New Northern Ireland peace process movie The Journey pushes Toby Stephens into the crowded pantheon of actors who have pretended to be Tony Blair; a dominant public figure whose rise, fall and endlessly disputed motives make him attractive to performers who want to show they can both mimic a familiar persona and push past it to reveal the real man. In his parallel life on screen, Blair has been at best a complex antihero and, more often, a tragicomic villain in vengeful what-if fantasies. If the former PM ever dreamed of being a shining idol in film or TV, he has been repeatedly disappointed … … [Read more...] about The Tony awards: who are the best and worst onscreen Blairs?
The blurb continues: “His tweets range across the political and the personal, the serious and the humorous, often featuring rubber ducks and teddy bears! This little books shows the lighter side of his personality and allows the reader some insight into his private life. The inevitable selfies are included showing that many years experience of politics have taught him not to take himself too seriously!” … [Read more...] about Gerry Adams to release book featuring his best tweets – including rubber ducks
The 78-year-old actor who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the ITV drama series said she would find it too frustrating to watch and notice how she could have done things better. She told the US TV show 60 Minutes that she might tune in but only after leaving the show. … [Read more...] about Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith reveals she has never seen an episode
McGuinness had been asked to issue a statement about the IRA’s Derry Brigade during the period of Operation Motorman, when the British army dismantled so-called “no go” areas of the city where barriers prevented the free movement of security forces. … [Read more...] about Martin McGuinness agrees to give evidence on IRA at court hearing
Hancock’s errors disguise inconvenient truths about the German situation. Though Roche has developed tests and manufactures equipment, it is laboratories at universities, hospitals and government agencies that have taken the lead in testing for Covid-19 in Germany. Private laboratories have played a crucial role in Germany’s testing regime, but big business has not; according to statistics compiled by Akkredierte Labore in der Medizin, a trade group for the medical diagnostics industry, the six largest private providers of Covid-19 tests together account for 36% of the laboratories currently testing in Germany. Indeed, the distributed nature of the German response can be seen in the rapid increase in the number of facilities doing testing. Between 2 and 8 March, 43 laboratories conducted 36,067 tests. Last week, 97 laboratories conducted 313,957 tests. … [Read more...] about No, Matt Hancock: biotech giants are not behind Germany’s coronavirus success