It was the evidence that climate change sceptics loved to cite. While the scientific community’s warnings about global warming had become ever more convincing, the critics pointed time and again to graphs showing the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures has slowed down since 1998 – a fact extensively interpreted by many vocal opponents as a fundamental failure in the basic science of climate change.
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Monday 21 April 2008
Wednesday 09 April 2008
It's unlikely that I will visit New York's Metropolitan Opera House, so I jumped at the chance to experience a live performance at my local arts cinema of Puccini's La Bohème and hear the wonderful voices of the soprano Angela Gheorghiu and the tenor Ramon Vargas in the lead roles of Mimi and Rodolfo. Maybe it was the thrill of knowing that it was a live link-up and I was experiencing unedited real-time performances and, albeit simulated, real human feelings, but I wasn't expecting it to be such an emotional and uplifting experience, more so than other productions I've seen or heard before.
Thursday 07 February 2008
The American baritone Frank Guarrera sang for 28 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His large repertory was mainly Italian, though his most popular role, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, was French and he was also a notable Valentine in Gounod's Faust during the early years of his career. He sang frequently in San Francisco, Philadelphia and other US cities, including Seattle and Los Angeles. His summers were spent at Cincinnati Summer Opera and Colorado Central City. Though his voice was not huge, it was well-focused and always stylishly used, while with the years he became a very good actor.
Saturday 19 January 2008
Six months before Andy Warhol died of a heart attack, he finished painting his last series of self-portraits. They differed dramatically from anything he had previously produced.
Friday 26 May 2006
The bosses of Enron, the energy company whose collapse came to define an era of corporate excess, face the rest of their lives behind bars after a jury decided fraud at the company went right to the top.
Monday 31 October 2005
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Thursday 20 May 1999
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Sunday 28 March 1999
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