Twentieth Century – Kafkas Diasporasi Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:38:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Twentieth Century – Kafkas Diasporasi 32 32 Mama Sambusa Kitchen takes Somali cuisine indoors with brick and mortar Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:05:05 +0000

After more than a decade serving Somali cuisine in Seattle – and three years of residing in Rainier Valley – food cart Mama Sambusa Kitchen will soon be opening a proper restaurant. Here, a new generation of business wants to elevate Somali cuisine.

Most days of the week, Marian Ahmed, better known as Mama Sambusa, spends the fragile hours of a Pacific Northwest dawn feeding regulars emerging from graveyard quarters or night owls yearning to feed at midnight. Ahmed and his family made sambusas in Africa; her daughter Honey Mohammed has helped since she was able to hold a spoon and stir.

Mohammed originally inspired the trolley’s dusk-to-dawn schedule when she realized, during Ramadan two years ago, how hard it can be to find a shrimp taco in this city at 3 o’clock in the morning. Now, she’ll be taking Mama Sambusa’s expansive menu of 40 Somali street food and moving it indoors. In July, she purchased the space at 8319 Wabash Avenue South. Currently, the cart sits just outside; soon it will become a destination dedicated to Mama’s handmade sambusas, run by Ahmed and his other daughter. Mohammed says the restaurant’s official opening date is December 1.

Dishes like fettuccine alfredo or crispy chicken tacos may not resemble traditional African cuisine. But the pasta, says Mohammed, represents the influence of Italian colonization from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The tacos started as a way to honor the Somali activist’s namesake, Hawo Tako, and then remained a tribute to the food Mohammed loved growing up.

“These are dishes that you can find on the streets of my country, and these are dishes that my mother used to sell on the streets of her country, you know, just to be able to live,” she says. “Now to be able to put it at the price points that we have is kind of crazy.”

The titular sambusas remain a popular dish on an all-halal menu: little golden fried pouches filled with different proteins and a plethora of spices that come in four different flavors at Mama Sambusa Kitchen. Ahmed makes them all by hand.

With the new space comes four new flavors of Mohammed’s signature cheesecakes, including a chai-spiced Somali version called “What’s the Tea”, and a xalwa cheesecake, inspired by a chewy and spicy Somali confectionery. Aside from a few additions, the brick-and-mortar iteration of Mama Sambusa Kitchen will keep the menu largely the same. Once the new cuisine finds its way, a brunch menu that has long been lodged in Mohammed’s brain is set to drop, including a shakshuka breakfast sandwich.

“I wanted to elevate Somali cuisine, right?” said Muhammad. “In all honesty, there are a lot of amazing restaurants that don’t get the light of day.” In short, she wants the comforting, bold flavors of her homeland to get the respect they deserve. “We so deserve to be in these halls and we’re not often presented the way we should be.”

Mohammed designed the space to provide a warm and intimate environment for customers, which isn’t always possible when using the OG food cart in unpredictable cooking conditions and equally incalculable weather in Washington. The results are both dark and inviting, with red and white foliage and emerald palm fronds lining the doorways.

The restaurant’s only seat, however, consists of four stools at the bar; the rest of the dining room is empty. After some deliberation, Mohammed decided to use the space as a place where customers can wait for their food, rather than a proper seating area.

With the restaurant’s official opening date next month, it will retain the cart’s similar overnight hours and remain open for curbside pickup and takeout only until then. Updates on menu items and times can be found on Mama Sambusa Kitchen’s Instagram.

Michael Peterman: Colm Toibin explores the life of Thomas Mann in “The Magician” Sat, 19 Nov 2022 05:02:47 +0000

“The Magician” is a new novel of major historical interest. Its subject is the social and family life of the German writer Thomas Mann, who during the first half of the 20th century became arguably Europe’s most successful and influential novelist.

He not only won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, but was considered one of Germany’s most important thinkers. The author is Colm Toibin, himself a famous writer. He presents Mann’s life using fictional methods (inventing dialogues and creating situations to serve his various purposes); it thus removes many of the factual details and sourcing references typical of biographies. It focuses on Mann’s inner life, his complex family relationships, and the workings of his mind.

I have no hesitation in calling “The Magician” a must-read; it takes us into the German experience of the two world wars while dramatizing the complexities of Thomas Mann’s life. It is a point of view that we know too little about.

The name of the critical term for such a writing project is metafiction; it involves the deliberate intersection of fact and fiction in the creative process. The subject is Thomas Mann (1875-1955), seen here especially in relation to his best-known works and his large and talented family.

Born and raised in Lubeck, Germany, but later adopting Munich as his writing home, Mann enjoyed a rapid rise to early literary success in Germany under the Kaiser whom he supported during World War I. He remained a solid German bourgeois in spirit until the emergence of Hitler’s Nazi regime in the early 1930s.

“The year after his Nobel Prize, the Nazis won six and a half million votes against eight hundred thousand two years earlier. But their support, he believed, could dissolve as easily as it had increased. So writes Toibin about this critical period in Mann’s literary life.

