Accounting Book – Tomasz Pietak http://www.tomaszpietak.com/ Fri, 10 Sep 2021 19:23:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Tomasz-Pietak-icon-150x150.jpg Accounting Book – Tomasz Pietak http://www.tomaszpietak.com/ 32 32 In Epic vs. Apple Court Fight, a victory for application developers https://www.tomaszpietak.com/in-epic-vs-apple-court-fight-a-victory-for-application-developers/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/in-epic-vs-apple-court-fight-a-victory-for-application-developers/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 19:10:15 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/in-epic-vs-apple-court-fight-a-victory-for-application-developers/ Apple is generally expected to ask a judge to prevent the order from coming into effect. Either company could also appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In that tribunal, a panel of three judges could review the decision, a process that could take a year or more. After a […]]]>

Apple is generally expected to ask a judge to prevent the order from coming into effect. Either company could also appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In that tribunal, a panel of three judges could review the decision, a process that could take a year or more. After a decision there, Apple or Epic could appeal to the Supreme Court.

The decision allows both sides to claim a partial victory. Apple now has a court ruling that says it does not have a monopoly in a significant digital market, undermining efforts by its opponents to claim it violates antitrust laws. But Epic’s lawsuit could also force Apple to open up its airtight iPhone software to create a way for developers to avoid its commission.

Apple shares fell nearly 3% on the Nasdaq stock exchange after the decision was announced.

“Today, the court confirmed what we have known from the start: the App Store does not violate antitrust law,” Apple said in a statement. “As the court recognized, ‘success is not illegal.’ Apple faces stiff competition in every segment in which we operate, and we believe customers and developers choose us because our products and services are the best in the world. “

Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, said on twitter that he was not happy with the decision because it did not go far enough in allowing businesses to transact in-app with their own payment systems, instead of having to direct customers to external websites. He said Fortnite will not return to the App Store until such rules are in place.

“Today’s decision is not a victory for developers or for consumers,” he said. “We will continue to fight.”

Mr Rubin, the antitrust attorney, said the judge’s verdict meant Apple would feel relieved to avoid being labeled a monopoly, but that would likely not strengthen its position in other investigations as the lawsuits antitrust may vary. He said Apple might also consider lowering its commission rate now that it’s easier for developers to send customers elsewhere to make purchases.

Epic has sued Google for the same issues with app commissions on its Android operating system, and that case is expected to go to trial this year. Last month, 36 states and the District of Columbia also sued Google for forcing companies to use its payment system in exchange for access to its app store. Google’s public response said, in effect, that states should focus on Apple instead.

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Lawyer Alex Murdaugh was stealing money, law firm says: NPR https://www.tomaszpietak.com/lawyer-alex-murdaugh-was-stealing-money-law-firm-says-npr/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/lawyer-alex-murdaugh-was-stealing-money-law-firm-says-npr/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 19:06:02 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/lawyer-alex-murdaugh-was-stealing-money-law-firm-says-npr/ COLUMBIA, SC – A lawyer from a prominent South Carolina legal family who found his wife and son shot dead in their home three months ago and was injured a few days ago when a bullet grazed his head as he changed a tire was taking money from his firm law, the company said Monday […]]]>

COLUMBIA, SC – A lawyer from a prominent South Carolina legal family who found his wife and son shot dead in their home three months ago and was injured a few days ago when a bullet grazed his head as he changed a tire was taking money from his firm law, the company said Monday night.

The statement by law firm PMPED came hours after Alex Murdaugh said he resigned and entered rehab.

Law firm PMPED has said it will hire an accounting firm to completely overhaul its books. He didn’t say how much money might be running out, but said Murdaugh was no longer associated with them in any way.

“This is disappointing news for all of us. Rest assured that our firm will deal with this in a straightforward manner. There is no room in our firm for such behavior,” the law firm said in a statement.

Hours before Murdaugh sent out his own statement, saying he regretted the decisions he made, but had given no details just two days after reporting someone shot him after his car had a flat tire along a rural road in Hampton County.

“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. I am resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle who was exacerbated by these murders. I am immensely sorry for everyone I have hurt, including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and rehabilitate my relationships, “he read. entire Murdaugh statement.

The statement came two days after investigators said Murdaugh was able to call 911 after being injured Saturday afternoon on Salkehatchie Road in Hampton County.

“Alex resigned after being accused of embezzling the firm’s attorney fees,” said Murdaugh’s attorney Jim Griffin. “These allegations caused him to face an addiction and he voluntarily checked himself into a drug addiction rehab center after being released from the hospital today.”

The state’s law enforcement division did not immediately comment on Murdaugh’s statement or the law firm’s lack of money charges on Monday.

