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Merdeka: Malaysian independence day

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

31 August is celebrated each year in Malaysia as Hari Merdeka, ‘Independence Day’. It marks the momentous occasion that took place on 31 August 1957, when at a great ceremony at the national stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Tunku Abdul Rahman...

Shakespeare’s role in the development of Esperanto

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In the summer of 1887, Lazar Ludwik Zamenhof published a 40-page brochure in Russian entitled Mezhdunarodnyi iazyk: predislovie i polnyi uchebnik (‘International Language. Foreword and Complete Textbook’), under the pseudonym Dr. Esperanto, meaning “One Who Hopes” in his new language....

Visual Verses: Thomas Watson’s Hekatompathia, or Passionate Century of Love, 1582.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Poetry which attains popularity or critical acclaim often does so because it is perceived as beautiful or as something that makes some kind of meaningful impact on the senses, whether it be read privately or aloud. But what about poetry...

The Wisdom of the Greeks

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tickets are selling fast for a special lecture at the British Library on 19 September. Michael Wood, television presenter, writer and Professor of Public History, will be speaking on The Wisdom of the Greeks in an evening event held at...

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