However, finding himself shouted at in Berlin a few months later by loud fascist voices as he delivered a lecture ironically titled “An Appeal to Reason”, he realized his views were anathema to Hitler’s powerful party. Deeply disturbed by the spectacle of the rise of fascism, Mann chose exile from Germany in 1933; then in 1936, the Hitler government withdrew his German nationality.

Thereafter, he lived comfortably but uncomfortably in Switzerland, then in Princeton, New Jersey and Santa Monica, California. Back in Europe, he died in Switzerland.

Mann is best known as the author of “Buddenbrooks” (1901), an important family chronicle; “Tonio Kroger” (1903), his novel as a young artist; “Death in Venice” (`1913), “Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (1922), “The Magic Mountain” (1924) and “Dr. Faustus” (1947).

The author of “The Magician” is the popular and prolific Irish novelist and literary critic, Colm Toibin. This is Toibin’s second venture into metafiction. His first was “The Master”, a biography of the dark or private side of the life and prose of American writer Henry James. Either way, Toibin is drawn to this darker side of his characters.

Some readers will remember Toibin as the author of “Brooklyn” and “Mothers and Sons.” It unfolds the life of Thomas Mann chronologically but in a very selective way. It begins, for example, not with Mann’s birth and childhood, but with the fact that he witnessed one of his mother’s dramatic social appearances in Lubeck. Toibin carefully leads his readers through the maelstrom of twentieth-century life in Germany and the intricacies of Mann family relationships. Imagine them living through two devastating world wars and then enduring a long period of exile.

Thomas Mann was the son of a successful Lubeck businessman and his Brazilian wife. Planned to take over the family business, he chose to try his hand at the life of a writer, just as his older and more radical brother Heinrich had done.

As a writer, Mann proudly followed German bourgeois (or bourgeois) standards; he always dressed as if for a public appearance, even when he was alone in his office. He insisted on maintaining a well-organized daily schedule during which he wrote quietly each morning. Thorough to the point of fault, he did not authorize any derogation from the duties of his family towards him.

His marriage to Katia Pringsheim, a living member of a non-practicing Jewish family, produced six children and a very welcome addition to the Manns’ financial security. For her part, Katia always made sure that Thomas’ writing time was respected by both family and servants. However, Thomas had a playful side and liked to amuse his children at mealtimes with magic tricks.

However, beneath Thomas Mann’s disciplined exterior, a darker, secretive side percolated, and its signs fascinated Toibin. From his earliest days, Mann experienced a disturbing and persistent homosexual eroticism that kept him sexually and imaginatively in suspense.

On numerous occasions during his youth he was overwhelmed by powerful homosexual urges brought on by the appearance of a nubile young boy, perhaps seen on a beach. In his own youth, he craved such an affair. More and more over time, he managed to resist their lure. Indeed, as a father, he was sexually attracted to his own son Klaus and secretly wrote about it. In Toibin’s treatment of these strong impulses, Mann often seems paralyzed or reduced to passivity.

As a married author of extraordinary reputation, he seems to have accepted the responsibilities of his prominent social identity while suppressing his homoerotic urges. He did, however, keep a secret diary of these encounters.

When this newspaper disappeared during the Nazi takeover of his Munich home, he remained nervous for years. Although he eventually recovered the diary, it was not until it was unsealed and released to the public in 1975 that renewed attention greeted the aloof and private author.

However, his inner urges, of such interest to Toibin, can also be detected in some of his published works. Most notably, Luciano Visconti dramatized the frightening power of these very private feelings in his 1971 film version of “Death in. Venice”, starring Dirk Bogarde. I remember it well.

Toibin also focuses on Thomas’ brother Heinrich with his radical political views and the six Mann children, two of whom became well-known writers during and after World War II. Toibin follows Thomas Mann’s often troubled relationship with his six children throughout the biography.

He also clarifies that as his faithful wife, Katia, heroically controlled strained relations and insults within the family. Issues of political orientation, attitudes towards freedom and democracy, and personal sexual behavior affected the six young Manns.

The two eldest, Erica and Klaus, fought aggressively against Hitler’s tyrannies, even as they forged their own gay identities. Both remained faithful to their parents despite many quarrels and arguments. Erica married WH Auden as a form of protection during Hitler’s rule and Klaus wrote for the American newspaper “Stars and Stripes”. For each child, Katia or Thomas provided funds to help make ends meet.

Toibin is also interested in the cultural figures who helped shape Mann’s life. He knew Gustav Mahler well and then took advice from Agnes Meyer, of German origin, the wife of the owner of the “Washington Post”. He loved Wagner and knew Arnold Schoenberg and Albert Einstein in America. He met (and hated) WH Auden and Christopher Isherwood.

As a German conservative he earned Bertolt Brecht’s scorn, but he continued to be a major thinker and spokesperson for many Germans. German at heart, he honored Goethe on his 200th birthday even as he sought ways to give his country a new political – and democratic – stance in the wake of the horrors invoked by Hitler and his cronies .

