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More than 80% of U.S. adults report the nation''s future is a significant source of stress, according to a report Thursday from the American Psychological Association. Americans are the unhappiest they've been in 50 years, according to a COVID Response Tracking Study released Monday. And a survey published this month in the medical journal JAMA found three times as many U.S. adults reporting symptoms of serious psychological distress in April as they did two years earlier.The studies were conducted to better understand how Americans are coping during this unprecedented period, with millions sickened and more than 100,000 dead in a global pandemic, anti racism protests gripping the country and an economy in tatters after its longest expansion in history.
As the name suggests, Hotel Paranormal is about "terrifying true stories" of people who have had a strange encounter with an otherworldly presence while staying in a hotel. The series features 10 one hour episodes highlighting different subjects and stories, and will be narrated by Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd released a statement on joining the series, and what he hopes to accomplish in being a part of Hotel Paranormal.As a longtime believer in ghosts, I think the incredible encounters we re highlighting on Hotel Paranormal will open up a lot of minds and hopefully break through some of the skepticism people carry about the paranormal. I m excited to lend my voice to help bring viewers across the United States, these gripping real life ghost stories, many of which take place in their own backyards.
During the extended lockdown period, Amazon Prime had released its new web series Paatal Lok . A gripping crime tale Paatal Lok was immediately binge watched and reviewed positively for its acting and storytelling. The web series directed by Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy is a departure from the lame amp; garbage crime thrillers we have been watching over the years in cinemas and television.
The night sky has fascinated humans for millennia. It has also, for almost the entire history of our race, eluded comprehension. Our ancestors thought the celestial objects were gods and sacrificed animals to please them. Many of us still believe stars decide our fate (thus the Shakespearean phrase The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars that inspired the title of a very popular book).It is only in the last few centuries that we have come to understand the tiny pinpoints in the sky. Now we know, thanks to science, that stars are distant, inconceivably huge and hot balls of gases that may have their own planets like our sun. And some of those planets, theoretically at least, may have living organisms like the earth.
Before we go any further, it''s worth pointing out the survey was conducted between late 2018 and early 2019 nearly a year before the current COVID 19 pandemic gripping the world showed up, inevitably affecting how most of us think and feel about transmissible infections.Nonetheless, the findings make particularly sobering reading in the era of this coronavirus affliction, revealing the extent to which most people would otherwise ordinarily keep showing up for work, even when they're ill and really should be staying at home.
If poetry was the literary form of the First World War, it was fiction that best expressed the reality of the Second. My next door neighbour for many years, Colonel Peter Peyman, was a veteran of Dunkirk. As a young subaltern he d fought in the rearguard and had been lucky to be evacuated. After his death his widow bequeathed me his small library of books on Dunkirk, all works of reputable military history. They are thick with marginalia: Rubbish , Never happened , Wrong I was there and so forth. One can read a sentence like, The 3rd battalion advanced under an artillery barrage and suffered many casualties and, while acknowledging that the 3rd Battalion must have indeed advanced, have no sense of what it was to undergo the actual experience of being part of that fatal manoeuvre. In writing about war and warfare, the subjective view always wins over the objective when it comes to answering the fundamental question: What Was It Really Like? And this is where the novel comes into its own. As if in response to this demand the Imperial War Museum has begun publishing a series of forgotten novels about the Second World War under the rubric of Imperial War Museum Classics (IWM). The criteria are fairly strict: the novels must have been written by people who directly experienced those aspects of the war they narrate and the books themselves must have literary merit . The first four titles were published last year and now we have numbers five and six: Fred Majdalany s Patrol (published in 1953) and Peter Elstob s Warriors for the Working Day (1960). Each novel, in its own way, makes for singular and compelling reading, and not just because of the authenticity of the experiences related. Fred Majdalany s short novel is set in the North African desert