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B. B.

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Cu privirea atintita hotarat asupra strazilor din Bucuresti vazute din satelit, cateva poze si picturi m-au aruncat pe o strada din Bacau, oras natal al unui coleg de-al meu.

In capitala am ajuns de nenumarate ori, insa la Bacau niciodata. Asta daca nu punem la socoteala (suna mai bine “luam in calcul”?) trecerea cu trenul prin.

Momentan afisez doua poze din Bucuresti, disponibile in telefon. Cand voi avea din Bacau, voi pune si de acolo.

De la Bucuresti la Bacau. B. B.

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My eyes were roaming the streets of Bucharest as seen from satellite, when a bunch of photos and paintings sent me straight on a street in Bacau, the birthplace of one of my colleagues.

I’ve been many times in the main city of Romania, yet never in Bacau. And this is if we do not count one time when passing through by train.

I am displaying two recent photos from Bucharest, available in my phone’s photo gallery. I’ll display some from Bacau when I’ll have some.

From Bucharest to Bacau. B. B.

 

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Posted in Literature, Movie, Music

Never Let Me Go

After watching Mark Romanek‘s “Never Let Me Go“, words such as “fury“, “outrageous” “dehumanization” came into my mind. I was willing to know how much fiction and how much truth lies beneath this dystopian film. So I was looking for “National Donor Programme” (the name and NDP initials were clearly shown on a van’s rear door).

Director: Mark Romanek

Cast:

So I have discovered that the film is based on Kazuo Ishiguro‘s homonym dystopian science fiction novel. He won the Booker Prize in 2005, and he previously won this prize with The Remains of the Day.

Until now I only knew about Iced Earth‘s album named Dystopia, not having a single clue about the meaning of this (rather new) word:

dystopia – an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dystopia

Speaking of “a new word“, one may wish to discover 3freewordsaday, Vocabulary Building the Easy Way! Actually there are not one, but three words each day!

Anyway, fiction or not, I was intrigued by the idea behind this movie (book) clearly explained by one of the characters in the movie, a new teacher in (Hailsham) school, to her students:

None of you would do anything except live the life that it was already set up for you. And sometime around your third donation your short life would be complete. That’s why you were created to.

The other day (this is an update) a dystopian sky photography found on Capricii [pseudo] literare urged me to integrate it within this post, so here it is:

Dystopian Sky
Dystopian Sky

Reading further on this topic on the web, I have found “National Marrow Donor Program Research Website“, were it is stated:

Extending and improving lives through innovative stem cells therapies.

It is something somewhat different (at least in statement) than the methods (“therapies”) in the movie, but I still have a question mark regarding the methods in the film. I hope that science and medicine made a step ahead and moral methods are used.

Well, a fact for the end: I grew up in such a dystopian society from the day I was born until the last days of my 18th year of life (December 1989)!

Below, you’ll find the trailer and (fictional singer) Judy Bridgewater‘s song, “Never Let Me Go“, sung by Jane Monheit.