The Rise of NFTs: Originality in the Digital Age 

The Rise of NFTs: Originality in the Digital Age 

In 1935, when Walter Benjamin analysed the theoretical implications of reproducing a work of art in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, he would not have believed what the next 85 years would bring. Benjamin’s work is a rumination on the nature of value; a social...

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Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

This last year film director Emerald Fennell made headlines for being one of three women nominated for Best Director at the 2021 Golden Globes, an award only five women have ever been nominated for in the history of the Awards (Emerald Fennell would go on to win the Oscar for...

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Words v. Vision

Words v. Vision

The cheapest brick box with a concrete tile pitched roof, plastic windows and a bolt-on porch is not “traditional design”. Winding ribbon tarmac roads, random plots, car dominated layouts, a few token patches of planting and a handful of fortunately protected trees does not make a sustainable place. Yet the...

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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

There are few tropes that are as well-worn as the alcoholic detective. Even uncontacted tribesmen in the Amazon basin could probably get the gist of “he’s a loose cannon…but he gets results.” Huge swathes of our televisual landscape and innumerable forests worth of pulp literature are dedicated to badge carrying...

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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds have 94% increased confidence in reading after joining Doorstep Library

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds have 94% increased confidence in reading after joining Doorstep Library

Children’s literacy charity Doorstep Library has launched its first Impact Report. At a time when the Coronavirus pandemic and a year of lockdown has had such a devastating effect on children, the report demonstrates that the home-reading service has seen great success with: 94% of children report an increased confidence...

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Cartoons

Cartoons

  For the past four years, I have been given a New Yorker desk diary, with a cartoon for every day of the week, and one combined for Saturday and Sunday. Every year, it seems, sadly, that the standard is slipping, from what used to be the very best of...

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Closing the book: humanity’s declining literacy

Closing the book: humanity’s declining literacy

When it comes to humanity’s reading habits, official surveys don’t resemble sober data models so much as wide-eyed prophets of doom, frantically waving clapboard signs bearing the legend “THE END IS NIGH”. Ever since the Lumiere brothers started terrifying audiences with short movies of trains arriving at La Ciotat station...

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The White Ship:  Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream

The White Ship:  Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream

Henry I famously died after ‘a surfeit of lampreys’, an unattractive bloodsucking fish that was a great delicacy in Roman times and the Middle Ages. They were favoured by royalty and the aristocracy because their rich and meaty flesh was particularly appetising during Lent, when meat was banned. In 1120,...

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Sir Mick Jagger narrates  new Tom Harper short film  for Royal Albert Hall’s 150th birthday

Sir Mick Jagger narrates new Tom Harper short film for Royal Albert Hall’s 150th birthday

The Royal Albert Hall has launched its 150th anniversary year with a 90-second tribute to live music entitled Your Room Will Be Ready, narrated by Mick Jagger, directed by BAFTA-nominee Tom Harper (The Aeronauts, Wild Rose), and scored by Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price (Gravity, Fury). The short film, which focuses on the anticipation and energy of live...

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