Wish You Were Here (Graham Swift novel)
Wish You Were Here is a novel by English writer Graham Swift, first published in 2011. This is a novel about the changing face of rural England, it is narrated by the last of a long line of West Country farmers who now runs a caravan park on the Isle of Wight with his childhood sweetheart, the daughter of a neighbouring farmer. As Jack Luxton travels to collect the body of his brother, repatriated from the war in Iraq, take it to the family burial plot in North Devon, he relates the history of the Luxton family and their traditional professions of farming and military service. Alongside this he tells the story of the near demise of dairy farming in England, through the twin catastrophes of BSE and foot and mouth disease. Added to this is the common and disastrous disease of wealthy city dwellers buying second homes in rural areas, thus disrupting traditional village life and making it too expensive for locals to stay in their natural communities. Http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/8579300/Wish-You-Were-Here-by-Graham-Swift-review.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/book-review-graham-swifts-wish-you-were-here-reviewed-by-ron-charles/2012/04/17/gIQA9vOxOT_story.html
Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2018, a population of 308,144 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U. S; the metropolitan population of 2,362,453, is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, the 26th-largest in the U. S. Pittsburgh is located in the south west of the state, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges; the city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Whiskey Rebels, Civil War raiders. Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, shipbuilding, foods, transportation, computing and electronics.
For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment. S. stockholders per capita. America's 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out; this heritage left the area with renowned museums, medical centers, research centers, a diverse cultural district. Today, Apple Inc. Bosch, Uber, Autodesk, Microsoft and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, energy research and the nuclear navy; the area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The nation's eighth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, six of the top 300 U. S. law firms make their global headquarters in the area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, FedEx, Bayer and NIOSH have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.
S. job growth. In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the "eleven most livable cities in the world"; the region is a hub for Environmental Design and energy extraction. In 2019, Pittsburgh was deemed “Food City of the Year” by the San Francisco-based restaurant and hospitality consulting firm af&co. Many restaurants were mentioned favorable, among them were Superior Motors in Braddock, Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville, Spork in Bloomfield, Fish nor Fowl in Garfield and Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette in Bloomfield. Pittsburgh was named in 1758 by General John Forbes, in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham; as Forbes was a Scot, he pronounced the name PITS-bər-ə. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a borough on April 22, 1794, with the following Act: "Be it enacted by the Pennsylvania State Senate and Pennsylvania House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania... by the authority of the same, that the said town of Pittsburgh shall be... erected into a borough, which shall be called the borough of Pittsburgh for ever."
From 1891 to 1911, the city's name was federally recognized as "Pittsburg", though use of the final h was retained during this period by the city government and other local organizations. After a public campaign, the federal decision to drop the h was reversed; the area of the Ohio headwaters was long inhabited by the Shawnee and several other settled groups of Native Americans. The first known European to enter the region was the French explorer/trader Robert de La Salle from Quebec during his 1669 expedition down the Ohio River. European pioneers Dutch, followed in the early 18th century. Michael Bezallion was the first to describe the forks of the Ohio in a 1717 manuscript, that year European fur traders established area posts and settlements. In 1749, French soldiers from Quebec launched an expedition to the forks to unite Canada with French Louisiana via the rivers. During 1753–54, the British hastily built Fort Prince George before a larger French force drove them off; the French built Fort Duquesne based on LaSalle's 1669 claims.
The French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years' War, began with the future Pittsburgh as its center. British General Edward Braddock was dispatched with Major George Washington as his aide to take Fort Duquesne; the British and colonial force were defeated at Braddock's Field. General John Forbes took the forks in 1758. Forbes began construction on Fort Pitt, named after William Pitt the Elder while the settlement was named "Pittsborough". During Pontiac's Rebellion, native tribes conducted a siege of Fort Pitt for two months until Colonel Henry Bouquet relieved it after the Battle of Bushy Run. Fort Pitt is notable as the site of an early use of smallpox for biological warfare. Lord Jeffery Amherst ordered blankets contaminated from smallpox victims to be distributed in 1763 to the tribes surrounding the fort; the disease spread into other areas, infected other tribes, killed hundreds of thousands. During this period, the powerful nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, based in New York, had maintained control of much of the Ohio Valley as hunting grounds by right of conquest after defeating other tribes.
