Book in a Minute: Station Eleven

Lynn Reynolds - Author

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In Emily St. John Mandel’s, Station Eleven, a troop of players and musicians wanders the land some twenty years after a fast-moving virus wipes out 99% of the population. Eerie and evocative. A wonderful hymn of praise to the importance of the arts, even in the most derelict of societies. Filled with vivid, haunting images. Mandel’s style reminded me a bit of Audrey Niffenegger – very dreamy yet grounded in a gritty sense of realism.

My only quibble is the rather flat, stereotypical nature of the one religious figure in the story. But maybe we’ll learn more about him someday in a prequel.

Also, I desperately wanted to see illustrations to go along with the descriptions of the two comic books alluded to throughout the book. Here’s hoping an astute publisher gets to work on releasing the Station Eleven graphic novels ASAP.

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The Shortest Day

The Science Geek

As I write this post, it’s completely dark outside and it’s only 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Today is 4 December, and most people I come across think that it will continue to get dark earlier and earlier in the afternoons until 21 December, the shortest day of the year (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere). This, however, is not the case.  The evenings in fact start to draw out a week or so before December 21, although it does not start to get lighter in the  mornings until  early in the new year.

This post aims to explain this interesting phenomenon.

Sunrise and Sunset in December

The table below shows the sunrise and sunset times for London in December 2014.

Sunrise and Sunset

In the table the daylight interval column shows the number of hours, minutes and seconds between sunrise and sunset. This clearly shows that December 21 has the shortest period of daylight. However, the…

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The White Band’s Burden: Band Aid 30 and Modern Britain

Modern British Studies Birmingham

Andrew Jones Andrew Jones

The nights are drawing in, an African disaster is in the news, and Bob Geldof is swearing on live television. It can only mean one thing: Band Aid is back. Now resembling a national institution, the artistically dreadful charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? has been resurrected for the fourth time in thirty years. Now featuring such humanitarian heavyweights as One Direction and Olly Murs, Band Aid 30 raises funds to help tackle the ongoing Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa.

Band Aid has attracted a significant amount of criticism since its revival, which has focused largely upon the song’s patronising and even dehumanising portrayal of African people as desperate, voiceless, and dependent upon the generosity of privileged white Westerns. Many of these critiques are as old as Band Aid itself. However, Band Aid 30 has still proven popular with the music-buying public…

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Bridging the Gap With Silk Draperies

Behind the White Coat

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When the cell phone hanging on my hip rang, I was trying to hang some expensive silk drapes in my living room. I was slightly annoyed. This was the third time my phone had rung and I was not even on call. I should have just paid the dang $120 to have them do the hanging for me. But noooo… I thought I could do it myself.

When I heard the sobs on the other end of the line, I left everything where it was, in the floor, and drove downtown to the big hospital.

I stood discretely outside the door, watching the heartbeat and respirations marked out on the monitor. Bleep. Bleep. Bleep. Sometimes it was ding, ding, ding. Doctors and nurses came and went.

Her mother and father took turns holding her as the rest of the grieving family gathered.

Soon, the machines and medicines would be turned…

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So You Want to Be a Storyteller?

Sam S. Mullins: a blog about anything

Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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Like Every Coin Has Two Sides..

The Ignited Mind !

Mumbai, 27th December, 2014:

      Note:By writing the following blog post neither am I being biased towards anyone, nor am I on a mission to support men in their wrong doings. I’m just here to inform the others about the trending issue of cruelty that is being committed towards men in the society these days, since women are misusing those laws enacted for them.

I’M WRITING THE FOLLOWING POST SINCE IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, I MYSELF AS AN INTERN ATTENDING TRIALS IN THE HONORABLE COURT, AND WORKING THERE HAVE ENCOUNTERED CASES WHEREIN WOMEN ARE REGISTERING FALSE CASES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WHEREIN THE HUSBAND HAS HAD TO SUFFER TERRIBLY, I’LL BE CITING THOSE CASES FURTHER. NAMES OF THE ACCUSED WILL BE CHANGED, WITH RESPECT TO PRIVACY OF THE SAME.

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With the dynamic change in the social structure, the thinking and awareness of people change. A steady change has been…

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Forward? or Forward!

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So Christmas happened, and I told my family I am going to online date. They are quite surprised. One of the questions that came up was, “How are YOU going to POSSIBLY find someone online?!”

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Even though the question seems a little insulting, it didn’t bother me because that’s exactly how I felt before I saw the Ted Talk with Amy Webb.

I was able to use her talks’ talking points to explain to my family that online dating is exactly what I need to find an unattached, 40-50 years old, liberal, Christian, non-hunting, Frodo-phile in the middle of the Deep South. When I told them that Amy had a theoretical pool of 35 possibly eligible men in Philadelphia, an area 3x larger than my metro area, they were able to do the math.

I realize I am starting to sound like an Amy Webb fangirl. It’s probably because I AM an…

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