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British Library Blogs
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Sport and Society Blog Simone Bacchini writes: It sometimes feels like the case for sport as a vehicle for social change is a bit overstated. Yet, the announcement that London has bid to host the 2018 Gay Games ( might be, well, a game changer. The Gay Games was started in San Francisco, in 1982. Sporting events for minority groups, some of them facing varying degrees of discrimination have a double function. Sport is one of the favourite arenas in which socially approved norms of gender behaviour are displayed, learned, and reinforced. Obviously, for many LGBT people sport has never been an issue: they simply aren’t interested. The Paralympics has been an important tool in changing views of and attitudes towards disability. References Journal of Homosexuality. London Reference Collection: SPIS Journals Display (open access) Anderson, E. (2009). General Reference Collection: SPIS306.7662 (open access) Symons, C. (2010). Document Supply: m11/.11320

Smithsonian Libraries Blog Jonathan Overend: Davis Cup review must not paper over cra Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin Photo It is one of the great mysteries of the digital age. The hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin, has captivated even those who think the virtual currency is some sort of online Ponzi scheme. A legend has emerged from a jumble of facts: Someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto released the software for Bitcoin in early 2009 and communicated with the nascent currency’s users via email — but never by phone or in person. Then, in 2011, just as the technology began to attract wider attention, the emails stopped. Suddenly, Satoshi was gone, but the stories grew larger. Over the last year, as I worked on a book about the history of Bitcoin, it was hard to avoid being drawn in by the almost mystical riddle of Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity. This video is not currently supported on your browser. Continue reading the main story Video Mr. At that event, Mr. But Mr. This history is more than just a matter of curiosity. Mr. After Mr. Mr. I met Mr. Mr. It is, though, Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.

Organising Chaos Sound Recordings Blog Cheryl Tipp, Natural Sounds Curator writes: Over the past 5 weeks, listeners of BBC Radio 4 have been treated to a series dedicated entirely to sound and its many roles in human culture over the past 100,000 years. Noise: a Human History, written and presented by Professor David Hendy and made in collaboration with the British Library's Sound Archive, has explored a multitude of subjects, from the power of great orators to the significance of resonant spaces. Episode 25, Capturing Sound, looks at new technologies that emerged during the latter half of the 19th Century, making it possible to record and thereby transform sound from something previously transient and elusive. The British Library has an extensive collection of both early recordings and the equipment used to record and playback these sounds. Edison Home Phonograph (1900) Don Bradman, Australian cricketer - How it's Done Amy Johnson, pioneer aviator - The Story of my Flight Franklin D.

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