Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.
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Saturday 30 November 2013
In 2003, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin embarked on an ambitious project named Ghetto. For it, they travelled around the world taking photographs and interviewing inhabitants of 12 contemporary gated communities, from Tanzanian refugee camps to residents of the Rene Vallejo Psychiatric Hospital in Cuba.
Friday 29 November 2013
The memoir is the staple diet in sports publishing, and this has been a particularly full-on year for them. The more honest the better, of course, and there's none more so than Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography (Harpersport, £20). It's full of staggering stories: fighting high on coke and dope – which didn't stop him winning a fight in 38 seconds; wearing what he calls a "whizzer", or fake penis filled with clean urine, to foil the drug-testers; badly beating up fans who asked for autographs… Tyson is in full-on confessional mode and I can't recall a more self-excoriating autobiography, but it makes for grimly compelling reading.
Tuesday 12 November 2013
We all know the spiel by now: ‘It's easy; it won't hurt; it guarantees world peace...’
Thursday 03 October 2013
Israel Gutman, who died in Jerusalem on 30 September at the age of 90, survived the Nazi atrocities of the Second World War then dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust. Born in Warsaw in 1923, he was wounded during fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943 when a few hundred poorly armed Jews put up resistance to Nazi troops who were rounding up residents and sending them to death camps.
Thursday 26 September 2013
Spoiler alert: Seven ways Breaking Bad might end... but probably won't
Sunday 25 August 2013
League serves its community but uninspired final bypasses the neutral
Friday 26 July 2013
From students to shouters, the library offers a space like no other
Monday 27 May 2013
These so-called "documentaries" are a deliberate attempt to demonise and marginalise the poor as sub-human examples of a welfare system gone to rot
Saturday 25 May 2013
Boruch Spiegel, who died on 9 May at the age of 93, was one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the Nazis. With Spiegel’s death, the group of survivors of the revolt that was crushed 70 years ago grows smaller.
Thursday 09 May 2013
You've probably seen the Charles Ramsey video by now (if not, hey, it's right above). In the 3 minute clip, the neighbour of Ariel Castro, the man today charged with kidnapping and raping three women, describes how he heard one of the victims shout from next door and went over to help. It's become a viral hit - with almost ten million views on combined YouTube sources - but what's the root of its success?
Saturday 06 April 2013
In a leaden park-and-bark reading of a Verdian tale of love and loss, the set has more dramatic range than the principals
Thursday 28 March 2013
Plan unveiled for £45m redevelopment to boost capacity at expense of outmoded facilities
Thursday 24 January 2013
Leon Leyson was the youngest worker on Schindler's List. He was nearly 10 when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. He lost two brothers during the Holocaust but was protected by Oskar Schindler, in whose factory he was working, at the age of 13.
Friday 07 December 2012
One of the achievements of the peace process has been the gradual dismantling of ancient patterns in which Protestants dominated Catholics
'I'm surprised any of the people who might object could read what I wrote as it is written in English' - Clarissa Dickson Wright responds to race row
Friday 16 November 2012
The TV chef has been criticised for remarks she made about Leicester in her new book
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia