Last supper of career criminal Robert Alton Harris in 1992 and the irony of “Smoking kills”, photographed by Helen Thompson.
Helen Thompson’s photographs, and other images from the Sony World Photography Awards, are at the Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London WC2 until 20 May.
Some interesting things from the past few weeks.. Continue Reading →
In Friday’s Fresh Meat this week..
Laptops are the UK’s favourite piece of technology passing the long time favourite – the TV. “Consumers in the UK now prefer laptops to television when ranking their “favourite piece of technology”, the first time TV has not held the lead in this area. Deloitte, the consultancy, polled 2,276 people, 28% of which gave laptops primary status, ahead of TV’s 22%. Desktop PCs hit 19%, beating the 10% logged by smartphones.” Continue Reading →
I am excited to kick off Friday’s Fresh Meat after a short hiatus..
Yesterday we travelled to Oxford University to follow a dialogue between Prof Richard Dawkins and The Archbishop of Canterbury which was quite interesting. At times the conversation actually become a dialogue, as promised, instead of the speakers simply pushing their own messages. The event on “The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin” was structured around four main topics; “The origin of human beings”, “The origin of the human species”, “The origin of life” and “The origin of the universe”. Because of this the 1.5h did not feel even nearly long enough, and many times the speakers had to move on to a different theme as soon as the conversation got interesting. The Archbishop did well I thought, injecting some surprising humour into his addresses; when Dawkins stated that the Pope took a more literal interpretation to the origin of the human species, The Archbishop said “I’ll ask him sometime”, again causing laughter. Dawkins’ statement and self definition as a 6.9 agnostic (on a scale of 1-7) caused stir in the audience, and now in the press. All and all they were quite diplomatic, and I wish they had conversed for longer, even if many of the philosophy and physics terms and concepts were sometimes completely over my head. The Telegraph reported on the dialogue today with the headline: “Richard Dawkins: “I can’t be sure God does not exist” .
The British family is alive and kicking, but it comes as no surprise that families are experiencing hard times. In 2012 family ties will get increasingly stronger as British families fight the economic downturn – in times like these we are willing to cut down on everything else, but not on what the family needs. We face it together.
The new (Can we still call it new!? I will as I have refused to adopt it yet..) Facebook timeline processes all the information in your profile to try and produce a cohesive timeline of your life so far. But if you are like my friend Sam and haven’t filled in the gaps, Facebook might state that you were born in 1985 but didn’t actually do anything meaningful or noteworthy until 2005. Sad? Undoubtedly untrue as well. Continue Reading →