Inspirational People

By chance, yesterday, I saw posts on social media about two new articles and a book. In my line of work, I see a lot of such posts of course (and sometimes do similar ones myself!). For whatever reason (and yes, I admit that I don’t always do this), I did actually follow the links….

Book Review: “The God’s Eye View” by Barry Eisler

As noted in my reviews of “The Detachment“, “The Khmer Kill“, and “All The Devils“, I read four books by Barry Eisler this summer, and “The God’s Eye View” was the last of these. It also introduced me to a new character, Manus, who, based on the diagram I shared in the post for “The…

“Greenland” – A Very Good Disaster Movie

Although I have now written about all of the movies that I included in my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, there are still new movies coming out (even during COVID-19) and amongst these there are disaster movies. Having missed out on its cinema release Greenland (Ric Roman Waugh, 2020) was recently made available…

Book Review: “Born to be Mild” by Rob Temple

For a number of years I’ve followed the ‘Very British Problems’ accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I even have at least one of the books and the game – most received as presents from what I remember. The social media posts, books and game are very enjoyable in their own way (note the British…

Discussing Disabilities – The Responsibility of Authors and Academics

I was recently reading the article in The Guardian ‘Ken Ross: ‘I want to see a disabled person who’s as famous as Brad Pitt on screen‘ and it got me thinking again about the responsibility of authors and academics to include disabled characters or to discuss issues relating to disabilities in books and lectures. This…

“252 Seizonsha Ari” – Dramatic Japanese Disaster Movie

The next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” is about 252 Seizonsha Ari (252生存者あり) (Nobuo Mizuta, 2008), known as 252: There Are Survivors or 252: Signs of Life in English. A summary of the movie on IMDb is as follows: A massive earthquake…