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Blade Runner 2049

I would like to watch science-fiction film Blade Runner 2049. It was directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. It is a sequel to Blade Runner (1982). Set In a dystopian future, It stars Ryan Gosling as a blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department. Meanwhile bioengineered humans called replicants have successfully been integrated into society, though still face discrimination from humans. One of them, K, works as a “blade runner” for the LAPD, hunting down and “retiring” rogue older model replicants. K lives with his holographic companion Joi.

K is asked to investigate an elusive replicant freedom movement. This leads him to a farm, where he encounters rogue replicant Sapper Morton. K also notices a flower in front of a tree and finds a buried box. He finds human remains inside. Forensic analysis initially reveals they are of a female who died as the result of complications from an emergency caesarian section. On closer inspection, K discovers a serial number on the skull and is horrified to learn the bones are actually of a highly experimental female replicant who died in childbirth, something which was originally thought to be impossible. K’s superior, Lieutenant Joshi, is concerned that the the knowledge that replicants can reproduce could be dangerous, so he orders K to destroy all evidence related to the case and to destroy the child. K visits the headquarters of replicant manufacturer Niander Wallace who identifies the body as Rachael and learns of her illicit affair with former blade runner Rick Deckard, who has disappeared. Deckard’s old colleague Gaff fails to provide any leads to Deckard’s current whereabouts. Wallace sends his replicant enforcer Luv to steal Rachael’s remains from LAPD headquarters and follow K to Rachael’s child.

Returning to Morton’s farm, K finds a hidden date that matches a memory from his childhood in an orphanage. K further finds evidence suggesting that his implanted memories might actually be real and discovers that: “twins” were born on the day of his birth. with identical DNA except for the gender chromosome; only the boy survived. K’s investigations lead him to Las Vegas where he finds Rick Deckard. Meanwhile Luv confronts and kills Joshi after threatening her to disclose K’s location. Rick Deckard explains what happened, however Luv and her men attack and kidnap him, destroying Joi and severely wounding K, Who is later rescued by the replicant freedom movement and told by their leader, Freysa, that he is not Rachael’s child. Freysa urges K to prevent Wallace from uncovering the secrets of replicant reproduction. In Los Angeles, Deckard is brought before Wallace, who asks him for help however Deckard refuses to help Wallace, so Wallace instructs Luv to take Deckard to one of his off-world outposts. However K confronts Luv and rescues Deckard who then discovers a shocking secret from Stelline…

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Poet Laureate Alfred, lord Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS sadly died on 6 October 1892 at Aldworth, aged 83. He was born 6 August 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language. Tennyson excelled at penning short lyrics, such as “In the Valley of Cauteretz”, “Break, Break, Break”, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, “Tears, Idle Tears” and “Crossing the Bar”. Much of his verse was based on classical mythological themes, such as Ulysses, although In Memoriam A.H.H. was written to commemorate his best friend Arthur Hallam, a fellow poet and fellow student at Trinity College, Cambridge, who was engaged to Tennyson’s sister, but died from a brain haemorrhage before they could marry. Tennyson also wrote some notable blank verse including Idylls of the King, “Ulysses,” and “Tithonus.” During his career, Tennyson attempted drama, but his plays enjoyed little success.

He was appointed Poet Laureate After Wordsworth’s death in 1850, and Samuel Rogers’ refusal, and held the position until his own death in 1892, by far the longest tenure of any laureate before or since. Queen Victoria was an ardent admirer of Tennyson’s work, and in 1884 created him Baron Tennyson, of Aldworth in the County of Sussex and of Freshwater in the Isle of Wight. Tennyson initially declined a baronetcy in 1865 and 1868 (when tendered by Disraeli), finally accepting a peerage in 1883 at Gladstone’s earnest solicitation. He took his seat in the House of Lords on 11 March 1884 and became the first person to be raised to a British Peerage for his writing. Thomas Edison also made sound recordings of Tennyson reading his own poetry, late in his life. They include recordings of The Charge of the Light Brigade, and excerpts from “The splendour falls” (from The Princess), “Come into the garden” (from Maud), “Ask me no more”, “Ode on the death of the Duke of Wellington”, “Charge of the Heavy Brigade”, and “Lancelot and Elaine”.

Towards the end of his life Tennyson revealed that his “religious beliefs also defied convention, leaning towards agnosticism and pandeism” Tennyson recorded in his Diary “I believe in Pantheism of a sort.” His son’s biography confirms that Tennyson was not an orthodox Christian, noting that Tennyson praised Giordano Bruno and Spinoza on his deathbed, saying of Bruno, “His view of God is in some ways mine,” in 1892.Tennyson continued writing into his eighties.  He was buried at Westminster Abbey. A memorial was erected in All Saints’ Church, Freshwater. His last words were; “Oh that press will have me now!”.He was succeeded as 2nd Baron Tennyson by his son, Hallam, who produced an authorised biography of his father in 1897, and was later the second Governor-General of Australia.