Month: January 2015

Literary Blind Dates from Hell

Posted by Published on January 26, 2015

Instead of running through a list of the most beloved couples in literary history, this Valentine’s Day we decided to create a ‘what if’ list of potentially awful blind dates utilizing some of those same characters.   Romeo & Scarlett O’Hara Romeo, the eternal romantic, and the fickle, tempestuous Scarlett would be a mismatch of epic proportions. Scarlett will live to love again and again…

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Modigliani: The man behind the mask

Posted by Published on January 24, 2015

At the 95th anniversary of Modigliani’s death (January 24) we take a look at the man behind a controversial reputation. Self Portrait, 1919 by Amedeo Modigliani(1884-1920) / Museu de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil / Bridgeman Images   Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920) is often referred to as one of the greatest—and most misunderstood—artists of the twentieth century. Despite his great talent, Modigliani lived a penurious life, which has…

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The March of Time: Selma to Montgomery

Posted by Published on January 22, 2015

2015 marks a half century since the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. With the release of director Ava DuVernay’s Selma receiving several award nominations, we reflect on the historic fight against segregation and the continuing struggle for equal rights for all. Before you buy your movie tickets, we have surmised a brief history of events that unfolded 50 years ago using the…

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This is the second part of the ‘Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the Sheep’, bringing you some intriguing facts to prepare for the upcoming year. The lucky number 8 The importance of numbers in Chinese culture plays a significant role in determining the luck of someone’s fate. One of the extremely lucky ones is considered to be the number eight. In Mandarin Chinese, the…

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As the Chinese say goodbye to the Year of the Horse, we look at some interesting facts to prepare us for this Year of the Sheep! To bring you luck this new year, we’ve listed eight (the luckiest number in China) things you possibly didn’t know about Chinese beliefs and the year ahead. 1. Welcoming the New Year The colourful celebration of the Chinese New…

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Fairy Tales Uncensored: Grim Grimm Stories

Posted by Published on January 16, 2015

No matter where you go, stories of the Brothers Grimm seem to be everywhere, be it the latest Disney film hitting the cinemas, TV series based on their fairy tales or newly reissued print editions. But do you actually know the original stories? The ones where Cinderella’s stepsisters slice off their own toes and Snow White’s mother wanted to eat her daughter’s lungs and liver?…

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