150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust

Considered by critics to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (1871–1922), French novelist, critic, and essayist, wrote the monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, earlier rendered as Remembrance of Things Past). By the age of nine, Proust had had … Continue reading “150th anniversary of the birth of Marcel Proust”

10 July 2021 by

Bob Dylan @ 80

Radio 4 marks the 80th birthday of Bob Dylan with a series of essays, an original audio drama and a documentary, each celebrating the musician widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/radio4-celebrates-bob-dylan Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on 24 May 1941, Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author and visual artist. … Continue reading “Bob Dylan @ 80”

24 May 2021 by

50th anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (June 1882 – 6 April 1971) a Russian-born composer, pianist and conductor widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century, whose work had a revolutionary impact on musical thought and sensibility just before and after World War I. He was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society … Continue reading “50th anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky”

6 April 2021 by

The Rubik’s cube is 40!

The Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. He initially created a cuboid model with moving blocks to test how structures with integrated parts can move independently without falling apart. He only realised that his contraption could be used as a puzzle when he attempted to reassemble … Continue reading “The Rubik’s cube is 40!”

7 November 2020 by