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  • The only way is Wessex! The joys of exploring the unspoilt landscapes of Hardy country

    01/16/2021 5:21:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2020 | Neil Clark
    Looking out at a single-track country lane over unspoilt downland, I'm struggling to see any signs of human habitation. And yet I am barely 20 miles south of Oxford, home to 150,000 people. In a memorable scene in Jude The Obscure, the title character of Thomas Hardy's novel has his first sight of the dreaming spires of 'Christminster' (Oxford) from a spot close to where I am parked. Hardy's grandmother lived in the nearby village of Fawley, and the stonemason who dreams of being a scholar is given the surname Fawley in the book. Jude couldn't wait to leave his...
  • Vanessa Kirby and Katherine Waterston share a steamy kiss as they play lovers Tallie and Abigail in trailer for new film The World To Come [Lesbo Period Drama] [ed]

    01/16/2021 5:14:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2020 | Olivia Wheeler
    Vanessa Kirby and Katherine Waterston play lovers Tallie and Abigail in a new trailer released for their upcoming film The World To Come. In the clip, it sees Vanessa, 32, and Katherine, 40, as Tallie and Abigail share several steamy kisses as their characters fall in love and embark in a secret affair without their husbands knowing. The film is set on the American East Coast in the mid-19th century, where two neighbouring couples battle hardship and isolation, and is based upon Jim Shepard's 2017 novel of the same name.
  • A history of lies

    01/16/2021 3:32:49 AM PST · by Nateman · 10 replies
    Free Republic ^ | jan 16, 2021 | Nateman
    In George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ the party is continuously rewriting history so that the party is always right. I can think of a few versions of history that has been deliberately rewritten by the left so they are always "right'.McCarthyism. The truth is Communists really were trying to take over America and McCarthy was literally smeared to death. Nazi’s are on the right : A lie pushed by Joe Stalin himself after his ally to take over the world took on Stalin instead. Christian’s are anti-science . It was in Christian Europe that the Scientific Revolution started! Civil War was...
  • Biden Should...

    01/15/2021 5:59:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 69 replies
    We asked writers from left, right and center to offer creative ideas for the next president - not necessarily the obvious policy measures at the forefront of political discussion. Plus: 7 artists illustrate their own proposals. Biden Should ... End the War on Drugs Seek a Compromise on Religious Liberty and Gay Rights Convene a Racial Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission Cancel All Student Debt Use Bitcoin to Help the Poor Let the Space Race Continue Make Immigration More Humane Create a New Deal-Style Program for Artists and Writers Distribute Vaccines Fairly Build a National Child-Care System Spend Money on...
  • Ernest Hemingway Look-Alikes Encouraging Masking In Florida Keys

    01/14/2021 1:30:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | January 12, 2021
    Ernest Hemingway look-alikes are being used by the Florida Keys tourism council to encourage visitors and residents to wear masks to protect against COVID-19. The men, a former winner and five regular contestants in Key West’s annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, appear in a short video that debuted Monday evening on Keys’ social media outlets, urging compliance with coronavirus health protocols. “We look at Key West as being our adopted town,” said longtime contest entrant Dusty Rhodes in the video. “Help keep it safe. Wear your mask, socially distance, wash your hands.” The piece was shot in front of the...
  • James Joyce’s Ulysses is an anti-stream of consciousness novel (died 80 years ago today)

    01/13/2021 9:51:51 AM PST · by Borges · 55 replies
    This year marks 80 years since the death of the great Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941). His most famous novel, Ulysses (1922), is one of those books, like Moby Dick or Infinite Jest, that more people begin than finish. The tome is widely believed to be a stream of consciousness novel and you could certainly be forgiven for thinking that if, like many, you only made it 100 pages or so in. I often advise against starting at the beginning of the novel. In the case of Ulysses, you are thrown headfirst into the difficult stream of consciousness of Stephen...
  • The Lord of the Rings TV Series Official Synopsis Confirms Setting and Story

