Gavin and Stacey fan Isobel Newman, posted to a Facebook page that celebrates the BBC sitcom, her calculations for Nessa's age and it seems to be a plausible explanation as to how she has enjoyed such a colourful life before befriending Stacey. … [Read more...] about Gavin and Stacey’s Nessa’s ‘real age’ uncovered by fans and it explains a lot
Blackstone was the company behind the acquisition of the Harlem project, while Farha also traces its tentacles to Sweden, where it is already the biggest private owner of low-income housing, having only entered the country in 2014. She visits a housing estate in Uppsala that the company is currently upgrading – though Blackstone strongly deny the claim, made in the film, that they have raised rents by around 50% in the process. Sadly, a momentous meeting between Farha and Blackstone’s head of real estate falls through, so the company’s side of the story is absent. (Blackstone say that they spend billions renovating homes, that they are responsible property managers, and that tenants have a high level of satisfaction.) … [Read more...] about Push review – a whirlwind tour of rocketing rents and personal tragedy
But one issue is the honest use of language. If a space is private, it should not be called public, and planners should send back any application that makes this false claim. This matters because, if we are kidded into thinking that there is a civic realm that is not actually there, we will suddenly find that there is less space than we had thought for such essential public actions as protest. This is what the Occupy movement found when it looked for a location to make its point in the City of London. It turned out that the Square Mile is cunningly designed so as to have almost nowhere for such groups to gather, so the protesters ended up by the skirts of St Paul's. Oddly, the Occupy movement looks like the sort of colourful cultural event that local authorities and even businesses pay good money to subsidise, so as to jolly up their town centres: it is only when they are trying to say something that they officially become a problem. … [Read more...] about The London River Park: place for the people or a private playground?
The Unite Here report found that pay for black Starbucks workers was $1.85 less than white Starbucks workers, based on data taken from HMS Host locations between February and December 2019. Though more than 8,000 US Starbucks locations closed in May 2018 for racial bias training following an incident at a Philadelphia based Starbucks location, none of the HMS Host-operated Starbucks participated, according to the report. … [Read more...] about Starbucks worker says he was fired for union organizing and ‘to create fear’
The 12, which managed to survive the prolonged recession and the 100% drop in revenue that cricket receives from television, still have to tighten their belts and to diversify. In 2020 there will be six games of cricket, 26 pop concerts and 66 car boot sales at Old Trafford and the rest of the time the hallowed old ground will be used as a car park for the football club (where Alex Ferguson, speaking exclusively to the revived OSM, has scotched any rumours of his retirement). … [Read more...] about Cricket: the view from 2020