Pro-rape ‘pick-up artist’ organises two Scottish events

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‘LEGAL rape’ group Return of the Kings will be holding meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend. The Scotsman The meetings were organised by controversial American pick-up artist and rape advocate Roosh V, who is the leader of a “neomasculinist” group. Supporters of the group will meet at Glasgow’s George Square and Edinburgh’s Grassmarket to join other members before heading to a secret location. Roosh states that meetings are restricted to only hetrosexual men and any women attempting to attend ... Read More »

One girl’s quest to become the first hijabi ballerina in the world

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Sydney schoolgirl Stephanie Kurlow stopped performing ballet when she converted to Islam in 2010. The Sydney Morning Herald – Rachel Olding, Reporter The 14-year-old, who has been dancing since she was two, doubted her chances of becoming a professional ballerina as she struggled to find schools that catered to both her religious beliefs and dance needs. Yet she watched around her as Misty Copeland became the first African-American principal dancer, Noor Tagouri became the first American news anchor to wear a ... Read More »

Ray Harryhausen film memorabilia ‘to tour Scotland’

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HE WAS the groundbreaking Hollywood special-effects guru who amazed generations of film fans before the digital revolution transformed the world of film. The Scotsman – By BRIAN FERGUSON Ray Harryhausen’s iconic creations for science fiction and fantasy films would go on to inspire the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Peter Jackson. Now the legacy of Ray Harryhausen will live on in Scotland after it emerged his collection of movie memorabilia, which is being held in a storage ... Read More »

‘Ephemeral City’: cardboard metropolis being built in Barangaroo, Sydney

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Forget bricks and mortar. It seems all you need to build a city is cardboard, sticky tape and a lot of hands. The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney Pead This month, anyone who’s ever made a cubbyhouse from a fridge box can have their dreams come true as they help French artist Olivier Grossetete transform Barangaroo Reserve into a bustling metropolis. The finished interactive artwork, called The Ephemeral City, will be completed next week, comprising seven massive cardboard buildings and several ... Read More »

Frances Morris to become new Tate Modern chief

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Tate Modern Veteran curator who has been with Tate galleries since 1987 will become first Briton to head successful showcase of contemporary artists The Guardian – Mark Brown Arts correspondent A curator who has been at Tate Modern since it opened in 2000 will be the first woman and the first Briton to head the gallery when she takes up the role of director later this year. It was announced on Friday that Frances Morris, Tate Modern’s first head of displays, ... Read More »

Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia (Updated)

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The Palestinian artist, curator, and poet Ashraf Fayadh, 35, has been sentenced to death by beheading.  Mondoweiss – Zeina Azzam * Saudi Arabian authorities have declared his crime as “apostasy,” or abandoning one’s religion—in this case, renouncing Islam. Several other charges were also leveled against Fayadh, including allegedly photographing women and storing their pictures on his phone, a violation of the country’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law. He pleaded his innocence to all the charges. Amnesty International UK states that, “Throughout this whole process, Ashraf was denied access ... Read More »

An Irishman’s Diary on the debt we owe to George Petrie, the ‘father of Irish archaeology’

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A painter, musician and antiquarian The Irish Times – Brian Maye The great Irish scholar George Petrie, often called “the father of Irish archaeology”, died 150 years ago on January 17th. As well as being an archaeologist, he was a painter, musician and antiquarian, and his work for the topographical section of the Irish Ordnance Survey in the 1830s and 1840s had an enormous influence and contributed greatly to what became known in Irish culture as the “Celtic Revival”. He was ... Read More »

A Grampians pavement art group chalks up 25 years

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PETER Voice was arrested for defacing public property when he first drew chalk art on the footpath. The Weekly Times – SARAH HUDSON Three decades on and he’s being celebrated as Australia’s premier artist of the genre — his work lauded around the globe. Speaking from his studio on his rural bush block outside Stawell in the Grampians, the 61-year-old now leads a quieter life, compared to the heyday of the pavement art movement of the 1980s. Peter recalls it was ... Read More »

