Posts for Art/Literature/Culture

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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Charles Dickens wrote about the diphtheria crisis of 1856 – and it all sounds very familiar

Charles Dickens in his study at Gads Hill Place, England. Line engraving by Samuel Hollyer, 1875. Shutterstock/EverettCollection Leon Litvack, Queen’s University Belfast A strange and frightening disease is killing people across the world. Medical opinion is divided and it’s very difficult to get an accurate picture of what is going […]

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Tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor

The news that Dame Barbara Windsor has died, and from such a cruel disease, is sad, mirroring the experience of many thousands of people. Scott Mitchell said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife, Barbara, passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday […]

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How green is your Christmas tree?

Paolo Paradiso / shutterstock Ian D. Rotherham, Sheffield Hallam University There’s no way around the fact that Christmas has a large carbon footprint, from the travelling we do to the presents we give and the large amounts of food we eat. But it is possible to at least reduce the […]

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The Crown season 4 review: a triumphant portrait of the 1980s with a perfectly wide-eyed Diana

Des Willie/Netflix Giselle Bastin, Flinders University Peter Morgan’s fourth season of The Crown faces perhaps its greatest challenge so far. The 1980s was one of the most documented, catalogued, debated and scrutinised decades of the House of Windsor. Morgan will, no doubt be keenly aware of viewers using telephoto lenses […]

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Centenary of burial of the Unknown Warrior

This year marks the centenary of one of the most poignant events following the First World War: the burial of the Unknown Warrior. As a result of the war, nearly a million servicemen and women from Britain and the Commonwealth lost their lives. It was decided early in the war […]

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Sean Connery: ‘Bond, James Bond’, but so much more

James Chapman, University of Leicester Coverage of the passing of Sir Sean Connery has inevitably been dominated by his legacy as the screen’s first – and best – James Bond. Connery’s “Bond, James Bond” moment near the beginning of Dr. No (1962) is one of the iconic moments of cinema […]

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: how social media made drag’s subversive art form into a capitalist money maker

Zeena Feldman, King’s College London and Jamie Hakim, University of East Anglia RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a behemoth with seemingly unstoppable forward motion. First aired in 2009 and created by production company World of Wonder, the reality show sees drag queens compete to become “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. Since […]

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Two of Us: inside John Lennon’s incredible songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney

Greatest pop songwriting team ever? United States Library of Congress Adam Behr, Newcastle University John Lennon was acutely aware of his place in the musical lineage, and the strengths and weaknesses of his own songwriting. His tendency to speak in bold strokes – “Before Elvis there was nothing!” – belied […]

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Ennio Morricone: a versatile composer with a distinct sound

Ennio Morricone composed over 500 pieces for film in his lifetime. yakub88/Shutterstock Emilio Audissino, University of Southampton It is a daunting endeavour to sum up in a few words all the ingenious innovations and innumerable achievements in the multi-decade career of such a musical giant as Ennio Morricone. The maestro […]

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