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Mini review of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Emma E. Haldy

Martin Luther King, Jr. by Emma E. Haldy

Last month on MLK day one of the bedtime books I read for my first grader daughter was an age appropriate, mini biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. She has been studying about Reverend King for several weeks beforehand at school so she was already familiar with the topic and the person. Seeing real photographs from his life enhanced her knowledge and experience. I was delighted to see the 8 photos and share it with her. The words of the book were a bit too simplistic for her vocabulary, but too advanced for her current reading level. It must be hard to find the right balance between these two for first graders. Even though the book used  a simple, sharp looking, sans-serif font, 2-6 lines at every double page, she liked listening to it as opposed to reading it. 

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"Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade" by Stephanie Greene

On not missing out, aka review of “Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade” by Stephanie Greene

My daughter is in first grade so it seemed like a good idea to listen to a story about a first grader. From the dozen or so audiobooks I picked up at the library for our road trip this is the one my princess chose to listen to. Once we started to listen to it I got concerned though how it would affect her mood. After all she has been doing distance education, for the whole of her first garde so far; i.e. sitting in front of a screen during school hours and she was not enjoying it much. Listening to a story in which a rising first grader is preparing for her first day of in person school experience could have darkened her spirit. I needn’t have to worry. After we finished the half hour book she declared that she liked it and was definitely cheerful.

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TV shows I watched in 2020

TV shows I watched in 2020

The combined effect of spending the majority of the year at home and the family having a Netflix subscription resulted in me watching much more TV shows than previously. Below is an incomplete list of them.

I have seen every available episode of these shows from the very first to the very last

  • Barbaren / Barbarians (Germany, 2020): 6 episodes and there will be a second season
  • Better Call Saul (US, 2015-20): 5 seasons, 10 episode each, awaiting the final season, hopefully out in 2021; Season 5 on Amazon Prime
  • Biohackers (Germany, 2020): 6 episodes and a second season is coming
  • Dark (Germany, 2017-20: 26 episodes, with nice closure
  • Hollywood (USA, 2020): 7 episodes and second season is unlikely
  • La casa de papel / Money Heist (Spain, 2017-20): had “31” episodes (Netflix recut the first half of the series, not developed by then so 31 is an approximate number.) Final season is in the works.
  • Space Force (USA, 2020): 10 episodes, second season coming up
  • Unorthodox (Germany/USA, 2020): 4 episodes, no second season, no matter how many people want it
  • What/If (USA, 2019): 10 episodes, second season is likely, but not yet confirmed.
  • White Lines (UK/Spain, 2020): 10 episodes and then got cancelled.

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You gotta fight for your money; thoughts on “The Laundromat” (USA, 2019, 95 min)

Most people associate glamour with celebrities like movie stars, models and pop singers. The second association is that all these people make a lot of money. These images are reinforced by the (tabloid) media that regularly shares information about how many millions these kinds of people made. We hear far less often about bankers, brokers and other professions related to handling money and wealth. However they make (often not “earn” IMHO) much more than celebrities. (Before someone points out that there are lots of not too rich bankers I need to point out that it is even more so for actors and singers.) 

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Films viewed in 2020

Films viewed in 2020

It’s the 12th time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a given year. I am sure I forgot to note a quite a few movies, but even with these omissions the number is  lower than most previous years’. One reason for this is that in 2020 I watched a lot more TV series that is not on the list.

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Légiók c. film posztere

Thoughts on the movie “Legions” on National Independence Day of Poland

If you want to see amazing pictures and landscapes, I highly recommend the film Legions. Sometimes I was just sitting there in the cinema (yes there, the last day before the cinemas got closed down again due to the quarantine) and my jaw dropped, quite touched by the beauty on the screen. Jaroslaw Szoda, whose name I want remember, did a fantastic job as a cameraman and cinematographer. It is worth watching the film just for the sights of breathtaking Polish landscapes.

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Légiók c. film posztere

Gondolatok a Légiók c. filmről a Lengyel Függetlenség Napján

Ha olyan képeket, tájakat akarsz látni amitől leesik az állad akkor nagyon ajánlom a lengyel Légiók című filmet. Néha csak ültem a moziban (igen ott, pont az utolsó nap a mozik karanténba zárása előtt) és jobbról balra ámultam, egészen meghatódva a gyönyörűségtől. Jaroslaw Szoda, akinek direkt kikerestem a nevét, fantasztikus munkát végzett mint operatőr. Már csak azért is érdemes megnézni a filmet, hogy lélegzetelállító lengyel tájak látványán tudjunk ámuldozni.

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Európa Kiadó

Új videók a hajdani magyar undergroundbol (#21: 2020 július): Wahorn, Vető János, Najmányi László, Kontroll Csoport, VHK, Vágtázó Csodaszarvas, Vály Sándor, Müller Péter Sziámi, Európa Kiadó, Tereskova, 2. Műsor, Amen, Dj Palotai, Szilágyi Lenke, Kozma György, Víg Mihály, Másik János

Új, azaz 2020 júliusában megjelent videók a YouTube-n a hajdani, azaz a 80-as évekbeli magyar underground zenekarok (és azok tagjainak) közreműködésével. A sorozat/gyűjtésem eddigi részei itt vannak. 25 videó (és egy playlist) került bele ebbe a válogatásba.

1 – Kezdjük a korszak egyik nagy slágerével a Bizottság Szerelem c. eposzával. A Beatrice 40. születésnapi nagy szabásu koncerten, 2018-ban, Wahorn Andrást kísérték ezzel a dallal.

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Monteverdi Birkózókör tagok

Monteverdi Birkózókör: Nagykárolyban (Petőfi Sándor) @ SZFE 2020. október 16.

A 80’s években akárhányszor csak tudtam mindig megnéztem a Monteverdi Birkozókör előadásait és sose bántam meg, mindig nagy élmény volt. A Kassák Klubban a Haikuk, a Műcsarnok előterében a Mosoly Birodalma, vagy a Pecsában a Drámai események. Ezért amikor ma délután felbukkant a Facebook-on hogy valamit újból csinálnak az akkori társulat tagjai tudtam, hogy ott akarok lenni. A Facebook eseményből nem tudtam egyértelműen, hogy mire számíthatok:

Kiállás az SzFE mellett.
Egy órán keresztül, az 1980-as évek legendássá vált színházi társulatának tagjai, magukat nem kímélve, hősiesen fogják védeni a színházi szabadság bevehetetlen bástyáját. 

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