt*.r, *f^^â&#x201A;Ź Nrr<sl,y under great pressure from the army and r,,hich erased any , mi li Lary responsibi I ity. c"'iq.Jc-,suc(s rp <ttl--, The armed forces abandoned power in 198.1, peacefully but not }./d l; bsd.-1+L++L' r.;ithout first obtaining a certain humber of guarantees and imposing certain conditions- !-or example, the Presidential elections of L9B5 won by Julio lvlaria Sanguinetti, took place trithin an atnrosphere of control.Led freedom trhich penalized Lhe Left: carrdidaLes were r.rniaj.rly banned, the Communist Party trad to change its name.. -The democratic forces only accepLed these conditions in order to hascen the departure of Lhe armed forces. (Uruguay r.ras the courlbry that had more political prisoners in relation to their population).

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