The Wicked Cometh

The Wicked Cometh blends a thrilling plot into the tapestry of English history; the result of that is a story which is immersive, hair-raising and peculiar. The plot of the novel is based in the capital of England during the Georgian period and the focus is on the frightful side of the city’s character: slums, poverty and grime, and not to mention the types of people who call it home, like killers and beggars.

The protagonist in the novel is a woman called Hester White: White is a poor woman (from Bethnal Green) who gets the opportunity to turn her destiny around when she gets hurt by the vehicle which a man called Calder Brock was riding. Brock takes Hester to his house in Westminster and lets his help look after her and then she is rushed to Waterford Hall; at the hall, White meets another woman called Rebecca Brock (who has an uncommunicative and obscure disposition) and with her, she falls into an unsolved problem of poor people getting lost.

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Educated

Educated is a memoir by Tara Westover. Westover did not have plenty of experience being schooled but in spite of that, she teaches herself. What she learns, provides her a place at a university in Utah. Tara even goes on to earn a postgraduate doctoral degree from a prestigious university in Cambridge, England.

Westover comes from a family who follow Mormonism (a religion). She grew up in Idaho in a rural environment. Tara’s father (shockingly) never had any faith in doctors and her mother was sort of a midwife. Whilst growing up, she was abused by one brother and egged on by the other to get educated.

Tara’s life story is very inspirational because it shows you that, as a person, you can overcome any obstacle which lies in your path to get educated. It also shows you that you can become a learned person, even if, growing up, you do not have much access to what is supposed to be your birthright, which is getting schooled.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts

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'I thought my ordinary appearance was a perfect disguise' – Charles M. Schulz. #CharlieBrown, the lead protagonist of #PEANUTS, embodied many character traits of his creator Charles M. Schulz and indeed took his name from the cartoonist. Born on 26 November 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Schulz grew up in a small town in the American midwest to a German father and Norwegian mother. His parents did not encourage him to stand out from the crowd or aspire to success, yet instilled a strong work ethic that can be seen his lifelong commitment to the daily Peanuts strips. Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts is open now until 3 March 2019 #goodgrief

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The exhibition on Peanuts runs at Somerset House until March 3, 2019

An exhibition, titled Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts is currently being held at Somerset House. It explores the world of Peanuts – a daily comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950, with the help of some its strips and more. Peanuts feature many interesting characters, such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Woodstock and Peppermint Patty.

In my outlook, Peanuts is more than just a daily comic strip which can make you laugh because it is a comic strip where characters remark on social, cultural and political subjects of its time; that is why Peanuts has an enduring appeal – its strips include good stories and also puts the spotlight on serious topics such as feminism, religion and war which the exhibition explores. I think Peanuts is not just a comic strip which can make you feel good when you read it because of its comic nature, it is also a comic strip which can make you aware of what life can be like and also make you look on the bright side.

The Great British Seaside

An exhibition at the National Maritime Museum recently put on display more than one hundred photographs from photographers such as Simon George and Tony Ray-Jones. The photographs are from the sixties onwards, and they do a good job in capturing British people’s feelings, sentiments and moods regarding their sea sides. The exhibition has presented great shots of seas and people enjoying them, plus beautiful shots of British sea sides when it was pouring. In my outlook, the photographs showcases very special angles of British sea sides, such as the relationship it shares with the evolution of bathing suits over the course of many years and also the manner in which different people enjoy the British sea sides.

High as Hope

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Capsule Review

High as Hope, Florence + the Machine’s latest music album, is pretty odd and rarely good in places. The songs in the album seem to be gravitating between being very similar to ballads or gospel music, which is interesting because it is almost as if a contemporary spin has been added to both types of music and the result of which is quite good. Piano themes and a certain upbeat element pop up in the rock band’s album too. I wish there was more of all of that in the music album but most of it sounds taken apart from music of that type; Florence Welch, the vocalist of the band, instead focuses more on using her voice to entertain and I found that as very displeasing. Standout tracks: South London Forever, Hunger and June.

Rating: 3/10

Broken Heart Club

Broken Heart Club is above all a book about friendship. Five best friends: Tasha, Andie, Eden, Hasmita and Ryan are driven apart, even though they used to think that they would all remain friends no matter what. After a two-year-long separation, two of the friends from the gang are plagued by memories but the club no longer; fortunately, one of them has a handful of friends to still depend upon. The book is bittersweet with its approach to friendship: it presents the relationship as one which can change with time. In doing so, it presents a story for young children, which is at once mature and firmly rooted in reality.

The Black Derby

The Black Derby is located in NYC and it offers plenty of good dishes for both brunch and dinner; there is also a fixed-price dinner menu consisting of three courses, plus a bar which carries a pretty good range. The restaurant is located on the ground floor, although the eating area is underground and filled with yellow-colored lights. There’s more: the area the restaurant is located in gives off a nice neighborhood feel and the restaurant offers seating at the bar with a view of the road. Recommended dishes: Brunch = Eggs Benedict, Kale Caesar and Croque Monsieur, Dinner = Meatballs, Day Boat Sea Scallops and Derby Burger and Dessert = Brioche Bread Pudding.