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“..10 songs to play to children to teach them about ..” 

(ed:..there is some good stuff here – and nice to see the divinyls included – i must say..) Source: 10 songs to play to children to teach them about life | Laura Barton | Comment is free | The Guardian

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“..Son of Saul’s astonishing recreation of Auschwitz – renews Holocaust debate..” 

The leading actor in an acclaimed film about prisoners employed in body disposal at the concentration camp – – has urged for greater understanding of the horrors such men faced. Source: Son of Saul’s astonishing recreation of Auschwitz renews Holocaust … Continue reading

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“..’We all have the blues': tributes pour in after BB King dies – aged 89..” 

Artists including Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz honour the King of the Blues – who influenced a generation of musicians. Source: ‘We all have the blues': tributes pour in after BB King dies aged 89 | Music | The Guardian

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“..David Letterman: the late-night prankster who became a comedy godfather..” 

‘A man of complex temperament – daringly forthright on camera – insecure and reclusive off’. (ed:..i hafta say – that i prefer a sardonic/questioning/curmudgeonly letterman – to the current model of always-up!/gushing talkshow -hosts. ..is there anyone/anything fallon does not … Continue reading

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“..The Edge – falls off the edge – of the stage..” 

Guitarist Dave Evans fell during the last song of the night – – but the rest of the band played on. Source: The Edge falls off the edge of the stage during U2 Vancouver tour opener | Music | The … Continue reading

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“..Late Night’s great musical guests and moments..” 

the idea that Letterman himself was very much a curator – before everyone started being referred to as a ‘Content Curator’. . Source: Late Night’s great musical guests and moments | Stuff.co.nz

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“..Mad Max: Fury Road review – extravagantly bizarre and noisy..” 

The legendary Aussie post-apocalyptic road warrior rides again – as deranged and over-the-top as ever. Source: Mad Max: Fury Road review – extravagantly bizarre and noisy | Film | The Guardian

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samantha bee gets her own show..(ed:..cool..!..)

The series is created in collaboration with and featuring Bee’s husband Jason Jones – who also served as a longtime Daily Show correspondent. (ed:..that her hubby is there – is also ‘cool’..) Source: WATCH: Ex-‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Samantha Bee Gets … Continue reading

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“..Men’s Rights Activists Pissed About New ‘Mad Max’ Movie..” 

‘a blog for heterosexual  masculine men’ – and (which) suggests that ‘[w]omen and homosexuals are discouraged from commenting here’) – is finally weighing in. And the verdict is that Fury Road should be avoided at all costs. Because there are … Continue reading

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“..Photo highlights of the day..” 

a selection of the best photographs from around the world. Source: Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian

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“..Sega Saturn: how one decision destroyed PlayStation’s greatest rival..” 

After the huge success of the Mega Drive – Sega was filled with confidence about its future. But then Sony announced PlayStation – and everything fell apart. Source: Sega Saturn: how one decision destroyed PlayStation’s greatest rival | Technology | … Continue reading

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“..Nato foreign ministers link arms and sing We Are The World – video..” 

ed:..now this is both funny and sad..(in all meanings of the latter..)..and perhaps one of the best examples you will find of large amount of old white men dancing badly.. Source: Nato foreign ministers link arms and sing We Are … Continue reading

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“..Can The Simpsons survive without Harry Shearer?..”

Harry Shearer’s place in The Simpsons cast will be hard for the show to replace – he is the voice of more than 20 of Springfield’s finest characters. Source: Can The Simpsons survive without Harry Shearer? | Television & radio … Continue reading

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a recommended-gig in auckland 2nite….

ed:..the most excellent (nz made) doco on the drug-war – ‘druglawed’ – is screening 2nite @ 6.pm @ auckland university.. ..and this man… http://www.whoar.co.nz/2015/kiwi-drug-smugglers-controlled-global-dope-trade/ – will be speaking after the screening… and if you aren’t in ak/can’t make it..? you … Continue reading

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‘snap’ has fastest broadband in nz..

Local heavyweight Spark – formerly Telecom NZ – came in eighth. Source: Netflix review of NZ broadband speeds puts Snap in pole position – Business – NZ Herald News

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“..Throw This Camera Drone in the Air – and It Flies Itself..” 

The Lily is a drone that doesn’t need a controller – or a pilot. It just follows you. Source: Throw This Camera Drone in the Air and It Flies Itself | WIRED

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“..Happy 40th birthday Jonah Lomu – the superhuman still in a league of his own..” 

As rugby union’s first superstar turns 40 – it’s a pertinent time to consider the impact the New Zealander made at the start of the professional era – and ask if we will ever see his like again. Source: Happy … Continue reading

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“..Welcome to Dollywood: a weekend among Dolly Parton’s most hardcore fans..” 

In the mountains of Tennessee sits Dolly Parton’s signature theme park. Source: Welcome to Dollywood: a weekend among Dolly Parton’s most hardcore fans | Music | The Guardian

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which drugs get taken at which festivals..?

Marley Fest. Anybody want to take a guess? Yep, the reggae-themed festival kicked ass when it comes to marijuana mentions (82.04%) – leaving in the dust its nearest contenders, Camp Bisco (25.11%) – and Bonaroo (25.05%). But ganja is apparently … Continue reading

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“..Belle and Sebastian review – warmth – charm – and disco fever..” 