    01/12/2021 8:36:06 PM PST · by be-baw · 39 replies ^ | January 12, 2021 | PATRICK CAVANAUGH
    Ever since Amazon Studios announced that it was developing a TV series inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, fans have wondered exactly what the series will explore, with unveiling the series' official synopsis, which gives insight into what fans can expect. The synopsis confirms that the new series will take place during the Second Age of Middle-earth and will explore an ensemble of characters, with the site claiming that this ensemble means both new and familiar figures for the franchise will be featured. Given that the title "The Lord of the Rings" refers to a specific...
  • I Now Better Understand the 'Good German'

    01/10/2021 1:15:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1/05/20 | Dennis Prager
    As my listeners and readers can hopefully attest, I have been on a lifelong quest to understand human nature and human behavior. I am sad to report that I have learned more in the last few years, particularly in 2020, than in any equivalent period of time. One of the biggest revelations concerns a question that has always plagued me: How does one explain the "good German," the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime? The same...
  • The Impossible Dream, the quest of President Donald J. Trump

    01/07/2021 8:04:23 PM PST · by HypatiaTaught · 20 replies
    January 7 2021 | Self
    To dream the impossible dream To fight the unbeatable foe To bear with unbearable sorrow To run where the brave dare not go
  • What to do to save AMerica?

    01/06/2021 5:50:42 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 35 replies
    We know that those manipulating America into socialism are playing by the 1930's German plan to keep destroying society until we want a strongman to set things in order. What can we do? I think we have to act passive-aggressively to make it so expensive for them to try to impose socialism that it falls apart because of the difficulty in the imposition. Passive-aggressive resistance all the way.
  • The French Army In Korea

    01/06/2021 11:34:52 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 24 replies
    History | 1/6/2021 | blueunicorn6
    I think that it is time to do away with, on Free Republic, the idea that French Soldiers aren’t very brave. I am a retired American Soldier so I don’t owe the French anything. I am currently reading a book about the Korean War (1950-1953). It is titled IN MORTAL COMBAT. I am at the point where China has entered the war. The Chinese have sent hundreds of thousands of Soldiers into Korea. The UN forces have been rocked. The South Koreans are falling back. The US troops are falling back. The English are falling back. The Turks are falling...
  • What would Mr Darcy say? Woman leaves TikTok in stitches by retelling the story of Mamma Mia in the style of Jane Austen

    01/06/2021 3:00:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 6, 2020 | Raven Saunt
    One woman has left social media in stitches after creating a TikTok version of Mamma Mia in the style of Jane Austen. Madelaine Turner, who lives in Long Beach, California, created the medley that saw the hit ABBA musical receive a classic Georgian twist. The 26-year-old donned her finest 18th-century attire for the sketch which has been praised by social media users as a 'masterpiece'.
  • Best-Selling Author Eric Jerome Dickey Dead at 59

    01/05/2021 1:02:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 5, 2021 | Nadine DeNinno
    Famed author Eric Jerome Dickey, beloved for modern black storytelling in best sellers such as “Sister, Sister,” “Friends and Lovers” and “Between Lovers,” died Sunday at 59. “It is with great sadness that we confirm that beloved New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey passed away on Sunday, January 3, in Los Angeles after battling a long illness,” a rep for Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, told The Post, adding that Dickey leaves behind four daughters. A family member of his also confirmed the news on Facebook.
  • 10 best period dramas of all time: From Downton Abbey to Pride and Prejudice

    01/05/2021 1:17:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 85 replies
    Harper's Bazaar ^ | January 4, 2021 | Ella Alexander
    There is something comforting about a period drama. Perhaps it's the escapism we're afforded by looking into an era we don't live in, or the aesthetic that's unfamiliar to our own - or maybe it's the lavish production that often accompanies period pieces, offering endless hours of dreaming and distraction. Whatever the reason for their appeal, costume dramas continue to beguile contemporary audiences, as proven with the recent popularity of Shonda Rhimes' Bridgerton.
  • Sherlock Holmes and the case of toxic masculinity: what is behind the detective’s appeal?

