Brexit and Democracy

The deadline is approaching. We live under the shadow of a possible no-deal. A chaotic situation persists. The PM’s request to the queen to suspend the parliament for five weeks was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court. If the prorogation had succeeded, it could have risked the reputation for democracy that British citizens are most…

Philosophy course in London

Philosophy Behind the Headlines This course will briefly introduce key ideas from the history of philosophy. We will discuss selected news stories, and consider what philosophical concepts and theories can contribute to our understanding of these stories. Do I need any particular skills or experience? No skills or experience needed This course is suitable for…

Poster for Linsui's 10th solo show in Tokyo. 2019

Linsui’s Solo Show

Our contributor, Linsui, Japanese calligraphy  artist,  has opened her 10th solo show in Tokyo. The title theme for this exhibition is: “feel deeply and glow with happiness”. The calligraphy written here means ‘person’ or ‘people’.  People hold hands,  communicate through heart and share each other’s feeling.  The show is on till 16th September 2019 at…

Couple in love from classical mythology

As February the 14th, St Valentine’s Day, approaches we would like to show a ‘couple in love’ from classical mythology.   Psyche and Cupid Psyche was a princess who was so beautiful that she almost overshadowed Aphrodite (called by her Latin name, Venus).  Her admirers worshiped  her and made offerings to her instead of Aphrodite,…

FilmEye: Central Station

Notes on cinema inspired by historical images by Dan Williams Time The above image may seem like a strange place to begin discussing Central Station,the Brazilian film of 1998, directed by Walter Salles, but in this series I am using images from the AAA collection to explore more widely ideas about cinema. As we know,…

Homer’s epic Odyssey

While trees look beautiful with autumnal tint, it is nice to immerse yourself in reading books. How about Homer’s epic Odyssey? Homer The Iliad and the Odyssey, arguably among the world’s greatest epic poems, were composed about the mid-eighth century BC by Homer, but when we look for information about the poet, we only find a…