News, or olds, from the web

Shakespeare is an interesting phenomena, played throughout the world in so many different languages, studied in so many different schools but do we ever get the real plays? Linguist David Crystal and his actor son, Ben, tell us we lose so much by hearing/reading Shakespearian plays in modern accents. Go here to watch how the words should be pronounced and therefore to find the plays on words we’ve missed. Don’t even ask me how Shakespeare can be translated.

I was saddened the other day to hear of the passing of the author of the Adrian Mole books. Sue Townsend was only 68 and at work on her tenth Adrian Mole book when she suffered a fatal stroke. I feel the cutting short of Adrian Mole’s life characterises both Mole’s life and also real life, we don’t necessarily finish everything we start and life finishes when it does…generally without notice. She was a wonderful author managing to convey Mole very nicely. She will be missed, vale.

J K Rowling is moving into a different phase of her career, she’s going to be a guest editor on the Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. She’s going to be the first guest editor for 60 years. I have this feeling she’s going to challenging people a little.

Talking about life changes, I found this article on a Mongolian girl who is challenging the status quo and hunting using golden eagles an occupation generally held by males. She looks so at home with the bird. Not only that but I love how they let the eagles go while they’re still able to procreate and have a normal life.