I recommend watchingThe
Importance of Being Earnesthere, the 2002 British-American romanticcomedy-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's
classic comedy of manners play of
the same name.
funny all the time, actually there is nothing earnest about it, at least on the
surface! It is a satire of the Victorian era, when a complicated code
of behaviour governed everything from communication to sexuality. Regarded by many as Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, it offers a brilliant commentary on class, money, marriage and
Born on June 21, 1948, in
Aldershot, England, Ian McEwan earned notice for his short stories before his
1978 debut novel The Cement Garden. Many other long-form works have
followed over the years, including the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam, Atonement, Saturday and Sweet
Tooth. Several of his works have been adapted into film and McEwan has
worked as a screenwriter on projects like The Good Son.
is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It
celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s
novel Ulysses. The day is named after
Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses.
The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other
characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early
hours of the following morning.
Celebrations often include dressing up like characters
from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. One of
the hallmark fancy dress items of Bloomsday is the straw boater hat.
Celebrations come in many different forms like readings, performances and
visiting the places and establishments that are referenced in the book. The
Bloomsday Breakfast is another common celebration, which involves eating the
same breakfast as Leopold Bloom consumes on the morning of 16 June. This
includes liver and kidneys alongside the typical ingredients of an Irish fried
breakfast. Continue reading here.
is a 2014 Americanhistoricalthrillerfilm directed byMorten Tyldum, with a screenplaybased on the biography "Alan Turing: The Enigma"by Andrew Hodges.
the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician,
cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a
reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of
'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction
for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they
were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. As a matter of fact, Alan Turing had decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during World War II.
Imitation Game” Dramatizes the Story of Alan Turinghere.
Here you can read an interesting review of this inspiring and sad movie. Benedict Cumberbatch's excellent performance gives added complexity to a fine account of the life of codebreaker Alan Turing. Continue reading here.
A Room of One's Own is a long essay about society and art and sexism written by Virginia Woolf. First published
in 1929, it was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham
College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in
"It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man's energy." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle