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SIOUX CITY POLICE ARREST ONE ROBBERY SUSPECT

first_imgA SIOUX CITY MAN WANTED FOR A RASH OF RECENT ROBBERIES WAS LOCATED IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY AND ARRESTED LASTNIGHT.SIOUX CITY POLICE SAY 36 YEAR OLD JASON MARLIN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT AT 7:10 P.M.HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL FOR 1ST DEGREE THEFT AND 2ND DEGREE ROBBERY.AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR TWO OTHER MEN INVOLVED IN SEVEN RECENT ROBBERIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY.IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THESE CRIMES, PLEASE CALL 258-TIPS.last_img


Former Tennessee WR DaRick Rogers To Transfer To Tennessee

It looks as if talented wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers will be playing football in the state of Tennessee this season after all.Just not for the University of Tennessee.Several local reports say that Rogers has transferred to Tennessee Tech, where he will be immediately eligible to play for the Golden Eagles. Rogers met with Tennessee Tech coaches on Sunday, just 48 hours after being suspended indefinitely by UT coach Derek Dooley for an undisclosed violation of team rules.Tennessee Tech is a Football Championship Subdivision school located about 100 miles west of Knoxville in Cookeville, Tenn. Rogers will have two years of eligibility remaining, but it remains to be seen whether he will already be in the starting lineup when the Golden Eagles open their season against Hampton on Thursday night.The move also reunites him with his old high school teammate, Tre Lamb, whose father was Rogers’ head coach at Calhoun (Ga.) High School. The younger Lamb is entering his third season as Tennessee Tech’s starting quarterback after leading the Eagles to the Ohio Valley Conference championship as a junior.News of Rogers’ suspension at Tennessee coincided with the release of a Vols’ depth chart that did not include him. After the announcement, Dooley told reporters that he didn’t foresee Rogers playing for his team at all this season.The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Rogers was a first-team All-SEC pick last year after ranking first in the conference with 67 catches and second in the league with his 1,040 receiving yards. He also caught nine touchdown passes.He totaled six games with at least 100 yards receiving, while 54 of his 67 (81 percent) catches during the season went for first downs or touchdowns.Rogers’ tenure in Knoxville had been stormy from the outset, starting with his decision spurn the nearby University of Georgia to attend UT. He had already been arrested for his role in a brawl involving multiple Tennessee players by the time he had stepped on the field for the first time as a freshman.Several other incidents soon followed. read more


Two armed robberies gun held at womans head for phone and cash

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 31, 2017 – Providenciales – The number of petty thefts committed by bold, gun wielding robbers proves that there has to be a market nearby for the items being taken off of residents in these armed robberies.  TCI Police report two new instances of the use of gun to get cash and phones.  A gun pointed at a woman’s head and money demanded as three males, dressed in dark coloured clothing attacked her and a male companion while walking home in the area of Pablo’s Laundromat on Leeward Highway in Provo.The trio got away with cell phones and some money.  Just hours before, in the very same area, a man reported that he was asleep when he was awoken by a noise coming from his bathroom; before he knew it he was held at gunpoint in his home by a man of short stature who demanded money.  The robber, who is believed to have come through the window, took the man’s wallet with bank cards and some cash and his cell phone. That incident happened around 1:30am.Police need help in cracking down on crime, call in any information you have. Crime Stoppers takes your call in Miami and it is anonymous, 1 800 TIPS… 1-800-8477.#MagneticMediaNews#robberyinProvidenciales#womanrobbedatgunpoint Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #robberyinProvidenciales, #womanrobbedatgunpointlast_img read more


Matic – I expect a hard game

first_imgManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says he expects a difficult game as they travel to the Etihad for Sunday’s Manchester derby.Matic believes United should focus on their game rather than concentrating on City’s attacking threat.“I expect a very difficult game,“ Matic told United website.”They are a very good side, they play good football, they score a lot of goals in every game, but we also have our qualities which we have to use.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We have to stop them in their attacks, there is a way to do it and the manager knows that. We will prepare for the game.“I expect a hard game but, in a derby, everything is possible, and we will be ready for that.“I think that we believe more that we are a good team, we have also improved and mentally we are stronger.“I think in the last four league games we have three wins and a draw, so this gives you more confidence, but we deserve that and will try to continue in this way.”last_img read more