Actor Baron Cohen and wife give $1 mn for Syrian refugees

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London (AFP – Yahoo) – British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife are donating $1 million (900,000 euros) to help Syrian refugees, the charities receiving the money announced Sunday. View Gallery  The “Borat” star and actress wife Isla Fisher are giving $500,000 to Save the Children to pay for measles vaccinations for children in northern Syria. They are also donating the same amount to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries, particularly women ... Read More »

Justin Bieber is on to something: our bedrock is the NHS


Amid all the negativity, maybe it takes a fresh pair of eyes to appreciate the value of our health service The Guardian – Zoe Williams Contact author @zoesqwilliams It can go either way with a celebrity endorsement; when Russell Brand told the country to vote for Ed Miliband, he went mainly unheeded. Then Justin Bieber told people to buy the NHS single ahead of his own, so that it could be a Christmas No 1. The people of Great Britain, with the co-ordination ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei: Chinese art’s dissident superstar calls on Australia to stand up for human rights

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Chinese art superstar Ai Weiwei has called on Australia to be forthright in discussing culture and politics with China. ABC – by Madeleine Morris and Gus Goswell Ai made the comments while giving the ABC’s 7.30 program a guided tour of his new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. PHOTO: Ai Weiwei in front of his Forever installation at the National Gallery of Victoria (Buffy Gorrilla) The Chinese artist’s work is being displayed alongside works by the iconic American pop ... Read More »

Iran’s regime joins campaign against actress who posted images without wearing a hijab

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Sadaf Taherian fled to the United Arab Emirates after she was criticised for sharing images without the Muslim head covering The Telegraph – By Ahmed Vahdat Iran’s regime has joined the campaign against a leading actress who released photographs of herself without a veil, questioning the woman’s mental balance and calling her an “offender”. Sadaf Taherian was forced to flee to the United Arab Emirates last week after being criticised for publishing pictures on social media showing her without the ... Read More »

Ai Weiwei finds ‘listening devices’ hidden in Beijing studio

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Dissident artist posts images of suspected bugs on Instagram after returning to China following first overseas trip in four years The Guardian – Fergus Ryan in Beijing Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has returned to China after his first overseas trip in four years and discovered what appear to be listening devices hidden in his studio. In a series of Instagram and Twitter posts on Sunday, the pop artist and free-speech activist shared pictures and video of at least one device ... Read More »

Simshar: Malta’s first Oscar contender a harrowing tale of high-sea drama

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Trailer: Simshar Video ””” Based on astonishing true events, ‘Simshar’ tells two parallel stories of survival at sea which unravel on and around the Maltese islands.””” The Age – Philippa Hawker, Film and arts writer When it comes to movie-making, Malta has blockbuster connections. Hollywood comes calling because it’s an ideal location for films set in the ancient world – Gladiator, Troy, Alexander – and there is a huge water tank available for movies that have dramatic ocean scenes. But ... Read More »

Fisherman and country music singer pens “protest” song to defend his mates against net bans

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The plight of the farmer has inspired many to sing; from Slim Dusty to Lee Kernaghan, but many of those performers have never saddled up themselves. ABC Rural – By Eliza Rogers Audio: Fisherman and country music singer Ian Quinn explains his “protest” fishing song (ABC Rural) The same cannot be said of Ian Quinn. An award-winning country music artist, Mr Quinn has also worked as a commercial fisherman in Queensland for the past 30 years. He has written plenty ... Read More »

Was William Shakespeare on drugs?

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New research has found traces of cannabis and cocaine in clay pipes dug up in William Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Brisbane Times – Karl Quinn, National Film Editor Was William Shakespeare a stoner? It’s a legitimate question following the revelation that clay tobacco pipes dug up from the garden of his home in Stratford-upon-Avon contain traces of cannabis. Researchers at a forensic laboratory in South Africa have examined fragments of 24 clay tobacco pipes dating from the early 17th century in ... Read More »