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Ensemble Modern/Benjamin review – exhilarating, terrifying new music

 Edgy and painfully urgent … George Benjamin conducts Ensemble Modern. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian George Benjamin’s pair of concerts with Ensemble Modern, presented under the auspices of the Wigmore Hall, were split between the hall itself and the Roundhouse. Both featured Benjamin’s own music.

‘It destroyed me, in a good way’: the best books about modern romance

The first time I read Carol Ann Duffy’s collection Rapture, I finished it, took a breath, and read it again. I had rarely encountered anything so raw and it contains some of my favourite poetry. It tells the story of an affair – a modern

The New Hermès Arceau 78: Aesthetic, Modern, Understated . . . And Galloping

Hermès Arceau 78Joel von Allmen/Hermès The name of this new model by French powerhouse Hermès references the year 1978, when designer Henri d’Origny set the aesthetic codes for the understated new Arceau line, the first timepiece he designed for the brand. With this watch

Bingo for hipsters? The modern revival of a great British pastime

Dabbers Bingo in a nightclub-like black walled basement lit in neon. A DJ in a multicoloured lycra catsuit and sequin bomber jacket is bouncing around an east London basement to dancefloor classic D.I.S.C.O as beer-drinking young people wave their arms and chant along. Yet

Kabir Festival’s 3rd edition introduces Varanasi’s old poets to modern world

Kabir’s views on gender justice, as well as inequality, were major talking points at the festival, which drew participants from across the world. Five centuries after his death, the poems of Kabir are relevant to contemporary society more than ever. The mystic poet, known

‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland promises show will have ‘bigger thing’ coming after character’s death

Actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sarah Hyland — who play Mitchell Pritchett and Haley Dunphy, respectively, on the ABC sitcom — let slip some details about the show on Friday. A “bigger thing than the death” is approaching, Hyland, 27, told the Hollywood Reporter,

Modern workplaces demand you be quick when it comes to delivery but remain quality-obsessed

Even the most cursory glance at any company brochure repeatedly throws up the word “excellence” or synonyms of it. The pursuit of excellence, perfection and rigour are much-celebrated aspirations, as they should be. Performance appraisal systems across companies and industries also stress on individual

Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Vote Is The Most Partisan In Modern History

The Senate’s confirmation vote of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court was the most partisan in modern history. The 50-48 tally continues a trend in which confirmations have devolved into strict party-line votes. While political pundits spent

Modern politics is a Trojan horse in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes place in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War, in which both Sparta and Athens are riven by internal political strife, even as they attempt to destroy one another. But there are moments in the game when the politics feel familiar to

Data Literacy And The Modern Enterprise

What exactly is data literacy, and how do we get there? In the context of an enterprise organization, data literacy takes on a plethora of meanings and prompts a string of questions. Do you know what your data is showing you? Are you asking the