While pondering the philosophical and social turbulence that defined his generation Pulitzer prize winner Robert Frost famously said: “Poetry is what gets lost in translation”. He was talking, of course, about subtlety, about the ability to infer a suggestion that goes beyond the bullish rhetoric that surrounded him and gave raise to European fascism.
Sitting here now, [...]
On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people marched through London to demonstrate against the governments’ cuts and to advocate for an alternative. The demonstration ended with a rally at Hyde Park, but the fact that Ed Miliband, head of the Labour Party, was invited to speak at the rally, is an insult.
Let us not have [...]
‘The Return of Ulysses’ as travestied by ENO, and honoured by Pierre Audi; and Peter Brook’s ‘A Magic Flute’
Substituting a modest ‘a’ for the usual ‘the’, Peter Brook’s ‘Flute’ comes courtesy of seven barefoot singers, two dreadlocked actors, a pianist, simple lighting changes, and thirty bamboo poles: the flute isn’t played, but hovers magically in the air. Those who dislike this production itemise the things that aren’t there: no Three Ladies, no Three [...]
My body would stiffen and I’d look away as the tourniquet was tightened around my arm. If I was lucky they’d find a vein first time, and insert a needle. This remained in place for hours, while a cocktail of drugs flowed into my body.
Games review roundup: Crysis 2; Pilotwings Resort; Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition; Ridge Racer 3D
A weekly roundup of our bite-size games reviews, this week featuring nanosuited power games in Crysis 2; the flight paths of Wuhu Island in Pilotwings Resort; more fisticuffs from Ryu, Zangief, et al in Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition; and don’t mirror, don’t signal, manouvre anyway in Ridge Racer 3D.
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Sharing your deepest secrets with strangers over the internet shouldn’t come naturally, should it? What did we do with ourselves before we discovered that we could use the world wide web as a platform to vent, to moan, to release all the thoughts that otherwise are compartmentalised in the depths of the mind, refusing to [...]
Just caught up with a speech (pdf) given by Andrew Adonis, former Transport Secretary and driving force behind the academy schools programme, in Birmingham the other day.
Former Cabinet ministers tend not to give interesting speeches, but this is an exception. The Liberal Democrat deputy leader of Birmingham council found it a little too interesting for [...]
In the coming days, various media and political commentators who have not done so already will have their say on the the violence seen at Trafalgar Square. It will be worth asking how many of them actually saw any of it for themselves. These are the bare facts from inside the kettle, written neither in condemnation nor in support of any faction.
DELHI: It’s easy to be cynical about people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett doling out millions and even billions of dollars to poor and needy communities world-wide, having made their fortunes working the world markets – one in information technology and the other in finance. It’s also easy to be cynical about Indian businessmen [...]
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