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Review: A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’d encountered Hemingway through his ‘Death in the Afternoon’ foray into bullfighting. I have always wanted to tackle some of his pure fiction and thought I’d delve into this shortish novel, with catchy title. I expected a book on war and the protagonist’s journey on the Italian front of World War 1 did not disappoint. The book is a romantic novel though and the blossoming love between soldier and nurse in the heat of conflict is a contrasting dichotomy that Hemingway weaves wonderfully in a myriad of descriptive prose. As the story progresses you find attachment to the characters and Hemingway will ever so suddenly sweep the carpet from underneath you and cast the direction into another unforeseen direction. The book builds and builds and we see the conflict dying down and as the birth of their firstborn approaches one can only expect a nice happy conclusion. War over and happiness ever after. But alas, the tragedy of the finale leaves one dumbstruck and aghast. It really does leave you hanging. The tragedy of war is matched with the tragedy of life and our main character’s heartbreak hits you as a reader with devastating effect. A fantastic read and I cannot wait until I grasp hold of the next Hemingway adventure. View all my reviews

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 3

Wez G Sessions Episode 3

Another variety of genres for the Wez G weekly radio show, now in its third week of broadcast… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Jamiroquai – Blow Your Mind [Sony Soho Square] 2. Aretha Franklin – Respect [Atlantic] 3. Madonna – Borderline [Sire] 4. Thievery Corporation – Blasting Through The City [Eighteenth Street Lounge Music] 5. Kasabian – Underdog (Sasha Remix) [Sony Music] 6. Depeche Mode – Policy Of Truth [Mute] 7. Beyonce – End Of Time (Wez G Let Me Go Remix) [White] 8. Lighthouse Family – Ocean Drive [Wildcard] 9. Al-Pha-X – Mi Corazon [Bar De Lune] 10. Karunesh – Punjab [Etherean Music] 11. Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man [Philips] Wez G Sessions – Episode 3 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Review: The Will to Survive. A History of Hungary

The Will to Survive. A History of Hungary by Bryan Cartledge My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a daunting book in terms of size yet at the conclusion of it, I feel its in depth detail and full historical coverage make it a definitive volume of those interested in the country of Hungary and its environs. I travelled through Hungary in 2005 and spent some tie in Budapest and was quite surprised by the capital’s affluent nature despite it being my first glimpse behind the Iron Curtain. The author was a British ambassador to Hungary in the early 1980s, at the dawn of the modern political era. If I had any criticism of this work it is that it sometimes gets a little overbearing politically with less emphasis on general history. I found the ancient history amazing and was fully intrigued by the Habsburg monarchy. The twentieth century brought a new angle on bot World Wars and the subsequent peaces. I was surprised at the impact Trianon has on Hungary and the key revolution in 1956 exposed some of the feelings of true life behind the Iron Curtain. I think that Hungary’s history as a central European nation has been troubled due to its geography yet the continuation of the Hungarian people and language demonstrates that this struggle has succeeded. I feel that Hungary invokes romantic notions in how it is generally perceived in the West. That is despite, allying itself with the losing side in both World Wars, its location on the Danube at where East meets West, means that it has a unique position in terms of world heritage. After reading this book I feel more enlightened about Eastern Europe and feel that I would like to further my study on the region by visiting it once more. View all my reviews

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Dolphin Deep (Chillout)

