Tourism

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 [...]
 
 
Burkas to bikinis November 11, 2012 23:00

Burkas to bikinis

Roaming around the National Mosque in a burka in Kuala Lumpur I began to feel a similar sensation to what I had just felt [...]
 
A different view of Peckham October 28, 2012 23:46

A different view of Peckham

Around 25,000 people of different geographical, cultural and ethnic origin interact and share social spaces.  The only thing they have in common is a [...]
 
The heart of Bohemia October 8, 2012 04:44

The heart of Bohemia

Down the narrow, cobblestoned back-streets beats the heart of a Bohemian nation. Surviving occupations from the Habsburg Empire to the Nazis, Prague is a [...]
 
 
 

The Prisma News

  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    Latin Jazz Festival Returns to London

    From 23rd to 27th September, Brazilian, Cuban, Venezuelan and British artists will be performing in the British capital.   The event, which celebrates its second year in the UK, will include a wide range of music which will be performed in more than five concerts. The invited artists will play Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus The boss of what?

    The boss of what?

    Nearing the end of its run, “The boss of it all is a light, but witty”, confectionary written by Lars Von Trier. Originally a film, it has been adapted for the stage by Jack MCNamara.   Steve Latham   Performed by the New Perspectives company, at the Soho Theatre, the piece is acted superbly...

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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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  • Culture, Listings, Visual Arts Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    Buenos Aires: Coppola & Zuviria

    This photographic exhibition will be taking place on the 20th and 21st of September, during London Open House..   Photo by Edwardx The photographs displayed at the residence of the Ambassador of Argentina were captured by the photographers Horacio Coppola and Facundo de Zuviria. Both artists were born...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Living in Fractured Times

    Living in Fractured Times

    Eric Hobsbawm’s posthumous book, Fractured Times, is a scintillating collection of essays covering the cultural history of Europe through the Twentieth Century.   Steve Latham   The volume is panoramic in its scope: covering inter alia the role of arts festivals, the development of Jewish...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    A showcase of Latin American cinema and music

    Films and concerts from Latin America will be in the multicultural city of London from 9th of September to 9th of October.   In this month devoted to cinema and music, there will be film screenings, as part of the “Bolíwood” Festival (as in Bolivar, not Bollywood) and concerts, all with Latin...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus An Englishman for Scotland

    An Englishman for Scotland

    When we were up in Edinburgh for the Festival, we expected there to be lots of references to the independence issue.   Steve Latham   Suprisingly, most of the acts, stand-up comedians included, fought shy of the question. This does not seem to have been due to any self-censorship. Instead, the...

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  • Culture, Listings, Migrants, Multiculture, Screen Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    Ghosts, memories and traumas of Mexico

    A symposium taking place on 12th September will analyse the form in which varieties of emotion, and personal and collective experiences, can be expressed visually, with particular reference to Mexico and the 20th and 21st centuries.   Under the title ‘Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican...

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  • Culture, Pages Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Nepomuceno, Gabo and the memories

    Eric Nepomuceno was a thirty-something Brazilian journalist with a budding career when he landed in Havana during the summer of 1978. Almost before he could brush off the dust from the road he attended a meeting that would be a turning point in his life.   Eric NepomucenoPhoto from orelhadolivro.com Francisco...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Pages 100 years of  playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    100 years of playing cyclops, 50 years of Rayuela

    “Would I find La Maga? Most of the time it was just a case of my putting in an appearance, going along the Rue de Seine to the arch leading into la Quaid de Conti, and I would see her slender form against the olive ashen which floats along the river as she crossed back and forth on the Pont des Art,...

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  • Culture, Screen Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Mariano Bartolomeu: pointing a camera in many directions

    Between 1989 and 2008 he made a large number of short films influenced by European directors and European and North American writers. Now he feels it is time to develop his own voice more strongly.   Mariano Bartolomeu Graham Douglas   Like most Angolans his family has suffered from decades...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    Conga, Gregorio Santos and Máxima Acuna

    The words are a battle cry, a plea to save the region’s environment and water supply and put an end to predatory and polluting mining practices.   Claudio Chipana   The people of the Cajamarca region in northern Peru are rallying against multinational mining company Yanacocha’s ‘Conga’...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Regeneration as degeneration

    Regeneration as degeneration

    During the Edinburgh Fringe, we stayed in a delightful apartment in Leith. Leith is the old port-town of Edinburgh.   Steve Latham   It was a pleasant place to base ourselves in during the Festival, while we travelled in daily on the city bus service. It had become run-down and derelict, but...

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  • Comments, In Focus What is peace?

    What is peace?

    A white cow is not a white dove, says Eduardo Embry, a Chilean poet based in the UK. A gracing pristine cow is heavy, and the meaning of peace is not to appease or to be appeased. By contrast, peace is not a given, but an ongoing process of understanding and doing together.   Mabel Encinas   Peace...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    This Hunterian museum, which unites anatomical and pathological specimens to be studied by undergraduate and postgraduate students, also houses Charles Byrne and Caroline Crachami.   Photo By StoneColdCrazy Edith Tacusi Oblitas   Irishman Charles Byrne was 2 metre and 48 centimetres tall when he died...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Genetic modification and reparations for slavery might seem on first appearances to be somewhat distant companions.   Nigel Pocock   How should we define ‘GM’? If we limit the definition to a laboratory, deliberately excluding the social context, then we are unlikely to make a connection...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus “F” is for Fringe

    “F” is for Fringe

    Photo by Kim Traynor Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, we went to several stand-up comedians; and we learned that bad language and explicit sexual references are endemic. In particular, the F-word is ubiquitous.   Steve Latham   Maybe I am shocking because I am getting on in years, and it expresses...

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  • Culture, Globe, Screen, United Kingdom London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    The 10th edition of the festival will take place from the 25th of September to the 5th of October, bringing together Spanish and Catalan productions , comedy and cuisine.   Photo by London Spanish Film Festival London Spanish Film Festival is 10 years old this year, and to mark the occasion the...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Screen Carpe Diem

    Carpe Diem

    (…) My wife has proposed a family suicide / both of us and our two daughters / when the mushroom cloud arrives (…) Affonso Romano de Sant´Anna.   Armando Orozco Tovar   We are surrounded by death, something that sounds like stating the obvious, a great truth. But what are we going to do...

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  • Culture, Pages Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

    Seventy years after his plane was tragically shot down, we are still no closer to knowing which of the Nazi Luftwaffe pilots – Horst Rippert or Robert Heichele – ended the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.   Miguel Fernández Martínez   On the 31st of July 1944, at 8:45am, Saint-Exupéry...

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