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Beat Box

By MC Ledbetter

Updated for November 2014. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Carles Benavent, Tino Di Geraldo and Jorge Pardo, Antonio Serrano and Albert Sanz, Ali Khattab, Allan Holdsworth, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, John Berberian, Rudresh Mahanthappa and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.


Forward Guidance

By David Miles

Professor David Miles, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England explains that many central banks embrace forward guidance by announcing expected interest rate paths. But ...

Tayeb Salih, Sudan’s Iconic Novelist

By Allston Mitchell

"The genius of the modern Arabic novel". A literary icon in his native Sudan and throughout the Arab-speaking world, Tayeb Salih is the author of the world famous ...

Weighing History in China

By Kerry Brown

A memoir of the cultural revolution by Mei Zhi about her husband Zhang Guangren, better known under his pen-name Hu Feng, reveals both the human cost of that era in ...

Marius Petipa: the Tsar of Ballet

By Valentina Bonelli

Petipa was most probably the most influential ballet choreographer there has ever been. He was the Premier Maître de Ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres from 1871 to ...

Arts & Culture

Review: Zakhar Prilepin’s ‘Sankya’

By Maxim Edwards

A cult novel by one of Russia’s most provocative and original writers has just come out in English translation. Both Medvedev and Putin have read the novel – a fact, ...



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Travel Writing

German Brazilians in Southern Brazil

German immigration to Rio Grande do Sul is celebrating its 190th anniversary this summer. Despite the ban on German schools ...

Travel Writing

Travels Through Rural China

Returning to China after several years absence, Olga Jazzarelli describes the dramatic changes in China's social, cultural and physical landscapes ...

Political Tours

Political Tours