Life size driftwood horse sculptures by UK sculptor Heather Jansch

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Street Art

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#Twitter micropoetry competition launched today by @UoMCreativeMCR to mark #worldpoetryday

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Tuesday is #WorldPoetryDay.

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What makes a poem … a poem? – Melissa Kovacs

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What exactly makes a poem … a poem? Poets themselves have struggled with this question, often using metaphors to approximate a definition. Is a poem a little machine? A firework? An echo? A dream? Melissa Kovacs shares three recognizable characteristics of most poetry.

Lesson by Melissa Kovacs, animation by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC.


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A poetic experiment: Walt Whitman, interpreted by three animators – Justin Moore

Take a journey through Walt Whitman’s poem ‘A Noiseless Patient Spider’ with the help of three animators who each used a different animation style to bring this beautiful poem to life.

Lesson by Justin Moore, animation by TED-Ed.


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FOR YOU – Malayalam Short Film | MVTV | Media Village Studios

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Allusionist 172. A Brief History of Brazilian Portuguese | The Allusionist

“The myths, or the received wisdom, about Portuguese language in Brazil is that, of course we know we speak a very different version of the language, but this has always been explained to us as maybe perhaps a defect of sorts?” says linguist and translator Caetano Galindo, author of Latim em Pó, a history of Brazilian Portuguese. “You look deeper into things and you find you have to wrap your mind around a very different reality.”

Content note: this episode discusses the enslavement of African people.


  • Caetano features in the new documentary Nossa pátria está onde somos amados (Our Country is the Place where We Are Loved) which is rather beautiful.

  • He would also like to direct your attention to the album Lingua by Tom Zé.

  • Listen to Caetano Veloso’s song ‘Lingua’.

  • Caetano (Galindo not Veloso) has appeared on the show before, talking about translating the Memory Palace in One To Another. It’s very charming.

  • More Brazillusionists, you say? Listen to the Lacuna episode, about Brazilian journalists printing fake recipes so the public knew they’d been censored.

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locorestive, (Lamb) adj: staying in one place.
[Humorously modelled on locomotive, from Latin restare, to stay still.]


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The History of the South’s Forbidden Black Burials

A proper burial is a ceremony that many of us take for granted, but that was not the case for African Americans for a large portion of history in the U.S.

In the premiere of Ritual, Tank Ball explores the often overlooked history of Black burial in Louisiana. From a man honoring his duty as caretaker for his ancestors’ cemetery to a woman fighting to protect the sacred burial sites of her enslaved ancestors, we learn how one of the oldest rituals in history – taking care of the dead – became an act of resilience in the American South.

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3 Elements of True Fun – and How to Have More of It | Catherine Price | TED

What comes to mind when you think about the most fun moments of your life? Science journalist Catherine Price asked thousands of people across the world this question, and their answers led her to a new definition of “true” fun: a special confluence of playfulness, connection and flow. Hear her thoughts on why having fun is good for your mental and physical health and how to identify the tell-tale signs of “fake” fun — as well as actionable tips for identifying what brings you joy.

This conversation, hosted by TED science curator David Biello, was part of an exclusive TED Membership event. Visit to become a TED Member.


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