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The Commissar Vanishes: the falsification of photographs and art in Stalin’s Russia By David King: Book review

The Commissar Vanishes is another anthology of images from the David King collection in which he displays original artwork and photographs from the early period following the Russian revolution, against later images where people were edited out and removed in the campaign of political genocide initiated by Stalin. Unlike Russian Revolutionary Posters, The Commissar Vanishes does […]

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Russian Revolutionary Posters: from civil war to Socialist Realism, from Bolshevism to the end of Stalinism by David King: Book Review

Russian Revolutionary Posters is the contribution of David King (1943-2016) in fighting for historical truth in preserving posters and artwork from the Soviet Union for posterity. King begins by giving the fascinating prelude to this story in first learning of the existence of, and then trying to secure a copy of “Russki Revolyutsionnii Plakat” by […]

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: film review

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a film about a small team at an NGO called the dinosaur protection group, centred around former Jurassic Park Operations manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), they are given the opportunity to travel to Jurassic Park to try save key species from a second extinction as a Volcano on the island […]

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The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes: Book Review

The Noise of Time is a popular fiction centred on the life of prominent Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s in three periods. The first when denounced by Stalin in Pravda in 1936, second as a prominent emissary of Soviet and culture at a Congress in New York in 1949, and third under the thaw instigated by Khrushchev, pressured […]

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Lenin’s Embalmers by Ilya Zbarsky: book review

Lenin’s Embalmers is the autobiography of Ilya Zbarsky (1913-2007) a chemist in the Soviet Union working on the preservation and display of Lenin’s body in Red Square, Moscow. Reading like a history of the 20th century his autobiography charts the history of his family, first under Tsarism, through the Russian Revolution, the purges and mass […]

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Hawaii bans sale of certain sunscreens to protect coral reef; too little, too late.

The Hawaiian State Legislature has moved to ban the sale of certain sunscreens that contain Oxybenzone and Oxinoxate as they have been found to be harmful to reef ecology. The law is awaiting ratification by the state governor before coming into effect in 2021. Hawaii is the first American State to ban the chemicals. While […]

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Taiping Island: A Concerto of Marine Life in the South China Sea: An exercise in science, beauty and propaganda

Taiping Island: A Concerto of Marine Life in the South China Sea documents the array of marine life around Taiping Island, part of the Spratly island chain and the largest natural island in the South China Sea. The 18 minute long documentary emerged following a one year research project commissioned by Taiwan’s fisheries agency in conjunction with […]

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The Rat Race: A documentary exposing the inadequate state response to vermin and disease in Mumbai

The Rat Race is a 2010 documentary examining the life of a team of night rat catchers working in a government department in Mumbai, India. To this documentaries credit it makes serious steps in covering the entirety of the rat catchers existence. It shows their struggles as the students among them try to both work […]

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127 killed in India’s deadliest dust storm yet.

Wednesday night a massive dust storm converged over northwest India leaving 127 dead 200 injured, this catastrophe was the ‘perfect storm’ as a number of weather systems coalesced to produce a chain of thunderstorms over a large area, many people were either injured or killed as the intensity of the storm damaged buildings. The storm […]

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Chasing Coral: A terrifying glimpse at the future of our oceans.

Chasing coral is a Netflix documentary that follows the story of a team of divers who attempt to take time lapse and 3D images of reefs as they bleach and die through the cumulative effects of climate change. They eventually produce a number of dramatic before and after shots which demonstrate the rapid rate at […]

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