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Cuba: Castro vs the World review – a triumph of historical illumination

The conclusion of this two-part documentary charted the end of the Soviet Union to the Clinton years and beyond, with the former US president joining a superb cast of talking headsIt’s been so long since I experienced it – either personally or simply as a possibility in the wider world – that for a minute or two I couldn’t identify the feeling that arrived as Cuba: Castro vs the World (BBC Two) concluded. It was, I realised after rummaging through distant memory, the sense of having become bette...
Tags: Television, Culture, Television & radio, Fidel Castro, Cuba, World news, Americas, Bill Clinton, US news, Documentary, Factual TV, Politics TV


Paint me up before you go-go: London borough to get George Michael mural

No, it’s not a careless whisper: a nine-metre-high image of the singer, by artist Dawn Mellor, is set to adorn BrentTurn a different corner in the London borough of Brent from September and you’ll be confronted with the strangest thing: a nine-metre mural of local hero George Michael.No this isn’t just a careless whisper. British artist Dawn Mellor has been commissioned to paint a permanent public artwork in Kingsbury, celebrating the life of the singer, who grew up in the area. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Music, London, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Street Art, George Michael, Kingsbury, Dawn Mellor


Letters reveal British objections to plot of Bridge on the River Kwai

War Office feared war movie would ‘not go down well with British public’The adventure war film The Bridge on the River Kwai may have swept the board of awards and attracted acclaim as one best films of the 20th century, but the War Office was very nervous “it would not go down well with the British public”, documents reveal.Letters between the Hollywood producer Sam Spiegel and the UK War Office, from whom he was seeking permission for RAF cooperation in making the 1957 film, show tensions over ...
Tags: UK, Hollywood, Film, UK News, World news, Culture, Second world war, Raf, National Archives, River Kwai, Sam Spiegel


Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand – Harry and Meghan and the making of a modern royal family

The scampish prince and his duchess definitely have a story to tell, but it is not the story in this bookPrince Harry – HRH as was – has long had to endure cruel snarks about, among other things, his paternity, yet in Finding Freedom, he confirms one thing beyond a doubt: he is 100% his mother’s son. Just as 1992’s Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words, by Andrew Morton, gave readers an intimate look at the royal family from the perspective of a disgruntled member of the firm, so this book repe...
Tags: Books, Culture, Cambridge, Monarchy, Kate Middleton, Diana, Prince Harry, Harry, Morton, Botswana, Meghan, Catherine Duchess, Boswell, MEGHAN MARKLE, Andrew Morton, Omid Scobie


Racial traits in D&D are pretty problematic. "Ancestry & Culture" is a great homebrew solution.

Dungeons & Dragons is great. It also, unfortunately, has long-fed into the inherently colonialist tropes that have long dominated the fantasy genre. Wizards of the Coast has recently made some strides to disentangle their tabletop role playing games from these harmful stereotypes — things like the essential racial traits of Orcs, which peg them as dark-skinned savages that are inherently evil and dumb. This is a great step. But the folks at Arcanist Press have taken it even further by introdu...
Tags: Post, News, Culture, D&d, Dungeons & Dragons, Dungeons And Dragons, Role-playing Games, Tabletop Games, Ancestry, Wikimedia Commons CC, Eugene Marshall, Tabletop Gaming, Charlie Hall Polygon, Orcs Are Racist, Racist Fantasy Tropes, Arcanist Press


Antonio Banderas reveals he has coronavirus on 60th birthday

The actor has said he is celebrating in quarantine and otherwise relatively unaffected, other than being ‘a little bit more tired than usual’The actor Antonio Banderas has confirmed on Twitter that he is suffering from coronavirus. In a message posted on 10 August, his 60th birthday, the actor said he was forced to celebrate in quarantine but reassured followers that his health was largely unaffected.Quiero contaros lo siguiente... pic.twitter.com/u579iBVLM0 Continue reading...
Tags: Film, World news, Culture, Antonio Banderas, Coronavirus outbreak


Martin Birch, producer for Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and more, dies aged 71

Hard rock ‘genius’ helmed nine classic Iron Maiden albums and worked with Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac and othersMartin Birch, the producer whose bright but heavy sound was applied to classic albums by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and more, has died aged 71. No cause of death has been announced.Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale tweeted: “It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away … Martin was a huge part of my life ...
Tags: Music, Metal, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Martin, WHITESNAKE, David Coverdale, Martin Birch, Iron Maiden Black Sabbath, Deep Purple Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden Black Sabbath Deep Purple


