Monthly Archives: November 2016

Tattersalls December Mare Sale Newmarket

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The second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale was, as ever, a truly international affair with buyers from four continents represented by the top ten lots. The headline act of the day was HAZARIYA, the dam of HARZAND, topping proceedings at 2 million guineas. A total of 186 lots sold for 25,512,500 guineas with an average of 137,164 guineas and median of 60,000 guineas.

The star of the show on Tuesday of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale was the dam of this year’s dual Derby winner HARZAND. A packed sales ring turned out to see HAZARIYA, in foal to INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, knocked down to MV Magnier, standing with Michael Jooste of South African-based Mayfair Speculators, for 2 million guineas.

The Newsells Park Stud offering was herself a good race filly winning the Group 3 Athasi Stakes at The Curragh before retiring to stud where she has produced five winners including Listed Finale Stakes winner HAZARAFA, Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes winner HARASIYA and of course Group 1 Epsom and Irish Derby winner Harzand.
Lot 1826: Hazariya (IRE)

The half-sister to American wonder mare ZENYATTA was another to top a million guineas on the second day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. US-bred EBLOUISSANTE in foal to DANSILI will be heading back to her country of birth having been bought by Jane Lyon of Kentucky-based Summer Wind Farm.

Consigned by The National Stud, the well-related seven-year-old mare is a half-sister to triple Grade 1 winner BALANCE in addition to ZENYATTA who won an incredible 19 out of 20 starts during her race career which included a tally of seven Grade 1s. Courtesy & with thanks Tattersalls

Rediscovered Lenin 65 foot glass mural. From the Berlin Wall to Miami Beach.

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An Art historian in Germany has finally recovered an impressive art work that had been commissioned by the STASI, the redoubtable East German Secret Police in 1979. before the Berlin wall came down. Richard Otfried Wilhelm was the artist who created this  3 ton, 65 foot wide, 10 foot high  glass mural. Lenin’s portrait is clearly identifiable. Mr. Wilhelm titled the work “Revolution: Frieden unserem Erdenrund” (Revolution: Peace to the Whole World), an incongruous title for a symbol of a repressive regime. In the centre is an image of Lenin, and there are two doves, symbolizing peace — both common iconographical elements in East German monuments, Mr. Melching said, an expert in German Cold War history at the University of Amsterdam.

The work will be shown in a pop up Galerie at NETZWERK during Art Basel Miami Beach Fair. It is for sale for over $21.million.

Erich Mielke, the Stasi Agent, who died in 2000, commissioned in 1979 the artist Richard Otfried Wilhelm, who was then the chief master of glass for public works in the German Democratic Republic, and one of the few East German artisans trained in Gothic stained glass techniques dating back to the 14th century.

 

The 10-foot-high  X 65 feet glass wall is pigmented with precious metals — including 55 pounds of gold — and has a hammer and sickle symbol, a slogan of the international communist movement and references to the French Revolution.

After the Berlin Wall fell, the Stasi headquarters were closed in 1990, and the agency’s assets were sold through the Deutsche Reichsbahn, the state railroad company. Eberhard Dümmen, the owner of an art logistics company and Mr. Holzmann’s uncle, learned about the work from one of his employees who had worked for the Reichsbahn. He bought it for an unknown sum — records of the sale have been destroyed, and Mr. Holzmann said Mr. Dümmen  does not recall what he paid — loaded it into a shipping container, and placed it in a storage lot in Berlin.

 

Mr. Holzmann said “I knew about it all these years, but for all these years, I, like everyone else, was forgetting what was forgotten,” Mr Holzmann asked about the fate of the glass work several years ago. When Mr. Dümmen said it was still probably where he left it, Mr. Holzmann tracked it down in the Berlin neighbourhood of WeissenSee.

He called Susanna Lilienthal, a conservator who played a central role in the restoration of the sixth century B.C. Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. She saw the work in August 2015. “When the container opened, history came out,” she said.

Mr. Holzmann, who is representing his uncle in the sale, said the craftsmanship and the extraordinary story are what make the piece worth $21.4 million. He said he hoped to sell it to a museum or a private individual who will donate it to a public institution.