By the terms of the 1768 Treaty of
Open Library is an online project intended to create "one web page for every book published". Created by Aaron Swartz, Brewster Kahle, Alexis Rossi, Anand Chitipothu, Rebecca Malamud, Open Library is a project of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization, it has been funded in part by grants from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation. Open Library provides online access to many public out-of-print books, its book information is collected from the Library of Congress, other libraries, Amazon.com, as well as from user contributions through a Wiki-like interface. If books are available in digital form, a button labelled "Read" appears next to its catalog listing. Links to where books can be purchased or borrowed are provided. There are different entities in the database: authors works editions Open Library claims to have 6 million authors and 20 million books, about one million public domain books available as digitized books. Tens of thousands of modern books were made available from four and 150 libraries and publishers for ebook digital lending.
Other books including in-print and in-copyright books have been scanned from copies in library collections, library discards, donations, are being distributed in digital form. Open Library began in 2006 with Aaron Swartz as the original engineer and leader of Open the Library's technical team; the project was led by George Oates from April 2009 to December 2011. Oates was responsible for a complete site redesign during her tenure. In 2015, the project was continued by Giovanni Damiola and Brenton Cheng and Mek Karpeles in 2016; the site was redesigned and relaunched in May 2010. Its codebase is on GitHub; the site uses Infobase, its own database framework based on PostgreSQL, Infogami, its own Wiki engine written in Python. The source code to the site is published under the GNU Affero General Public License; the website was relaunched adding ADA compliance and offering over 1 million modern and older books to the print disabled in May 2010 using the DAISY Digital Talking Book. Under certain provisions of United States copyright law, libraries are sometimes able to reproduce copyrighted works in formats accessible to users with disabilities.
As of February 2019, the Open Library has been accused of mass copyright violation, via the systematic distribution of in-print, in-copyright books, by the American Authors Guild, the British Society of Authors, the Australian Society of Authors, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the US National Writers Union, a coalition of 37 national and international organizations of "writers, translators and graphic artists. The UK Society of Authors threatened legal action unless the Open Library agreed to cease distribution of copyrighted works by 1-Feb-2019. Individual authors reported that Open Library had ignored multiple DMCA takedown notices until after they made a fuss on the Internet Archive blog Free Software licensing Google Books LibraryThing List of AGPL web applications List of digital library projects Online Computer Library Center – creator of WorldCat Online Public Access Catalog Meadows, Chris. "The Internet Archive's OpenLibrary project violates copyright, the Authors Guild warns".
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Neil Patrick Jordan is an Irish film director, screenwriter and short-story writer. His first book, Night in Tunisia, won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1979, he won an Academy Award for The Crying Game. He has won three Irish Film and Television Awards, as well as the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for The Butcher Boy. Jordan achieved renown for creating The Borgias for Showtime. Jordan was born in County Sligo, the son of Angela, a painter, Michael Jordan, a professor, he was educated at Raheny. Jordan attended University College Dublin, where he studied Irish history and English literature. Of his religious background, Jordan said in a 1999 Salon interview: "I was brought up a Catholic and was quite religious at one stage in my life, when I was young, but it left me with no scars whatever. He said about his current beliefs. Along with Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, the invention of God is the greatest creation of human thought."
When John Boorman was filming Excalibur in Ireland, he recruited Jordan as a "creative associate". A year Boorman was executive producer on Jordan's first feature Angel, a tale of a musician caught up in the Troubles played by Stephen Rea who has subsequently appeared in all of Jordan's films to date. During the 1980s, he directed films that won him acclaim, including The Company of Wolves and Mona Lisa, both made in England; the Company of Wolves, a dark and sexually-themed reimagining of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale based on short stories by Angela Carter, became a cult favorite. As a writer/director, Jordan has a idiosyncratic body of work, ranging from mainstream hits like Interview with the Vampire to commercial failures like We're No Angels to a variety of more personal, low-budget arthouse pictures, he was the driving force behind the cable TV series The Borgias. Unconventional sexual relationships are a recurring theme in Jordan's work, he finds a sympathetic side to characters that audiences would traditionally consider deviant or downright horrifying.
His film The Miracle, for instance, followed two characters who struggled to resist a strong, incestuous attraction. Interview with the Vampire, like the Anne Rice book it was based on, focused on the intense, intimate interpersonal relationship of two undead men who murder humans nightly, accompanied by an lusty vampire woman, eternally trapped in the body of a little girl. While Lestat is depicted in an attractive but villainous manner, his partner Louis and the child vampire Claudia are meant to capture the audience's sympathy despite their predatory nature. In the remake of The End of the Affair, two people engage in a love affair that will end as as it started, with both not wanting its end. In addition to the unusual sexuality of Jordan's films, he returns to the Troubles of Northern Ireland; the Crying Game and Breakfast on Pluto both concern a transgender character, both concern the Troubles, both feature frequent Jordan leading man Stephen Rea. The two films, are different, with Crying Game being a realistic thriller/romance and Breakfast on Pluto a much more episodic, darkly comic biography.
