Publié le 25 Octobre 2014

Alien Nation is an original series -in its own time a forerunner- which retains the originality of offering a cross-cultural look at life from both alien and earthly points of view in turns...

The plot evolves throughout a series of 22 episodes followed by a miniseries of 5 films all drawn on the original Alien nation film... the characters are rich and endearing and all make for very good -while interesting- watch and entertainment... even if most of the story revolves around criminal cases in bot earth and alien populations... developing on the settling of aliens and the development of humans through their collaboration... as much through their similarities as their differences...

It remains to date one of my pet series for all these reasons and more and I would only recommend it and advise everybody to watch it...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 22 Octobre 2014

Thirty years ago I met and older and wiser friend... who had his toilet fitted with bookshelves... this made me laugh while I liked the idea all the while...

I pondered and considered the options of fitting my own toilet with bookshelves... now that wouldn't be reasonable... but addict readers like me aren't reasonable otherwise why would they read while eating, read on public transports... read while walking the streets... often while listening to other books... often in other languages... when and where could I read more than I already did ?

In the toilet came the answer... of course ! And the next thing I knew I had my bookshelves in my toilet ! It's amazing the number of books you may read there... while not extending your time spent in there...

I wonder how many writers... how many publishers... underestimate -if they take it into account at all- their toilet readership...

Remember... next time you go... take a book with you...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 22 Octobre 2014

Most people will tell you that languages open doors and bring opportunities on any job market... and then again most people know that... whether they do or don't speak other languages...

What most people won't tell you is not speaking other languages you may lose much more than carre opportunities...

Besides the fact that all intellectual exercises and practice is sure to ward off Alzheimer's disease, there is much more to languages than this...

Speaking English will open the doors of communication globally... yet not always nor everywhere at the same time... and again let's remember that speaking English for non natives is no guarantee of good English and the English channel doesn't necessarily convey everything... a notion journalist and reporters should consider when they are sent abroad... instead of believe everything they are told by the locals... which may be a far cry from the actual facts and truth...

Languages are also culture in context.... people speaking their own language will act differently and the semaphores will tally with what they are expressing... which doesn't apply most times when speaking another languages... until the speaking has collected years of practice in both the language and culture...

To me languages are also music and poetry in motion... the words and phrases bring me other pictures of common things and places... another look on life... viewed from a different angle... a reflection on what I do and say... and how... reading literature in the original language uncovering unsuspected puns or poetry the translation doesn't convey in the other languages... the same works for songs... revealing a poetry in the lyrics that is not found in the music...

Speaking different languages has also taught me that friends and partners come with languages...

Many years ago when I arrived in France, most people told me 'Ah ! You speak Italian...' almost as though I had told them I was VD ridden... the disdainful look on their faces spoke wolves as to whoever would people want to speak Italian in the first place...

As a matter of fact speaking Italian has earned me most of my oldest friends and a few contracts where Italian or Italy were concerned and nobody else could deal with them...

A Jewish family friend of mine once told me their children would never learn German... but there are also Jews in German speaking countries... and their children might one day fall in love with one of them and need to speak German in term...

There is that French film about a French guy who is crazy about Chinese language and culture... who ends up learning Mandarin Chinese and eventually goes to live happily ever after in Communist China...

My advice here is never turn down a language opportunity.... Believe it or not but believe me I have learnt a few languages in a few countries I would not necessarily have chosen to go and live... and yet I'm happy I learnt all of them... and I had to live it all again I would...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Publié le 17 Octobre 2014

Look at them looking at me… they’re all looking… all booking… all expecting me to say something to do something… there’s no way a man who’s been sitting here… thinking for so long cannot get up and do something… at least say something… anything but something… they’re all wondering what I’m thinking…

Then imagine I got up and said something… they’d all be asking questions… questioning… trying… they’d all want to know… what I’ve been doing here all those years… what I could have been selfishly thinking about all that time… to what avail… and what are my views on this and that… no way… it’s too much to bear thinking about… bare my feelings… my thinking…

What if I had just been resting… pondering on a situation for so long… and enjoying it… in these days of stress and strife a man needs some time to think things out… and let go… no think not talk not do for a change… or keeping the pose… poised… paused… completely oblivious of the world around me…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 16 Octobre 2014

Fire in the sky I fly burning on earth as I burn in heaven… burning yearning desire for ebullient life… ebullient love… fell for the love of a mortal earthling so weak… so precious… I fare by night as I fly by night… the night fuels my flight… as the day laps my might…

One night I saw you resting in the moonlight in your skylight… that night and every night… pure delight that was to seal my fate… from that moment on I lost the wind in my wings… shot in full flight of fancy…

For you only I stood in the rain… in the baking sun… and in the freezing cold… at the expense of time in the expanse of time… in the sole hope of ever finding you… seeing you meeting you again… loving you… I bound by no faith nor law… prayed every night prayed every day… only bound to find you… bound by the love of you…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 16 Octobre 2014

Hours before dawn… someone is screaming blue murder… but no one can hear her… and her body was found only just before the screening… it’s always the same… the police is never there when you need them… there was another murder and another murder… they called the big shoulders in and the guys from the FBI marched in on the crime scene… they poured in from all over… cars, bikes, helicopters, you name it… they all appear as if by magic in this hellhole at the end of the universe… to inquire into the murders… lucky everyone spoke English…

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 11 Octobre 2014

Crime is everywhere these days... rampant... crawling our streets as well as our screens... creeping into our very homes... and in time it has done a lot of damage...

Years ago we had up and coming actors who fared well in various roles... composed to suit original plots... displaying great performances... but over time those actors sank into a maelstrom of never-ending roles of vigilantes and right makers... law restorers in a world gone mad... big names like Pierce Brosnan, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson or Denzel Washington have fallen for crime's spiel... never to be seen again in other roles... crimes is just everywhere in literature books as much as in films and series... killing off all the toe her genres... leaving the readers and and the viewers little to choose from as most of those crime feats follow exactly ,the same plots and templates... only the string changes...

Most crime series soon end up beating about the bush... and often -for lack of better ideas- members of the same unit begin suspecting each other and involving families... always a clear sign that the writing team has completely run out of ideas... and are cashing in on old success... still surprisingly to me the fans don't seem to mind that too much... and most series will go on that way while it is obviously they no longer have anything to say for themselves -if anything- and have outstayed their welcome...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 5 Octobre 2014

I like stories... especially short ones... long films tend to bore me rapidly...especially series... they don't last... they soon lose themselves in the throes of their own stories... maybe in this hustle and bustle world we live in today we have no tome...but I like to take my time with short stories...

The greatest writers are often known for their lengthier type of work... and neglected for all the wealth of short stories they have often written... Isn't time short stories got their rehab ?

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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Rédigé par Jesse CRAIGNOU

Publié le 1 Octobre 2014

Two ill-fated lovers on the run were tracked down... and only could take refuge in the waters of a river...

They had to stay hidden under water for so long that they could never come out again and met their death there...

From that moment on the river started to run red forever...

Jesse CRAIGNOU

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