A Bathing Ape 2014 Fall/Winter Gold Face T-Shirt for Selfridges

BAPE‘s ape logo is one of the most widely recognizable graphics in streetwear. It was inspired by the original Planet of the Apes movies and has stuck with the brand since its inception in the early ’90s. The emblem has been printed as a caricature on numerous occasions, and has even spawned the miniature version, Baby Milo. Now, BAPE is bringing the classic design to the U.K. high end department store Selfridges. The exclusive tee features a metallic gold face ape across the chest.

The tee is available now at Selfridges while supplies last.


‘More than 90 Percent’ of Hong Kong citizens long to return to British rule


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According to a story in the South China Morning Post, more than 90 percent of Hong Kong citizens polled in a recent survey said that they wanted the region to return to British rule, stating that they fear much of what makes the region great will eventually be lost.

A British colony for 157 years, control of Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, making it the country’s first Special Administrative Region. It would seem, however, that many of its residents are far from happy, and wish to return to the days where the region operated independently of the People’s Republic of China.

In a survey conducted on its website on 12 March, the South China Morning Post asked whether, given the choice, Hong Kong residents would vote to return to being a British territory. Just 24 hours later, the results of the survey showed that more than 90 percent of those who responded said that they would prefer life to be as it was prior to Hong Kong being handed back to China.


▼ The landslide vote counted on the website.

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Concerns over food standards and the control that the Chinese government has over the freedom of information were cited as reasons for not wanting to be a part of mainland China, with some voicing concerns that were Hong Kong to continue on its current course, “[this freedom] will eventually be snatched away by the Chinese government, and we will end up like every other district in the mainland.

The debate is thought to have been sparked after 98 percent of residents on the Falkland islands, a small archipelago situated off the coast of Argentina, voted in a recent referendum to remain under British control rather than fall under Argentinian rule.



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‘More than 90 Percent’ of Hong Kong citizens long to return to British rule


China blocks the Guardian (UK) website

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The website of Britain’s the Guardian newspaper has been blocked in China since Tuesday, for no apparent reason. While US publications and journalists have been coming under pressure from Chinese censors for a number of years, this is the first time a major UK publication has been blocked.

A source in Beijing confirmed that theguardian.com was still blocked as of 4.26pm local time Wednesday, and could only be accessed through a VPN service. Another reader confirmed the same from Shanghai.

The websites of the New York Times and Bloomberg have been blocked by Beijing since both published reports in 2012 on the wealth of Chinese leaders’ families. However, the Guardian claimed, “no China-related stories published by the Guardian in the past two days would obviously be perceived as dangerous by the country’s leadership.”

As of Wednesday afternoon there was no sign of the Guardian website being unblocked. Major websites have been blocked temporarily before and later unblocked, so this may be a temporary measure. Last month Chinese immigration withheld visas from some NYT and Bloomberg reporters in what appeared to be an intimidation tactic, before later issuing them.

The censorhip of the Guardian website was initially confirmed by website monitoring site Greatfire.com.

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Sikh contribution to the Army honoured in Sandhurst event


BBC: The historic contribution made by Sikh soldiers who fought for Britain has been marked by the Army at an event at the Royal Military Academy in Camberley, Surrey. Many thousands of Sikhs died fighting for the British Indian Army during both world wars.

Today is really about commemorating the Sikh contribution to the armed forces both today and in the past,” said Lt Col John Kendall, who organised the event at the Indian War Memorial room at Sandhurst. “It is a story of loyalty, courage and selfless commitment,” he said.

During the days of the British Empire, Sikh soldiers were highly regarded by British officers for their martial prowess, according to Dr Anthony Morton, curator of the Sandhurst collection.

Sikhs have played an important role in the British Army for 150 years,” he said. “In both world wars Sikh regiments fought for the British all over the world, even on the western front in the First World War and they distinguished themselves very well.

He said Sikh soldiers had won Victoria Crosses. However, it is a contribution which many Sikhs in the UK believe is largely unrecognised, which is why author Jay Singh Sohal believes events like this are important.

British Sikhs, third generation, fourth generation can take inspiration from the fact that their forebears fought for Great Britain,” he said.

Despite this long and distinguished martial tradition, there are only 265 Sikhs currently serving in the British Armed Services Army leaders hope by celebrating the military contribution of their ancestors, more will be encouraged to serve.

Lt Jagjit Singh Mahwara shares that view. He completed his officer training at Sandhurst three years ago and currently serves with the Royal Artillery. He thinks Sikhs may have misconceptions about the armed services.

Parents and children alike see the army as a war fighting machine,” he said. “But there is more – all work we do supporting civilian communities. People need to go out there and look at what we do in more depth.

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Neorealist painter Liu Xiaodong stars in “Half Street” documentary

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Filmmaker Sophie Fiennes secures an intimate and charming exploration of the creative processes behind Liu Xiaodong’s figurative work in this excerpt from her 40-minute study of the pioneering Chinese artist, Liu Xiaodong.

The documentary, called “Half Street,” follows him during his time in London where he spent six weeks in residency creating works for two pubs and a restaurant, all leading up his inaugural appearance at London’s Lisson Gallery.

Liu, a documentarian and former actor who is married to fellow painter Yu Hong, took up a six-week artist residency at two pubs and a Middle Eastern restaurant in London’s Marylebone. He created eight large-scale acrylic paintings, immortalizing some of the neighborhood regulars of Polish, French, West Indian and Arab descent.

In this excerpt, he narrates as he paints some of the guests sitting in at The Perseverance pub, musing about their backgrounds and family’s stories, and ultimately heightening the realities of his subjects.

Half Street” will run from September 27 through November 2.

Lisson Gallery
52-54 Bell St
London NW1 5DA
United Kingdom

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