Sleigh Bells: Early collision warning system

Lush forests and forbidding mountains covered in deep snow, together with sweet smells of roasting chestnuts and mulled wines inescapably conjure up images of Christmas time. The only thing missing in this idyllic Victorian winter scene is the rhythmic ringing [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 7th, 2015
Estonia Grand Piano: A Tradition Reborn

For the average citizen of the Soviet Union, anything with the exception of plain breads, cabbage, potatoes and vodka was a luxury item. Soviet leadership, however, did produce a number of cultish consumer items of frequently questionable quality. A reflector [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | November 24th, 2015
That Swingin’ Jazz Thing

Does jazz music make you want to tap your feet and dance? For many, those catchy swing beats can somehow drive our troubles away. In fact, that is one of the reasons why jazz became so popular in the early [...] more >>

by Desiree Ho | November 22nd, 2015
Benjamin Britten: An Anthem for Malaysia

1957 was a momentous year for the Federation of Malaya. After nearly two centuries of British rule it was to become fully independent on 31 August 1957. The constitution was written, all civic and federal laws were in place, and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 28th, 2015
The East is Red National Day of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao

Nations frequently define themselves on the basis of shared ethnicity. This includes ideas of a culture shared between members of the group—derived from previous generations—and usually a common language. Membership in the nation is hereditary, with the state deriving political [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 1st, 2015
No Merits, No Skills? No Problem!

So, you have decided to become a neurosurgeon? What an excellent choice, but before you can hope to get your hands on the subject matter, there are many, many years of education and training in front of you. Ideally, your [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 7th, 2015
The Barenboim Grand

In May 2015, Argentinian-born pianist Daniel Barenboim unveiled a new piano bearing his name. From the audience’s perspective, it looked just like any other modern grand piano. However, once you actually open the lid and peer inside, you’ll immediately notice [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 29th, 2015
Voiceless Voice in Hiroshima

Every year on August 6, Japan becomes a nation of mourning. Seventy years ago, the city of Hiroshima was incinerated by an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy.” Three days later the utter destruction of Nagasaki followed. At the human cost [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 19th, 2015