Les Liaisons Dangereuses review Janet McTeer brings fire and ice to Broadway

The tale of love and revenge takes an intellectually provocative approach to the 1782 French novel but doesnt always serve the rather more salacious script When the poet Charles Baudelaire read Les Liaisons Dangereuses, he wrote that Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 1782 novel burns as only ice can burn. The fire is rather more lukewarm in Josie Rourkes revival of Christopher Hamptons adaptation, which

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The reality of being black in todays Britain | David Olusoga

David Olusoga grew up amid racism in Britain in the 70s and 80s. Now, in a groundbreaking new book and TV series, he argues that the story of black Britons, from Afro-Roman times to the present, is key to showing the depth of their Britishness. And, while we exult in black Britons success in culture, fashion and sport, discrimination still blights their lives When I was a child, growing up on a council estate in the northeast of England, I imbibed enough of the background racial tensions of the late 1970s and 1980s to feel profoundly unwelcome in Britain. My…

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How the Big Bang changed the City of London forever – BBC News

Media captionThirty years ago today the City changed forever after radical new rules were introduced. “I was used to the hustle and bustle, the crowd on the floor,” says Alasdair Haynes. “And on the Monday there was no one there. There was a complete hush, it was extraordinary,” says Mr Haynes who used to work on the floor of the London Stock Exchange, and is now chief executive of the trading venue Aquis Exchange. The Monday he’s referring to was 30 years ago. It was the day of the Big Bang – when, in one fell swoop, the City of…

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Prehistoric humans may have hunted cave lions to extinction, fossils indicate

Researchers believe they have found evidence that humans were skinning cave lions 16,000 years ago, and could have played a part in their extinction Cave lions might have been hunted to extinction by humans, according to researchers who say they have found evidence that the creatures were skinned for their pelts 16,000 years ago. Larger than an African lion, but thought to lack a mane, cave lions were hunted by Neanderthals, with some evidence that Homo sapiens occasionally also killed the animals, alongside other more commonly-hunted carnivores. But now a team of researchers from Spain say they have found evidence…

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The #1 Thing Indie Authors Need to Have When It Comes to PR

Public relations can be a strange and mysterious thing for indie authors. Whether you’re a debut author trying to get your name out there, or an experienced writer looking to boost your books’ reach, PR is a good addition to your platform. For most authors, though, PR appears to be something that just happens. You […]

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Sainsburys exits digital entertainment, hands over e-book business to Kobo

Once again, a bigretailer in the UK is pulling away from its ambitions to move into digital media. Supermarket giant Sainsburys is exitingthe digital entertainment business. As part of that process, it will be outsourcing its e-book operations to Kobo, the online bookseller and maker of e-readers, owned by Japans Rakuten. The digital entertainment business, which is marketed as Sainsburys Entertainment on Demand, also includes music, movies and TV shows and magazines, alongsidee-books. Ive contacted a customer support rep at Sainsburys Entertainment who has also confirmed that everything will be winding down across all platforms in the next few months.…

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Back to school: Design lessons from the world’s smartest education centers

(CNN)It’s easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it’s functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam results.   But the way educational buildings are designed — from classroom layout in elementary schools to shared, collective spaces on college campuses — can have a huge influence on learning.   So much so that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has a specific committee — the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education — established to research and share the world’s best learning center architecture. They have…

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These students painted their parking spots, and the results are a win for arts education.

A few weeks ago, Martha Caldera tweeted a photo of her parking spot at West Orange High School that went insanely viral because, well … just look at it. The only thing that’s going to motivate me to wake up for school tomorrow is pulling up in my parking spot pic.twitter.com/O88chiYyag Martha Caldera (@ayeitsmarthaaa) August 21, 2016 Martha loves the rapper Drake and is also often late to school, so she decided to paint a clever take on his album titled “If Youre Reading This It’s Too Late.” Obviously, lots of people empathized with her message, with more than 24,000…

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Add this library to your travel bucket list because it’s super old and super pretty.

Old libraries are pretty dope. For bibliophiles like me, walking through an old library feels like walking through a cathedral. The way the light filters through the windows, the sound of hushed conversations, the slightly rough feeling of a leather-bound book sliding out of a shelf … old libraries even have their own smell. And there are some really amazing old libraries, like Trinity College Library pictured above, or New York Public Library, or the British Library all of which I’ve either loved visiting or keenly want to. But if we want to talk about old libraries, the Qarawiyyin Library…

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