Saw a stunning exhibition in Lillie Art Gallery by Lys Hansen this week. This was the standout to me. Strong female image. Assertive femininity is a theme of hers. Painted wood sculptures impressive too.
Israel’s never-ending persecution of Palestinians is opening a chasm between the world’s public, which is growing disgusted by Israeli behavior, and Western elites who shy from criticism because of career fears and financial dependence, observes Lawrence Davidson. MORE
A lantern and entryway in Weir's Close,1906, in a photograph by the Boston-born Alvin Langdon Coburn. Stevenson's description of Edinburgh deeply influenced Coburn's extensive photographs of the city; in his 1966 autobiography, Coburn wrote, ""For over fifty years I have followed lovingly in [Stevenson's] footsteps, endeavouring to see [Edinburgh] as I thought he saw it." Some of those footsteps are now untraceable: Weir's Close disappeared in renovations later in the century and no longer exists.
"Half a capital and half a country town, the whole city leads a double existence," Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish writer, wrote of Edinburgh in 1878. "It has long trances of the one and flashes of the other... it is half alive and half a monumental marble."
On Sept. 18, Scots voted to remain within the United Kingdom in the country's first-ever independence referendum. Had the results been different, Edinburgh would have become more than Stevenson ever imagined. The city would have been the capital of Western Europe's first 21st-century state, the seat of an independent government serving around 5 million people, setting taxes, directing a military. MORE
(CNN) -- The whisky glows like a candle in the bottom of the glass. Its aroma is rich, deep, musky, inviting. But dare I take a sip?
This is the new Balvenie 50-year-old, which carries a price tag of £25,000 ($40,800) a bottle. Which means that the single dram I am holding is worth about £830 ($1,350).
Slowly, I raise it to my lips.
I am standing in the whisky room at the luxurious Cromlix hotel in Dunblaine, Scotland -- which incidentally is owned by local boy tennis star Andy Murray -- along with a select group of journalists.
We have been invited to the exclusive launch of the new 50-year-old, which is only the fourth time the distillery has released a whisky of this age.
As we like to say in the states.
It ain't over, till its over.
Blair is the British equivalent of John McCain. Neither of them ever saw an Arab coutry which wasn't worth invading. Or at least one in which it was worth interfering.Mr Blair said in a BBC interview: "Unless you're prepared to fight these people on the ground, you may contain them but you won't defeat them." LINK