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In Ipswich, churches aren’t just for mass December 15, 2014 02:00

In Ipswich, churches aren’t just for mass

They say that it is an English city with many churches but few church-goers. For this reason, the Anglican Church is struggling to maintain [...]
 
‘Travel the world in your own city’, a way to redefine multiculturalism December 14, 2014 03:48

‘Travel the world in your own city’, a way to redefine multiculturalism

Multiculturalism. A word we hear every day. We all know that we live in multicultural cities such as London. We hear stats bandied about [...]
 
Damascus: in the midst of walls, jasmine and mosques December 1, 2014 00:24

Damascus: in the midst of walls, jasmine and mosques

Come in, come in, says a man at the entrance to his handicrafts shop, while all around him there is the hustle and bustle [...]
 
 
Liverpool, a mythical city December 7, 2013 20:30

Liverpool, a mythical city

Considered an old and not particularly attractive city in Northern England, today Liverpool with now over 100 years under its belt is emerging as [...]
 
Public transport in London: diverse, vital and vibrant August 18, 2013 00:00

Public transport in London: diverse, vital and vibrant

 It is a pillar in the functioning of the city. Over 3 million Londoners use it. Without it, the city would be paralysed. The [...]
 
Vietnam: Asia’s other bussling gateway July 27, 2013 22:54

Vietnam: Asia’s other bussling gateway

    The arrival of more than three million foreign visitors to Vietnam in the first half of 2013 was a real boost for [...]
 
 
A glimpse underneath the Kilt July 14, 2013 20:00

A glimpse underneath the Kilt

   The Kilt is much more than something seen at scenic Scottish folklore shows, and much more than a skirt for men. This garment [...]
 
Belmopán, the hurricane’s daughter July 14, 2013 00:00

Belmopán, the hurricane’s daughter

When talking about Belmopán, the capital of Belize, you can say without a doubt that it is a small and young Central American and [...]
 
The never ending wonders of Guatemala’s Antigua April 1, 2013 01:06

The never ending wonders of Guatemala’s Antigua

Surrounded by volcanoes, a multitude of ancient buildings bear witness to the architectural heritage echoing the colonial past of this great urban museum. . [...]
 
 
The land of the long white cloud March 24, 2013 00:31

The land of the long white cloud

Indigenous Maori people began to populate New Zealand from the 9th Century, bringing with them advanced skills in textiles and house building, sound farming [...]
 
Camden: global and different March 10, 2013 00:02

Camden: global and different

Thousands of people come along to the market in search of items that will take them away from the standard norms. And in their [...]
 
The many faces of Brixton March 10, 2013 00:01

The many faces of Brixton

Immigrants who arrived aboard the Empire Windrush awarded to the area that multicultural aspect that made it famous. Today it is threatened by the [...]
 
 
Hackney, between modernity and crime March 10, 2013 00:00

Hackney, between modernity and crime

Insecurity, crime, unemployment… these are the characteristics of a neighbourhood under the surveillance of more than 1500 security cameras. The rise in housing costs [...]
 
Village Market, the Caribbean brought to life in Brixton December 10, 2012 02:44

Village Market, the Caribbean brought to life in Brixton

Sellers who help customers while dancing, colourful stalls that catch the eye of every passer-by, and a district that wants to wipe out its [...]
 
The core of the Big Apple: The soulful heart of the big City November 26, 2012 12:53

The core of the Big Apple: The soulful heart of the big City

When we think of New York, we are immediately enveloped in a discourse of skyscrapers, bright lights and cosmopolitans. It’s the city that never [...]
 
 
 

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  • Culture, Visual Arts Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    Grito de Mujer 2015: a festival across 34 countries

    Photo from www.gritodemujer.com The Movimiento Mujeres Poetas Internacional Inc. (MPI, International Female Poets Movement) in the Dominican Republic has already published the list of countries that have confirmed their involvement at the Grito de Mujer (The Cry of Women) International Poetry Festival...

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  • Comments, In Focus Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    Rich and poor… Mind the gap!

    The gap between rich and poor has magnified in the last decades in the UK, and more generally in the whole world. The question is: should we mind the gap?     Mabel Encinas   In the UK, 1% of the population receives 14% of the national income. In the world the 80 richest own the same wealth...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus 20,000 days on Earth

    20,000 days on Earth

    All power to the new bio-pic about Nick Cave: singer, songwriter, front man for the Bad Seeds, author, all-round polymath and renaissance genius.   Steve Latham   The movie purports to describe a single day in the life of Nick Cave, summing up the 20,000 days of his life. In practice the film...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages In defence of youthful expression

    In defence of youthful expression

    Every new generation is apathetic. How can they be otherwise, when the intellectual motivation that comes from books or the older generation’s half-forgotten memories is no match for the experience of being personally committed to a cause?   Armando Orozco Tovar   The older generation of...

