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Review: The New Cold War

The New Cold War by Edward Lucas My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a study of Russia in the post-communist era. It documents the rise of Vladimir Putin and identifies the ‘new cold war’ that envelopes Russia’s relations with the outside world. I found the book to be detailed with information and I was surprised by many of the features of the new Russia. I hadn’t realised that under Putin the Russian economy had been growing really well nor had I an appreciation of his soaring approval rating with his people. The Russian dominance of the energy market, in particular, gas, is quite daunting. I really enjoyed the chapter that focussed on the actual way this energy market is structured. The new Cold War won’t necessarily be fought in terms of military might and arms races. The Russian military strength is very dilapidated and they spend 25 times less on their military budget than the US. The new war will be fought in the markets with hard-hitting Kremlin-supported oligarch cash and the high profits from the energy market. I was surprised at the overall effect how that, since 1989, Russia has reverted back to its old Iron Curtain Soviet ways, despite me imagining that it was all freedom and capitalism there now. ‘Sovereign Democracy’ has quite different values to the political system we understand. The author has done his best in this book to explain what makes Russia tick and how we can possibly overcome a dark new era of global hostilities. View all my reviews

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Review: To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars This Hemingway adventure is set in Cuba and involves a wily sailor who is involved in the murky smuggling business between Havana and his home port in Florida. Harry Morgan is a man in conflict with his morals. He is a family man, fully supportive of his wife and daughters and he aims to put food on his table. But, how he does this, is with a selfish immoral attitude. After a chartered fishing expedition goes wrong and his client fails to pay, Harry is left to make up his income in any way possible. The dark episodes in the story are sudden and explosive and the murky world of criminals, murder, revolutionaries, smuggling and rummy alcoholics jumps out of the pages at you with venom. There is a contrasting world of high society where things aren’t so desperate, but equally there are sinister undertones here too. The main tale ends in tragedy though one can tell that Harry has been riding his luck for a while. To Have And To Have Not is a vivid tale and makes one question morals. Harry, the antihero, goes from bad to worse, yet, as a reader you are always looking our for him and hoping he gets through and achieves salvation. View all my reviews

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Review: Through the Language Glass

Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was a fantastic read. It was quite different to how I initially imagined it to be. As you follow the story is constructively builds a cohesive, rational scientific argument as to exactly how and why different language users perceive the world differently. It is thoroughly thought-provoking and addresses issues that I had never previously pondered about but which are clearly important. There is a clear difference between language speakers across the world, but how does this manifest at a biological level? From colour perception to spatial awareness to use of gender, our language constrains us, in effect imprisons us to perceive the world in predetermined ways. I think that by reading this book I am more aware of the difference in languages and by being aware of that difference it assists one to break their own shackles of a restricted mind. At the very least I have a sturdy amount of scientific examples of linguistic studies with which to embellish my work on the Translation degree I am studying. A good read. View all my reviews

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Review: The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy

The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course, and Legacy by Marifeli Pérez-Stable My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m doing a university essay question on the Cuban Revolution so felt that this was a good text to read ahead of doing my assignment. The book certainly covers the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath in a lot of detail. It is a modern history of Cuba. However, whereas other works on the Cuban Revolution focus on perhaps the more glamorous side of the actual taking of the island and the chief protagonists, this book delves a little deeper and assesses the actual politics of the revolution and its real implications. Every finding is backed up with real data and the author, who initially was very supportive of the revolution, is clear in her latter condemnation of its impact. Cuba is, for sure, an anomaly among world states. I found the impact of ‘Fidel-Patria-Revolucion’ and the development of Cuban ‘conciencia’ very important in the whole ideology of the new Cuba. The anti-imperialism of the regime is clear, but Cuba’s almost solitary dependence on sugar left it open to all sorts of fundamental problems. It cosied up to the Soviet Union during the Cold War but this left its own impact as the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union broke apart. It is very bizarre how Cuba the revolution has survived intact but what future lies ahead? This book gave me a lot greater understanding of what the revolution meant specifically to the Cuban people and its lasting legacy. It’s a thorough read and though occasionally it does bog you down in detail it is an academic text and this can be expected. View all my reviews

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Review: Men Without Women

Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars My journey through Hemingway’s works continues and ‘Men Without Women’ was no let down. The testosterone is flowing in this collection of short stories and the author’s narrative is constantly catching the macho emotions amid the standard Hemingway vivid scene description. We move from bullfighters, to gangsters, to boxers, to road trippers. Often the stories are based in the romance of continental Europe, a place for which, it is clear, Hemingway has a special affinity. very often we leave the story abruptly with a typical open-ended cliffhanger, allowing us to ponder the future development of the characters. Each of the stories could quite easily become a novel in themselves and in that sense ‘Men Without Women’ leaves us thirsty for more. View all my reviews

