The cement mixer, decorated with disco ball glass, shimmered in the late afternoon sunlight, rotating gently as ravers danced at the foot of a Berlin bridge. Almost a thousand people showed up last weekend for what looked like an impromptu dance party but was actually a protest designed to draw attention to a €560m German government plan to plough a motorway through three Berlin city neighbourhoods. Despite the fact that German voters last week elevated the Green party to second place in the European parliamentary elections, the country’s Social Democrats and Christian Democrat politicians are moving ahead with plans to erect a six-lane highway that would require the demolition of several popular cultural spaces, nightlife venues and apartment blocks, plus part of a park. But Berliners are not taking this lying down, and a protest movement led by a trombonist aims to stop the project. Tobias Trommer, who lives a block away from the proposed motorway, says it’s not too … [Read more...] about Germany’s love of fast cars runs into the barricades in Berlin
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One of WalesOnline's best-known former journalists Steve Tucker has sadly died aged 52. The immensely-talented news and sport writer and dad of two passed away suddenly at home from natural causes. He has been called a "clever, maverick, irreverent journalist with a unique style and a wonderful wit" by people who worked with him. Many remembered his love of music, of great writing, of Cardiff City and his prickly relationship with the Bluebirds' former manager Dave Jones. His close friend and former colleague Greg Lewis said: "What comes into my mind when I think about Steve is laughter. Working with him was fun, socialising with him was even better. He was witty, well-read, opinionated, truly larger-than-life. "As a journalist he turned a simple feature into something cuttingly funny and often provocative. He could find the humour in anything and was bold enough to write it. "Steve is one of those people who seemed to have so much personality that it is hard to believe he is gone." … [Read more...] about The inimitable writing of Steve Tucker, who has passed away aged 52
Clarets boss Sean Dyche was depicted as Leonidas, the King of Sparta, heading in to his 300th game in charge of the club. Goals from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin in that 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on November 3, 2012, had signified the “Rise of an Empire”. On this occasion it was the Empire striking back.Dyche’s mantra on being appointed was “minimum requirement is maximum effort”, the necessity to see sweat on the shirt, and that still resonates hundreds of games down the line, only blood and tears are also remnants of hardened displays.The victory was typified by a dogged and determined defensive display and, fittingly, it was Ben Mee who stood tall and puffed out his chest to rally the troops.The 29-year-old centre back was the only player in the most recent matchday squad to feature in Dyche’s first and he was the first to put his body on the line on many occasions, with his team-mates following suit.No guts no glory, as the … [Read more...] about Sean Dyche’s Spartans triumphant in battle after dancing with Wolves
Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?
Seven months ago, Kiwi UFC featherweight Shane Young was celebrating the definitive victory of his professional career to date. Standing in the centre of the Octagon in Singapore, hand raised after dismantling Rolando Dy with a surgical second-round KO, the 25-year-old appeared to have a sparked his UFC tenure to life with the kind of performance that he could use to springboard up the division's pecking order. But beneath the surface, Young was grappling with a much more sinister opponent, one capable of bringing his momentum to a halt without throwing a single strike. UFC is home for Kiwi flyweight Kara-France Adesanya preps for Silva with Kiwi boxing star Fight Club Podcast: City Kickboxing takeover "I basically just went through some mental strife," Young told Newshub. "I got really depressed." For somebody whose default level of effervescence would put a Soda Stream to shame, it was difficult to come to terms with, let alone recognise what 'it' was. "I'm a pretty happy go lucky … [Read more...] about UFC 234: Kiwi fighter Shane Young overcomes personal struggles to return to Octagon