Toibin’s biography of Mann is a masterful undertaking.

]]> Revisiting old water management strategies in the age of climate change Mon, 14 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000

Tamim Younos

In the 21st century, communities around the world face significant challenges in accessing safe, ie adequate, contaminant-free drinking water. The United States is not an exemption; there are pockets of small communities that lack access to clean water, both in terms of water availability and quality. Significant progress was made in the supply of drinking water to urban centers during the 20th century thanks to the construction of large water treatment and distribution infrastructures. However, at present, water availability issues are intensifying in these densely populated areas.

Water problems appear to be significant in the West Coast region of the United States due to a combination of prolonged drought and anthropogenic (man-made) water scarcity caused by high water demand. water. There is intense competition between human consumption and agricultural and industrial uses of water. The East Coast of the United States, including the Commonwealth of Virginia, is not immune to anthropogenic water scarcity due to high water demand in its growing population centers.

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The planning and design of water infrastructure in the 20th century relied on separate systems for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater from urbanized areas. These infrastructures are considered inadequate to achieve the objectives of hydraulic infrastructures of the 21st century. At present, the source of fresh water for drinking water supply is extracted from rivers and lakes (surface water) and underground aquifers. Sewage, i.e. waste water, after proper treatments but still containing some contaminants, is returned to surface waters. Urban stormwater runoff generated from impermeable areas (roads, parking lots, etc.) containing various contaminants is merged with stormwater drainage networks and eventually discharged to surface waters. From a water use and management perspective, urban stormwater runoff is considered “wasted water”. For example, the city of Roanoke (27,520 acres) contains approximately 28% impervious surfaces (7,595 acres). Based on an annual rainfall of 42.5 inches/year, 8,650 million gallons of stormwater runoff are generated from the city’s impermeable areas. This is locally available water that could be used locally, which would reduce water extractions from freshwater sources and maintain the freshwater ecosystem, and can also be a flood control measure .

Another factor to consider is power consumption. Fresh water extracted from surface and ground water sources and transported (pumped) for various uses is energy intensive and a critical factor in planning a sustainable water management system. This brings us to the need to use locally available runoff for various purposes in urban centers. It should be noted that the reuse of treated wastewater is a mature technology widely practiced in the United States and around the world. The reuse of treated wastewater as a source of drinking water is an emerging technology with a few projects and case studies in the United States and other countries. Using locally available alternative water sources facilitates efficient energy use (less piping and pumping) and can be a major part of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

The use of runoff requires collection and storage, underground and above ground. Ancient civilizations used a variety of techniques to effectively utilize captured stormwater. In 47 BCE, underground aqueducts brought water from the Nile and stored it in underground cisterns to be used as a source of water supply for the city of Alexandria in Egypt. A three-part cistern allowed water to pass from one tank to another, which helped purify the water. Venice, founded in 421 CE, used rainwater for the next 13 centuries, which was collected and stored in cisterns as drinking water. These old concepts are applicable to today’s urban environments faced with water scarcity.

In the 21st century, advances in water treatment technologies make it possible to treat runoff water and use it for many purposes in urban centers, including the creation of artificial recreational ponds, food production (urban agriculture ) and various uses in buildings, including drinking water. Technologies applied to desalination (removal of salt from seawater and brackish water) are applicable to the removal of contaminants from urban stormwater runoff. Runoff water uses should be a high priority in planning and designing futuristic urban water management strategies that will aim to address water scarcity as well as flood control in urban areas.

Younos is founder and president of the Green Water-Infrastructure Academy and former professor of water resources research at Virginia Tech. He lives in Blacksburg.

Acknowledgments for this editorial: Legacy water infrastructure is detailed in a book chapter written by Carolyn Kroehler in the book, “Potable Water: Emerging Global Problems and Solutions” (T. Younos and CA Grady, editors 2014). For more information on alternative water sources, readers are encouraged to consult other editorials from Younos’ Roanoke Times: June 10, “The Shift to Using Alternative Water Sources” and July 18, “Using Alternative Water Sources – The Emerging Paradigm”.

How Jews Invented Pita – Thu, 10 Nov 2022 07:01:23 +0000 4 fun facts.

Pita bread is perhaps one of the most misunderstood foods. This delicious flatbread – often round and with a pocket in the middle – is popular around the world. The Greeks claim it as their own: after all, the modern name “pita” comes from Greece. Pita is a staple of Israeli cuisine, found in virtually every restaurant, supermarket, falafel shop, and home in the country. It is also popular today in much of the Arab world; at times, Israel has even been accused of “appropriating” this iconic bread. Yet pita is a relatively recent invention and has long been considered a Jewish food, invented and popularized by Jewish cooks.

Here are 4 little-known facts about the surprising Jewish origins of pita, and don’t miss the recipe to try making pita at home.

Jewish biblical origins

Unlike some other types of bread, pita is quick to prepare: made with a simple dough, pita is traditionally baked in a very hot oven and is ready in minutes. The first record of someone baking this type of bread dates back 4,000 years, when he describes how our ancestor Abraham prepared a quick-baked bread called tap for his guests.

