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SOURCE: Tehran Times (7-15-08)
Some 30 Iranian artists are scheduled to attend the workshop entitled “Imam Ali in the Mirror” at which they plan to create works based on the theme of Imam Ali (AS).
Iranian people will celebrate the birth anniversary of Imam Ali (AS) on July 16.
SOURCE: http://www.buzzle.com (7-11-08)
US officials revealed yesterday that several of the most important pieces that were thought to have been stolen have now turned up safe. The world-famous treasure of Nimrud, an extraordinary series of priceless 4,500-year-old gold artifacts, has been found in a flooded vault under the Iraqi National Bank. Other key parts of the museum's collection, including tens of thousands of Greek and Roman gold and silver coins, have been found in strongrooms in the Baghdad museum itself. Staff there now say...
SOURCE: AP (7-12-08)
He could agree to refinance the $90 million loan that executives took out a few years before to buy the company back from American Machine and Foundry Co., or make them declare bankruptcy.
The banker allowed the company to refinance — at the last minute — preserving Harley's folklore for decades to come.
No one knows for sure, but company officials say he owned a Harley.
That story and many others about the company are featured at Milwaukee's new Harley-Davidson Museum, which opens Saturday.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-14-08)
There was no name on the door. Just a simple sign that read, rather obliquely, "Successors to Charles Harden". For sale were drawer pulls, switch plates and every kind of doorknob imaginable, from the most basic to the most ornate, in dusty boxes that matched the shop's air of eccentricity.
It was as if Stephen Freud, the owner of the little hardware shop just off Baker Street, craved not so much anonymity as invisibility.
The brother of artist Lucian and MP-turned-broadcaster Sir Clement, and grandson of Sigmund, Stephen has remained so determinedly unnoticed that Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia, was still asserting last week that "Ernst Freud had two...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-13-08)
But 28 years after his death, in an interview being broadcast for the first time, he claims that on the contrary, he hoped to encourage people to focus on the Christian faith.
Despite his familiar image as a hippy icon who invited us to imagine a world without religion, Lennon says he was "one of Christ's biggest fans" and felt emotional in church.
In the interview, which was recorded in 1969 and is being aired on BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme, he talks about the Church of England, his vision of heaven, and expresses disappointment at not being allowed to marry his second wife, Yoko Ono, in church.
SOURCE: John O’Brian at the website of Japan Focus (7-11-08)
John O’Brian is Professor of Art History and Brenda & David McLean Chair at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His books include: Beyond Wilderness; Ruthless Hedonism, and Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism. His current research is on the engagement of photography with the atomic era.
The surprise film success in the
SOURCE: Times (UK) (7-12-08)
People walk past the Pantheon as if it were part of the furniture, which, in a sense, it is. It is just another church in a city of a thousand precious churches. Inside, several times a day, gawping tourists are tactfully elbowed aside for services. At the end of the day, the building’s checkerboard marble and granite floor, softly pitted by generations of feet, is mopped by the caretakers, while outside, at night, its flanks of sooty ancient bricks are surreptitiously fly-posted to advertise Italian boybands. The Pantheon is a...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-11-08)
Wrong. That record has been held for the past 1,880-odd years by Hadrian’s Wall — which is, in my view, a rather more impressive sight.
Walking along the Walltown Crags with my family last month, I kept stopping to admire this extraordinary relic of Roman times. The long, low stub of the rampart snaked eastward over the uneven line of crags and bluffs like the articulated tail of a stone lizard.
What had once (probably) been a crenellated battlement up to 20 feet high, studded with turrets and mile-castles, was reduced to a few courses of fine-hewn stone topped with ragged turf. Over the centuries, it had seemingly fused into the landscape. In a sense, this feat of engineering has become a geological feature.
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (7-13-08)
You'll be tempted to do just that, of course, because his sentences tend to stretch out sinuously like cats in the sun, and because a culture more at home with the rhythms of blogs—quick hits, short takes, lists and nuggets—than with the time-lapse beauty of a printed page whose meanings unfold gradually and gracefully may find Norman Mailer a hard go.
But if you dash your way through "Miami and the Siege of Chicago," Mailer's masterful account of the upheaval that occurred 40 years ago when Republicans and Democrats met in those two cities, there to select their presidential nominees, you'll miss a lot. First published in 1968, and reissued earlier this month by New York Review Books, Mailer's report glows with descriptions of the people and the places whose permanent identities were forged in the hot furnace of that tragic, fateful year. To understand 1968, you must read Mailer; but to read Mailer, you might have to undergo a patience...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-12-08)
Colour processing came of age at this time, but it was a while before the mass media got the message. Think of the Thirties and we think of a monochrome Chaplin in Modern Times or the Marx Brothers in Room Service. Newsreel footage of the time, saturated in the despair of the Depression and international unrest, matched Hollywood for silver-screen starkness. The absence of colour in Picasso's gruesome mural-monument to the slain in Guernica (1937) seems to say it all: the outlook in Europe was grim - why cast it in Technicolor?
