Clouds

The clouds are edged with gold as if someone has drawn around them with a highlighter pen, and in between them great gaping tears in the fabric with soft corners where the evening sun shines through, a portal to another place floating away from me inch by inch. I wish I could paint so I could capture the smudged grey-blue of the clouds, delicately illuminated from the centre like a palette brought to life. The contrast between the stormy grey, the pale amber, the sky blue, all shot through with white trails.

I fiddle with my phone, take a few shots and look down, and when I turn back it has gone.

 

Image Credits: Seeta Parmar

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake. A strange title, right? It sounds like it’s from a made up language, originating on some distant planet in the far reaches of the galaxy. The sense of oddness only intensifies when you open the book and start reading about a strange being named Snowman, seemingly marooned on a desert island in some far off post-apocalyptic wasteland, surrounded by non-human beings that are as alien to him as they are to us.

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Hidden Figures

Who do you think of when someone says “NASA” or “space programme”? Most people would probably think of famous astronauts like Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin, fewer people would be able to name the engineers and scientists that made their journeys possible and the names Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan would most likely be met with blank faces.

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Arrival

(spoilers)

It’s rare nowadays that anything I watch is capable of capturing my attention for longer than twenty minutes, without my succumbing to the temptation of mousing over the video progress bar, opening another tab on my browser or checking my emails- I watch a lot of television on my laptop. Arrival proved to be an exception to this rule, and reminded me of why I enjoy going to the movies so much.

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North and South vs Pride and Prejudice: the battle of the century!

I have to admit, when I first came to the end of North and South I eagerly turned to the next page and thought, is that it?

I think that my initial surprise was due to the fact that throughout the entire novel I was subconsciously comparing North and South to Pride and Prejudice and the ending above all highlights the fact that despite superficial similarities, the two novels are very different.

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