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Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph

‘I heard from the ship that two bears were walking directly towards us. I told the scientists to pack up. When they said no, I showed no mercy’In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew – but the ship was big enough that it never felt crowded. There were people you didn’t see for days.The plan was to find the perfect ice floe to anchor to, t...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Culture, Art and design, Arctic, Polar regions, Arctic Ocean, Tromsø Norway, Art and design books, Esther Horvath


Staff at Jordan Peterson's publisher protest new book plans

Penguin Random House Canada’s plans to publish a new work by the ‘professor against political correctness’ has reportedly prompted numerous complaintsThe announcement of a new book from Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, the self-styled “professor against political correctness”, has prompted dozens of complaints from staff at his publisher in Canada, according to a report.Vice’s story on Tuesday said that the announcement of Peterson’s forthcoming Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, a foll...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Americas, World news, Culture, Canada, New Zealand, Cambridge University, Christchurch, Peterson, Jordan Peterson, Penguin Random House Canada, Penguin Random House Canada PRH Canada


US woman returns ancient Roman marble with letter of apology

Museum receives package from woman seeking forgiveness over graffitied artefactWhen the management of the National Roman Museum received a bulky package sent from overseas, they were not expecting to find inside a fragment of ancient marble inscribed with the message: “To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017.”Accompanying the relic was a letter from a young woman, called Jess, seeking forgiveness “for being such an American asshole”. She went on to say that she took something that was not “rightfully mine”...
Tags: Europe, US, World news, Culture, Heritage, Museums, Italy, Archaeology, Sam, Jess, National Roman Museum


British Library apologises for linking Ted Hughes to slave trade

The poet had been wrongly included among more than 300 figures whose collections were associated with wealth obtained from colonial violenceThe British Library has apologised to Carol Hughes, the widow of the former poet laureate Ted Hughes, after it linked him to the slave trade through a distant ancestor.Hughes’s name had been included on a spreadsheet from the library detailing more than 300 figures with “evidence of connections to slavery, profits from slavery or from colonialism”. Hughes’s ...
Tags: Books, Poetry, UK News, Culture, Slavery, North America, British Library, Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, Hughes, Nicholas Ferrar, Carol Hughes, London Virginia Company


From Beyoncé to the Oscars: Mary Twala, Africa's queen of cinema

The late South African actor was introduced to a whole new audience in Beyoncé’s Black Is King. But it’s her final film – This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection – that could be her best work Mary Twala died just a few weeks before Beyoncé’s Black Is King came out. In the film, the 80-year-old embodied the story’s shaman figure, the last part she’d ever play in a six-decade career. The deep lines of her face, white paint over her eyes and red beads covering her head, made a striking impression...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Film, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Awards and prizes, Oscars, World cinema, Lesotho, Mary Twala, Mary Twala Africa, Twala


Sacre bleu! France as you've never seen her before

They set out to capture the forgotten France, the everyday architecture of emptied towns and overlooked villages – before their uniqueness is lost for ever. Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier talk us through their vast photographic atlasFrom the industrial north to the sun-baked south, Eric Tabuchi has spent two decades scouring the landscape of France with an obsessive eye. In 2008, the Danish-Japanese-French photographer created a beguiling series called Alphabet Truck by sneaking up on 26 differe...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Monnier, Tabuchi, Eric Tabuchi, Nelly Monnier


Police investigate I'm a Celebrity over fears non-native bugs may be escaping

Rogue creatures from bushtucker trials including ‘ultimate survivor’ cockroaches could threaten Welsh countrysidePolice are investigating I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! over concerns non-native wildlife could have escaped into the Welsh countryside during bushtucker trials, the Guardian can reveal.Rural crime officers from north Wales police are looking into complaints that non-native creatures such as cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms could threaten wildlife in the 100-hectare (250...
Tags: Reality TV, Television, Wales, Animals, Environment, UK News, Culture, Wildlife, Television & radio, Insects, I'm A Celebrity, North Wales, Gwrych Castle


Enlightened: Laura Dern’s best role was smart, brave and ahead of its time

The series was cancelled in 2013 but its biggest crime was being born too soon. Now streaming in Australia, here’s hoping it gets the audience it deservesWhat happens when an annoying narcissist has a spiritual awakening? Do they become different? Better? Or does real change require much more than learning how to meditate?Enlightened, starring Laura Dern, aired for two seasons on HBO from 2011 to 2013. Critics loved it, a third season was on the cards – but it never got the mainstream viewership...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Australia, Australia news, Culture, Television & radio, Laura Dern


From Trump's failures to frustration in Wuhan: the rise of Covid documentaries

Among a growing number of films about coronavirus, artist-activist Ai Weiwei takes a citizen’s-eye view in China while Alex Gibney counts the cost of America’s distrust of scientific adviceAs early as April this year, Vulture reported that at least 20 coronavirus-related documentary projects were shooting or seeking funding. Seven months later, five significant feature documentaries about the virus have been completed, with countless more due to follow. Made from various perspectives, each film ...
Tags: Film, China, America, World news, US news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Alex Gibney, Wuhan, Ai Weiwei, Trump, Documentary films, Coronavirus


Could Steve McQueen start a lovers rock revival with Small Axe?

Streaming services expect rise in searches for the 70s pop-reggae genre, a staple of the blues parties that shaped UK musicOne of the most memorable moments in Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock – the latest film in his five-part anthology series Small Axe – comes when a room full of young revellers sing Janet Kay’s classic Silly Games with their eyes closed, lost in the music, as they imitate her signature falsetto.A staple of the lovers rock genre, which emerged in the 70s and was a blend of pop, reg...
Tags: Music, UK, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Music Streaming, Dance music, Steve McQueen, Reggae, Mcqueen, Kay, Janet Kay


'Famously the most Spanish city': The Crown mocked for lacklustre recreation of Australia

Episode six of the new season focuses on Charles and Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia – but none of it was shot thereThe blockbuster premiere of the Crown’s fourth season has delighted a world deeply in need of distraction – but one episode is causing mirth among Australian audiences for all the wrong reasons.The season, which landed on Netflix on 15 November, focuses on the Windsors in the 1980s, featuring Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana. Continue reading.....
Tags: Television, Australia, Spain, Australia news, Netflix, Culture, Margaret Thatcher, Brisbane, Prince Charles, Diana, Princess of Wales, Gillian Anderson, Charles, Uluru, Windsors, The Crown


Bike disappearance mars Banksy artwork in Nottingham

City angered by apparent theft of bike chained to post near stencil of hula-hooping girl A bicycle with a missing wheel accompanying a Banksy mural in Nottingham has vanished, prompting sadness and frustration in the city.The artwork depicts a girl appearing to hula hoop with a tyre from the bike, which was chained to a nearby pole outside a beauty salon. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Culture, Art and design, Nottingham, Banksy


Widow criticises The Crown over avalanche episode

The wife of Hugh Lindsay, who was killed while skiing with Prince Charles, had asked show not to feature the disasterThe widow of a British army major who died in an avalanche while skiing with Prince Charles has criticised the producers of The Crown as “unkind” for dramatising the disaster against her wishes.Major Hugh Lindsay, a former Queen’s equerry, was skiing off-piste at the Swiss resort of Klosters in 1988 with a group including senior royals when disaster struck, with his friend the Pri...
Tags: Wales, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Monarchy, Prince Charles, Klosters, The Crown, Hugh Lindsay


Brighton mural of Churchill in suspenders given reprieve

Council was set to paint over it because of wartime PM’s V-sign rather than his lingerieA rainbow mural of seven Winston Churchills wearing stockings and suspenders which prompted a complaint from the local council because of the wartime prime minister’s trademark V-sign is to be allowed to remain in place.The artwork, which appeared on the wall of the Sandpiper guest house on one of Brighton’s busiest streets, was the subject of a council complaint over Churchill’s two-fingered victory sign, wh...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Brighton, Street Art, Churchill, Winston Churchills


Brighton mural of Churchill in stockings and suspenders given reprieve

Council was set to paint over it because of wartime PM’s V-sign rather than his lingerieA rainbow mural of seven Winston Churchills wearing stockings and suspenders which prompted a complaint from the local council because of the wartime prime minister’s trademark V-sign is to be allowed to remain in place.The artwork, which appeared on the wall of the Sandpiper guest house on one of Brighton’s busiest streets, was the subject of a council complaint over Churchill’s victory sign, which he used t...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Winston Churchill, Brighton, Street Art, Churchill, Winston Churchills


