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The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross & Banksy: Watch Banksy Paint a Mural on the Jail That Once Housed Oscar Wilde

It would be difficult to think of two artists who appear to have less in common than Bob Ross and Banksy. One of them creates art by pulling provocative stunts, often illegal, under the cover of anonymity; the other did it by painting innocuous landscapes on public television, spending a decade as one of its most recognizable personalities. But game recognize game, as they say, in popular art as in other fields of human endeavor. In the video above, Banksy pays tribute to Ross by layerin...
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Government stops councils enforcing masks in English primary schools

Move comes after Redbridge said pupils in borough would have to wear them all dayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has intervened to stop councils requiring children in primary schools in England to wear face masks when they return to school next week.The move came after it emerged that Redbridge council in east London had advised headteachers that all primary school pupils in the borough should be encouraged to wear a face covering when indoors as part o...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, London, Education, UK News, Schools, Primary schools, Education policy, Local Government, Health policy, Redbridge, Coronavirus

When Jack Johnson, the First Black Heavyweight Champion, Defeated Jim Jeffries & the Footage Was Banned Around the World (1910)

“Being born Black in America… we all know how that goes….”                          —Miles Davis, liner notes for A Tribute to Jack Johnson When Muhammad Ali saw James Earl Jones play a fictionalized Jack Johnson on Broadway in Howard Sackler’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Great White Hope in 1968, he reportedly exclaimed, “You just change the time, date and the details and it’s about me!” In Johnson’s time, however, most white heavyweight fighters flat-out refused to fight Black boxers. H...
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Watch The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys, a Free Film Documenting the Making of the 1980s Super Group

“It really had very little to do with combining a bunch of famous people,” says Tom Petty about the Traveling Wilburys. “It was a bunch of friends that just happened to be really good at making music.” One of the most modest supergroups of the 20th century, one that fate and chance threw together for a very brief period, the Traveling Wilburys made music that sits outside the usual histories of 1980s music, featuring five men in different states of their careers. Tom Petty was about to h...
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Flim: a New AI-Powered Movie-Screenshot Search Engine

There was a time when cinephile shorthand consisted mostly of quotations from movies — from movies’ dialogue, to be precise. The distinction matters these days, now that the internet has enabled us to communicate just as easily with visual quotations as verbal ones. While some of us go the extra mile by manually combing through our film collections and taking the screenshots that best reflect our personal sentiments, most of us have long relied on the results, however approximate, served up by ...
Tags: Google, Technology, London, Film, College, Los Angeles, Stanley Kubrick, Seoul, David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, Jason Kottke, Wayne, Facebook Twitter, Eric Rohmer, Bonaventure, Prelinger Archives

The Oldest Known Globe to Depict the New World Was Engraved on an Ostrich Egg, Maybe by Leondardo da Vinci (1504)

Image by Davidguam via Wikimedia Commons Every time you think you’ve got a handle on Leonardo da Vinci’s genius (which is to say, you think you’ve heard about the most important things he painted, wrote, and invented), yet more evidence comes to light of the many ways he meets the standard for the adjective “genius”…. Recently, Leonardo re-appeared not only as an inventor of futuristic military technology or discoverer of complex human anatomy, but also as the first European to depict the “New ...
Tags: Google, Art, Maps, London, College, Southeast Asia, History, Atlantic, Cambridge, Belgium, Newfoundland, Kim, North America, Library Of Congress, Pacific, Columbus

The Life & Death of an Espresso Shot in Super Slow Motion

Some YouTuber posted online a pretty nice clip of an espresso shot being pulled from a La Marzocco FB80 espresso machine at 120 frames per second. They recommend muting the sound, then putting on your own music. I gave it a quick shot with the famous soundtrack for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. And I’ll be damned, it syncs up pretty well. Have a better soundtrack to recommend? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below. Would you like to support the mission of...
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Alfred Hitchcock Meets Jorge Luis Borges Borges in Cold War America: Watch Double Take (2009) Free Online

