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Daily Visual 22.11.15: ATP and WTA Finals Roundup

The culmination of the men’s tennis season came on Sunday, as Novak Djokovic faced Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour Finals. Djokovic overcame Federer in straight sets, winning 6-3, 6-4, to claim the tournament championship for an unprecedented fourth time in a row. Djokovic, who ends the season ranked number 1 in the world, has now won the ATP World…

Daily Visual 16.11.15: Bleak Season for Yellow-Eyed Penguin

The yellow-eyed penguin, native to New Zealand and with the Maori name hōiho, is often described as the rarest penguin in the world. Measuring between 62-79 cm – a moderate height for a penguin – and living up to 20 years of age, the adult birds are distinctive for the bright yellow band which adorns the back of their heads,…

Daily Visual 11.11.15: Alexander Calder Performing Sculpture

On Wednesday, the major exhibition Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture opened at Tate Modern. The American sculptor remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern art as the originator of the ‘mobile’, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp for Calder’s dynamic sculptures, typically composed in painted sheet metal and wire and suspended elegantly in the air. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture will show…

Daily Visual 03.11.15: Prix Goncourt Goes to Mathias Énard

On Tuesday the Prix Goncourt, the oldest and most prestigious prize in French literature, was awarded to Mathias Énard for his novel Boussole. This is the ninth published work by Énard, an Arabic and Persian scholar who was born in Niort in western France, and has been based in Barcelona since 2000. Boussole is the account of Frantz Ritter, a Viennese musicologist,…

Daily Visual 01.11.15: AKP Regain Majority in Turkey

The second Turkish general election of 2015 took place on Sunday, and saw the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) regain the parliamentary majority which they lost in June. Then, 40.9% of the vote and a loss of 53 seats in the Grand National Assembly left the AKP unable to form a government, after holding in power in Turkey since…

Daily Visual 19.10.15: Liberals Surge to Victory in Canada

The 2015 Canadian federal election (Canada’s 42nd General Election) took place on Monday, to elect members to the House of Commons of the 42nd Canadian Parliament. Emerging from the election with 184 seats, the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau proved victorious. They will form a majority government, with Trudeau set to serve as Canada’s new Prime Minister. This marks the…

Daily Visual 15.10.15: Burntwood School Wins Stirling Prize

At a ceremony in London on Thursday, Burntwood School in Wandsworth, London was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015. The project was designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and was completed in 2014 at a cost of £40.9 million. To original buildings retained from 1958, including two designed by Sir Leslie Martin, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris added six new buildings: four four-storey teaching…

Daily Visual 13.10.15: Marlon James Wins Booker Prize

At a ceremony at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday night, A Brief History of Seven Killings by the Jamaican author Marlon James received the 2015 Man Booker Prize. A longlist of thirteen titles was announced on 29 July, comprising: A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James (Jamaica) A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara (USA) A Spool of Blue Thread, by…

Daily Visual 10.10.15: Dignity in Mental Health

Saturday was World Mental Health Day 2015, with the theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health’. With a reach into more than 150 countries, the day was dedicated to upholding the self-worth and equal rights of those living with mental health issues. According to the World Health Organization, as many as 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have struggled with mental health disorders….