There were no fireworks, no walkouts, no snubs or Instagram slights. May was courteously heard out as she explained the fearsome political constraints she faces back home. And while EU27 leaders decided, as expected, that not enough progress has yet been made to justify a special summit in November, they did not rule out calling one nearer the time. The prime minister did not turn up with an immediate solution to the Irish backstop conundrum; but no one really expected her to, after talks broke down last weekend with Dominic Raab’s theatrical day trip. … [Read more...] about Is Theresa May any closer to a Brexit deal after Brussels summit?
50s best songs
If you scoff at country, you’ll probably always scoff at country, but this spread of songs shows off the admirable breadth of the genre and may pique your interest yet. Willie Nelson’s song is a bit something-and-nothing; Tanya Tucker’s Bring My Flowers Now is nominated in the song of the year category, and its live-for-today message and simple piano backing will appeal across the Academy, but it’s rather workmanlike. Ashley McBryde outdoes her in the ballad stakes, but it’s Tyler Childers and Blake Shelton – both strongly channelling the gospel and soul music that not so secretly underpins country – who are the strongest here. Childers’ song would make for a classy first wedding dance, while Shelton’s stirring ode to proud Christian labour, while deeply unfashionable, will have you gazing soulfully across a cornfield. … [Read more...] about Grammys 2020: who will win the big categories – and who should
In 1971, the French version of Burt Bacharach's Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, a song featured in the film Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, became an international hit for Distel, and launched him on a second career as a television music-show host. He had already had a success in France with a TV programme, Guitares et Copains, but the Sacha show became a fixture for several years. During the 1970s, he spent more time abroad - especially in Britain - than in France, but as the fashions changed he returned to his first love, the guitar, and recorded Ma Premiere Guitare, and, in 1983, Ma Guitare And All That Jazz. … [Read more...] about Sacha Distel
“I fully understand the unhappiness but once people are informed they’ll realise there is no other option, other than to cut the squad and get relegated,” Haskell said. “I’ve read the comments, I know some supporters would be happy with that if it meant staying around the capital but that’s madness, you just discount that. After all, some people find it easy to be negative on social media. We have fans following us all round the country because Wasps is a unique club. Anyway, I’m a bit sceptical about this whole ‘London’ thing, we haven’t played there for 12 years now.” … [Read more...] about James Haskell: Being sent to Coventry was the only option for Wasps
“He still had the shy side but it’s going to take a couple of months to get you used to that industry anyway. It doesn’t matter who you are, when you have 500 women screaming at you, you tend to get a little stage-shy. … [Read more...] about Magic Mike Live: How Channing Tatum’s real life as stripper turned him to drugs and booze