'Nobody knew about PTSD': the survivors of a 'friendly fire' attack 17 years on

Audrey Gillan was embedded with coalition forces 17 years ago when a British patrol was attacked by US aircraft. She talks to the remaining crew about their struggle to come to terms with what happenedThey were waving a white flag: Iraqi civilians desperately trying to signal to the British army patrol approaching their village. The five-vehicle convoy slowed down, cautiously closing the hatches of their small Scimitar and Spartan tanks. But as they nudged forward, the two front vehicles were st...
Tags: Podcasts, Iraq, US, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Television & radio, Steven Gerrard, Audrey Gillan, Chris Finney, Alex MacEwen, Joe Woodgate, Matty Hull


Brazilian pop sensation Anitta: 'Run for president? I'm 27!'

Born in Rio’s favelas, Anitta became Brazil’s biggest pop star. Then a political awakening made her even more influential. She talks Bolsonaro, Black Lives Matter and bisexualityAnitta had imagined that this summer would be a break: a period in which she could record new music. It would have followed 10 years in which she became Brazil’s biggest pop star, including stadium tours, a Netflix docuseries about her life, and hits with Madonna, Snoop Dogg and Rita Ora – all of which skyrocketed her fr...
Tags: Music, Americas, Culture, Pop and rock, Brazil, Rita Ora, Rio, Jair Bolsonaro, Anitta, Bolsonaro Black Lives Matter, Madonna Snoop Dogg


Geena Davis: ‘As soon as I hit 40, I fell off the cliff. I really did’

The Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own star wanted to be an actor from the age of three. She discusses sexual harassment, improving representation, and why she’s so glad she had kids in her 40s“Are you in your bed like I am?” Geena Davis asks. It is late at night and I am talking to Davis by Zoom, me in my bed in London, her in hers in Los Angeles. I tell her that I only just resisted getting into my pyjamas for this call.“Ha ha! I changed into a sweatsuit!” she says, and she is, indeed, ...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Geena Davis, Film, Cary Grant, Los Angeles, Life and style, Film Industry, Culture, Davis, Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie, Thelma Louise


Simon Cowell breaks back falling off electric bike in California

Music tycoon is having surgery but ‘doing fine’, his spokeswoman saysSimon Cowell is said to have undergone surgery after breaking his back in a fall from an electric bike in California.The music mogul’s spokeswoman said he was was in hospital and was “doing fine”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Media, California, UK News, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Simon Cowell, saysSimon Cowell


‘I'm 21 and I've never been kissed’: six people on big experiences they haven’t had

We all remember our first kiss… but what if it hasn’t happened yet? And what about swimming in the ocean, riding a bike or going to the cinema? Amelia Tait talks to six people about things they haven’t doneLauren, 21, Michigan Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Books, Film, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, Michigan Continue, Amelia Tait


Simon Cowell breaks back falling off electric bike in US

Music tycoon and entertainer having surgery but his spokeswoman says he is ‘doing fine’ Simon Cowell is having surgery after breaking his back while testing out an electric bike in California, it emerged on Sunday.The 60-year-old entertainer, who has a home in Malibu, was said by his spokeswoman to be “doing fine”. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Media, California, US, UK News, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Simon Cowell, Malibu


Instagram ‘censorship’ of black model's photo reignites claims of race bias

#IwanttoseeNyome outcry after social media platform repeatedly removes pictures of Nyome Nicholas-WilliamsFifteen minutes into her shoot with model Nyome Nicholas-Williams, photographer Alexandra Cameron knew she had captured the perfect image: a dreamy split second with Nicholas-Williams bathed under natural light, her eyes closed and arms wrapped around her breasts.The response on Instagram was ecstatic: “stunning … beautiful … this should be in a gallery!”. But within hours, Instagram had del...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Censorship, World news, Culture, Black Lives Matter Movement, Nicholas Williams, Nyome Nicholas WilliamsFifteen, Nyome Nicholas Williams, Alexandra Cameron


A city out of time: what do we dream of when we dream of Rome?

