Inspiration comes from many sources for Emirati artist

By Rachel Dawson

Inspiration can come from anywhere. For multi-disciplinary Emirati artist, Maisoon Al Saleh, it all started with an innocuous x-ray. She chose to use skeletons in her artworks in the Bright Side of Bones series, as a comment on the multiculturalalism of the UAE. Her works go beyond the surface to illustrate the stories of common people. Continue reading Inspiration comes from many sources for Emirati artist

Are stamps relevant in the digital age?

By Eva Prabhakar

At the juncture of history, art and culture is… a stamp. More precisely, a postage stamp. It’s quite possibly the tiniest point of convergence of substantial ideas; its adhesive holding together our collective conscious. Every once in a while, in the midst of our electronic highways, we come across this keeper of untarnished history. When commemorative stamps were announced for the platinum wedding anniversary of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, I wondered, “Who’s using stamps today?” Continue reading Are stamps relevant in the digital age?

Aim to be present, and be a real star this holiday season

By Kelly Clarke

Waking up as a child on Christmas morning gave me a feeling like no other. Wriggling my feet below the duvet, I’d always check for one thing: my stocking. If I felt a little weight on my feet, it meant one thing: it was full, Santa had visited. Yippee! That was always the moment that kick started my festive cheer on December 25. Continue reading Aim to be present, and be a real star this holiday season

From Galicia to Raqqa: Spanish sniper trying to save humanity

By Christiane Waked

Arges Artiaga also known by his Kurdish nickname Arges Espania, is no ordinary man. In 2015, he left his home in the beautiful green mountains of Galicia in Spain, said goodbye to family, friends and his dog Lili, and decided to go to Syria to help the YPG, the armed wing of the Kurdish leftist Democratic Union Party. Continue reading From Galicia to Raqqa: Spanish sniper trying to save humanity

A royal treatment in the telling of the tale of two queens

By Anamika Chatterjee

Seated on her bed, her back towards Philip, Elizabeth II — in her very first scene in The Crown’s second season — asks her husband if he wants to be ‘in, not out’. It’s not much of a choice really, when being ‘in’ means giving their marriage a chance and ‘not out’ means keeping up with the pretence of a fairytale. Continue reading A royal treatment in the telling of the tale of two queens