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.

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.

JOHN SMITH
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!!!!

SPANISH EXPRESSIONS THAT COME FROM AND ARE ONLY SPOKEN IN PERÚ

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

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

BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea
Andrew GarfieldHacksaw Ridge
Ryan GoslingLa La Land
Viggo MortensenCaptain Fantastic
Denzel WashingtonFences
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth NeggaLoving
Natalie PortmanJackie
Emma StoneLa La Land
Meryl StreepFlorence Foster Jenkins
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mahershala AliMoonlight
Jeff BridgesHell or High Water
Lucas HedgesManchester by the Sea
Dev PatelLion
Michael ShannonNocturnal Animals
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Viola DavisFences
Naomie HarrisMoonlight
Nicole KidmanLion
Octavia SpencerHidden Figures
Michelle WilliamsManchester by the Sea
2017 Academy Awards
2017 Academy Awards 
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence
COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land
DIRECTING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets
FILM EDITING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
"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
PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode
SOUND EDITING
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully
SOUND MIXING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Anne Bradstreet vs Mary Rowlandson

(This is the product of reading selectes pieces of writing by Mary Rowlandson and Anne Bradstreet Mary Rowlandson vs Anne Bradstreet)


Mary Rowlandson
Anne Bradstreet vs Mary Rowlandson

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) and Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711) are the two first women publishing literature in North America. The following is the product of reading selected pieces written by them. 

Anne Bradstreet
Anne Bradstreet vs Mary Rowlandson

MARY ROWLANDSON VS ANNE BRADSTREET
The stance of Mary Rowlandson and Anne Bradstreet is so evidently conveyed that we are able to know anything we may wish regarding them.

To say the truth, their plays epitomize their lives and wisdom in such a way the only one issue in which they two are coincidental might be they are both women. Consequently, we are facing two different literary figures that are going to be depicted now.

ANNE BRADSTREET
Anne Bradstreet uses literature to express herself, her true persona emerges free from the constrictions of a far too religious and patriarchal epoch, where everybody was extremely scrutinized in every regard.

Anne Bradstreet
Anne Bradstreet vs Mary Rowlandson

By contrast, Mary Rowlandson does fully fulfil what a woman is expected from at that time.

Owing to superb writing skills and a wide variety of resources, Anne Bradstreet is able to conceive and express her individuality through a poem written in heroic couplets (“The author to her book”) where she appears as the master of a literary craft “In better dress to trim thee was my mind”.

On a rhymed iambic pentameter poem (“To my dear and loving husband”) where she is a happy wife “Compare with me, ye women, if you can”. On a rhymed iambic tetrameter poem (“Upon the Burning of our house”) in which she defies destiny showing her affliction because her home has being destroyed “Let no man know is my desire”

Lastly, through an elegy (“On my dear grandchild Simon Bradstreet”) she appears like a bereaved mother, talking to her son “Go pretty babe, go rest with sisters twain.”

Anne Bradstreet uses four different styles of writing in which we perceive four different roles of a woman. Unlike her, Mary Rowlandson is only able to describe and tell of her time captive.

MARY ROWLANDSON
Describing the happenings with an utter religious meaning, referring to the Bible all the time and finding a biblical message in everything occurring, from a first attack suffered “It is a solemn sight to see so many Christians lying in their blood like a company of sheep torn by wolves, all of them stripped naked by a company of hell-hounds” to the late rescue episode; “God would have found a way for the English to have passed this river” or from the whole of her time alive while incarcerated “The Lord by His almighty power preserved a number of us from death,”

Mary Rowlandson
Anne Bradstreet vs Mary Rowlandson

Her literary notoriety is somehow casual insofar as she found herself imprisoned, and at that time stories related to Indian Captivities were extremely popular since a religious significance belies.

Mary Rowlandson perceives everything as written by God, she does not fear because she is a role woman who has God by her side.

She is a victim, yet she does live it in the best possible way, because she knows God will find a method to save her.

The acquaintance of Anne Bradstreet with god is evident, yet her sheer literary quality is so fabulous the only thing they share is being women. Mary Rowlandson vs Anne Bradstreet

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Halcombe, new book; the adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales.

Santa Claus would have already visited you, yet 3 Magic Kings prefer to work on January. As a result, the proper presents are coming now. Is there a better gift than your own book?  

Everybody knows Santa Claus but in some countries as mine, Spain, we receive a pleasant visit every January. These three kings, (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar in the English translation) are in charge of providing you with the presents you deserve. However, if you are an awful person the thing you will receive is dark and disgusting coal.

I do not know if I am a good person or not (just check out my articles to discover it) but I have my new book with me now. It is (finally) open for sale.  

I have spent numerous hours working on it. I explained here what the book is all about, therefore, I will not spend any new second talking about the plot or similar issues. You can read older posts. 

Yet, the current news is somewhat exciting (at least to myself I truly believe) because I have just made a live interview. I am not to be on a powerful network although I have been as nervous as if I was going to receive a Golden Globe Award. Read this in Spanish The adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales

I live in a rural area in northern Spain, Tarazona it is the name of my village which barely has 10.000 inhabitants. As the book has been published in United States of America they have invited me to appear on a show. I asked them to have the questions in advance. However, they prefer to do everything live, hence the difficulty is bigger and the fun greater.

the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales
the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales

My new book, the first one in English; “the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales” it is now everywhere. You can find it on the internet, on any virtual library and physically if you ask for it. the adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales

the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales”
the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales

The editorial is in charge of promoting it, this is part of their job and they know how to do it properly. For instance, they have included it to appear on a book fair in United States during 4th of July festivities. But there is nothing like talking about it in a live interview.


the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales”

the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales

As I have mentioned, this was not a bigger interview, it was for a local TV network, but I was really nervous. I have been talking about my experience publishing it.


the adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales
the adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales

The interview is on YouTube as well. You can see me there live, albeit it is in Spanish I am afraid you can guess my real inner state because of my face.

the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales
the Adventures of Halcombe Norilsk and other gripping tales

Likewise, I appear on the official monthly magazine of the Town Hall of my hometown where I live. To say the truth, I have kept two copies of it even though I have not been able to read it, because reading it makes me feel unsafe. Even though I wrote mainly the text that appears therein!!

Have a great week and if you read (someday) my new book hope you can have a better time than the one I was having doing the interview and seeing myself on that magazine. Do share, and comment.