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text 2019-06-18 08:23
Love To Explore! Know the World’s Top Destinations to Plan Your Next Trip

Some people out there love to explore different places and culture while some need an escape from juggles of monotonous life so they plan out travel trips. While planning, the major question arises in the peoples' mind- where to visit? Well, there is no lack of destinations. Yes, there are numerous, literally numerous places to go. Your only task is to find out the best vacation destinations in the world to add to your travel bucket list and explore as many as possible.

Generally, how people get to know about some amazing destinations that are must to visit?

Well, they get the information through friends, colleagues may be through neighbors. The moment they hear about a certain place, their next move remains the same that is to extract information via the Internet. They search it online to know about the place, the weather, activities to do, to explore and things to experience. In simple words, they find the Internet one of the top sources to know about the best adventure vacations in the world. This not only inspires them to visit the places but also help them in planning and booking their perfect vacation.

Award-Winning Destinations is an online website that helps people to plan once in a lifetime trip. People can get to know about exotic destinations, hotels, cruises, and more to create unforgettable memories. Does not matter, if you are looking for solitude, excitement, adventure with family or friends, you will get much information about the best vacation destinations at this website. Different people have different interests, and they have varied ideas for traveling. You never know which destination may inspire you to explore its diversity and experience its multiplicity.

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text 2019-06-17 22:28
Will's World - Next Up!
Woza Shakespeare!: Titus Andronicus In South Africa - Gregory Doran,Antony Sher

Alright, now that I finished the two reads on the authorship debate, I'm ready to move on to the next book in the Will's World project. 


TA recommended Woza Shakespeare! to me, and as a fellow admirer of Tony Sher's work I've been really looking forward to this one.


I'm currently waiting for my next BL-Opoly roll so have already made a start on this, and I have to say that this looks to be a brilliant mix of memoir, history, acting, actors, Shakespeare and other experiences encountered on Sher's and Doran's tour of South Africa.  

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review 2019-06-17 18:45
Why Shakespeare WAS Shakespeare
Why Shakespeare WAS Shakespeare (Kindle Singles) - Stanley Wells

I had a curious encounter with one of Rutland’s supporters many years ago. I received a phone call from a visitor from Vancouver telling me that he had a photograph of an Elizabethan portrait of the Earl in which he was holding a copy of Hamlet. Would I like to see it?

Naturally I would, and I invited the elderly gentleman to my office. On arrival he produced a photograph of a genuine portrait of Rutland. But I saw no book.

‘Where’, I asked, ‘is Hamlet?’

‘There’, he said, pointing to a spot in the middle of the photograph. It was empty. A somewhat embarrassed conversation ensued, during which my visitor revealed that he was the reincarnation of the Earl. As he departed he told me that he had written a musical on the topic, as yet unperformed.

I truly love Stanley Wells: He's made Shakespeare's life and works accessible for decades and I have yet to find a more passionate and to-the-point promoter of any work of what we now call a literary classic.


What I had not appreciated so far is how many complete and utter nutters Wells must encounter on a regular basis. No wonder he doesn't hold back in his refutations of whatever bogus and completely unfounded claims enter the public sphere with respect to Wells' field of expertise. 


Why Shakespeare WAS Shakespeare was an article that was published by Wells in 2014, seemingly in response to two other works in particular: the Emmerich film Anonymous and Diana Price's revised edition of Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography (2012). 


In it Wells summarises the very fundamental flaws in the Anti-Stratfordian argument, and he does so in a riveting gallop of snark mixed with solid argument and referencing for further reading. 




More about Wells' myth-busting of the Anti-Stratfordian arguments can be found here:



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review 2019-06-17 17:16
On Trauma and Healing (of Sorts)
The Memory of Love - Aminatta Forna
The Memory of Love - Kobna Holdbrook-Smith,Aminatta Forna

Sierra Leone gained independence from British colonial rule in 1961, but, like so many other African countries, after enjoying a few brief initial years of peace and democracy, it was torn apart by dictatorial rule, military regimes, civil war and corruption in the decades that followed.  As a result, surveys have shown that a staggering 99% of the population exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.


This is the background against which the events in Aminatta Forna's novel The Memory of Love unfold.  Don't be fooled by the title: Yes, love in all of its shapes and forms is a driver of people's motivations here, but this book is about so much more -- it's a vast, virtually boundless tapestry of events, emotions, action and reaction, illness and health (mental and otherwise), war and peace, ambition, greed, selflessness, loss, beauty, ugliness ... and again and again, trauma; pathological, emotional and in every other respect you can imagine.


