Which is the world’s most vertical city?

You might think of Hong Kong, given its famous skyscraper skyline, but by different measures of verticality other cities come out on top Looking out from sky100, Hong Kongs highest observation deck on the 100th floor of the citys tallest building, the 494-metre-high International Commerce Centre, you get a 360-degree view of one of the worlds most famous skylines an urban jungle framed by mountains and the gleaming Victoria harbour, with endless clusters of high-rise buildings packed so closely together they resemble a game of Tetris. Its little wonder a city of such visible density has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Hong Kong has 355 buildings …

Spider-Man: Far from Home review Peter Parkers teenage kicks

Marvels cinematic domination enters a new era with this winning, witty offering This sequel to 2017s Spider-Man: Homecoming offers a soft launchpad for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, tying up loose ends in the wake of Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Revealed: creeping privatisation of London parks in summer

Exclusive figures show extent to which London councils are using parks for ticketed music festivals such as Wireless to plug budget gaps As chugging guitars reverberated over Finsbury Park last Sunday afternoon, crowds streamed through the Manor House gate past a banner commemorating the parks 150th anniversary. Next to it was another temporary sign: Welcome! Your park is open as usual. The statement was at best disingenuous the gates were certainly open, and so were many of the facilities, but it rather overlooked the 49,000-capacity festival surrounded by 12-foot-high grey metal fencing and audible a mile away. The festival was called Community, but at 50 a ticket, and with a narrow lineup of indie rock, its not that kind of …

Nirvana’s 20 greatest songs ranked!

Its 30 years since the release of the Seattle bands debut album, Bleach. Over the rest of their short career, Kurt Cobain and co would belt out a torrent of classics 20. Blew (1989) Along with Mudhoneys Sweet Young Thing Aint Sweet No More, Nirvanas second single defined the initial sound of grunge: deeply unfashionable early-70s heavy rock refracted through a punk lens, where sludgy riffs met Ramones-ish third wall breaking (here is another word that rhymes with shame) and a coda so repetitious it sounded as if the record were stuck. 19. Territorial Pissings (1991) An excoriation of machismo and sexism, Nirvana tended to launch into the Hsker D-ish Territorial Pissings on TV shows where they were expected to …

Apple expected to close iTunes after 18 years

Tim Cook will announce separate apps for music, TV and podcasts, according to reports It was once heralded as a possible saviour of a U2 album on them, and its graphic novel, but now Apple is to replace its iTunes download service. According to a report by entertainment service rather than a hardware company powered by products such as the iPhone. The move is expected to be part of the keynote address by the Apple chief executive, Tim Cook, at the companys Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, which starts on Monday and will focus on software updates and Apples new approach to apps. Steve Jobs gives his keynote address on the opening day of Apple Expo in Paris …

Ma review Octavia Spencer kills it in creepy exploitation thriller

The Oscar winner devours her role as a lonely woman preying on a group of teenagers in a patchy yet mostly entertaining cross between Carrie and Misery Theres a great deal of fun to be had hanging out with Ma, a nasty yet surprisingly empathetic slab of exploitation with more than just carnage on its mind. There are shades of early 90s thrillers, of the Single White Female/Hand That Rocks the Cradle mould, as well as echoes of Misery and Carrie, a film that follows a well-beaten path yet does so proficiently, a B-movie made with mostly A-grade skill. The titular terror is a lonely veterinarians assistant, played by Octavia Spencer, a middle-aged women still haunted by a traumatic high …

Tattoos without borders: the Ukrainian artist mapping migration

She has inked Florence Welch and her work features in Nike ads. But for Stanislava Pinchuk, body art is an intimate story of identity In Ukraine there is a tradition before embarking on a journey. Once all the bags are packed and the last-minute checks are complete, someone will suggest, Shall we sit? Those gathered will pause for a moment in silence, heads bowed, to acknowledge the present before entering the unknown. It is this custom that Ukraine-born artist Stanislava Pinchuk borrows for her curatorial debut at Melbournes Immigration Museum, part of the larger Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks exhibition. Rather than have visitors funnel aimlessly through the entrance on their long and winding journey to the gift shop, …

Rocketman review Elton’s sparkliest spectacle yet

Taron Egerton is terrific as the singer, but the real star of this electric biopic is director Dexter Fletcher When are you going to hug me? That question echoes around Dexter Fletchers dazzling rock opera a fantastical account of the highs and lows of Elton Johns wild-ride rise, told in frenetically full-blooded musical form. Its the story of a little boy who became a big star while plaintively pleading I want lurrve, but its impossible; a shy kid (an introverted extrovert) who must learn to play-act confidence after enduring a childhood that would have struck a chord with Philip Larkin. Yet unlike the problematically rejigged chronology of Bohemian Rhapsody (which Fletcher rescued from disaster), this proudly nonlinear treat puts its …

A billionaire is wiping out the debt of an entire 2019 college class. AOC says they shouldnt need an act of charity.

