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Huey Lewis and The News The Power Of Love
Huey Lewis & The News - Fore!, Chrysalis
Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI
Deacon Blue Wages Day
Deacon Blue- Our Town (Greatest Hits), Columbia
Jeff Beck Hi Ho Silver Lining
The Greatest Hits Of 1967 (Various), EMI
Big Impact music: Featured on the CD 'Tranquility in Baroque' on Warner
Philharmonia Orchestra Concerto For Oboe in D Minor
Adele Rolling In The Deep
(CD Single), XL, 1
Gene Pitney 24 Hours From Tulsa
The Love Songs Of Burt Bacharach, Polygram Tv
Yellow Wire Last Breath
(CD Single), id Records, 1
Pet Shop Boys I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
(CD Single), Parlophone
Franz Ferdinand Walk Away
(CD Single), Domino
Florence + the Machine You Got The Love
Now That's What I Call Music 74 (Various Artists), Now, 5
From the CD 'Black Swan: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' on Sony Classical
Studio Orchestra Closing Credits
Mika Love Today
(CD Single), Casablanca
Costa Book of The Year 2011
This year’s Costa Book of the Year award will be announced at a ceremony hosted by presenter and broadcaster Penny Smith at Quaglino's in central London next Tuesday 25th January 2011.Costa Book Awards
The Costa Book Awards is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.
The Costa Book Awards is unique in many ways, not least in having five categories:
• First Novel
• Children's Book
The winner in each category receives £5,000 and then one of these five books is selected as the overall winner of the Book of the Year and receives a further £30,000, making a total prize fund of £55,000. It is the only prize which places children's books alongside adult books in this way.
Last November the list of shortlisted books, in all categories were announced and then earlier this month the winners were announced in each category. The winners were:-
COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD
KISHWAR DESAI - Witness the Night
Publisher: Beautiful Books
Synopsis: In a small town in the heart of India, a young girl, barely alive, is found in a sprawling home where thirteen people lie dead. The girl has been beaten and abused. She is held in the local prison, awaiting interrogation for the murders that the local police believe she has committed.
But an unconventional visiting social worker, Simran Singh, is convinced of her innocence and attempts to break through the girl's mute trance to find out what happened that terrible night. As she slowly uncovers the truth, Simran realises that she is caught in the middle of a terrifying reality where the unwanted female offspring of families are routinely disposed of.
COSTA NOVEL AWARD
MAGGIE O'FARRELL - The Hand That First Held Mine
Publisher: Headline Review
Synopsis: Fresh out of university and in disgrace, Lexie Sinclair is waiting for life to begin. When the bohemian, sophisticated Innes Kent turns up by chance on her doorstep in rural Devon, she realises that she can wait no longer, and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, Lexie carves out a new life for herself with Innes at her side.
In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. As Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with her sense of herself as an artist, Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood - memories that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, so an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed.
Separated by fifty years, Lexie and Elina are connected in ways that neither of them could ever have expected?
COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
EDMUND DE WAAL - The Hare With Amber Eyes
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Synopsis: 264 wood and ivory carvings of animals, plants and people - none of them larger than a matchbox: apprentice potter, Edmund De Waal, was entranced by the collection when he first encountered it in the Tokyo apartment of his great Uncle Iggie. And later, when he inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger than he could have imagined.
De Waal travels the world in this memoir, to stand in the great buildings his forebears once inhabited. He traces the lines of a remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. And in doing so, he tells the story of a unique collection which passed from hand to hand and which, in a twist of fate, found its way home to Japan.
COSTA POETRY AWARD
JO SHAPCOTT - Of Mutability
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Synopsis: In a series of fresh, unflinching poems, Jo Shapcott movingly explores mortality and the nature of change: in the body and the natural world, and in shifting relationships between people.
By turns grave and playful, arresting and witty, the poems in Of Mutability celebrate each waking moment as though it might be the last and, in so doing, restore wonder to the smallest of encounters.
COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD
JASON WALLACE - Out of Shadows
Publisher: Andersen Press
Synopsis: Zimbabwe, 1980s. The fighting has stopped, independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans. It is the end of the Old Way and the start of a promising new era. For Robert Jacklin, it's all new - new continent, new country, new school. And very quickly he is forced to understand a new way of thinking, because for some of his classmates the sound of guns is still loud, and their battles rage on.....white boys who want their old country back, not this new black African government. Boys like Ivan. Clever, cunning Ivan. For him, there is still one last battle to fight, and he's taking it right to the very top.
FINAL JUDGING PANEL
The final judging panel selects the overall Costa Book of the Year – which will be announced on Tuesday 25th January - from the five category Award winners. This year's final judging panel comprises:
ANDREW NEIL (Chairman): Publisher and Broadcaster
NATASHA KAPLINSKY: Broadcaster
ELIZABETH MCGOVERN: Actress
DAVID MORRISSEY: Actor
ANNEKA RICE: Broadcaster (representing the First Novel Award category)
ADELE PARKS: Author (representing the Novel Award category)
JULIET NICOLSON: Author (representing the Biography Award category)
RUTH PADEL: Poet (representing the Poetry Award category)
TIM BOWLER: Author (representing the Children's Book Award category)
For further details on this year’s Costa Book Awards click on the following link.
