Monthly Archives: July 2012

Olympic welcome and official opening ceremonies from 5-21 Century

With the official opening of the 2012 Olympic games just 2 days away, we’re looking back at how the opening ceremonies have changed from a religious festival to a spectacular fiesta style display today. The Ancient Olympics were, in essence, … Continue reading

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Launch Seminar British and Irish Research Group, 13th September 2 p.m.

British & Irish Research Group are hosting a launch seminar: ‘Big history: Little history’ This new research group focuses upon histories relating to locality, ideology and economy. The seminar will involve short papers and discussion on the present trend towards … Continue reading

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The Robben Island ‘Bible’

The British Museum is displaying the ‘Robben Island Bible’ as part of their Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition – actually, it is the illicit copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, hidden from the guards for decades by Sonny Venkatrathnam … Continue reading

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A Public Day Conference on Happiness: Audio recordings

Happiness Day Conference talks available online. Recordings from The Open University Ethics Centre and The Royal Institute of Philosophy Day Conference on Happpiness (14 April 2012) are now available to listen to online. These include: Professor Timothy Chappell ‘Can doing … Continue reading

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Nigel Warburton: philosopher and writer in Sunday Times Twitter 100

The Twitter 100 (who to follow and why) 8,015 tweets, 24,248 followers It’s hard to sound intellectual in 140 characters but Warbuton, a senior philosophy bod at the Open University, manages it. Follow links to his thought-provoking podcast series, or … Continue reading

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Milton Keynes Fringe & International Festivals 10 – 29 July 2012

Milton Keynes Fringe Festival – July 10 – 29 Beaches in shopping centres, carnival parades and workshops giving you the chance to do everything from explore herbs to make giant puppets. The Milton Keynes Festival Fringe runs from July 10 … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar on OpenLearn: exclusive video on the making of the BBC film

BBC Four recently showed the OU/BBC film production of Julius Caesar.  OpenLearn has an exclusive video about the making of the film: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/literature-and-creative-writing/literature/julius-caesar-exclusive-video Julius Caesar on stage and page: The histories of people reading, performing and witnessing Julius Caesar are … Continue reading

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