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Sep 26, 2013

Vikings to invade British Museum for image makeover

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The British Museum is about to
trash the popular stereotype of the horn-helmeted Viking
marauder, with a thorough look at the warrior society that left
its mark across parts of the the world.

“Vikings: life and legend” is the first major UK exhibition
in 30 years to explore the impact of the sea-going Scandinavians
who pillaged, traded and travelled from the Arctic circle to
North America in the 8th to the early 11th centuries.

Sep 25, 2013

William Boyd tinkers with typecast Bond in new novel “Solo”

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The women, fast cars and a
glamorous London hotel set the scene for the launch of a new
James Bond novel on Wednesday that sees 007 set out on a
renegade mission in the pursuit of justice.

British author William Boyd signed copies of “Solo” and sent
them off in see-through briefcases with stewardesses riding in
vintage sports cars from one of London’s poshest hotels to a
London airport, just like any 007 adventure begins.

Sep 20, 2013

Hawking documentary details triumph of mind over ravaged body

CAMBRIDGE (Reuters) – Stephen Hawking believes the afterlife is a fairytale and has battled the steady deterioration of his body all his life, the British cosmologist told an audience attending the premiere of a documentary about him.

The 71-year-old author of the bestselling “Brief History of Time”, who earlier this week backed the right for the terminally ill to end their lives as long as safeguards were in place, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and given two to three years to live.

Sep 19, 2013

Britain’s Tate museum calls on government for funding “contract”

LONDON (Reuters) – The Tate museum called for a five-year public funding “contract” with the British government on Thursday to help stabilize its role as a national repository of art in an era of declining public finances for culture.

The Tate – which comprises four main museums, 70,000 works of art and includes the most visited gallery of modern art in the world – said it required the commitment to provide clarity for its long-term financing plans.

Sep 18, 2013

Man Booker Prize opens arms to U.S. authors and the world

LONDON (Reuters) – The Man Booker Prize for English fiction will allow authors from any country to compete for one of the world’s best known literary awards from next year, organizers said on Wednesday.

The prize – which has been open only to citizens of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland since its launch in 1969 – will from 2014 see competition primarily from U.S. authors, although any author writing in English anywhere on the planet can become eligible.

Sep 17, 2013

Japan hands top arts prize to filmmaker Coppola, sculptor Gormley

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – U.S. filmmaker Francis Ford
Coppola, Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo and British
sculptor Antony Gormley won three of Japan’s top arts prizes,
the Japan Art Association said on Tuesday.

Domingo, Gormley and Coppola were joined by British
architect David Chipperfield and Italian painter Michelangelo
Pistoletto as 2013 laureates of the Praemium Imperiale, a 15
million yen ($150,000) prize which will be handed out on Oct 16.
by Japanese Emperor Akihito’s younger brother Prince Hitachi.

Sep 6, 2013

Critics savage ‘cheap and cheerless’ Diana film as tawdry soap

LONDON (Reuters) – Film critics have savaged a new movie of the late British Princess Diana’s relationship with a Pakistani doctor as an intrusive and embarrassingly cheap soap opera.

British-born Australian actress Naomi Watts plays the jilted princess trapped in a gilded cage. English actor Naveen Andrews is heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, who gives her the love she craves in “Diana”, which held its world premiere in London on Thursday.

Sep 3, 2013

Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot back in new novel by UK author

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Bestselling British crime
novelist Sophie Hannah will revive Agatha Christie’s fictional
detective Hercule Poirot in a new novel due out next year.

When Hannah’s agent told her he had suggested to publisher
HarperCollins that they ask her to write a continuation novel,
an idea she had been trying to turn into a novel for years
suddenly took shape, the author told Reuters.

Jul 12, 2013

Briton, Dutchman seek to be first to row the Amazon

LONDON (Reuters) – A Briton and his Dutch rowing partner will brave piranhas, bandits and disease in an attempt to be the first crew to row the length of the Amazon river in September.

Anton Wright, a rowing coach at Cambridge University’s Clare College, and Cambridge academic Mark de Rond of the Netherlands will set out in their bright yellow ocean-going double scull from Nauta, Peru on Sept 1 for a six-week, 2,200-mile (3,540-km) river odyssey to Brazil’s Atlantic coastal town of Macapa.

Jul 9, 2013

Comic book writer bows out from Batman after killing off Robin

LONDON (Reuters) – After killing off Batman’s Robin and re-inventing the X-Men, Scottish comic book writer Grant Morrison is looking for other superhuman legends to transform with his pen.

Morrison – who has also taken on Spiderman and Superman in a 25-year career – has decided to leave the caped crusader in the hands of other writers after the final issue of his “BATMAN, INCORPORATED” DC Comics series comes out this month.

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