After three angels disguised as me appeared to Abraham, Abraham jumped up and ordered his servants to bring water for his guests to wash, then told his entire household to prepare a feast. Before the sumptuous meal was ready, Abraham said to his guests, “I will fetch a piece of bread (tap in Hebrew) so that you can support each other…”. first (Genesis 18:5). Since Abraham will later ask his wife Sarah to bake more time-consuming pastries, it seems the tap that he concocted for his guests in minutes resembled a modern-day pita.

The Torah mentions tap again in the Book of Ruth. Boaz, a wealthy landowner, invites his poor relative Ruth to join in the communal meal he and his entire family share during the busy harvest season. Meals during this season were presumably prepared in a hurry; again, the Torah uses the word tap to designate this type of bread: “At mealtime, Boaz said to him: ‘Come here and take the tapand dip your piece in the chometz (a kind of dip'” (Ruth 2:14). Jewish bread tap was perhaps the first pita.

Greek Jews coined the word pita

Even though the word Pita is generally believed to be of Greek origin, the great food historian Rabbi Gil Marks noted that Greek cooks did not begin to use the term until the Renaissance – and were probably introduced to pita by Sephardic Jews who fled Spain to Greece after 1492.

“When the Sephardim arrived in large numbers in (the Greek city of) Salonika after 1492, the word pita had not yet appeared in the Greek language,” Rabbi Marks observed. The newly transplanted Salonika Jews began calling the loaves thinner and soon made the loaves popular in the eastern Mediterranean. Pita to differentiate them from the thicker breads they used to eat in Spain. The word spread and spread throughout Greece and then Turkey as a name for a round, hastily baked pocket bread. “In Salonica, where from 1519 until the beginning of the 20th century Jews constituted the overwhelming majority of the population, it was natural that the word spread among non-Jews and then throughout Greece.” The term also influenced the Neapolitan word for pizza, and was soon applied to a range of pastries in Greece, not just flat pocket bread. (Quoted in Encyclopedia of Jewish Food by Gil Marks: 2010).

Jews bringing Pita to Israel

Quick-cooked flatbreads have long been popular throughout the Eastern Mediterranean region, but it seems that pita bread as we know it – a round flatbread with an air pocket in the middle – is a more recent invention and was brought to the Land of Israel. by Jewish immigrants in the 1880s.

Food historian Charles Perry notes that the myriad accounts of the Land of Israel in the mid-1800s make no mention of breads being baked with an air pocket in the middle. “I am inclined to agree that this (pocket bread) is relatively recent. I can’t find any reference to pocket bread in medieval Arabic cookbooks…. People like to think that the popular foods of a region are of great antiquity. But one thing the history of food teaches is that cooking, like most cultural phenomena, is subject to fashion,” he notes (quoted in Jews and their eating habits, studies on the contemporary Jewish community Flight. 18 by Anat Hellman. Oxford University Press: 2015).

In the modern state of Israel, pita has quickly become a ubiquitous national food, served at virtually every meal, eaten as an accompaniment to Israeli favorites such as hummus, falafel, and Israeli salad. At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, pita was introduced to an unknown audience as “Israeli bread”.

Gyros sandwiches are a Jewish invention

As the Israeli pita grew in popularity, other cuisines adapted their own flatbreads to make them more pita-like. A notable change was made to the Greek and Turkish pita, which is now widely recognized as a wrapper for the meat in popular Greek and Turkish flat gyros, somewhat similar to Israeli shawarma. Rather than being an ancient invention, Greek and Turkish cooks were influenced by Jewish cooks to create this dish just a few decades ago.

Grilled wrap souvlaki meat in a pocketless flatbread has long been a classic Greek and Turkish dish. But “gyroscopes are an American innovation,” notes Rabbi Gill Marks. “Before the 1970s, Greek and Turkish restaurants in America only served the pocketless type of pita. Yet since then, most Americans have come to associate pita with pocket bread. The Jews were responsible for this shift in meaning,” observes Rabbi Marks.

Pita continues to grow in popularity. In the United States, consumers bought more 131 million pita dollars in 2021. In Israel, the popular Jerusalem Angel Bakery bakes at least 10,000 pita breads every day.

Bake Pita at Home – Get the recipe and make your own fresh pita bread.

Conor Lovett Towers at Hudson Hall – The Millbrook Independent Sat, 05 Nov 2022 06:10:18 +0000
Conor Lovett

by Kevin T. McEneaney

The Beckett Trilogy (dramatic monologue from the novels Molly, malone diesand the Unspeakable) played by Irish actor Conor Lovett will convince you that Samuel Beckett was (and remains) the greatest writer of the 20th century. With Maximal Minimalism, the only props used on stage were a knit hat malone dies and a spotlight for The Unspeakable.

