Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the expulsion of a 71-year-old Australian nun, giving her 30 days to leave the country after she reportedly joined protest rallies against his government. Sister Patricia Fox, who has lived in the Philippines for nearly three decades, has had her missionary visa revoked after apparently speaking out against Duterte […]
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For more than 20 years, the green plains of Holderness, East Yorkshire, were the secret location of underground bunker RAF Holmpton, where radars watched the skies amid the threat of the Cold War. During the uncertain years of the Cold War, when nations prepared for the prospect of a devastating nuclear war, Britain created a […]
Queen Elizabeth II marked her 92nd birthday on Saturday. The celebrations kicked off at Buckingham Palace during the changing of the guard where the Band of the Irish Guards played “Happy Birthday.” The customary gun salutes by the British Army took place midday — “a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute […]
“Kazuo Ishiguro writes a prose of provoking equilibrium—sea-level flat, with unseen fathoms below.” So begins James Wood’s review, from 2015, of Ishiguro’s most recent novel, “The Buried Giant.” This morning, Ishiguro was announced as the recipient of 2017’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Ishiguro, who was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954, and moved to England […]
Dustin Hoffman will always be first remembered for his breakthrough role as Benjamin Braddock, the title character in The Graduate, but it was only the beginning of a career that led him to be considered one of the finest actors ever – an actor’s actor, as it were. Few in his craft can challenge the […]
At 78, Sir Ridley Scott is busier than ever. The British-born director and producer of film and television is juggling myriad projects after coming off of a year that has seen the release of his highest grossing film of all time, 2015’s TheMartian, starring Matt Damon. That feel-good film, highlighting the plight of a […]
Titled Chez Marianne, this watercolor by Robbin Ahrold of a café in the Marias district of Paris was made while he was “exploring a side of me I had never explored before. The experience (the journey) is every bit as rewarding as the product (the destination).” It was not only a treat for the eyes to […]
While many consider running a marathon (42.2 km/26.2 miles) a great achievement at any age, it’s virtually a warmup for 73-year-old Oliver Ker, affectionately known as ‘Uncle Oliver’ to his fellow runners in Malaysia. This former executive for Standard Chartered Bank regularly competes in ultra-marathons of 50-100 km, and recently attempted a 200 km. Whatever […]
A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit Chuck Close at his beach house on Long Island. The drive there always reminds me of an escape to the Hamptons in reverse.From the aristocratic brownstones of Park Slope, you work your way steadily down the socioeconomic ladder, past the towering Soviet-style apartment complexes of Coney […]
I want to start with a chronology. When were you born, to whom and were you a depression child? H: Yes, I grew up in the depression. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 7, 1924. When I turned 17, it became Pearl Harbor Day. I was born at home.
The Treasury Far and Near Two Thousand and five hundred years before Harrison Ford and Sean Connery rode into Petra in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” the colonnaded canyon was a city of thirty thousand people.