Decortica are taking their big riffs around the North Island after a difficult end to 2012. The Auckland group’s critically acclaimed third album 11811 never quite got the push it deserved when their record label EMI got swallowed up by Universal Music Group.
Django Unchained became Django Unscreened as Quentin Tarantino’s violent slave-revenge saga was pulled from Chinese theatres on its opening day, with the importer blaming an unspecified technical problem. The rare suspension order by China Film Group Corp.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (M) (128 min) Directed by Mike Newell. Featuring Jeremy Irvine, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes
THE bitter war in Biafra is a symbol of the continent’s divided soul, and the most discouraging example so far of a profound impasse that is crippling many of Black Africa’s 30 newly independent states. It is an impasse between tribe and nation, which is also a clash between tradition and change, fact and aspiration
With 85 million baby boomers and 50 million Gen Xers, there is already a yawning generation gap among American workers–particularly in their ideas of work-life balance.
China needs an “urgent” tightening of monetary policy to prevent the huge stimulus measures introduced this year from inflating stock and property bubbles, one of the country’s leading bankers has warned. Qin Xiao — chairman of China Merchants Bank, the country’s sixth-biggest — says in Thursday’s Financial Times that the government should not be afraid of a “moderate slowdown” in the economy.
A huge crowd gathered in London, UK on Friday for a mass "moonwalk" — paying tribute to Michael Jackson by dancing to his most iconic songs and replicating his famous walk. The horde of people gathered on the streets outside Liverpool Street train station, one of the city’s major transport hubs, and burst out into cheers, chants and dances to the tunes of “Billie Jean,” “Bad” and “Thriller.” Life-long Jackson fan Milo Yiannopoulos organized the moonwalk, the singer’s trademark backwards shuffle, by sending messages via Twitter and Facebook.
A few weeks ago, Jon Rubinstein was booking up the side of Mount Tamalpais in Northern California while I wheezed like a steam engine in his wake. This was irritating on two levels: 1> I do this hike all the time, and 2> he had already gone for a long run earlier in the day. The executive chairman of Palm Inc., Rubinstein, a wiry 52, is a marathoner.
A national poll indicates that two out of three Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president of the United States. The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, released Friday, also suggests that six in 10 support the economic stimulus package that Obama signed into law Tuesday.