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This is an extreme close-up photo of a living human brain. It may look gross to some of you, but think about how amazing this is. You have one of these things inside your head. A mass of organic matter that contains billions of connections that make you. Every memory, everything that ever was in your life is within this mass. So yes, it may look gross, but it’s pretty amazing

Photo by Robert Ludlow, of the Institute of Neurology at UCL (University College London). It was taken while a patient with epilepsy was being operated on. It won the Wellcome Image Award two years ago.

A splendid photo of Tom when he became an honorary fellow at the University of the Arts London, July 2015. (X):

UAL’s own Honorary Fellow, who also attended UAL’s Drama Centre London, Tom Hardy, is up for Best Supporting Actor in his race to nab his very first Oscar for his work in acclaimed front-runner, The Revenant. But it doesn’t just stop there. Hardy also appears in Mad Max: Fury Road– with both films up for an combined eye-watering 22 Academy Awards.

Hardy was studying at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins when he was offered his breakout role in HBO’s award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers. Award-winning performances followed in Bronson, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, amongst a string of stellar performances in both film, on screen and stage.

He inspired UAL graduates with his moving speech: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/1OV6cRM

My favorite pair of sentences on the internet is:

After holding research positions at Harvard University, the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Michigan, Brian was a faculty member at Queen Mary, University of London, where he worked on string theory, supersymmetry, and quantum field theory. In 2015, Brian left academics for a career as a comedy musician and YouTube gamer.

Joy Division 8 Feb 1980 Univ of London Union 2012 master (free download)

In August 2006 I was approached to assist with the sourcing, cleanup and mastering of various Joy Division gigs for inclusion in the then-upcoming double-CD deluxe edition reissues.  The in-between story, between first being drafted into the project and then September 2007’s Warner Brothers/Rhino release of the Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Still Collector’s Editions, is boring and not really worth rehashing.
What is relevant is that six years is a long time ago, with regards to my skill set and general knowledge of audio theory and mastering.  I listen to the stuff I turned in to the band and Rhino in late 2006 and essentially cringe.  Not because it’s bad, because it’s not, but with where I’ve advanced to today my 2006 work sounds amateur to these ears.  And while it’s out there for the world to enjoy (and the two sets I did, for Closer and Still, all got great reviews), I can no longer listen without wishing for a mulligan.

I went back to the original raw transfers from Duncan Haysom’s 1980 master cassette tapes, the very tapes on which he recorded the Joy Division gigs that we released.  I started from scratch - essentially, if Warners came knocking today and asked me to master these gigs, I did what I’d do for them with the skills, techniques, secret sauces and magic I’ve either advanced or flat-out learned anew since 2006.

They are spectacular.  Not to toot my own horn, but these now simply crush what was used on the 2007 releases.  Even the most hearing-challenged of listeners can tell the difference, and not just by minutiae.  Cymbals ring, drums go THWACK and not “thwop”, guitars slice through the murk.

If there were any justice in this world, Rhino would pull the 2007 sets off the market and reissue with these masterings.  One can dream…

So we start, chronologically by performance date, with the set used in association with the Closer Collector’s Edition.  Recorded by Duncan, this set from the University of London Union is a stormer.  You get the still in-development Closer tracks (which had yet to be recorded by Martin Hannett) mixed in with stridently-performed Unknown Pleasures and other pre-Closer choices.  You get “Dead Souls” brilliantly leading off the set, and you get “Digital” taking us out.  And thanks to Duncan, it’s magically captured on C45 tape for us to enjoy 32+ years on.

JOY DIVISION
8 February 1980
University of London Union

Mastered in November 2012 by Analog Loyalist, from Duncan Haysom’s master recording

01 Dead Souls
02 Glass
03 A Means To An End
04 Twenty Four Hours
05 Passover
06 Insight
07 Colony
08 These Days
09 Love Will Tear Us Apart
10 Isolation
11 - encore break -
12 The Eternal
13 Digital

http://thepowerofindependenttrucking.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/joy-division-8-feb-1980-univ-of-london.html

Images of the Flying Spaghetti Monster banned from a London university for being ‘religiously offensive’

Non-religious students at London South Bank University have had posters advertising their society banned for being ‘offensive’. The poster publicising the South Bank Atheist Society (SBAS) depicted Michelangelo’s famous ‘Creation of Adam’ fresco from the Sistine Chapel but with the character of god replaced with the satirical online deity the ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ (FSM)

https://humanism.org.uk/2014/02/10/satirical-spaghetti-monster-image-banned-london-south-bank-university-religiously-offensive/

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UAL Honorary Fellow Award
London, England- July 15, 2015.

