Saturday, April 06, 2019

The SWAT Team That Hunts Out Fakes At Europe’s Elite Old Masters Art Fair

Get Off My Lawn - ouch Sydney lacks activism as blowers and jet skis terrorise our ears everywhere

How a small group of activists (our correspondent among them) got leaf blowers banned in the nation’s capital

A distant dead planet could be a preview of Earth's fate

Astronomers have spied a fragment of a shattered planet in orbit around a dead white dwarf star, giving us a sobering picture of our solar system's future.

What's with the persistent and tedious confusion of male authors who mistakenly regard their ownquotidian horniness as windows into existential Wisdom?  

Sex lives of the modernists. The racy relationship of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe — nude portraits, pet names for sex organs, etc. — was mimicked but never matched  

How to appreciate bad books. Works that appear devoid of value — a 17th-century history of medicine, a trashy romance novel — often contain surprising deaths  

"I’ve never thought about death in my entire life," says Vivian Gornick. "The people I know who talk about death are very banal and bore m e to death  

"Art can’t save you," saysChristian Wiman. "It can give you glimpses of something beautiful, maybe even something redemptive, but there’s nothing there to hold onto" Wi Man 

The SWAT Team That Hunts Out Fakes At Europe’s Elite Old Masters Art Fair

Vetting, as the process is known, is expensive, invisible, and has recently undergone some major changes at TEFAF. But it remains key to ensuring that collectors can trust in the fair’s offerings and know that they are getting exactly what they are paying for. – Artnet 

Growing Complaints: Too Many Streaming Services To Choose From

In the months following Germany's surrender, rumors spread that Hitler was still alive. The task of figuring out the truth fell to a young Hugh Trevor-Roper  Germany  

Clover Moore rocks ...

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Friday 5 April 2019

Sydney Council To Finaly Own Customs House

After an interesting history with the building, the City of Sydney has finally purchased the historical Customs House at Circular Quay from the Federal Government.  Read More

The BBC has emailed its staff warning they could get into trouble if they post strong political views on Twitter. The warning came after several employees complained about BBC programs debating the issue of teaching children tolerance for LGBT people. For example, morning host Ben Thompson publicly questioned one BBC show that allowed an audience member to ask, “Is it morally right that 5-year-old children learn about LGBTQ+ issues in school?”

Thompson tweeted:

“LGBT ‘issues’? Like what? That we exist? One of them, RIGHT HERE, is on your TV every morning. I held back on this, hoping it was clumsy writing, done in haste. But it’s still online. Would you ask if it’s ‘morally right’ to learn about gender/race/religion/disability ‘issues’?”

On Thursday, BBC director of news Fran Unsworth told the staff to keep strong political views off social media and to stop publicly criticizing colleagues. If they don’t, they could face “appropriate action,” although it wasn’t stated what that would be.

“We all have personal views, but it is part of our role with the BBC to keep those views private,” Unsworth said in an email to staff. “Our editorial guidelines say BBC staff must not advocate any particular position on a matter of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or any other ‘controversial subject’. That applies to all comments in the public domain, including on social media. There is no real distinction between personal and official social media accounts.”

According to a story in The Guardian, some at the BBC thought the e-mail was sent in response to Thompson’s tweet, while others believe it was sent to keep older BBC reporters from commenting on Brexit.