Monthly Archives: April, 2013

A Delicate Truth by John LeCarre

After I have Read Cloud Atlas I would like to read John le Carre’s latest novel A Delicate Truth which is a furiously paced story of moral dilemma, bold action and unexpected love. It starts in Gibraltar, 2008. During a joint British and American counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a …

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cloud Atlas

I am about to start reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell which contains six intertwined stories ranging from the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. The first five stories are interrupted at a key moment. After …

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I would like to watch the 2012 American historical drama film Lincoln, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln andSally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life, focusing on the President’s efforts …

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I have recently watched the film Argo again, starring Ben Affleck and Brian Cranston it is based on real events and starts after Militants storm the United States embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, in retaliation for President Jimmy Carter giving the Shah asylum in the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution. More than 50 of the embassy …

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International Dance Day 2013

Monday 29th April is International Dance Day. IT was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated on April 29 every year. The date was suggested by the International Dance Committee of ITI to commemorate the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet and …

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The Hobbit

I have recently watched Peter Jacksons film adaptation of J.R.R.Tolkien novel The Hobbit a number of times over the past few weeks. Great film although There are no extras on the DVD so I suspect they are saving them for the boxed set. The film starts with a bit of back story concerning the dwarf King …

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Tribute to Duke Ellington

Originally posted on whizzbang 1698:
American composer, pianist, and big-band leader Duke Ellington was Born 29th April in 1899. During his life he wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe “In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Ellington.” A major…

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Tribute to Fred Dibnah MBE

Originally posted on whizzbang 1698:
Engineer, Steeplejack and British television personality Fred Dibnah was born on this date 29th April in 1938. As a child, Dibnah was fascinated by the steam engines which powered the many textile mills in his home town of Bolton and developed a keen interest in mechanical engineering, Steam Engines and chimneys…

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Happy Birthday Sir Terry Pratchett OBE

Originally posted on whizzbang 1698:
Popular English novelist Sir Terry Pratchett OBE, was born on this date 28th April in 1948. He is best known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre In particular the popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. Pratchett’s first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971,…

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Ian Rankin OBE DL

Originally posted on whizzbang 1698:
I am also a big fan of the Crime Thriller novels of Prolific Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, OBE, DL who was born on this day 28th April 1960. His best known books are the Inspector Rebus novels, although He has also written several pieces of literary criticism. Rankin did not…

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