Not always praised for his foresight, it seems that Mao must have had 30 September 2013 in mind when he proclaimed that “Who never climbed the Great Wall cannot be deemed a Man” (不到长城非好汉). For on that day the total ninny from Stratford, Ontario, Justin Beiber, got carried up the Wall by his bodyguards, before celebrating like an idiot.
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How well do you know Alanis? How well do you know Mao?
Pit your skills against the best in the first brushduck quiz:
How did you do?
90-100% Lei Feng
70-80% Khrushchev revisionist
50-60% Guomindang reactionary
30-40% Capitalist roader
10-20% Running dog
0% In the service of the imperialists
Kim busts out some beats with David Guetta
Our Great Leader Vs Skrillex
Kim and Daft Punk
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Nobody was saying it, but it still felt like a big piece of Camden was missing this warm July evening. Could Lang from Shenyang, the only classical performer at this year’s iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse, be the one to bring some solace?
First onstage were rad Croatian duo 2 Cellos. Pop-Classical crossovers necessarily involve pained expressions and excessive swaying, and both reached their terrifying pinnacle during a yearning rendition of With or Without You, the worst song ever penned. By the time they reached Highway to Hell I was seriously considering trying to eat my own head, but looking around I realised that I was in the minority; 2 Cellos had the crowd eating out of the palms of their hands.
Then from behind far too much dry ice came the young maestro proclaiming “We will do a Liszt together!” As his fingers danced over the soapy-white chunklets and their slimmer ebony brothers it was as if a spell had been cast over the room. Anyone who has visited the Liaoning capital will know that the most pressing question is how to get away, and for Lang Lang the vehicle was a grand piano. And as the first bleary eyed teenage fans, apparently overcome by the depth of emotion, began stumbling clumsily from the auditorium at around the song three mark, the sound of discarded plastic beer cups being crunched underfoot mixing with the elegant arrangements of Chopin and Schuman, I for one was glad he found that vehicle.
The 2011 iTunes Festival continues with Magnetic Man on 26 July at the Roundhouse
Latest reports suggest Beijing and Shanghai will be confused by Bob Dylan in April 2011.
The ministry said in a brief statement that Dylan – the writer of some of rock’s most iconic and politically charged songs – must perform “strictly according to an approved program”.
I assume this means no 80s material etc etc.