Derek McInnes says Craig Levein is childish disappointed in him

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has called Craig Levein childish after the Hearts boss directed his rant at him, accusing him of hypocrisy over referee’s criticism.He adds that experience thought him one doesn’t achieve anything meaningful from criticizing refs.“I have been in the game a long time and I find the reaction to what I said about Hearts strange,” said McInnes, according to Evening Times.“I find it irrational and childish. Is the language strange? I think people can make their own opinions on that.”“I find it really disappointing from someone who has done so much in the game and who I have the highest of regard for.”“Craig has intimated that I phoned him and is trying to cast aspersions.”“Let’s be clear about this – he phoned me.”“He said I was crying my eyes out but who made the call? He was the one complaining and he hasn’t stopped moaning since.”News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“We played Rangers and then next day I was on the school run when the phone rang and it was Craig.”“I was still so pleased with my team from winning the game. It was a private phone call and he has put it into the public domain. There is more I could say about that call but I won’t.”“He said to me ‘what are we going to do about these referees’ and my reaction to that was you carry on your crusade but for me over 11 years as a manager, you don’t get any benefit from criticising refs.”“The call came from Craig, which I found surprising because he’s not someone I normally speak to. There was distortion of what happened. Why would I call Craig to complain about referees? You need to ask him why he phoned me to complain about refs?”“It’s disappointing, I want to concentrate on my team but he decided to create this by putting a private conversation into the public domain.”“I felt it was even from the last game at Tynecastle, where they got two penalties but he wanted four or five that day. Last Saturday I felt we were hands-down the better team but the first question I was asked was about Craig saying he felt they should have had a couple of penalties.”last_img read more


Hundreds of students meet at Mission Beach to pick up trash

first_imgHundreds of students meet at Mission Beach to pick up trash KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:00 PM Posted: May 24, 2018 It was far from the average beach day for nearly 700 local students.Together with volunteers, they showed up to Mission Beach to help pick up trash. Nearly 400 pounds of trash was collected.The event is coordinated by “I Love a Clean San Diego” to celebrate “Kids Ocean Day.” center_img May 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img


Farright Twitter accounts amplified proBrexit views study finds

first_img Share your voice Post a comment 0 Twitter CEO believes platform contributes to filter bubbles Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco.  James Martin/CNET Far-right Twitter users who appeared to be from the US helped spread tweets from accounts that support Britain’s controversial decision to leave the European Union, a process known as Brexit.The findings were part of a study released Tuesday by Finnish cybersecurity company F-Secure, which analyzed 24 million tweets about Brexit from 1.65 million users between Dec. 4 and Feb. 13, 2019. Users who shared tweets from pro-Brexit accounts displayed suspicious behavior that signaled to the researchers that the “inorganic” Twitter activity might be coming from fake accounts or bots. Researchers stopped short of concluding it was part of an astroturfing campaign — an attempt to make it seem like the social media activity is coming from a grassroots movement — to manipulate the political climate around Brexit. “Inorganic activity, in relation to political movements and events, can sometimes be indicative of astroturfing, or the spread of disinformation,” Andy Patel, a senior researcher with F-Secure’s Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence, said in a statement. “At the very least, our research shows there’s a global effort amongst the far-right to amplify the ‘leave’ side of the debate.”Tech companies, including Twitter, Facebook and Google, have been under mounting pressure to do more to stop the spread of disinformation especially in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election. Twitter saw its monthly active users fall from 326 million to 321 million in the fourth quarter and partly blamed the drop on its crackdown of automated accounts. Last week, Facebook pulled down 137 accounts, pages and groups from the UK that misrepresented their identities and were used to spread hate speech and divisive political comments. Twitter didn’t immediately have a response to the study. While researchers also spotted suspicious activity tied to Twitter accounts that were against Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, they found the behavior was “more pronounced” among Brexit supporters. Accounts that post a high volume of tweets, develop a huge following in a short time or have a similar number of followers and friends may be automated or part of a disinformation campaign, but it’s hard to know for sure. On Dec. 20, researchers examined accounts that were retweeting tweets from the pro-Brexit accounts brexiteer30, jackbmontgomery, unitynewsnet and stop_the_eu. The 5,876 accounts that amplified the pro-Brexit tweets also had connections to pro-Trump accounts Education4Libs, AmyMek and MrWyattEarpLA, which has been suspended. Many of the accounts that helped spread the pro-Brexit tweets included the hashtag for Make America Great Again, a political slogan used by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign and by his supporters, according to the study. The accounts identified as American or had US cities and states listed as their location. Pro-Brexit Twitter users also tweeted about other hot-button political issues in other parts of the world, including the “yellow vests” movement in France, that have sparked violent protests against rising fuel prices and the high cost of living in the country. They also shared links from “nonauthoritative” news sites such as UnityNewsNet, AltNewsMedia and UK_ElectionNews, according to the study. “It’s clear that an internationally coordinated collective of far-right activists are promoting content on Twitter (and likely other social networks) in order to steer discussions and amplify sentiment and opinion towards their own goals, Brexit being one of them,” the study stated. Security Tech Industrycenter_img 2:11 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Twitterlast_img read more


