Roundup August 30

The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Check out the Coal Tracker and wonder what we know that all the people building coal-fired power stations don’t know. Summary of stats. Check the columns for Units Planned and Under Construction. Indonesia 145, Turkey 71, Mongolia 19, Botswana 16, Mozambique 8, Australia 0.

International. Dan Mitchell wonders whether Macron can save France. Probably not, his popularity is fading fast when people realise he has a half-sensible reform agenda and the unions are gearing up for mayhem if he gets serious about labour market reform. The Independent J P O’Rourke on Marx, Prophecies and the Future of Liberty. Burning Man, from the Nevada Black Rock Desert is now a worldwide happening.

Books. Cult books from Abe.

Defining a cult book is not easy. Let’s start with the more obvious aspects of cult lit. To begin, a cult book should have a passionate following. Buckets of books fall into this category, including classics like J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and On the Road by Jack Kerouac. But even mega sellers Harry Potter and 50 Shades of Grey can be considered cult lit by that definition. A cult book should have the ability to alter a reader’s life or influence great change, and for the purpose of this list, it should also be a bit odd and a tad obscure.

Education and Culture You want boys to read? Give them books about heroes, plus a heap of other good stuff.

Accuracy in Academia survey of issues and events.

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8 Responses to Roundup August 30

  1. gbees

    So little ‘ol Vietnam will have nearly as many operating coal plants as Oz. Wonderful! thanks Mr Frydenberg and Mr Turnbull. Morons.

  2. test pattern

    ‘You want boys to read? Give them books about heroes’

    Glad u agree with me.

    ‘The warrior Jandamarra was borne into the world around the year 1873. He was still just a child when the first colonist moved into his country in the early 1880s, and his early years were surrounded by fighting, with the Bunuba people using their knowledge of the terrain and weather patterns in the area to resist the onset of the white man and herds of sheep and cattle taking over their country.’

  3. Spring is near

    Any suggested boys heroes book titles? The link didnt lead too far.

  4. test pattern

    ‘Any suggested boys heroes book titles’

    ‘The epic and tragic story of Jandamarra, Indigenous hero of the Kimberley told through text and illustrations. A story for all Australians, providing a unique insight into an extraordinary man and a powerful slice of history.’

  5. Rafe Champion

    There used to be a whole genre of boys adventure fiction.
    George Orwell wrote a story about these books, obviously a long time ago, saying they had a very similar theme and tone. The author wrote and said he wrote them all under several names and he claimed to be the most prolific writer in English at the time.

  6. Rafe Champion

    This is the article. The prolific author didn’t write all of them of course, just a lot!

    The stories are stories of what purports to be public-school life, and the schools (Greyfriars in the Magnet and St Jim’s in the Gem) are represented as ancient and fashionable foundations of the type of Eton or Winchester. All the leading characters are fourth-form boys aged fourteen or fifteen, older or younger boys only appearing in very minor parts. Like Sexton Blake and Nelson Lee, these boys continue week after week and year after year, never growing any older. Very occasionally a new boy arrives or a minor character drops out, but in at any rate the last twenty-five years the personnel has barely altered. All the principal characters in both papers — Bob Cherry, Tom Merry, Harry Wharton, Johnny Bull, Billy Bunter and the rest of them — were at Greyfriars or St Jim’s long before the Great War, exactly the same age as at present, having much the same kind of adventures and talking almost exactly the same dialect. And not only the characters but the whole atmosphere of both Gem and Magnet has been preserved unchanged, partly by means of very elaborate stylization. The stories in the Magnet are signed ‘Frank Richards’ and those in the Gem, ‘Martin Clifford’, but a series lasting thirty years could hardly be the work of the same person every week.(1) Consequently they have to be written in a style that is easily imitated — an extraordinary, artificial, repetitive style, quite different from anything else now existing in English literature.

    Footnote. This is quite incorrect. These stories have been written throughout the whole period by ‘Frank Richards’ and ‘Martin Clifford’, who are one and the same person!

  7. Jessie

    test pattern
    and some great links to war heroes

    Books for boys
    *Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    * Roald Dahl
    * Frank Baum
    * Eoin Colfer
    classics inc Russian authors

  8. manalive

    On the Red Army, following the debacle in Finland:

    ‘… Stalin was incandescent and he was not alone: Khrushchev later blamed Voroshilov’s “criminal negligence,” sneering that he spent more time in the studio of Gerasimov, the court painter, than in the Defence Commissariat. At Kuntsevo, Stalin’s anger boiled over. He started shouting at Voroshilov, who gave as good as he got. Turning red as a turkey-cock, Voroshilov shrieked at Stalin, “You have yourself to blame for all of this. You’re the one who annihilated the old guard of our army, you had our best generals killed.”
    Stalin rebuffed him, at which Voroshilov “picked up a platter of roast suckling pig and smashed it on the table.” Khrushchev admitted, “It was the only time in my life I witnessed such an outburst.” Voroshilov alone could have got away with it …’.

    That’s a quote from Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar Simon Montefiore’s history of the reign of Stalin, as well as a highly readable narrative is full of grimly entertaining anecdotes like after the near-catastrophic encirclement at Kiev Stalin summoned Khrushchev who expected to be arrested and shot like many before him, but Stalin liked him and merely admonished him emptying his pipe on his bald head alluding to the ancient Roman custom.

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