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When Tom received the Honorary fellow at the University of the Arts London.


What do all these Oscar nominees have in common…?

Now that the official nominations to this year’s Oscar race are out – we tally up the talent that count UAL as their alma mater.

Drama Centre London & UAL Honorary Fellow

UAL’s own Honorary Fellow, who also attended UAL’s Drama Centre London, Tom Hardy, is up for Best Supporting Actor in his race to nab his very first Oscar for his work in acclaimed front-runner, The Revenant. But it doesn’t just stop there. Hardy also appears in Mad Max: Fury Road – with both films up for an combined eye-watering 22 Academy Awards.

Hardy was studying at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins when he was offered his breakout role in HBO’s award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers. Award-winning performances followed in Bronson, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, amongst a string of stellar performances in both film, on screen and stage.

He inspired UAL graduates with his moving speech: “It’s okay to fail. You learn so much more from failure – it’s not embarrassing.”

Watch it here

Study in London

For anyone who is thinking about studying abroad..

I would love to share my honest opinion on how it is to study in London from my personal experiences as a student here.

When I came to London I did not know anyone here. I did not know the place, the people, not even to make my own food. If you are in this same situation don’t let that stop you from coming to London cause that isn’t a problem at all.

The university  arranges airport pick-ups for all international students.

You can stay on campus but if you prefer to live off campus there are a number of other options like family stay accommodation where you live with a family, rented apartments where you share a flat with friends, private flats where you can rent a flat for yourself, or international student house which is a mansion exclusively for international students in London.

As I preferred to stay off campus the residential services in my university had sent me a list of places for accommodation close to my university before I landed in London to help me settle soon as I got here. The lovely Irish family I’ve been living with since then helped me in so many ways. They even taught me to cook food!

My top 3 reasons why anyone should choose London as a study destination would be:

  1. AMAZING PEOPLE: The multi cultured friends, teachers and other people I come across everyday. Talking to them and getting to know their culture, traditions, aspects and views on different things in life is very Interesting.

  2. AMAZING PLACE: Living in “THE WORLD’S BEST CITY” has given me the best life’s experiences. Be it food, clothing or anything, London has shops that are very expensive, fairly priced and also very cheap. You can choose whichever works best for you and still live that amazing life you deserve! You just need to know the right choices to make, which I’m sure London will teach you.

  3. AMAZING FUN: London offers a number of events, entertainments and places to visit for free and in great student discounted prices!

    The students are also eligible for free medical services and that is great! Living very far away from home and you never know what medical issues you will come across as its not in your control. We think medical expenses are very high in foreign countries but in London its free! Well, how could it get any better?!

Coming to London has definitely made me a better person. It teaches you to be independent, to stand on your own legs. London has given me both quality education and quality life experience.

It is indeed ‘a home away from home’. I am a 100% happy for having made the right choice by choosing to study in London. I am in love with London!

phys.org
Snake-hunting secretary birds use the force of five times their body weight to stamp on and kill their prey
"The exceptionally rapid strike contact duration is 1/10th of the time it takes to blink an eye – which takes around 150 ms.

A team of scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London, the Royal Veterinary College and the Hawk Conservancy Trust have discovered Secretary Birds can kick with 195 Newtons, which is equivalent to five times their own body weight, when they attack and kill their prey. And the contact time between the bird’s feet and the snake is delivered extremely quickly - on average just 15 milliseconds.

The study, published today (25 January) in the journal Current Biology, focuses on a captive male Secretary Bird called Madeleine, held at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, Hampshire.

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I would say this wonderful view was worth being woken up early by a fire alarm, but it most definitely wasn’t worth the two fire alarms of tonight 😩 but I guess at least the sky was pretty and I got to look at the stars at 2am #sky #dawn #sunrise #uni #mine #clouds #contrast (at Royal Holloway, University of London)

Starting UNI in London, now what?

Now everything! Your fun life will see a huge boost, tons of new friends will “invade” your world, so many places to see and parties to attend.

We’d suggest you give Boris’ bikes a try, many found them to be at least fun if not more - when you ride in groups in the public parks.

Try our museums. Try our clubs. Try our local beers, they’re fantastic. Try independent films in the smaller cinemas, gems everywhere. Try baking for friends. Try jogging more. Try sleeping enough.Try keeping organised and do your homework. Try self discipline, it’s rewarding. Try helping others, you’ll feel extraordinary! Try calling mum more often.

Read the full blog post on Alara’s Health Store blog.