Jordan frequently tells stories about children or young people, such as The Miracle and The Butcher Boy. While his pictures are most grounded in reality, he directs more fantastic or dreamlike films, such as The Company of Wolves, High Spirits, Interview with the Vampire and In Dreams; the critical success of Jordan's early pictures led him to Hollywood, where he directed High Spirits and We're No Angels. He returned home to make the more personal The Crying Game, nominated for six Academy Awards. Jordan won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film, its unexpected success led him back to American studio filmmaking, where he directed Interview with the Vampire. He directed the crime drama The Brave One starring Jodie Foster. Neil Gaiman announced during his The Today Show appearance on 27 January 2009, that Neil Jordan would be directing the film of his Newbery Medal-winning book The Graveyard Book. Jordan wrote and directed the Irish made film Ondine, starring Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda-Curuś.
He directed Byzantium, an adaptation of the vampire play of the same name starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Jonny Lee Miller. In 2011, Jordan's next feature was announced as Broken Dream and featured Ben Kingsley and John Hurt. Most he directed the thriller Greta, starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz. Jordan has five children: Sarah from his marriage to solicitor Vivienne Shields. Jordan lives in a house in Dalkey, a heritage village near Dún Laoghaire, within the southern suburbs of Dublin. In 2018, he has donated his archives to the National Library of Ireland. Jordan's donation included TV and film scripts, production files, notebooks and personal correspondence with artists and political figures. Executive producer only The Courier The Last September Night in Tunisia The Past The Dream of a Beast Sunrise with Sea Monster published in the
Shuttlecock was Graham Swift's second novel, a psychological thriller published in 1981 by Allen Lane. It won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983 and, following a period of ups and downs, was released as a film in 1993. Prentis, junior assistant in the'dead crimes' department of the police archives in London, starts writing a personal memoir inadvertently, it is in response to his growing alienation from his wife and children. It emerges that the files concern a friend that his father has betrayed and a blackmailer who claimed to have evidence that his father was not the World War 2 war-hero he claimed to be. Quinn is approaching retirement and has been grooming Prentis to see if he would make a suitably humane successor. Now he gives Prentis the choice of; when he agrees, he is guaranteed promotion. At the same time he loses his sense of inferiority to his father and manages to rescue his family situation at home, he has come to the conclusion. His father’s story of his work as a spy in Nazi-occupied France, passages from which are interspersed with Prentis’ own narrative, was created to hide the real truth about himself.
Prentis, in his turn, is now creating a new version of himself in order to conceal his own weakness and uncertainties. Graham Swift's Shuttlecock on www.victorianweb.org Shuttlecock on IMDb Graham Swift discusses Shuttlecock with Hermione Lee - a British Library sound recording
River Great Ouse
The River Great Ouse is a river in the United Kingdom, the longest of several British rivers called "Ouse". From Syresham in central England, the Great Ouse flows into East Anglia before entering the Wash, a bay of the North Sea. With a course of 143 miles flowing north and east, it is the one of the longest rivers in the United Kingdom; the Great Ouse has been important for commercial navigation, for draining the low-lying region through which it flows. Its lower course passes through drained wetlands and fens and has been extensively modified, or channelised, to relieve flooding and provide a better route for barge traffic. Though the unmodified river changed course after floods, it now enters the Wash after passing through the port of King's Lynn, south of its earliest-recorded route to the sea; the name Ouse is from the Celtic or pre-Celtic *Udso-s, means "water" or slow flowing river. Thus the name is a pleonasm; the lower reaches of the Great Ouse are known as "Old West River" and "the Ely Ouse", but all the river is referred to as the Ouse in informal usage.
The river has several sources close to the village of Syresham in Northamptonshire. It flows through Brackley through Oxfordshire and into Buckinghamshire, through Buckingham, Milton Keynes at Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell and Kempston in Bedfordshire, the current head of navigation. Passing through Bedford, into Cambridgeshire through St Neots, Huntingdon, Hemingford Grey and St Ives, it reaches Earith. Here, the river enters a short tidal section before branching in two; the artificial straight Old Bedford River and New Bedford River, which remain tidal, provide a direct link north-east towards the lower river at Denver in Norfolk. The old course of the river passes through Hermitage Lock into the Old West River. After joining the Cam near Little Thetford, north of Cambridge, the course passes the cathedral city of Ely and Littleport, to reach the Denver sluice. Below Denver the river passes Downham Market to enter The Wash at King's Lynn; the river is navigable from the Wash to Kempston Mill, just beyond Bedford, a distance of 72 miles.