On a writing grant to the eternal city an Italian-born Australian encounters its two faces – the tourist’s fantasy and the residents’s realityMy desire to live in Rome germinated on a European holiday almost 20 years ago. I exited Trastevere train station, bleary eyed after the long-haul flight, and was instantly revived by the sight of women in tight skirts and stilettos zooming past on their Vespas. Men at the local bar made fun of my Italian pronunciation. Come si dice ‘tre’? they would tease...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Books, Environment, Religion, Race, World news, Australia news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Catholicism, Sculpture, Pope Francis, Italy


Lesbian lovers and a boxer in a burqa: a new look for Pakistani TV

British-Pakistani filmmaker tackles sexual stereotypes in groundbreaking new drama series, Churails A burqa-clad boxer, a high-society wedding planner and an ex-convict may sound more like the wish list for the next series of Big Brother, but they are just some of the characters in a groundbreaking new Pakistani drama show.Dubbed “Lock, Stock and Four Smoking Burqas”, the series, called Churails, is the first made in Pakistan to feature a lesbian relationship. It was written and directed by Brit...
Tags: Television, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Asim Abbasi


Burna Boy: ‘Brothers in the US have been stripped of their knowledge of self’

The Nigerian pop star on Black Lives Matter, how British fans find it easier to tune into his wavelength – and why everyone’s got it wrong about Muammar GaddafiBurna Boy might be Africa’s biggest music star, but when he speaks, it’s hard to place exactly where he’s from. Ask him about the US, and a mid-Atlantic lilt comes into play; quiz him on his time in the UK, and he sounds more like Skepta than King Sunny Ade. But when he talks about his beloved Nigeria, the rich tones of the west African c...
Tags: Music, UK, Nigeria, Africa, US, World news, Culture, Atlantic, Lagos, Burna Boy, Muammar GaddafiBurna Boy


What was the best summer ever for big-budget film?

In a world where big cinema releases are all but extinct, we go back in time to find the greatest movie summer of them allPlanet-killing asteroids! Alien invasions! Sneaky dinosaurs! These were the existential threats that 45 years of summer blockbusters had pre-programmed us to expect. Instead, something rather more insidious wiped 2020’s May-to-August movie slate clean, depriving audiences of their usual buffet of unmissable communal spectacles and/or over-marketed idiotainment. Starved of pop...
Tags: Film, Culture


The mother load: Lisa Taddeo on parenting in a pandemic

Teacher, worker, carer, cook ... family life has gone back to the 1950s for many women. The Three Women author on why it’s time to let go of the tyranny of the ‘good’ mother Never in my life had I been so high.I’d just given a reading in Amsterdam after which the gracious hosts of the evening took me out for drinks. Three young women asked me questions about sex and love and desire as though I were an expert and it was nice but I was tired and unused to being considered an expert in anything but...
Tags: Books, Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Culture, Amsterdam, Parents and parenting, Lisa Taddeo


Lessons learned from the move to remote working – Interview with Dean Robison of ServiceNow

Today’s interview is with Dean Robison who is the SVP of Global Technical Support at ServiceNow. Dean joins me today to talk about his experience of […]
Tags: Productivity, Business, Technology, Leadership, Interview, Interviews, Relationships, Management, Customer Experience, Customer Service, Employee Engagement, Change, Culture, Team, Servicenow, SVP


Salzburg's summer festival: a triumph over adversity or reckless folly?

Excitement and gratitude as festival in Austrian city goes ahead despite Covid-19At the performances of Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra in Salzburg this week, the scene in the auditorium was almost as alarming as the murderous psychodrama playing out on stage.Even with a specially reduced seating capacity, the visual effect produced by 1,000 masked audience members looking on at the city’s music venue Felsenreitschule was an uneasy one, in a world where distancing has become the norm. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Austria, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Richard Strauss, ElektrA, Coronavirus outbreak


Sopranos and swab tests: Salzburg swoons to the sound of live music

Excitement and gratitude as festival in Austrian city goes ahead despite Covid-19At the performances of Richard Strauss’s opera Elektra in Salzburg this week, the scene in the auditorium was almost as alarming as the murderous psychodrama playing out on stage.Even with a specially reduced seating capacity, the visual effect produced by 1,000 masked audience members looking on at the city’s music venue Felsenreitschule was an uneasy one, in a world where distancing has become the norm. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, Culture, Austria, Stage, Festivals, Classical Music, Opera, Salzburg, Richard Strauss, ElektrA, Coronavirus outbreak