Poet Robert Burns is one of Scotland’s most important and enduring cultural icons and ahead of the 252nd anniversary of his birth a new £21 million museum dedicated to his life and work is opening in his hometown of Alloway.Robert Burns
Responsible for such enduring works as Ae Fond Kiss, To A Mouse and Auld Lang Syne - the second most performed song in the world after Happy Birthday - The Scottish Bard's presence can be felt everywhere, from Burns Suppers at the Kremlin through to the work of Bob Dylan, to the tune that plays at pedestrian crossings in Japan.
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire officially opens to the public from Saturday 22nd January.
Luke Wright's Cynical Ballad
WARNING: ** The following poem contains strong language that some people may find offensive **
The Ballad of Fat Josh
Fat Josh – his forehead dripped with lard
his manner blunt as bricks
he lead a gang of burly boys
with swear words on their lips -
an appetite for violence
a bigger one for chips.
They hung around outside the mall
collective gut immense
they yelled, and burped and hucked-up flem
and largely caused offence.
They’d rob pizza delivery boys
then eat the evidence.
At school they roamed the playing fields
or loitered in the bogs
on weekends they set fire to stuff
or idly tortured dogs
and holidays were much the same
except they ate the dogs.
Each meal a cornucopia
of additives and fat
of meat that turns your faeces red
and drinks that taste of sprats
Oh food! Reconstituted food!
Oh food not fit for cats!
And in this way Fat Josh remained
near eighteen stone and cruel -
a acne-sumo Al Capone
complete power tools -
untouchable, that was until
a new girl came to school.
And Polly Smith was beautiful
so charming, kind and funny.
When Polly walked into a room
the room felt really sunny
and each time Polly clip-clopped past
Fat Josh sucked in his tummy.
Until one day he bit the bullet
chewed it, scoffed the pack,
he spat into his beefy hand
and slicked his hair right back.
He walked straight up to Polly Smith
and gave her bum a smack.
I choose you as my bird, said Josh
in breathy, onion sighs.
But Polly smoothed her school skirt down
and trying not to cry
enunciated perfectly -
Why Josh, I’d rather die.
With all those callous female cackles
ringing within his ears,
a heart that seemed as if it had
been pierced with poison spears,
Fat Josh retraced his steps back home
and struggled with his tears
through long dark evenings of the soul
his bedroom deadly quiet
until the answer dawned on him
till Josh could not deny it -
two words that filled his heart with dread:
exercise and diet!
He wheezed his way through treadmill days
he panted on the bikes.
He decommissioned his remotes,
he went on ten mile hikes
and cried and gnawed his sausage hands
when hunger came to strike.
For those who’ve followed diets know
that Burger King’s’s invalid.
and things like No Bread Sandwiches
will leave you looking pallid.
O, love can do some awful things
but few as bad as salad!
And so the August days rolled by,
and Britain took a break
they munched on suspect chilli chips
at festivals and fetes
till one September day there was
a stirring at the gates.
Slack jaws were hanging southwards, cries of
Who the hell is that?
(The grimaced face familiar
the belly strangely flat)
Oh my days, it is, it’s Fat Josh
only … he’s not fat.
The arms were toned, the chest was ripped
his shoulders three foot wide.
With chiselled cheeks and thighs like trees
that caused a John Wayne stride
he stalked across the playing field
and stood at Polly’s side
grinning and puffing out his chest
like he’d just won a fight.
You thought I’d never do it Pol?!
his voice shot through with spite.
He spat words like bulimia:
You’re out with me tonight!
You stupid meathead! Polly yelled
which took him by surprise.
You belly never bothered me
in fact I like fat guys.
I’ve got a thing for muffin-tops
it’s dickheads I despise.
So once again Fat Josh retreated
knocked around and beat,
a moral forming in his head
which I shall now repeat:
you have to change your attitude
not just the things you eat.
Tess Morris Film Review: Black Swan (Certificate 15)
Black Swan is a psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet which stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer whose life, like all in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the Swan Queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.Black Swan
Morning Glory (Certificate 12A)
Local news producer Becky Fuller (Rachel Mcadams) has finally landed her dream job in the big city – taking the reigns of the national morning news story Daybreak in New York. However, from day one, the dream threatens to become a nightmare. She’s got all the grit and skills a girl could ever need for success but one huge obstacle stands between Becky and her rise to the top: the legendary Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford) – a cranky and uncooperative anchorman who is about to become her biggest curse and her only hope for turning around the fate of the last morning news programme in America.Morning Glory
NEDS (Certificate 18)
From the award-winning filmmaker Peter Mullan comes a story set against the backdrop of 1970s Glasgow, about a young man’s journey from prize-winning schoolboy to knife-carrying youth. Struggling against the low expectation of those around him, John McGill (Conor McCarron) changes from victim to avenger, altar boy to glue sniffer, scholar to NED (non-educated delinquent), and when he attempts to change back again, his new reality and recent past make conformity near impossible and violent self determination near inevitable.NEDS
The Dilemma (Certificate 12A)
Longtime friends Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) are partners in an auto-design firm. They are hard at work on a presentation for a dream project that would really launch their company. Then Ronny spots Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) out with another man, and in the process of investigating the possible affair, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. As the presentation nears, Ronny agonizes over what might happen if the truth gets out.The Dilemma
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