‘Academic vandalism’ – unique archive of the Troubles under threat

May 3, 2019

 Milltown cemetery in west Belfast, scene of an attack at an IRA funeral in March 1988. Photograph: Paul McErlane/The Guardian It is one of the most important sources of information about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a historical memory bank of data, stories and images used by scholars around the world. The Conflict Archive on the Internet (Cain) […]

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King Constantine of Greece faces his Colonels – archive, 1967

April 26, 2019

 The government Of Greek Colonels with King Constantin II (centre), 26 April 1967. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images Athens, April 25  King Constantine and the military members of the Government are still negotiating the terms on which the King will declare his acceptance of the new regime. There seems little doubt that Constantine will eventually […]

Read More hit with hundreds of false terrorist content notices from EU

April 12, 2019

Nations around the world are cracking down on online terrorist content, introducing legislation that penalizes sites and ISPs if they fail to remove suspect content. But that fight could pose a real threat to sites like the Internet Archive, a nonprofit that saves old copies of webpages and other digital information. In a blog post yesterday, the […]

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FROM THE ARCHIVE: The Lara miracle

April 2, 2019

Huw Turbervill’s recent edition of The Googly compared Kusal Perera’s match-winning 153 against South Africa at Durban to Brian Lara’s own match winning 153 against Australia at Bridgetown. Peter Roebuck covered that famous game in the May 1999 issue of The Cricketer and reminds us why Lara’s performance was “perhaps… the best of any sort.” Brian Lara […]

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Slaughterhouse-Five review – archive, 1970

March 19, 2019

A still from the film version of Slaughterhouse-Five, 1972. Photograph: Ronald Grant Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Cape, 30s) A bullet makes a small to entry and a messy exit. Enormities in the mind do the same. “Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre and it always is, except for the birds. And what do […]

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From the archive: Anthony Burgess falls for Sophia Loren, in 1984

February 24, 2019

 2 September 1984: Anthony Burgess on Sophia Loren at 50, with image by David Steen. Photograph: Sophia Evans/The Observer Breathless doesn’t cover it. ‘I have just spoken to the divine Sophia Loren on the telephone,’ begins Anthony Burgess’s hyperventilating tribute to the star of Two Women and El Cid on the occasion of her 50th birthday (‘Sophia La Stupenda’, 2 September […]

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