Posts for Art/Literature/Culture

Terry Jones: professional comic, amateur historian, accomplished human being

Marion Turner, University of Oxford In 2013, Terry Jones said that he wanted to be remembered not for the Life of Brian or the Meaning of Life, but as a […]

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Why Christmas ghost stories have such enduring appeal

A modern Christmas Carol. BBC/Scott Free/FX Networks Sally O’Reilly, The Open University Our fascination with ghostly tales around Christmas time goes back thousands of years and is rooted in ancient […]

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The Anniversary raises awareness of loneliness among older people

The distress of loneliness has been captured in a film entitled “The Anniversary” released by The Silver Line charity this week to highlight the nation’s loneliness epidemic amongst older people. […]

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Fascinating research on Henry VIII’s marital rifts

From University of Exeter: Newly-discovered documents show Henry VIII’s legendary marital troubles may have led to other copy-cat splits around the country. The extraordinary story of a teenager who flip-flopped […]

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Joker makes for uncomfortable viewing – it shows how society creates extremists

© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. TM & © DC Comics Maria Flood, Keele University The backlash against the backlash has begun. Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and […]

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Would you stand up to an oppressive regime or would you conform? Here’s the science

Jasper Savage/Hulu/Channel 4 Nick Chater, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, described the horror of the authoritarian regime of Gilead. In this theocracy, self-preservation […]

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RuPaul’s Drag Race is inventing a whole new internet subculture and language

The RuPaul crew for Drag Race UK. BBC Pictures Carolina Are, City, University of London Try typing “Yas queen!” or “Shade” or “Don’t Fuck It Up” into a search engine […]

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£10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

The Arts Minister Rebecca Pow has stepped in to place a temporary export bar on The Dark Rigi, the Lake of Lucerne by JMW Turner in the hope that the […]

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Export bar on Nijinksy portrait to keep it in UK

Arts Minister Rebecca Pow has placed a temporary export bar on an incredibly rare painting of the Russian dancer Nijinksy in a bid to keep it in the country. ‘Nijinksy […]

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Brexit: Boris Johnson would prorogue parliament at his peril – just ask Charles I

Charles I in Three Positions by Anthonis van Dyck. Wikimedia Commons Imogen Peck, University of Warwick Charles I is relevant again today – 370 years after his execution. Responding to […]

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