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FIFA 16 Gameplay Customisation Sliders

After playing both demos and wavering for the first time in years – impressed by the fluidity of Pro Evolution Soccer’s attacking play, by the ability to press as a team and tussle realistically for the ball, and by the individual flair with which the game manages to endow its superstars – in the end FIFA 16 emerged last September as…

Iceland: Grótta and the Lighthouse

In the township of Seltjarnarnes at the north-westernmost tip of Greater Reykjavik, looking out over the Faxaflói bay, lies Grótta with its rugged beach and lighthouse. The small spit becomes an island at high tide, and it is closed off for around a month while birds nest in the early summer, but otherwise it is one of the most beautiful spots…

Cultureteca 06.03.16

Home Office Publishes Revised Investigatory Powers Bill On Tuesday the Home Office in the United Kingdom published a revised Investigatory Powers Bill, meant to address some of the criticisms and recommendations made by the Intelligence and Security Committee of parliament and by a Joint Select Committee which held sessions across December and January. Home Secretary Theresa May put the draft…

Tracks of the Week 05.03.16

Mitski – ‘Your Best American Girl’ * * * Emel Mathlouthi – ‘À L’infini’ * * * Andrew Bird – ‘Left Handed Kisses’ (feat. Fiona Apple) * * * Kikagaku Moyo – ‘Kogarashi’ * * * NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) – ‘Link Up’ * * * Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’ * * * Dai Burger – ‘Canary Yellow’ *…

February Film: Under the Red Robe Analysis

A dowdy swashbuckler even at the time of its release in 1937, Under the Red Robe remains a curiosity today as the final film by Victor Sjöström, the father of Swedish cinema. Born in Silbodal in western Sweden, an infant Sjöström moved with his parents to Brooklyn, returning to Sweden at the age of seven and spending the remainder of…

February Film: Under the Red Robe (1937)

  Under the Red Robe 81 minutes | 8 November 1937 | United Kingdom/United States ‘The massacre of Saint Bartholemew in 1572 had swilled the gutters of Paris with Huguenot blood. 50 years later, diehards in the South were still a thorn in the side of Cardinal Richelieu. It was a period of plot and counter-plot, of reckless gallantry and ruthless…

Daily Visual 01.03.16: Super Tuesday Round One

By the time the United States presidential election is upon us towards the end of 2016, everything ought to seem very simple, a straightforward slugfest between a Democrat and a Republican with the prize the occupancy of the White House and leadership of what is still the most powerful nation in the world. But the nominating process ahead of presidential elections is…

2016 Oscars Best Dressed: The Definitive Analysis

The big story of the 88th Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, saw Leonardo DiCaprio finally receive the nod for Best Actor. DiCaprio had previously been nominated for five Academy Awards – Best Actor and Best Picture for The Wolf on Wall Street, on which he also served as co-producer, Best Actor…

Cultureteca 28.02.16

Russian Ice Swimmers Play Chess in a Near-Freezing Urals Lake In Lake Shartash near the city of Yekaterinburg – the administrative centre of the Urals region which straddles Europe and Asia – Russian ice swimmers have taken to playing chess in just their underwear, as a means of physical and mental preparation ahead of their swim meets. The idea emerged…