MonthMarch 2018

Anna Campbell’s father: ‘I don’t think I had any right to stop her fighting in Syria’

Dirk Campbell was shocked when his 26-year-old daughter said she was going to join Kurdish forces in Syria. Following her death in action, he talks about her journey from idealist to freedom fighter When Anna Campbell told her father of her plan to join Kurdish forces fighting Isis, he made a joke that he will forever regret. It was May last year, and the 26-year-old had travelled from her home in Bristol to his, in Lewes, East Sussex, to break the news. “By then, I knew enough to know that it would imperil her life,” says Dirk Campbell, 67, “but all I could think of to say was: ‘Well, Anna, it’s been nice knowing you.’ I think I was trying to be funny, but she just looked miffed. I think she wanted me to engage with it and either go, ‘Oh, how wonderful,’ or to try to argue her out of it. But I sort of just accepted it. Ten months later, she is dead.” Related: British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin Related: ‘Thousands could die’: female British fighter urges support for Syria’s Kurds Related: Anna Campbell’s death in Syria was futile, but her passion was admirable | Simon Jenkins Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Damien Hirst hates sausages! How Instagram became art’s new playground

Twisted selfies from Cindy Sherman, strange fruit from Wolfgang Tillmans, skull revelations from Damien Hirst … as artists muscle in on the app, what have we learned about them? ‘Got my blonde on,” writes Cindy Sherman in a recent Instagram post. In the photo, a woman with a blond wig and a computer-generated symphony of neck wrinkles, faces down the viewer. “Looks like some women I saw at Mar-a-Lago,” reads one comment. Good point: Sherman seems to have tapped into the Trump era’s gaudy glitz and glares. But there’s more to this. “Yeah and?” the surly tilt of her head seems to be saying, even if her eyes – poised between vulnerability and defiance like so many Sherman-created women – tell a different story. It’s odd that it took Sherman so long to put her work on Instagram. For decades, she was doing Instagram before Instagram. From Untitled Film Stills (1977-80) onwards, her art has dealt with all the stuff that captivates and disgusts about the photo-sharing site: the narcissism, the perils and pleasures of self-exhibition, the cunningly filtered fantasies masquerading as the real thing. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

The clean breathing craze proves that you can put a price on fresh air

Tech companies are finding innovative and lucrative ways to clean the air in our homes, while sales of purifying plants are blooming First it was clean eating; now it’s clean breathing. Sales of air purifiers are soaring, with the global market expected to be worth £6.2bn by 2024. The trend is in response to the rise in asthma and allergies linked to poor air quality inside buildings. Research says it can be up to five times more polluted than air outside, with chemicals from cleaning products, aerosols and perfume rivalling diesel fumes as causes of contamination. Related: How clean indoor air is becoming China’s latest luxury must-have Continue reading… [hmp_player]

JAMB result: Shepherd International College student scores 351 in 2018 UTME

Following the release of 2018 UTME results by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, another candidate has emerged with the highest score so far. He is Esan Ibukunoluwa Caleb of Shepherd International College, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. The 17-year-old student pulled a total score of 351 Breakdown shows that he sat for English, Mathematics, […] JAMB result: Shepherd International College student scores 351 in 2018 UTME [hmp_player]

APC: Party chairman fingered as rival supporters clash

The leadership crisis rocking the Ondo East Local Government Area chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) resulted in a bloody clash on Thursday. Some supporters were injured as two rival groups in the local government clashed at the Council’s Secretariat at the Bolorunduro area. Consequently, some executives on Friday petitioned the State Commissioner of […] APC: Party chairman fingered as rival supporters clash [hmp_player]