Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Some fun from the US...

Democrats go after Mitt Romney with a scathing new ad that suggests the Republican presidential hopeful will say anything to get elected:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ugly discrimination

Greg Mankiw, a professor of economics at Harvard University says: "Chapter 19 of my favourite textbook has a case study on the economics of beauty, highlighting research by economist Dan Hamermesh.  So I thought some blog readers might enjoy this Daily Show clip featuring Hamermesh and his work on this topic."

Monday, November 14, 2011

The world's most expensive photograph

Mark Twain, the American writer, was reputed to have said that a fool and his money are soon parted!

The Rhine river by German artist Andreas Gursky (b. 1955), titled Rhein II, the chromogenic colour print face-mounted to acrylic glass was sold for $4.3m  at Christie's in New York, setting a record for a photograph sold at auction

Lot Description

Rhein II  signed 'Andreas Gursky' (on a paper label affixed to the backing board)
chromogenic color print face-mounted to Plexiglas
image: 73 x 143 in. (185.4 x 363.5 cm.)
overall: 81 x 151a x 2 in. (207 x 385.5 x 6.2 cm.)
Executed in 1999. This work is number one from an edition of six.