Posts for Art/Literature/Culture

Audio cassettes: despite being ‘a bit rubbish’, sales have doubled during the pandemic – here’s why

It’s not just old cassettes that are selling: the current crop of pop musicians are shifting their music on tapes, too. BOOCYS/Shutterstock Iain Taylor, Birmingham City University Described by some as “Europe’s biggest tech show”, the Berlin Radio Show has long been famous for exhibiting the next big thing in […]

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Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview: why ‘royal confessionals’ threaten the monarchy

Editorial comment: I do not follow the Royal Family, and nor have I seen this interview. My interest level is pretty low, but I know many people are interested so thought I’d share this academic approach. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese Laura Clancy, Lancaster University The Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey is […]

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When men started to obsess over six-packs

The ideal male body assumed a new definition in the 19th century. Strongman Project, CC BY Conor Heffernan, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts The cultural obsession with six-pack abdominals shows no signs of abating. And if research into male body image is to be believed, […]

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How Roald Dahl became a passionate vaccine advocate

Tom Solomon, University of Liverpool To Olivia, a new film on Sky Cinema, captures the year (1962) that author Roald Dahl’s daughter died of measles encephalitis. The death of seven-year-old Olivia nearly tore the family apart. This terrible story will be new to many people, but it’s not new to […]

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Did dandies have stubble?

From University of Exeter: The 18th century gentlemen may often be viewed as perfectly groomed and bewigged, but in reality he only shaved once or twice a week, and probably often had heavy stubble, new research shows. The period has been described as the first beardless age, as views about the […]

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Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year. Or Xin Nian Hao. It is the Year of the Ox, and a time of celebration. Welcome in the New Year and let happiness and good fortune shine in. Well, it’s worth a try, as traditional New Year here hasn’t been up to much. Last year […]

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Why we’re obsessed with music from our youth

It was better in the old days. Deflector Image/Shutterstock Kelly Jakubowski, Durham University People tend to be extremely nostalgic about the music they listened to when they were young. If you were a teenager in the 1970s, chances are you will love Queen, Stevie Wonder or ABBA. And if you […]

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When old sea shanties go viral we know that tradition matters

The American clipper ship Flying Cloud would have rung to the sound of sea shanties. Antonio Jacobsen/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA Thomas A. McKean, University of Aberdeen Few people would have imagined that a 19th-century sea song from New Zealand would be the number one song in the UK music charts the […]

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Bridgerton: in defence of ‘inaccurate’ costumes in period dramas

Danielle Dove, University of Surrey Netflix recently announced that its new series, Bridgerton, is the company’s most popular show to date. Adapted from Julia Quinn’s historical novels, Bridgerton depicts a set of upper class families at the beginning of the London “season” in 1813. The show has captured audiences and […]

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Why you should consider adding classical music to your exercise playlist

Shutterstock/Soloviova Liudmyla Costas Karageorghis, Brunel University London; Dawn Rose, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and Elias Mouchlianitis, Brunel University London For many people, an essential part of any exercise regime is the music that accompanies it. Whether you’re a runner, a rower or a bodybuilder, there’s a good […]

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