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A gorgeous rendition of Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria

Thanks to Dr. George Ford for suggesting this. Here’s what happens when two of America’s premier male ensembles, Cantus & Chanticleer walk into a bar.

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How George Orwell influenced the 21st Century pub


Seventy years after George Orwell published an essay on what makes the perfect pub, BBC News examines how the author’s views are influencing the micropub movement. As one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, George Orwell’s impact is … Continue reading

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Making thunder at the theatre

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Bristol Old Vic, one of the oldest working theatres in the world. To mark the occasion, the theatre will give audiences a chance to experience productions in the way that eighteenth century … Continue reading

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Three Claims The present St Pauls’ Cathedral has three unique claims to fame. It was the first Protestant cathedral to be built in England; all the medieval cathedrals were originally Catholic foundations. Secondly, it is the first English cathedral to … Continue reading

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Bone fragments found in Italian convent could be the real Mona Lisa

Bone fragments dating back to the 16th century are “very likely” to be that of the actual Mona Lisa, say Italian researchers. According to renowned art sleuth Silvano Vinceti, who has for years led the search to find the owner … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Far Above The Clouds – Mike Oldfield

Have a couple of beers, put on the headphones and crank it up to eleven. This is a serious piece of music from Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells III’.

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Modern Art Simplified

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R.I.P. Brian Sewell

Deskarati’s favourite Art critic Brian Sewell has died aged 84. Sewell was the art critic at the London Evening Standard newspaper for more than 30 years, and was known for his outspoken, often controversial views. His agent, Francine Fletcher, said … Continue reading

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‘Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper explains Schrodingers Cat

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Jaguar car performs record-breaking loop

A new Jaguar car has performed a record-breaking 360 degree loop, ahead of its debut at a motor show in Frankfurt, Germany. The Jaguar F-PACE was driven by expert British stunt driver Terry Grant.

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Nicole Kidman praised for West End return in DNA play

Actress Nicole Kidman has been hailed by critics as “luminous” and “compelling” in her return to the London stage in the play Photograph 51. The Oscar-winning star plays British scientist Rosalind Franklin, the only woman involved in the discovery of … Continue reading

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The Sanderson Orrery

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New Steve Jobs biopic receives high praise


The official Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin, was shown at the Telluride Film Festival for a preliminary screening ahead of its cinema debut on October 9th. The reviews are in and seem to be very good indeed. Variety called it “a terrific … Continue reading

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The J. Paul Getty Museum


The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance. To fulfill this mission, the Museum continues … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Drum II – Peter Howson

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New Neural Algorithm Can “Paint” Photos In Style Of Any Artist From Van Gogh To Picasso

A group of researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, have developed an algorithm that can morph an image to resemble a painting in the style of the great masters. Technically called “deep learning” algorithms, they are already in use … Continue reading

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Rock Optical Illusion

In this lovely Scottish rock specimen of Marine Agate (probably born in bubbles in basalts that were erupted some 400 million years ago during the closure of the Iapetus Ocean) it looks like we are looking through a window into … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – View on the River Var – Winston Churchill

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Churchill was an accomplished artist and took great pleasure in painting, especially after his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty in 1915. He found a haven in art to overcome the spells of depression which he suffered throughout his life. … Continue reading

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Chinese Firework Ladder

“Sky Ladder,” a pyrotechnic artwork by Cai Guoqiang, a Chinese contemporary artist currently living and working in New York City. Cai is best known for using gunpowder in his spectacular works.

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