A group of air hostesses have met up in Crieff for a 30th reunion. The group, who all travelled out to Bahrain 30 years ago to work for Gulf Air, met up again last week at Crieff Hydro for a week of reminiscing and celebrating. Amongst those at the reunion included local ladies Donna Rodgers, Helen Sommerville, Heather Brown and Debbie Gilkinson. It was organised by Jo Nixon, who was one of 14 who all travelled out to the Middle East in 1989 to start a new life. She said: “We all have different stories as to why we went out. “I was the baby of the group, so it was a big step for me, but I was ready to fly the nest and have a great experience. “We all met at the airport and my mum told everyone else we needed to look after each other, but we were all young and going to live somewhere different for the very first time. “We had a brilliant time, it was carefree and we had no worries or responsibilities, and we had so many experiences we otherwise wouldn’t … [Read more...] about How time flies … 30 year reunion for Gulf Air ladies
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MUFFIN HURST loves teaching children and believes learning the basics of performing in front of an audience can stand you in good stead for any career. She should know, having attended her first class at the Henley Children’s Theatre when she was just three years old and going on to run it for the past 30 years. She is the third generation of her family to be in charge of the group, which was founded by her grandmother Flavia Pickworth in 1969 and has stayed in the family ever since. To mark its 50th anniversary, more than 100 of the current children will present two performances of 1942 And All That at the Kenton Theatre next Sunday (June 16) at 1.30pm and 5pm. The play, which was written by Ms Hurst, is original but inspired by the 1971 Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It is set in 1942 and tells the story of three children evacuated from London to the Dorset village of Broadchurch. They are lodged with Latin teacher … [Read more...] about My 30 years of running children’s theatre group
WARNING: Video contains distressing images Tourists have thronged Beijing's Tiananmen Square amid tighter-than-usual security, although most visitors approached by Reuters say they were unaware of the bloody crackdown on student-led protests 30 years ago, or would not discuss it. The anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, when Beijing sent troops and tanks to quell pro-democracy activists, is not spoken of openly in China and will not be formally marked by the government, which has ramped up censorship. A 67-year-old man surnamed Li, sitting on a bench about a 10-minute walk from the square on Tuesday, said he remembered the events of June 4, 1989, and its aftermath clearly. "I was on my way back home from work. Changan Avenue was strewn with burned-out vehicles. The People's Liberation Army killed many people. It was a bloodbath," he said. Asked if he thought the government should give a full account of the violence, he said: "What's the point? These students died for nothing." Among … [Read more...] about Tiananmen 30 years on: Students ‘died for nothing’
It's the most sensitive day of the year for China's internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and with under two weeks to go, China's robot censors are working overtime.Censors at Chinese internet companies say tools to detect and block content related to the 1989 crackdown have reached unprecedented levels of accuracy, aided by machine learning and voice and image recognition."We sometimes say that the artificial intelligence is a scalpel, and a human is a machete," said one content screening employee at Beijing Bytedance Co Ltd, who asked not to be identified.Two employees at the firm said censorship of the Tiananmen crackdown, along with other highly sensitive issues including Taiwan and Tibet, is now largely automated.Posts that allude to dates, images and names associated with the protests are automatically rejected."When I first began this kind of work four years ago there was opportunity to remove the images of … [Read more...] about Tiananmen 30th anniversary nears
Thirty years ago tomorrow, Arsenal headed to Anfield needing to win by two goals to dethrone England’s champions and lift a league title for the first time in 18 years.The tragedy of Hillsborough had set up an unprecedented Friday night climax to the season but the visitors were long-shots to stop Liverpool claiming the double. Arsenal manager George Graham planned the raid into enemy territory to the last detail, but it all landed at the feet of Michael Thomas, with immortality up for grabs. On the Friday afternoon of May 26, 1989 David O’Leary came down the stairs of the Atlantic Tower Hotel in Liverpool to meet his dad, Christy, and some friends in the foyer. Two-and-a-half hours earlier he had retired to his room, with Alan Smith in the next bed, waiting for the slow drift of time.Matchday kips are an odd thing. Though theoretically beneficial, elite players are rarely known for sinking into a deep, patterned sleep in an allotted timeframe. Especially with one of the … [Read more...] about Thirty years on: Is this the greatest story ever told?