The two-ship fleet searching for the fabled Northwest Passage has hit a block, literally, a massive block of ice, damaging HMS Erebus’s propeller and cutting her efficiency by half.
It’s September 1846, and the European hunt for the illusory marine trade route has been going for nearly 350 years, since John Cabot first attempted to sail it.
AMC’s series, The Terror, based on a fictional retelling of the real-life naval catastrophe, takes the viewer on a melancholy journey of what may have transpired when the two ships disappeared over 175 years ago.
In Episode One, John Franklin and Francis Crozier…
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It’s nearly 20 years since Enron declared bankruptcy, wiping out over $74 billion of shareholder value.
The shareholders who lost their money were not the executives who cashed out months before the fall but the employees and public service workers; teachers, firefighters, nurses; anyone who had their pensions or savings invested in Enron stock.
The company hid their debt and continued to inflate the stock price superficially until the illusion burst. Naturally, this ethos of making money at all costs seeped down through the organisation.
On Day 17 of the Tour de France (Le Tour), so close to the end of the race, a rider waits at the foot of the Col de la Madeleine to help his leader up the dramatic assent.
Jens Debusschere, former Belgian National champion, is riding for the first time with B&B Hotels — Vital Concept, a second division team with a whole load of spirit.
Newbies to the event may not realise just how much of a team sport Le Tour is. …
In the 18th Century, Scotland was a land without a leader. James VI of Scotland had become James I of England. The country was Crippled by debt and blighted by poverty. Scotland was a country without a parliament.
Yet out of this small country emerged a ferocious movement of innovative thinking; The Scottish Enlightenment.
Dennis C Rasmussen, the author of The Infidel and The Professor; charting the friendship of Adam Smith and David Hume, poses the question;
“How did a nation that began the eighteenth century as a poor, backward outpost on the fringe of Europe manage to become such…
When you hear the word myth, what do you think? An epic Homer text or a Euripides play? Do you think of a 10-hour Lord of The Rings trilogy? Something enormous and impenetrable. I find it daunting to think in terms of creating something that huge.
And fear aside, the Middle-Earth Blog by Michael Martinez reports that it took Tolkien 17 years to write Lord of The Rings. Who’s got that kind of time?
But fear not, mythology doesn’t reside only in epic fantasy or sci-fi books, and it’s not hidden in the formidable stories of the Greeks and Romans.
It’s 1964, and the Cold War is in mid-flight. General Walter Campbell Sweeney Jnr, head of the US Tactical Air Command, has heard an alarming rumour. A new theory by one Mad Major John Boyd is making a joke out of the recently developed fleet. His theory claims that the new American F-111 aircraft are inferior to the soviet planes that they are fighting over the skies of Vietnam.
Understanding the risk of being court-martialled if his data is wrong, Boyd proceeds with his presentation to the General. …
Have you heard the term ‘safe space? In the corporate world, it means creating an environment where everyone is free to contribute ideas without the fear of being lambasted by others about being wrong, stupid, or lacking in knowledge/experience. Writer’s groups promote the same concept.
It’s a nice concept but doesn’t it make the general act of offering ideas sound treacherous? In the world of ideation, is operating outside of a safe space dangerous?
Also, as small businesses, we don’t have that safe space for exploration; our ideas, suggestions, quotes, and work are not free from the consequences of someone…
Les Mills, the New Zealand fitness group, has led the way in transforming their exercise classes from a physical to a digital experience. Now, they’ve responded to the challenge of limited travel during COVID-19 by using holograms to bring together their global team of instructors.
The effort was enormous; film shoots in different cities amid the pandemic involving many people, programme directors, trainers, film crew, directors etc.
But, it was a worthwhile activity to keep their global brand alive by continuing to put their trainers on one stage. …
Around 100 years before we met the serial killer Dexter in the 9 season television hit, the French novelist Émile Zola gave us Jacques Lantier. Jacques dreams of blood and killing, but unlike Dexter, his psyche is grounded in something more ancient than a traumatic childhood experience.
La Bête Humaine, translated as ‘the beast in man’, explores the base animalistic instinct for destruction; something that lurks inside the human psyche; something ancient, wild and difficult to control.
Dexter manages his lust for killing through a moralistic system of only killing those who harm others. He justifies his approach as tidying…
Have you seen the new Stella Artois ad with Lenny Kravitz? Choosing the life Artois looks tempting; watching Lenny bang on the drums is not a chore, and it’s sweltering here in London.
Yet I’m not tempted, and I do like beer.
Because years ago, when I first arrived in London, it was the ruffian’s drink of choice. And there’s nothing like having a chair levelled at your head by a resident psychopath you’ve been told not to serve any more alcohol to put you off their beverage.