Brick Lane – Monica Ali

first_imgGive me your tired, your poor and your huddled masses…” If ever a place in England could speak these lines as that famous symbol of immigrant opportunity west of the Atlantic does, it would be a stretch of road smack–bang in the middle of London’s East End. For fleeing Huguenots in the 18th century, escaping Jews in the 19th and Bangladeshis in the 20th it was a place of economic and social refuge; that place was Brick Lane. Monica Ali’s debut novel immortalises the idiosyncrasies of the immigrant experience, focusing on a Bangladeshi woman and her trials and tribulations as a daughter, wife and mother. The narrative journeys from rural Bangladesh to Tower Hamlets with Nazneen its protagonist. In London she experiences a fettered lifestyle, firmly under the thumb of her husband’s “advice” despite her own embryonic attempts to forge an independent existence. Far from being illiberal, her husband, Chanu, is neither religiously inclined nor particularly adherent to native custom. He revels in his self-implied superior status, a man “always learning” in comparison to other Bangladeshis who “miss the pull of the land”. Meanwhile, Nazneen listens with serene confidence to her husband’s platitudes on everything and anything, and her children’s difficulty with their culture. Interwoven are glimpses of Hasina’s life through letters she sends to her sister, Nazneen. Later, young Karim enters Nazneen’s life, sparking hidden desires and catalysing Nazneen’s path to self–discovery as a woman. Unfortunately the Booker–Prize– nominated Brick Lanefails to live up to its press blurb. Euphemistically called “epic” and “Dickensian”, some may claim the lack of dramatic momentum is necessary in order to correspond realistically with the minutiae of Nazneen’s slow life, but it still doesn’t adequately justify the plodding pace. Like Dickens, Ali creates cartoonish characters instantly recognisable through what they look like and say; there’s Chanu’s fat self and pseudo–intellectual ruminations, Mrs Islam’s arthritic body and tiresome advice and Islamic groups with fundamentalist leanings, animations that become clichéd and painfully skewed. But Ali must be commended on her poetic and practical vision of the immigrant experience. She gives us haunting aperçus wrought with pathos into death and illuminating observations on the tantalising memory of the motherland, the immigrant’s disillusionment with the host-culture and the question of a multicultural identity. Ali implies in many ways that an immigrant’s old-school thinking has no place in a modern world where free will spells out happiness for the individual, a world where choice not convention must determine human action, after all says a character, “This is England, you can do whatever you like.”ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: Titans captain selling home

first_imgEnjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Picture: realestate.com.au Gold Coast Titans captain Ryan James has listed his sprawling Coast home, just days after the NRL season came to an end. Picture: realestate.com.au The pool room. Picture: realestate.com.au He and wife Ana previously told the Gold Coast Bulletin the openness and backyard overlooking the dam od his Mudgeeraba property would be a perfect place to raise little ones.“I grew up in Tweed on five acres of land out in Piggabeen with two older brothers and two dogs so this semi-acreage is a dream,” James told the Bulletin in 2016.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Enjoy a dip in the pool. Picture: realestate.com.au“This quality combination of home, land and lifestyle is well worth your inspection.”James, who bought his Mudgeeraba house in 2015, has sold two Gold Coast properties over the past two years.No price has been put on the Mudgeeraba property.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 Gold Coast Titans player Ryan James and wife Ana arrive at the Dally M Awards in Sydney, Wednesday, September 26, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) Gold Coast Titans captain Ryan James has listed his sprawling Coast home, just days after the NRL season came to an end. Picture: realestate.com.auONE of the Gold Coast Titans’ biggest stars has listed his sprawling home, just days after the NRL season came to an end.Captain Ryan James, who was last month named the club’s player of the year, has decided to part ways with his “acreage lifestyle” in Mudgeeraba. Ryan James of the Titans during the Round 14 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at CBUS Super Stadium at Robina on the Gold Coast, June 8, 2018. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) There is plenty of space for the whole family. Picture: realestate.com.au MORE NEWS: Fitness First founder has put his beachfront mansion up for rent for The 27-year-old’s four-bedroom home features two outdoor kitchens, an infinity edge pool, fire pit and pizza oven.“Perfect for the extended family, offering a multitude of options including dual living or teenage retreat, this spacious and contemporary residence offers peace and tranquillity, all just minutes from quality schools, local parks, Robina Town Centre and the M1 Motorway,” the listing states. MORE NEWS: Fashion designer Selling Gold Coast villalast_img read more

