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Eyes on the ties: from power symbol to fashion statement ZURICH: From a symbol of power to a fashion statement, ties in all their guises are on show at a new exhibition dedicated to the neckwear at the Swiss National Museum.They speak volumes about their wearer, whether sported by British regimental veterans and university alumni, or US presidential hopefuls -- red for Republicans, blue for Democrats.The subtle tie-codes at various points in history are set out step by step for visitors to the Zurich-based museum."The concept of the exhibition is to show the different facets and contexts of the necktie and also that it had different meanings depending on the era," co-curator Joya Indermuehle told AFP.Ties of various kinds were long worn as a symbol of social and political status.They emerged in the 17th century when French aristocrats adopted the cravat, originally a simple scarf worn by soldiers from Croatia.The name cravat was a nod to "Hrvat", to the Croatian ...


Bob Seger finds political voice with climate fight NEW YORK: One of Bob Seger's most famous songs was an unabashedly old-fashioned celebration of music for music's sake: "That old time rock 'n' roll / That kind of music just soothes the soul."On "Ride Out," his first album in eight years, the master of crowd-pleasing Midwestern guitar rock has stayed true to his musical roots but has found a new passion to sing about -- climate change."Let's talk about shorter growing seasons / Let's ...

French legend Bruel returns to New York for inspiration NEW YORK: Patrick Bruel has long been a face of French popular culture and one of his country's most successful musicians. But he says his career wouldn't have happened without New York, where he arrived as a young man in 1979."I think I built everything in my career because of this two-year trip in New York," said the singer and actor, who is now 55."It was the cultural crossroads of the world and this energy ...

'Fury' drives a tank through image of war LOS ANGELES: Brad Pitt's new war movie "Fury" offers a no-holds-barred view of warfare which some may find hard to stomach -- but its director justifies the gore as straightforward realism.A stuntman was injured by a bayonet during the making of the film, which includes multiple close-up scenes of slaughter, and which has already been turned into a video game."War is violent. It's all incredibly realistic," director David Ayer told AFP, adding that a lot ...

London pays homage to immortal myth of Sherlock Holmes LONDON: Sherlock Holmes never existed but his fictional address of 221B Baker Street still receives a steady flow of letters addressed to the famously intuitive detective.The latest tribute comes in the form of a Museum of London exhibition opening Thursday entitled "The Man Who Never Lives and Will Never Die" and billed as the biggest in 60 years.Part and parcel of London's literary universe, Holmes was created in 1886 by the author Arthur Conan Doyle ...

Police find body in hunt for US 'Osage County' actress LOS ANGELES: Police found a body Thursday feared to be that of US actress Misty Upham, who appeared in "Django Unchained" and 2013's "August: Osage County," officials said.The body was found at the bottom of an embankment in by a Seattle suburb a family member searching for the 32-year-old actress, whose movie credits also include 2008's "Frozen River."Upham had been reported missing since October 6, according to industry journal Variety. "The body was recovered by ...

Ayyan new single ‘Making Dollars’ is out Pakistani model/singer Ayyan has come up with another cheeky number ‘Making Dollars’ after ‘You and I’. Either good or bad but the latest single is definitely grabbing the attention. ‘Making Dollars’ ft. Timo is second after ‘You and I’ and according to Ayyan’s official Facebook page, has already managed to get over 200,000 views on YouTube and over 2400 shares on Facebook.Ayyan has already made her mark in the modelling world in Pakistan by being ...


 



 
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