In 1962, while shooting The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock gets a phone call. Or rather, he’s informed of a phone call, but when he makes his way off set he finds not a call but a real live caller, and a thoroughly unexpected one at that: himself, eighteen years older. Beneath this encounter — in a room the London-born, Los Angeles-resident Hitchcock recognizes as a hybrid of Chasen‘s and Claridge‘s — runs a current of existential tension. This owes not just to the imaginable reasons, but also to ...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, London, Film, College, Orson Welles, America, Los Angeles, History, Don DeLillo, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, Jorge Luis Borges, Facebook Twitter, Welles

Beverley Bryan: the British Black Panther who inspired a generation of women

After her friend Olive Morris was assaulted by police in 1969, Bryan joined her in the civil rights group. Then she decolonised her classroom – and contributed to a groundbreaking bookIn the mid-60s, Beverley Bryan was a prefect at Lavender Hill secondary modern in south London. One of her responsibilities was to stand at the school gates and scribble down the name of any student who was late. One such girl was Olive Morris, who would become one of the country’s leading anti-racism activists. Br...
Tags: London, Education, Race, Society, World news, Britain, Jamaica, Race in education, Black Lives Matter Movement, Morris, Bryan, Lavender Hill, Olive Morris, Beverley Bryan, Brixton Black Women 's Group, Black Women 's Lives

How to Make a Savile Row Suit: A Short Documentary from the Museum of Modern Art Savile Row is unfashionable. This, of course, is its great strength: not for nothing does that London street stand as the last word in timeless tailoring. Since at least the early 19th century, men have gone to Savile Row not just to commission handmade suits from their favorite shops, but to participate in as many fittings as necessary throughout the process of bringing those suits ever closer to perfection. The result, over decades and indeed...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Fashion, London, College, Online Courses, Museum of Modern Art, Albert Camus, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Giorgio Armani, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Anderson Sheppard, Camus Sartre Duchamp Le Corbusier, Fred Astaire Bryan Ferry

How Lava Lamps Help Secure the Internet Try not to think too hard about the concept of randomness — and especially about the question of how, exactly, one generates a random number. Most of us, of course, simply ask a computer to do it. But how can a computer, which by its very nature follows unambiguous directions in a predictable manner, come up with a truly random number, in the literal sense of the word? As far as the everyday purposes for which we might need “random” numbers — s...
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Behold an Interactive Online Edition of Elizabeth Twining’s Illustrations of the Natural Orders of Plants (1868)

Of all the varied objects of creation there is, probably, no portion that affords so much gratification and delight to mankind as plants. —Elizabeth Twining “Who owned nature in the eighteenth century?” asks Londa Schiebinger in Plants and Empire, a study of what the Stanford historian of science calls “colonial bioprospecting in the Atlantic World.” The question was largely decided at the time by “heroic voyaging botanists” and “biopirates” who claimed the world’s natural resources as their ow...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Science, London, College, Stanford, History, Britain, Colchester, Facebook Twitter, Curtis, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Josh Jones, Kew, Werner

Flair Magazine: The Short-Lived, Highly-Influential Magazine That Still Inspires Designers Today (1950)

All magazines are their editors, but Flair was more its editor than any magazine had been before — or, for that matter, than any magazine has been since. Though she came to the end of her long life in England, a country to which she had expatriated with her fourth husband, a Briton, Fleur Cowles was as American a cultural figure as they come. Born Florence Freidman in 1908, she had performed on herself an unknowable number of Gatsbyesque acts of reinvention by 1950, when she found herself in a ...
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Discover Tokyo’s Museum Dedicated to Parasites: A Unique and Disturbing Institution

Photo by Guilhem Vellut Weary as we are of hearing about not just the coronavirus but viruses in general, shall we we turn our attention to parasites instead? The Meguro Parasitological Museum has been concentrating its intellectual and educational energies in that direction since 1953. Located in the eponymous neighborhood of Tokyo, it houses more than 60,000 species of parasite, with more than 300 on display at any given time. “On the first floor we present the ‘Diversity of Parasites’ displa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Japan, London, Biology, College, Museums, Tokyo, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Guilhem Vellut, Jake Rossen, Guilhem Vellut Weary, Meguro Parasitological Museum

The government's U-turns on education in England under Covid

From exams to free school meals, ministers have made a string of volte-faces Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe announcement that all London primary schools will remain closed next week is the latest in a string of government U-turns on education since the pandemic began.Under the government’s initial plan, schools in the City of London and Kingston were due to reopen but those in 22 other London boroughs would have remained closed. Continue reading...
Tags: England, London, Education, UK News, Schools, GCSEs, A-levels, Kingston, School meals, Coronavirus

