NEWS DIGEST 07.03.2021: Post-Brexit events in the UK & EU, new Ainu film in Japan

Good morning. Today’s news comes via Facebook. Fears that the UK will run out of food and medicines supplies a few months into its departure from the European Union have prompted government plans to roll back on strict checks on imports coming into the country from the Continent. Ministers are considering a ‘light touch regime’ to avoid disruption to essential supplies. The plans have been spearheaded by Brexit minister Lord David Frost, who has mentioned fears that UK supermarket shelves will be left empty, and difficulties faced by European importers in preparing for the new eventuality of a post-Brexit Britain – Food scarcity fears prompt plan to ease post-Brexit checks on EU imports (The Guardian News/The Observer)

A new multisensory exhibition of the works of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh will be coming to London later this year, with tickets being made available as of 11 March. The works of the post-Impressionist painter will be brought to life with a 360-degree digital spectacle, with his paintings essentially taking over the walls of the art space in tis uniquely immersive experience, using a combination of hyper-realistic VR headsets and state-of-the-art projectors. There is a waiting list to obtain tickets – A Luminous Multisensory Van Gogh Art Exhibition Is Coming To London (Secret London)

The European Union has brought in a law that will require technology sold in the bloc to last for at least ten years, in a battle against planned obsolescence which renders many gadgets useless after only a couple of years. The new ‘right to repair’ laws will also require all tech items to come with a repair manual and must be able to be repaired using conventional tools available to the everyday consumer. The laws will apply to household devices and appliances such as televisions, fridge-freezers, washers and hairdryers, and will also be mandated in the UK, despite Brexit. The laws are designed to reduce the millions of tonnes of electrical waste generated on the continent every year – NEW EU ‘RIGHT TO REPAIR’ LAWS REQUIRE TECHNOLOGY TO LAST FOR A DECADE (Independent/ Indy/Life)

Japanese director Takeshi Fukunaga, from the island of Hokkaido, has launched his new film, Ainu Mosir, about the life of a Hokkaido teenager from Japan’s indigenous people, the Ainu, who is trying to keep preserving their culture. The film is believed to be the first ever to tell the story of Japan’s oldest, and most overlooked, civilisation. Fukunaga, who is not from the community himself, took pains to allow the film’s Ainu actors to tell the story and play their roles in their own way, as way of further opening the world to their unique, and sadly threatened, language and culture – ‘Ainu simply means human’: director Takeshi Fukunaga on Japan’s indigenous Ainu culture (The Guardian/The Guardian Labs)

A fundraiser in memory of late NHS fundraiser and people’s champion, Capt. Sir Tom Moore has been organised to plant trees in a special ‘legacy forest’. So far, the initiative has already raised GBP £100,000 (USD $138,400). Two environmental charities, the Woodland Trust in the UK and TreeSisters internationally, have been selected to carry out the scheme which will see trees set to ground in both tropical countries and for a memorial woodland in the county of Yorkshire – Capt Sir Tom Moore: Campaign to plant trees for NHS fundraiser raises £100k (BBC News UK Beds, Herts & Bucks)

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