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New Harry Potter Stage Play A Sequel

By Aglaia Staff

When news of the upcoming play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” first broke in June, rumors swirled and everyone started making their own guesses on the production’s plot.

But new details have emerged on the two-part play, which author J.K. Rowling developed with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. It is set to premiere on London’s West End in 2016.
Most notably, we now know the play will be a sequel and should be considered the series’ “eighth story,” set to take place 19 years later, contradicting early reports predicting the play would be a prequel.
The epilogue to the final book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ takes place 19 years after the events of the book, and sees Harry, along with his friends Ron and Hermione, dropping their children off at the Hogwarts Express.”

We’re also now seeing the first images of the play’s official artwork, which shows a child hunched inside a nest that appears to have black wings.
Below is a brief plot decription about what we can expect from the production:

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Preview performances will officially begin on June 7 and July 30 will mark the world premiere opening night.
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Sebastian Faulks Interview

By Aglaia Staff

(Excerpts from an interview)

Tell us about your favorite book of the year. 

That would be “The People Smuggler,” by Robin de Crespigny. It tells the story of an Iraqi dissident called Ali Al Jenabi. As a teenager he joined the Shia uprising against Saddam Hussein after the first Iraq war in 1991. He was captured by Saddam’s secret police, sent to Abu Ghraib and tortured. He watched his father being tortured to the point of insanity and thrown into a pit below the madhouse. He saw his kid brother being dismembered.

When he got out of Abu Ghraib he tried to join anti-Saddam groups in Kurdistan, but they were too divided by infighting to be effective. So he turned his attentions to trying to get his remaining family out of Iraq. The numerous reverses and betrayals make the plot of “Les Misérables” look like plain sailing. In Indonesia, he found the operation for shipping refugees to Australia so useless and corrupt that he decided to run it himself. Having eventually got several boats safely to Australia, he found himself tried and imprisoned there for “people smuggling.” This is an astonishing story, at times barely credible, but very unsettling.

In the same week, I read Norman Lewis’s war diary, “Naples ’44,” an account of his time as an intelligence officer in a city where everyone was starving and two-thirds of the women of nubile age were selling their bodies. It is a wonderful book, droll, shocking and humane. 

When and where do you like to read?

I read the above two books on a plane, but generally I read in my office, a two-room apartment overlooking a small park in West London, sitting in a hideous though comfortable leather recliner (think Joey in “Friends”). It is death to books to read them in 15-minute bursts in bed late at night when you are tired. I know that for people with real jobs there may be little choice, but the best way to read a 300-page novel is in three or four sittings. I do occasional crash courses to see what’s new in contemporary fiction and have just read Evie Wyld, Scarlett Thomas, Ross Raisin and Adam Foulds

Having written one of the post-Ian Fleming Bond books, you must have opinions on 007. Which is your favorite Bond book?

I like the climactic scene in “Live and Let Die” when Bond and the girl are towed behind a speedboat as shark bait. I lost interest in the films after Sean Connery, but I did enjoy “Casino Royale” — though Daniel Craig looked as though he had been assembled in a factory. Eva Green was very good in it. 

And now taking on the new Jeeves book, tell us about your favorite P.?G. Wodehouse.

I like all the Jeeves books, the early ones especially. My favorites are “The Code of the Woosters,” ?“The Mating Season” and “Right Ho, Jeeves.” But they all have their glories, whether entire plots, set pieces or just single phrases. They depict a world that never truly existed yet in some odd way feels familiar. Heaven may be the cocktail hour at Brinkley Court, with Nobby Hopwood just arriving and Anatole preparing dinner.

Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

“Human Traces” is the one I would want to be buried with. It’s long and it has some sticky parts, including a couple of lectures. But I like it because it deals with what to me is the great theme: Why are human beings so odd — and so much odder than any evolutionary theory can explain.

It took me five years’ research in musty libraries and psychiatric back wards, including a day at Broadmoor high — security hospital, but I never lost my belief that these tangled lives were both worth fighting for and highly instructive. I visited three continents and met some inspiring people, both patients and doctors, in the course of it.

Sometimes writing fiction is very technical, to do with finding the voices, tones and registers that best articulate your themes; I love all that, but there is no doubt that if you have some crusading purpose as well, it does put extra fire in your belly. I suppose for that reason I would also want “Birdsong” to be there or thereabouts when they put me under the ground. My younger readers would all vote for “Engleby.” But it’s my funeral, so I’m going with “Human Traces.” 


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Herne Hill Flood As Water Mains Burst

By Aglaia Staff

Residents woke up to find their properties several feet under water in a scene one man described as “apocalyptic”.

The flooding hit Half Moon Lane in Herne Hill, south London, due to a burst water main and people were being advised to stay in their homes.

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Visit aglaia.co.in Half Moon Herne Hill (Photo credit: Matthew Black)

Fire crews, using special dingy-style boats, have been working to clear the water estimated at one metre deep and covering about 100 metres (328ft) of road.

One of those affected by the flooding was Simon Eckel, landlord of the Half Moon pub.

He told the media that the cellar was totally immersed in water up to 3m (9ft) high and there had also been about a metre (3ft) of water on the ground floor at one point.

