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  1. If you’re looking for an example of inclusive design, the very text of Jeremy Myerson’s new book is a good place to start. Designing a World for Everyone: 30 Years of Inclusive Design is packed with richly illustrated examples of architecture, products and systems that were conceived to work for as many people as possible, regardless of age or ability.It’s written in a lively and familiar way, no doubt informed by Myerson’s previous career as a journalist.“People won’t read an academic text,…
  2. 3.5/5 starsDwayne Johnson headlines an old-fashioned romp through the Amazon in Jungle Cruise, the latest film spun off from a popular Disney theme park ride.Like Pirates of the Caribbean, the studio will doubtless hope this action adventure spawns a multimillion-dollar movie franchise, even if it doesn’t boast a character as memorable as Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.What it does have is some genteel chemistry between Emily Blunt’s headstrong adventurer Dr Lily Houghton and Johnson’s…
  3. In the dark corners of the internet hides a playlist of some of the most torturous, addictive music known to man. That’s right, Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music all have playlists of Baby Shark remixes. Do do, do do, do do, do.Would you walk 500 miles to get away from that tune? Will your poker face crack the 1,000th time it plays in your head? Does it remind you of somebody that you used to know? Do you value the sound of silence?You aren’t alone. These so-called earworms – gross – are…
  4. On Monday, K-pop singer D.O. released his debut solo EP, Empathy.Known as one of K-pop group Exo’s primary vocalists and as a popular actor, D.O.’s eight-track Empathy is an easy-listening album, based firmly in acoustic pop and R&B.Fronted by the ukulele-infused single Rose, the album features songs not only in Korean but also English and Spanish. They create a musical environment that is both romantic and poignant.Along with an English version of Rose and Si Fueras Mia, a Spanish version of…
  5. “Very, very worried. Nervous.” That’s how NIve feels about Broken Kaleidoscope, his new solo album, which was released this week.“I’m very excited, because I don’t know what’s going to happen. But very worried, because it’s my first album, and because I’m writing my full thoughts.”The Seoul-based singer-songwriter’s first solo album comes after several years ofhim releasing not only his own songs but writing hits for many of South Korea’s most popular artists, including K-pop bands BTS, Exo,…
  6. 2.5/5 starsDigital comics known as webtoons are proving a fertile source of material for South Korea’s booming media industry. Many recent K-drama hits, including Sweet Home and Itaewon Class, were adapted from the popular new medium, while blockbuster franchise Along with the Gods also began life on the virtual page.Ghost Mansion, a horror anthology film from first-time director Jo Ba-reun, aims to return the compliment, spinning a yarn about a struggling webtoon artist who ventures into a…
  7. 3/5 starsWhile we wait for a likely third season to materialise, Netflix invites us to return to the Kingdom saga this summer through this prequel origin story. Ashin of the North is a feature-length special that clues us in on the mysterious Ashin, played by superstar Jun Ji-hyun, who appeared in the closing moments of the second season.Following a dense preamble that outlines the geopolitics of the Jurchen forces, officials of the ancient Korean Joseon kingdom and the Seongjeoyain tribe…
  8. Eunice Yeung places her hands on her belly – she is seven months pregnant with her first child. “I’m having a boy and all I want is for him to grow up respecting women.”She’s heard many stories where that has not been the case.Yeung is a Hong Kong-based therapist specialising in support for trauma survivors. As well as running her own private practice she works as a part-time counsellor at RainLily, the city’s first sexual violence crisis centre for women.“The girls that come to RainLily for…
  9. Haiti has been plunged into another crisis following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Known today for its wretched litany of natural and man-made catastrophes, most people are unaware of Haiti’s inspiring past as the first nation in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve independence from European rule, in 1804, and the only country in history that was founded by a successful slave rebellion.However, two centuries of misgovernance, political instability, endemic corruption and…
  10. The TV drama Itaewon Class, about a young entrepreneur who seeks to avenge his father’s death by taking down his rival at a powerful corporation, has built a loyal global following on Netflix.But media executive Jeongin Hong believes there is even more potential for the 2020 Korean-language series.Hong, whose company JTBC Studios produces the show, wants to develop an English version of the series with the potential help of wiip – a Hollywood company behind HBO’s Mare of Easttown and other…