The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel Since the demise of FR Leavis and his Great Tradition, it's been unusual for literary criticism explicitly to demand "moral seriousness" of its subject, or for critics to take their own activity with overt seriousness, to behave as if literary criticism generally mattered. The form of criticism that is most read now, as ever, is reviewing - much of it just capsule reviews, mini-blurbs so short one wonders how (or if) the reviewer could be bothered to read a whole book. But while the mass readership may chiefly want simply a quick recommendation for a good read on tube or plane, a large minority desire a fuller and deeper discussion of the important works of the day. People continue to be surprised by a hunger in themselves to be more serious. And in the field of "serious" fiction, the most urgent and morally demanding critic around is the brilliant James Wood, Durham-bred and Cambridge-formed, not an academic but an old-style "public … [Read more...] about The sacred Wood
Incredible video shows moment giant blue whale capsizes inflatable boat throwing two crew overboard By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 17:27 GMT, 3 July 2014 | Updated: 19:02 GMT, 3 July 2014 e-mail 5 View A dramatic video has captured the moment a giant blue whale capsized a 23-foot inflatable boat off the coast of California, knocking two people overboard.The incident took place Wednesday, about 12 miles offshore of San Diego.The incredible footage - taken by one of the two capsized sailors - shows the surface-feeding whale launch out of the water with its mouth agape, and moments later flip the boat flips over.Another boater assisted the two victims, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and thankfully no one was injured. A commercial salvage vessel then was called out to salvage the boat.Scroll down for video Wow: The incredible footage - taken by one of the two capsized sailors - shows the surface-feeding whale launch out of the water with its mouth agape, and … [Read more...] about Incredible video shows moment giant blue whale capsizes inflatable boat throwing two crew overboard
A baby humpback was caught on video taking his frustration out on his mother when she refused to give it more milk. 'Our drone operator Domenic filmed this exciting scene of a baby Humpback Whale throwing a temper tantrum!' whale watchers from Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari wrote in the caption of their video. The calf had been trying to nurse when its mother decided her baby had had enough as they traveled near Dana Point in California on Sunday. Scroll down for video A baby humpback was caught on video as he took out his frustration on his mother when she refused to give it more milk. The calf had been trying to nurse when its mother decided her baby had had enough as they traveled near Dana Point in California on Sunday In the video, the mother and the baby whale are seen swimming side-by-side. The baby whale then swims on top of its mother before spouting out water. According to the whale watchers, the calf became frustrated and threw a fit. Just … [Read more...] about Baby humpback whale throws a temper tantrum when its mother doesn’t give it enough milk
Princess Anne was not allowed to marry an early love for religious reasons. During the early 1970s the Queen's daughter dated Andrew Parker Bowles. Everything appeared well between the horse riding monarch and the retired army officer, who served as Anne's first boyfriend. Their pairing was not to be however. It was consider improper for Andrew, who was a Catholic, to marry Anne, who is the daughter of the head of the Church of England. They split, leaving the great-grandson of the 6th Earl of Macclesfield to marry Camilla Shand - who would go on to marry Prince Charles. The heartbreaking affair was captured in a 2002 Channel 4 documentary 'The Real Princess Anne', which focused on the flurry of press interest surrounding the royal and her love life. “Most of the press pack were far more fascinated with the company she kept and whether they could marry her off," the documentary narrator explained. “Would it be the Olympic gold medalist Richard Meade, who shared her passion … [Read more...] about Princess Anne could not marry first boyfriend as pairing was ‘out of the question’
I am gradually, but remorselessly, being pushed out of the marital bedroom. The presence of six cats, four of them so small as to be easily squashed by a clumsy male foot, is only the start of it. My wife seems to have had her laptop computer grafted on to the end of her fingertips, so it is always with her and always switched on, which makes it hard for me to sleep, or gain her uninterrupted attention, or any sort of attention at all. It is her real partner in life now, and that is a fact I have to face. Furthermore, my wife – understandably – dislikes my snoring. Which is not unfair. Once, when I was sleeping in a tent on the pavement outside my local library in order to try to prevent it being closed by the council, a passerby asked another volunteer if there was an angry dog inside the tent. That is the general sonic tenor of the night noises I make. My wife is constantly stealing the bedcovers while simultaneously accusing me of doing the same. She is a … [Read more...] about Are separate beds the key to a good night’s sleep?