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Friday, September 18, 2009

Glyn Maxwell's workshop, Thomas Friedman, 51 Conspiracy Theories, Gren Tea

Glyn Maxwell's poetry has won the Somerset Maugham prize, the EM Forster prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial prize, and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward and TS Eliot prizes. His plays have been staged in the UK and the US; The Lifeblood won British Theatre Guide's 'Best Play' Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004. His latest collection, Hide Now (Picador) is shortlisted for 2009's Forward prize for best collection (the winner will be announced on 7 October). This year the theme for National Poetry Day, celebrated on 8 October, is heroes and heroines. With this in mind Glyn Maxwell has set this month's poetry workshop on the subject of praise.

In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.
WH Auden, In Memory of WB Yeats

Praise someone. Praise someone living or dead. Convince me that someone is your hero, your heroine. Convince me that your poem is necessary, that your admiration of – joy in – love for – this person demands that you ruffle the surface, break the silence, mark the time.
Please submit your entry (pasted into the email, rather than as an attachment) to before midnight on Sunday 27 September.
Glyn Maxwell's workshop

The reason that all these other countries are building solar-panel industries today is because most of their governments have put in place the three prerequisites for growing a renewable energy industry: 1) any business or homeowner can generate solar energy; 2) if they decide to do so, the power utility has to connect them to the grid; and 3) the utility has to buy the power for a predictable period at a price that is a no-brainer good deal for the family or business putting the solar panels on their rooftop. Thomas Friedman

51 Conspiracy Theories That Don’t Exist But Should By Curtis Silver - From the beginning of time there have been conspiracy theories. Back then, they were pretty basic such as Og and his secret fire. As we advanced as a society, so did our conspiracy theories and the paranoia grew right along with it. From the mysterious Illuminati to the Da Vinci Code to the mystery man on the grassy knoll to the moon landing, almost every major event in history automatically gets a conspiracy theory attached to it. Well what about the minor events? What about the things in life that we may take for granted? That is, by focusing on the large & grand conspiracy theories, are we missing some of the smaller ones that might exist?

Inside Pat Tillman's Life, and the Bush Administration's Cover-Up of His Death By Sarah Seltzer, AlterNet - Journalist Jon Krakauer's striking new book on the story of the events surrounding Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan covers the emotional depths of war and government cover-up.

Green tea may help improve bone health, researchers in Hong Kong have reported.The boffins found that the tea contains a group of chemicals that can stimulate bone formation and help slow its breakdown. The study has been published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. In the study, Ping Chung Leung and colleagues noted that many scientific studies have linked tea to beneficial effects in preventing cancer, heart disease, and other conditions. Green tea may help improve bone health


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