2020 Chevy C8 Corvette may get hybrid or electric variants report says

first_imgEnlarge ImageGiving the Corvette even more torque — and instant torque, at that — sounds like a great idea. Chevrolet The eighth-generation 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is finally here. Rocking a brand-new shape and posting some impressive acceleration figures, even the base model of the C8 Corvette looks to be an absolute riot. But this is only the start of Corvette Fever, and a new report suggests future variants of the C8 might get some new-age tech.Chevrolet has already said the C8 Corvette is designed with potential electrification in mind, but at the launch of the 2020 Corvette, Autocar asked a member of the Chevy team if it would be obscene to assume that an electrified Corvette might sport a mild-hybrid powertrain or use a front-axle electric motor to add all-wheel drive. The response was pretty telling: “You would not look stupid if you said that,” Autocar reports the Corvette team member saying.Autocar decided to take things one step further and ask President of GM Mark Reuss if a battery-electric Corvette was in the cards. His response was also surprisingly open: “We’ll see. Stay tuned,” Reuss told Autocar.While it might be ages before we see a fully silent Corvette whipping around Milford, more reasonable half-steps in electrification make sense. A mild hybrid would be the easiest, as it requires the smallest battery and motor combination. An all-wheel-drive Corvette might sound like heresy, but the front axle would be the easiest place to slap a larger electric motor, although it’s unclear exactly where a larger battery (one suitable for a plug-in hybrid, for example) would live under the body.Even though the future is looking bright (and green) for the Corvette, the present is looking mighty appealing, too. The LT2 6.2-liter pushrod V8 makes 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, enough to shove the mostly aluminum C8 Corvette to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds (when equipped with the optional Z51 performance package). And with a starting price south of $60,000, it sounds like an absolute bargain. 55 Photos More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Chevy Corvette: First look at the mid-engined wonder 1:55 Chevrolet 1 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Comment Performance Cars Hybrids Electric Cars Future Cars Coupes 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Tags 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… Share your voice Chevroletlast_img read more


