Arts & Culture

Giant Rubber Duck Vanishes in Chinese Flood

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A giant rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has disappeared amid heavy storms in China’s southwestern Guiyang City, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 54-foot-tall, 2000 pound  inflatable artwork was perched upon a floating metal platform, tethered to the bottom of the Nanming river by steel wires. The work has toured the world since 2007 and has been on display in the ... Read More »

Barrie Kosky at the Melbourne Theatre Company

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Yes, he’s still the same rhapsodical explainer, a great torrent of cheek and bluster, but the special rancour director Barrie Kosky once reserved for all things Melbourne-related seems to have faded. A decade-and-half of success in Europe has eased, if not erased the sense of resentment and frustration he once bore for his hometown. Kosky is here for the Melbourne ... Read More »

5 minutes with the Artist: Marie-Angela Paino

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Marie-Angela Paino is based in Melbourne Australia with her camera, creating images that move and inspire. She is the curator, organiser and co-exhibitor in our current exhibition A Life Beyond Waiting; a selection of photographs  created to raise awareness of the low rates of organ donation in Australia, and the possibility of generosity among human beings. What is the inspiration behind your ... Read More »

Corporate Medicis to the Rescue

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To Some Dismay, Italy Enlists Donors to Repair Monuments ROME — Since early July, workers have been carefully unscrewing the steel scaffolding that for months has obscured much of the ancient facade of the Colosseum. Slowly, this monolithic symbol of Rome is coming into view again after a 25 million euro ($34 million) refurbishment that underscores how Italy is coming to rely ... Read More »

26th International Conference of Philosophy under way in Athens

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The 26th International Conference of Philosophy is currently being held in Athens, aiming at providing a broad forum for exploring moral and political issues which are crucial and relevant to the views expressed in ancient Greek philosophy. The Conference “Greek Philosophy and Moral and Political Issues of our Global Era”, which started on July 12, has already attracted great interest ... Read More »

Wealthy Somalis Flout Kenyan Law to Have Daughters Circumcised

Qali Hassan began her practice three decades ago and says her fees are now so high she only serves Somali clients from abroad. Local girls can no longer afford her services./Photographer: Abjata Khalif/Bloomberg

Halima Abdi charges foreign visitors at least $1,000 for a tour of remote northeastern Kenyan villages that most people wouldn’t dream of making. Her clients are young girls sent by their parents to undergo traditional circumcision. Most of her customers are ethnic Somalis who arrive from countries such as the U.K., Sweden and the Netherlands, Abdi explained in an interview at her ... Read More »

Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90

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Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. Her family announced her death in a statement. Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, ... Read More »

These aerial drone photographs are pretty amazing

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Remote controlled drones are becoming far more commonplace, with parks around the world getting used to the whirring of these miniature flying robots. Even Amazon is even considering using them to do short distance deliveries. People have started using this relatively new technology to revolutionise aerial photography with truly amazing results. Eric Dupin has even set up a website called Dronestagram where budding ... Read More »