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Review: The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is only a short book and I read it in a couple of hours. The brevity doesn’t, however, take away from it being a great tale. An old fisherman heads out to sea off his native Cuba and endures an epic battle with a Marlin, the first fish he has caught in over 80 days. He is alone at sea, his unsuccessful fishing meaning that his child partner can no longer go out to sea with him. The man faces a battle with his aging body and mind in addition to the fight he has with the graceful, strong fish. After three days of hard labor, he finally lands the Marlin. Unable to fit on the boat he has to strap the fish to the outside and, having drift far too out to sea for comfort, he faces a long struggle home, where his real battle against the elements of the sea begin. Sharks are the danger and, as the dead catch releases its scent and blood into the water, the scavengers of the ocean set out to undo the old man’s work. He repels the attacks using every weapon to hand but they are too plentiful and finally he reaches shore, with just a skeleton remaining of the giant Marlin. He is glad to be home and exhausted, he can face his community with a little more pride as from the skeleton they can tell that he is still a great fisherman. Hemingway weaves his magic, using simple language and colorful prose imagery. He obviously has a deep love for fishing and his knowledge of the sea comes direct from his own fishing experience. The novel captures the reality of ocean-fishing and with the loneliness of the sea offset by the old man’s fondness of baseball and his dreams of lions on the beach in Africa, we read a cleverly weaved tale and it is no surprise to me that Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature as a direct result of writing this masterpiece. View all my reviews

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Review: Translation and Globalization

Translation and Globalization by Michael Cronin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book, by Irish author Michael Cronin, explores translation studies from a globalization perspective with specific attention paid to the situation in Ireland. Globalization is a trend which is ever-increasing in our world and it is an undeniable fact. How do translators fit into this movement of culture? They are involved whether they support globalization or not and very often they must remain unbiased in their views. As contact increases between different cultures and language groups across the planet the translator is finding himself ever more involved. Technology issues and localisation are covered and this is particularly relevant to Ireland which has set itself up as a hub for the international technological revolution. The book analyses the different cultural conflicts which arise in translation as a result of globalization. What are the relationships between powerful global languages and more minor ones? I found the final chapter on minor languages, looking in detail at Irish Gaelic, most interesting. When one is a native speaker of English it is difficult to overlook the factors affecting translators of minor languages whose working lives and structure and thinking are markedly different to the bulk of translators. The book is very well written and gives a comprehensive outlook on Translation Studies, never veering too far from the underlying topic of globalization. I found it easy to follow and rich in its definitions and examples. I will be using the specific content on Translation History for my next essay. View all my reviews

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Review: Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises

Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 4 of 5 stars My love affair with Hemingway continues and Fiesta is the latest work of his that I have thrown myself into and conveniently it is all about a love affair. The tension of the love between Jake and the wild aristocratic Brett builds up in the city of Paris. We see a high life throughout this book. The chief protagonists certainly understand how best to enjoy their time. Washing machines and home cooked dinners are not on the agenda. We flit from bar to bar, restaurant to restaurant and the mouthwatering selection of food and drink is so succulently described that by the time Jake hit San Sebastian towards the end of the book I could actually savor the taste of his drinks. Hemingway is rich on description and all of his writing very cleverly conjures up mental images describing in detail the environment his characters inhabit. Fiesta is no different and if anything the landscape described in this book is perhaps richer. We can see that the author knows his terrain well. He is passionate about France and Spain and nowhere does this passion manifest itself more than at the Festival of San Fermin at Pamplona. From ‘Death In The Afternoon’ I know that Hemingway deeply admires bullfighting. The sejour at San Fermin allows this knowledge and love of La Corrida to manifest itself in fiction. Jake, an American, is rare as a foreigner, in that he is an initiate of this cultural sport. The relationship with Montoya, in whose hotel they reside, is poignant in the way Jake and Montoya interact as they discuss the intricacies of the weeks long activities centered upon the bulls. The wild partying of the week long fiesta culminates in an anarchic breakup of the group of friends. the boxer loses his temper, there is an excess of alcohol and Brett, who is the center of attention for all the men, decides to run off with the festival’s leading young bullfighter. They split away and head off in their own directions and it is Jake who comes to the rescue of Brett as she winds up in Madrid. It is obvious throughout that they deeply care for each other but their very lifestyle doesn’t allow them to be together. As the book ends with them travelling down a Madrid street…