But Mr. Melching said he would be surprised if it brought anywhere near that price. “Maybe a couple of hundred thousand euros, but millions is a bit ridiculous,” he said.

Sjeng Scheijen, an associate researcher at Leiden University who curated an exhibition about Stalin-era propaganda art at the Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands, agreed. “The quality of this piece is certainly not exceptional from an artistic point of view,” he said. “If they will sell it for this price, you will see a storm of the same kind of art coming on the market, because many of these kinds of stained glass windows are very often in buildings from the ’70s and ’80s that aren’t used any more.”

With thanks, From the Iron Curtain to Miami by Nina Siegal

Article inspired by a feature in the New York Times International Edition. Culture. by Nina Siegal. Courtesy & with thanks.

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Philadelphia’s enticing eateries

Our hotel is located right across the river from downtown, and only a short walk to shopping and fun.

The Hilton hotel is located right across the river from downtown, and only a short walk to shopping and fun.

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Robert Draper’s Travel article in today’s New York Times International Edition reads like an American novel. Set in the  city of Philadelphia  memories of wealthy travellers and rich Industrialists creep up on you in an article dedicated to some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants. Where it seems that not only the food is exciting but the clientele too.

Above we feature VEDGE specialises in VEGAN dishes. Below we feature VERNICK whose dishes sound so enticing we would take a plane over for dinner sometime soon.

 

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Burberry’s beautiful new Regent street flag ship store. & Hip Thomas cafe in Vigo Street.

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Thomas Burberry beautiful new store on Regent street, London

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Thomas the Burberry cafe also has an entrance round the corner in Vigo Street with a lovely Irish Rebecca so welcoming. The cafe has that hip New York feel to it. Lots of gorgeous cakes to finish lunch with……Sunday December 10th special Burberry event with a choir… In the store it should be possible to see the new Thomas Burberry film with Sienna Miller……

Thomas the Burberry cafe also has an entrance round the corner in Vigo Street with a lovely Irish Rebecca so welcoming. The buzzy cafe has that hip New York feel to it, laid back hip decor. Lots of gorgeous cakes to finish lunch with……Sunday December 10th special Burberry event in the main store with a choir… In the store it should be possible to see the new Thomas Burberry film with Sienna Miller……streamed on the large screen……We posted a story on Fashion & Celluloid 17th November featuring Asif Kapadia’s 3minute film The Tale Of Thomas Burberry, viewed over 6 million times on YouTube

 

 

 

EI Editorial Intelligence awards the Comment Awards. A leitmotiv of unease & uncertainty seemed to have been the underlying theme of the year’s excellent series of comments.

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EI Editorial Intelligence held their Comment Awards at the RIBA on Wednesday 23 November. 7.30.a.m. A large crowd of smart young Media people sleek and shiny moved into the large light hall of the RIBA. As the Awards were given out it became evident that several of the Awards,8, were awarded to female journalists. It also seemed that the  commentators had had a thrillerama of a year. Listening to the summing up of the Year’s commentariat it seems to us that whatever side of the spectrum seemed to share  the leitmotiv of unease & uncertainty.

 

 

 

 

Frankel colt sells for 250.000 guineas. Tattersall December Yearling Sale.

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Frankel Colt Tops Tattersalls December Yearling Sale

A colt by the all-conquering FRANKEL topped the one-day Tattersalls December Yearling Sale at 250,000 guineas on a day that saw a record average and median and robust trade throughout the day. 142 lots were sold for 4,377,500 guineas which was a rise of 7% on last year’s corresponding session, whilst the average and median rose 7% and 8% respectively to a record 30,827 guineas and 21,500 guineas. The clearance was an impressive 85%.

The star turn for the day was the FRANKEL colt out of the ANABAA mare DEBONNAIRE. The half-brother to the multiple Group 1 winner and recent Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate placed HARTNELL was knocked down to Charlie Gordon-Watson for 250,000 guineas after he saw off former Champion Australian trainer Peter Moody and Oliver St Lawrence.

