Su Blackwell’s paper fairyland

She dreamed of a fairyland when she was a child:playing in the woods behind her family house, she named all the trees and dens, merged into her world of magic and imagined herself to be a princess.  Now at the age of 36, Su Blackwell has created her own miniature fairyland out of books and brought it back to her hometown in Sheffield this weekend.

Alice A Mad Tea Party , Su Blackwell, 2007

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Looking into the mirror

Twelve striking self-portraits of Andy Warhol are displayed in Sheffield until December. 

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1986 C The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Photo Tate, London, 2012

“People are always calling me a mirror,” said Andy Warhol, the great American artist, “and if a mirror looks into a mirror, what is there to see”? The Graves Gallery seems to have the answer.

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The magic of Catalytic Clothing —stylish sustainability

Science is banking on fashion industry to make a difference on environment 

Red Planet,an air-purifying clothes displayed at Sheffield

Glimmering models are walking down the catwalk and leaving behind them an array of fresh air. The magical clothes they wear break downs pollutants down and make the air safer for all of us.

Welcome to the world of Catalytic Clothing (Cat Clo), initiated  by Fashion expert Helen Storey, from the London College of Fashion and Chemistry professor, Tony Ryan, from the University of Sheffield.

Their combined effort have created a coating for common textiles with a catalytic called ultrafine titanium dioxide. This tiny particle breaks down  Nitrogen oxide, a major vehicle emission into less harmful substances. Study has shown that nitrogen oxide sickens our lungs and livers, destroys the Ozone and contributes to 29,000 death each year in the UK.

“In Sheffield, the nitric oxide level on average is above the limit set by the European Air Quality Standards which is 40 micrograms of nitric oxide per cubic metre.” Tony Ryan said.

Together with Ecover, a Belgium detergent manufacturer, they will develop a CatClo loaded laundry additive. If all goes well, this trendy solution to air quality will soon be available in stores at a price similar to fabric conditioner


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Road in Silkstone, All Saints and St James Church are all closed for Coroner investigation

 A woman who was buried in a graveyard at All Saints and St James Church, Silkstone is being dug out by the Yorkshire Police in the UK. 


Her body, which was burried there since 2011, will hopefully tell the forensic post-mortem that what, or who, had killed her.

The identity of the woman is not disclosed as requested by her family.

As a result to the examination, which is on behalf of the Coroner for an ongoing-investigation to find the woman’s cause of death, All Saints & St James Church and its grounds, as well as  Barnsley Road, Silkstone, Barnsley will be closed from midday Thursday, 25 October until the evening of Friday, 26 October 2012. Neither pedestrians or vehicles are allowed.

At the meantime, forensic tent will be set up over the grave. The examination is under the consent of the woman’s family.

The 57th Tibetan set himself on fire to fight for a free tibet that is less and less likely

Another Tibetan Monk set himself on fire on the morning of October 22 (China time). It is the second self-immolation of Tibetans in 48 hours, third in ten days and 57th since 2009, said Free Tibet. 

The sacrifices 

Dondup,self-immolation date October 22, 2012

Dondup,self-immolation date October 22, 2012

The 50-year-old monk named Dhondup finished his morning meditation as usual, walked to the side of the Serkhang temple (meaning golden house) in Xiahe County, and demolished in a golden blaze. His body was immediately seized by the police.

Xiahe, a county in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture(GTAP), Gansu province, China, has seen two such cases in the past 48 hours.  On Saturday, a 27-year-old Tibetan man named Lhamo Kyeb, a layman and father of two young children. Report described him as “running along the road in a ball of flames, calling for Dalai Lama  to come home”. His family managed to get hold of his remains., said a London-based rights group.

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Murder, sex, and lies, the biggest scandal in the history of Chinese communist party

On the 26th of September, the state news agency Xinhua, published an official account on the investigation on Bo XiLai, the ex-communist party leader of Chongqing (a Southern Chinese city with a population of more than 28 million). In the report, Bo is accused of “bribing”, “involvement” in the murderer of British Businessman Neil HeyWood and “sexual relationships with many woman”. In China, such a public allegation from the voice of the government, ensures Bo’s falling of grace.

A murder came into light

In November, 2011, Neil Heywood, an English businessman working in China, was found dead in his hotel room in Chongqing. Official report decided the cause of death to be  alcohol-induced heart-attack. His body was quickly and quietly cremated. Most Chinese people carried on their life without the knowledge of his existence, or demise.

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Hong Kong: Paradise Lost

I visited Hong Kong in 2011.  After forty minutes of entry formalities at customs, I stepped into Hong Kong, a land of ridiculous housing price, luxury hotels and restaurants, fast walking people, and a touch of freedom that as a Chinese, I have never dreamed of.

Hong Kong people burning Chinese national flag in a protest

As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is special in many ways: both pro-Mao and anti-Mao books sit shoulder by shoulder in the book store, newspaper headlines displayed flamboyantly radical political views, and radio broadcast spurns the government’s new policy.

In 2010, Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post published on its website an interview to the wife of Nobel winning dissident, Liu Xiaobo; in the same year, a Hong Kong publisher New Century Publishing Co. was brave enough to bring the Chinese edition of China’s Best Actor: Wen Jiabao to the readers. The book, written by an influential Chinese writer criticised Wen Jiabao, a popular leader of the communist party for being hypocritical and fraudulent.

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