French Green Goblin crosses English Channel on hoverboard

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. null Best Buy Culture Tech Industry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Boost Mobile Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $59 at eBay $999 Read Google Home Hub review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 0 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 See It $520 at HP See It $6 at Tidal $999 $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Angela Lang/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $210 at Best Buy Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sprint Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice French inventor Franky Zapata flew a jet-powered hoverboard across the English Channel on Sunday. Getty Images A French inventor flew across the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard on Sunday, after an unsuccessful attempt last month. Franky Zapata’s 22-mile journey across the Strait of Dover took a little more than 20 minutes.Zapata, a former jet ski racing champion, drew comparisons to Spider-Man’s archnemesis Green Goblin as he flew a hoverboard through Paris armed with a rifle during July’s Bastille Day celebrations. The board can reach a height of nearly 500 feet and travel at a speed of 87 miles an hour.”For the last five to six kilometers I just really enjoyed it,” Zapata told reporters on arrival, according to Reuters. “Whether this is a historic event or not, I’m not the one to decide that, time will tell.” In his previous attempt, Zapata took off near Calais, France, on his invention — the turbine engine-powered Flyboard Air — and flew across the channel toward St. Margaret’s Bay in Dover, England. However, he fell into the water when he tried to land on a boat for refueling midway through the trip.Zapata received a $1.4 million grant from the French government to help finance the development of the hoverboard.The attempt was part of the 110th anniversary of the very first cross-channel flight. French aviator Louis Bleriot made the first airplane flight across the channel on July 25, 1909. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $299 at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Comments $999 See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Amazon Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the AirPods review See it DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice Rylo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XSlast_img read more


