Pushkin Press

24 Mar 19
Pierce Alquist

While looking over the titles I’ve read and enjoyed in the last few months that are eligible for the Best Translated Book Award, I noticed a pattern. There are a considerable number of Japanese titles! 2018 was a strong year for Japanese literature in translation and I’ve decided to highlight a few of the standouts […]

22 Mar 19

Annual fundraiser features RI Philharmonic’s newly named Artistic Advisor Bramwell Tovey conducting an all-Tchaikovsky program Pianist Olga Kern is the guest soloist Producer of Newport Jazz and co-founder of Newport Folk festivals George Wein receives John Hazen White Sr., Leadership in the Arts Award at post-concert celebration and dinner RI Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual fundraising gala […]

22 Mar 19
She Reviews Books

Publisher: Pushkin Press Publication Date: October 1st, 2012 “I sense that to work is to live without dying.” – Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Rilke, the German poet, was very inspired by the city of Paris when he arrived in 1902. During his time in Paris he went from receiving some recognition for his work […]

22 Mar 19
"You Might as Well Read"

Yes, dear reader, I know what you’re thinking — enough already with the bad alliteration!  But you know, sometimes I just can’t help myself  — it’s like a little demon is sitting on my shoulder, urging me on!  So how could I possibly resist?  I will be the first to admit that, sometimes, I really, […]

24 Mar 19
ANZASA Online

By Dr Marshall Poe As I’m sure all readers of this forum know, podcasting is now a “thing.” Pretty much everyone knows what a podcast is. Millions of people listen to podcasts. Money—from legacy media companies and venture capital firms—is pouring in. It seems that everyone has a podcast or wants to have one. I […]

21 Mar 19
Literary Potpourri

My thanks to Steerforth Press/Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Golden Pavements is the third in the Blue Door series of books by Pamela Brown set around a group of children (three sets of siblings) interested in theatre, who are now training to be professional actors, and aspire to make […]

19 Mar 19

Founded in 1997, this London press has helped to bring many talented writers’ works into the English language. As a publisher with imprints for children’s books and literary debuts, their reach extends across many genres and styles.   Spotlighted Titles: Land of Smoke by Sara Gallardo, translated by Jessica Sequeira Pushkin Press can claim to […]

19 Mar 19

Russia News Now

Moscow Taxi, bus, train? The first question you will face is how to get from the airport to central Moscow. In terms of price, comfort, and speed, the best option has to be the Aeroexpress train. It goes non-stop direct to the city center. Legion Media But there are least five other ways to do […]

18 Mar 19
The Last Word Book Review

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li   This book really intrigued me before I started reading Number One Chinese Restaurant the debut by Lillian Li. (One, Imprint of Pushkin Press). I need not have worried. An incredible novel set in a Chinese restaurant and the character’s that both run and work there. We have […]

17 Mar 19
Prudent Graces

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 Sunday March 17, 2019; Psalm 27 full text linked below: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+27&version=NRSV I am reading Iris Origo’s Italian War Diary** this week.  On July 11, 1943, she woke […]

