a definitive list of beers everyone should try? Dear Lord, no. If you truly love beer, you should try them all. Even the bad ones. At least once. But this list will get you started.
When British forces pull down the union jack for the last time in Afghanistan this year, it will be a hugely symbolic moment. It is not just that the departure marks the end of 13 years of British involvement in combat in that troubled country. The surprise is that it could also signal the end of a century or more of unbroken warfare by British forces.
Next year may be the first since at least 1914 that British soldiers, sailors and air crews will not be engaged in fighting somewhere. [more inside]
A New York woman turned 100 recently and she only has one thing on her mind
KLF and K-Foundation Bill Drummond has stopped doing interviews and will only now answer 100 questions. Here
are four of them.
We previously debated How many five year olds could you take in a fight?
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Now in a related event professional J. League football team Cerezo Osaka
take on a team of 100 Japanese primary school children.
Part 1 (including pre-match analysis in Japanese - kick off at 5 min 50) Part 2 Part 3
There was a winner - but who?! Direct links to the goals 1 2 3 4 5
MAN is one of a number of animals that make things, but man is the only one that depends for its very survival on the things he has made. That simple observation
is the starting point
for an ambitious history
programme that the BBC will begin broadcasting
on January 18th in which it aims to tell a history of the world through 100 objects in the British Museum (BM). A joint venture four years
in the making between the BM and the BBC, the series features 100 15-minute radio broadcasts, a separate 13 episodes in which children visit the museum
at night and try to unlock its mysteries, a BBC World Service package of tailored omnibus editions for broadcasting around the world and an interactive
digital programme involving 350 museums in Britain which will be available free over the internet. The presenter is Neil MacGregor
, the BM’s director, who has moved from the study of art to the contemplation of things. “Objects take you into the thought world of the past,” he says. “When you think about the skills required to make something you begin to think about the brain that made it.” via The Economist [more inside]
Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira
turned 100 yesterday. Oliveira was born 13 years after the Lumiére brothers shot the first movie ever
, and he is still going strong, currently directing "Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loira" ("Idiosyncrasies of a Blonde Girl") and making plans for a project after that. Even if this is the first time you've heard of Manoel de Oliveira, or indeed if you are not a fan of his long, slow style, you have to be amazed at the remarkable condition in which he hits the 3 figures
(scroll to 3:23 to see him).
Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue
was an animated drug prevention television special starring many popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television. Airing in 1990 and financed by McDonald's, it was simulcast on all three major American television networks. The VHS home video edition of the special also opened with an introduction from then-President George Bush Snr and Barbara Bush. And thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can watch the whole thing here
. And you really should. After all, where else are you going to get to hear cartoon characters like Garfield and Winnie the Pooh talking about smoking crack and shooting juice? [more inside]
Find that going to work is a drag, and nothing seems to make you want to go? Well how about being deciding to refuse to sit around at home and keeping working just because you're 'bored'. I reckon that is an unusual reason to work your life away. Especially if it happens to be your birthday.
Oh, and even more so if you just happen to be 100 years old
Happy anniversary, modern art.
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon are 100 years old and look as fresh
Top 100 Music Videos, according to Stylus.
Last month Pitchfork
made their pitch for a hundred awesome music videos. This month it's Stylus's turn.