Prep talk: 'yindies' revive 80s Wall Street look for generation Z

Ironic take on corporate attire reboots yuppie look in age of The Crown and new Gossip GirlIn the ultimate moment of fashion revival, the 80s yuppie look is back – but with a difference. The “yindies” (young ironic nostalgic dresser), is bringing back the suited, Wall Street look but with a touch of knowing self-reference and elements of preppy style too.The first cast photograph of the new Gossip Girl reboot, the current season of The Crown, which features Diana Spencer’s 1980s Sloane Ranger ch...
Tags: Fashion, Wall Street, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Monarchy, Diana, Princess of Wales, Donald Trump, Sloane Ranger, Sarah Cooper, The Crown, Diana Spencer


Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions

Pioneering Ndebele artist fears young people are losing a sense of their rootsOne of Africa’s best-known artists has made an impassioned appeal for governments and communities across the continent to preserve their traditions and culture in the face of globalisation.Esther Mahlangu, 85, said that she was worried that young people in Africa were losing a sense of their roots. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Esther Mahlangu


Jan Morris: She sensed she was ‘at the very end of things’. What a life it was …

In her final interview just before the first lockdown, the renowned travel writer spoke cheerfully of her last journeyUsually, nine months after meeting someone, interviewing them and writing about them for the newspaper, you would expect one or two details of the encounter to stay alive in your mind. But my recollection of the day in late February that I visited Jan Morris at her home in north-west Wales is not like that. Every moment remains vivid.Perhaps, you might say, this is because my pre...
Tags: Books, Wales, Society, UK News, Transgender, Culture, Travel Writing, Jan Morris, Morris, north west Wales, History books, Criccieth


Actor calls out director for criticizing his 'tiny' apartment during Zoom audition

Lukas Gage tweeted clip of director saying ‘these poor people live in these tiny apartments’ without realizing he wasn’t mutedIt appears the mute button is becoming harder to find these days.Hollywood is now rallying its support for an actor who posted a video of an excruciatingly awkward Zoom encounter he had with a director who witheringly criticized his “tiny apartment” without realizing he hadn’t muted his microphone. Continue reading...
Tags: Hollywood, World news, US news, Culture, Lukas Gage


Barack Obama on the moment he won the presidency – exclusive extract

In this excerpt from A Promised Land, the former president remembers the anxious run-up to the 2008 election. Scroll down to hear a clip of him reading from itInterview: Obama talks Trump, Biden, golf and conspiracy theoriesMore than anything campaign-related, it was news out of Hawaii that tempered my mood in October’s waning days. My sister Maya called, saying the doctors didn’t think Toot [Obama’s grandmother] would last much longer, perhaps no more than a week. She was now confined to a rent...
Tags: Books, Obama, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Hawaii, Autobiography and memoir, Maya, Honolulu, Trump Biden, Toot, Biography books


Barack Obama reads an excerpt from his memoir – audio

The former US president recalls the excitement of the 2008 night he was elected, in a passage from A Promised LandInterview: Obama talks Trump, Biden, golf and conspiracy theories
Tags: Books, Obama, US, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Autobiography and memoir, Trump Biden, Biography books


Booker winner Douglas Stuart: 'I owe Scotland everything'

The author of Shuggie Bain talks about growing up in Glasgow in the 80s, the dangers of ‘poverty safari’ and what he’ll do now he has won the prestigious literary prizeAs a boy in working-class Glasgow, one of the ways Douglas Stuart learned to cope with his alcoholic mother’s mood swings was to pretend to write her memoir. They never got very far, but it always began with the dedication: “To Elizabeth Taylor, who knows nothing about love.” And so the seeds were sown for his debut novel Shuggie ...
Tags: Books, New York, London, Scotland, Fiction, UK News, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Glasgow, Booker prize, Elizabeth Taylor, Stuart, Douglas Stuart, Booker prize 2020, Shuggie Bain