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Useful Tools for Chart Analysis – Bollinger Bands

Bollinger Bands are used on trader’s graphs as indicators to demonstrate market volatility. The bands incorporate a moving average line and two standard deviation lines. To analyse the trade movements using the Bollinger Bands, you have to see whether they are converging or diverging. A convergence suggests a reduction in volatility and a divergence suggests that an asset has become volatile, and is therefore likely to move price. They are important factors to assess in gaining an entry. You should include them on your trading graphs to check to see if the time is right for your trade. Useful website: http://bollingerbandgenius.com/

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Useful Tools for Chart Analysis: Fibonacci and Moving Averages

When I first started trading, I was looking at graphs and sort of just guessing trends – are they bullish or bearish, or flat? Guesswork is no good. You have to learn when to enter a market, when to get out and learn what the candlestick graphs are actually showing. In my research today, I found out about Fibonacci and Moving Averages. Both are useful tools to implement on your trading graphs as by understanding how to use them properly you will know when to enter the market. They explain almost perfectly the underlying trends on the graphs. Below are three good vides that are well worth watching. There are more good videos in the Video section of this site which you can access using the above menu.

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A Fresh Start – Back Trading

Well, my finances have recovered slightly and I’m back in the game. As of tomorrow, I’m investing $500 in Banc De Binary – That $500 will be doubled to $1000 with the signup bonus so I shall have a nice balance to play with. I’ve been researching the best brokers and Banc De Binary are consistently reviewed as being the best. I’ve had a good chat with one of the advisors there and he’s filled me full of confidence. To help me with signals and to help learn how to trade properly, I’ve also signed up with Binary Options Free or Intellitraders – They’re going to give me pro signals to advise me on my trades and I look forward to the 75% return rate they promise. I shall keep you informed of how the trading goes. I have decided to tweet all my results so you’ll be able to see for yourselves, how, on a daily basis, my profit / loss goes.

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Gerrard The Red – An Introduction

Hi – My name is Wesley Gerrard and I’m an avid Liverpool Fan and have been all my life. My father’s family are originally from Liverpool and I’ve been a fan of the Mighty Reds from birth. I’m currently 35 years old. The greatest moment in my life was in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul in May 2005 when I witnessed firsthand my namesake, club captain, Steven Gerrard, lifting the European Cup after a hectic victory against AC Milan. On my return from Istanbul, I wrote up an account of the game and my travels and turned it into a website. Hungary For Turkey has proven a popular site with supporters and I really enjoyed writing it. I decided that I would like to turn my hand to writing about Liverpool FC more regularly so I decided to set up a blog. This is GerrardTheRed.com and I aim to cover all things LFC and truly embed myself in the LFC family on the internet. It is September 2013 and after three games in the new season, Liverpool are top of the league with 3 clean sheets and 9 points out of nine. I think it’s the right time to do something positive as I feel good about the future at our club, perhaps as I did at the start of the 2005 season. I hope the journey goes well and that GerrardTheRed.com is a success. YNWA

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Official Wez G website is revamped and relaunched

I spent a hectic three days at the end of last week rebuilding my main website. The old one looked rather dated and was a bit of a nightmare to update. It didn’t perform particularly well SEO wise and was clunky and slow to load. I decided to abandon the use of html and css and transfer the new site to a streamlined wordpress format. I used what data I could from the old site and tried to emphasise my music in the new one, with it heavily drawing from my rather active Soundcloud account. In the new site, photos and videos are available, there is a portfolio section, lots of music, categorised by type (DJ Sets, production, remixes) and genre (house, chillout, drum & bass). I encourage website viewers to participate with me on the social networks, with lots of twitter and facebook boxes and share buttons and also links to the many social networks available. The blog section has allowed me to combine my previous wordpress news blog with my old google blogger one and I might even drag in all the tumblr posts I’ve done too. I plan to post new blogs primarily directly in the site so my other blogs (including this one) are likely to become a bit neglected. Fans of the new website can sign up for updates via email. All in all, I’m satisfied with the work and the new site is looking rather sparkly. I hope you take the time to check it out http://djwezg.com

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Listen/purchase: Turn Up Trumps by Wez G

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Listen/purchase: Damaging Dancefloor by Wez G