in 1943, after the Allied invasion of Operation Torch. As the title suggests it is the account of one particular patrol undertaken by a handful of men led by an officer called Major Tim Sheldon with the objective of scouting out one small strongpoint in the German lines. In fact the ordering and assembling of the patrol and the patrol itself bookend a long flashback where Sheldon remembers his convalescence in Algiers after sustaining an earlier wound. He visits a brothel. He becomes obsessed with one of his nurses and they have a brief affair before he returns to the front. Majdalany himself served in the Lancashire Fusiliers in North Africa and Italy and like all the IWM novels Patrol reeks with the details, textures and felt life of unrivalled autobiographical information. However, what sets his novel apart is the way he gives the context of this tiny local engagement its full import in the great scheme of the war. One can see how the individual soldier is the unwitting agent of a complexity of military decision making stretching further and further away, back to distant generals at a distant HQ. In this instance the mission of this particular patrol is arrived at almost by happenstance. Some sort of patrolling activity is mooted by a brigadier to keep the men on their toes. A place name on a map catches an adjutant s eye; he lazily suggests it as an objective for no specific strategic reason. Army wheels are set in motion and, on one particular night, Tim Sheldon and six soldiers creep out into the darkness of the African desert to meet their fate. This is how Majdalany sees the process, cast in a powerful metaphor: To have a spear point you had to have a spear, though at times it did seem to take an awful lot of shaft to support very little point; but that was a prejudiced notion usually confined to those who chanced to be attached to the point rather than the shaft. The tone of this passage is typical and it also applies to Elstob s novel, as well as the other four IWM Classics published in 2019. Together these novels produce a remarkable harmony of voice: a world weary cynicism and resigned stoicism. None relies on any kind of martial heroism or the language of that trope to make its point. War is deeply boring and uncomfortable, and intermittently utterly terrifying. You can hate your fellow soldiers as easily as like them. The officers commanding you may well be arrogant fools and idiots. You feel no great antagonism towards the enemy and a baleful eye is cast on those back home . The battlefield in Peter Elstob s Warriors for the Working Day is Normandy after the 1944 invasion. His alter ego is a young tank commander called Michael Brook. The Sherman tank that Brook commands has a crew of five and the novel is intimate with the relationships between the competing personalities on board. There is plenty of banter and the graveyard humour of men confined in a tiny shared space is underscored by the knowledge that the Sherman was outgunned and under armoured in comparison to the German tanks it was fighting. In his excellent introduction Alan Jeffreys reminds us that Shermans, susceptible to catching fire when hit, were nicknamed Ronsons after the advertising slogan used to pro mote Ronson cigarette lighters lighters that lit first time, every time . Beneath the coarse camaraderie is the knowledge that, when in action, the tank crew was in near permanent, acute, potentially fatal danger. It added a very dark edge to their wisecracks. Warriors for the Working Day is an exceptionally gripping account of what it must have been like to be a member of a tank crew as it fought its way through Normandy and across France towards the German frontier. It is a more conventional novel than Patrol, however. For all its pace and vivid colour Elstob has a tendency to reach for a clich rather too often and, like many novels of its era, relies on a kind of cor blimey demotic to convey character that hasn t aged well: They was windy that s what they was windy. They seen a few Jerry tanks and they said Oo la la we ve ad it and they scarpered orf ome. But the overall sensibility of Warriors is very similar to Patrol. Terms such as heroism, pluck, fighting spirit, derring do and the other indulgent euphemisms meant to spur on men at war are in short supply. Men do behave heroically but with little forethought, more as a matter of instinct and survival than with a view of anything legendary and glorious. Postwar, both Majdalany and Elstob had successful careers as writers. In addition to Patrol, Majdalany wrote a fine novel about the battle of Monte Cassino called The Monastery as well as writing military histories and working as a journalist for the Daily Mail. Elstob also wrote well received works of military history, but his progress after the war was altogether more rackety and unconventional. As an entrepreneur he and a partner made a fortune from a beauty product they invented called Yeast Pac. He was also a successful balloonist he almost made a transatlantic crossing in 1958 and for many years he was a stalwart vice president