“My client wanted to buy two horses today, but I suggested that we target one,” reported Gordon-Watson. “This is a very nice horse out of a very nice mare. There is an Arc winner on the page and he out of an Anabaa mare, which I particularly like. He is all two-year-old.”

The colt was sold by Highclere Stud, on behalf of Greg Goodman’s Mount Brilliant Farm, and Lady Carolyn Warren said: “He is a lovely horse. We foaled him at Highclere, he went to the US and failed to sell earlier in the year. He came back to us and has done really well.”Lot 166: Frankel (GB) / Debonnaire (GB) Courtesy and with thanks Tattersalls.

 

 

 

 

Grey Gatsby et al

 

 

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Grey Gatsby,  ridden by Ryan Moore, leading Trading  & Australia 1st day at Leopardstown. Courtesy and with thanks Sporting Life   It is said When in doubt choose a grey horse . At the last European Championships YR Millstreet: promising 19 year old Italian Equestrian , student in Economics at Bocconi  university, Robert BERNASCONI  was riding the grey German horse  LESTHAGO,  see their excellent performance on 
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Fashion and Film

Burberry Sheepskin jacket with floaty silk chiffon dress

Burberry Sheepskin jacket with floaty silk chiffon dress

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The New York Times International Edition,November 17 has a feature in Style: Adventures in Style and Celluloid.By Vanessa Friedman and Wesley Morris

An interesting piece discussing fashion and celluloid, the merits of short films commissioned by top Brands. Is this Sponsorship, advertising, TV, or Netflix ? A Prada commissioned David O Russell film “Past Forward” a surreal 15 minute story featuring Freida Pinto, Allison Williams Kuoth Wiel. The next day introduced “Brave”a musical short film by Spike Lee, commissioned by Moncler. A 3rd New York event,on the Monday, was Oscar winner Asif Kapadia’s 3 minute film on “the tale of Thomas Burberry”, which stars Sienna Miller, Domhnall Gleeson & Dominic West. It has been reported that by wednesday evening the Burberry film had been viewed on YouTube over 6million times since its posting earlier this month.

 

 

Paolo Coelho inspirational Brazilian writer of The Alchemist publishes a new book, “The Spy.”

Paolo Coehlo born in Rio de Janeiro

Paolo Coehlo born in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal

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Paolo Coelho The inspirational Brazilian writer has written a new book, The Spy, based on Mata Hari’s life, as a spy in Europe. In 1986, Coelho walked the 500-plus mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a turning point in his life. On the path, Coelho had a spiritual awakening, which he described autobiographically in The Pilgrimage.[12] In an interview, Coelho stated “In 1986, I was very happy in the things I was doing. I was doing something that gave me food and water – to use the metaphor in The Alchemist, I was working, I had a person whom I loved, I had money, but I was not fulfilling my dream. My dream was, and still is, to be a writer.” Coelho would leave his lucrative career as a songwriter and pursue writing full-time. Extract from Wikipedia with thanks.

 

 

 

Richter painting for sale, est.$ 25-$35.000.000. Phillips 20th Century & Contemporary Art Auction New York 16th November 2016

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Gerhard Richter’s Düsenjäger dates from 1963, the most important juncture in his career, when he had begun to create the Photo Paintings that were to garner such recognition. This picture dates from the very inception of Pop Art, and reveals both the similarities and differences between its incarnations on each side of the Atlantic. With its muted tones and political undertones, this is the embodiment of ‘Capitalist Realism,’ the German Pop Art movement founded at precisely this time by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Konrad Lueg (who later became known as the gallerist Konrad Fischer). Looking at the official list of Richter’s paintings, which he began only the previous year, the importance of Düsenjäger becomes all the more apparent: it is listed as number ’13-a,’ one of the earliest of his recognised works. In addition, Düsenjäger is part of a small and celebrated group of pictures of warplanes, created by Richter between 1963 and 1964. Of these, four are in museum collections, all of them in his native Germany. Düsenjäger and another painting, Bomber, were the only ones from this series created in 1963, the others all coming the following year, underscoring its seminal importance. Text & image with thanks courtesy Phillips New York. 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
New York Auction 16 November 5 PM EST. Estimate $25.000.000.  – $35.000.000

 

 

 

 

 

Jaguar i-pace, electric car. L.A. Motor show.