This section includes 17 locks which are maintained by the Environment Agency, the navigation authority and who attempt to attract more boaters to the river. It has a catchment area of 3,240 square miles and a mean flow of 15.7 m3/s as measured at Denver Sluice. Its course has been modified several times, with the first recorded being in 1236, as a result of flooding. During the 1600s, the Old Bedford and New Bedford Rivers were built to provide a quicker route for the water to reach the sea. In the 20th century, construction of the Cut-Off Channel and the Great Ouse Relief Channel have further altered water flows in the region, helped to reduce flooding. Improvements to assist navigation began with the construction of sluices and locks. Bedford could be reached by river from 1689. A major feature was the sluice at Denver, which failed in 1713, but was rebuilt by 1750 after the problem of flooding returned. Kings Lynn, at the mouth of the river, developed as a port, with civil engineering input from many of the great engineers of the time.
With the coming of the railways the state of the river declined so that it was unsuitable either for navigation or for drainage. The navigation was declared to be derelict in the 1870s. A repeated problem was the number of authorities responsible for different aspects of the river; the Drainage Board created in 1918 had no powers to address navigation issues, there were six bodies responsible for the river below Denver in 1913. When the Great Ouse Catchment Board was created under the powers of the Land Drainage Act in 1930, effective action could at last be taken. There was significant sugar beet traffic on the river between 1925 and 1959, with the last known commercial traffic occurring in 1974. Leisure boating had been popular since 1904, the post-war period saw the creation of the Great Ouse Restoration Society in 1951, who campaigned for complete renovation of the river, it was re-opened to Bedford in 1978, is now managed by the Environment Agency. The Ouse Washes are an internationally important area for wildlife.
Sandwiched between the Old Bedford and New Bedford rivers, they consist of washland, used as pasture during the summer but which floods in the winter, are the largest area of such land in the United Kingdom. They act as breeding grounds for lapwings and snipe in spring, are home to varieties of ducks and swans during the winter months; the river has been important both for drainage and for navigation for centuries, these dual roles have not always been complementary. The course of the river has changed significantly. In prehistory, it flowed from Huntingdon straight to Wisbech and into the sea. In several sequences, the lower reaches of the river silted, in times of inland flood, the waters would breach neighbouring watersheds and new courses would develop – in a progressively eastwards fashion. In the Dark Ages, it turned to the west at Littleport, between its present junctions with the River Little Ouse and the River Lark, made its way via Welney and Outwell, to flow into The Wash near Wisbech.
At that time it was known as the Wellstream or Old Wellenhee, parts of that course are marked by the Old Croft River and the border between Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. After major inland flood events in the early 13th century it breached anot
The Condition of Muzak
The Condition of Muzak is a novel by British fantasy and science fiction writer Michael Moorcock, published by Allison & Busby in 1977. It is the final novel of his long-running Jerry Cornelius series, it was first published in its revised form in 1979. The novel won the 1977 Guardian Fiction Prize; the title refers to Walter Pater's maxim: "All art aspires towards the condition of music." The chaos and decay that permeated Moorcock's A Cure for Cancer and The English Assassin has devolved further into a surreal Europe of splintered city states. Jerry Cornelius morphing into his role as Pierrot, has lost the power to change or affect events and narrows his quest to an everlasting search for his true love, his sister Catherine. In his review in The Times Tom Hutchinson wrote: "The Condition of Muzak considers the process of living as a harlequinade and is, for me, a most moving summation.... Here we move through Mr Moorcock's obsessions, the serials of Fantômas, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Arthurian legend, through chronos-zones—behold the pun!—to bi-sexuality, with a small sideswipe at Stanley Kubrick on the way.
The realisation comes that Jerry is seeking sanctuary in different universes of Time in separate private mythologies. As indeed, is the implication, are we all." In a piece in The Guardian, Barry Cole was "struck by the singular fact that out of science fantasy or science fiction has emerged a writer who has managed to supersede conventional science fantasy and yet make of traditional fiction something wholly new."Writing in The Observer, Angus Wilson called it "One of the most ambitious and enjoyable works of fiction published in English since the war." "Internet Speculative Fiction Database". Retrieved 2007-12-16. "Moorcock's Miscellany". Retrieved 2007-12-16. Brown, Charles N.. "The Locus Index to Science Fiction". Retrieved 2007-12-16