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My TopDeejays.com Ranking

I was thrilled to discover a new social website for DJs. topdeejays.com measures the ranking of DJs across the globe according to their fanbase on the internet. They formulate a score for each DJ according to his or her facebook, twitter, soundcloud, myspace, youtube and last.fm rankings. The charts can be broken down according to country, genre and individual social network. My new page there which shows my results is here. https://topdeejays.com/wez-g/ As you can see my current rankings are: Ranked 1155 in the World Ranked 268 in the UK Ranked 311 in House Ranked 60 in Chill Out Ranked 4938 Facebook Ranked 197 Twitter Ranked 1540 Soundcloud Ranked 5045 Youtube Myspace rankings as yet unavailable Ranked 3187 Last.fm I was quite chuffed with my overall scores. I’ll probably be boosted up a few spaces when my myspace score is included. I need to work on a few areas, like building up my Facebook Fanpage and also my Youtube subscribers. I’m going to keep track of my progress on this site. I think it’s a really useful tool and it’s also a great way of discovering new music and finding out what’s truly going on in the scene.

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Ten Foot Tahitian by Wez G

Ten Foot Tahitian by Wez G – broadcast on MPVSW1 6th Sep 2013 at 9pm This is a blast from the past. I recorded it in November 2005 though it contains tracks from much earlier. I named the mix after the massive waves that roll into Tahiti which lays claim to being the place where surfing began. It recreates part of the six hour set I did when I played at Tikisoft in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. It was a perfect day. The sun was shining. I went swimming with the sharks and stingrays in the morning and then got stuck into the island’s decks for a marathon set. The mix is summery and reflects the sounds of one of the earth’s best untouched paradises. House Music. It’s a global groove… 1.Late Night Alumni – Nothing Left to Say [Hed Kandi] 2.Hysterix – Talk to Me [Deconstruction] 3.Seelenluft feat. Michael Smith – Manila [Backyard Recordings] 4.Playgroup – Behind the Wheel (dj-kicks electroca$h mix) [Global Underground] 5.Desert – Moods [Stress] 6.Yello – To The Sea [Mercury] 7.Chemical Brothers – Hold Tight London [Freestyle Dust] 8.Adam Johnson – Four squares [Global Underground] 9.Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (Gabriel & Dresden mix) [Perfecto] 10.Leftfield featuring John Lydon – Open Up [Hard Hands] 11.Underworld – Dark and Long [Ministry of Sound] 12.Kelli Ali – Kids (Rui Da Silva remix) [One Little Indian] 13.Trafik feat. Rachel Lamb – Surrender [Global Underground] 14.Ultraviolet – Kites [Big Life] http://djwezg.com/djset24tenfoottahitian.html Wez G social media:http://twitter.com/wezghttp://facebook.com/djwezgshufflehttp://soundcloud.com/wezghttp://mixcloud.com/wezghttp://wezgradio.co.ukhttp://djwezg.com

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Why Should I set up a radio station on the KryKey Premium network?

As a DJ, I love today’s internet era for music. It is possible to reach a global audience far easier than ever before and the opportunities for DJs are endless. I use a range of platforms to promote my music and I wish today to speak about internet radio and the fabulous opportunities offered by the new KryKey Premium network. I will compare and contrast the service with various competitors and prove to you that KryKey Premium (www.KryKeyPremium.com currently under an upgrade) is the ideal internet radio solution for you. I have been a member of the KryKey network for about four years, since its early days with the Pilot KryKey 1.0. I run several stations there. One is streaming my DJ mixes constantly and links into my main website. Another runs music for my artist management company, an essential tool in showcasing our music. I have another for my local community’s radio station, where we run regular live shows, with audience participation and phoneins. I find the KryKey platform easy to use and the fact it’s a free service is an added bonus. The customer support is second to none and I have been advised on everything needed to my satisfaction, from intricate webpage embedding, to radio programming and uploading music. One of the best aspects I have witnessed about KryKey’s service is the friendly community that has built up around radio station owners. There are several active groups and forums across the social networks, where radio hosts can mingle and get advice, share shows and promote their material. KryKey is a network with over 25000 radio stations across the world now and it is one of the largest web radio hosting sites available on the internet. You must understand that with such a high volume of stations with millions of listeners, it is very difficult to get customer service levels so high for a free service. The bosses at KryKey decided that they wanted to develop a new premium service, where radio station owners will be charged a small fee and get an overall better professional level of service for their radio stations. It was to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’, to create a streamlined professional service, to the client’s benefit, for the more serious stations out there. KryKey Premium is an innovative solution and although still in its infancy, if you are serious about web radio,…

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