Audibles Hag podcast unearths forgotten folk tales about defiant women

first_img Share your voice Comment drcarolynelarrington-190f1Professor Carolyne Larrington collected the stories that were reimagined for Hag. Audible Professor Carolyne Larrington, who selected the tales used in the collection, specializes in Old Norse and British fairy tales at St John’s College, Oxford. Speaking to me by email, she says it’s no coincidence that women are drawn to these stories. They were traditionally told by mothers and grandmothers — we still talk about “old wives’ tales” — and many of their early chroniclers were women. Firebrand poet and Irish nationalist Lady “Speranza” Wilde (whose son Oscar you may have heard of) collected Irish folklore in the late 19th century.”Traditional tales often feature women in a whole variety of roles, and although patriarchal ideas are everywhere in the stories, trying to constrain the women to behave in certain ways and often casting them as victims, the women usually find ingenious ways of subverting their fates and defying the forces that are ranged against them,” Larrington says.Fairy tales also form part of a girl’s early education. Little Red Riding Hood, for example, reminds us that it isn’t always wise to trust charming strangers. But they can also reflect the values of societies where women’s freedom was often limited.Read more: How author Kirsty Logan brings folk stories to modern listenersJust as the oral tradition once kept Rapunzel and Snow White alive, Hag is part of a newer tradition in fiction. From Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber to Disney’s Frozen, written and co-directed by Jennifer Lee, writers in recent decades have spun old tales into works that can shed new light on women’s roles in contemporary society. Hag’s eight authors include Eimear McBride, winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize For Fiction, Liv Little, the founder and editor-in-chief of Gal-Dem, and Sunday Times best-seller Daisy Johnson. In each episode, a piece of folklore is reinterpreted by an author from the region where the story originated. Each one is rooted in its own community and many position their heroines as outsiders, able to observe a society’s norms and injustices. These women are often pitted against narrow-minded members of their communities. But while the original stories may have painted in broad strokes, there’s room for nuance in these updated versions.In Kirsty Logan’s Between Sea & Sky, the heroine is an osteoarcheologist investigating generations of skeletons buried on the Scottish island of Orkney. When she has a child and won’t reveal the father’s identity, she’s acutely aware of the gossip surrounding her. But, as her friend Heather points out, the island isn’t a hive mind and plenty of the locals have better things to do than poke their noses into other people’s business.groupshot1-696f1Authors Mahsuda Snaith (l) and Liv Little (center) with professor Carolyne Larrington (r). Audible Elsewhere in the collection, Eimear McBride sardonically retells The Tale of Kathleen. The story is set on Inishark, a now-uninhabited island in County Galway, Ireland. McBride pokes fun at traditional narrative tropes, noting the tendency of grieving heroines to become appealingly waifish instead of turning to food for comfort. The Tale of Kathleen also toys with the stereotypes of its region, playfully contrasting popular notions of Ireland as either a mystical fairyland or a country dominated by austere religious authorities. In this fantastical version of the past, magic and the church coexist without anyone really questioning the situation — and both forces prove hazardous to the young woman at the center of the action. Telling tales in the 21st centuryIn some ways, audiobooks and podcasting feel like a natural continuation of the oral tradition that produced these stories. Instead of sitting down to read a book and conjuring up a world in your head, you can sit back and listen as the plot unfolds.”If there is a drawback [to the audiobook version], then I suppose it might be that the performance is always fixed as it was recorded and edited. And that isn’t quite the same as hearing your grandmother telling the story with different nuances, elaborations and explanations each time,” Larrington says. Meanwhile Kirsty Logan hopes that the collection will inspire people to rediscover the magic of storytelling in their day-to-day lives.”I’d encourage everyone out there to try reading aloud to the adults in their lives. A partner, a friend, a parent. It’s considered natural to read bedtime stories to children, but then for some reason we think we grow out of it. But the rising popularity of audiobooks and podcasts shows that we love being told stories, and we never get too old for it.”Hag launches Aug. 29 and is free to subscribers on Audible in the UK. It’ll be available in the US later this year. Pod people: CNET’s favourite podcasts Tags Professor Larrington on curating the collection”I tended to choose the tales that might be slightly less familiar. For example, there are lots of stories about selkie women, all following much the same pattern, but I decided to go for one about a selkie man. Finding stories from London – which has urban myths and legends but not traditional folk-tales as such — or from the Midlands was more difficult. Much depends on how early people started collecting tales in different areas, and we don’t have so many tales preserved even from the rural Midlands. So there I used a legend about the origins of a coat-of-arms of a noble family.”What surprised her about working on Hag”I was surprised, though maybe I shouldn’t have been, by the turn many stories took, away from the merely uncanny and unsettling into absolute full-blown horror. The effects of the supernatural have tended to be magnified in the new stories, and there are often suggestions that the speaker may be mad or hallucinating. The emotional impact of the events in the stories on the women is spelled out rather than left implied, as in the original stories, where the audience could easily infer from their own lives how loss, infertility, or social exclusion might feel.”The stories that inspire professor Larrington”You can’t teach medieval English literature in Oxford without being strongly aware of the legacy of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis; other fantasy writers who studied English here, such as Diana Wynne Jones, Alan Garner, Susan Cooper and Philip Pullman have absorbed a good deal from reading medieval literature and you can see how myths, legends, folklore are refracted in their writing. The short ghost stories of the Cambridge don M. R. James were made into a series of black and white TV films in the 70s. From rewatching these, I’ve become increasingly interested in folk horror — films like (the original) Wicker Man, or the very recent Ari Aster film Midsommar, films in which modern, normal people are confronted with ancient rituals and traditional story-patterns, and which challenge the protagonists to make sense of the world in utterly different terms. I have a PhD student who is working with me on the ways in which Welsh myth and legend — including the Arthurian story — is used in the works of some 20th-century writers, including Garner. We’re both learning a lot from this project!”Clarification at 8:45 a.m. PT: The podcast’s US release is coming by year’s end. 19 Photos 1 A ballad first collected in Scotland’s Orkney Islands inspires one of Hag’s original stories. Alan Majchrowicz / Getty Images An archeologist unearths a remote Scottish town’s ancient secrets. A woman in Ireland spends one too many nights dancing with the fairies. And in England, two mysterious children appear near a pit. These are old stories, originally passed on by word of mouth. Despite being centuries old — some were first recorded in the 12th century and may be even older — they touch on themes of gender, religion and community that still have relevance today. Now Audible is breathing new life into them with Hag, a series of eight original podcasts based on Britain and Ireland’s little-known folklore. The podcast launches Aug. 29 on Audible in the UK and is free to subscribers. It’ll launch in the US later this year. Hag: Exclusive excerpt from Between Sea & Sky Your browser does not support the audio element. Culture Onlinelast_img read more