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Matt Haig (2020) The Midnight Library.

An easy read. Like picking a magazine from a rack. Fling in a bit of philosophy. Sprinkle with maxims. Challenge yourself to live the best reading life you can. Jean-Paul Sartre: Life begins on the other side of despair. ‘Every life contains many millions of decisions. Some big, some small. But every time one decision is taken over another the outcomes differ. An irreversible variation occurs, which in turn leads to other variations.’ Aristotle...

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'The Millenium Renaissance'

The Keeper, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, written by Michael J Schofield and Marcus H Rosenmüller, director Marcus H Rosenmüller.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000zhk8/the-keeper https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_Trautmann I usually check out late-night films to see if there are any worth watching. I wasn’t sure of The Keeper . Advertised as a biopic of Bert Trautmann, my first thoughts were it was something to do with music, and I probably wouldn’t like it. Before I pulled up the preview, I realised it might have something to do with goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann...

Story and Poem of the Month

Chosen by Ewan. As always it is no burden to choose the Picks of the Month on ABCTales. Consistently high standards of writing often put me in awe of so many of our members. Celticman’s latest opus has begun: funny and earthy, his account of a new messiah arriving on Clydeside, ‘What Did Jesus Do?’ might sound a familiar concept, but it is much deeper than a famous comedy routine some of you might know. Rosalie Kempthorne’s Webworld continues to...

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, produced and directed by Adam Wishart.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000z8p5/911-inside-the-presidents... Hagiography (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject Around 3000 United States citizens were killed in what has become known as 9/11. This is A Day in the Life of President George W. Bush. A ticking clock. The rest is a history of good guys and bad guys, when 9/11 became shorthand for President George W. Bush can-do...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$3,290.30 ) Week - 29 September! ------------- In like a hurricane! Out like a... --------------------------------- Can’t wait to find out! We watched tv until the power failed then stood outside on the front porch with the neighbors on tornado watch. Exciting stuff! At least two sizable twisters passed closer than I feel comfortable with. They both passed us by several miles while...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 03 Sep 2021 And here we are, hurtling towards to autumn. I saw my first advert for an Advent Calender the other day. Just...wrong. Story of the Week goes to The Prologue of Drew Gummerson's new tale 'The Long And Spectacular Life of Agnes Magnusdottir'. It's beautifully written, with vivid characters and this author's customary wit and flair. You'll want to go straight on to the next bit. The Long and Spectacular Life...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

And here we are, hurtling towards to autumn. I saw my first advert for an Advent Calender the other day. Just...wrong. Story of the Week goes to The Prologue of Drew Gummerson's new tale 'The Long And Spectacular Life of Agnes Magnusdottir'. It's beautifully written, with vivid characters and this author's customary wit and flair. You'll want to got straight on to the next bit. The Long and Spectacular Life of Agnes Magnusdottir | ABCtales Poem...

How the story arc of JAWS gave me the perfect noir thriller

The man standing at the funeral in bubble-gum pink hair is P.J. Crowe. His career as a detective is in tatters - he's facing dismissal, and his wife's about to leave. Lying low in a small seaside town he spots a ‘Help Wanted’ ad in the kitchen of a local café. It offers him an escape and it's where Thea Farrell worked – until she was found dead at sea. And herein lies the problem: Thea was an Olympic medallist, silver for swimming and Crowe’s...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$3,331.06 ) Week - 28 Every now and again! ------------- There’s an emptiness I feel at times... --------------------------------- A hollow ring inside It starts whenever I stop to think That there is really no place to hide A world of many wonders turns And on the other side I wonder at the horror of hundreds who have died They wanted just as I want to live and realize Simple times...

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