Archive for August, 2009

MY SITE/MI SITIO “YATRA”: NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION / VERSIÓN NUEVA Y MEJORADA

I am pleased to inform all my correspondents that today, 31 August 2009, is the official launch day of the new and improved version of YATRA, my personal website – which hosts or links to most of my writings. Please note the new url: http://yatrarollason.info.

 

The migration was made necessary by Yahoo’s decision to close, as of 26 October 2009, its Geocities facility, under which my site was previously hosted at: www.geocities.com/christopherrollason.

 

I very much hope you will find the new site, ably designed by Ismael Ochoa Pelayo (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), more professional and user-friendly. I will welcome all comments and suggestions, via the Contact or Guestbook facilities.

 

All the urls for my articles hosted on the site have changed. The old ones will still be valid till 25 October, but if you have any links on your own site either to my site as such or to article(s) on it, I would appreciate it if you could change them, and let me know. The migration code  is:

OLD URL – www.geocities.com/christopherrollason/ARTICLE.pdf;

NEW URL – http://yatrarollason.info/files/ARTICLE.pdf,

so for all new urls, just substitute the actual filename for ARTICLE in the second formula. Many thanks in advance.

 

I will continue to add new material to the site as before. I now officially launch the new YATRA, and hope you will enjoy visiting it!

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Me complace informar a la totalidad de mis correspondientes que hoy, el 31 de agosto de 2009, es el día oficial de estreno de la nueva y mejorada versión de YATRA, mi sitio web persona – el cual alberga, o enlaza hacia. la mayoría de mis escritos. Os pido, así, el favor de apuntar la nueva url: http://yatrarollason.info.

 

Esta migración se ha impuesto debido a la decisión de Yahoo de cerrar, a partir del 26 de octubre de 2009, su servicio geocities, con el cual mi sitio se albergaba anteriormente, en: www.geocities.com/christopherrollason.

 

Espero mucho que hallaréis el nuevo sitio, expertamente diseñado por Ismael Ochoa Pelayo (Puerto Vallarta, México), más profesional y más atractivo. Me llegarán bienvenidos cualesquiera comentarios o sugerencias, a través de las funciones Contact o Guestbook.

 

Han cambiado todas las url de los textos míos albergados en el sitio. Las antiguas permanecerán válidas hasta el 25 de octubre: no obstante, le rogaría a quien tenga en su propio sitio cualquier vínculo o hacia mi sitio como tal o hacia uno o varios de sus artículos, me haga el favor de efectuar las necesarias modificaciones, y hacerme saber. El código para la migración es el siguiente:

ANTIGUA URL – www.geocities.com/christopherrollason/ARTICLE.pdf;

NUEVA URL – http://yatrarollason.info/files/ARTICLE.pdf

así, para todas las nuevas url, es sólo substituir el actual nombre de archivo por ARTICLE en la segunda fórmula. Mil gracias de antemano.

 

Seguiré enriqueciendo el sitio con material nuevo, como antes. Ahora procedo al lanzamiento oficial del nuevo YATRA, y ¡mucho espero que visitarlo os resulte una agradable experiencia!

 

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José Saramago: forthcoming novel (about CAIN) and new book of interviews

Those interested in José Saramago may wish to know of the two following pieces of news:

 

1) Recently published in Portugal is a 416-page book of interviews, with Saramago himself and other people connected to his work:

 

http://www.portoeditora.pt/produtos/catalogo/ficha/id/1458680

Uma longa viagem com José Saramago

João Céu e Silva

Porto Editora, 2009

ISBN: 978-972-0-04276-7

 

2) October 2009 will see the release of a brand-new Saramago novel. The title is CAIM, or CAIN: so, as in ‘The Gospel According to Jesus Christ’, we will find Saramago wrestling with the angel and questioning received biblical narratives and the status of religion. The book will appear simultaneously in Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan versions and will be featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair. See, in Spanish:

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/Saramago/carga/Dios/salva/Cain/elpepucul/20090827elpepucul_4/Tes

EL PAÍS 27-VIII-09

 

and in Portuguese: http://blog.josesaramago.org/indexpor.php.

 

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Note added 10 Jan 2010: I have reviewed CAIM on this blog (see entry for 9 Jan 2010).

BOB DYLAN CHRISTMAS ALBUM!?!: DUE OUT IN US, 13 October 2009

The latest Bob Dylan news is that 13 October 2009 will see the US release of a new album called "Christmas in the Heart". Yes, this really will be a Bob Dylan Christmas album, with covers of such Yuletide standards as: "Must Be Santa", "Little Drummer Boy", "Winter Wonderland" and "Here Comes Santa Claus".
 
 
Many long-term acolytes will no doubt feel ambivalent about this, though those who cherish his radical past might recall that, on his own admission in the song "My Back Pages", Dylan hasn’t been a protest singer since … 1964. Meanwhile, the new album will presumably take its place as his *fourth Christian album*, following the trilogy from his late 70s / early 80s born-again epoch.
 
He has earlier mentioned Christmas in his songs "Three Angels" (on "New Morning", 1970) and "Floater (Too Much To Ask)" (on ‘"Love and Theft"’, 2001
 
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Note added 26 Dec 09: I have put a seasonal post here on this blog with some impressions of this album!