Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Dream of the Celt

The Dream of the celt is the first book I have ever read from Peruvian author and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. I do not believe this is one of his most popular books, yet it is a great novel nonetheless.

The dream of the celt
Roger Casement

What I have enjoyed on this novel is how it is told. We start discovering the protagonist is in prison.

Soon thereafter, we know about his childhood in current Northern Ireland, youth in Liverpool and his travels to Congo and South American jungle (frontier between Perú and Colombia, Putumayo region) as he is working for the British Empire and he is in charge of writing reports on how foreign potencies are working and using Indians (South America) and native people (Africa) in order to extract and trade rubber throughout the world.

The dream of the celt
Roger Casement The Dream of the celt

Seeing how European empires have exploded poor countries makes him aware of the problems of his own. Henceforth and after having received a knighthood from British authorities, he embraces the fight of Irish nationalism to make Ireland independent.

When he was young, he believed colonialism was great as European nations were supposed to help poor countries in Africa, Asia or South America. Nonetheless, he was one of the first to denounce officially the cruelties and abhorrent deeds rich countries attained in order to control overseas nations. 

Likewise, it is assured he was the one who told Joseph Conrad everything he needed to know. Subsequently, Conrad wrote his masterpiece Heart of Darkness thanks in part to Roger Casement. Such intriguing life is depicted in this brilliant novel. Yet, there are a lot of things that are unclear with regards to the life of Roger Casement.

His personal life does not seem right, let alone for a Catholic country like Ireland. However, are all rumours true or just a plot from British authorities to discredit Roger Casement and imprison him for treason???

This is the real account of the life of an Irish legend but Vargas Llosa makes a novel with all the episodes of his life and the result is outstanding, really interesting as the life of a person who it is unclear as yet who was in real terms.                                                                                                                                       
Was Roger Casement a hero, an intellectual, a fool or a deviant?? Read The dream of the Celt, it will not disappoint you.

Lastly, Irish Poet William Butler Yeats dedicated these lines to Roger Casement;

"I SAY that Roger Casement

Did what he had to do.

He died upon the gallows,

But that is nothing new."

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Halcombe Norilsk NIUME 100 posts on Niume

I have just published my first 100 Niume posts and I am happy. I enjoy Niume, I feel comfortable using it, I like the design and how it allows you to create posts, I love writing in Niume and adding pictures. Niume

It is good also to meet new people who love writing and the easiness in how you share your articles on social media. Thanks to Niume I have discovered platforms I had never heard before such as Stumble Upon or Flipboard.

I consider Niume much better than other blogging platforms, albeit I try not to write anything, we can publish anything in other traditional blogging platforms but here I prefer to publish my best pieces because the audience is more selective and it is good to treat things with excellence and respect. My first 100 Niume Posts

This post is to celebrate my first 100 NIUME posts NIUME 

Halcombe Norilsk
Halcombe Norilsk NIUME

Monday, 1 May 2017

Walt Whitman vs Emily Dickinson

Scarcely could we have been acquainted with such dissimilar poems as the two consigned to scrutinize; My life had stood-a loaded gun by Emily Dickinson and Song of Myself by Walt Whitman with regards to imagery, albeit these two authors achieve what they want plus both represent modernity. Walt Whitman vs Emily Dickinson

Walt Whitman vs Emily Dickinson
Walt Whitman vs Emily Dickinson

Barring the extension of both poems (Song of Myself is a great deal longer than My life had stood-a loaded gun) these two pieces of art, are different likewise in every imagery aspect we might think of.

Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman

Whilst the poem by Whitman epitomizes imagery in all its splendour, allowing the reader to elaborate a vivid mental picture of everything conveyed. 

Without going any further, we have these examples “Observing a spear of summer grass” (line 5), “the flog of my disposition” (line 16) or “the handkerchief of the Lord” (line 17). Similarly, “the young fellow drives the express wagon” (line 69) or “This grass is very dark to be from the white heads of old mothers” (Line 31), the aforementioned, works as literal language appealing to our senses, the poetic voice is evident therein.

On the other hand, Emily Dickinson pens a poem embracing a technique known as “Omitted centre”. The imagery on this poem is not as clear or as evident as the imagery in the poem by Whitman.

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

Phrases such as; “We roam in sovereign woods” (line 5) “I guard My Master´s head” (line 14), “On whom I lay a Yellow Eyes” (line 19) can leave us both speechless and frustrated.