Molloy offers a tour de force satire on many levels of society by a retarded simpleton who is smarter than the people who arrest, abuse, and torment him his entire life; the language is often scabrous and obscene, but quite funny. Beckett isn’t just fun; he is quite giggling when you hear his satirical jokes. malone dies provides a mediation on death that offers fantastical allegories on the idiocy of heaven and hell mythology, as well as the ridicule of Christianity, patriotism, Rene Descartes and any other philosopher you want to name. All recent French philosophers dodge Beckett (with the exception of the Bulgarian Julia Kristeva).

Lovett sat in the audience like he was everyone else, then walked up the steps to the stage and started. His performance has a touch of clowning in it Molloymore than a pinch of the sad bag gone maniacal and mad in malone diesand the prophet whose wisdom is useless in The Unspeakable. The backward and hesitant rationality becomes a lever for the triumph of the absurd. In addition to the philosophical puzzles, there’s the slap-stick: gossipy stories seem to go nowhere, even arguing viewpoints that seem impossible, but from them, the wicked humor hits you from the back like a club. and the skull like an axe. Contradictions feed a dialectic of oblique affirmation or deep irony.

The use of an encapsulating spotlight shadow, more than twice the size of the actor, in the nameless has clues that the shadow of their past is a sarcophagus, or that someone forgets more of their life than they can remember, or that the shadow of ourselves overwhelms who we are. Beckett’s vocabulary is often simple, yet we realize that simplicity conveys irony, doubt or powerlessness to communicate anything.

Not only is Lovett fascinating, he is also hypnotic, even in the prolonged silences and unexpected pauses from which he magically extracts tremendous dramatic tension; he uses mime to the maximum effect; he has a wonderful countertenor voice. Led by his wife Judy (whose doctoral dissertation focused on directing Beckett’s work), Conor has performed Beckett in solo shows since 1966, performing around the world. (Yes, he has worked on television and in many films.)

This performance lasts nearly three full hours, but it feels like half that time. Conor received two long rounds of applause, the second being a standing ovation. The Friday night show was sold out and I imagine Saturday could be the same. Hudson Hall has recently offered a wide repertoire of high caliber events. You can check out the Hudson Hall at Hudson website at:

Does Prince Harry Say ‘Bowling Saved My Life’ in Leaked Memoirs? Fri, 28 Oct 2022 11:42:51 +0000

Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir is one of the most anticipated literary releases of all time, with rumors and speculation surrounding his content-consuming media cycles since its announcement in 2021.

Following the official announcement of its title and release date this week, memoirs began to grow on social media, with users not only discussing the book’s content but also uploading memes and satirical posts.

A Twitter user posted a snippet of text suggesting it was a leaked passage from the memoirs in which the prince claims ‘bowling saved my life’, but is the snippet genuine?

Prince Harry pictured at a one-off event, October 7, 2016. And (inset) the cover of his forthcoming memoir ‘Spare’.
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On October 27, Twitter user Carols Greaves job two pictures; an illustrating promotional material for Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir; the second, a screenshot of text written with the royal’s voice.

The author, who is implied to be Harry, recounts an evening when he was saved from the thought of ending his own life when he fell into a bowing room, ultimately claiming that “bowling me saved his life.”

The implied snippet reads as follows:

Megan and I had just decided to leave the royal family and it was a really dark time for us. One day I was wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a 40 oz in one hand and a gun in the other, ready to end it all, when I saw a building with a neon sign that said Hollywood Star lanes. So I decided “fuck it” and walked in.

Inside they were playing this game I had never heard of called “Bowling”. I guess it’s quite popular in America. You grab a big, heavy ball and roll it towards a group of pins that you’re trying to knock down. When you’re in the bowling alley, everything else fades away and there’s only the sound of balls rolling down the lanes and bowling pins falling. It’s like yoga but for the badass. Needless to say I was hooked.

Bowling saved my life that day.

The tweet includes the caption: “Y’all this book is crazy.”

As of Friday, October 28, it has garnered over a quarter of a million likes and been shared at least 25,000 times.


Prince Harry has announced that he will publish a memoir in July 2021 through a collaboration with publishers Penguin Random House.

In a statement released at the time, Harry said he was writing the book “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”, and was “excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life”. it is accurate and completely true.”

An update on the book was provided over a year later, with the publication date of January 10, 2023 and the title Spare announced on October 27, 2022.

Penguin Random House described the book as a “historic publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about love’s undying power over heartbreak.”

Along with this announcement, a short summarizing paragraph was posted alongside a promotional image of the book jacket. He read:

It was one of the most poignant images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sadness and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling, and how their lives would unfold from then on.

For Harry, it’s finally that story.

Apart from this information, no other details as to the contents of the book have been released, including official excerpts.

This also applies to the passage “quoted” in the Twitter message: it was not taken from Harry’s next book, but made up as a joke.

Carlos Greaves, the Twitter user who posted the viral snippet, is a US-based satirical writer who contributes to onion and author of the next book Spoilers: Essays that could ruin your favorite Hollywood movies.

