Friday, 6 April 2018

Red Sparrow, Dominika Egorova, Jennifer Lawrence.

The last film I have seen at the movies is Red Sparrow. I do not really love actress Jennifer Lawrence. However, given her prominence (she stars a lot of movies every year) is nearly impossible to live without seeing a movie with her!!! (Read this in Spanish Dominika Egorova-Red Sparrow )

Despite she has been the protagonist of big Hollywood productions, Red Sparrow is a small budget film, a spy story, yet utterly interesting.

RED SPARROW
Red Sparrow

In fact,  Red Sparrow may be the best performance of Jennifer Lawrence to date. She is a poor ballerina who after having an accident cannot keep dancing. Therefore, Dominika Egorova, is recruited to become a Red Sparrow, a kind of female spy. 

Red Sparrow
Red Sparrow

Only to see Jennifer Lawrence acting in this movie, Red Sparrow is a recommendable experience.  This is also because Jennifer Lawrence has to speak with a Russian accent.

RED SPARROW
Red Sparrow

Monday, 2 April 2018

The best for Ireland, the European Union and Great Britain

One of the worst episodes in recent history was the outcome of Brexit insofar as it has weakened Britain, Europe, and even Ireland. Nostalgia for a gone past in which Britain had a mighty empire was stronger than the reality of our world. Read this in Spanish Lo mejor para Irlanda, Reino Unido y la Unión Europea

As a result, it has created a dangerous precedent for nationalism inside Europe and a new reality nobody (nobody) knows how to face. 


Ireland
Ireland

IRELAND
One of the idols of Halcombe comes from Ireland. I love the spectacle Irish fighter Conan McGregor renders. His shows promoting the fight of the century against Floyd Mayweather impressed me. 

He is a proud Irishman and as plenty of people, he would love to see Northern Ireland united in a single Ireland. Despite this is a matter of the past, the incredible outcome of Brexit referendum has brought this issue alive again.


Ireland
Ireland

Nobody wants to remember the pain and blood the Northern Ireland conflict brought to the world. However, Brexit is making this matter alive one more time. Brexit is currently being discussed. What is the best for Ireland, Great Britain, and Europe? A hard or a Soft Brexit? We have to remember that Ireland and Great Britain share a common border through Northern Ireland

THE UNITED KINGDOM
Unlike David Cameron, the current premier of the United Kingdom is not a leader. Theresa May does not look as a leader, but as a good politician. In fact, she has been working for the United Kingdom for decades, but always in the shadow. 

Although I like the personality and hubris of Boris Johnson, his tricks to remove his nemesis David Cameron from office, do not seem fair. What is more (or in other words, what is worst), the whole Brexit referendum was his idea, and the only purpose was to become premier of Great Britain.

Now, Europe, Great Britain and Ireland have a huge problem because of the ambition of a single politician, who besides, it is not the president of Britain. This is a little of a mess because Theresa May did not want to become president and the person who promoted Brexit is (and the problem about which I am writing) not even the president.

Jeremy Corbyn is not wholly respected inside his party and he is not young. However, he could be a good president as he is an expert Labour politician who knows how to restore the confidence and make the public sector alive. He can make making Great Britain fairer hence. Under the last governments, Britain has become an unfair democracy with plenty of rich foreigners and plenty of poor Britons.

 THE EUROPEAN UNION
One of the worst fears of Europe has become true, one of its members (perhaps the most iconic due to its history) Britain is to leave the European Union. However, perhaps is not too late and perhaps it can end well.


European Union
European Union

In fact, Great Britain may love to still be relevant and different having a special relationship with European Union in a soft Brexit. What is more, London may still be the financial sector that it is if a soft Brexit happens. 

Given the poor leadership of Theresa May, seeing how Boris Johnson promoted Brexit only for his selfish interest, a soft Brexit is mandatory and the best for everybody.

Furthermore, Theresa May should not be the president of David Cameron, she is, after all, a former member of David Cameron. 

A new president like Jeremy Corbyn can be a good idea to bring Britain alive again. What is more important, to have a good relationship with Ireland, European Union and fulfill a soft Brexit that can prevent other European countries from similar ideas but making Britain singular and special one more time.

