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V.S. Naipaul (2011 [1969]) A House for Mr Biswas.

I’d heard of V.S. Naipaul and even watched a BBC Imagine programme in which the author and Noble Prize Winner for literature was interviewed by Alan Yentob. I like to think of myself as a reader, but until I’d read A House for Mr Biswas I had read none of Naipaul’s books. A House for Mr Biswas is described as an ‘epic’ which is just another way of saying it’s quite long. With an Introduction, Epilogue and Afterword, written by Naipaul in 2011...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$2,821.84 ) Week - 20 Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy! Oh, your daddy's rich And your ma' is good lookin'... Full disclosure, only part of that lyric actually applies! Ma is good lookin’ but Daddy ain’t gettin’ rich this week. I keep looking for a floor but just keep finding another sub-basement level. I’m still hoping for a stairway to heaven or maybe a train bound for glory at...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 02 Jul 2021 Great to see that even with the easing of lockdown and the various sporting distractions going on, ABC Talers have still managed to find the time to post some brilliant work. Story of the Week is 'First Last Friday' by ice rivers. Like many of the best stories, it's deceptively simple. It's one of those pieces where nothing and everything happen at the same time. The ending might be heartbreaking, or it...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Great to see that even with the easing of lockdown and the various sporting distractions going on, ABC Talers have still managed to find the time to post some brilliant work. Story of the Week is 'First Last Friday' by ice rivers. Like many of the best stories, it's deceptively simple. It's one of those pieces where nothing and everything happen at the same time. The ending might be heartbreaking, or it might be the start of something else...

Out of Blue, BBC iPlayer, written by Carol Morley and Martin Amis and directed by Carol Morley.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000x9rg/out-of-blue Schrödinger’s cat, observational effect and superposition, the multiverse, and our place in the universe to the power of…Einstein’s God doesn’t throw dice. Enough quantum physics to fill half a teaspoon. This is the backdrop for a routine murder mystery, with unsolved serial killer cases and socialites Detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) is called in to investigate as a possible...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$2,772.61 ) Week - 19 Summer Solstice! I don’t know why I take an interest in the Solstice. I’m not a practicing Druid or anything. Yet the movement of the planet in its steady, majestic procession around the sun evokes a feeling of reverence and awe within me. The Solstice coincides with my birth month and often causes me to ponder the very temporary nature of my existence as seen...

THE GLOBAL VILLAGE

'E.T. PHONE HOME'

An Impossible Love, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, writers Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss, Christine Angot, and Director Catherine Corsini.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000x8l2/an-impossible-love A French film, with English subtitles. Set on the cusp of the swinging sixties, it begins as a coming-of-age drama. We are told in voice-over by Chantal (Estelle Lescure and the older Chantal played by Jehnny Beth) how her mother, beautiful, young Rachel (Virginie Efira) meets Philippe (Niels Schneider) at a local dance. He’s down from Paris to sub-rural hicksville and works as a...

The Investing Game

$5K - 52 Weeks - 20 Penny Stocks One Winner!! Current Status ( -$2,739.71 ) Week - 18 Last Week’s BIG Winner! Me... I hit a penny poker machine for 64 bucks with 4 aces! That’s after dropping a pair of twenty dollar bills into the beast. Net gain of 24 dollars and a demonstration of the long play patient approach to gambling, investing, and life in general. Vacation was good, played golf, saw the kids, had some adventures and good food, saw LIVE...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration point 18 June 2021

Story and Poem of the Week chosen by Ewan. I’m sure this gets harder every week. Or at least harder every time it's my turn. Story of the Week goes to Penny4athought’s continuing series “Willow’s Tail 11” https://www.abctales.com/story/penny4athought/willows-tail-11 the rest of it is here. https://www.abctales.com/collection/willows-tail Poem of the Week, against some fierce competiton, is Deliberately Evolving’s tribute to a much-missed member...

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