Here are some of the artists whose work is in the collection of Crystal Bridges: Thomas Eakins. Jackson Pollock. Winslow Homer. Word of mouth only gets you so far with paper your words can travel in books, letters, pamphlets, and even in a love note. Before this class I never really understood what paper has done for our society. It seems to me that we would be stuck in the stone ages without paper.
Counterfeit Street: Sunday Mirror investigates hidden ‘shopping mall’ of fake designer and electrical goodsHidden behind the shutters of apparently derelict shops lies an Aladdin’s Cave of fake goods which attracts buyers from across the UK08:00, 15 JUN 2014Updated09:23, 16 JUN 2014Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe shutters are down and the windows boarded up on the once bustling high street.The derelict shops in the shadow of Strangeways Prison, Manchester, give all the appearance of being completely abandoned, sad and of the economic crisis.But behind the locked doors of Bury New Road, in a maze of back alleys and basements, a new trade is flourishing fake designer goods worth millions of pounds change hands here every year.It’s a hidden shopping mall and cash and carry all rolled into one, a secret outlet village where rogue traders buy fake supplies in bulk and sell them on across the country.The Government last week announced plans to crack down on the selling of fake goods, on the internet. It came after a report showed the number of illegal website links removed worldwide in the past year had soared by a huge 620 per cent to 72million.But despite a recent clampdown on illegal goods by Greater Manchester Police , anyone can just wander in to this Hooky Street style den of “designer” goods.We were able to buy must have items such as a fake Louis Vuitton satchel for counterfeit Jimmy Choo shoes for fake Beats headphones for and a “Nike England” shirt for all way below prices for the real thing.And we weren’t alone. Hordes of shoppers from across the UK come to buy fake handbags, watches, sunglasses and sports gear from a labyrinth of more than 20 black market stores.
‘Shark Attack’ feels like the band returning to what they do best, injecting life and enthusiasm into the mix, but even here they are only two thirds there. The steel drums are a nice touch, the vocals as ever interesting but the occasional need to let it all go in some berserk caffeine overload spoils the plot. Similarly with ‘What I Know’, the band go intermittently over the top and end up just sounding shouty; Ryan Rabin’s percussive excellence may be a master class in drumming, but this song or band does not need a Dave Grohl it’s not a good fit (and, lyrically, well I’m still undecided as to whether it’s supposed to be irony or if they’re just bad: “I give you this, you give it back, I tossed a coin right on the track, is this for real or is it whack?”).