Misc.

Cultureteca 03.01.16

Investigatory Powers Bill Tells Technology Companies to Keep Quiet In early November the UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May presented to Parliament the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. It effectively replaced, offering in a diminished form, the Draft Communications Data Bill which May initially proposed back in 2012. Becoming known as the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’, and receiving criticism with regard to privacy, security, oversight, accountability, and…

Cultureteca 27.12.15

The How and Why of 25 December: The Early History of Christmas It took three hundred years following the death of Christ before Christians began celebrating his birth on 25 December. The fathers of the early Church were not sure that birthdays ought to be celebrated. Origen (185-253/254) wrote that ‘In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast…

Cultureteca 20.12.15

Spanish General Election Results Require Coalition Today Spain went to the polls, to elect the 11th Cortes Generales since the restoration of democracy and the Spanish Constitution of 1978. Seeking election for a second term, the conservative People’s Party (PP) under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy remained the largest in parliament, having taken 123 seats in Congress. But they have lost their majority and…

Cultureteca 13.12.15

On Cultureteca this week, a look at the Geminids, the colourful and highly prolific meteor shower which is reaching its peak over this weekend; a fight breaks out in the Ukrainian parliament, with an aside featuring Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani’s unseemly tailor; and a recap of UFC 194, headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC Featherweight…

Cultureteca 06.12.15

This week on Cultureteca, the Kobe Shimbun daily paper dabbles in Haruki Murakami’s teenage reading, disclosing some of the French literature that the Japanese author borrowed from his high school library; speeches and events commemorate World AIDS Day 2015; NASA’s New Horizons space probe returns high-resolution images of the surface of Pluto, taken during its historic flyby in July; Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaks the…

Cultureteca 29.11.15

On Cultureteca this week, David Bowie announces Blackstar for the date of his sixty-ninth birthday; NASA’s Curiosity rover relays the first images of active sand dunes on Mars; Raspberry Pi unveils a single-board computer for just $5; the 2015 Davis Cup in tennis reaches a climax, with Great Britain against Belgium; and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy breaks a Premier League record for…

Cultureteca 22.11.15

This week on Cultureteca, a new fragrance inspired by Andy Kaufman’s 1979 performance at Carnegie Hall, and some thoughts on the art of the irrepressible song-and-dance man; the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two; Grand Theft Auto V played on a motion simulator; and a new shoe by the vegan company Keep and Deakin of Animal Collective….

Cultureteca 15.11.15

This week on Cultureteca, a brief political history as Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy win a momentous general election in Myanmar; recent releases in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 1 collaboration with adidas; Facebook M Assistant treads the line between artificial intelligence and human endeavour; a skateboarding dog; and WWE RAW meets Wayne Rooney in Manchester. * * * Aung…

Cultureteca 08.11.15

This week on Cultureteca, Katherine Mansfield’s short satirical drama ‘Stay-Laces’, published in The New Age a hundred years ago in early November 1915; the RIBA House of the Year award process gets underway in the United Kingdom on Channel 4; Natalia Stachon’s solo exhibition ‘Omitted Center’ opens at the Loock Galerie in Berlin; and the release of Fallout 4 awaits….