Laos’ Plain of Jars recreated in virtual reality
Oct19

Laos’ Plain of Jars recreated in virtual reality

Australian archaeologists announced plans Wednesday to recreate Laos’ mysterious Plain of Jars as a three-dimensional virtual reality experience, that could one day see museum visitors walk through remote dig sites. The Plain of Jars, in Laos’ central Xieng Khouang province, is scattered with thousands of stone vessels but scientists have yet to discover their original purpose. Archaeologists have struggled to access the...

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Myanmar’s storied film industry gears up for a sequel
Oct19

Myanmar’s storied film industry gears up for a sequel

With turquoise columns propping up a pink and yellow portico, Myanmar’s art deco style Thwin cinema is a rare relic from a golden age of movie-making that dazzled audiences more than half a century ago. Myanmar’s film industry, once the most vibrant and prolific in the region, shrivelled under a military regime that smothered the arts and ravaged the economy during its ruthless 50-year reign. Now as the fledgling democracy...

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Why Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize win blurs the cultural line
Oct17

Why Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize win blurs the cultural line

WHEN the Beatles first visited America in 1964, having just topped the charts for the first time and with fan hysteria already well established, Paul McCartney was asked by a reporter where he saw the group’s music in Western culture. “You must be kidding with that question,” McCartney shot back. “Culture? It’s not culture.” What is it then? the reporter asked. “It’s a good laugh,” said the singer. That’s all popular music was back...

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Tradition, art blend in Morocco ‘tbourida’ cavalry charges
Oct16

Tradition, art blend in Morocco ‘tbourida’ cavalry charges

The equestrian art of tbourida, inspired by the historical charges of the feared cavalrymen of Morocco, fascinated Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix two centuries ago and still draws enthusiastic crowds today. At this week’s “Salon du Cheval” show in El-Jadida, western Morocco, thousands have been enthralled by the spectacle of groups of riders in colourful traditional dress charging in a line and then suddenly...

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Bob Dylan still silent on Nobel literature prize win
Oct15

Bob Dylan still silent on Nobel literature prize win

More than 24 hours after awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said Friday they had still not managed to speak to the reclusive US singer. “The Academy has spoken to Dylan’s agent and his tour manager,” the Academy’s chancellor Odd Zschiedrich told AFP. But as yet they have not spoken directly to Dylan himself, he said. “It’s happened several times — even in...

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