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

A soft Brexit with Jeremy Corbyn as president of Great Britain and Boris Johnson as leader of the opposition (and Nigel Farage in politics again) might be in my opinion the best for Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and The European Union

Monday, 26 March 2018

Catalonia-Inés Arrimadas

Fashion is an art, and everything related to it is art. Indeed, Halcombe has been writing fashion articles for a long time and we have talked about plenty of subjects. (read the fashion articles by Halcombe Halcombe )

  Yet, if we compare them to the reality plenty of people face, is nothing. Therefore, Halcombe is to give you his opinion regarding how the world is, today  is the turn of Inés Arrimadas and Catalonia (there are a lot of articles regarding the world as the last one that talked about Donald Trump and North Korea) (Read the following article in Spanish-Lee el siguiente artículo en español Halcombe

INÉS ARRIMADAS-CATALONIA

Inés Arrimadas-Catalonia
Inés Arrimadas-President of Catalonia

INÉS ARRIMADAS-PRESIDENT OF CATALONIA

CATALONIA
Catalonia is a very special region. It has mountains, beaches, it is divided in four provinces.

Girona
Girona for instance, is the province where painter Salvador Dalí was born. In the north of Girona, you can find some beautiful mountains.

 Lleida
Another region is Lleida, it has plenty of countrysides. It is a rural province.

 Tarragona
Tarragona has plenty of sunny beaches. This is a very popular province for the inhabitants of my region, Aragon. Due to the proximity, a lot of people go to Tarragona to have a good time at the beach.

Barcelona
Barcelona is the best city in Spain. What is more, is an international place not only for businesses but also for tourism, sport or knowledge.

This brief description is only an introduction to a deeper thing. This is the independence of Catalonia. A historical region that wants to be apart from the rest of Spain. Nobody (not even Catalans) should allow this. Who can stop the independence of Catalonia? The answer is the female politician Inés Arrimadas.

INÉS ARRIMADAS
Inés Arrimadas was born in the south of Spain, as millions of Spanish workers who went to Catalonia in order to get a job. By contrast, politicians from Catalonia are people who are very proud of their heritage, yet they forget the reality and pluralism of Spain and Europe.

This is why a woman like Inés Arrimadas should be the president of Catalonia, hence stopping the problems Spain is having. There was an election last December, she was the winner but she does not have enough votes.

There has never been a woman ruling Catalonia and apart from being a pride for women, she can also be an example for women from rural areas of Catalonia who have not seen the world. 


This is the key issue if women from rural parts of Catalonia can understand that a strong woman with culture and born in the south of Spain can be the president of Catalonia, not only Spain and Europe will be better. The world thereby.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Donald Trump-North Korea

DONALD TRUMP
Donald Trump never loses. In fact, he is the president of United States with no prior experience or knowledge. However, once he has obtained what he was searching for he has to face the truth. The United States is losing a lot because in the international sphere Donald Trump is doing nothing, yet preparing himself for reelection.

Donald Trump-North Korea
Donald Trump

Donald Trump is already in history books. Yet, if he wants to really be remembered, he has to do something nobody has ever achieved. His beloved Reagan was not able, his hatred Obama was not able nor Bush or Clinton. This is to visit North Korea and to meet the North Korean president. The world will be a safer place because if we face a nuclear war: WE ARE ALL DEAD!!!!!  

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Glorious

Eminem seemed the only white rapper able to face the usually black world of hip-hop. Indeed, he received a motto, Slim Shady, insofar as he could have problems as he was in a black world and he had nobody by his side (slim shady) Read this in Spanish Glorious

GLORIOUS
Eminem was crowned as the best rapper in the world until one day Kanye West came. Nowadays it is Kendrick Lamar the best rapper in the world and black hip-hop artists rule this popular musical genre.


GLORIOUS
Nonetheless, there is someone who can face them again; the white rapper Macklemore from Seattle. As a matter of fact, the song and music video Glorious is amongst the best that has been published not only in the world of hip-hop but also in the world of music recently, as you may discover right now.

Glorious
 Glorious

GLORIOUS
What is more, Macklemore, finds in Skylar Grey a perfect partner to render an incredible song as you are going to discover

Glorious
Glorious

GLORIOUS
Macklemore visits his grandmother in the south of California in order to celebrate her 100th birthday. They both spend an unforgettable birthday.

GLORIOUS MACKLEMORE SKYLAR GREY

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Mark Twain-Samuel L. Clemens 1835-1910

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) is one of the most famous pen names in the history of literature. 

SAMUEL L. CLEMENS-MARK TWAIN 1835-1910

Mark Twain means “safe water” and it is a steamboat call, an art he mastered because Mark Twain moved to the South to find a fortune in South America, yet he worked instead as the riverboat pilot of the Mississippi River covering the route between New Orleans and St Louis, but his passion ended when the Civil War started. 


SAMUEL L. CLEMENS-MARK TWAIN 1835-1910
After that, he wrote for different newspapers in Nevada or California for instance.