Revisit Kate Bush’s Peculiar Christmas Special, Featuring Peter Gabriel (1979) It’s been hard out there for Kate Bush fans. Since the genius “Queen of British Pop” retired from touring in 1979, public appearances have been few and far-between. She found the machinery of pop-stardom a hindrance to her process, and she’s been busy with other things, she says. “Every time I finish an album, I go into visual projects…. So I started to veer away from the thing of being a live performing artist, to one of being a recording arti...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, London, College, Bbc, Egypt, Kate Bush, Kate, Santa, Oscar Wilde, NICK, Bush, Facebook Twitter, Peter Gabriel, Erik Satie

UK Covid live: tier 3 rules extended across southern England as secondary schools face staggered January return

Latest updates: ‘vast majority’ of areas currently in tier 3 will remain there; secondary school pupils’ return to class in England will be staggeredParts of southern England moved to tier 3 as Bristol moved to tier 2Tier 3 rules explained England’s secondary school pupils face staggered return after ChristmasPriti Patel accuses senior Tory MP of breaking Covid rules11,000 positive Covid tests missing from Wales data after IT problemCoronavirus – latest global updates 2.24pm GMT The Departme...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, London, Education, Wales, Scotland, Eu, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Greater Manchester, Schools

Greenwich backs down over plans to close schools in face of legal action

Move signals government’s determination to keep schools open in run-up to Christmas and beyondCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe London borough of Greenwich has reluctantly backed down over plans to close schools and switch to online learning to slow the spread of coronavirus, after the government launched legal action ordering schools to remain fully open until the end of term.In a letter to parents, the leader of Greenwich council, Danny Thorpe, said he could not a...
Tags: Science, London, Education, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Greenwich, Coronavirus, Danny Thorpe

A Visual History of The Rolling Stones Documented in a Beautiful, 450-Page Photo Book by Taschen

There is a certain look that screams rock ‘n’ roll—one part outlaw biker, one part psychedelic magician, one part pimp, one part circus performer…. But where did it come from? We could trace it back to Link Wray, Little Richard, Elvis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. But the Rolling Stones refined and perfected the look, as they refined and perfected the slurred, shambling barroom blues that became a signature sound at their peak. Even punks who rejected the rock star image couldn’t help looking like Ke...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, New York, London, College, New York Times, Keith Richards, Anthony Bourdain, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Mick Taylor, Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, Josh Jones, Bill Wyman

‘Education’ Review: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ Capper Can Teach Us a Thing or Two

“Education.” That’s as good a title as any for the final episode of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” project — a series of five features, some little more than an hour, designed to educate and inform audiences about the experience of London’s West Indian immigrant population, about the expectations of assimilation raised by a white-majority country […]
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Jimi Hendrix’s Home Audio System & Record Collection Gets Recreated in His London Flat A visit to William Faulkner’s house once convinced me I’d seen his ghost. Millions of people commune with Elvis’s spirit at Graceland each year. Some lucky person will end up with Toni Morrison’s personal library, and maybe also her Tribeca condo. No matter how well we think we know a favorite artist, there’s nothing like connecting with the spaces and things they left behind. Since 2016, Jimi Hendrix devotees have been able to make a pilgrimag...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Jimi Hendrix, George Frideric Handel, Toni Morrison, Graceland, Elvis, Maui, Tribeca, Richie Havens, Marcus Machado, Facebook Twitter, Johnny, Hendrix

Behold the Steampunk Home Exercise Machines from the Victorian Age

The pandemic has resulted in a lot of people reinventing their fitness regimens, investing in pricey items like Mirror and Peloton bikes to turn homes into home gyms. Personally, we’re saving our pennies until some Etsy seller replicates the mechanical therapy systems of Dr. Gustav Zander (1835–1920). From the mid-19th century through WWI, these machines were at the forefront of gym culture. Their function is extremely similar to modern strength training equipment, but their design exudes a d...
Tags: Health, Google, Design, London, Etsy, College, New York City, Physics, New York Times, Philadelphia, Stockholm, Facebook Twitter, Walt Whitman, Franz Kafka, Peloton, Zander