South Carolina State Police are also the lead agency investigating the death of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul, 22, on June 7. .

Alex Murdaugh recovered the bodies of his wife and son after family members said he left to watch over his sick mother and father.

A family lawyer said Murdaugh was shot by someone in a van who first passed him while he was changing the tire, then came back and shot him.

The family released a statement on Saturday after the shooting claiming Murdaugh needed to recover and asking for his privacy.

“The Murdaugh family suffered more than any family can imagine,” one read.

State police released few details of the June killings, even going to court to fight requests for public registration.

The Murdaughs are one of South Carolina’s foremost legal families. Alex Murdaugh was a volunteer prosecutor in the same office where his father, grandfather and great-grandfather spent over 80 years combined as top prosecutors in the area. The rest of the family are prominent civil lawyers.

The current elected prosecutor is not a member of the family, but stepped down last month after citing the progress of the case without giving further details.

When Paul Murdaugh was killed, he was awaiting trial for impaired boating causing death in a February 2019 crash that killed a 19-year-old woman. State police have since started investigating the accident to see if anyone tried to stop police from charging Paul Murdaugh.

After Murdaugh’s deaths, state police also reopened an investigation into the 2015 hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old man in Hampton County. The victim’s mother said she believed Paul Murdaugh could have been involved.

Authorities have not disclosed any information as to why these cases have been reopened.

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Connecticut Passes “Emergency” Sports Betting Regulations https://www.tomaszpietak.com/connecticut-passes-emergency-sports-betting-regulations/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/connecticut-passes-emergency-sports-betting-regulations/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 21:25:55 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/connecticut-passes-emergency-sports-betting-regulations/ INTERACTIVE RUSH STREET A Rush Street Interactive logo, the seller chosen by CT Lottery to operate its sports betting. Would the inability to make legal bets on Tom Brady’s performance on NFL season opening night constitute an emergency? The Connecticut governor and some lawmakers seem to think so. The Legislature’s Regulatory Review Committee on Tuesday […]]]>

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A Rush Street Interactive logo, the seller chosen by CT Lottery to operate its sports betting.

Would the inability to make legal bets on Tom Brady’s performance on NFL season opening night constitute an emergency? The Connecticut governor and some lawmakers seem to think so.

The Legislature’s Regulatory Review Committee on Tuesday voted 9-4 to pass emergency regulations to speed up the arrival of sports betting and online casino games in Connecticut, as permitted by a law passed in may.

“The passage of sports betting and online gaming regulations is an important step forward for Connecticut and our partners in this new market,” Governor Ned Lamont said.

The law, the terms of which were set through negotiations with the Lamont administration and lawmakers, made it clear that the start of the expansion of gambling would not be hampered by a more deliberate regulatory process.

There is no public comment period in the emergency regulations.

“It’s a big deal for me, all this rushing to sort of – and I know this just for the record – to meet the opening of the football season,” said Sen. John Kissel, R-Enfield , who cast one of four votes in opposition.

The tensions inherent in regulating how gaming can be conducted 24/7 on smartphones and computers – platforms designed for instant access, if not gratification – were evident during the brief debate.

Senator Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, whose district is home to the state’s two casinos, was concerned that the inability to use PayPal, Venmo and Apple Pay would make gambling too difficult. Only one credit or debit card can be used to open an account.

Others were concerned about the lack of strict daily limits on betting or the ability of players to bet from pooled bank accounts or lines of credit.

“I think this really highlights the difficult balance that needs to be struck, but I’m comfortable with the balance here,” said Michelle Seagull, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection.

His department is the oversight of the regulation of gambling, alcohol sales and the production and sale of cannabis.

The state, of course, is not a selfless player: just as it shares slots at tribal casinos, Foxwoods Resort, and Mohegan Sun, Connecticut will get its share of online casino games and sports betting.

The state will collect taxes of 18% initially on online casino games, increasing to 20% after five years; and 13.75% on sports betting and fantasy sports. It is expected to generate $ 28 million in the current fiscal year and increase in the future.

As Lamont said in his statement, the two tribal casinos are partners with the state. The Tribes and the state-owned Connecticut Lottery Corporation are the only entities eligible for the only primary licenses for sports betting.

The Tribes and CT Lottery have selected providers to manage their sports betting, but they are waiting for the regulatory structure, which establishes procedures and standards, such as age verification and geolocation to keep online betting in Connecticut. . Through a deal with the lottery, the state’s off-track betting operator Sportech will offer a sportsbook book at 10 of its facilities.