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  • Culture, Europe, Globe, On Stage An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    An erotic show that subverts the male gaze: UmColetivo

    The enunciation of the words is an oral expression, which also exists in sexual relations. But very often the man seems to be the one with the power to speak, here it is the women.   Entrevista: Graham Douglas Potos: Alipio Padilha   The Animatografo is discreetly placed in a very central position...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    El Salvador… through women’s eyes

    Until the 20th of January, the cultural centre, Rich Mix will be hosting the exhibition Stories of El Salvador (Historias de El Salvador). This exhibition tells of the primary role that the women of El Salvador have played during the Central American country’s recent history.   Defying the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus NY – 9/11 Memorial

    NY – 9/11 Memorial

    During our recent trip to New York, my wife and I thought it was only respectful to visit the 9/11 memorial.   Photo by Gabri Micha – Flickr.com Steve Latham   It didn’t feature high on our initial list of priorities for site-seeing. But so many people were insistent that we needed...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, Latin America, United Kingdom Mexico-UK, dual year

    Mexico-UK, dual year

    2015 is Mexico-UK Dual Year, a year in which the governments of both countries decided to celebrate each other, and to promote business, cooperation and bilateral relationships. Can we be a part of it?   Mabel Encinas   The disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in Mexico was the straw...

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  • Culture, Globe, Listings, On Stage, United Kingdom Circolombia to return in spring

    Circolombia to return in spring

    Following the resounding success of “Urban” in 2011, circus performance company Circolombia will bring its latest production to the London stage from the 14th of April to the 3rd of May 2015.   Photo from Circolombia Facebook Cristina Lago   The latest Circolombia production is inspired by...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus London is dying

    London is dying

    The young people who are critical for any city’s prosperity are leaving London. Property prices, rents and sales are rising so astronomically, that only the super-rich are able to live in there.   Steve Latham   Gentrification often prices people out of inner city areas. Now central London...

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  • Comments, In Focus Ernest Hemingway… the sentry and its roar

    Ernest Hemingway… the sentry and its roar

    When I was starting to think of how to take a book, the enormous head of the watching beast turned to me from eternity, roaring. For the Cuban journalist Miriam Rodríguez Betancourt, winner of the José Martí National Journalism Award.   Ernest Hemingway Armando Orozco Tovar   Gabriel ‘Gabo’...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Screen Urban dance and surfing Angola to Brazil: M. Patrocinio

    Urban dance and surfing Angola to Brazil: M. Patrocinio

    Countries once forced together by colonialism and the slave trade, now find connections in cultural entrepreneurship and the Portuguese language. Small independent film-makers have a role in promoting African and Brazilian culture for their contemporary value, not as tourist clichés.   Graham...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus I want to be Bo Ningen

    I want to be Bo Ningen

    I went to see Bo Ningen and Savages perform their sonic poem, “Word for the Blind”. An event organised by the Barbican at the Oval Space in East London.   Steve Latham   To use the old cliché: ‘It blew me away’. The piece had been developed by the two bands, using Dadaist poetry as...

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  • Comments, In Focus Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes

    Isidoro Morantes: the guerrilla fighter’s brother who makes shoes

    Isidoro Morantes still works as a shoemaker in Bogotá, yet his life has been far from easy. He has suffered considerable persecution at the hands of Colombian government security forces as a result of the activities of his brother, Jacobo Arenas, one of the leaders of FARC.   Jacobo Arenas Armando...

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  • Comments, In Focus Experience and prejudices

    Experience and prejudices

    A colleague of mine was telling me how she felt awkward speaking to her university tutor, who is a famous academic in the world of sociology. She left me to ponder whether a person’s place within social “hierarchy’”is the only factor in forming relationships with others.   Mabel Encinas   In ...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Killing kids

    Killing kids

    Belgium has become the first European country in modern times to pass legislation permitting child euthanasia. The killing fields have returned, this time in so-called civilised Europe. We are killing kids.   Steve Latham   Strictly speaking the law, passed in February, may not be euthanasia,...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye “True Self” or “New Self”?

    “True Self” or “New Self”?

    In an otherwise excellent book, Abbot Christopher Jamison encourages his readers to seek their “true self”“. Is this sheer mysticism, rooted in romantic fantasy?   Nigel Pocock   Do people really have a “true self” lurking deeply within? Waiting to be found, if only we knew how? Even...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, Globe, In Focus, United Kingdom The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

    The Latin American diaspora: identity and recognition

    Immigrants reconstruct their identities, transfer their customs, traditions and cultural symbols, and adapt themselves to a different environment.   Claudio Chipana*   The Latin–American diasporas are acquiring a growing role and influence around the world, in the construction of Latin–American...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Visiting the Favelas

    Visiting the Favelas

    During the summer I took a team of students to find out about projects in Brazil, especially in the favelas, in particular the shanty towns around Rio de Janeiro.   Steve Latham   We visited one project, run by Youth With A Mission, which developed initiatives to serve and empower the local...

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  • Comments, In Focus San Victorino, that vast territory

    San Victorino, that vast territory

    According to Lucas Fernández Piedrahita, “Bogotá was awarded city status on July 27th, 1540. And, in his article “My people”, Alberto Lleras writes “Who knows why everything that is ours was on the side of San Victorino…”   Armando Orozco Tovar   He adds: “On the corner where...

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