He noted that the event on social media platforms with the theme: “Onye aghana nwanne ya: Winning the pandemic war by leveraging Biafra experiences”, was coming at a time when the world is in a different kind of war against the COVID-19 pandemic. … [Read more...] about MAY 30: Odinkalu, Okigbo III mark Biafra day with exhibition, poetry
Another day, singer Shilpa Rao (winner of 2020 Filmfare award for best playback singer) joined live from Mumbai to render Ahmed Faraz’s (1931-2008) Ranjish hi sahib, dil hi dukhane ke liye aa… British-born singer Tanya Wells connected from Geneva while noted actor and Dastango Danish Hussain narrated stories from his isolation in the United States. Writer Manoj Muntashir talked of Jaun Elia, Parveen Shakir, Mirza Ghalib and Bashir Badr while teenager Maithili Thakur brought back forgotten folk ballads. One quiet evening, Rekhta Live – Unheard and Unplugged also broadcast the first-ever virtual Mushaira onto its social platforms. … [Read more...] about Beat lockdown blues: Set 8 pm reminder for RekhtaLive music and poetry
The later sections of A Portrait, which move between the National Library in Kildare Street and the halls of University College Dublin, could easily have taken place in the early 70s when I was a student there. The fierce debate among young men about poetry and art, the sexuality in the air, fervid and repressed all at the time, and the need to make urgent plans, as a way of winning the argument, to leave Ireland altogether, belonged to the city I knew as much as to the city of Joyce’s book. … [Read more...] about Colm Tóibín: James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist, 100 years on
Tevez unlicensed – Manchester United, 2009 Footballers love to splash the cash on fancy cars, though sometimes they apparently forget the basics needed to enjoy such luxuries. Police pulled over Carlos Tevez on the M60 near Stretford in February suspecting his white Bentley Continental GT Speed's windows may have been too dark. "They were tested at the roadside and found to be too dark, so a prohibition notice was issued to the driver," said a spokesman for Greater Manchester police. "When asked to provide his documentation, however, it was discovered that the driver did not have a full UK driving licence and was advised to arrange removal of the car. As he could not arrange this, the car was removed under Section 165 of Road Traffic Act 1988." The £140,000 car was duly impounded while an investigation into the 25-year-old Argentine's lack of a licence was launched. What made matters worse was that Tevez's team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo, had been pulled up and fined for having … [Read more...] about Gluttony – part five
However, teacher José Picardo argues that the aversion to technology in Steiner schools is rooted in a “pseudo-intellectualism which believes the things we are familiar with are better than the things our children are familiar with”. Picardo teaches at Surbiton High School in Surrey, where every pupil from the age of seven or eight is given a tablet. “I think my children are going to end up being better prepared for the world in which they live,” he says, because his school does not subscribe to the idea that “playing with something physical is better and therefore children shouldn’t be allowed technology”. … [Read more...] about Could Steiner schools have a point on children, tablets and tech?