“With the start of the NFL season quickly approaching, we are working to launch online gaming and sports betting as soon as we are legally allowed to do so,” said Rodney Butler, President of Mashantucket Pequot Nation, owner of Foxwoods.

The tribes are currently awaiting approval from the US Department of the Interior of the state’s gambling agreements with the two federally recognized tribes, the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans. A 45-day review period expires in the next nine days.

“We expect action from the Federal Home Office in the next two weeks on the compact amendments submitted in late July, and we understand that once this approval is obtained, the state’s Consumer Protection Department will issue licenses. of main bets, ”said Butler. .

Butler acknowledged what the governor’s statement ignored: The emergency regulations approved on Tuesday are essentially temporary, and a permanent version is due to be passed within the next six months – this time after a period of public comment.

“We anticipate that there will be further regulatory clarification ahead of a final regulatory vote early next year that will align with the best practices we see in competitive markets across the country,” said Butler said.

Diana Goode, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, said the regulations do not adequately address voluntary self-exclusion – a technique that allows a player to ban a casino for a period of time or forever.

His board, a non-profit organization funded by tribal and state casinos, would like to see a unified voluntary self-exclusion program. Currently, the tribes have separate programs and the new regulations only affect online gambling, not wagering at the two casinos or Sportech licensed lottery facilities.

“We were concerned that most of what they were focusing on was self-exclusion online, and they were ignoring self-exclusion with brick and mortar,” Goode said. “Our feeling is that there should be a full set of state self-exclusion, so that you can self-exclude yourself from everything, if that’s what you want to do, and you don’t have to. not to do it piecemeal. “

The regulations do not set betting limits, but they do require online betting platforms to provide customers with the ability to set limits.

“A deposit limit must be offered on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and must specify the maximum amount of money a customer can deposit into their Internet gaming account during a given period,” the regulation says.

When a customer’s lifetime deposits exceed $ 2,500, the electronic betting platform must prevent any betting until the customer acknowledges that they are aware that they can set “responsible gambling limits or”. close his account ”.

Kissel wondered if an occasional red flag was enough.

“We’re going to attract young people especially with a lot of these games,” Kissel said.

The minimum age is 21 years old.

Kissell, Sen. Craig Miner, R-Litchfield, and Rep. Dave Rutigliano, R-Trumbull, have each objected to the ability for a player to use a joint account to play, saying a spouse or partner could ruin the game. ‘other.

Seagull said in an interview that Connecticut’s regulations meet or exceed industry standards.

“I think our regulations are doing a very good job and are in line, certainly with what other states are doing,” Seagull said. “Most states don’t get into this nuance between joint and personal accounts. And you know many states allow payment options like PayPal and Venmo, which we don’t allow in Connecticut. So there is definitely a balance to be found.

Seagull said the regulations can’t be so onerous that consumers won’t enter a market and engage in driving that the state of Connecticut says should be legal for adults.

At the same time, the aim is to offer guarantees, she said.

“The fact that some people thought we weren’t strict enough and others thought we were too strict, we ended up landing somewhere in the middle. “

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Livermore Falls Library to Resume “Fall into Books” Program https://www.tomaszpietak.com/livermore-falls-library-to-resume-fall-into-books-program/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/livermore-falls-library-to-resume-fall-into-books-program/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 04:00:18 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/livermore-falls-library-to-resume-fall-into-books-program/ LIVERMORE FALLS – The Fall into Books program is back at the Treat Memorial Library, 56 Main St. Every time customers view books, they have a chance to win a book in December. The more books you read, the more chances you gain. The library has books for children, teens and adults, so everyone can […]]]>

LIVERMORE FALLS – The Fall into Books program is back at the Treat Memorial Library, 56 Main St.

Every time customers view books, they have a chance to win a book in December. The more books you read, the more chances you gain. The library has books for children, teens and adults, so everyone can play this fall.

Meanwhile, customers can check out The Book Was Better Tuesdays in September on Facebook and tell staff which movie adaptations are preferred.

Online Story Time takes place every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook. The staff will share some of their favorite picture books, nursery rhymes and songs.

Find out what staff have been reading lately by watching the Bonkers for Books series on Facebook. Everything from biography to graphic novel to picture books will be recommended. Bonkers for Books will take place on Saturdays September 4 and 18.

The library’s Zoom Book Club meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 9. Her Books-on-Books theme continues with Fiona Davis’ “The Lions of Fifth Avenue,” a historical fiction about a series of robberies from the New York Public Library. Ask a staff member for a copy of the book for discussion and a Zoom invitation.

Due to everyone who participated in the Library’s Summer Reading Program: Tails and Tales, including its Mystery of the Cat Burglar, staff donated an item to the local food bank for every book or hour read this summer.

