This week, lifestyle, environment and agriculture programme ‘Countryfile’ launched their public photographic competition entitled ‘Call of the Wild’. Details are as follows:-
The closing date for entry is 21st July, entrants must be amateur photographers and are permitted 3 entries only. Online entries must be made to bbc.co.uk/countryfile, but postal entries are also allowed. The winning entry will win £1,000 and be published in the Countryfile 2018 calendar. Last year’s calendar raised more than £2.2 million for Children in Need.
The Barclays British Summer Time Festival (Hyde Park) which takes place in July announced their line-up. Unfortunately, ‘The Killers’ (Sat, 8th July) are already sold out, but tickets are still available for ‘Kings of Leon’ (Thurs, 6th July) and ‘Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ (Sun, 9th July). See @BSTHYDEPARK for more details.
The world has been stunned by the number of great, historical monuments and buildings of architectural significance which have been damaged during conflicts in recent years. One of the latest was the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri (Iraq) which was destroyed during the Battle of Mosel last month. Famous for its leaning minaret (tower), the mosque was nicknamed ‘al-hadba’ or ‘the hunchback’. US forces deny damaging the mosque during airstrikes on this area.
Other such monuments affected by conflict across the ages include the Arch of Triumph, Palmyra, which has been shelled relentlessly during the Syrian Civil War since 2011; the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo, which underwent severe damage in January 2014; and the colossal Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afganistan, which were deliberately destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.
At NASA, they discovered that Mother Nature provides the perfect photographic subject when their Chandra X-Ray Observatory picked up the image of colliding galaxy Arp-299 recently. Located about 140million Light Years from Earth, 2 galaxies have been merging for millions of years, causing a mix-up of their stars. Chandra was launched in 1999, and is especially designed to pick up x-ray emissions from extremely hot locations in the universe.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed took place this weekend and provided the usual mix of elegant vehicular design, vintage fashion and 40s culture to boot. Not only a must for petrol-heads, this festival provides a through-the-looking-glass approach to a vintage car rally. The place to be and be seen – as long as you are authentically dressed.
Interior Designers have turned over a new leaf and gone green! This season’s favourite motif and hue were confirmed and have hit stockists from Art-Today-favourites oliverbonas.com and notonthehighstreet.com, to royaldesign.co.uk and maisonsdumonde.com. Get tropical with palm prints, forest green and jungle fawna!
In London, the usual merry-go-round of artistic events proffered: The Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia (The British Museum and Tate joined the 160 contributors); Masterpiece London was opened at The Royal Hospital (featuring a Burberry exhibition dedicated to its couture capes entitled ‘The Cape Reimagined’); and London Art Week began (with the city’s galleries and auction houses curating special events over the week – see Art Today’s upcoming coverage!).
[Credits: Grazia magazine; countryfile.com; @BSTHYDEPARK; bbc.co.uk/news; sci.esa.int/hubble; goodwood.com; Olympia-art-antiques.com; masterpiecefair.com; londonartweek.co.uk]