Anthony Burgess essay on pornography to be published
Jun20

Anthony Burgess essay on pornography to be published

The authors lecture to a large audience of Catholic clergy in Malta is to be reprinted, along with a punchy counterpoint response by Germaine Greer A lecture about pornography, which landed the author of A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess in hot water with the Maltese authorities in 1970, is to be published for the first time, alongside previously unseen photographs. The talk, given to a packed audience of priests and government...

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News Daily: Van hits crowd near mosque – BBC News
Jun19

News Daily: Van hits crowd near mosque – BBC News

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Brexit talks get under way Almost a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Brexit talks are finally starting. Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised a “deal like no other in history”, with subjects of early negotiations including the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border. Things get started at about 11:00 BST....

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‘Life is like a ball of wool’: how Iranian poetry brought me closer to my father
Jun18

‘Life is like a ball of wool’: how Iranian poetry brought me closer to my father

When I invited my father Bahram to read Persian verse over my music, neither of us were prepared for such an emotional reaction A couple of years ago I decided to collaborate with a poet on a piece of music Id written three melancholy minutes of me on piano, my friend Nick on viola and my mother made a suggestion. Why didnt I ask my father, Bahram, to recite some Persian poetry over it? I was surprised the idea hadnt occurred to me...

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Why I love Robin Wright
Jun17

Why I love Robin Wright

Resolve, strength, practicality, vulnerability. Its all there in her eyes, her jaw, her smile. Its what makes her so compelling My love of movies and television is matched only by my love of books, so nothing makes me happier than when screen and page collide. The other week, I found myself rereading one of my favourite books-turned-movies, William Goldmans the character of Buttercup. I suspect that was down to the actor who played...

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Pedal-ins and car burials: what happened to America’s forgotten 1970s cycle boom?
Jun16

Pedal-ins and car burials: what happened to America’s forgotten 1970s cycle boom?

Bicycle madness once saw US bike sales outstrip cars, and spawned ambitious plans for 100,000 miles of cycle paths. Then the music stopped The bicycles biggest wave of popularity in its 154-year history, gushed Time magazine in 1970 at the start of Americas five-year love affair with the bike. Some 64 million fellow travellers are taking regularly to bikes these days, more than ever before, the report continued, and more than ever...

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth
Jun15

The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s. Coincidentally, some of the 14 to 19-year-olds...

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