The library will be closed on Tuesday, September 7, on Labor Day.

The Treat Memorial Library is open without an appointment. Staff ask that clients always wear masks to protect those who have not been vaccinated, cannot be vaccinated or are medically vulnerable, and limit the time to 30 minutes if possible. The curbside service will always be available.

Call the library at 207-897-3631 with any questions or for more information. Users can log into their own account and access the 3M cloud library through Treat.biblionix.com/catalog. Once there, click “See What’s Hot” for a list of all the new items. Follow the library on Facebook for any new development.

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Assessed eligible for income tax deduction when separate account books are kept for export: Madras HC https://www.tomaszpietak.com/assessed-eligible-for-income-tax-deduction-when-separate-account-books-are-kept-for-export-madras-hc/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/assessed-eligible-for-income-tax-deduction-when-separate-account-books-are-kept-for-export-madras-hc/#respond Fri, 27 Aug 2021 10:03:00 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/assessed-eligible-for-income-tax-deduction-when-separate-account-books-are-kept-for-export-madras-hc/ Through Mariya Paliwala – August 27, 2021 3:33 p.m. The Madras High Court ruled that the appraised is entitled to a deduction under Section 80HHC of the Income Tax Act when separate books of accounts are kept in relation to the export. The evaluated person, M / s.Ayshwarya Sea Food Pvt. Ltd. is engaged in […]]]>

The Madras High Court ruled that the appraised is entitled to a deduction under Section 80HHC of the Income Tax Act when separate books of accounts are kept in relation to the export.

The evaluated person, M / s.Ayshwarya Sea Food Pvt. Ltd. is engaged in seafood processing and shrimp food trade. The appraise claimed a deduction under section 80HHC and the claim was rejected by the appraisal officer on the grounds that the appraised ignored the losses he suffered in his business division and started his job. calculation with the number of profits made by the manufacturing division. Thus, the assessor considered that under Article 80HHC (1), the deduction must be allowed in the calculation of the total income of the appraised and, in doing so, the total income of the appraised, at the both the profits and the losses. , should be taken into consideration. The other issue to consider was whether the payments made by the assessed cash to the account of M / sCPAquaculture (India) Pvt. Ltd. should be affected by the provisions of section 40A (3) of the law. An explanation was offered by the evaluator, who did not find the approval of the evaluator. Therefore, the assessment was completed by denying the claim for deduction under section 80HHC of the Act and a denial of 20% was made with respect to cash payments.

The receipts raised the question of whether the Tribunal was correct in concluding that the appraisee is entitled to a deduction under Section 80 HHC when separate books of account are kept in respect of exports and other units. .

The Division Chamber of Judge TSSivagnanam and Judge Sathi Kumar Sukumara Kurup reviewed the decision of the Division Chamber in the case of the decision in Chamundi Textiles (Silk Mills) Ltd. the Bangalore unit deserved to be considered 100 percent. remedy, as falling under section 80HHC (3) (a) of the Act. “

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New remote visit technology now available at Lubbock County Detention Center https://www.tomaszpietak.com/new-remote-visit-technology-now-available-at-lubbock-county-detention-center/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/new-remote-visit-technology-now-available-at-lubbock-county-detention-center/#respond Thu, 26 Aug 2021 03:22:00 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/new-remote-visit-technology-now-available-at-lubbock-county-detention-center/ LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – New technology at the Lubbock County Detention Center gives inmates more options to connect with family and friends. When the detention center opened in 2010, all the technology was up to date for the time. During these years, visitors were able to go to the prison and video chat with the […]]]>

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – New technology at the Lubbock County Detention Center gives inmates more options to connect with family and friends.

When the detention center opened in 2010, all the technology was up to date for the time. During these years, visitors were able to go to the prison and video chat with the inmates. Now people can connect with loved ones without ever leaving home.

“Today, every piece of technology we have in the detention center is new,” Deputy Chief Cody Scott said.

Along with a county-wide software change, the new technology includes a major tour update. Families can now remotely reach their loved ones at the detention center.

Thanks to the new system, you create an account and can call, send messages, video chat or send photos from your phone or tablet at home.

“Which makes it better for those with family out of town, out of state.” They don’t have to go to Lubbock anymore, ”Scott said.

Remote video tours cost 10 cents per minute, photos cost $ 1 each, and each email message costs 50 cents. There is a tablet for six inmates, who will be able to access it in a common area at specific times of the day. The tablets are monitored to ensure the safety of the facility. Video chats use facial recognition, obscuring all parts of the screen except faces.

“These tablets also have the possibility of having electronic books. There are movies they can watch. Some content is free, others are chargeable. So that made it a lot better, ”Scott said.

