After President Trump was photographed holding a baseball bat, Kelly Grovier looks at the history of patriotic props.“Baseball,” the American cultural critic George Will once wrote, “it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” If anyone doubts how deeply the pastime has dug itself into the US psyche in the century and a half since the first openly all-professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, formed in 1869, one needs merely consider a series of images captured this week in the Blue Room of the White House.
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Back in the 16th Century, the composer and lutenist John Dowland was similarly popular – pressing into a vein of moping soppiness that made him famous, and has served English musicians ever since.For such an influential musician, we know surprisingly little of Dowland’s own life. He was born about 1563, probably in London. He travelled widely, first working for Queen Elizabeth I, then for the Danish King Christian IV.
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When the world's first flower sprouted about 140 million years ago, it was bisexual, possessing both male and female reproductive parts, according to the researchers who virtually reconstructed the blossom in a new study.
The discovery of the dinosaur-age posy sheds light on the evolution and diversification of flowering plants, or angiosperms, the largest group of plants on Earth, the researchers said. For instance, the reconstruction shows how the ancient flower differed from its numerous modern descendants.
"The petal-like parts and the stamens [male reproductive organs in a flower] were more numerous than in most living species, and were probably organized in multiple sets of three
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Vladimir Putin boats, sunbathes and picks mushrooms in his Russian vacation photos. Putin, spent the week fishing, hiking and kayaking while decked out in army gear, photos released by the Kremlin show. In one shot, Putin takes a dip in the water while wearing a camouflage dive suit.
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By the end of last week, the well-documented chaos in President Trump’s White House had reached such a crescendo that the New York Post’s Friday, July 28, cover characterized the administration’s key players as contestants in a game of Survivor. Surely the cover, and whom it featured, made sense at the time: Sean Spicer had resigned on July 21 because Anthony Scaramucci had been hired as White House communications director. Less than a week later, Scaramucci went on an unhinged rant to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, published Thursday, July 27, in which he insulted both Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon, and threatened to fire his entire communications staff if Lizza didn’t reveal a source.
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To Patti Smith, he was "my buddy". To Richard Gere, he was "a desert cowboy".
To Philip Kaufman, writer and director of The Right Stuff, he was "cool, and I mean the original meaning of cool".
To Jeff Nichols, writer and director of Oscar-nominated film Loving, he was "an American icon in a time when we manufacture a lot of celebrities".
Those are just a few of the ways friends and collaborators have summed up Sam Shepard, the actor and writer whose death was announced this week.
Shepard wrote more than 40 plays - a Pulitzer winner and two more nominees among them - and performed in films like 1983's The Right Stuff, for which he earned an Oscar nomination.
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The cheep, cheep, cheep of a cricket in the grass is the quintessential sound of summer. As I crunch over heathland in search of the elusive insect, the song fills the air, as if conjured up by a magician. My companion, Mike Coates, the warden here at RSPB Farnham Heath, beams with delight.
Earlier, before setting out for the reserve, he'd warned me that the insects are rare, and might not perform on cue. "It's not so much looking, we're going to be listening mostly for the sound of male field crickets chirruping in order to attract a mate," he explained, over a mug of tea in the staff portacabin. "It's just a brilliant noise. It's like summer translated into sound - it's fantastic."
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Seth Meyers gave "Game of Thrones" superfan Leslie Jones a super thrill to go along with her viewing of the latest episode.
The pair sat down for another installment of "Game of Jones" which aired Wednesday on Meyers' "Late Night."
Jones reacts to the action on her beloved "Game of Thrones."
This time around, Meyers had a surprise for Jones as Conleth Hill, the actor who portrays Varys, popped in just as Jones was talking trash about the character.
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