Elli Glevey obituary

My friend Elli Glevey, who has died aged 62 of cancer, was a passionate educator and philosopher dedicated to building links between the UK and Africa. Through his work at the Institute of Education, in London, Elli made a real impact in the field in the UK, but he was determined equally to make a contribution in his home country, Ghana.Born in Accra, shortly after Ghanaian independence, Elli was the son of Gabriel Gleveh, an official in Kwame Nkrumah’s government, and Gladys (nee Atta Nee Boleh...
Tags: UK, London, Education, Africa, Teaching, Higher Education, Ghana, Accra, Kwame Nkrumah, Elli, Institute of Education, Elli Glevey, Ghana Born, Gabriel Gleveh, Gladys nee Atta Nee Boleh

For Dave Brubeck’s 100th Birthday, Watch Pakistani Musicians Play an Enchanting Version of “Take Five” How’s this for fusion? Here we have The Sachal Studios Orchestra, based in Lahore, Pakistan, playing an innovative cover of “Take Five,” the jazz standard written by Paul Desmond and originally performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1959. Brubeck–who would have celebrated his 100th birthday today–called it the “most interesting” version he had ever heard. Once you watch the performance above, you’ll know why. According to The Guardian, The Sa...
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The Beatles Create an Abstract Collaborative Painting, Images of a Woman, During Three Days of Lockdown in Japan (1966)

One of the earliest known non-human visual artists, Congo the chimpanzee, learned to draw in 1956 at the age of two. Moody, fiercely protective of his work, and particular about his process, he made around 400 drawings and paintings in a style described as “lyrical abstract impressionism.” He appeared several times on British television before his death in 1964. He counted Picasso among his fans and, in a 2005 auction, outsold Warhol and Renoir. One wonders if whoever gave the four-headed beast...
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A Mysterious Monolith Appears in the Utah Desert, Channeling Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey People do weird things in the desert. A spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources acknowledges that widely understood truth in a recent New York Times article about a mysterious monolith discovered in Red Rock Country. “A team that was counting bighorn sheep by helicopter spotted something odd and landed to take a closer look,” writes Alan Yuhas. “It was a three-sided metal monolith, about 10 to 12 feet tall, planted firmly in the g...
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The Uncanny Children’s Book Illustrations of Sigmund’s Freud’s Niece, Tom Seidmann-Freud

In 1919, Sigmund Freud published “The ‘Uncanny,’” his rare attempt as a psychoanalyst “to investigate the subject of aesthetics.” The essay arrived in the midst of a modernist revolution Freud himself unwittingly inspired in the work of Surrealists like Salvador Dali, Andre Breton, and many others. He also had an influence on another artist of the period: his niece Martha-Gertrud Freud, who started going by the name “Tom” after the age of 15, and who became known as children’s book author and i...
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Surge continues: LA County posts 4,522 new coronavirus cases as state curfew arrives

Warily watching daily caseload reports that could soon trigger more restrictive stay-home orders, Los Angeles County public health officials reported 4,522 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, Nov. 21, as the unnerving current surge showed no sign of relenting. Meanwhile, California was poised to enact a nighttime curfew Saturday night as spiking coronavirus cases threaten to swamp health care systems. Statewide, the newest restrictions require people not on essential errands to stay home fro...
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Language learning app Duolingo confirms it has raised $35M on a $2.4B valuation

Last week, we reported that popular language learning app Duolingo, with 500 million total app downloads​, was raising $35 million on a valuation of at least $2.21 billion — the latest chapter in what has become a long book on how e-learning and other education startups are raking in big audiences and significant funding, a byproduct of the Covid-19 pandemic driving more people indoors and on to screens for all of their interactions. (Fittingly, Duolingo’s details were part of a bigger scoop ...
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The Five Minute Museum: A Stop Motion Animation Shows the History of Civilization at Breakneck Speed Experimental director and animator Paul Bush‘s 2015 short film The Five-Minute Museum, above, is the dizzying antidote to standing, footsore, in front of a vitrine crowded with  or exquisitely crafted pocket watches and wondering, not about history, culture or the nature of time, but whether you can justify spending $15 for an underwhelming cheese and tomato sandwich in the museum cafe. It’s a breakneck stop motion journey through the history ...
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