What Dickinson leaves is open to interpretation. So open that the crucial information is omitted in purpose, thus the meaning is not evident, it is abstract. Indeed, there are discussions about what this poem in reality means to date. Furthermore, while Dickinson is famous for her economy in language, Whitman is because of his verbose poems.

Poetic voice of Dickinson is unclear as her life was. By contrast, Whitman does make his voice evident; this is a big difference amongst them. Howbeit, we ought to point out that these both authors broke from previous ones in the sense they paved the way for modern literature, being afar from religious themes that were extremely popular in the past.

In accordance with the imagery concept, the only thing both authors can be compared to is they attain their aim and they are less close to God than what was recurrent.

 Notwithstanding, these two writers provide us with two utterly different uses of imagery; Whitman uses it clearly to explain his feelings. Conversely, Dickinson uses it to make the poem ambiguous. Walt Whitman vs Emily Dickinson

Sunday, 2 April 2017

John Smith vs William Bradford

Inasmuch as we are confronting with two literary pioneers, John Smith and William Bradford, those two coruscating names epitomize Literature history. John Smith vs William Bradford

John Smith vs William Bradford

John Smith vs William Bradford

Yet, does it imply they are wonderful writers? Are their pieces of writing overlaid with the same attributes with regards to wilderness and civilization? We are to study these two authors to discover all of this. Let´s start with William Bradford.

Seldom do we notice reading the words penned by William Bradford how the inhabitants of the new world were and behave. Indeed, when the new settlers arrive at their destination; there is an utter scarcity as far as food is concerned, it is assured. They had to work to bring substance to their lives.

On the other hand, vivid and detailed descriptions arranged by Captain Smith explained to us everything we ought to know about different tribes in the current United States of America and their ways of living. 

In fact, we can infer reading his words which are their names “Openchancanough” for instance, or the greatness of their means “bread and venison was brought him that would have served twenty men.” 

William Bradford does not mention them, nor does he explain they are living in abundance, but just the opposite because his description for the new world is rather grim. By contrast, Captain Smith dazzles you, every aspect is intended to impress albeit both texts are set in the same location regardless.

Whilst there is a constant reference to god throughout the whole of the text penned by William BradfordGod of Heaven” “Apostle” “Scripture”Pisgah” that may highlight the religious intention, and justify their mission so that change those lands for good assuring everything is a divine journey. 

The use of the third person in the hands of Captain Smith when referring to himself gives his tale a passionate recount, which provides us with reasons to believe we should collaborate with anybody or do anything in order to explore, settle and exploit the new lands, however people live therein, however can take place. 

We have a more down to earth writer but with spiritual meaning like Bradford, and a more imaginative novelist with earthly greed and richly ambitious.

John Smith vs William Bradford
John Smith vs William Bradford

Civilization to Bradford is what the settlers conquer and what they are going to make in the new world. To Smith, all the people who already are living in the new world represent civilization. 

They agree in their defence of their mission and the place wherein it does take place, but scarcely in other thing unless appertaining both to the concept “European settlers” if this can be taken into account.

They are in literature history because of their primal recall of facts happening in an unknown world. There not being covering such historical events, they might not be in literature history at all.  John Smith vs William Bradford

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Words in Spanish which come from Peru

One of the biggest fans of Halcombe and a loving reader of his first book written in Spanish Ser un Tusitala comes from Perú. 

In order to pay homage to this beautiful South American country, we are to show some Spanish expressions that come from and are only spoken there. Take a look!!! Perú Read this in Spanish Perú

Ser un Tusitala
Peruvian fan of Halcombe!!!!


Perú: Recontra Spanish: demasiado English: Too much

Perú: Canchita Spanish palomitas English: popcorn

Perú: Chévere Spanish: bonito, bien English: beautiful

Perú: Pata:Spanish: tío, chico English: guy, man,

Perú: Engreír Spanish: mimar, cuidar English: Look after, pamper

Perú: Flaca: Spanish: tía, chica English: girl, gal

Perú: Colectivo Spanish: autobús English: coach, bus

Perú: Bacán Spanish: guay English: cool

Perú: Huasca Spanish: borrachera English: drunkenness

Perú: Galán/enamorado: Spanish: hombre, pareja  English: lover, man.

Perú: Pituco Spanish: rico, de familia acomodada English: Rich, posh.