Stuart Murdoch’s indie troupers still have some sonic surprises left up their thumb-holed sleeves. (ed:..i am a belle & sebastian fanboy..) Source: Belle and Sebastian review – warmth, charm and disco fever | Music | The Guardian

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“..Disappointing tech: When did the future get so ugly?..”

From Oculus Rift to Google Glass – modern technology isn’t quite living up to the high-gloss helmets and bubble cars we dreamed of. Source: Disappointing tech: When did the future get so ugly? | Comment is free | The Guardian

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“..Mad Max: Fury Road review – Tom Hardy is a macho Mr Bean in brilliantly pimped reboot..”

Charlize Theron joins Hardy’s lone wolf ex-cop in George Miller’s deliriously strange action adventure – – a rollicking Grand Theft Auto – revamped by Hieronymous Bosch. Source: Mad Max: Fury Road review – Tom Hardy is a macho Mr Bean … Continue reading

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“..Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet..”

H20 is so common and so familiar that it is mundane – yet the more we examine this liquid – the stranger it gets – – as its molecular attributes hide peculiarities that make its behaviour improbable and astonishing. Source: … Continue reading

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“..Venice Biennale: the world is more than enough..” 

Miles of string – rotating trees – entire shops … the world’s past – present – and future – is laid out at this year’s compendious Venice Biennale. Adrian Searle embarks on a long walk to enlightenment. Source: Venice Biennale: … Continue reading

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“..Junk food kills bacteria that keeps you thin – expert..” 

Junk food kills the gut bacteria that can help keep people thin – while Belgian beer and coffee increase them – a new book by a leading academic claims. Source: Junk food kills bacteria that keeps you thin – expert … Continue reading

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“..11 Super-Cool Science Photos From The Past Decade..”

the past decade has brought many awe-inspiring snapshots of science. Source: 11 Super-Cool Science Photos From The Past Decade

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“..56th Venice Biennale review – more of a glum trudge than an exhilarating adventure..” 

There’s an awful lot of fretting about the state of the world in the Biennale’s 88 national pavilions – – but little power – wit – or bravado. Source: 56th Venice Biennale review – more of a glum trudge than … Continue reading

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“..Paul Weller: ‘I miss the chaos and madness’..” 

It’s five years since Paul Weller had a drink. He’s got other things on his mind – now that he is a happily married father of seven. Source: Paul Weller: ‘I miss the chaos and madness’ | Music | The … Continue reading

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“..Sex on the beach: a brief history of Cannes and erotic cinema..” 

From the topless starlets of 1960s – to Gaspar Noé’s pornographic entry this year – there has always been plenty of flesh at Cannes. As the red carpet is rolled out – Peter Bradshaw awards his own Palme Phwoar. Source: … Continue reading

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“..Dennis Hopper’s ’60s-’70s photos..” 

Dennis Hopper’s Drugstore Camera is a new collection of the artist/actor’s unpublished photographs taken in Taos New Mexico in the late 1960s and 1970s. Source: Dennis Hopper’s ’60s-’70s photos taken with disposable camera – Boing Boing

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“..Allen Ginsberg’s Photographic Memoir of the Beat Era..” 

the Beat Generation helped define the literature and poetics of an era. Their countercultural explorations pushed the boundaries of polite society from the mid-1940s through the mid-1960s. You could say that without the Beats there would have been no Hipsters. … Continue reading

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“..Douglas Adams Glimpsed Tech’s Future – in This 1990 BBC Film..”

In 1990, with a quirky film called Hyperland – the BBC gave the world a glimpse of its technological future. Source: Tech Time Warp of the Week: Douglas Adams Glimpsed Tech’s Future in This 1990 BBC Film | WIRED

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“..12 of the Biggest Lessons I Learned in the Journey to Legalize Marijuana – and End the Drug War..”

When I started my job at the Drug Policy Alliance in 2000 – only 36% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana. Fifteen years later – the majority of voters support the idea. Source: 12 of the Biggest Lessons I Learned in … Continue reading

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“..The children’s stories – that got writers reading..” 

From sinister water-babies to Chinese warlords – Norse gods to star?crossed lovers – – writers recall the tales that shaped their imaginations. Source: Get your head out of that book! The children’s stories that got writers reading | Books | … Continue reading

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“..Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers..” 

Oprah is one of a new group of elite storytellers – who present practical solutions to society’s problems – – that can be found within the logic of existing profit-driven structures of production and consumption. They promote market-based solutions to … Continue reading

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“..Political zombies pick over election bones on Lawn of the Dead..” 

Across the road – a man wearing a Swiss hat and a miniskirt was dancing unsmilingly – – with a sign reading: “CHRIST WILL COME AND SWEEP ALL POLITICIANS FROM POWER, SAYS THE BIBLE”. Considering what was on the other … Continue reading

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“..A generation betrayed..”(doco..)

Watch and weep . . . then get angry enough to take action to force the change that’s required. Source: A generation betrayed « The Standard

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“..Photo highlights of the day..” 

 a selection of the best photographs from around the world. Source: Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian

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“..Tom Moulton on Grace Jones: ‘They were like her slaves, just looking at her all goo-goo eyed’..” 

When legendary disco producer Tom Moulton first heard Grace Jones sing – ‘she sounded like Bela Lugosi’. But with determination – some singing lessons – and his help – she turned herself into an extraordinary pop star. Source: Tom Moulton … Continue reading

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“..Leonard Cohen: 10 of the best..” 

    here’s the pick of the great man’s career. Source: Leonard Cohen: 10 of the best | Music | The Guardian

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