Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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MUSIC There aren't as many diabolic goings-on in Adrian Raso's meeting with the Fanfare Ciocarlia as its title, Devil's Tale (Asphalt Tango) suggests. But this is still a fiery conversation between the Canadian guitarist and the Romanian brass band. Quieter, but promoting loud applause is Sailing to Byzantium (pictured above), a set of four 10-inch records marking the 150th release from Norway's superlative Rune Grammofon label. With Jenny Hval, Arve Henriksen and Sidsel Endresen among the artists lining up, this limited edition is worth looking up - quickly.

FILM In Metro Manila (dvd), a penniless peasant family is pulled into crime and prostitution in a teeming city of ruthless landlords and employers. Sean Ellis's social drama about a family's struggles morphs into a pulsating and moving thriller.

Dark Days (dvd) is a straightforward, comment-free, black and white doc about a community of homeless people supporting each other and surviving in New York's train tunnels.

Ralph Fiennes directs The Invisible Woman and plays Charles Dickens (cinema). He's a charming, ruthless, man-of-his-time who, to protect his earnings and reputation, hides his 30-years-younger mistress, Nelly Ternan, who becomes invisible, and opaque.

BOOKS We know numbers are powerful, but do we know just how misleading are the most influential of them or how few people actually shape them? How Numbers Rule the World: the use and abuse of statistics in global politics by Lorenzo Fioramonti (Zed) reveals all. …

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