He said: “There’s mud everywhere. I started hearing a car alarm about 5.15am and thought someone was trying to break in.

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Visit aglaia.co.in English: Herne Hill station main building, on the London-bound side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Water was pouring into the cellar and it kept on rising.”

Mr Eckel estimated the cost of the damage would run into many thousands of pounds.

Another local resident Crispin Sugden tweeted: “Epic burst water main. For a second it was apocalyptic.”

London Fire Brigade said: “Fire crews are attending a suspected burst water main on Half Moon Lane in Herne Hill.

“Over 100m of road is flooded, and the water is a metre deep in some places. The large water main has now been switched off and the water is slowly receding.”

A spokesperson said: ”Our crews are well equipped to deal with floods, and we have lots of specialist skills and equipment used at the scenes of incidents like this one.

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Visit aglaia.co.in English: Herne Hill station platform signage, in Southeastern blue (but also served by the First Capital Connect Thameslink service) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The most important thing for us is making sure that people are safe, so people who live in the affected street are being advised to stay in their homes until the water is cleared.

“Then we will be helping to clear water out of basements, homes, and local businesses.”

“Two fire engines from Brixton and West Norwood fire stations are at the scene with two fire rescue units from Lewisham and Battersea fire stations. Fire crews are using special dinghy-style boats to get around the flooded area.”














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Sherlock Season 3 To Air After A Few Months

By Aglaia Staff

Fans of the BBC’s runaway hit Sherlock (a modernization of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes franchise) have been eagerly anticipating a third season since the cliff-hanger ending to the season two finale, “The Reichenbach Fall”. Co-creator Steven Moffat dosed that fire with more fuel a few months ago, when he announced a three-word tease hinting at which stories from Doyle’s source material are going to serve as the basis for each of the season’s three 90-minute episodes.

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Visit aglaia.co.in Sherlock Holmes statue, Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the birth place of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sherlock Season 3?s planned premiere date changed from ‘When We’re Ready’ to Fall 2013, after Moffat dropped that juicy tidbit. Unfortunately, the latest reports indicate that date has been moved back due to scheduling issues – namely, those resulting from the newfound popularity of the show’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

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Visit aglaia.co.in Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during filming of Sherlock. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, any Sherlock fan worth their salt knows that the show/mini-series’ principal players (Moffat, Cumberbatch, Freeman) are very busy men. Moffat is currently serving as the showrunner for Doctor Who, which Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss writes for (in addition to making occasional onscreen appearance). Not to mention, it wasn’t that long ago that Cumberbatch wrapped his still-mysterious villain role in Star Trek: Into Darkness and shot a supporting role in Steven McQueen’s true-story slavery drama Twelve Years A Slave; similarly, Freeman finished the first chunk of principal photography on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy this summer.


EW says the production start date for Sherlock season 3 has been postponed until March 2013, meaning the show won’t be hitting the BBC until late 2013 (with PBS airing the series in early 2014). No specific schedule conflict is cited in that report, but – in appropriate Sherlock-ian stye – it’s easy to deduce what other projects could be responsible for the delay.


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Jab Tak Hai Jaan

 Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Visit aglaia.co.in English: Yash Chopra at Suzanne Roshan's The Charcoal Project Launch. Photo: FilmiTadka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Sunil Kumar

In a Yash Chopra world; everything is punctuated by love, reality is in a distortion field and everybody lives in grand castles; or something similar. We all know that truth can be rather different, but there is no harm in a dream. The movie name was ironic; as it turned out to be his last outing. Despite a few critics; ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is a fitting end to the Yash Chopra saga.

Meet Samar Anand(Shah Rukh Khan); a character straight from Mr. Chopra’s storybook; a musician and waiter who is in love with a rich heiress, Meera Thapar(Katrina Kaif). Now, Samar possesses the capacity to charm anybody and everybody; and has a heart of gold. If we could more people like this in real life, I would indeed be very happy. Samar promises to teach Thapar a Punjabi song, and wants to learn the Queen’s English in return.

Hindi film stereotypes abound in the conversations with God; Jesus here to be precise. A freestyle dance sequence was one of the best parts of this movie, in my opinion. Made at a budget of a paltry fifty crores; a little less by contemporary Bollywood standards, the movie has blockbuster locations such as  Canary Wharf, Ladakh and the great English outdoors. The pacing is a little stilted at times; and the music from Rehman is not as great as expected from him. Gulzar should learn a trick or two from Javed Akhtar to make the lyrics a little palatable for current audiences.

In the beginning, or the middle. Samar suffers a knock on his head and we learn that this is the reason why we met the intense brooding Major in Ladakh, who likes to sing Rabbi Shergill songs for stress relief. The Discovery channel photo-journalist Akira(Anoushka Sharma) has been treated to the inner life of Samar Anand courtesy his personal diaries. As her future hinges on the documentary being produced on him; she invites him to London again.

Twist here; Shah Rukh again suffers a bump on his head. Some of the screenplay elements defy commonsense, but movies are meant to be make-believe anyways. Before I give the whole story away, people who want to watch it can book a ticket. As a swansong for a great director, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a mixed bag.

Aglaia Rating : 3 points….







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