Scott says it creates a better environment at the prison, relieving stress for inmates and officers.

“A lot of the problems you have in prison are due to boredom, so that takes a lot of that boredom away,” Scott said.

The upgrade also changes the way mail is handled in the prison. Now the letters are scanned and the photos are uploaded to the detainees’ tablets. Scott says this limits the possibility for contraband to enter by mail, helping officers manage the facility.

Sergeant Shaina Hart also streamlined the jail’s tracking and reporting system. Instead of manually entering each inmate’s data on the computer, an officer can report daily group activity at their fingertips.

“My project is the Spartan scanner. It is essentially a question of facilitating the work of our agents. They’re doing their security checks. They check inmates’ cells. They do the counting, the meals. It’s all stored in there, ”Hart said.

If you don’t want to pay to use the remote services, the detention center video tours are always free. Scott says that with the upgrade, the prison went from 30 people per hour to less than five. To contact your inmate from home, you can create an account on SmartJailMail.com.

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Google is working on offering FD to Indians via Google Pay https://www.tomaszpietak.com/google-is-working-on-offering-fd-to-indians-via-google-pay/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/google-is-working-on-offering-fd-to-indians-via-google-pay/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 14:12:35 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/google-is-working-on-offering-fd-to-indians-via-google-pay/ Google has partnered with Setu, a fintech that specializes in providing APIs to allow its users to book fixed deposits through Google Pay, a person with knowledge of the matter told Mint on condition of anonymity. As part of the initial roll-out, Equitas Small Finance Bank FDs will be offered, up to a term of […]]]>

Google has partnered with Setu, a fintech that specializes in providing APIs to allow its users to book fixed deposits through Google Pay, a person with knowledge of the matter told Mint on condition of anonymity.

As part of the initial roll-out, Equitas Small Finance Bank FDs will be offered, up to a term of one year. The maximum interest rate is 6.35%. Users will need to complete an Aadhar-based KYC via one-time password (OTP). Setu has already created a beta version of the API that Mint has reviewed. A second person with knowledge of the subject confirmed the development.

“The beauty of the system is that you can book an Equitas FD on Google Pay, even if you don’t have a savings account in Equitas Small Finance Bank. The money will flow out of your existing account and return to your existing savings account. Other banks, including Ujjivan Small Finance Bank and AU Small Finance Bank, are also in the pipeline. If successful, the system will also expand to other payment applications, ”said the aforementioned person.

“Although the focus is generally on mutual funds and stocks, it is the FDs that make up the largest component of savings in India. They are largely overlooked,” he added. The beta version of the API offers FDs of different durations including 7-29 days, 30-45 days, 46-90 days, 91-180 days, 181-364 days as well as 365 days with interest rates ranging from 3.5% for the shortest FD to 6.35% for the 1-year 365-day FD.

According to media reports, Google Pay has 150 million monthly active users in India.

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A prison officer’s account of his work at Parkhurst in a new book https://www.tomaszpietak.com/a-prison-officers-account-of-his-work-at-parkhurst-in-a-new-book/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/a-prison-officers-account-of-his-work-at-parkhurst-in-a-new-book/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 13:09:27 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/a-prison-officers-account-of-his-work-at-parkhurst-in-a-new-book/ A BRUTALLY honest account of life inside Parkhurst Prison has been revealed in a new book, written by a prison warden. David Berridge, best known on the Isle of Wight as an extreme adventurer whose ultra-distance challenges have been documented by the County Press over the years, has now put pen to paper. His book […]]]>

A BRUTALLY honest account of life inside Parkhurst Prison has been revealed in a new book, written by a prison warden.

David Berridge, best known on the Isle of Wight as an extreme adventurer whose ultra-distance challenges have been documented by the County Press over the years, has now put pen to paper.

His book is in such demand that parts of it will be serialized in The Sun.

Available now, Inside Parkhurst – Stories of a Prison Officer, is available on Asda, Tesco, Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon and The Word.

It details the assaults, riots, cell fires, suicides, guns and medical emergencies, which David all encountered in his 22 years behind the great walls of the Isle of Wight prison.

He talks about serial killers, gangsters, psychopaths and terrorists he had to contend with as they spent their time behind bars.

The book’s promotion states: “Inside Parkhurst is his raw, uncompromising look at what’s really going on behind massive walls and menacing doors.

“Thrown into the deep end, David quickly had to figure out how to deal with the most cunning and volatile prisoners, and learn to avoid their many scams.

“He was assaulted and mistreated; he fought cell fires and suicide attempts, riots and dirty protests; he helped thwart escape plans, took inmates from protests to rooftops, saw prisoners set themselves on fire, and prevented prisoners from attempting to murder other prisoners.

