Sunday, 27 March 2016


The more detailed information you provide up front, the more accurate the quotes will be. “A quote is only as good as the information you put in,” says Des Toups, managing editor of
When you pursue a quote, the insurer will check your driving record, credit history and other information before finalizing the rate. Whether you’re working with a quote site or agent or dealing with the insurer directly, you should track down certain information ahead of time, says Toups, so there aren’t any surprises when the insurer pulls your record:


Sunday, 20 March 2016


I am of course overjoyed to be here today in the role of ceremonial object. There is more than the usual amount of satisfaction in receiving an honorary degree from the university that helped to form one’s erstwhile callow and ignorant mind into the thing of dubious splendor that it is today; whose professors put up with so many overdue term papers, and struggled to read one’s handwriting, of which ‘interesting’ is the best that has been said; at which one failed to learn Anglo-Saxon and somehow missed Bibliography entirely, a severe error which I trust no one present here today has committed; and at which one underwent excruciating agonies not only of soul but of body, later traced to having drunk too much coffee in the bowels of Wymilwood.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures with the Ever-Living Poet.

By Edward Wilson-Lee. William Collins; 288 pages; £20. To be published in America by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in September; $26.
ACCORDING to the diaries of Captain William Keeling of the East India Company, in 1607 “Hamlet” was performed on his ship Dragon off the coast of Sierra Leone. If the extract is genuine, it was the first performance of the play ever to be mentioned in writing. Edward Wilson-Lee of Cambridge University has pulled together this and many intriguing threads in his “story of Africa less often told”. “Shakespeare in Swahililand” is an attempt to understand whether the great playwright’s work speaks across cultural boundaries to a shared humanity. It primarily looks at “Swahililand”: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and the parts of Congo, Malawi and Sudan, where the language is spoken, but cannot resist ranging farther afield. (Ethiopia’s emperor, Haile Selassie, said that after God, Shakespeare was “the greatest creator of mankind”, but his information ministry banned an Amharic-language staging of the regicidal “Makbez”.)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Get a Job Instagramming for Netflix, Check “Get Dream Job” Off List

At a not-too-shabby one million followers, it would hardly seem as though Netflix needs to work on its instagram account and yet, the fast growing company isn’t about to rest on its laurels. Why settle for one million when it could have two?
And now, it’s asking for help from Netflix fans everywhere. On March 6, it will select four “Grammasters” who will travel to Europe and the Middle East to take pictures on behalf of the company. While on location, these Grammasters will visit the sets of popular TV shows, films, and even Netflix original series, snapping photos for the popular social media platform. If they didn’t have instagram cred before, you can bet they will after the on-location gig has wrapped up. But, it’s not just a future job in social media for a big-name company that one of the chosen could realistically settle upon: The pay is $4,000 for the two weeks, and all travel costs are, of course, included.
Sound like the gig for you? The deadline for applying is fast approaching, and the requested material is (ostensibly) simple: follow the Insta account (as if you don’t already), and hashtag three photos with the hashtag #grammasters3. Very few, if any, guidelines about what kinds of photos to post exist, so obviously you’ll want to flex every single creative bone in your body if you want to stand a chance.
According to the job page, Netflix is “looking for TV & movie fans with a talent for taking pictures.” You’re encouraged to show off your “passions” via the three photos. To get a sense of what other applicants are posting (and how you might be able to stand above the rest), just search for the specified hashtag.
Here’s your chance, Muse readers. Time to put your Instagram-savvy to real, functional use. Snagging one of these four, no doubt highly competitive positions could be your big break. Until now, I bet you thought getting paid to watch netflix was the best thing you’d ever heard.