Newsletter 163 – September 2010

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Number 163 – September 2010 – ISSN 1470-1863

Arts, Culture, and Technology as seen from
the digital hub of Media city Manchester UK

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*** Back to School – Edition II ***

[Pub Quiz – MEDIUM level – you can do it!]

It’s official! All summer holidays now ended.
Even universities will be going back soon.

We’ve got a whole bunch of products and cool
downloadables to help students and teachers.

0— ‘Writing Essays 3.0’ – software program

It doesn’t matter what the subject, all students
must learn how to write essays. And this program
covers every part of the process from A to Z.

Planning, plagiarism, bibliographies, generating ideas.
Structure, referencing, and even apostrophes. Everything
from abbreviations to written style.

The program runs in any web browser and has adjustable
screen colours and fonts. It also contains over
TWENTY sample essays at all levels. Download it now!

Mantex Newsletter Writing Essays 3.0

0— Pub Quiz Question #1

Which leader was deposed whilst on holiday in 1991?

0— ‘Under Western Eyes’ – a study guide

This is the latest in our series of literary
mashups – study guides for the classics of English
literature.

They include a plot summary, a list of characters,
video clips, a commentary, links to study resources,
and lists of all the further reading you will need.

‘Under Western Eyes’ is the most political of Conrad’s
works. It deals with issues that are regrettably very
topical – the police state and international terrorism.

Mantex Newsletter Under Western Eyes

0— Pub quiz – Question #2

What occupation have Russell, Losey, and Goddard in common?

0— Biro Magic

Watch a very talented artist recreate Vermeer’s
‘Girl with a Pearl Ear-ring’ using only a single
Bic ballpoint pen – what we used to call a Biro.

Mantex Newsletter Biro Magic

0— Pub quiz – Question #3

Which Ukrainian city gives its name to a chicken dish?

0— ‘English Language 3.0’ – software program

This program offers definitions, examples, and
full explanations of the basics of English language
and grammar.

It’s suitable for learning English in the classroom,
EFL students, individual learners, or would-be
teachers taking their PGCE.

But the real bonus is each topic has interactive
exercises. These allow you to check your understanding.

It covers every topic required by the English National
Curriculum – for which it was written.

The program runs in any web browser and has adjustable
screen colours and fonts.

Mantex Newsletter English Language 3.0

0— Pub quiz – Question #4

What is freezing point on the Fahrenheit scale?

0— ‘Literary Criticism’ – a new history

Literary criticism has given itself a bad name
in the last few years. All sorts of barmy ideas
have been passed off as serious theory when they
are no more than minority interests.

This heavyweight study reminds us that theories
of literature have been around for as long as
literature itself – from the Greco-Roman classics onwards.

Anyone with a serious interest in literary criticism
will find this a stimulating antidote to contemporary
silliness. But be warned – it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Mantex Newsletter Literary Criticism – a new history

0— Pub quiz – Question #5

What is the only chess move that involves two pieces of the same colour?

0— Open Source Research

This is what a printed newspaper would call an
‘opinion piece’. It’s the argument for making public
all research funded by taxpayers’ money.

That is, research findings produced in universities
should be available free of charge to the public.

University teachers are paid by government funding –
that is, OUR money. So – the products of their endeavours
should be made available to US – their employers.

Discuss.

Mantex Newsletter Open Source Research

0— Pub quiz – Question #6

Which crime writer created private eye Philip Marlowe?

0— ‘Modernism – a short introduction’

If you want to understand the development of
modern arts at the start of the last century,
this is a good brief explanation.

It covers literature, painting, and music,
using case studies such as James Joyce’s
‘Ulysses’, Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, and Stravinsky’s
‘The Rite of Spring’.

It’s illustrated – and inexpensive.

Mantex Newsletter Modernism – a short introduction

0— Pub Quiz – Question #7

What is the lightest gas?

0— ‘The Case of Comrade Tulayev’

Most people know about the Stalinist show
trials of the 1930s as a result of reading
Arthur Koestler’s ‘Darkness at Noon’.

This novel by Victor Serge is much less
well known, but far superior.

In fact Serge is one of the twentieth century’s
undiscovered literary giants. He was Russian,
but wrote in French – which actually helped
to save his life at one point.

He died in exile in Mexico, just after completing
this, his literary masterpiece. It explains
Stalinism in all its social manifestations,
and is a heroic yet tragic portrayal of the
darkest years of Russia’s history.

Mantex Newsletter The Case of Comrade Tulayev

0— Pub Quiz – Question #8

Which planet in the solar system is nearest to the sun?

0— ‘Modern Architecture – a critical history’

This is a scholarly history of modern architecture
which has gone through a number of editions and has
been kept up to date with obvious enthusiasm from
the author, who is an authority on the subject.

The story begins with the Arts and Crafts movement
in England, then moves on to the Americans Louis Sullivan
and Frank Lloyd Wright.

There are then sections dealing with all the great
modernist builders – McIntosh, Gaudi, Le Corbusier,
Philip Johnson, and Mies van der Rohe.

I rather like Peter Frampton’s approach of devoting
one short chapter to each style or designer, because
there is just enough to assimilate without being over
faced, and the succinct form encourages comprehension
of the subject.

Mantex Newsletter Modern Architecture – a critical history

0— Pub Quiz – Question 9#

Which musician composed ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’?

0— ‘Study Skills 2.0’ – software program

Advice on reading and writing skills, time management,
and work planning. This software program also includes
organising and writing essays, research skills, and an
introduction to the use of computer technology.

The program runs in any web browser and has adjustable
screen colours and fonts. It also contains a full
glossary and suggestions for further reading.

Suitable for all levels – from GCSE up to undergraduate.
Download it now!

Mantex Newsletter Study Skills 2.0

0— Pub Quiz – Question #10

In which film did Humphrey Bogart play Rick Blaine?

0— ‘The Blues – a short introduction’

As a musical genre, the blues started in the
southern states of the USA at the beginning
of the last century.

Elijah Wald is an authority on its history
(and a blues musician himself). This account
starts with country blues, includes its
development as a branch of jazz, and comes
up to the present in the realms of Rock n Roll.

I read it with my connection to http://www.Spotify.com
open and checked all his major recommendations.
They were spot on.

Mantex Newsletter The Blues – a short introduction

0— Reader’s Letters

Judith Topham writes from South Wales to point out:

“Nitpicking but – :

How many dots are used for each character in Braille?

The SYSTEM is based on six dots but any number from
one to six is used for EACH character.

Told you it was nitpicking!”

Point taken!

0— Pub quiz – ANSWERS

#1 Which leader was deposed whilst on holiday in 1991?
ANSWER: Mikhail Gorbachev

#2 What occupation have Russell, Losey, and Goddard in common?
ANSWER: Film directors

#3 Which Ukrainian city gives its name to a chicken dish?
ANSWER: Kiev

#4 What is freezing point on the Fahrenheit scale?
ANSWER: 32 degrees

#5 What is the only chess move that involves two pieces of the same colour?
ANSWER: Castling

#6 Which crime writer created private eye Philip Marlowe?
ANSWER: Raymond Chandler

#7 What is the lightest gas?
ANSWER: Hydrogen

#8 Which planet in the solar system is nearest to the sun?
ANSWER: Mercury

#9 Which musician composed ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’?
ANSWER: Richard Strauss

#10 In which film did Humphrey Bogart play Rick Blaine?
ANSWER: Casablanca

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