In a Tweet linked below Prince Harry’s viral snippet, Greaves seemed to underscore the satirical nature of the post, writing, “Follow me for more silly stuff like this, and if you like books, check out the one that I write!”

The excerpt’s joking claim that bowling saved Harry’s life comes after the prince titled his memoir Spare. In the sport of bowling, a reserve is a technical term for when a player knocks down all the pins after two balls.

Satire of Prince Harry's Memoirs
Prince Harry photographed in England, September 13, 2018.
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This post was created by satirical writer Carlos Greaves, known for producing humorous content based on pop culture moments.

The Tweet appearing to show a leaked excerpt from Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir was written by Greaves, with the bowling reference removed from the book’s title, Spare.

The royal does not claim ‘bowling saved my life’ in any officially released documents associated with his memoir.

Newsweek approached Greaves and representatives of Penguin Random House for comment.


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Lady Chatterley’s Lover – What We Know So Far Tue, 25 Oct 2022 22:25:00 +0000

Produced by Blueprint Pictures’ Laurence Mark, Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent, with 3000 Pictures’ Marisa Paiva and Nikki Cooper serving as executive producers, the film began filming in North Wales in late 2021. “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” is the second feature film by Clermont-Tonnerre, an actor now qualified as a director.

Although set in the 1920s, there are reasons why this story is still relevant in the present day. Regarding the subject of the film and its concern to faithfully represent loving intimacy and women’s right to sexual liberation, Clermont-Tonnerre told Vogue: “The idea of ​​a free woman is always outrageous. Just look what happened with Roe v. Wade, and what is currently happening in Iran.This book chronicles a woman’s journey to empowerment, control of her body, possession of her sexuality, and possession of her life. My goal was to highlight her point of view and give the audience a visceral experience of a woman experiencing pleasure. She had to feel approachable.”

The latest adaptation of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” hits theaters on November 25. The film will be available to stream on Netflix on December 2.

Manish Tewari | Desperate dragon after Xi’s congress Sat, 22 Oct 2022 18:33:00 +0000

Have you ever wondered why an opaque jamboree held once every five years called the National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CCP) gets so much media attention around the world. The 20th such event since the founding of the CPC on July 23, 1921 concluded Saturday in Beijing.

Why, like Kremlinology, has zhongnanhaiology also become an art with many hours of television, reams of newsprint and eternities of extended numeric characters trying to figure out the predilections of rather inscrutable Chinese gentlemen?

For the simple reason that what China has achieved in terms of horizontalizing its economic prosperity over the past four decades has been nothing short of a miracle. From being labeled as the sick man of Asia at the turn of the 20th century to its current status as a wolf warrior, China has indeed come a long way.

If the maxim that money runs the mare rings true, then China fits the description. For economic success not only allowed the modernization of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), but also allowed China to regurgitate its questionable historical claims in the territorial and maritime domains.

The CCP’s genius lies in how easily it became the logical heir to the many dynasties that ruled China, from the Xia dynasty in (2070-1600 BCE) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1912 CE). ).

For this unbroken series of dynasties over two millennia encompassing the Xia Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, Wei, Shu, Wu, Jin, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and finally culminating in the Qing dynasty gave China two central characteristics, a strong sense of centralism that power should be vested in a strong central government as well as a sense of self in terms of the belief that China is the Middle Kingdom and all states on its periphery are tributary states. Moreover, the truism that China was ordained with divine right to rule over “Everything under Heaven” made its omniscience even more ingrained. Two contradictory impulses, Confucianism and Legalism, dating from 207-233 BCE, still shape Chinese political thought and statecraft, although they are overlaid by Marxist Maoism.

It was this strong sense of centralism that enabled the CCP, modeled after the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), and even more so Mao Zedong, to concentrate all power in its own hands and use it rather disastrous way with devastating consequences. for the Chinese people after defeating Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (KMT) in 1949.

It is this same deference to central authority that enabled Deng Xiaoping to undertake transformative change and it is the same obsequiousness that again enabled Xi Jingping to dismantle the four-decade-old system of checks and balances. created and maintained by Deng Xiaoping and his successors. .

These controls included limiting the term of party apparatchiks at the top level to two five-year terms to ensure that power was not abused and that the excesses perpetrated by the notorious “Gang of Four” during the Cultural Revolution were never repeated. .

However, Xi Jinping managed to demolish all of these aforementioned elaborate mechanisms and secure an unprecedented third term. In a ruthlessness reminiscent of Mao Zedong, he purged all his rivals in what are euphemistically called “party rectification” campaigns.

Xi’s keynote speech at the week-long quinquennial congress focused incisively on the need to “clean up” the party to achieve China’s centenary goal of becoming a great modern socialist nation. . Mr. Xi does not seek accommodation with his peers, either within the party or even globally. It is a quest for total obedience to a “cult of personality” that has been carefully created and nurtured over the past decade.

