Coffee machines aren’t just conveniences, they’re windows into the soul. Jonathan Beckman pours over the options
When political scientists examine the great divide of our age between nativists and cosmopolitans, they can point to a number of underlying causes: unemployment, class, education. But to my mind, the thing most likely to determine on which side you fall is your favoured hot drink. Recent American populism began with the Tea Party, a movement that memorialised direct action to lower the price of a brew. What unites Brexiteers across England, from golf-club bores in Godalming to trawlermen in Grimsby, is the love of a good cuppa. British patriotism has always come sodden in tea. Yorkshire tea is one of the nation’s great oxymorons – a brand that leads tourists to scour the landscape around Pontefract in search of the famous sub-tropical microclimate.
The Suzhou museum is running an exhibition of works collected by the Pan family of Suzhou, the lineage responsible for producing the most number of scholars in South East China, maybe incomparable even on a national scale.
The documentary being featured tells a story of how the Pan family managed to hide two 3000 year old cauldrons from the invading Japanese during WWII, and later on they donated both of them to the national archive.
Story from searching (in Chinese) : http://www.gucn.com/Info_KnowLedgeList_Show.asp?Id=22652
“MY LIFE IS
not your porn,” read one poster. “We should be able to live, not
survive,” declared another. The women brandishing them in the centre of
Seoul, South Korea’s capital, wore red clothes and large sunglasses.
They had covered their heads with baseball caps or broad-brimmed hats.
The headgear and glasses serve partly to ward off the sun, but mainly to
make the protesters unrecognisable to men who might be hostile to their
cause: the fight against molka, videos which
are filmed using cameras hidden in public toilets, school changing rooms
or even women’s homes, and then posted on the internet. The cameras,
disguised as clocks, pens or light bulbs, are bestsellers. Police
register thousands of cases every year, but perpetrators are rarely
caught and punished. The protesters (pictured) believe that this is
because officials do not take women’s concerns seriously. “Stop the
unfair sexist legal system,” runs one of their chants.