A zero-carbon journey around the UK

[ad_1] Videos | Sustainability A zero-carbon journey around the UK (Image credit: Paul Cox/Alamy) Fourteen years after completing the world’s first self-powered global circumnavigation, Jason Lewis and his partner are on a three-year odyssey to circumnavigate the UK and Ireland. T The idea of spending every waking moment mere inches away from your partner – day after […]

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The Niigata Geigi: Japan’s ‘other’ geishas

[ad_1] “The prince was very friendly,” she recalled. “He cracked a lot of jokes. I’m not sure whether I’m supposed to mention this, but he was playing mahjong with the senior geigis. I watched them while I served sake and tea.” While geisha activity ceased during World War Two, it quickly picked up again afterwards. […]

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Amélie – the most stylish film ever made?

[ad_1] In an amusing twist, Amélie was rejected when it was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival, with Jeunet reporting that programmer Gilles Jacob called the film “uninteresting”. In July of this year, Amélie finally did play at Cannes, in a special anniversary screening on the beach. Hundreds of fans – including myself – turned […]

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Butterflies: The ultimate icon of our fragility

[ad_1] In the 20th and 21st Centuries, the vanitas connection with butterflies held strong. Inevitably, however, the message has mutated in line with historical conditions. In the 1950s the French artist Jean Dubuffet made art using real butterfly wings which he stuck to the surface of canvases to make colourful designs of abstract patterns. In […]

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How talent shows became TV’s most bizarre programmes

[ad_1] “Because of places like Butlins and these holiday camps, audiences were primed to watch in a particular way, with empathy and humour, and they were also primed to audition for [these shows] too,” Hill adds. “There was a strong passing down of an entertainment history to audiences from this and the reality talent shows […]

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What the future of Bond movies could look like

[ad_1] One thing is for sure – don’t expect the trope of these villains having facial deformities to continue for much longer. “You’ve got Le Chiffre [from Casino Royale, played by Mads Mikkelsen] with his weeping tear duct. You’ve got Silva [from Skyfall, played by Javier Bardem] with his face dissolved. And now we’ve got […]

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No Time To Die: The women who have shaped Bond

[ad_1] It’s difficult to measure the impact of Doran’s influence on Hollywood; her last official film credit was Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang in 2010, and her work extends to teaching alongside her consultancy work with studios and filmmakers. However Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, whose collective writing and directorial work ranges from 21 […]

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How The Velvet Underground film reclaims the past

[ad_1] How The Velvet Underground film reclaims the past (Image credit: Courtesy of Apple) Todd Haynes’ new film offers a fresh take on the seminal 60s band. It’s one of several films this year that are breaking boundaries and challenging conventions. T There’s a brief moment in Todd Haynes’ new documentary The Velvet Underground where […]

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