Daily Archives: 02/28/2022

CRICKET: Sonny Ramadhin, West Indies legendary spinner, dies aged 92 – The Guardian

—  Ramadhin’s death confirmed by Friarmere CC in Oldham

— Spinner helped West Indies to first Test series victory in England in 1950

PHOTO: Sonny Ramadhin was the first man of Indian heritage to represent West Indies. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
THE GUARDIANSun 27 Feb 2022 

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USA: The True Story of ‘The Underground Railroad’ – Smithsonian Magazine

Slavery in USA

The adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel reimagines the eponymous trail to freedom as an actual train track.

Smithsonian Magazine – Meilan Solly

When Cora, the fictional protagonist of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad, steps onto a boxcar bound for the North, the train’s conductor offers her a wry word of advice: “If you want to see what this nation is all about, I always say, you have to ride the rails. Look outside as you speed through, and you’ll find the true face of America.”

Peering through the carriage’s slats, Cora sees “only darkness, mile after mile,” Whitehead writes. Later, toward the end of her harrowing escape from enslavement, the teenager realizes that the conductor’s comment was a “joke … from the start. There was only darkness outside the windows on her journeys, and only ever would be darkness.”          Continue reading

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