The congress is only the visible rostrum of Chinese politics – a grand, choreographed extravaganza. The backstage is where the transaction happens. Apart from a possibility, everything that is played at the party congress is already pre-played. Long overdue IOUs are collected; intimidation, incitement, influence, enticement, and maneuver underlie the endgame. Confabulations between CCP movers and shakers in the coastal city of Beidaihe in August mark the grand finale of this process of fratricidal and exhaustive machinations.

Xi Jinping was appointed party general secretary at the 18th congress in 2012, then became chairman of the Central Military Commission and chairman in 2013. He has since made many changes, including inscribing “Xi Jinping Thought” in the Chinese Constitution. Ten years later, he faces decisive challenges; the economy has slowed to its lowest level in four decades, threatening to undermine the CCP’s fundamental pact with the Chinese people, that is, a better standard of living in exchange for surrender to the hegemony of the left. Its Covid-19 strategy, demanding in its design and extremely harsh in its implementation, has further increased the pressure on the economy, which is already facing unprecedented global headwinds.

In his speech on the 20e Congress, Mr Xi acknowledged that China was facing “dangerous storms” from an economy beleaguered by Covid, high energy prices and external pressures such as the war in Ukraine. What is significant, however, is that Mr. Xi’s speech and the final work report placed heavy emphasis on “security” and “stability”. First, Xi reiterated his rhetoric on Taiwan saying that China would not hesitate to use force to incorporate Taiwan into the Republic. Second, in a warning to the West, he chastised “interference by outside forces” in Taiwan, insisting that Taiwan is a Chinese matter to be solved by the Chinese. Contrast that with previous CPC sessions – in 2012 and 2017 – where economy, innovation and reform were the main swan songs.

Other than rehashing a range of old bromides, Xi’s speech had little to say about the much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), possibly signaling a waning interest in the venture. Instead, the Global Security Initiative (GSI) and Global Development Initiative (GDI) introduced by Mr. Xi in April 2022 and September 2021, respectively, were the centerpieces.

For India, this 20th Congress and Mr. Xi’s third term means a more security-obsessed China. Evidenced by the presentation of the PLA commander, Qi Fabao, involved in the clashes in the Galwan Valley in 2020 to Congress. As China’s economy slows further, Mr. Xi could use tensions with India and its dubious maritime “historical claims” to fuel the genius of nationalism. An appearance once out of the bottle is difficult to recap. India and China’s other neighbors could be hurt.

COVID: “The most severe global mortality shock since the Second World War” Wed, 19 Oct 2022 20:30:25 +0000

Two new studies reveal the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global life expectancy (LE), one showing substantial and sustained LE losses in the United States and Eastern Europe, and the other finding a link between LE at age 60 before the pandemic and excess deaths amid COVID-19 only in countries with older populations.

Life expectancy fell further in 2021 in 12 countries

In the first study, a team led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany and the University of Oxford used the Short-Term Mortality Fluctuations Database to examine mortality all-cause and LE changes in 29 countries, including the United States. , most of Europe and Chile, since 2019. The research was published this week in Nature Human behavior.

Eight of the 29 countries saw substantial rebounds from 2020 LE losses, including Belgium (+10.8 months), Switzerland (+7.7), Spain (+7.6), France (+5.0), England and Wales (+2.1), Italy (+5.1), Sweden (+7.5) and Slovenia (+3.1).

But on top of the 2020 losses, LE fell further in 2021 in 12 countries: Bulgaria (−25.1 months), Chile (−8.0), Czech Republic (−10.4), Germany (−3.1 ), Estonia (−21.5), Greece (−12.4), Croatia (−11.6), Hungary (−16.4), Lithuania (−7.9), Poland (−12.1), Slovakia (−23.9) and United States (−2.7). In Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2021, LE showed no rebound from 2020.

In 2021, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden all fully rebounded from substantial losses in 2020. Three countries, Denmark, Norway and Finland, had no LE loss in 2020, but only Norway had a significantly higher LE in 2021 than in 2019.

All countries experienced lower than expected LE in 2021 as pre-pandemic trends continued. Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia all experienced much higher LE deficits in 2021 than in 2020.

Older people have become less vulnerable

In 2021, pandemic deaths have shifted to younger age groups, with U.S. mortality for ages 80 and older returning to pre-pandemic levels, possibly due to greater use of vaccination against COVID-19 in this group, but LE losses worsen at age 60 and younger. An increase in deaths in the younger age group contributed to LE losses of 7.2 months in 2021 compared to 2020, reversing LE rebounds in the older age group and resulting in a net decline in 2.7 months in 2021.

Excess deaths among Americans under 60 accounted for 58.9% of LE losses since the start of the pandemic. Losses in this age group, especially for men, were much higher in the United States than in most other countries in 2020.

Women had higher LE in all countries amid the pandemic, with a difference ranging from 3.17 years in Norway to 9.65 years in Lithuania, and the female advantage increased significantly in 16 out of 29 country. The largest increase in the gender gap occurred in the United States, where it rose from 5.72 to 6.69 years.

Deaths from COVID-19 explained most LE losses in 2021 in all countries except the Netherlands, where other causes accounted for 51.7% of LE deficit. Higher vaccination coverage by October 2021 was linked to lower LE deficits in the last 3 months of 2021 in all countries and in all age groups.

