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Toronto Film Festival 2014: British films set to make a splash

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival is due to begin later today with Robert Downey Jr film The Judge opening proceedings. More than 20 British films are being screened as part of the festivities featuring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet and Timothy Spall. There’s also a host of other British talent appearing at the festival, in front of the camera and behind it. Here is a look at some of the British films likely to create … Continue reading

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Goodbye Dickie

The actor and film-maker Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors before becoming a highly successful director, winning both best picture and best director Oscars for Gandhi in 1983.

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Enter Pyongyang

“Enter Pyongyang” is another stunning collaboration between city-­branding pioneer JT Singh and flow-motion videographer Rob Whitworth. Blending time-lapse photography, acceleration and slow motion, HD and digital animation, they have produced a cutting‐edge panorama of a city hardly known, but one emerging on the visitor’s landscape as North Korea’s opening unfolds. North Korea was the last country seemingly immune to change—but no longer. Recent years have witnessed mobile phone penetration, a surge in tourists, and even a marathon. Numerous special economic … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Lady Godiva – John Collier


The Honourable John Maler Collier (27 January 1850 – 11 April 1934) was a leading English artist, and an author. He painted in the Pre-Raphaelite style, and was one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation. Both his marriages were to daughters of Thomas Henry Huxley. He studied painting at the Munich Academy where he enrolled at the age of 25. One of his most famous works is our featured artwork – Lady Godiva which portrays  the legend of how Lady Godiva was upset with her husband, Leofric Earl … Continue reading

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Supermoon from Earth and Space


This years Supermoon looks gorgeous from Earth or space. The top picture was taken by Oleg Artemyev on-board the International Space Station the other is July’s Supermoon over Olvera in Spain.

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Rosetta finds message on comet

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Featured Artworks – The Subway – George Tooker


George Clair Tooker, Jr. (August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011) was an American figurative painter whose works are associated with the Magic realism and Social realism movements. He was one of nine recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2007. In 1943, Tooker began attending at the Art Students League of New York where he studied with Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller. Early in his career, Tooker’s work was often compared with painters such as Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, and his close friends Jared French and Paul Cadmus. His work was included in the “Fourteen Americans” show … Continue reading

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The Day War Broke Out

100 years ago today the Great War started and today I thought about my father. Although he did not serve in either of the two World Wars, he did tell me many stories of his time as a child during the second WW. So today, as we all think of those lost and those we have lost, I would like you to listen to one of my fathers favourite monologues from Robb Wilton. – Jim – Deskarati

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Watch The Full Diva Dance Opera Performance From The Fifth Element

We only catch glimpses of it in the film, but here you can watch French actress Maïwenn Besco’s entire green screen rendition of the Diva Dance Opera performance from The Fifth Element, in all its arm-flapping glory. The voice you hear isn’t Besco’s (who is lip-syncing), but Albanian opera lyric soprano Inva Mula’s. The aria she’s performing is “Il Dolce Suono.” Via Watch The Full Diva Dance Opera Performance From The Fifth Element.

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Groovy Baby!


This is what the grooves of a vinyl record look like under an electron microscope. Image: Chris Supranowitz (

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Siegfried Sassoon ‘How To Die’

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, actor David Harewood narrates an animated interpretation of the poem How To Die by Siegfried Sassoon.In the work Sassoon, who gained recognition by writing about his own experience as a soldier and who became known as one of the leading poets of the Great War, describes the horrors of the trenches and battlefields in realistic detail, and rails against the idea of combat being a noble undertaking.

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Shirley: Visions of Reality

13 of Edward Hopper‘s paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history.Shirley is a woman in America in the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and early ’60s. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio-political involvement. A woman who does not accept the reality of the Depression years, WWII, the McCarthy era, race conflicts and civil … Continue reading

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National Geographic Photo Winner – The Independence Day


While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on May 28, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain. National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one … Continue reading

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George Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’

George Butterworth, an English composer who was killed at the age of 31 during the First World War, is best known for his song settings of several of the poems in A. E. Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad.’ Those songs led to Butterworth composing this evocative orchestral rhapsody of the same name. It was first performed in 1913 and uses some of the same song melodies. If you would like to learn more about the life and works of George Butterworth click … Continue reading

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New Planet and Moon Found?

Nope, they’re just plain old soap bubbles. London-based photographer Jason Tozer manipulates light to turn the ordinary into something pretty spectacular. Via ScienceAlert

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Giant Granny Walks Around Liverpool

Thousands of people have lined Liverpool’s streets to welcome three giant marionettes, which will tell the story of the city during World War One. A grandma giant set off in search for a her giant granddaughter and giant pet dog Xolo on Friday morning. The huge figures began the Memories of August 1914 commemoration, and will visit many of the city’s landmarks before they sail away on the River Mersey on Sunday.

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Do you have the perfect nose?

perfect nose

She has been voted the sexiest woman alive, but now it emerges that one reason may be that Scarlett Johansson apparently has the perfect nose. Plastic surgeons have analysed the ideal shape for a woman’s nose and found it should be slightly upturned. They found Scarlett Johansson, The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel all fit the bill. Measured from the lip up, the optimum angle of rotation at the nasal tip – the amount the nose is … Continue reading

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Thanks to Alan for this interesting post regarding George Butterworth. If you would like to read any of Alan’s other posts please click here – Alan Mason. – Deskarati In an earlier post I paid tribute to a brilliant young physicist, Henry Moseley, and here I mourn for a young musician and composer. Both were killed in the First World War and their talent and creativity was lost to the nation. In earlier times wars were fought by professional soldiers. That … Continue reading

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Giant Duck to Provide Solar and Hydro Power for the City of Copenhagen

A group of British artists have conceptualized a giant solar harvesting floating duck as part of the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Copenhagen design competition. Dubbed Energy Duck, the giant structure has been designed not only to generate clean electricity for the local residents of Copenhagen, but to also provide a unique visitor center. “Energy Duck is an entertaining iconic sculpture, a renewable energy generator, a habitable tourist destination and a celebration of local wildlife,” say its creators, Hareth Pochee, … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game gets it European premiere at this year’s London Film Festival. It is a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy … Continue reading

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