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Too much is too much!

Siège de la télévision d'État CCTV à Pékin appelé aussi Le pantalon. Photo: iStockphoto
Siège de la télévision d’État CCTV à Pékin appelé aussi Le pantalon. Photo: iStockphoto

Imagine the scene: Stephen Harper stands in the House of Commons and asks Canadians to put a halt to constructing buildings with weird shapes. Too much is too much, he says.
This is not likely to happen for two reasons: Stephen Harper is not a dictator and Canada is a rather conservative country when it comes to architecture. The streets aren’t filled with grotesquely shaped buildings.
In any case, it would be delirious. Such a scene is impossible. What leader would dare do it? And which country in the world can boast having a surplus of strange architectural buildings on its territory?
We have the answer: China.
It happened in mid-October. According to the Agence France-Presse, Chinese President Xi Jinping took advantage of a speech in front of a delegation of artists to request that the multiplication of weird constructions in China come to an end. Continue reading

Knives, forks and spoons over the decades

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This essay explores a common household element with a high iron content: cutlery. Moreover, the real name is flatware or a canteen. History and anecdote lovers, this one’s for you.

First and foremost, let’s specify that cutlery means knives, cutting instruments and utensils. It’s a broad term encompassing flatware and canteen. A place setting is a set of handheld eating utensils. And a canteen consists of 12 place settings in a storage case.

Today, setting a beautiful table involves a careful choice of flatware. A multitude of materials such as stainless steel, plastic, glass and more give these items unique character and enhance decor. Some utensils are real treasures with sculpted handles or blown-glass parts. So where does this fashion originate?

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