“And now he’s taking us for the first time to this secret world.

“With this strikingly honest tale, he guides us through the wings, the isolation unit, the hospital and the exercise yard, and gives vivid portraits of drug use, hookah making. , the constant and unstoppable violence and the extraordinary lengths of our prison guards. to go every day.

“Divided into three parts – the first of David’s early years on the wings, the second in the middle of his career, and the third in his disillusioned final years – David will take readers to the heart of the inner life and spotlight the escalation of the violence and impact of government cuts on the wings.

“Both gruesome and hilarious, David’s diaries are guaranteed to shock and entertain in equal measure.”

Waterstones said: “Shocking, disturbing and yet often hilarious, Berridge’s uncompromising account of life in HMP Parkhurst covers all aspects of prison life, from violent assaults to illicit canoe-making with candor and an irresistible humanity. ”

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The Turning Point Review – How Charles Dickens Built Bleak House | Biography books https://www.tomaszpietak.com/the-turning-point-review-how-charles-dickens-built-bleak-house-biography-books/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/the-turning-point-review-how-charles-dickens-built-bleak-house-biography-books/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 06:00:00 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/the-turning-point-review-how-charles-dickens-built-bleak-house-biography-books/ TThe problem with most biographies is that they tend to have only two rhythms. There is the heaviness of episodic accounting, one thing after another; at the same time, it is the gallop that makes the years disappear in the pages. The momentum can develop, and it can stall, depending on the life under study, […]]]>

TThe problem with most biographies is that they tend to have only two rhythms. There is the heaviness of episodic accounting, one thing after another; at the same time, it is the gallop that makes the years disappear in the pages. The momentum can develop, and it can stall, depending on the life under study, but this double speed is the halter whose biographical writing has difficulty breaking.

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is not an innovator by limiting its scope to a specific period of time – Alethea Hayter’s book in 1965 A sensual month set the standard – but he was surely the first to understand Charles Dickens’ life that way. The year 1851 was pivotal both in the personal situation of the writer and in the life of the nation, and the rebound of ideas between the two allowed Douglas-Fairhurst to set his own narrative rhythm, which was both compelling. and disturbing. Turning sees Dickens as a product of his time, “a living embodiment of his energy and ambition”, and identifies the book he was about to write, Dark house, not only as the “greatest fictional experience of his career”, but as an indicator of the future of the novel itself. Typical of the eclecticism of the magpie of this book is that it notes the “turning point” as a phrase that is gaining ground in mid-Victorian English.

Tavistock House in central London, where Dickens and his family lived from 1851 to 1860. Illustration: Getty Images

At 39 in February, Dickens is in a agitated mood (when wasn’t he?), Editing his weekly magazine, Household words, consulting her friend Angela Coutts on the management of Urania Cottage, her London refuge for “fallen” women, trying to create a literary guild for needy writers and, perhaps closest to her heart, organizing a production of his friend Edward Bulwer- Lytton’s play Not so bad as it looks for a charity gala. Dickens may have once become an actor – a cold had thwarted his hearing years ago – but he was now surpassing himself as an actor-manager, leader, cajoling, inspiring, controlling. He even managed to persuade the Duke of Devonshire to lend him his grand London mansion as the venue for the play’s royal premiere. The Duke also made his gardener, Joseph Paxton, available to oversee the staging at Devonshire House.

Paxton’s name this year was almost as famous as Dickens’ name, as in May his famous Crystal Palace in Hyde Park opened and the Great Exhibition was underway. “A giant architectural exclamation point,” in the words of Douglas-Fairhurst, this vast cathedral of glass and iron divides opinions. While some saw him as a symbol of progress and a singular feat of engineering, others like Ruskin found him cold and lifeless. Dickens himself was not a fan, preferring buildings on a human scale. As a person to whom “order” was sacred, he also lamented the jumbled profusion of the exhibit – it should be noted that even he sometimes found too much. On another visit in July, he was further impressed by the sight of 100 schoolchildren wandering the premises. He later found out that one of them had gotten lost and ended up in Hammersmith. After spending the night in a work house, the boy was picked up by his mother; he was supposed to have asked her when it was all over. “It was a Great Exhibition,” he said, “but he thought about it for a long time.” You can hear Dickens’ laughter in this line.

