An Important Hair-Raising Message

Earlier this year a Swedish ad agency designed a simple but brilliant piece of advertising for a shampoo: a video in a subway station in which the model’s hair is blown by the arrival of the train. Now the same agency has created a new digital ad using the same idea – with a twist. The Swedish…


Dontletnickelback: Crowdfunding For Music Lovers

Why didn’t anybody think of this before? There is a crowdfunding site raising money to ensure that the band Nickelback never plays in London ever again. The ingeniously named Donletnickelback is “attempting to ensure that Canadian ‘rockers’ Nickelback do not come to London, England to play a gig. With your help, we can ensure that the band do not…

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Pluto is a Planet Again … Maybe

If Pluto is a planet, Williams argued, the number of planets in our solar system could rise to 25, “with the possibility of 50 or 100 within the next decade. Do we want schoolchildren to have to remember so many?

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Squarings Forty-Eight by Seamus Heaney

by Niall McArdle Today is National Poetry Day in the UK, so expect to see a lot of verse on the blogosphere. In honour of the day, here is one of my favourite poems by Seamus Heaney Squarings xlviii Strange how things in the offing, once they’re sensed, Convert to things foreknown; And how what’s come upon…


Back to the Epicentre

Going home is a literary conceit as old as The Odyssey. As Odysseus journeyed westward from Greek isle to Greek isle, Laferrière moves south from island to island, from a freezing Montreal to a temperate Manhattan and then to a tropical Haiti, where his senses go into overload