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They’ve been cab drivers, mystics and ornithologists. One was even a prime minister. Meet music’s greatest multi-taskers<p>To become a leader in any field, specialisation is obligatory. The risk of spreading oneself too thin is drilled into those with multiple interests. “You cannot hunt two hares at …

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Buddy DeFranco obituary

The role of the clarinet in jazz changed from vital to marginal in little more than a decade, between the last hurrahs of the big swing bands at the end of the 1930s, and the rise of the unsentimentally byzantine style of bebop. The traditionally woody-toned instrument turned out to be no match for …

Super-Rich Russians Are Fleeing To The UK In Record Numbers

According to Home Office statistics, the number of Russians granted fast-track visas — given to those who will invest at least £2 million ($3.1 million) in the UK — jumped by 69% in 2014 compared with the previous year, The Sunday Times first reported.<p>Between January and September, 162 visas were …

The mystery of Chopin's death

<b>When Polish composer Frederic Chopin died in 1849 he seemed to have suffered a classic Romantic death from tuberculosis. But doubts soon arose about the diagnosis, and a scientific examination of the heart earlier this year, while at first appearing to confirm the TB theory, left the mystery</b> …

Tesco blackhole may be larger than feared

JP Morgan analysts question Tesco blackhole as well as rent bill and depreciation charges as pressure on retailer continues<p>The blackhole in Tesco’s accounts may be larger than feared, analysts at JP Morgan Cazenove have claimed.<p>The profit generated by Tesco’s UK subsidiaries in the last financial …

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2014 Festival of Lights, Lyon

Light festivals—from the spiritually steeped Hindu holiday Diwali to the newer contemporary art-focused events like SIGNAL in Prague—have become much-loved around the world. Regardless of race, religion or geographic location, there's a shared human awe and appreciation for the beauty of lightness …

Who needs modern self-help gurus when a 19th-century novelist had it all worked out? Fortify yourself for the first Jane Austen day with quotes from her novels – and let us know the ones we have missed<p>It’s no longer universally acknowledged that “a single man in possession of a good fortune must be …

Danny Lyon’s Unseen Photos Of NYC Subway Riders In The ’60s

Legendary photographer Danny Lyon’s photographs of commuters in the ’60s are on view for the first time at a Brooklyn subway station.<p>In 1966, photographer Danny Lyon returned to his hometown of New York City after spending years documenting the Civil Rights Movement in the South and motorcycle …

Are old fairy stories too scary for kids?

The folk tales of old prepare a child for life<p>Moving house, stacking books in boxes, I came across a clutch of fairy books, Andrew Lang’s folk tales from around the world in their coloured cloth covers: yellow, brown, red, grey, blue. I picked up ‘yellow’, opened the cover and fell down a wormhole, …

Lara Gasparotto's Ecstatic Kaleidoscope

Here are some of her photographs of women, nature, and women in nature.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE Netherlands</i><p>Twenty five-year-old Lara Gasparotto comes from the city of Liège in Belgium and has an eye for beautiful things. Fortunately for us, she is also a photographer so she can share …

Eddie Redmayne: how I became Stephen Hawking

Golden Globes nominee Eddie Redmayne undergoes a remarkable on-screen transformation to play Prof Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. At a Q&A organised by Wired magazine, he explained how<p>Eddie Redmayne’s physical transformation for his role in The Theory of Everything is so accomplished …

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20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

WATCH THIS!<p>From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the …

“We were like a little family”: an interview with Doug Yule and Moe Tucker about The Velvet Underground

The two surviving VU-ers on the band's third album...<p>I reviewed <b>The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition</b> for new issue of Uncut. …

Grumpy cat makes owner £64 million

Scowling feline which became an internet sensation has amassed a huge fortune for its American owner<p>With a relentless look of malevolence “Grumpy Cat” is not exactly cute.<p>But the piercing stare and air of withering contempt has proved astonishingly lucrative for the cat’s owner, Tabatha Bundesen of …

Why the Cooper Hewitt is the Museum of the Future

The Cooper Hewitt gets a jazzy 21st-century update.<p>The Immersion Room was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Local Projects.<p>While many museums …