As always, the family was close to her heart and nerves. In March, his father passed away after excruciating groin surgery, a death that likely reignited his lifelong ambivalence towards the unsatisfying parent. Recast it to Micawber in David Copperfield, Dickens could rejoice in his recklessness, but in real life John Dickens had been a devastation and a drain on his resources. Less than two weeks later his baby daughter Dora passed away suddenly, the news he broke to his wife, Catherine, staying in Malvern, in a letter that gently tried to cushion the shock, as if she could to be a child herself. Supple and plump, Catherine had given him nine children in 13 years, during which the vibrations of her impatience and dissatisfaction with her had intensified. Douglas-Fairhurst observes that the Bulwer-Lytton example would have warned Dickens about how a bad marriage can pollute life, but the parallel doesn’t really hold: Rosina Bulwer-Lytton was a vengeful fury who led a public campaign against her husband, while Catherine Dickens simply became an unfortunate burden. A recently uncovered cache of letters reveals that in the years leading up to their separation, Dickens attempted to have her declared insane, a ploy worthy of the most mature Victorian melodrama.

Author Robert Douglas-Fairhurst:
Author Robert Douglas-Fairhurst: “clairvoyant on Dickensian failures”. Photography: John Cairns

Douglas-Fairhurst is clairvoyant about Dickens’ failures, not only in his treatment of Catherine, but in his reactionary attitudes toward class, race, and women’s liberation. The new fashion for bloomers in 1851 caused its ridicule – women in trousers, or the pants, was an outrage to social order, he argued in printed matter, specifying that any activity beyond the management of the house should be discouraged. He organized his own home with rigor, recreating an almost double of his old home when he moved the family to a new home in Tavistock Square. He liked to keep everyone. Yet for all the restrictions on his character Turning is more admiring than berated and the way he gradually builds towards Dark house, the great project that had fermented in his head all year, made it a very satisfying finale. A handwritten page of the novel, dense with erasures and corrections, is reproduced as proof of Dickens’ meticulous creative process. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst went to great lengths and this wonderfully entertaining book is the result.

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Pat Barker’s Criticism of the Trojan Women – Dark and Impressive | Pat barker https://www.tomaszpietak.com/pat-barkers-criticism-of-the-trojan-women-dark-and-impressive-pat-barker/ https://www.tomaszpietak.com/pat-barkers-criticism-of-the-trojan-women-dark-and-impressive-pat-barker/#respond Fri, 20 Aug 2021 06:30:00 +0000 https://www.tomaszpietak.com/pat-barkers-criticism-of-the-trojan-women-dark-and-impressive-pat-barker/ Troy fell. Her warriors, even her unborn male babies, are all dead. The mutilated body of the king of the sacked city, Priam, was left lying in the dunes by the Greek camp, stinking and covered everywhere – as Pat Barker’s narrator horribly notes – with “flies, thousands … like fluff. black hairs ”. Now […]]]>

Troy fell. Her warriors, even her unborn male babies, are all dead. The mutilated body of the king of the sacked city, Priam, was left lying in the dunes by the Greek camp, stinking and covered everywhere – as Pat Barker’s narrator horribly notes – with “flies, thousands … like fluff. black hairs ”.

Now someone has tried to bury Priam. The Greek Pyrrhus, who massacred him at the foot of an altar, is dissatisfied. He wonders who could have attempted this act of respect. It must have been a Trojan horse. But which one? Alcimus, Pyrrhus’ chief lieutenant, specifies that there are “only two Trojans in the camp”. He thinks of Calchas, the priest, and Helenus, the Trojan prince who – under torture – revealed the information that allowed the Greeks to enter the city. But Alcimus is totally, blindly wrong. There are plenty of other Trojans in the Greek camp, hundreds. These other Trojans, however, don’t count. For Pyrrhus and Alcimus, they are doubly invisible because they are slaves and because they are women.

Published in 2018, Pat Barker’s The silence of the girls was a rewrite of the plot of the Iliad from the perspective of a captive queen, Briseis, over whose possession Agamemnon and Achilles fell out. It was not an easy task Barker set for himself. Achilles – terrifying, charismatic and doomed to an untimely death – is hard to dismiss. Through Briseis’ clear eyes, the Greek base, populated by male combatants and female captives, turned out to be a “rape camp”. But, as Briseis herself remarks, “A song is not new just because a woman’s voice sings it.” History has stubbornly remained a predominantly human story. In this sequel, however, Barker broke free from the epic masculinist lore. Briseis is still the narrator, but Barker has left the Iliad behind, with his insistence on the glory and pathos of war. The women of Troy draws mainly from a very different source – the tragedy of Euripides The women of Troy. This is not a story of conflict but of its consequences.

It is sinister. The words “dirty” and “stained” keep coming back. Even the sea is dirty, yellowish gray, and full of dead things. War is dirty, ugly and stinky and Barker never lets us forget it. Men can set off in the morning oiled and glorious like Phoebus Apollo, their sparkling chariots, but at nightfall “ash gray men driving dirty horses would come out clouds of dust.”

