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Oct 21, 2011

Prix Mobile award seeks stars of the web art world

LONDON (Reuters) – A new global art-prize competition for pictures created using a mobile device opens on Friday to any competitor bold enough to subject their work to scrutiny by a jury.

The two-stage competition calls for contestants to submit an online stream of original images created and shared on a social network using a mobile device, smartphone, or tablet. An international jury will choose a shortlist of 30 contenders, who will then be set a challenge tobe in the running for a prize.

Oct 19, 2011

Wilderness stars in London show of revered Canadian art

LONDON (Reuters) – The work of Canada’s most famous artists, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, whose paintings depict the rugged wilderness of the northern landscape, are on show in a major exhibition in Britain for the first time since the 1920s.

Windswept trees, turbulent lakes, snowy vistas and colourful northern skies painted with brilliant oils in broad strokes dominate the post-impressionist works in “Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven” which opened Wednesday at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery and is on show until January.

Oct 19, 2011

Wilderness stars in UK show of revered Canadian art

LONDON (Reuters) – The work of Canada’s most famous artists, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, whose paintings depict the rugged wilderness of the northern landscape, are on show in a major exhibition in Britain for the first time since the 1920s.

Windswept trees, turbulent lakes, snowy vistas and colorful northern skies painted with brilliant oils in broad strokes dominate the post-impressionist works in “Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven” which opened on Wednesday at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery and is on show until January.

Aug 18, 2011

Author creates second identity as O.M. Grey

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – It’s no secret that good
storytelling involves characters who are in opposition to
generate controversy — but author Christine Rose has taken this
a step further by developing an opposing second identity as O.M.
Grey.

Grey is author of the sexy, paranormal “Avalon Revisited”
steampunk novel about English King Henry VIII’s brother Arthur,
who is depicted as a vampire. Grey also has a steampunk persona
in real life, with a multimedia blog that offers candid advice
on romantic and erotic troubles.

Aug 8, 2011

New smart phone app lays bare Londinium

LONDINIUM (Reuters) – Finding London’s Roman ruins amid the tangled network of streets and lanes that make up the ancient part of a contemporary city is a challenge for even the most experienced urban explorer.

Now, a free mobile application for the iPhone, iPad and Android created by the Museum of London, helps history buffs find sites built between 43 A.D. and the 5th century, during which Rome abandoned the walled city as its empire collapsed.

Jul 27, 2011

Freud Museum London celebrates 25th anniversary

By Julie Mollins

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – What was life like for the father of psychoanalysis who made a profession of analyzing the lives of others?

Insights into how Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis whose work on human sexual repression led to terms as “Freudian slip” and “Oedipus complex,” lived can be found at the Freud Museum London which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Thursday.

Jul 18, 2011
via Africa News blog

Is Africa drought a chance to enact new UK policy?

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New ways of managing aid are being debated in Britain as global concerns mount over a hunger crisis devastating the drought-affected Horn of Africa.

Randolph Kent, director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King’s College in London, says the crisis provides a perfect opportunity for the British government to test its recent promise to reform how it responds to humanitarian emergencies.

Jun 10, 2011

Graffiti knitters to hit streets on Yarnbombing Day

By Julie Mollins

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Their surreptitious strikes can happen at any time of the day or night.

They target the urban landscape — fences, poles, bicycle racks, construction sites and other commonplace fixtures of city life — but their weapon is wool and their goal is to enhance cities with their creations rather than destroy.

Sep 21, 2010
via Africa News blog

Angel Gurria on environmental sustainability and financial crisis

Fallout from the financial crisis is hampering efforts to prevent climate change, Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, told AlertNet in New York on Monday.

While some people are struggling financially, “the crisis is being used as an excuse by people who probably were never too convinced — or never really wanted to allocate resources to fighting climate change and to promote biodiversity,” he said.

Jul 2, 2010
via The Great Debate UK

Oliver Lowenstein on making Cyclestations work

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There’s nothing new or unusual about the idea of using bicycles to replace cars to help combat the effects of climate change on the environment. Neither is there anything new or unusual about it taking so long to put the concept into practice.

Oliver Lowenstein has spent several years in pursuit of what he says could become an environmentally sustainable network structured around economically viable “cyclestations” or covered rest points, which would help make long-distance travel more feasible for cyclists.

    • About Julie

      "I am the communities editor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London where I blog, micro blog, write stories, make videos, audio and work on the AlertNet and TrustLaw news websites. AlertNet is a humanitarian news website covering wars, conflict, natural disasters, food and health emergencies. TrustLaw is covers good governance and women's rights. I moved to the foundation in 2010 after two years with the Reuters UK website. Find me @jmollins or +Julie Mollins."
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