Mad Max Fury Road

I have recently watched the thrilling and explosive 2015 high-octane film Mad Max Fury Road . It is set in a future where a nuclear holocaust, has turned the world into a desert wasteland and civilization has collapsed. It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a survivor, who is captured by the War Boys, the army of the tyrannical cult leader Immortan Joe, and taken to Joe’s Citadel. Where Max is imprisoned and used as a “blood bag” for a sick War Boy called Nux (Nicholas Hoult).

Meanwhile, Imperator Furiosa, (Charlize Theron) one of Joe’s lieutenants, is sent in her armored semi-truck, the “War Rig”, to collect gasoline. But she has other ideas, and intends to head to the safety of the mythical and idyllic Green Place instead with Imorton Joe’s five wives – Capable, Cheedo, Toast, the Dag and Angharad. However Joe realises that they are missing and leads his entire army in pursuit of Furiosa, calling on the aid of nearby Gas Town and the Bullet Farm.

So Max and Nux join forces with Imperator Furiosa and undertake a hazardous journey through enemy territory, where they encounter rival Biker gangs and the The Bullet Farmers. Luckily they are aided by The Vuvalini Clan who inform them that The Green Place is now uninhabitable. So they decide to journey across immense salt flats to find a new home. However Max convinces them to return to the undefended Citadel, which has ample water and greenery which Imorton Joe keeps for himself, while keeping the population impoverished. So they journey back to the citadel, but are attacked by Imorton Joe, Rictus Erectus and all the other War Boys and all hell breaks loose as Max, Furiosa, Nux and the Vuvalini try and defeat Imorton Joe and the War Boys in a high octane explosive showdown.

Mad Max Fury Road was directed and produced by George Miller, and written by Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. The film also features Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton.

Ruth Rendell

imageEnglish Author Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE Was born Ruth Barbara Grasemann on 17 February 1930, in South Woodford, London. She was educated at the County High School for Girls in Loughton, Essex. After high school she became a feature writer for her local paper, the Chigwell Times. Even at an early age, making up stories was irresistible to Rendell. As a reporter, she visited a house that was rumoured to be haunted and invented the ghost of an old woman. The owners threatened to sue the newspaper for devaluing their home. Later, she reported on the local tennis club’s annual dinner without attending, so missing the untimely death of the after-dinner speaker in mid-speech. She resigned before she could be fired. Rendell met her husband, Don Rendell when she was working as a newswriter. They married when she was 20, and had a son, Simon, now a psychiatric social worker who lives in Colorado. The couple divorced in 1975, but remarried two years later. Rendell is known best for writing gripping Psychological Murder Mysteries and her best Known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, is the hero of many popular police stories.

Rendell started her career when she wrote two unpublished novels before finally striking lucky with the 1964 publication of From Doon With Death, which was the first mystery to feature her enduring and popular detective Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford, who is featured in From Doon with Death, a New Lease of Death, Murder being once done, Put on by Cunning, an Unkindness of Ravens, Road Rage, Adam &Eve & Pinch Me and The Monster in the Box. some of her novels have also been adapted for TV.

Rendell also writes crime-fiction that explores the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated. In addition to these police procedurals starring Wexford, Rendell has written psychological crime novels exploring such themes as romantic obsession, misperceived communication, the impact of chance and coincidence, and the humanity of the criminals involved. Among such books are A Judgement In Stone, The Face of Trespass, Live Flesh, Talking to Strange Men, The Killing Doll, Going Wrongand Adam and Eve and Pinch Me. Many credit her and close friend P. D. James for upgrading the entire genre of whodunit, shaping it more into a whydunit. Rendell’s protagonists are often socially isolated, suffer from mental illness, and/or are otherwise disadvantaged; she explores the adverse impacts of their circumstances on these characters as well as on their victims.

Rendell created a third strand of writing written under her pseudonym Barbara Vine, (the name derives from her own middle name and her grandmother’s maiden name), with the publication of A Dark-Adapted Eye, King Solomon’s Carpet, A Fatal Inversion and Asta’s Book (alternative US title, Anna’s Book), among others, these are similar to her psychological crime novels while further developing themes of human misunderstandings and the unintended consequences of family secrets and hidden crimes. The author is noted for her elegant prose and sharp insights into the human mind, as well as her cogent plots and characters. Rendell injected the social changes of the last 40 years into her work, bringing awareness to such issues as domestic violence and the change in the status of women.

Lady Rendell has received many awards, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers’ Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award. A number of her works have been adapted for film or television. She is also a Patron of the charity Kids for Kids, helping children in rural areas of Darfur. she was made a CBE in 1996 and a life peer as Baroness Rendell of Babergh, of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk, in 1997. She sits in the House of Lords for Labour. In 1998 Rendell was named in a list of the biggest private financial donors to the Labour Party.

Grammy Awards 2016

Record of the year
Really Love – D’Angelo and the Vanguard
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – WINNER
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Can’t Feel My Face – the Weeknd

Album of the year
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Traveller – Chris Stapleton
1989 – Taylor Swift – WINNER
Beauty Behind the Madness – the

Song of the year
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran – WINNER

Best new artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor – WINNER

Best pop solo performance
Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran – WINNER
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Can’t Feel My Face – the Weeknd

Best pop duo/group performance
Ship to Wreck – Florence + The Machine
Sugar – Maroon 5
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – WINNER
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Best pop vocal album
Piece By Piece – Kelly Clarkson
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
Uptown Special – Mark Ronson
1989 – Taylor Swift – WINNER
Before This World – James Taylor

Best dance recording
We’re All We Need – Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston
Go – the Chemical Brothers
Never Catch Me – Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar
Runaway (U & I) – Galantis
Where Are Ü Now – Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber – WINNER