“According to Barker, he’s a nervous 16-year-old sociopath.” Pyrrhus in a hand-colored etching. Photograph: North Wind Picture Archives / Alamy

Barker has been examining the human debris of war for decades. In Regeneration, placed in a psychiatric ward during the First World War, she examined the psychological damage caused. In Living class she wrote about the horrific facial wounds that veterans were scarred by. Although in this new novel she is primarily interested in women on the losing side, she is also aware of the legacy that winners leave to their children. Pyrrhus is the son of the great Achilles. English-speaking readers know him best from Hamlet’s speech to the Playful King, in which Pyrrhus is a larger-than-life ogre described as “horrible” and “hellish,” swollen with the “coagulated gore” of slain innocents. , with eyes like anthrax. In Barker’s tale, he’s a much smaller, more ridiculous figure, a nervous 16-year-old sociopath whose gross cruelties are driven by the fact that he can never live up to his father’s reputation. Inside the wooden horse, Pyrrhus is dismayed to feel his insides relax. “Oh my god, he needs some shit.”

A number of women writers have revisited Troy in recent years. Madeline Miller insisted on the love between Achilles and Patroclus; Natalie Haynes has written on mortal women but also on female gods. In Barker’s tale, there is no romance – only more or less bearable bonds between a slave and his owner – and no deity. When the characters talk about how the Greek warriors, raping the Trojans on the altars, desecrated the temples of Troy, Barker’s Briseis thinks, “Motherfucker the temples. And women ? It is the Trojan War not only demystified but stripped of any vestige of heroic or numinous.

Barker’s language in this new book is simple, crude, and modern. Sometimes that tips over in the bath, such as when Briseis notices that the teenage slaves in Pyrrhus’ compound have “come together as a group,” as if they are reporting on the morale of a netball team. Most of the time, however, its coarseness generates energy. On Pallas Athena: “Guardian of the cities? Is this a joke? Hopefully she doesn’t keep this town. On Briseis’ marriage to Alcimus: “a semen stained sheet wrapped around my shoulders, breadcrumbs in my hair, nausea, the smell of sex.” On Helen, and the necklace of bruises Menelaus had given her: “He had strangled her while he was fucking her.” As you would.

Frankly and brutally, this kind of language fits with the intention, shared by Barker and his spokesperson, Briseis, to tell the truths about violence and slavery without the prettiness of costumed drama or the soothing veneer of a great literary style. Briseis only cries once, not at a moment of exalted drama or noble sorrow, but when she stumbles upon the unfinished lunch of a dead Trojan horse: “the teeth marks of a stranger in a slice of old smelly cheese ”. It is only by noticing the natural world that she approaches a kind of austere poetry. “The sun is rising, small, hard and cold as a stone. “

The plot revolves around the non-burial and eventual cremation of King Priam. The person who tried to bury him in the sand is a character invented by Barker, a Trojan woman, religious in a way that Briseis is not, who courts martyrdom. Pyrrhus broke the laws of hospitality and receives some sort of reward. Calchas, the priest, whose point of view we sometimes share, loses his privileged status as respect for the gods unraveled with military discipline. A slave is pregnant and her baby boy must be hidden. Helen – in a surprising and effective change away from legend – is reinvented as an artist, with the requisite ice chip in her heart, living solely in and for her tapestry-making work. The main narrative motivation, however, points to the predestined end, when the tide turns and the Trojan women leave, loaded with the “other cattle” on their owners’ ships.

These novels began as a fictitious treatment of genocidal rape. Barker knowingly wrote of tens of thousands of women raped during the Bosnian conflict. For them, as for the Trojan women, the aggression was not only against their bodies but against their nation. Their babies would be the offspring of their enemies. Briseis remarks that the Greeks “want to wipe out a whole people”. In this second volume, as Barker plunges us deeper into the feminine universe of the Greek camp, the theme of sexual assault takes precedence over that of slavery. Briseis remembers stretching his legs apart under Achilles, just days after seeing him kill his brothers, and thinking it was the worst thing ever – the bottom of the chasm. Now, she said, she knows there is much, much worse. It’s a trophy woman. She has value. Compared to the old women the slave traders don’t want to take, those who rummage around cooking fires in competition with wild dogs, she’s in luck. But when a person is turned into a commodity, he risks becoming as close to nothingness as a chewed bone.

Told plainly and simply, without obscurity of vocabulary or allusion, this novel sometimes reads like a children’s tale of the legend of Troy, but its conclusions are for adults – ruthless, devoid of consoling beauty, gloomy impressive.

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