Novelist and poet Sarah Hall was born in Carlisle in 1974 and educated at Aberystwyth University and St Andrews. She has published eight works of fiction, including her debut, Haweswater (2002), the Man Booker prize-shortlisted The Electric Michelangelo (2004) and Mrs Fox (2013), a collection of short stories that received the BBC national short story award. Hall now divides her time between the UK and North Carolina. Her latest story collection, Sudden Traveller (Faber), is out now. 1. Music XX by BaBa ZuLa Where has the electric saz been all my life? Terribly missing! A friend who knows I’m learning Turkish turned me on to this psychedelic rock band, though that description falls very short of what these musicians are capable of. BaBa ZuLa were founded in Istanbul more than 20 years ago and their members describe themselves as an “art group”. Sounds that seem recognisable and retro, and traditional Turkish instruments, are supercharged and given high-definition … [Read more...] about On my radar: Sarah Hall’s cultural highlights
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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Sunday put a value of up to USD 1.71 trillion on energy giant Aramco in what could be the world's biggest IPO, but missed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's initial target of USD 2 trillion. Aramco said it would sell 1.5 percent of the company in a blockbuster initial public offering worth USD 24-25.6 billion, scaling down Saudi Arabia's initial plan to sell up to five percent of the firm. "The base offer size will be 1.5 percent of the company's outstanding shares," the state-owned energy giant said as it began taking bids from investors in a price range of 30-32 Saudi riyals per share (USD 8-8.5). The much-delayed offering, a cornerstone of Prince Mohammed's ambitious plan to diversify the oil-reliant economy, rivals the world's biggest listing -- the USD 25 billion float of Chinese retail giant Alibaba in 2014. Aramco had initially been expected to list on two exchanges, with a first flotation of two percent on the kingdom's Tadawul bourse, followed by a … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia’s Energy Giant Aramco Declares $1.71 Trillion Valuation in Blockbuster IPO
Climategate was the biggest scandal in the history of climate science. Modesty forbids me from identifying the guy who broke the story in the mainstream media — ten years ago this month — took it viral on the internet and brought it to worldwide prominence. Sorry, but I refuse to name the handsome, brave, witty, intelligent, funny, clever, spectacularly endowed, bravura writer, beloved parent, adored husband, and skilled horseman responsible for this veritable Scoop of the Century, if not the Millennium.No, absolutely not. Only from my cold, dead hands will you ever prise this secret information. Unless, maybe, you twist my arm just a tiny bit more and — Yeah, all right. I admit it. That godlike hero was me. Of course, if you believe the mainstream media, Climategate was little more than a fake news story concocted by a small cabal of wicked deniers in order to discredit the noble cause of climate science. This is a lie and a particularly dangerous lie at that. If we … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Climategate 10 Years On – The Bastards Have Got Away With It!
In between all the measures to battle the severe air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR, there’s one more option for you — a bar that has “pure air”. Founded by Aryavir Kumar and Margarita Kuritsyana, Delhi’s first-ever oxygen bar — named ‘Oxy Pure’ — offers 15 minutes of 80-90 per cent pure oxygen starting from Rs 299. The bar, which was launched in May, also offers its customers several aromas to choose from that can be infused with oxygen that is odourless. The aromas include lemongrass, lavender, cherry, eucalyptus and more. Customers are given a nasal canula, which is a lightweight tube, used for supplementary oxygen intake. The device is placed near the customer’s nostrils through which they are advised to breathe in the aroma-infused oxygen. According to the aroma you choose, each session promises to improve one’s sinus, sleep patterns and digestion, cure headaches and migraines, and even claims to work as a remedy for … [Read more...] about At Delhi’s first oxygen bar, breathe in ‘pure air’ for Rs 300
Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has withdrawn its bid to purchase assets of Reliance Communications (RCom) after terming the move of the committee of creditors to extend the bid submission deadline on the request of Reliance Jio as “extremely unfair” and “biased”.Without naming Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel director (finance) Harjeet Kohli, in a letter to resolution professional Anish Niranjan Nanavaty, said his company’s request to extend the deadline was turned down by the committee of creditors (CoC) of RCom, but, surprisingly, the dates have been extended to accommodate submission by a bidder. Also Read Airtel posts ₹22,830 crore loss in Q2 “Given the complexities involved in the proposed transaction, vide our letter dated October 31, 2019, we requested for an extension of time to submit the resolution plan from November 11, 2019, till December 1, 2019. Disappointingly, our request for extension was rejected by CoC,” Mr. … [Read more...] about Bharti Airtel withdraws bid for RCom assets citing questionable, unfair conduct