Listing Heritage Sites
Mumbai may soon have more sites joining the Elephanta Caves and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Unesco's World Heritage List. The UN body released a new 'Tentative List', an inventory of properties that have been nominated, in January. Mumbai's nominations include the 'Fort' precinct with its stately 19th century Victorian neo-Gothic buildings, the historic Oval Maidan, and the art deco buildings on Backbay Reclamation and Marine Drive. How a site makes it to this list:
Procedure: It has to be suggested by a 'state party' - the government of any of the 188 countries that adhere to Unesco's World Heritage Convention. The suggestion must be made on a prescribed form, in either English or French, in conformity with Unesco's operational guidelines.
Benefits: State parties get international funds to help protect sites that are on the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Sites in Danger list or on the Tentative List. The next list: The next World Heritage List will be out in 2013. Sites from the Tentative List may be included in it if a Unesco panel of experts feels they conform to 10 criteria Unesco has laid down.
A rare first edition of 19th Century masterpiece The Birds of America fetched $7.9 million at a Christie's auction in New York. In 2010, another copy of the first edition - which went under the hammer at Sotheby's in London - sold for $11.5 million. The book, by American ornithologist John James Audubon, depicts more than 400 species of birds and is considered a masterpiece of ornithology art.
The German Parliament's email system was hampered for several hours on January 25 when close to 4,000 personnel responded to an errant email. It was sent by a staffer who accidentally hit the "reply to all' button while responding to a mail. Chaos reigned as hundreds, in turn, did the same. The most common response was cold and terse: "Remove my name from your list".
Bad news for Bond lovers. British dailies have been reporting that Skyfall, the new Bond film, will mostly be filmed in the UK because of budgetary issues. Apparently, the only other country that will feature in it is Turkey. Originally, the 23rd installment of the Bond franchise, starring Daniel Craig, was to be shot in six countries, including India.
Compiled by Anamika Butalia