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Miranda Kerr infront of an electric I-Pace Jaguar prototype. Photo Neilson Barnard Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover

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Jaguar has confirmed that it will build an electric car, and has revealed a concept called the I-Pace that shows how it could look.

The I-Pace is making its debut at the LA motor show and will go on to be Jaguar’s first pure electric vehicle. It will take the form of an SUV to rival the recently launched Tesla Model X, albeit with a sleeker profile if this concept is anything to go by (and rumours suggest that it is).

It is claimed that the new car will have a range from a single charge of 310 miles, and will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in about four seconds, meaning it will rival all but the very quickest of sports cars. Launch 2018.  Telegraph Feature Courtesy Chris Knapman. Courtesy and with thanks The Telegraph. Lifestyle.

 

 

BMW Electric sports car BMW i3. Has been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years.

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Dr Alexander Kotouc will take to the stage at next week’s Global Superyacht Forum in a keynote presentation entitled ‘Smart, Sustainable Mobility’. Kotouc currently oversees the current and future product portfolio of the BMW i brand, including the BMW i8 hybrid sports car and the all-electric BMW i3. Having been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years, it is no surprise that these vehicles are leaders in their field, pushing the boundaries of what is to be expected of an electric car.
With more technology now focused on sustainability and ‘green’ options, the luxury industry – yachting included – has at times been resistant to these changes. Kotouc believes, however, that BMW i are turning this impression around. “We strongly consider sustainability as a factor becoming more and more decisive for premium buyers,’ he notes, with buying patterns changing considerably in this luxury sector, “Around 85% of all BMW i3 customers are new to the BMW brand, meaning they hadn’t taken a traditional BMW into account.”

To Kotouc, there is no question of the future of sustainable technologies within the automotive industry, “We will see electric propulsion systems overtaking the traditional petrol and diesel engine within the next 25 to 30 years.” Indeed, BMW i’s latest concept is the iNext, is an “all-connected iconic vehicle with autonomous driving capabilities and an even higher level of sustainability throughout.”
For Kotouc, the future for ‘green’ transport shouldn’t be restricted to adaptions on original cars to curtail pollution, but re-evaluating the entire process of designing, engineering and using transport, “Sustainability for us means more than just cars without an exhaust pipe. Our target is to avoid emissions even in the production process and supply chain. We call this “Holistic Sustainability.”
BMW i are spearheading sustainable automotive development and the key to their success? Looking at the emotional side of driving, “Sustainability has traditionally lacked emotional appeal. Therefore, we put a strong focus at BMW i as progressive, an aspirational design and driving pleasure.” It is here where the automotive and yachting markets have strong ties, with many owners citing their pure love of the yachting world as their commitment to the industry. Perhaps it is in this vein that yachting must drive forward sustainability, or as Kotouc notes, “Sustainability sells when it appeals to your heart, not just your brain…”
Therefore, what can attendees expect from Kotouc’s session next week? “Inspiration for our world of tomorrow, and that sustainability does not mean sacrifice.”

Images courtesy of BMW i and TEDXTaiPei & Global Superyacht Forum to be held in Amsterdam November 2016

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THE CITY
MOBILITY CONCEPT.
BMW i.
BMW i is an all-encompassing, groundbreaking concept for sustainable mobility. It represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is defined by sustainability. And it thrills with its innovative cars: the fully electric BMW i3 – an emission-free* car for urban motoring that is sustainably designed throughout, and the BMW i8 Concept – the future of the sports car.
*excluding the use of energy to charge the vehicle
BMW i in a nutshell.

Courtesy & with thanks BMW

 

 

Prada Spring Summer 2017

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Prada Spring Summer 2017 patent leather sandals with alluring colourful  petals & coloured stiletto heels.

Photo with thanks & courtesy Prada.

David Bowie Art collection sells at Sothebys auction 10th November 2016. Star oeuvre Basquiat for over £7 million.

