In this week's Mirror Book Club, Nicholas Schmidle's self-conscious update of Tom Wolfe's 1979 classic The Right Stuff explores the 'New Space Race'. Katherine Heiny's smart, big-hearted but unsentimental love story is a heart-warming tale of flawed, fragile, funny characters. And Paula Byrne's book about witty novelist Barbara Pym is literary biography at its best, a must-read for fans of the artist Philip Larkin picked as the most most underrated author of the past 75 years. Don't forget the join the Mirror Book Club! Test Gods: Tragedy And Triumph In The New Space Race, by Nicholas Schmidle Hutchinson, £20 Ever read The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe’s book on NASA’s pioneering astronauts? Nicholas Schmidle has. Test Gods is a self-conscious update of Wolfe’s 1979 classic, recounting the trials, tribulations and tragic crashes of the “New Space Race”. In recent decades, private enterprise has proceeded boldly where a cash-strapped NASA has failed to go. Billionaires Jeff … [Read more...] about Mirror Book Club: Tragedy And Triumph In The New Space Race updates Tom Wolfe classic
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FRENCH fishermen have vowed a new "Battle of Trafalgar" as a man in a soldier's uniform was seen firing a musket towards the blockade around Jersey. The row over fishing rights between Britain and France has ramped up as two Royal Navy gunboats were deployed and a French navy vessel speeds towards the Channel Islands. Claude La Vaullée, a Norman skipper who has fished off Jersey for 40 years, told Ouest France that he and other fishermen had equipped their vessels to "re-stage the Battle of Trafalgar". Trafalgar was a famous naval battle during the Napoleonic Wars - which raged from 1803 to 1815 - that saw the Royal Navy defeat the combined forces of France and Spain. French sailors are furious as Jersey authorities rejected some applications for fishing licences in the island's waters - potentially costing them income. Some 70 vessels this morning moved to blockade the entrance to the port of St Heiler as Royal Navy vessels HMS Tamar and HMS Severen lurked nearby … [Read more...] about Jersey blockade – French fisherman vow new ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ as Brit ’19th century soldier’ OPENS FIRE with musket
ELISE Stefanik is a New York politician who has been married to Matthew Manda for four years. In 2014, Stefanik was the youngest woman to ever be elected into congress at 30-years-old. Who is Elise Stefanik? The 36-year-old Albany New York native has been a U.S. representative for NY's 21st district since 2015. The district covers upstate NY counties including Clinton, Hamilton, Essex, and Jefferson. The district also covers most of the Adirondack Mountains and Fort Drum. From 2006-2009, Stefanik worked in the West Wing of the White House under former President George W. Bush's Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the Office of the Chief of Staff. Stefanik is known for being a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump . She currently resides in Schuylerville NY with her husband Matt. Who is Elise Stefanik's husband? Stefanik married Matthew Manda in 2017. The pair first met at a party that Stefanik hosted in 2012. Manda had just moved to Capitol … [Read more...] about Who is Elise Stefanik’s husband?
GOOD things come to those hue wait, just ask supermodel Alexina Graham. The red-head was bullied in school for her auburn hair but now her tresses are helping her become a household name. Her latest modelling shoot saw her posing in a smart, black lingerie set for Barbara Paris. Alexina, 31, became the first ever flame haired Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2019 and has posed for high-end fashion magazine Vogue. She once said: “Having red hair is now a powerful part of my identity.” While Alexina was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, she now lives in New York. Most read in Bizarre Exclusive BAND TAKES OFF Gary Barlow lands star-studded music show on BBC called I’m With The Band Exclusive NOT MIXING Jesy doesn’t want to stay pals with Little Mix and won’t work with them again Exclusive IN THE MOOD Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan is looking for love again on Tinder after split … [Read more...] about Victoria’s Secret model Alexina Graham looks sensational in high-waisted black undies
A DEAFENING invasion of cicadas is expected to bombard the East Coast of the United States, after the critters have lain dormant for 17 years. A particularly loud breed of the winged insects will soon swarm out from their long slumber in up to 15 different states. These include Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. Brood X, or the Great Eastern Brood, is a variety of periodical cicada, USA Today reported . Unlike greenish, annual cicadas, periodical cicadas have black bodies and bold red eyes. They were unique to North America. Brood X was known for the critters' deafening buzz, which was described as sitting between a "buzz" and a "rattle". John Cooley, an entomologist (insect scientist) at the University of Connecticut, acknowledged that most people didn’t realise the bugs were “always there”. They lived … [Read more...] about Deafening invasion of ‘head-splitting’ cicadas to bombard East Coast after 17-year hibernation