Walking by a bookstore I saw the cover of the testaments from outside of the window. I walked into the bookstore and bought one – I would rather have a paperback copy but there was only hard cover available.
In the following days I kept the book with me and read it when I had time. This is the much-anticipated sequel of the highly praised the handmaid’s tale after all. And it actually got the Booker’s award even before its publishing date!
Well, after reading it from cover to cover, I must say I’m disappointed.
ANITA ANAND: Welcome to the second of the 2019 BBC Reith Lectures with the former Supreme Court Judge, Jonathan Sumption. We’re in England’s second city at the University of Birmingham’s Bramall Music Hall, a beautiful modern addition to this famous old red brick campus.
Our speaker this year began his series by raising concerns about the law’s growing influence over public life. He suggested that this expansion may not be good for democratic life. Now, he develops this idea further, turning his attention to some fundamental issues which underpin democracy, how the State acquires and builds legitimacy and, mindful of recent events, how democracy accommodates difference, difference of opinion and experience. This, he believes, is the job of politicians, not of judges.
IN THE SPRING of 1984 I began to write a novel that was not initially called The Handmaid’s Tale. I wrote in long hand, mostly on yellow legal notepads, then transcribed my almost illegible scrawlings using a huge German-keyboard manual typewriter that I’d rented.
ANITA ANAND: Welcome to the 2019 BBC Reith Lectures and to the magnificent Middle Temple Hall in central London. This splendid Elizabethan edifice is the centrepiece of one of four Inns of Court which date back to the 14th century and it has been a home to lawyers for hundreds of years. We could think of no more fitting place for this year’s lecturer to begin his series about the relationship between the law and politics. Right now, with the world looking as it does, could there be a more timely intervention?
Having spent a career at the Bar, this year’s lecturer has been called a man with a “brain the size of a planet.” Recently retired as one of Britain’s top judges, after sitting in the Supreme Court, he has returned to his primary passion; history. His appropriately forensic accounts of the One Hundred Years War have been widely praised.
Over a series of five lectures he will set out a critique of what he regards as law’s expanding empire intruding into every corner of our lives. He will explain why he thinks this is a corroding influence in our democracy and how, and why, we should revive our political system.
It is not so difficult to turn your Raspberry into a media center. Installing OSMC is rather straight forward on Raspberry Pi. You just download the image from OSMC website, write it to an SD card, boot your Raspberry from the SD card and that’s it. However, getting a remote working for your OSMC media center working proved to be rather challenging. This post is to record what I’ve learned from the internet in order to get a working remote.
What you need:
Raspberry Pi running OSMC;
IR Receiver (I’m using VS1838B, shown below);
Any IR remote with enough buttons;
A computer to access OSMC remotely;
Now, 3 steps to put all the things to together and have them work correctly.