Society

 
Another Casualty of War Alexandrov Ensemble

Flying is supposed to be the safest form of transportation; at least that’s what statistics will tell you. In very recent memory, a crash in South America has received lots of media coverage because it carried a first division Brazilian [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 10th, 2017
 
Ancient Sounding Timbers Pianos by Stuart & Sons

If you’ve been reading my column on instrument makers over the years, you certainly must have noticed that I am highly critical of the huge number of mass-produced and bland pianos that are being churned out by established brands every [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 20th, 2016
 
Patriotism and Nationalism VII: Patriotic Songs but Not National Anthems

Many countries have songs that are patriotic but that are not their national anthems. Sometimes these are known as the ‘unofficial national anthems’ and sometimes they’re just more familiar.

by Maureen Buja | October 7th, 2016
 
Patriotism and Nationalism VI: South Africa and Belgium

For many countries, their National Anthems are symbols of their place in the world. They may reflect many different aspects of a country, sometimes listing nature’s bountiful beauties, sometimes giving an encapsulated history of a country, or reflecting a particularly [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | September 30th, 2016
 
Patriotism and Nationalism V: Australia and Ireland

For many countries, their National Anthems are symbols of their place in the world. They may reflect many different aspects of a country, sometimes listing nature’s bountiful beauties, sometimes giving an encapsulated history of a country, or reflecting a particularly [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | September 23rd, 2016
 
Patriotism and Nationalism IV: Russia and China

For many countries, their National Anthems are symbols of their place in the world. They may reflect many different aspects of a country, sometimes listing nature’s bountiful beauties, sometimes giving an encapsulated history of a country, or reflecting a particularly [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | September 16th, 2016
 
Phoenix Carbiano Rising from the Ashes

An airliner of the 21st century has relatively little in common with the pioneering efforts of the Wright brothers on a North Carolina beach. Although the basic principles of flight have not changed over the last century, the practical applications [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 13th, 2016
 
Patriotism and Nationalism III: Italy and Spain

For many countries, their National Anthems are symbols of their place in the world. They may reflect many different aspects of a country, sometimes listing nature’s bountiful beauties, sometimes giving an encapsulated history of a country, or reflecting a particularly [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | September 9th, 2016