Monthly Archives: August 2011

Recalling Eric Blair’s beer mug…

Broadcast on the Saturday Live programme on BBC Radio 4, 27 August 2011: Listen now (60 minutes in which this is quite a long item, with Irene Stacey speaking) The Thing About Me :: Orwell jug ‘‘Irene Stacey, former landlady of the … Continue reading

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‘Smart’ CCTV could track rioters, predicts Orwell

CCTV that can automatically monitor criminal behaviour and track suspects is being developed by researchers at Kingston University, who have created a system that uses artificial intelligence to recognise specific types of behaviour, such as someone holding a gun, reports … Continue reading

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‘The other George Orwell’…

“Keeping George Orwell recognisably human is one of the driving forces too behind the recent launch of the Orwell Society, which at long last gives Orwell the kind of literary society, aimed at appreciation, debate and discovery, accorded to numerous … Continue reading

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Orwell Society launches

‘The Orwell Society has been set up to create a means by which anyone can become better acquainted with, and share their appreciation for, the life and work of George Orwell. The site will act as a virtual forum for … Continue reading

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Down-and-out 2011 – being homeless in Paris and London

Some 80 years after George Orwell chronicled the lives of the hard-up and destitute in his book Down and Out in Paris and London, what has changed? A journalist revisits his classic account of homelessness in Paris and London: On … Continue reading

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Footballer’s ‘Nineteen-Eighty Four’ Tweet upset

Newcastle United midfielder/winger Joey Barton has reportedly been ostracised by the soccer club’s management after quoting Orwell in a sulky Twitter posting…

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‘The £1m home that inspired Orwell to be a writer’

Yesterday’s Mail on Sunday ran a piece about Orwell’s childhood home in Shiplake going onto the market (see also Gofblog’s post of 19 July). The MoS story includes a quote from the property’s current owner, Orwell fan Mr Hakim Bursham.

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