Eurovision signs deal to create US version of song contest

The American Song Contest will launch in late 2021 with rival musicians from all 50 statesNorth Dakota could soon find itself awarded douze points by television viewers, after the Eurovision song contest signed a deal to create a US version of the singing competition.The American Song Contest will launch in late 2021, featuring musicians from all 50 US states competing to be crowned champions in a series of televised competitions. Regional contests will be held in each state to choose a singer o...
Tags: Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Eurovision, Dakota


3D reconstruction of Raphael’s face proves he was buried at Pantheon, say experts

Researchers at Rome university compared portraits with a plaster cast of the artist’s skullItalian art experts have created a 3D reconstruction of the face of the Renaissance artist Raphael, which they say proves he was buried at the Pantheon in Rome.Raffaello Sanzio died in Rome in 1520 at the age of 37, eight days after contracting a fever. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Raphael, Raffaello Sanzio


Kathleen Edwards on quitting music, falling for a conman – and her comeback

Frustrated about her career and fighting depression, the Canadian songwriter left the industry in 2014 to open a coffee shop called Quitters – before a partner ‘tried to deconstruct my sense of self’ When Kathleen Edwards opened Quitters coffee shop in Stittsville, Ottawa, in late 2014, customers would ask if she was the country singer. Yes, in a manner of speaking, she was. “Great!” they would say. “I’ll have a coffee.” Edwards laughs. “It was a wonderfully freeing experience where I didn’t hav...
Tags: Music, Country, Culture, Edwards, Kathleen Edwards, Stittsville Ottawa


The Matrix director: I'm glad film recognised as trans metaphor

Lilly Wachowski expresses pleasure that the film’s ‘original intention’ has become commonplace understanding among fansLilly Wachowski, who co-directed the Matrix films with her sister, Lana, has confirmed that they should be read as allegories for the transgender narrative. Subsequent to the films’ release, both sisters came out as trans – Lilly in 2012 and Lana in 2016 – and some fans have since identified apparent resonances for the experience in the movies.“I’m glad that it has gotten out th...
Tags: Film, Society, Film Industry, Transgender, Culture, The Matrix, Lilly, Lana, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Science fiction and fantasy films, Netflix Film Club


How To Keep Your Best Team Members

Employees are your most valuable asset. Here’s how to hold on to them Image Credit: Joshua Ganderson Follow During the course of a normal day, a manager has a lot of different things that we need to spend time worrying about. However, using our manager skills to keep the team that we have onboard is often not one of the things that we worry about on an average day. However, perhaps we should be. If we hold off until they are walking out the door in order to find out why they are lea...
Tags: Education, Resume, Careers, Strategy, Recruiting, Culture, Employees, Managers, Engaged, Staffing, Stay, Longevity, Retention, Jim Anderson, Advancement, IT manager skills


A Thousand Cuts: inside a chilling documentary on Maria Ressa

The journalist who became a target of Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president, talks about her surreal present and her uncertain future “For years now, I’ve been saying that I feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, with talking cards all over saying off with my head.”As her life has grown increasingly surreal, the journalist Maria Ressa has gained a newfound sympathy for the dazed girl in Wonderland. In the course of her Zoom interview with the Guardian, she also claims to feel like on...
Tags: Media, Film, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Culture, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Guardian, Alice, Cassandra, Rodrigo Duterte, Aldous Huxley, Maria Ressa, Documentary films


Wole Soyinka protests imprisonment of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala

Nobel literature laureate writes letter of solidarity marking Bala’s 100th day in detention, saying his supporters ‘will not rest until you are free and safe’The Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, who was held as a political prisoner in Nigeria in the 1960s, has written a letter of solidarity to the detained Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala on his 100th day in detention.Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested on 28 April at his home in Kaduna state, and taken to neighbou...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Culture, Kano, Wole Soyinka, Kaduna, Bala, Mubarak Bala, Humanist Association of Nigeria, Amina Mubarak


Sean Hannity removes 'gobbledygook' Latin motto from book cover

Change was made after a classics student pointed out that the phrase on the original cover of Live Free or Die made no senseThe Latin motto on Fox News anchor Sean Hannity’s new book has been changed after the original was described as “complete and utter gobbledygook” by a classics student.Hannity’s Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink, which argues “now is an All Hands on Deck moment to save the Republic”, was published on Tuesday. But as Business Insider pointed out, the Lat...
Tags: Books, America, World news, US news, Culture, Classics, Fox News, Sean Hannity, HANNITY, Politics books