    01/04/2021 12:44:04 PM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies ^ | December 16, 2020 7.06am EST | Beth Daley
    Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective of all time. Since he was imagined into creation in 1892 by the young Scottish doctor Arthur Conan Doyle, there has been hardly a decade in which a play, television series, film or book about Sherlock Holmes has not been produced. An early sketch of Holmes, smoking a pipe. Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget, 1904. Wikimedia Commons In 2010, a fresh take on Sherlock Holmes burst onto British screens. This contemporary Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, inspired a whole new level of fandom and increased sales of the original books by 53%. People were...
  • Don Black: The Sanest Guy in the Room

    01/04/2021 6:25:15 AM PST · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | January 2, 2021 | Mark Steyn
    For this New Year weekend, I'm delighted to present a two-part conversation with Don Black about his recent bestselling memoir The Sanest Guy in the Room, in whose success (as you'll hear) I was honored to play a very small part. Don talks about all kinds of things - from his stint in the hospital with Covid-19 to his friendship with a young Michael Jackson, whose first solo Number One he wrote. (That's Don and Jacko with Petula Clark and Sophia Loren above.) Along the way we'll hear not only Don's big hits such as "Born Free" and "Diamonds Are...
  • Did this book from 1896 see the future of Trump? — Bizarre Coincidence…

    01/04/2021 6:02:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | Posted by Kane on January 3, 2021 5:13 pm
    CFP regular Jenna alerted us today of a book written in 1896 titled The Last President by Ingersoll Lockwood. Publisher New York, The American news company Collection library_of_congress; americana Digitizing sponsor Kahle/Austin Foundation “…The entire East Side of New York City is in a state of uproar. Mobs of vast size are organizing under the lead of anarchists and socialists, and threaten to plunder and despoil the houses of the rich who have wronged and oppressed them for so many years.” — From The Last President, 1896 1900, or The Last President, by INGERSOLL LOCKWOOD, is a surrealistic 1896 novel,...
  • Biden Releases Controversial New Memoir 'If I Rigged It'

    01/03/2021 2:01:16 PM PST · by BipolarBob · 34 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 01/01/2021 | Babylon Bee
    WILMINGTON, DE—To commemorate the "completely fair and honest" 2020 election, Joe Biden has announced a brand new memoir called If I Rigged It. The book is already being met with critical acclaim for its compelling description of a totally hypothetical situation where Biden and the Democrats fraudulently steal the election. "Listen here, Jack-- I didn't steal the election," said Biden to a group of adoring fans in the press. "But if I had stolen the election, this is how I would have done it. It's real simple, see? My new book will give you all the dirty details!" "This book...
  • NEW ESSAY: People in Boxes

    01/03/2021 10:54:45 AM PST · by tbw2 · 6 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 01/02/2021 | Jamie K. Wilson
    And therein is the crux. Boxes? Who puts people in boxes? Well, racists do, because they think all black people are alike in certain ways. And sexists. And homophobes. Lots of people, and it’s never a good thing. It leads to individuals being treated unfairly because they have been forced into a box that does not fit them. In today’s woke society, progressives, however, are the worst transgressors. “Basket of deplorables.” “Toxic masculinity.” “Fascists.” (Seriously, have they ever looked up what that word means?) “Teabagger.” These are boxes they put other people in, and once you’re in the box, it...
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky: philosopher of freedom

    01/03/2021 4:27:31 AM PST · by karpov · 21 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | January 2021 | Gary Saul Morson
    ... People do not live by bread—or, what philosophers called the maximalization of “advantage”—alone. All utopian ideologies presuppose that human nature is fundamentally good and simple: evil and apparent complexity result from a corrupt social order. Eliminate want and you eliminate crime. For many intellectuals, science itself had proven these contentions and indicated the way to the best of all possible worlds. Dostoevsky rejected all these ideas as pernicious nonsense. “It is clear and intelligible to the point of obviousness,” he wrote in a review of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, “that evil lies deeper in human beings than our social-physicians suppose;...