15 Mar 19
The Sun
I VIVIDLY remember talking to Madeleine McCann’s parents shortly after she disappeared and being struck by their dignity and resolve amid unimaginable grief. I said back then I desperately hoped there would be some sort of resolution and we wouldn’t be interviewing Kate and Gerry ten years down the line, still searching, still hoping, still not knowing. Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007, but a new Netflix documentary could shed some light on her dissapearance [bc_video video_id=”6014272028001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Haunting rare footage of Maddie McCann boarding a plane to Portugal with her family revealed in new Netflix documentary”] Well, we are way past that point now and in May it will be 12 years since Madeleine was either taken from her bed or wandered out of that holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. We don’t seem any closer to finding out what happened to her, even after millions of pounds has been spent on investigations. All that seems to have been achieved are countless false leads and her parents’ hopes being cruelly dashed again and again. Yesterday Netflix released a documentary into the mystery surrounding Madeleine, and came up with some startling claims. It suggests child traffickers abducted the three-year-old and sold her “to order”. Such a tiny and innocent little blonde girl would have made these utter scumbags a considerable amount of money. I know this was one of the theories put forward at the time, which caused horrific pain to Madeleine’s mum and dad. I really don’t know how they managed to function in those early years. Their two other children — twins Sean and Amelie, who were ­toddlers at the time — had to be cared for, and that must have given Kate and Gerry a function and a reason to get up in the morning. It probably saved them both. It’s worth remembering that not only had their beloved daughter disappeared, but they had to live with the guilt that they had left their three young children alone in the holiday flat while they went out for a meal with friends. ‘KATE WAS VILIFIED’ This caused a massive backlash, both at home and in Portugal. Let’s be straight. No matter how vile the insults hurled at them became, it would not have come close to how much they beat themselves up for their decision not to have taken the kids along with them or hired a babysitter. Also, don’t forget that Kate was vilified for not looking “heartbroken” enough. It still baffles me that some people actually seemed to want her to break down and sob uncontrollably and were disappointed when she didn’t. Anyone looking at her gaunt, chalk-white face and dead eyes should have realised the poor woman was in deep shock. Gerry was trying his best to support his wife and to keep a lid on his own feelings, but you could tell they were completely bewildered and grief-stricken. It only got worse. The botched Portuguese police investigation named Kate and Gerry as suspects, and that mud has stuck to them ever since, with a small but vocal band of conspiracy theorists convinced that they killed their child. ‘GLIMMER OF HOPE’ It is beyond ludicrous, but that is the sort of utter crap the McCanns have had to put up with since Madeleine disappeared. The documentary goes over a lot of old ground but it does offer a glimmer of hope. One senior child protection cop, Jim Gamble, sincerely believes Madeleine is alive and will be found one day. He cites cases such as that of Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted in the US aged 11 and found 18 years later. Then there is Carlina White, kidnapped from hospital as a baby and only reunited with her family when she turned 23. These and other similar stories prove miracles can happen. Kate and Gerry haven’t co-operated with the Netflix docu and are said to have reservations about the content, but they must know that if it shines the spotlight once again on their daughter, there might be a chance that one day they will find her alive. Or, if she is dead, they will at least be able to mourn her properly. They must want to stop this living nightmare of uncertainty. They deserve some peace of mind. Madeleine would now be 14 years old and her parents have never given up the search for their daughter [bc_video video_id=”6014542703001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Madeleine McCann – Heartbreaking first statement to press by Gerry and Kate McCann after Maddie had been missing for 24 hours”] The police investigation named parents Kate and Gerry as suspects, which meant that an abduction line of enquiry wasn’t prioritised Bribe is no help to the kids I’M flummoxed by the extraordinary FBI investigation into actress Felicity Huffman, star of Desperate Housewives and Transamerica. She’s on a quarter of a million dollars’ bail, facing charges of bribery and fraud, accused of bribing college admission officials to ensure her daughter got into a top university. Felicity Huffman was charged for her involvement in a college admissions cheating scheme According to court records, she handed over $15,000 (£11,300) to “grease palms” and disguised the money as a charity donation. Felicity may be the tip of a very big iceberg, as 50 suspects allegedly paid more than $25million (£19million) to guarantee their kids were fast-tracked to elite colleges. If all this is true, it once again shows how everything in the so-called Land Of The Free boils down to who has the most cash, and is an appalling indictment of their education system. If the charges against Felicity are true, it was a dreadful way for her to treat her daughter Sofia. If proven, not only will this scandal be wrapped round the kid’s neck for the rest of her life, but Felicity was also effectively telling her child she didn’t think she was talented or clever enough to make it on her own merits. If Felicity is found guilty, what a terrible thing this was for a mother to believe and what an appalling example she has set her daughter. Ralph Fiennes’ Ballet Triumph BALLET dancer Rudolf Nureyev was a global superstar and as famous and adored as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the Sixties and Seventies. He was extraordinarily beautiful, outrageously talented and made the likes of Mariah Carey look like a vapid wallflower with his notorious diva demands. Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was a global superstar and as famous and adored as The Beatles The story of his defection from what was then the Soviet Union to France in 1961 has been turned into a movie. Ralph Fiennes has produced, directed and stars in The White Crow. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a sneak preview and loved every minute, from the opening scene of Nureyev being born on the Trans-Siberian express train right up to the tense scenes in a Paris airport as he seeks asylum in the West. Fiennes, who excelled in The English Patient and Schindler’s List and is currently spymaster M in the James Bond movies, has played an absolute blinder. He portrays gentle ballet teacher Pushkin, with Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev, and does the entire role speaking nothing but perfect Russian. It’s beautifully shot, the dancing is sublime and hopefully it will bring the genius of Nureyev to a whole new generation. New Zealand shootings feed a viscous cycle of hate SO this is the world we live in, where sick terrorists massacre innocents in their places of worship while live-streaming it all on social media. The vile racists who murdered 49 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, also planted bombs on cars outside the mosques. Police officers are seen here searching the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand Their aim was to kill and maim as many as possible. It was described as New Zealand’s darkest day, but that shock, disbelief and grief is being felt all over the world. As well as committing mass murder, these monsters have also played into the hands of extremist Islamist groups, giving them a powerful recruitment tool and the opportunity to use “revenge” as an excuse for their own despicable acts. So the cycle of killing and hate continues and it’s innocent men, women and children who pay. Eleanor ‘reddy’ for the States I WAS not in any way surprised to learn that actress Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays feisty Demelza in Poldark, has permanently ditched her dull blonde hair in favour of the rich red tones of the character she has played so well. Now filming for the final series of Poldark has been completed, Eleanor is off to La La Land hoping to secure a role in a Hollywood blockbuster or US TV series. Redhead Eleanor Tomlinson as she attends the 2019 BAFTA Film Gala [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN OPINION” posts_category=”317″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] And she knows being a redhead will make her stand out from the crowd. Obviously, if she ends up in a show like Game Of Thrones or any film apart from a cartoon, she will have to make sure her collar and cuffs match, as full-frontal nudity seems to be the norm these days. I wish her well with the henna hair dye. Meanwhile, we look forward to the bittersweet return of Ross and Demelza in the summer for the very last time. [bc_video video_id=”6012448804001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”E-fits released by Met Police team investigating disappearance of Madeline McCann “]
16 Mar 19
The Scottish Sun
I VIVIDLY remember talking to Madeleine McCann’s parents shortly after she disappeared and being struck by their dignity and resolve amid unimaginable grief. I said back then I desperately hoped there would be some sort of resolution and we wouldn’t be interviewing Kate and Gerry ten years down the line, still searching, still hoping, still not knowing. Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007, but a new Netflix documentary could shed some light on her dissapearance [bc_video video_id=”6014272028001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Haunting rare footage of Maddie McCann boarding a plane to Portugal with her family revealed in new Netflix documentary”] Well, we are way past that point now and in May it will be 12 years since Madeleine was either taken from her bed or wandered out of that holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. We don’t seem any closer to finding out what happened to her, even after millions of pounds has been spent on investigations. All that seems to have been achieved are countless false leads and her parents’ hopes being cruelly dashed again and again. Yesterday Netflix released a documentary into the mystery surrounding Madeleine, and came up with some startling claims. It suggests child traffickers abducted the three-year-old and sold her “to order”. Kate McCann’s refusal to answer 48 questions from police about Maddie’s disappearance Such a tiny and innocent little blonde girl would have made these utter scumbags a considerable amount of money. I know this was one of the theories put forward at the time, which caused horrific pain to Madeleine’s mum and dad. I really don’t know how they managed to function in those early years. Their two other children — twins Sean and Amelie, who were ­toddlers at the time — had to be cared for, and that must have given Kate and Gerry a function and a reason to get up in the morning. It probably saved them both. It’s worth remembering that not only had their beloved daughter disappeared, but they had to live with the guilt that they had left their three young children alone in the holiday flat while they went out for a meal with friends. ‘KATE WAS VILIFIED’ This caused a massive backlash, both at home and in Portugal. Let’s be straight. No matter how vile the insults hurled at them became, it would not have come close to how much they beat themselves up for their decision not to have taken the kids along with them or hired a babysitter. Also, don’t forget that Kate was vilified for not looking “heartbroken” enough. It still baffles me that some people actually seemed to want her to break down and sob uncontrollably and were disappointed when she didn’t. Anyone looking at her gaunt, chalk-white face and dead eyes should have realised the poor woman was in deep shock. Gerry was trying his best to support his wife and to keep a lid on his own feelings, but you could tell they were completely bewildered and grief-stricken. It only got worse. The botched Portuguese police investigation named Kate and Gerry as suspects, and that mud has stuck to them ever since, with a small but vocal band of conspiracy theorists convinced that they killed their child. ‘GLIMMER OF HOPE’ It is beyond ludicrous, but that is the sort of utter crap the McCanns have had to put up with since Madeleine disappeared. The documentary goes over a lot of old ground but it does offer a glimmer of hope. One senior child