A new TV series, though, looks set to challenge our assumptions and reprogramme our collective...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-11-08)
The First Folio edition, printed in 1623, was among a number of books and manuscripts taken from the Durham University Library in December 1998.
It is believed the Shakespeare book alone would have a market value of at least £15 million.
Durham Police said a 51-year-old man, claiming to be an international businessman who had acquired the volume in Cuba, showed it to staff at a respected Washington library and asked them to verify it was genuine.
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (7-10-08)
Only problem: it was made 1,700-1,800 years later than supposed.
Until two years ago, the so-called Capitoline Wolf was almost universally recognised as an Etruscan statue from the early part of the 5th century BC. But, according to an article published yesterday by one of Italy's most eminent archaeologists, radio-carbon tests have shown it was manufactured in the Middle Ages.
Prof Adriano La Regina, formerly Rome's top heritage official, said about 20 tests were carried out last year at the University of Salerno. In a front-page article for the daily La...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-10-08)
The delegation had travelled from Australia to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, Devon to recover four skulls which were plundered by explorers 140 years ago.
But as they carried out a cleansing ritual over the remains, ceremonial incense set off the smoke alarms and everyone in the building was evacuated into the pouring rain.
SOURCE: AFP (7-8-08)
Less than three months after the Quai Branly Museum in Paris discovered that a crystal skull once proclaimed as a mystical Aztec masterpiece was a fake, it is now the turn of the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution to find they were victims of skull-duggery.
Scientists from those two prestigious institutions on Wednesday said their crystal skulls were cut, honed and polished by tools of the industrial age, not by Mesoamerican craftsmen of yore.
"The skulls under consideration are not pre-Columbian. They must surely be regarded as of relatively modern manufacture," they say.
SOURCE: Guardian (7-9-08)
Previously unseen documents, postcards, sketches and personal belongings of the Czech-Jewish writer, who wrote in German, have been gathering dust in the home of Esther Hoffe, the former secretary of Kafka's friend and executor Max Brod since his death in 1968. Hoffe's refusal to relinquish the documents led to a literary game of cat and mouse between her and the state of Israel, under pressure from the country's cultural elite, which on one occasion even led to her arrest on suspicion of smuggling Kafka's writings out of the country.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-9-08)
The first was that the British Museum has overtaken Blackpool Pleasure Beach to become Britain's most popular cultural attraction. In the past year 6.04 million visitors crossed the threshold, trumping Blackpool on 5.5 million and Tate Modern with 5.23 million.
The second piece of news was even more important for staff at the museum and those who care about its fortunes. Neil MacGregor, the director and the man who has overseen the transformation of its fortunes, confirmed that he would not be leaving to head the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York...
SOURCE: History Today (7-8-08)
SOURCE: Reuters (7-8-08)
The network has ordered a 10-part series, "WW II HD," for 2009 that will make use of 3,000 hours of restored color archival footage and hundreds of pages of unpublished diaries and journals to create what History said will be one of its most ambitious projects ever.
Meanwhile, the network has compiled amateur and professional footage shot on September 11 for "102 Minutes That Changed America," a 102-minute special that will retell the events of that morning in real time.
"WW II HD," which History said will be "visually astonishing," will follow the experiences of a handful of men as their paths cross throughout the war. Their own words will be read by known talent, though the names will be announced at a later date. The goal is to present the events...
SOURCE: Guardian (7-8-08)
Stephen Malton, who runs Prodem Demolition in Bournemouth, was removing the fixtures from the author's former home in Poole, Dorset, before the property was demolished.
As he dismantled the carved wooden fireplace he found three postcards, the last of which was addressed to Tolkien and dated 1968.
Malton, 42, has now begun investigating how much he can sell the postcard for and said a collector in Belgium had offered $US500,000 (£253,186) for the card and the fireplace.
He said: "I've been in demolition most of my life. I have been doing this for 15 years, my father did it for 40 years before me.
"All of a sudden for this to land in your lap is just quite unbelievable."
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (7-8-08)
The ticket cost 12.5p and gained the holder entrance into the match at Crystal Palace, which Aston Villa beat West Midlands rival West Bromwich Albion 1-0.
The game, the first final to be played at Crystal Palace, remains famous for the fastest goal ever scored in an FA Cup final - 30 seconds - and also for the fact that the Cup was stolen shortly afterwards and never recovered.
David Barber, the FA's official historian, said it was an extremely important piece of memorabilia sand one of the oldest tickets to surface. He said:"1895 was certainly a significant year in the history the FA Cup. It was the year in which the final was played at Crystal Palace for the first time, but the attendance was only 42,000.