Best dance/electronic album
Our Love – Caribou
Born in the Echoes – the Chemical Brothers
Caracal – Disclosure
In Colour – Jamie xx
Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü – Skrillex and Diplo – WINNER

Best rock performance
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes – WINNER
What Kind of Man – Florence + the Machine
Something From Nothing – Foo Fighters
Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
Moaning Lisa Smile – Wolf Alice

Best metal performance
Identity – August Burns Red
Cirice – Ghost – WINNER!
512 – Lamb Of God
Thank You – Sevendust
Custer – Slipknot

Best rock song
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes – WINNER
Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
Hold Back the River – James Bay
Lydia – Highly Suspect
What Kind Of Man – Florence + The Machine

Best rock album
Chaos and the Calm – James Bay
Kintsugi – Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect
Drones – Muse – WINNER
.5: The Gray Chapter – Slipknot

Best alternative music album
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes – WINNER
Vulnicura – Björk
The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket
Currents – Tame Impala
Star Wars – Wilco

Best rock performance
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes – WINNER
What Kind of Man – Florence + the Machine
Something From Nothing – Foo Fighters
Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
Moaning Lisa Smile – Wolf Alice

Best metal performance
Identity – August Burns Red
Cirice – Ghost – WINNER!
512 – Lamb Of God
Thank You – Sevendust
Custer – Slipknot

Best rock song
Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes – WINNER
Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
Hold Back the River – James Bay
Lydia – Highly Suspect
What Kind Of Man – Florence + The Machine

Best rock album
Chaos and the Calm – James Bay
Kintsugi – Death Cab For Cutie
Mister Asylum – Highly Suspect
Drones – Muse – WINNER
.5: The Gray Chapter – Slipknot

Best alternative music album
Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes – WINNER
Vulnicura – Björk
The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket
Currents – Tame Impala
Star Wars – Wilco

Best R&B performance
If I Don’t Have You – Tamar Braxton
Rise Up – Andra Day
Breathing Underwater – Hiatus Kaiyote
Planes – Jeremiah featuring J Cole
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) – the Weeknd – WINNER

Best R&B song
Coffee – Miguel
Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) – the Weeknd
Let It Burn – Jazmine Sullivan
Really Love – D’Angelo and the Vanguard – WINNER
Shame – Tyrese

Best urban contemporary album
Ego Death – the Internet
You Should Be Here – Kehlani
Blood – Lianne La Havas
Wildheart – Miguel
Beauty Behind the Madness – the Weeknd – WINNER

Best R&B album
Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Black Messiah – D’Angelo and the Vanguard – WINNER
Cheers to the Fall – Andra Day
Reality Show – Jazmine Sullivan
Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson

Best rap performance
Apparently – J Cole
Back to Back – Drake
Trap Queen – Fetty Wap
Alright – Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Truffle Butter – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
All Day – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney

Best rap/sung collaboration
One Man Can Change the World – Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend
Glory – Common and John Legend
Classic Man – Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
These Walls – Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat – WINNER
Only – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown

Best rap song
All Day – Kanye West featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney
Alright – Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Energy – Drake
Glory – Common & John Legend
Trap Queen – Fetty Wap

Best rap album
2014 Forest Hills Drive – J Cole
Compton – Dr Dre
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake
To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj

Best country solo performance
Burning House – Cam
Traveller – Chris Stapleton – WINNER
Little Toy Guns – Carrie Underwood
John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban
Chances Are – Lee Ann Womack

Best country duo/group performance
Stay a Little Longer – Brothers Osborne
If I Needed You – Joey+Rory
The Driver – Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay
Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe

Best country song
Chances Are – Lee Ann Womack
Diamond Rings and Old Barstools – Tim McGraw
Girl Crush – Little Big Town – WINNER
Hold My Hand – Brandy Clark
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Best country album
Montevallo – Sam Hunt
Pain Killer – Little Big Town
The Blade – Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material – Kacey Musgraves
Traveller – Chris Stapleton – WINNER

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media
Empire: Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Pitch Perfect 2
Selma

Producer of the year, non-classical
Jeff Bhasker – WINNER
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

Best music video
LSD – A$AP Rocky
I Feel Love (Every Million Miles) – The Dead Weather
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
Bad Blood – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Freedom – Pharrell Williams

Best music film
Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown – James Brown
Sonic Highways – Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? – Nina Simone
The Wall – Roger Waters
Amy – Amy Winehouse – WINNER

Adventures in Human Being by Doctor Gavin Francis

Adventures in Human Being is a fascinating journey around the body by Doctor Gavin Francis, who, is also an award-winning travel writer. His other book True North is a particularly fine exploration of Europe’s Arctic wildernesses. He is also a highly experienced doctor: a former paediatrician, a physician on a long-stay geriatric ward, a trainee surgeon in neurosurgery, an expedition medic in the Arctic and Antarctic, and now a GP. Who writes about his own experiences as a physician and writer, blending first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over millennia. He takes the reader through a cultural map of the body, taking in health and illness, and offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb, from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot.

The book contains a number of informative, eloquent and often very moving and always enlightening essays on the nature of illness and injury and considers that if the body is a foreign country, then the practice of medicine explores new territory. With each vignette, we are provided with a smattering of medical insights: the physiological effects of crucifixion (a practice brought to Francis’s mind by the nail through the builder’s palm); details of the boxer’s fracture suffered by the prison warder; and the links between self-harm and abuse suffered in childhood. It is a fraught catalogue of misfortune, illuminated with flashes of mordant wit. It is also a reminder that for all the advances of modern medicine, the body and its ways can still surprise us.

During the book which is both a user’s guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human which explore the human body and could transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health. Published in association with the Wellcome Collection.