Traore out for ‘weeks not months’

first_img The Ivory Coast international reported a problem during the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s defeat at Chelsea and was immediately withdrawn from the starting line-up. “Obviously with this sort of injury it is normally weeks rather than months,” Martinez told City Talk 105.9. Everton’s on-loan striker Lacina Traore is expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks with a hamstring injury, manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed. “The type of player Lacina is, a sprinter, means these sort of injuries need to be well recovered.” The 6ft 8in forward arrived from Monaco, having not played since November because of the winter break in the Russian season while at previous side Anzhi Makhachkala, on January 24 with an existing hamstring injury to his other leg. That delayed his involvement until he scored on his debut in the FA Cup victory over Swansea on February 15, which remains his only appearance. He now looks like missing possibly the majority of March, so the return to fitness of Everton’s other on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is timely. The Belgium international injured an ankle in the Merseyside derby defeat at Anfield a month ago but would have been fit to play last weekend had the match not been against parent club Chelsea. “Romelu has been working really well and been looking fresh and ready. It has been such a demanding season for him,” Martinez told evertontv. “You need to refresh a little bit and get back even stronger and that is where we will see the benefit. “He watches every single game and has been keeping an eye on what we have been doing.” Everton have appealed to fans attending Saturday’s match at home to West Ham to bring donations for a food bank to help less fortunate people in the city. Staff from the club’s community department will be collecting food and toiletries to be distributed at a ‘People’s Picnic’ at Goodison Park after the match with any leftover items donated to a local food bank and various Merseyside charities. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

EiG and BAC return to Berlin for 2017 conferences

first_imgShare Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues July 8, 2020 Submit Share Clarion Gaming and iGaming Business the organisers of EiG and BAC industry conferences have confirmed that both events will once again take place in the German capital of Berlin, following successful 2016 events.First up EiG 2017 will be returning to the Arena Berlin, and will take place on Monday 30th October – Wednesday 1st November.As usual, BAC will back onto EiG and as such the Berlin Affiliate Conference will take place on the 1st – 4th November 2017 – with the expo and conference days being Thursday 2nd November and Friday 3rd November.The news comes hot on the heels of hugely successful 2016 events. EiG had over 2,000 delegates registered, and a total of 3,056 delegates attended BAC, including 1,695 affiliates and introducing brokers.iGaming Business’ Head of Operations, Shona ODonnell commented on the schedule: “Following such a successful 2016 event, there was no question that BAC would be returning to Berlin next year.“Affiliates and operators alike have consistently told us that the conference is one of the highlights of the gaming calendar, and we plan on making the 2017 event bigger and better than ever. With EiG remaining in Berlin too, we hope that the igaming industry can join us once again for a week in Berlin.”Event director for EiG, Rory Credland: “EiG brings together key decision makers from the igaming industry from all across Europe – and with its central location and reputation as an innovation and tech hub, Berlin is the perfect location for the 2017 event.“We are excited to once again join forces with the team at iGaming Business to ensure that the industry benefits by having both events in the same city.”The next major events on the gaming calendar are ICE Totally Gaming, taking place on the 7th – 9th February 2017, and the London Affiliate Conference which is moving to join ICE at ExCeL, and will take place on the 9th – 12th February 2017. Better Collective Spotlight: Early signs of success for first Greek Bookmaker Awards November 21, 2019 Stoiximan dominates first-ever Betarades Greek Bookmaker Awards January 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more