Limerick Picasso is no fan of castle murals

first_img TAGSCharlie McLeanfeaturedKing John’s CastlemuralMusic LimerickPicassoSmug WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsLimerick Picasso is no fan of castle muralsBy Guest Writer – August 1, 2013 2652 Email Linkedin Print Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick No vaccines in Limerick yet King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games center_img Facebook Previous articleAoife McLoughlin joins ProtobabyNext articleSearch is on for the students of 1962 Guest Writer Mural‘ART, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder’That adage certainly holds true in the case of murals painted near King John’s Castle last week that have caused a conflict of opinion amongst locals.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The murals, commissioned by Limerick City Council, as part of the ‘Make a Move’ festival have been described as ‘totally inappropriate’ by Convent Street resident Charlie McLean (74). “There like something out of a horror comic. The location next to the medieval castle is out-of-place. They wouldn’t put something like that near Buntratty.“If these murals are modern art, then I’m Picasso,” said Mr McLean who has lived in the area all his life.However, Limerick City Councillor and Thomondgate resident Tom Shortt said the murals transform a rough wall on a derelict site into contemporary urban art.“The murals are painted to a high standard. They can be painted over by other artists in years to come and are not permanent, unlike some of the embarrassingly poor quality bronze public sculptures we are stuck with erected in the city in recent years.“I believe that the murals create an appropriate backdrop for City of Culture 2014. This kind of art is an ever-increasing trend and part of an urban landscape,” he said.The murals were painted by Australian born, Glasgow based artist, Smug, who is regarded as one of the most accomplished street artists in the world.Meanwhile, Limerick Arts Office has announced details of the country’s first subsidised living space scheme for artists. An open call has been made to recognised cultural practitioners, including contemporary visual artists, performers, musicians and writers, to apply for the use of six newly-refurbished residential apartments at John’s Square.The Square reopened to the public earlier this year following a €1.5 million redevelopment by Limerick City Council and, according to the local authority, it can now be considered Limerick’s Living Cultural Quarter.For more information see  Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Advertisementlast_img read more

Memories are made of this

first_imgNoted neuroscientist Eric Kandel ’52 looked to his audience to illustrate his lecture on the molecular basis of memory.“If you remember anything about this lecture, it’s because genes in your brain will be altered,” said the Columbia University professor, who shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his studies on memory. “If you remember this tomorrow, or the next day, a week later, you will have a different brain than when you walked into this lecture.”Kandel’s standing-room-only talk in Science Center D on Monday (Feb. 8) was organized by the Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School.“Memory, as you know, makes us who we are,” Kandel said. “It’s the glue that binds our mental life together. Without the unifying force of memory, we would be broken into as many fragments as there are moments in the day.”Kandel described what researchers have learned in recent decades about the molecular underpinnings of memory. Among other things, he said, neuroscientists have found that short-term memory — the ability to recall things for minutes or hours — is fundamentally different from long-term memory, which holds information for weeks, months, even a lifetime.“Long-term memory differs from short-term memory in requiring the synthesis of new proteins,” Kandel said, adding that there’s a high threshold for information to be entered into long-term memory.“Something really has to be important to be remembered,” he said.Long-term memory stimulates protein syntheses, Kandel said, by altering gene expression. While the genes themselves remain unchanged, their activity levels are tweaked by the molecules involved in the creation of long-term memory.“Many of us are accustomed, naively, to thinking that genes are the determinants of our behavior,” he said. “We are not accustomed to thinking that genes are also the servants of the mind.”The genes affected, he said, lead the brain’s 100 billion neurons to grow new synapses, or connections with other neurons. A typical neuron, he said, connects to about 1,200 others. But neurons that are subject to repeated stimuli have been found to have much denser networks, with up to 2,800 synapses.The brain is especially susceptible to forming such new connections early in life, he said, when its structure is highly malleable, or plastic.“This is why almost all great musicians, all great basketball players, all great anything, all get started very early in life,” Kandel said.But Kandel’s host, Jack Shonkoff, director of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child and a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said the young brain’s plasticity also can be detrimental to children.“Significant trauma, significant stress, may have some adverse effect on these circuits that makes it more difficult for children to learn,” Shonkoff said.Kandel said better understanding of how the biology of the brain relates to individual behaviors and how complex behaviors develop in complex sociobiology “is really the great challenge of the 21st century.”He later elaborated on that challenge in response to an audience question, alluding to the daunting work still to be done at neuroscience’s latest frontier: unraveling organisms’ “connectomes,” the complete diagrams of neural circuitry.“There are a lot of cells up there,” he said. “Each one of them connects to 1,000 other cells, so you’ve got more synapses than there are stars in the universe. When you finish counting those stars in the universe, I will be ready for the connectome.”last_img read more

Boxing trials : And the winner is…Mary Kom; Nikhat Zareen defeated in final bout

first_imgGuwahati: Six-time World champion MC Mary Kom defeated pugilist Nikhat Zareen in the women boxing trials of the Olympic Qualifiers on Saturday in New Delhi.The boxer from Manipur faced Zareen in the 51 kg category.Mary Kom will now represent India in the Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers to be held in China in February.Zareen, who had previously won the gold medal at Strandja Memorial tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. advanced to the 51 kg category after defeating Jyoti Gulia.She had earlier courted controversy when she demanded a fair Olympic selection trial against Mary Kom.In an earlier interview with The Sentinel, Zareen, while she was in Guwahati, had said, ” I believe in myself. I am ready to take Mary on the ring and will try my best to win the bout.”Also Read: Mary Kom and Nikhat Zareen to fight it out in finals of Olympic Boxing TrialsAlso Watch: All Assam Lawyers Association staged protest rally against CAA 2019 in Guwahatilast_img read more