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Backstage circus

Project info<p>The German Roncalli circus is World-famous for its romance and theatrical acts. The show of the artists and the magical entourage of the circus paint a picture we would like to believe. For the series about the Roncalli Circus, Sander Troelstra went looking for the world backstage.<p>The …

9 Talks That Are a Great Introduction to TED

Since I started My Year of TED in 2011, I've found myself explaining TED quite a lot. Last week I had to do this again, and I was reminded of a blog post I did in 2012. I thought I'd share it with you here -- noting that there have been hundreds of new talks since this time, but I think these still …

Public Speaking

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

Try one. Try them all. They work. Science says so.<p>It's easy to think of happiness as a <i>result</i>, but happiness is also a <i>driver</i>.<p>One example: While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burst, or a lifetime, or things you should <i>not</i> do every day), probably …

8 Rejuvenating Books To Read In The Spring

After a long, blizzard-filled winter, spring finally seems to be here—an unpredictable March climate notwithstanding. Spring is a time of new beginnings and clean slates, when the last filthy vestiges of winter snow melt away and the trees burst out with fresh green buds. There’s just something …

Life on the Edge review – the weird world of quantum biology explained

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden’s insights into fundamental tenets of science are fascinating – but not always easy to fathom for the beginner<p>The scent of an orange, a robin on the wing – nothing could be more festive. But if you think such simple delights are born of simple processes, think …

A Buzz in the Meadow review – a passionate plea on behalf of our six-legged friends

Dave Goulson’s wide-ranging essays about the insect kingdom and the impact of neonicotinoids on the natural world are important and, at times, terrifying<p>Dave Goulson is a professorial bee man (at the University of Sussex, he is the queen of the Goulson Lab) but he is also very good at writing …

Nature in Towns and Cities (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 127)

The latest in the New Naturalist series documents the parks and green spaces unique to Britain's cities – and the wildlife that has flourished in …

The 100 greatest non-fiction books

Art<p><b>The Shock of the New</b> by Robert Hughes (1980)<br>Hughes charts the story of modern art, from cubism to the avant garde<p><b>The Story of Art</b> by Ernst Gombrich (1950)<br>The most popular art book in history. Gombrich examines the technical and aesthetic problems confronted by artists since the dawn of time<p><b>Ways</b> …

God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs review

We Catholics who grew up in the 1960s knew that we were not quite as others. We were entirely legal, disbarred from nothing except the minor inconvenience of not being able to succeed to the throne, we could attend our services unmolested. But there hung over us a cloud, or perhaps a veil, a sense …

Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk – review

"Considering ideal conditions is a waste of time," Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner write in their 2005 book, <i>Informal City</i>. "The point is to avoid catastrophe." The two architects, partners in the international practice Urban-Think Tank, are known for the cable car system they designed for …

What went so wrong for Vaclav Havel?

A review of Havel: A Life, by Michael Zantovsky. He was one of three key players in the death of communism. But he outstayed his welcome disastrously<p>The unforgettable moment a quarter of a century ago when the Berlin Wall came down was the most vivid drama in that dizzying year of revolutions in …

Victoria: A Life by AN Wilson – review

Towards the end of this subtle, thoughtful biography of Queen Victoria AN Wilson presents his defining argument. Victoria, he suggests, was an artist. He isn't talking here about her rather good watercolours, but something more profound. The queen, he claims, lived an entirely inward life, filled …

Radwa Ashour obituary

Radwa Ashour was a powerful voice among Egyptian writers of the postwar generation and a writer of exceptional integrity and courage. Her work consistently engages with her country’s history and reflects passionately upon it. “I am an Arab woman and a citizen of the third world,” she declared, in …

The Confusion About Pets

Why are so many animals now in places where they shouldn’t be?<p>What a wonderful time it is for the scammer, the conniver, and the cheat: the underage drinkers who flash fake I.D.s, the able-bodied adults who drive cars with handicapped license plates, the parents who use a phony address so that …

Picture Archive: The Streets of Boston, 1930s and 1940s

VERMEER, JohannesOfficer with a Laughing Girlc. 1657Oil on canvas, 50,5 x 46 cmFrick Collection, New York

<b>VERMEER, Johannes</b><br>Officer with a Laughing Girl<br>c. 1657<br>Oil on canvas, 50,5 x 46 cm<br>Frick Collection, New York