Amidst a very British revolution, Tate stirs nostalgia (or not) for the USSR
May30

Amidst a very British revolution, Tate stirs nostalgia (or not) for the USSR

Bulatov’s steel sculpture, Forward, 2016, outside the Tate Modern south terrace. Photo: Andrew Dunkley/Tate Britain is in the swing of a general election (8 June 2017) billed by some as a revolution, not only because of the contestants’ clashes over ideologically charged prescriptions to the country’s current ills but also due to a looming crisis with the European Union. In comes Tate with its timed intervention, albeit coincidental,...

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Tennis star Djokovic donation helps children’s charity
May19

Tennis star Djokovic donation helps children’s charity

British children’s charity Small Steps has been helped in a fund-raising auction by donations from international Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and a London (Richmond) gallery. Small Steps, which helps children with physical disabilities or genetic disorders, received the racket as a contribution to an auction held in May 2017. Small Steps says its fund-raising auctions help it work with children and enable them to stay...

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Can a Macron effect save UK from Brexit?
May08

Can a Macron effect save UK from Brexit?

Is President-elect Emmanuel Macron of France likely to be a beacon of hope for Britons? As recent polls suggest an increasing number of citizens in the UK see separation from the European Union as a potential disaster of epic proportions that cannot but affect every part of British society, and in more adverse ways than it is possible yet to foresee. Macron’s triumph can affect the Brexit process in various ways, some apparent...

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Diversity is alive and well in London RAG artists’ show
Apr11

Diversity is alive and well in London RAG artists’ show

Refreshing departures are evident in the latest appearance on the London art scene of a selection of works by members of the British capital’s Riverside Artists Group. This west London clutch of artists exhibits once or twice a year in London and at least once a year in Spain, the latter feature a fruit of the artistic endeavours of a late member, José Suarez Varela, who passed in 2015. One of the early members of RAG, the much...

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Syria: The story so far?
Jan31

Syria: The story so far?

Europe, not just the European Union, continues to blunder through policy and practice vis à vis Syria and its refugees as the turmoil in the country continues and the death toll mostly of the innocent mounts daily. And now there’s President Donald Trump of the United States, and the future for Syria, the Middle East and indeed the whole of Europe and the West looks uncertain. Amidst these multiple imponderables comes a new book...

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