Arts & Culture

EXHIBITION: Beloved Country Houses and Favourite Places of Creative Inspiration for Russian Writers, 23 March

From 23rd  March onwards the  Russian Cultural Centre Rossotrudnichestvo will host the exhibition Beloved Country Houses and Favourite Places of  Creative Inspiration for Russian Writers . It will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Russian Arts Help charity and 5th anniversary of the Russian Cultural Centre Rossotrudnichestvo in London. The exhibition features paintings by twenty-five artists who enthusiastically responded to the invitation to participate in the show. All works are linked with the names of favourite Russian writers and poets, such as  Pushkin, Griboedov, Lermontov, Chekhov, Ostrovsky, Brodsky, Pasternak. The paintings convey the creative atmosphere in which the masters of poetry ...

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10 Weird Rules For Traveling In Antarctica

If you’re looking for a unique travel destination, Antarctica is pretty high on the list. Despite being one of the coldest places on earth, the resilient wildlife makes it a great place for nature-watching. However, Antarctica is considered one of the most pristine landscapes in the world and is used mainly as a center for scientific research. As such, when visiting the South Pole, there are some very strict rules No Walking On Lichen When people imagine Antarctica, it’s mostly endless snow with the occasional flash of the black underlying rock. But plants do grow in Antarctica – several types ...

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Why all English speakers worry about slipping up

The English language is confusing, inconsistent and easy to muddle. But some pour too much scorn on those who break the rules, writes James Harbeck. Since Jonathan Swift’s 1712 Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue, two centuries of self-appointed correctors and improvers of English usage – such as Robert Lowth, HW Fowler, George Orwell, Kingsley Amis, Simon Heffer, Lynne Truss, and Neville Gwynne – have decried the decadent state of our language and instructed people on how to use it better. But what have they accomplished? They have helped enforce agreement that there should be a standard ...

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Pakistani art: A melting pot of prominent cultures

Pakistan’s culture and society have been significantly influenced by diverse ethnic groups living in the country. Punjabis, Kashmiris, Sindhis, Balochis, Siraikis, Pakhtuns and Muhajirs have all contributed to our cultural heritage and art over many decades. The art in Pakistan has also been greatly influenced by various regions in the neighbourhood. Notable influences include the Persian Empire along with the Afghan and Mughal Empire. The colonial regime, more popularly known as British Raj also influenced the forms of fine arts in the country. However, over the decades and various influences, one thing which still remains consistent in Pakistani art is vibrant ...

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