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Agence France-Presse
11 NOVEMBER 2016 • 5:44AM
David Bowie’s art collection went under the hammer on Thursday with one item reaching more than £7 million at auction, as buyers’ enthusiasm for the late musician’s collection exceeded expectations in London.

The highest-selling item in Bowie’s collection, the graffiti-inspired “Air Power” canvas by Basquiat, sold for £7.09 million at Sotheby’s auction house.

The piece had been expected to fetch between £2.5 and £3.5 million.

Bowie bought “Air Power” and another painting by the artist, who died from an overdose in 1988 aged 27, shortly before the 1996 biopic “Basquiat,” in which the rocker played his early idol Andy Warhol.

with thanks Agence France Presse, Courtesy & with thanks Daily Telegraph. Arts & Culture

Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris until February 20th 2017

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The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition “Icons of Modern Art – The Shchukin Collection” from October 22, 2016
From October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017, the Fondation Louis Vuitton features an exhibition that pays tribute to one of the greatest art patrons of the early 20th century, Sergei Shchukin, the visionary Russian collector of French modern art, whose collection “remains little known to the general western public even today” states Anne Baldassari, curator of the exhibition. “In fact, since it was broken up in 1948 it has never been gathered as a singular and coherent artistic entity”, continues Baldassari.

Thanks to the generous contribution of the Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin Museum, the exhibition presents a significant ensemble of 130 major pieces of French modern art in dialogue with 30 works of Russian avant-garde art. Throughout his life Shchukin collected works by impressionists, post-impressionists and modern masters including Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Rousseau, Derain, Matisse, Picasso, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh.

Fondation Louis Vuitton
Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection
8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris XVI
From October 22nd 2016 to February 20th 2017.

Courtesy & with thanks Fondation Louis Vuitton

 

 

3Jolie Milan Uber chic restaurants

 

Nottideleon 3Jolie

Nottideleon 3Jolie Milanais restaurant for the casual uber chic.   A fun place to go suggested by Mariano Delorenzo Italian Food Industry superstar.

Via Fratelli Induno 1 | MM 5 Fermata Gerusalemme, 2

 

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Just Cavalli Milan Glamourous Restaurant & Night club with Terrace.& Pelle d’Oca

Disco club in Milan, Italy Glamorous gourmet restaurant & nightclub of fashion designer, with a terrace & observation tower. Located in: Torre Branca Address: Torre Branca, Via Luigi Camoens, 20121 Milano, Italy

Disco club in Milan, Italy
Glamorous gourmet restaurant & nightclub of fashion designer, with a terrace & observation tower.
Located in: Torre Branca
Address: Torre Branca, Via Luigi Camoens, 20121 Milano, Italy

Popular disco & restaurant suggested by Mariano Delorenzo, Italian food industry Super star.

Just Cavalli Nite Club party for News Year Eve

Just Cavalli Nite Club party for News Year Eve

 

Pelledoca

Pelledoca,Viale Enrico Forlanini 121,Milan. Popular Restaurant and discotheque suggested to us  by Italian food super star  Mariano DeLorenzo

 

 