Alan Rickman's 27 volumes of diaries to be published as one book

The Diaries of Alan Rickman, written by the actor until his death with the intention of one day publishing them, will be released in autumn 2022The diaries of the late actor Alan Rickman are to be published, with 27 handwritten volumes of his “witty, gossipy and utterly candid” thoughts about his career and life spanning more than 25 years set to be edited down into a single book.Publisher Canongate has acquired the rights the actor’s diaries, which will be published as The Diaries of Alan Rickm...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Film, Robin Hood, UK News, Culture, Stage, Autobiography and memoir, Royal Shakespeare Company, Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, Rickman, Hans Gruber


20 photographs of the week

The aftermath of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Rudy Giuliani at that press conference, the continuing conflict in Idlib and the enduring impact of Covid-19: the most striking images from around the world Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, World news, Culture, News photography, Art and design, Rudy Giuliani, Idlib, Nagorno Karabakh, Coronavirus


Pavement Picassos: the locked-down artists showing work in their windows

Galleries are closed due to Covid – so a group of artists have taken to displaying their work from their houses for passersby. Our writer takes to the streetsIt is not a good time for art lovers. The second lockdown has closed galleries once more – I’m imagining portraits waiting moodily in the National Gallery in London to be admired again; Van Gogh’s sunflowers wilting further – and so it is not a good time for artists.Artists Walk is an initiative that aims to improve that state of affairs. I...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, National Gallery, Van Gogh, Picasso, Rosha Nutt, Holly Collier


'A gamechanger for musicians': app offers library of interactive sheet music

Exclusive: German startup Enote working on complex task of digitalising musical notationClassical musicians will have access to a huge library of interactive sheet music via a groundbreaking app that leading cultural figures say has the potential to revolutionise music-making.Artificial intelligence experts working with musicologists at a Berlin startup have spent years gathering hundreds of thousands of published scores and creating digital editions of each of them. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Classical Music


'Toxic dispute' over Zaha Hadid's £100m estate finally settled

Court case at end of four-year feud hears contested allegations of financial mismanagement and ‘clandestine relationships’ between practice principal and junior staffDame Zaha Hadid was never far from controversy in her lifetime, nor has she been since her death. In the four years since the celebrated Iraqi-born architect died suddenly in March 2016, a “toxic dispute” has been taking place between the executors of her estate, with claims and counterclaims filed over the interpretation of her wis...
Tags: UK News, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Zaha Hadid, Skype, Hadid, Zaha Hadid Foundation


Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis: 'It's a gay Christmas movie. That's a huge exhale'

The actors star in Happiest Season, the first mainstream festive romcom about a same-sex couple. They talk about their friendship, the sudden abundance of queer content – and run the rule on Love, Actually“It’s a gay Christmas movie,” says Kristen Stewart. “And I know that’s an annoying thing to label it right off the bat, but, for me, that is extremely attractive, and sounds like ... a huge exhale.”Quietly and unobtrusively, Happiest Season feels like a big deal. It’s a festive romcom, directed...
Tags: Film, World news, Culture, LGBT rights, Kristen Stewart, Harper, Mackenzie Davis, Stewart, Clea DuVall, Abby


Douglas Stuart's Booker win heralds the arrival of a fully formed voice | Justine Jordan

Shuggie Bain is heartbreaking, but never mawkish – and already a favourite with readersDouglas Stuart wins Booker prize for debut Shuggie Bain Though there were four debuts on the Booker shortlist, it’s been more than a decade since a debut won. And with two magisterial novels from established writers in Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s This Mournable Body on the list, first-timer Douglas Stuart’s success may come as a surprise. But it will be an immensely popular one, f...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Fiction, UK News, Culture, Britain, Awards and prizes, Glasgow, Booker prize, Booker, Stuart, Thatcher, Justine Jordan, Douglas Stuart, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste


Douglas Stuart wins Booker prize for debut Shuggie Bain

Scottish-American wins £50,000 for autobiographical novel about a boy growing up in 80s Glasgow, which is ‘destined to be a classic’ Douglas Stuart’s Booker win heralds arrival of a fully formed voice The Scottish-American author Douglas Stuart has won the Booker prize for his first novel, Shuggie Bain, a story based on his own life that follows a boy growing up in poverty in 1980s Glasgow with a mother who is battling addiction.Stuart, 44, has described himself as “a working-class kid who had a...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Fiction, UK News, Culture, Awards and prizes, Glasgow, Booker prize, Booker, Stuart, Scot, James Kelman, Douglas Stuart, Booker prize 2020, Shuggie Bain



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