Time for another mix in the Wez G chillout series. It’s a beaming hot summer and it’s always nice to get some fresh, sunny tunes to while away the time… This mix goes a little more four-four than usual and might be a post-sunset Cafe Del Mar session… It’s (dolphin) deep and funky and quite acoustic… I enjoyed it, especially going more full-flow towards the end… :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. World Of Intros -Vietnam Intro (Reporter Mix) [Butcher Music] 2. 9 In Common -Action & Reaction (Original Mix) [Seamless Recordings] 3. James Solid – Underwater Rain (Original Mix) [Solid Fabric Recordings] 4. Puremusic – Unsaid (Original Mix) [Silk Sofa Music] 5. Oniris, Pat Brooks – The Rebirth (Blissed Out Mix) [Bedrock Records] 6. Rodg – Into Nothing (Original Mix) [Body Condition] 7. Rodg – Life Is Life (Chill Mix) [Body Condition] 8. The Grid – Floatation (Prins Thomas Miks) [Klik Records] 9. Club Des Belugas – Welcome to Brazil (Papa Cobana Hiphop Soccer Remix) [ChinChin Records] 10. Seconds – Another Day (Lexx Remix) [Klik Records] 11. Agnostica – Wildcat (Original Version) [Audiokult] 12. Chuva Speaks Arab – Airplanes (Name Surname Mix) [Hotfingers] 13. Ian Tosel – Lookin At You (Original Mix) [Prison Entertainment] 14. Gorkiz, Close Enough – Stars (Lou Van Remix) [Sleazy Deep] 15. Framewerk – Electric Religion (Original Mix) [Prison Entertainment] 16. Max Lyazgin, JazzyFunk – Element of Life (Ed’s Dream) (Original Mix) [Deepalma] 17. Loui & Scibi – Your Love Feat. Nuwella (Ian Tosel Remix) [Milk & Sugar] 18. WhoMadeWho – Heads Above (Original Mix) [Darup Associates] 19. London Grammar – Hey Now (Sasha Remix) [Metal & Dust Recordings Ltd] 20. M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade – Home (Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Interstellar Mix) [Deepalma] Wez G – Dolphin Deep (Chillout) by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Wez G Sessions – Episode 2

Wez G Sessions Episode 2

This week’s episode has quite a lot of older tracks in it, mixed up with some contemporary dance and chill out… Keep spreading the word and help get the Wez G Sessions weekly radio show off the ground 🙂 :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Toots And The Maytals – 54-46 (Was My Number) [Beverley’s Records] 2. A Man Called Adam – Barefoot In The Head (Acoustic Edit) [Southern Fried Records] 3. Jefferson Airplane – When The Earth Moves Again [RCA] 4. Massive Attack – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got [Wild Bunch Records] 5. Acapella 54 – Sweet Dreams (Alexander Metzger Mix) [Butcher Music] 6. Manu Chao – Desaperecido [Virgin] 7. Cosmo – Strike! Occupy! Resist! [White] 8. Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump [Capitol Records] 9. Spiller – Cry Baby (Royksopp’s Malselves Memorabilia Mix) [Positiva] 10. The Specials – A Message To You Rudy [Chrysalis] 11. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill [EMI] 12. Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart – Erzulie [Oval (3)] 13. Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line [Sun Record Company] 14. Bobby Womack – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough [United Artists Records] Wez G Sessions – Episode 2 by Wez G on Mixcloud

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Review: The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo, The World’s Most Wanted Drug Lord

The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo, The World’s Most Wanted Drug Lord by Malcolm Beith My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a fast-moving story of the rise of Mexico’s most feared and influential drug lord, El Chapo. The Sinaloa cartel occupies the number one position in terms of prestige of drug organisations and Guzman Loera has hit the Forbes list of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world. After a daring prison break he hides out from Mexican and US authorities as well as rival gangs in the hills of his native Mexico. Beith is a journalist who attempts to piece together the myths surrounding this elusive character and he weaves a very readable and exciting story together which combines romance, bloodthirsty homicide, big business administration, corruption and the life of the modern day Mexican Robin Hood and his associates. The situation in Mexico is extreme and unbelievable in may ways. It has certainly transcended all the boundaries first witnessed during the rise of the Colombian cartels decades ago. This book is perhaps lacking in truth in some ways as the evidence is so difficult to establish, yet it is well-written and gives the reader a good insight into one of the greatest plagues of the modern world. View all my reviews

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