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Global

Pilot captured in India-Pakistan dogfight

On Wednesday 27 February, Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s plane was shot down during a dogfight over Pakistani-Administered Kashmir, the first publicly-acknowledged cross-border aerial conflict since 1971. The incident is the third in a recent escalation of attacks. Two weeks ago, Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the killing of 40 Indian paramilitaries in…

Music

thank u next: Ariana’s all grown up

Ariana Grande’s fifth studio album thank u, next was released on 8 February this year, just in time for Valentine’s Day. But some of her upbeat songs have sad undertones: tracks like ghostin’, imagine, in my head, bloodline and fake smile all share the realities of post-breakup anxiety and the thoughts about a future that…

Arts

Review: I would like to get know you

With just two performers, a guitar and a bit of multimedia thrown into the mix, this keenly observed show explores dating, relationships and love in the contemporary world. It’s apparent that the days of courting – at least in the traditional sense – are long gone. Setting the tone of the play rather aptly is…

TV

A Series of Unfortunate Events: end of series review

‘This show will wreck your evening, your homelife and your day. Every single episode is nothing but dismay!’ is what the audience is told in the catchy opening sequence to Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the show has proven to be a timely adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s famous book series. The story follows…

Global

Forever Toto

Echoing one of the song’s most famous lines, it’s gonna take a lot to take away the sounds of Toto’s ‘Africa’ from the Namib Desert. Artist Max Siedentopf has set up an installation of six speakers with the 1982 hit playing on loop, assisted by solar batteries. He wanted the song to play for eternity…

Global

Pranksters to be driven away from YouTube under new rules

When Jake Paul strapped on a blindfold and took to the busy Los Angeles streets he was probably hoping for some views on his YouTube channel and for his ‘bird box challenge’ to go viral. While it might have got views, the reaction that has followed couldn’t be further from positive. Following a rise in…

Arts

Six works by Munch missing

Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet recently revealed that almost 50 paintings, sketches and graphic prints – six of them done by artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) – are currently unaccounted for. The missing works by Munch include “Omega cries”, “Marat’s death”, “Crying young woman by the bed”, “Tiergarten-Berlin”, “Portrait of Mrs. R”. and the portrait “Åge Christian Gierløff”….

Arts

Does this make me look like a president? Trump’s image in portraiture

Donald Trump is notoriously fastidious when it comes to his portraits. Two works that both had antipodal receptions come to mind when I think of the television personality-turned-politician. The first one is Andy Thomas’ The Republican Club, which depicts a scene of imagined camaraderie between the past Republican presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, both…

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