Forna unveils the enless layers of the novel's complex tapestry with a painstaking and almost painful slowness and care (as a result, it is virtually impossible to describe the plot without giving away major spoilers): The events, alternating between the late 1960s / early 1970s and the present day, are told from the point of view of three men -- Elias Cole, a former university professor lying on his deathbed in a Freetown hospital and telling his story to Adrian Lockheart, an English psychologist who has come to Sierra Leone with an international aid organization but has decided to stay on and help since he specializes in PTSD, and Kai Mansaray, a surgeon at the hospital where Elias is wheezing his way back through his life for Adrian's benefit (and his own -- or so Adrian hopes).  Though strangers initially, over the course of the novel it becomes clear that the three men not only establish a relationship in the here and now but that what connects them goes deeper and has roots in the past; their own as much as the country's.  At the same time, through the PTSD sufferers that Adrian treats at a nearby mental hospital (not the general clinic that ties him to Elias and Kai but a different place), through his and Kai's friends and colleagues, and through Elias's narrative and the men and women inhabiting it, in turn, Sierra Leone itself and its people collectively become a further main character to the novel -- the one that, ultimately, is the most important one of all and which drives every action and event; a huge, many-limbed, monstrously traumatized and brutalized organism that can't help but swallow its own constituent organs -- its own people -- and those whom it does eventually spit out again after all will be changed forever.


It took me a while to get into this book, and this is not the kind of novel that you can race through in a day or two (or at least, I can't).  But this definitely is one of my reading highlights of this year -- and this reaview wouldn't be complete without me giving my due and hartfelt plaudits to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, whose unmatched, deeply empathetic narration lifted an already profound, complex and harrowing reading experience onto yet another level entirely.  Highly, highly recommended.

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review 2019-06-17 16:11
Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of an Authorship Problem
Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of an Authorship Problem - Diana Price

This book poses a bit of a conundrum for me: Is it possible to like a work of non-fiction and enjoy reading it, while at the same time taking issue with - even vehemently disagreeing with - the content of the book?


In Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of an Authorship Problem, Diana Price explores the reasons why Anti-Stratfordians believe that the author most of us know as William Shakespeare was not the one man from Stratford that has been credited with the creation of Shakespeare's works. 


Price goes through the arguments of why Shakespeare wasn't Shakespeare one by one and creates a well-rounded overview of the Anti-Stratfordian tenets. She starts with differences of names in records, mentions of Shakespeare in the writing of his contemporaries, financial records, biographical dates, and the works themselves, dissecting the use of language, rhythm etc. for clues of authorship. 


I am certainly no Shakespeare scholar, I have merely a passing interest, but overall I found the arguments really unconvincing, especially the ones based on financial records. 


One one hand, Price argues that there are hardly any records to show that Shakespeare, the Stratford man, received any payment for literary work, which Price uses as evidence that the man in Stratford didn't write the plays (etc.). On the other hand, Price argues that there are few records of any payment for the literary works created by anyone. There seem to be records for payments from various patrons to the actors and theatrical groups, but there seems little differentiation between actors and writers. 


Is this really all that surprising? At a time where printing had developed into an industry based on the sale of tangible goods but publishing had yet to establish itself because professional authorship as such was still in its infancy, why would we expect to see records of payments to authors? If printing produced tangible goods for sale (no advertising as yet) with no consideration given to authors, why would we expect theatrical players who had an even longer history of producing any known story with appeal to the crowds to make the distinction between writers and players? 

Copyright was not introduced to the UK until 1710, so why would there be a need for recording a distinction of works, and for recording payment (as proof of payment)? 


I don't get it.


What I also didn't get was the argument that the Shakepeare the London playwright would not have needed to become a landowner and business man in Stratford becasue surely his literary success would have secured him an income.

Literary success or success as an actor/producer/theatre owner was a risky and more so fleeting business. My question back to the author would really be why wouldn't a man supporting a growing family try to secure an income from a traditional source such as land and tenancies?


I really don't get the basis for most of the arguments in the book, actually, even if I'm only mentioning two here. 


So why did I still enjoy reading this?


I think the answer is because the book did make me look at how we look at biographies, research, and the presentation of arguments. I liked that the author tried to go into quite a lot of detail of looking at records and questioning how we read biographies and how some biography writers forego original research and simply re-work secondary sources, sometimes without fact-checking, which can lead to contradictory statements of fact.


This is something I have come across in biographical work of other authors and other people on several occasions and it is a particular pet peeve of mine. 

However, while I share Price's annoyance with lazy research and I liked her questioning the "facts" presented by several biographers, I had little time for her reasoning and production of evidence for any counter-theories. 


Next up, I'll turn to Stanley Wells' short work on Why Shakespeare was Shakespeare for a - no doubt passionate - defense of the traditional view of Shakespearean biography.  


Previous reading update:

Reading progress update: I've read 77 out of 376 pages.

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