Mark Twain-Samuel L. Clemens
Mark Twain

SAMUEL L. CLEMENS-MARK TWAIN 1835-1910
Frontier humour or the humour of the Southwest was one of the writing techniques Samuel L. Clemens mastered, something that was created in contrast to the urban humour of the big cities. 

SAMUEL L. CLEMENS-MARK TWAIN 1835-1910

Mark Twain was a major satirist and exponent of America literary realism but there are other features of his personality that are genuine, he tried to create a distinct American language based on colloquial speech patterns of uneducated people so that highlight the American way of talking instead of following traditional British patterns.



SAMUEL L. CLEMENS-MARK TWAIN 1835-1910
Famous for his extraordinary sense of humour, the last decades of his existence were utterly grim because of business ventures that were failures and ended wrong. Consequently, he embraced pessimism and his mood and character changed in such a way that it destroyed the previous legend of funny satirist Mark Twain.

SAMUEL L. CLEMENS-MARK TWAIN 1835-1910
His most 3 important pieces of work are “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur´s Court” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. The problem with his most famous book “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is that the end is weak according to many critics. 

SAMUEL L. CLEMENS-MARK TWAIN 1835-1910

Similarly, the society of his epoch was so dissimilar to the current one that his pieces of writing are deemed racist in some parts of America nowadays, albeit for other pundits, he is a complete literary genius. 


Indeed, he is one of the most important writers in American literature.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Best songs of the year

No matter which country do you come from, all of us have traditions on Christmas. One of the best traditions we have is to discover the best songs of the year that Halcombe carefully selects. Read this in Spanish/ Lee esto en español  Las mejores canciones del año  

BEST SONGS OF THE YEAR

Best songs of the year
Best songs of the year

As always, Halcombe has created a complete playlist for you to enjoy. There are plenty of songs which belong to different musical genres. 

Thanks for reading this post and taking into account my musical selection.
All the songs you are going to read have been released during the year 2017. 

POP

Malibu-MILEY CYRUS


Lush Life-ZARA LARSSON


Bad liar-SELENA GOMEZ


Look what you made me do-TAYLOR SWIFT


...Ready for it?-TAYLOR SWIFT

Green Light-LORDE


Homemade Dynamite-LORDE


Friends-JUSTIN BIEBER


There is nothing holding me back-SHAWN MENDES


Praying-KESHA


Shape of you-ED SHEERAN


Dusk till dawn-ZAYN/SIA

What lovers do-MAROON 5/SZA


NEW ARTISTS

Love Galore- SZA


Feel it still-PORTUGAL THE MAN


Living on the 110-PROPHETS OF RAGE


Unfuck the world-PROPHETS OF RAGE


Crying in the club-CAMILA CABELLO


Havana-CAMILA CABELLO


Be the one-DUA LIPA


Sign of the times-HARRY STYLES


ROCK

Run for cover-THE KILLERS


Come together-GARY CLARKE


WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUC... LIVE-MARILYN MANSON


Soulfire-LITTLE STEVEN


Where is the revolution-DEPECHE MODE


Total Entertainment forever-FATHER JOHN MISTY


Hard Times-PARAMORE


Malibu Man-DAN AUERBACH


Drive of Shame-BRAD PAISLEY/MICK JAGGER


Talking to myself-LINKIN PARK


OTHER KIND OF MUSIC (alternative, hip-hop, indie...)

Mi gente-J. BALVIN/BEYONCE

Glorious-MACKLEMORE/SKYLAR GREY


Walk on water-EMINEM/BEYONCE


Passionfruit-DRAKE


Paris-THE CHAINSMOKERS

III Ray (The King)-KASABIAN


Lust for Life-LANA DEL REY/THE WEEKND


It ain´t me-KYGO/SELENA GOMEZ


Katchi-OFENBACH/NICK WATERHOUSE


Liar liar-CAPTAIN SKA


Which is the best song of the year according to you? In my opinion, the best song of 2017 is Feel it still. Merry Christmas and happy new year. Do share and
 comment    Best songs of the year

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Emily Dickinson 1830-1886

EMILY DICKINSON 1830-1886
At Mount Holyoke, a female Seminary, ten miles from the house of Emily Dickinson, the principal asked all the students to rise if they wanted to be Christians, Emily was the only one pupil to remain seated. 

After two terms, she returned to home to spend her life within the grounds of her family mansion. She never married and tried to avoid domestic duties to read and write. In 1860 she ceased to visit other homes.