In an astonishing display of generosity, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced that his family is providing grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire 2019 class at Morehouse College. Smith made the announcement while giving a commencement speech at the all-male historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, May 19. It was met by an enthusiastic cheer from the 400 graduating seniors. “My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans,” Smith said. According to the college, Smith pledges to donate $40 million to the graduates. Smith is the founder of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with over $46 billion in assets. While Smith’s donation is an incredible show of generosity, …

Goodbye to Gomorrah: the end of Italy’s most notorious housing estate

Famous as the setting for the hit Italian film and TV series Gomorrah, the towers of Le Vele became synonymous with poverty and organised crime until residents took charge When I think of my life in Le Vele, my skin crawls with rage, says Omero Benfenati. He looks out from a dark, narrow passageway framed by suspended steel stairways that block the natural light and lead up to abandoned apartments. Most of the windows are bricked up, and liquid leaks from split pipes on to the sewage and refuse-strewn asphalt several storeys below. We used to play down there, says Benfenati, now a housing activist. The uncollected rubbish bags make ideal goalposts for five-a-side football. Just a few years ago, …

Susan Sontag was true author of ex-husband’s book, biography claims

Sontag: Her Life says she wrote Freud: The Mind of the Moralist by Philip Rieff, whom she married at 17 A new biography of Philip Rieffs seminal work Freud: The Mind of the Moralist. Out in September, Sontag: Her Life by Benjamin Moser lays out textual and anecdotal evidence that Sontag was not only the unofficial co-author of the 1959 analysis of credit her as Susan Rieff with special thanks in the preface, but by 1961 any acknowledgement of Sontag had been dropped. According to Susan Sontag: An Annotated Bibliography, their 1959 divorce settlement stipulated she agree to Rieffs claim of sole authorship. While writing Sontag: Her Life, Moser was given permission by her estate to study the parts of …

Queen is thinking about throwing a massive concert to fight climate change.

Photo by Rogers / Getty Images From 1983 to 1985, a famine ravaged Ethiopia leaving over a million people dead. Over 400,000 people were forced to leave the country and nearly 200,000 children were orphaned. To raise funds for the humanitarian crisis, Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldoff organized two benefit concerts on July 13, 1985 in London at Wembley Stadium and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. The concerts would go on to raise $245 million. The line-ups at both events were staggering. London’s concert had David Bowie, Queen, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, The Who, and U2. Philadelphia’s featured Madonna, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, and a reunited Led Zeppelin. However, no matter how many watts of …

1MDB: Fugees rapper and Malaysian businessman indicted over Obama donations

US prosecutors say Jho Low, 37, transferred $21.6m to rapper Prakazrel Pras Michel for 2012 re-election bid A founding member of the hip-hop group the Fugees and a Malaysian businessman have been indicted for making illegal contributions to former US president Barack Obamas 2012 reelection campaign. Haitian-American rapper Prakazrel Pras Michel, 46, and Jho Low, 37, were accused of conspiracy and other charges in the four-count indictment unsealed on Friday. Low is a key figure in what is known as the 1MDB scandal, which has rocked Malaysian political and financial circles. The presidential candidate receiving the contributions was not identified in the indictment and was referred to only as Candidate A. But it has been widely reported and it was …

Feel like your vacations aren’t as fabulous as your friends’? This study is for you.

People love to talk about their amazing vacations, but research shows that many of them are lying. Ever feel like those Instagram and Facebook posts of picture-perfect places and epically awesome experiences may not be telling the whole story? You’re probably right. Research conducted by flight-comparison site JetCost.com found that a good portion of Americans are blatantly dishonest about their vacations. Of 4000 people surveyed, a full two-thirds admitted to lying about some aspect of their trips, mostly about weather, accommodations, and the number of attractions they visited, TravelPulse reported. About a quarter of Americans also lied about the amount of alcohol they consumed, and 21% lied about how much money they spent while traveling. In perhaps the most telling …

Hats off to Fez: go back in time in this atmospheric city

Dont fight it getting lost is one of the best things to do in Moroccos most beguiling and ancient medina It happens on the third day, after our bookbinding class, having spent the morning deep in concentration learning how to Coptic-stitch and emboss our own leather journal. Within minutes of leaving the attic studio, deep in the heart of Fezs sprawling medina, we become hopelessly and unavoidably lost. Was it the alleyway to the left of the stall piled high with spices and fresh figs? Or the other one that opens into a market square with stacks of dried fruit and couscous, cages of live chickens, rugs and candy-coloured lanterns, pottery and beaten copper plates? My teenage daughter strides ahead, …