Tim McGarry: 'Our home set on fire, family friends murdered, riots ...the Troubles were the soundtrack to my life and they scarred me' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Northern Irish comedian Tim McGarry has been poking fun at paramilitaries, the Troubles and our tensions for several decades. But the north Belfast funny man, who knows only too well the impact of sectarian hatred, having had to flee for his life from his family home as a teenager after loyalists set it ablaze, says laughter is healthy. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/tim-mcgarry-our-home-set-on-fire-family-friends-murdered-riots-the-troubles-were-the-soundtrack-to-my-life-and-they-scarred-me-37767005.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/article37767001.ece/dca98/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-02-02_lif_47634030_I3.JPG Email Northern Irish comedian Tim McGarry has been poking fun at paramilitaries, the Troubles and our tensions for several decades. But the north Belfast funny man, who knows only too well … [Read more...] about Tim McGarry: ‘Our home set on fire, family friends murdered, riots …the Troubles were the soundtrack to my life and they scarred me’
10 things i hate about you soundtrack
You can glean a lot more useful knowledge from watching a film about school than you can hope to from years spent in the actual classroom. From the Queen Bees of Mean Girls to the lovelorn teachers in Clueless, high-school movies are fertile ground for observing social groups in action. Through 10 Things I Hate About You, The Breakfast Club and She’s All That, I learned the rules of relationships, getting away with doing what you want, and making friends (first lesson: don’t be yourself). For a long time, television bounced off this successfully, with Saved By the Bell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Glee all successful examples of the school drama. But the format stalled. Sex Education is a return to form. It feels like a homage to all the great high-school movies, and although it’s English there is none of the recognisable greyness of British schools. It’s set in a non-specific rural location — the main character lives in a green valley and gets to school … [Read more...] about Sex Education: Lessons in lust with Gillian Anderson in charge
Opinion PUBLISHED: 19:24 11 October 2018 Steve Russell Ed Sheeran Picture: Ben Birchall/PA PA Wire/PA Images The first ever National Album Day is almost here. The sales figures say one thing, but who’s your favourite? The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe music album is 70 and yet sales continue to thrive: In 2017, 135million were bought in ‘hard copy’, downloaded or streamed – up 9.5% on 2016. Steven Russell reports on the first (long-overdue) National Album DayWithout further ado − The top 20:The all-time Official Studio Albums Chart (in alphabetical order) as compiled by the Official Charts Company and based on sales and streams dating back to 1956Adele – 21 & 25Amy Winehouse – Back to BlackBeatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandFleetwood Mac Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVEDido – No AngelDire Straits – Brothers in ArmsEd Sheeran – XFleetwood Mac … [Read more...] about ‘The fact Ed Sheeran graces that list is an abomination…’ So who’s in the official ‘20 top albums’ chart? And what do YOU think?
Erin Udell Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 4, 2018 FORT COLLINS, Colo. – It took 18 hours. After Matthew Shepard’s killers drove him to a quiet development on the eastern edge of Laramie, Wyoming, repeatedly struck him with a .357 Magnum pistol, robbed him and left him to die, it took 18 hours for someone to find him. Details from that Oct. 7, 1998, discovery would sear themselves into memories across the globe. How at first a mountain biker, Aaron Kreifels, thought Matthew’s limp, battered form was a scarecrow – until he noticed tufts of his hair. How Matthew’s head and torso were so caked in dried blood that every inch was covered except for two strips under his eyes – tracks left by his tears. How he had been left like that – slumped on his side in the Wyoming dirt, his hands tethered behind him to a wooden buck fence – because he was gay. More: 2018 is worst for deadly … [Read more...] about How the Matthew Shepard murder became America’s window into hate
The glorious, beer-soaked Russian summer that changed English football and the England team forever is at an end, and the old story of 1966 will remain, for four more years at least, the greatest ever told, although it took one hell of a World Cup semi-final to keep it that way. England are out of Russia 2018, beaten in extra time by Mario Mandzukic’s goal, but not in that feeble, unreliable way that so many England teams have gone in the past. There were times when Gareth Southgate’s young team could have won this game, a window in the first half when it felt like they could run away with it while Croatia, like all good teams hung on and waited for the wind to change. A miraculous sporting nation of just 4.1 million souls, they will play France in the World Cup final on Sunday. It is, after all, not coming home. It is not even coming back for a brief look-around and a robust discussion about the relative merits of a back three without a natural left-sided defender. … [Read more...] about England’s World Cup dream shattered as Mario Mandzukic fires Croatia into final