Perú: Ficho Spanish: pijo, caro: English: Expensive.

Perú: Chibolo Spanish: chaval, niño English: child

Perú: Botar Spanish: echar, expulsar English: expel, kick out, send off.

Perú: Roche Spanish: vergüenza English: Embarrasment

Perú: Floro Spanish: palabras English: Words, speech

Perú: Regia Spanish: guapa English: Pretty

Causa limeña: postre típico del Perú-Typical dish from Perú.

Ceviche: plato típico del Perú a base de pescado-Typical fish dish from Perú.

Hope you have discovered new words and have found this interesting. Perú

Lastly, you can watch a humble TV interview with Halcombe

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Terrorist attack Nice, France

I lived the terrorist attack that took place in Nice last summer. Nice, France

It is now when I realize everything. It is now when I openly think about it. A mortal terrorist attack was round the corner. 85 people died. 303 were injured. I was too close to it.

Living a mortal terrorist attack

                                 14th of July, 2016. Nice, France


That day it was French National Day, 14th of July. I was in Cote du Azur having holidays without knowing it was such a big day.

The highlight of our vacances did happen that day as we went from Nice to Monaco. It was such a nice day as Nice is. It was a sunny one similarly in Monaco as the picture shows. We did have such a pleasant time in Monte Carlo, yet it was going to end in tragedy for France.

When we came back to Nice there was an incredible parade by the beach. The exhibition was marvelous; you could tell it and you could appreciate how beautiful and outstanding arrangements were. Read this in Spanish Niza, Francia

Terrorist Attack

Our hotel was called Universe which is only 10 minutes walking away from the Hotel Palais de la Méditerranée, where a terrorist was killed by French Officials. The terrorist had driven a truck through a main street for 2 evil kilometers.

We did not see the parade at the same place where the terrorist attack happened. Nonetheless, it was so close I am trembling while recalling it.

People were seeing the display only 20 minutes away from we were. We did not know anything that night. It was such a big party everywhere. We had dinner and see the city centre. The ambience was unique.

But the following morning (although we did not even know what took place) we had petite dejeuner and we walked throughout the streets.

Everything was quiet, somehow empty, the atmosphere was especially strange. It was more than clear that something important had happened.

There were helicopters flying and police everywhere. Some people carrying flowers and plenty of television reporters standing by.

They had cordoned the area off, but we did not realize at that moment the seriousness of what was happening. You felt the sensation, the distressing mood but not completely.

Later on, I watched French television but my command of French it is no so fabulous. As a consequence, I did not fully understand a terrorist attack had actually happened.

As I was on holidays I did not even have my mobile phone with me. We did not know anything at all.

In fact, we left Nice and France without realizing it. But afterwards, I spent one week with no internet, no mobile devices nor watching television. I was tired, exhausted. Read the end following the link Terrorist Attack, Nice, France

Monday, 27 February 2017

Warren Beatty and 2017 Academy Awards,

Reality overcomes fiction I wrote about the legend of actor Jack Palance when announcing an Oscar for Marisa Tomei. Marisa Tomei However, what has just happened at the end of the 89th edition of Academy Awards will be remembered forever. Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty had a wrong envelope, it said Emma Stone instead of the winner for best picture. He has given it to Faye Dunaway who has said La La Land.

Soon thereafter, cast members of Moonlight were receiving the right Oscar. (La La Land ones were already celebrating its big win)

By the way, this is the full list of winners

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea
Andrew GarfieldHacksaw Ridge
Ryan GoslingLa La Land
Viggo MortensenCaptain Fantastic
Denzel WashingtonFences
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth NeggaLoving
Natalie PortmanJackie
Emma StoneLa La Land
Meryl StreepFlorence Foster Jenkins
Mahershala AliMoonlight
Jeff BridgesHell or High Water
Lucas HedgesManchester by the Sea
Dev PatelLion
Michael ShannonNocturnal Animals
Viola DavisFences
Naomie HarrisMoonlight
Nicole KidmanLion
Octavia SpencerHidden Figures
Michelle WilliamsManchester by the Sea
2017 Academy Awards
2017 Academy Awards 
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
La La Land
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
La La Land
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
"Can’t Stop The Feeling" from Trolls
Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
"City Of Stars" from La La Land
Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
"How Far I’ll Go" from Moana
Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Hidden Figures
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women