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  • Stations of the X – 63 the yellow house

    GTK report from 1971 about the yellow house, the wacky kings cross pile (in macleay st) where you could live the dream of ‘art as life’.

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  • One of the Oldest Buddhist Manuscripts Has Been Digitized & Put Online: Explore the Gandhara Scroll

    Buddhism goes way back — so far back, in fact, that we’re still examining important evidence of just how far back it goes.  At the the blog of the Library of Congress, you can read online the Gandhara Scroll which has been laboriously and carefully unrolled and scanned, and which, having originally been written about two millennia ago, ranks as one of the oldest Buddhist manuscripts currently known.

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  • The Strange Costumes of the Plague Doctors Who Treated 17th Century Victims of the Bubonic Plague

    In the 17th and 18th centuries,with the bubonic plague sweeping Europe, plague doctors wandered towns and countryside in a “fanciful-looking costume [that] typically consisted of a head-to-toe leather or wax-canvas garment,” writes the Public Domain Review, “large crystal glasses; and a long snout or bird beak, containing aromatic spices (such as camphor, mint, cloves, and myrrh), dried flowers (such as roses or carnations), or a vinegar sponge.”

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  • Jackie McLean: Bluesnik (1961) Blue Note (updated)

    LondonJazzCollector posted: “Continuing with the theme of Blue, and Blue Note,  after Blue Hour, welcome Bluesnik, and my very odd Liberty mono edition Selection: Bluesnik (McLean) .  .  . Artists Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Jackie McLean, alto sax; Kenny Drew, piano; Doug Watkin”

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  • How Ornette Coleman Shaped the Jazz World: An Introduction to His Irreverent Sound

    Ornette Coleman “arrived in New York in 1959,” writes Philip Clark, “with a white plastic saxophone and a set of ideas about improvisation that would shake jazz to its big apple core.” Every big name in jazz was doing something similar at the time, inventing new styles and languages. Coleman went further out there than anyone, infuriating and frustrating other jazz pioneers like Miles Davis.

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  • View 250,000 British Paintings & Sculptures Free Online

    With a viral pandemic bringing travel bans and restrictions down on the entire world, the days of traipsing around the world for Instagram impressions, or saving and scraping for that vacation honeymoon, or making even more important journeys, may be on hold indefinitely. Fortunately, art galleries worldwide have been preparing their collections for independent lives online, with ultra-high-resolution photography; materials that rarely appear on view in any form; and more context than visitors typically get on a guided tour.

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  • No Payment, No Problem: Bizarre New World of Consumer Debt

    The New York Fed released a doozie of a household credit report. It summarized what individual lenders have been reporting about their own practices: If you can’t make the payments on your mortgage, auto loan, credit card debt, or student loan, just ask for a deferral or forbearance, and you won’t have to make the payments, and the loan won’t count as delinquent if it wasn’t delinquent before. And even if it was delinquent before, you can “cure” a delinquency by getting the loan deferred and modified. No payment, no problem.

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  • The Bank of Japan’s Responses to the Impact of COVID-19

    Remarks by Governor KURODA at a Webinar Hosted by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business (CJEB) at Columbia Business School (The Bank of Japan’s Responses to the Impact of COVID-19).

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  • Recent COVID-19 Spike and U.S. Employment Slowdown

    The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect employment across the United States. In a previous blog post, we explored the idea of forecasting weekly changes in employment using data from Homebase, a data set that reports changes in employment daily. In this article, we discuss our updated forecasts for employment using this technique and investigate whether the recent changes in the labor market are related to the spike in COVID-19 cases across the country since June.

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  • Button Pusher – Amyl & The Sniffers (Live)

    Amyl & The Sniffers live streamed show on the 25th July, 2020.

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