of the writers organisation English PEN. However, Warriors is his magnum opus, just as Patrol is for Fred Majdalany. But Patrol, I would argue, is more than just a grittily authentic voice from the front line; more than just a clear eyed, unromantic record of lived wartime experience. Majdalany is evidently aware of the many literary resources available to a novelist and his exploration of the mind of Tim Sheldon often verges on very cleverly handled, impressionistic stream of consciousness a stylistic choice not often found in war novels. Moreover, the book is shaped with deliberate knowingness, its structure carefully and cleverly coming full circle, allowing it to be ranked alongside that other great book about the North African campaign, Keith Douglas s remarkable memoir Alamein to Zem Zem (1946). One of the consequences of this Imperial War Museum series is that it permits us to see how the novel came to be the dominant literary form of the Second World War an intriguing contrast to the First World War, where poetry more or less reigned unchallenged as the way the imagination might engage with the conflict. Poetry was written by combatants between 1939 and 1945, but compared to the mass of excellent novels that were produced about the war it seems almost a pastime rather than a vocation. Perhaps this is to do with the fact that serious poetry after the First World War had become modern and difficult and therefore appealed to an intellectual minority, while the novel was democratic and flourishing. Also, the soldiers of the Second World War were better educated and better read throughout the ranks than their equivalents in 1914 18. Novel writing was not an elite pursuit. Confronted by the astonishing subject matter that they were living through, soldiers, sailors and aviators decided that the novel was the best medium to try to make sense of what they were experiencing the madness of a world at war as this superb series will no doubt continue to demonstrate. William Boyd s new novel, Trio , will be published in October this year Patrol By Fred MajdalanyImperial War Museum Classics, 192pp, 8.99 Warriors for the Working Day By Peter ElstobImperial War Museum Classics, 320pp, 8.99 Subscribe 1 per month This article appears in the 15 May 2020 issue of the New Statesman, Land of confusion
Challenging the most common notions about what happens to people s spirits following their deaths has been a long running source of contention between those who heavily rely on science and religion for answers. Hoping to continue their mission of uncovering and documenting more definitive proof of the paranormal experiences they ve had with spirits, paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman have embarked on one of their most gripping lockdowns yet on Paranormal Lockdown UK. In the episodes of the 2018 supernatural reality television series, the investigators spent 72 hours confined in some of the world s most notorious haunted places. The UK based show is a spin off of the U.S. ghost hunting series, Paranormal Lockdown.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has called on its various stakeholders to immediately nip in the bud any emergence of a dangerous prank dubbed the Tripping Jump Challenge that is now tending on social media and catching on in local learning institutions."The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information uses this medium to advise our stakeholders of the growing trend of a popular prank called the Jump Trip Challenge or the Tripping Jump Challenge, which appears to be spreading on social media. Several videos are circulating on the Internet showing students jumping and violently falling to the ground after being tripped by others.
While Florida is well known for nude beaches and resorts (and also, apparently, nude cooking), some nude beachgoers have reportedly been arrested and charged for stripping down in such areas, according to Tallahasee.com. That;s why Senator Jason Pizzo of Miami wants to make nudity the law of the land with a new bill that will reinforce the legality of a behavior he says ;is already legal and allowed by numerous communities across Florida.;The bill would expressly permit being "naked in public ... including, but not limited to, clothing optional beaches, " the outlet reported.
Imagine the classic pub landlord and you think of someone who loves to natter, has stories to tell by the bucket load and often likes a drink.Mike Sheridan packs all of those things into his CV and plenty more besides.
Sometimes to get the best deal on something, acting fast is a necessity. BT''s latest broadband deals are the perfect example of that, with news that the ISP will be stripping its plans of their best feature in a matter of days.
A student nurse has spoken out over how she found love stripping.The undergraduate, who earns 2,500 a night, calls herself a apos;Sexy Samaritan apos;.
The man, reported to be in his 30s, received the barbaric public punishment for an alleged assault on a woman in Mexico City.
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