protection cop, Jim Gamble, sincerely believes Madeleine is alive and will be found one day. He cites cases such as that of Jaycee Dugard, who was abducted in the US aged 11 and found 18 years later. Then there is Carlina White, kidnapped from hospital as a baby and only reunited with her family when she turned 23. These and other similar stories prove miracles can happen. Kate and Gerry haven’t co-operated with the Netflix docu and are said to have reservations about the content, but they must know that if it shines the spotlight once again on their daughter, there might be a chance that one day they will find her alive. Or, if she is dead, they will at least be able to mourn her properly. They must want to stop this living nightmare of uncertainty. They deserve some peace of mind. Madeleine would now be 14 years old and her parents have never given up the search for their daughter [bc_video video_id=”6014542703001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Madeleine McCann – Heartbreaking first statement to press by Gerry and Kate McCann after Maddie had been missing for 24 hours”] The police investigation named parents Kate and Gerry as suspects, which meant that an abduction line of enquiry wasn’t prioritised Bribe is no help to the kids I’M flummoxed by the extraordinary FBI investigation into actress Felicity Huffman, star of Desperate Housewives and Transamerica. She’s on a quarter of a million dollars’ bail, facing charges of bribery and fraud, accused of bribing college admission officials to ensure her daughter got into a top university. Felicity Huffman was charged for her involvement in a college admissions cheating scheme According to court records, she handed over $15,000 (£11,300) to “grease palms” and disguised the money as a charity donation. Felicity may be the tip of a very big iceberg, as 50 suspects allegedly paid more than $25million (£19million) to guarantee their kids were fast-tracked to elite colleges. If all this is true, it once again shows how everything in the so-called Land Of The Free boils down to who has the most cash, and is an appalling indictment of their education system. If the charges against Felicity are true, it was a dreadful way for her to treat her daughter Sofia. If proven, not only will this scandal be wrapped round the kid’s neck for the rest of her life, but Felicity was also effectively telling her child she didn’t think she was talented or clever enough to make it on her own merits. If Felicity is found guilty, what a terrible thing this was for a mother to believe and what an appalling example she has set her daughter. Ralph Fiennes’ Ballet Triumph BALLET dancer Rudolf Nureyev was a global superstar and as famous and adored as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the Sixties and Seventies. He was extraordinarily beautiful, outrageously talented and made the likes of Mariah Carey look like a vapid wallflower with his notorious diva demands. Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was a global superstar and as famous and adored as The Beatles The story of his defection from what was then the Soviet Union to France in 1961 has been turned into a movie. Ralph Fiennes has produced, directed and stars in The White Crow. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a sneak preview and loved every minute, from the opening scene of Nureyev being born on the Trans-Siberian express train right up to the tense scenes in a Paris airport as he seeks asylum in the West. Fiennes, who excelled in The English Patient and Schindler’s List and is currently spymaster M in the James Bond movies, has played an absolute blinder. He portrays gentle ballet teacher Pushkin, with Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev, and does the entire role speaking nothing but perfect Russian. It’s beautifully shot, the dancing is sublime and hopefully it will bring the genius of Nureyev to a whole new generation. New Zealand shootings feed a viscous cycle of hate SO this is the world we live in, where sick terrorists massacre innocents in their places of worship while live-streaming it all on social media. The vile racists who murdered 49 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, also planted bombs on cars outside the mosques. Police officers are seen here searching the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand Their aim was to kill and maim as many as possible. It was described as New Zealand’s darkest day, but that shock, disbelief and grief is being felt all over the world. As well as committing mass murder, these monsters have also played into the hands of extremist Islamist groups, giving them a powerful recruitment tool and the opportunity to use “revenge” as an excuse for their own despicable acts. So the cycle of killing and hate continues and it’s innocent men, women and children who pay. Eleanor ‘reddy’ for the States I WAS not in any way surprised to learn that actress Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays feisty Demelza in Poldark, has permanently ditched her dull blonde hair in favour of the rich red tones of the character she has played so well. Now filming for the final series of Poldark has been completed, Eleanor is off to La La Land hoping to secure a role in a Hollywood blockbuster or US TV series. Redhead Eleanor Tomlinson as she attends the 2019 BAFTA Film Gala [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN NEWS” posts_category=”76″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] And she knows being a redhead will make her stand out from the crowd. Obviously, if she ends up in a show like Game Of Thrones or any film apart from a cartoon, she will have to make sure her collar and cuffs match, as full-frontal nudity seems to be the norm these days. I wish her well with the henna hair dye. Meanwhile, we look forward to the bittersweet return of Ross and Demelza in the summer for the very last time. [bc_video video_id=”6012448804001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”E-fits released by Met Police team investigating disappearance of Madeline McCann “] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? 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15 Mar 19
Fort Russ

Cosmocourse already has a Roscosmos license for space activities. For a flight to an altitude of 200 kilometers, the company is developing a single-stage return missile and a seven-seater spacecraft.It is expected that the first launch will take place in 2025.