The Legacy of the Uyghur Rock Icon Exmetjan

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People still remember where they were the day Exmetjan[1] died. It was Thursday, June 13, 1991. He was only 22 years old.

As is common with the death of an icon, many people refused to believe he was gone. Instead rumors spread that thugs from a rival disco had knifed him in a back alley or that he had faked his death and gone abroad to marry a princess.

Exmetjan had been in Ürümchi preparing for a concert across the then (relatively) open border with Kazakhstan when he died. Back in those days before the train reached Kashgar and the highway stretched across the desert to Hotan, it was difficult to carry bodies home for burial. There were no freezer trucks. After a long and bumpy ride around the desert Exmetjan arrived in his hometown of Qarakash (near Hotan) covered in celery and ice against the smell of rot…

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A British Army Lieutenant’s Reflections and Images on Afghanistan

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Lt Claire Jackson, OC CCT Herrick 19 Lt Claire Jackson, OC CCT Herrick 19

Lieutenant Claire Jackson is team leader for the British Army’s combat camera team for Herrick 19. She works alongside Sgt Dan Bardsley (photographer) and Sgt Paul Shaw (video cameraman). They are based in Afghanistan and will be covering the work of the Armed forces, in particular 7th Armoured Brigade – the Desert Rats, throughout the winter. They capture moving and still imagery from events out on the ground that national broadcasters don’t have access to.

I feel very privileged

It seems like only yesterday when I was packing my bags, trying to force a kit list as long as my arm into two military bags, saying goodbye to friends and family, and boarding a plane laden with body armour and helmet with mixed feelings about the next six months.  They were mainly feelings of excitement, nervousness and slight panic. What had I done?…

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Dad Illustrates the Darndest Things He’s Ever Said to His Kids

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Video producer and father of four, Nathan Ripperger, has caught himself saying the darndest things to his kids. It’ just another day in the life of a parent, only Nathan decided to illustrate his most ‘introspective’ quips.

The series has become so popular that it has spawned a series of prints (8 x 10 and 16 x 20) that you can purchase from Ripperger’s Etsy Store. You can also view larger versions of each illustration on Nathan’s Flickr profile.

Now for the parents out there, what’s the darndest thing you’ve said to your kid?

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dad illustrates the darndest things he has ever said to his kids nathan ripperger (3)

Artwork by NATHAN RIPPERGER
Flickr | Etsy Store (prints available)

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dad illustrates the darndest things he has ever said to his kids nathan ripperger (4)

Artwork by NATHAN RIPPERGER
Flickr | Etsy Store (prints available)

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dad illustrates the darndest things he has ever said to his kids nathan ripperger (8)

Artwork by NATHAN RIPPERGER
Flickr | Etsy Store (prints available)

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dad illustrates the darndest things he has ever said to his kids nathan ripperger (1)

Artwork by NATHAN RIPPERGER
Flickr | Etsy Store (prints available)

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dad illustrates the darndest things he has ever said to his kids nathan ripperger (6)

Artwork by NATHAN RIPPERGER
Flickr | Etsy Store…

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Let’s Talk About Class: Hierarchies of Taste and Gender

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Posh man: I ain't one Posh man: I ain’t one

Recently, I found myself at a wine-tasting session with a friend, only to be confronted with the embarrassing reality that I had no idea how to act “appropriately” in the situation. The whole thing wasn’t helped by the fact that I was wearing an outfit much like Julia Roberts circa Pretty Woman, as I sometimes care to do (it’s a great look). Trying to “be myself” rather than affect a more refined countenance turned out to be quite the faux pas in terms of the disdainful/pitying/embarrassed looks I got from other patrons. While on the one hand I was rather “f*** you” about it, it also later resulted in me crying into my pillow.

Ladette to Lady: teaching us how not to be working class Ladette to Lady: teaching us how not to be working class

Later, I came across this article about the UK’s Education Secretary Michael Gove, and his comments that

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