Rare Italian renaissance paintings to be shown in Canberra of Australia

CANBERRA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Rare 15th and 16th Century Italian renaissance paintings would be shown in Canberram, Australia this summer for the first time, said National Gallery of Australia's (NGA) on Tuesday. More than 70 works by Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini, Titian, Carpaccio and Perugino, have been loaned to NGA, at the time when the art academy and gallery located in northern Italy undergoes renovations. According to NGA director Ron Radford, he had been negotiating the deal for th ... Add a comment

World without books no way

&$&$ BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhuanet) – Arecent national survey shows a strong growth in digital reading, with 252 million Chinese aged between 18 and 70 reading books and articles online in 2010 and about 83.6 percent of the respondents saying they would prefer the electronic version of a book if available. So will e-reading replace books one day? "There are now many ways of spreading knowledge like the computer, w ... Add a comment

Ministry orders cleanup of online music

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The Ministry of Culture has ordered domestic websites to halt playback and download services for 100 songs from other markets that were not officially approved before being uploaded to the Internet. "A website that is engaged in the operation of an online music product must go through procedures with the ministry before providing playback and download services for the song on the Internet," Li Jian, an official in the ministry's department of cultural markets, ... Add a comment

Tony Blair publishes Chinese edition of his memoirs

&$ &$Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during the book launch ceremony of the Chinese edition of his memoir A Journey in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 30, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Fangyu)&$&$ BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Tony Blair, former British prime minister, inaugurated the publication of the Chinese edition of his memoirs, "A Journey", in Beijing on Tuesday. In the book's preface, Blair, who serve ... Add a comment

Fast eating women more likely to get fat New Zealand research

WELLINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Middle-aged women who wolf down their meals are much more likely to be overweight or obese than women who eat slower, New Zealand research has found. In what they claimed to be the first such nationwide study anywhere, Otago University researchers analyzed the relationship between self-reported speed of eating and body mass index (BMI) in more than 1,500 New Zealand women aged 40 to 50, an age group known to be at high risk of weight gain. The study by the u ... Add a comment

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