Reith Lectures 2016. Kwame Anthony Appiah. With thanks courtesy BBC

Kwame Anthony Appiah Philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist This year’s BBC Reith Lecturer is Kwame Anthony Appiah, a British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. Appiah specialises in moral and political philosophy, as well as issues of personal and political identity, cosmopolitanism and nationalism. Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading. His four lectures under the banner "Mistaken Identities" will focus on four themes: Colour, Country, Creed and Culture. They will be recorded in London, Glasgow, Accra, in Appiah’s adopted hometown of New York, and will be broadcast on Radio 4 in October and November. Kwame Anthony Appiah says: “We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We are Muslim and Christian, so we have religious identities. We are English and Scottish, so we have national identities. We are men and women, and so we have gender identities. And we are black and white, so we have racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these identities. Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading.” Background Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. His father, Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, was a Ghanaian lawyer and politician, as well as a Member of Parliament, an Ambassador and a President of the Ghana Bar Association. His mother was English: Peggy Appiah, besides being a novelist and children’s writer, was active in the social, philanthropic and cultural life of Kumasi. Their marriage, in 1953, was widely covered in the international press as one of the first “inter-racial society weddings” in Britain. As a child, Appiah spent a good deal of time in England, living with his grandmother, Dame Isobel Cripps, widow of the English statesman and Labour Chancellor, Sir Stafford Cripps. After studying at Cambridge, Appiah taught at some of the world’s top universities including Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard, and lectured at many other institutions across the world. In 2014 he became Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he teaches both in New York and in Abu Dhabi. He has published widely in African and African-American literary and cultural studies. His award-winning “In My Father’s House” explores the role of African and African-American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life, which has been a life-long passion of Appiah’s. Why Identity? Appiah believes there are profound sources of confusion in our thinking about identities. Indeed, almost every identity grows out of conflict and contradiction, and their borders can be drawn in blood. And yet they can also seen to fade in the blink of an historical eye. The demands of identity can seem irresistible at one moment, absurd at the next. Most of us swim easily in the swirling waters of our multiple affiliations most of the time, but we can be brought up short in moments when the currents of identity tug us excruciatingly in opposite directions. He adds: “In these Reith lectures I want to explore some of these confusions through an examination of four central kinds of identity: creed, country, colour and culture. Through the lives of particular people in particular places and times, we’ll see how the confusions play out, but also how they can be cleared up. We’ll learn how those identities play both positive and negative roles in their lives and in ours, and how we might escape some of the negatives if we understood some of the many mistakes we make about identity.”

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist 
This year’s BBC Reith Lecturer is Kwame Anthony Appiah, a British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. Appiah specialises in moral and political philosophy, as well as issues of personal and political identity, cosmopolitanism and nationalism.
Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading.
His four lectures under the banner “Mistaken Identities” will focus on four themes: Colour, Country, Creed and Culture. They will be recorded in London, Glasgow, Accra, in Appiah’s adopted hometown of New York, and will be broadcast on Radio 4 in October and November.
Kwame Anthony Appiah says: “We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We are Muslim and Christian, so we have religious identities. We are English and Scottish, so we have national identities. We are men and women, and so we have gender identities. And we are black and white, so we have racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these identities. Not everyone accepts that you have to be a man or a woman; or that you can’t be both an Englishman and a Scot. You can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation. Perhaps, in each case, someone will believe you. And that is one reason why the way we often talk about these identities can be misleading.”
Background
Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in London but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. His father, Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, was a Ghanaian lawyer and politician, as well as a Member of Parliament, an Ambassador and a President of the Ghana Bar Association. His mother was English: Peggy Appiah, besides being a novelist and children’s writer, was active in the social, philanthropic and cultural life of Kumasi. Their marriage, in 1953, was widely covered in the international press as one of the first “inter-racial society weddings” in Britain. As a child, Appiah spent a good deal of time in England, living with his grandmother, Dame Isobel Cripps, widow of the English statesman and Labour Chancellor, Sir Stafford Cripps.
After studying at Cambridge, Appiah taught at some of the world’s top universities including Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard, and lectured at many other institutions across the world. In 2014 he became Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he teaches both in New York and in Abu Dhabi.
He has published widely in African and African-American literary and cultural studies. His award-winning “In My Father’s House” explores the role of African and African-American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life, which has been a life-long passion of Appiah’s.
Why Identity?
Appiah believes there are profound sources of confusion in our thinking about identities. Indeed, almost every identity grows out of conflict and contradiction, and their borders can be drawn in blood. And yet they can also seen to fade in the blink of an historical eye. The demands of identity can seem irresistible at one moment, absurd at the next. Most of us swim easily in the swirling waters of our multiple affiliations most of the time, but we can be brought up short in moments when the currents of identity tug us excruciatingly in opposite directions.
He adds: “In these Reith lectures I want to explore some of these confusions through an examination of four central kinds of identity: creed, country, colour and culture. Through the lives of particular people in particular places and times, we’ll see how the confusions play out, but also how they can be cleared up. We’ll learn how those identities play both positive and negative roles in their lives and in ours, and how we might escape some of the negatives if we understood some of the many mistakes we make about identity.”

With thanks courtesy BBC