Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears

Western leaders condemn the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and urge the authorities to conduct a transparent investigation.

28 February 2015 | Permalink | Tweet

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” quoted from Julius Caesar

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Ay me! What is this world?

Boris Nemtsov, a leading Russian opposition politician and ex-deputy PM, is shot dead in Moscow ahead of a march against the war in Ukraine.

28 February 2015 | Permalink | Tweet

“Ay me! What is this world?” quoted from Henry the Sixth, Part II

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So we grew together, Like a double cherry

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is due to unveil its first full budget in what is seen as a key test of his appetite for reform.

28 February 2015 | Permalink | Tweet

“So we grew together, Like a double cherry” quoted from A Midsummer Night's Dream

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“Every day we are presented with world stories through news feeds on multiple platforms. We are confronted with the atrocities of civil war, the consequences of forbidden love, betrayal and power – these challenges of the human condition all shared in Shakespeare’s plays.

To Be Today by Brendan Dawes captures news stories and frames them in Shakespeare’s words by matching the text written centuries ago with a beautifully crafted algorithm using today’s technologies. As the Royal Shakespeare Company explores new ways to interpret Shakespeare, this work shares the connections with our past and the present – the players, the characters, the plots and the observations captured in Shakespeare’s writing connect with us today.”

– Sarah Ellis, Digital Producer RSC.

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