Joan Sutherland

Hearing Sutherland at the Met: "It was...a reminder of how an exceptional gift, carefully developed and generously used, changed the operatic landscape."

"The career of the soprano Joan Sutherland, who died on Sunday at the age of 83, changed the opera world. Thanks to her distinctive vocal character and her very clever husband and collaborator, the conductor Richard Bonynge...Sutherland brought bel canto back into mainstream opera-house repertoire. Maria Callas had started the process, but the tall, plain-spoken Australian extended and solidified it. Sutherland's voice, with its remarkable range coupled with power, flexibility and a creamy, effortless beauty, was the key." On hearing Sutherland at the Met in the '80s: "...a reminder of how an exceptional gift, carefully developed and generously used, changed the operatic landscape."

22 months of war - condensed in a 1-minute video

No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap

Strange Maps
  • The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
  • This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
  • Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
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Bespoke suicide pods now available for death in style

Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.

The Sarco assisted suicide pod
Technology & Innovation

Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco! 

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How to bring more confidence to your conversations

Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
  • To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
  • Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
  • There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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