EMILY DICKINSON 1830-1886
EMILY DICKINSON 1830-1886
Emily Dickinson

There is no absolute certainty why she gradually withdrew from society. All of a sudden, she decided to live a reclusive life, becoming one of the most intriguing cases in the history of literature. 

She led a creative life in virtual isolation. Sending letters was then her preferred way of communicating with her friends, she addressed herself to a woman named Susan, her sister in law, her true soulmate, with whom she shared her intimate thoughts, drafts and asked about feedback. 

She also had correspondence with a professional man of letters who saw her talent although did not enjoy her subjects, she wrote 71 letters to him.

Only ten poems of Emily Dickinson were published in life, yet one week after her death, her sister Lavinia discovered 900 poems hidden, all of them with no titles, no number, and no labels. 

Between 1859 and 1865, Dickinson composed more than a thousand poems. In 1863 for instance, she wrote more than 300 poems. The niece of Lavinia inherited the poems that have been published since; in 1955 a complete collection of poems appeared for the first time. 

1789 poems have been published thus far, using the first sentence of each poem as the main title, all of them are as mysterious as the life of Emily Dickinson in the sense their meaning is arduous. 

The “I” person of the poem does not refer to her in reality. The complexity of her style announced the Modernist Epoch that was about to start.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Zara Raceway Mall New Jersey

Was Raceway Mall ready to have a Zara store???? It was not at first, yet wait a little longer and keep watching the following videos...Lee esto en español Zara Raceway Mall

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
Zara
Zara

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY


Yes, Raceway Mall in New Jersey, United States of America, was going to have a brand new Zara store. As the video shows it was a difficult mission to accomplish.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                           

Time passed by nonetheless, and little by little Zara was having its glamour one more time to open a new store at Raceway Mall, New Jersey, United States.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                           

The dateline was near. Everything was looking better and getting ready for the big day.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                            

Discover an exclusive video of a brand new and impressive Zara store that operates in the beautiful Raceway Mall, in the garden state of New Jersey, United States, one of the best malls in America that has one of the best Zara stores in the world.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                           


The big day came and the hard work paid off!!! Indeed, everything was ready to this incredible Zara store in Raceway Mall, New Jersey, the old videos and big troubles were forgotten and the history of this Zara store was about to start.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                          

Meet the amazing crew of the Zara store in Raceway Mall, New Jersey, men and women who turn your fashion dreams into reality.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                         

It was quite early in the morning when Zara opened its doors at raceway mall, New Jersey. Some minutes later nevertheless, the store was full of people thrilled with exclusive Zara clothes.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                         

Raceway Mall, Freehold, New Jersey, is one of the best malls in the United States of America.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                        

Raceway mall in New Jersey has a different and surprising aura during the night.

ZARA RACEWAY MALL NEW JERSEY
                                        

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-1862)
Two years, two months and two days spent Thoreau isolated to meditate, read, write and make friends with animals in the countryside. Nevertheless, he had visitors and visited his family and nearby towns. He enjoys a distinguished literary position although he did never write fiction.

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

His mentor and friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said at his funeral “Thoreau had not achieved what he might have done if he had followed a different path”, but it is this peculiar lifestyle what has allowed him to become so relevant. In fact, Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King took his beliefs as lessons by which they were inspired. 

As Henry David Thoreau did not find a job he enjoyed, his working days at the pencil factory of his dad did not make him happy and his days at Harvard University were not special for him, he decided to isolate himself in the countryside to live deliberately to front only the essential facts of life, because according to him, all the problems start when we ambition material things. 

He tried to live in harmony with nature at Walden, using as few resources as possible, avoiding materialism and not being entangled in the complexity imposed by civilized society. He saw in the wilderness the preservation of the world. 

Firstly, he accepted the invitation of Ralph Waldo Emerson to work in his home as gardener and handyman for three years, having only the accommodation as salary. After that, Emerson allowed Thoreau to build a cabin in the fields of his house, on the shores of Walden Pond; this is where he spent a sojourn of twos, two years, two months and two days in isolation. 

One day, when he marched into town to have a shoe repaired, hence breaking his isolation a little bit, he was imprisoned as he had refused to pay a poll tax in support of Native peoples and against the war on Mexico. His family paid to make him free and he published a manifesto, “Civil Disobedience” that it is very renowned in which he declared “That government is best which governs not at all.” 

Feeling a special relationship with nature and having a special sympathy for Native peoples he produced his most famous work, Walden, full of moral philosophy, political theory alongside the personal experience of the author. A social criticism document, it was ignored in his lifetime only to be now one of the most memorable pieces of writing ever. Henry David Thoreau died of tuberculosis at the age of 44.