Political sonnet on Iran/West tensions from the world’s most prolific Shakespearean sonneteer, Ryan J-W Smith

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Ryan J-W Smith, author of ‘500 Shakespearean Sonnets: the diary of a poetic quest for truth’, writes a new sonnet almost everyday in his ‘Sonnet Blog’.

His latest sonnet – his 700th – deals with the rising tensions between the West/Israel and Iran.

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Univision Enhances Operational Efficiency, Business Intelligence for Broadcast with Harris Media Software Solutions

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Highlights:
• Deal extends Harris® OSi-Traffic™ media software contract for traffic and billing.
• Harris® Live-Update™ solution will integrate OSi™ software with Harris® ADC™ automation to synergize business and on-air playout operations for Univision.
• Harris® NetGain™ business intelligence software to provide Univision with rich data and detailed metrics for in-depth business analysis and reporting.

MELBOURNE, Fla. & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, has renewed and expanded its suite of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) media software solutions — introducing new synergies across business and on-air operations while improving visibility into emerging business trends and opportunities.

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B-29 Superfortress, Giant Bomber of World War Two and Korea

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Inevitably, a number of myths sprang up around the B-29 and the author has put the record straight by using primary source documentation. This is a nicely written account of one of the major steps in aircraft design that has received less than its due in recognition because the Pacific air war has not achieved the coverage of the European campaign and the introduction of jet aircraft has captured the imagination more strongly, leaving the B-29 as an inbetweener coming after the famous Lancaster and the B-17 and B-24 bombers. The author has provided readable text from careful research and this has been further enhanced by adding a large number of photographs and drawings in illustration of the text. This is a book that no aviation enthusiast should miss.

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Lightning Eject, The Dubious Safety Record of Britain’s Only Supersonic Fighter

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English Electric was an interesting aircraft company known only for the world beating Canberra jet bomber and the Lightning Super-Sonic Fighter. The Canberra was the first reliable jet bomber and proved to have a very long service life. It was used by the RAF and the USAF, with license-built modified machines being built in the US by Martin. The Canberra was a great export success, suggesting what might have been had the Lightning not been delayed by the politicians.

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The Armed Rovers, Beauforts and Beaufighters Over the Mediterranean

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The author has addressed an area of WWII history that had received little previous coverage. He has done this very capably and used some excellent photographic illustration in photo plate sections.

This is a gripping account of the very successful anti-shipping operations by RAF aircraft in the Mediterranean during WWII.

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Art discovery, a “document of black history

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Ira Aldridge as Othello in ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare

An 1820’s oil painting of Ira Aldridge, the famous 19th-century, black Shakespearian actor, which has been hidden away in a tea-chest for decades, is “an important discovery” and a “document of black history,” a leading art historian reveals.

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Fortress Kent, The Guardian of England

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The author has done a commendable job in tracing the history of fortifications in Kent. The question with a book such as this is “where to start?”, closely followed by “how much detail?” At first glance, this is a comprehensive study. After reading through the book, a number of omissions can be observed and the level of detail varies, which is entirely understandable when such a wide historical period is covered. Each reader may see further omissions, depending on the level of their knowledge of the subject. Early history also produces perceptions of omissions because much of this period is currently going through one of the periodic re-evaluations as new archaeological discovery questions earlier assumptions and beliefs.

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Short Sunderland, The ‘Flying Porcupines’ in the Second World War

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The author logged flights on over seventy Sunderlands, largely air tests of machines delivered from the factories in Belfast and Windermere. This practical intimacy with the aircraft has helped him to write the definitive book on this great flying boat. He has included details of Sunderland operations into Berlin in 1948 during the Berlin Airlift. He has also included detailed appendices to provide a comprehensive record of the Sunderland and its operation in war and peace.

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Operation Market Garden, Arnhem, Battle of the Woods

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The BHTV team is responsible for producing some fine battlefield documentaries, using a number of former soldiers, battlefield guides and military historians who work well together, their skills complementing each other, to produce an authoritative account of the major battles and campaigns of the last two hundred years and earlier. This DVD in the Operation Market Garden series is well up to the high standard BHTV has set in its other DVDs.

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