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Carbon Capture Forum in London

December 7, 2010

Attended the morning session of the Carbon Capture and Storage Forum in London last week, and heard several people speak about their efforts to make carbon capture and storage operations a reality in Europe. Mostly, speakers representing various operations in Scotland, the UK and continental Europe seemed to be pitching their ideas in an effort […]


David Cameron: A Look Back

December 1, 2010

We’re nearly seven months into David Cameron’s term as Prime Minister. Here’s a look back at his May 11, 2010 acceptance speech at 10 Downing Street, via Wordle:


London Gallery Celebrates the Book Cover

November 29, 2010

At a time when e-readers may be displacing the good, old-fashioned print book, an effort to revive interest in the art of the book cover is taking place in London. The gallery StolenSpace gave a simple task to a group of more than 30 artists, designers, ceramic artists and photographers: design a cover for your […]


London Jazz Festival 2010

November 28, 2010

Recently caught live performances by Soul Rebels Brass Band, Get the Blessing, and Led Bib during the 2010 London Jazz Festival. Several hundred people who gathered at the Southbank Centre to see Soul Rebels Brass Band were so into it the show that they boo-ed loudly when the band did not play an encore. Get […]


Midterm Elections: View from London

November 8, 2010

In London on November 3rd, the day after the midterm elections in America, political conversations among expats concentrates mainly on two things: the Tea Party and America’s economy. “With the Tea Party, if we can’t agree on lowering the deficit and taxes, if we can’t do that, then we haven’t done our job,” said Stacy […]


Tales of Three Cities: Music Scenes Explored

November 4, 2010

In 2004 Florent de La Tullaye and Renaud Barret encountered Leon “Ricky” Likabu playing music on the streets of Kinshasa. A victim of poliomyelitis, he was joined by fellow wheelchair-bound musicians and street youth. Together, with old beat-up or hand-made instruments, the group played what could only be described as folk music: honest, heart-felt songs […]


Interview: Mulatu Astatke

October 26, 2010

Onstage, 68-year-old Mulatu Astatke is as subtle and understated as the Ethiopian jazz he created. The music, a hybrid of traditional Ethiopian music and jazz, is subdued, somewhat melancholy, and at times psychedelic. Mr Astatke, the originator and composer of songs in this canon, plays his principal instrument, the vibraphone, with a light touch. Between […]


Middle East Focus of Poetry Festival

October 26, 2010

On the belief that poets, not politicians, can help bring about tangible political change, London’s Southbank Center will again host its biennial Poetry International festival, nine days’ worth of readings, music, translations and new poetry commissions. The festival, which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 in various venues within Southbank, has political roots. Ted […]


Damián Ortega: News Becomes Art

October 15, 2010

Since the middle of last month, the Mexican-born artist Damián Ortega has been in London gathering up bits of news — newspaper stories, photojournalism, graphics — from local, national and international publications. He’ll now spend the next three months repurposing his stash as art, in the form of sculpture, installation and prototypes for future projects. […]


Revisiting the Black Panthers

September 20, 2010

Last summer members of The Roots performed a fiery tribute to Ornette Coleman, a free-jazz saxophone legend. With Vernon Reid on guitar and David Murray on saxophone, the show featured several generations of inventive African-American musicians on a London stage. The result was largely exciting, occasionally long-winded and certainly momentous. In a similar spirit of […]


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