“Human populations faced multiple mortality crises during the 20th century, but LE continued to increase globally in the medium to long term, particularly in the second half of the 20th century” , the researchers wrote. “While COVID-19 has been the most severe global mortality shock since World War II, we will have to wait and see if and how longer-term LE trends are altered by the pandemic.”

In a press release from the University of Oxford, co-author Jose Manuel Aburto, PhD, said Brazil and Mexico [not included in the study] saw even worse LE losses in 2020 than the United States. “It is therefore likely that these countries have continued to experience mortality impacts in 2021, potentially even exceeding the 43 months that we estimated for Bulgaria,” he said.

Aging and excess mortality

In a research letter today in Open JAMA Networkresearchers from Jikei University in Tokyo describe their analysis of EL at age 60 before the pandemic and excess mortality from January 2020 to December 2021 in 158 countries.

Across countries, the median proportion of the population aged 60 or over was 9.7% (range 2.8% to 34.0%). After adjustment in 40 countries with aging populations, three factors were linked to excess mortality, including LE at age 60, gross domestic product per capita, and proportion of residents fully immunized. But in a multiple linear regression analysis, only LE at age 60 remained significant.

The likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease between the ages of 30 and 70 was most strongly associated with excess mortality. Mortality rates among people aged 15 to 60 and children aged 5 to 14, however, had weaker associations with excess mortality, and mortality rate among those aged 5 and under was not associated.

“The results suggest that long life expectancy at older ages in aging countries can be seen as a proxy variable associated with high-quality health care systems and resilience to health care crises, including health care crises. pandemics,” the authors concluded.

Chronicle: Retrospective with Alan Burnett Sun, 16 Oct 2022 21:44:09 +0000
Piece Hall, Halifax: August 6, 2017

These days it would probably incorporate the Piece Hall, and it’s a tribute to those who transformed this beautiful old building into a turbulent 21st century success story.

If you watch the opening credits of Look North, you’ll see Piece Hall in all its glory, a symbol of a city that has found its place in this modern, post-industrial world.

Of course, the Piece Hall has not always been the symbol of a confident and forward-looking city.

Piece Hall, Halifax c. 1960s

I photographed it in the 1960s when it was a busy, but shabby wholesale fruit and vegetable market.

The old stone colonnades had then absorbed nearly two centuries of smoke and soot, and a few mill chimneys still stood out against the bare hillsides.

Another contender for iconic Halifax would be the Dean Clough Mill, as for much of its industrial life Halifax was one of Europe’s great carpet towns.

My photograph was taken in the early 1970s when smoke was still rising from the various chimneys and vents that characterized this gigantic manufacturing complex.

Fearnley Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax (c. 1970)

The Dean Clough Factory Complex is another fine example of one of Halifax’s remarkable buildings finding an exciting new use – or rather a dozen new and exciting uses – in the 21st century.

For an entire generation of early 20th-century schoolchildren, the familiar sight of Halifax would be that of a dark, smoky town of mills, in which children would be asked to count the chimneys of mills as part of a lesson. somewhat depressing geography.

Such photographs were normally taken from the top of Beacon Hill, and the city in all its raw beauty would be spread out for the world to see.

A bit of this industrial panorama can be seen in my photograph taken from the Godley Bridge in 1966. This is my own personal iconic view of Halifax, the view that greeted me from the front of the upper deck of a city bus. society as I made my way from Halifax and school.

Views of Halifax from Godley Bank and Southowram

In 1966, you could still play count chimneys, but now you could start spotting tall buildings weaving their way through the landscape.

There was a time in the 20th century when Halifax earned another nickname, “Toffee Town”.

John Mackintosh’s various factories towered over the lower town, and the first thing that hit you when you got off the train at Halifax station was the sweet smell of boiling caramel.

My photograph of Albion Mills is from the mid-1970s, before Mack’s became Rowntree’s and Rowntree’s became Nestle.

Mackintosh factory, Halifax (circa 1972)

Finding Halifax’s iconic image could be the quest of a lifetime, and part of that will depend on how old you are. As we age, these are the first images that become more fixed in our memories.

Halifax’s beautiful Victorian market still clings to life today, but my memories take me back sixty years to when my photo was taken.

It was a time when cookies arrived in square tin boxes and shoppers still carried pack-a-macs.

Halifax is mills and factories, hills and valleys, beautiful buildings and dark satanic bits. The city is all of these and our iconic image must somehow bring together all of these different aspects of our hometown.

My last photo dates from about fifty years ago. When I shot it it was a black and white image, and I cheated slightly by adding a splash of color. It’s not really cheating, though, because Halifax has always been a colorful place, a city of vibrant carpets and colorful toffee wrappers.

My photo captures old mills and new flats and roads. It has steep hills and outlying moorlands. To me, it’s “our Halifax”.

1960s Halifax Borough Market.
Halifax from Beacon Hill, 1971