Published 31 August Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Critics have said the opening episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are "dazzling" but "slow". The Amazon series is set thousands of years before JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and Peter Jackson's movies. Set in the second age of Middle-earth, it follows an ensemble cast of characters as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil. The Guardian said it was "astounding" TV and would be fit for the cinema. Developed by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, the fantasy series, which is released on Prime Video on Friday, begins during a time of relative peace and concisely brings together all the major events of Middle-earth's Second Age. These include the forging of the Rings of Power, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron and the fall of the island kingdom of Númenor, … [Read more...] about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power dazzling but slow, say critics
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Another week, another set of Fortnite Challenges. This Thursday, we've got three sets of Challenges to work our way through over the coming days, some with pretty simple objectives and some a little bit more tricky than we'd prefer. The new mission for Season X, Week 6 has been leaked by data-miners ahead of its official rollout later today, and will largely involve dancing (which is kinda obvious, given the name of the mission is BOOGIE DOWN). As ever, completing the various objectives will unlock myriad rewards including Battle Stars, XP and cosmetics. Season X deviates from past Fortnite setups when it comes to the Loading Screens. In this Season, these aren't earned by completing these weekly Missions, but instead, you'll get the bonuses from Limited Time Missions instead, so make sure you complete them before they become unavailable. You can check out all the newest Challenges below ahead of them going live later today. Once you have completed seven … [Read more...] about Fortnite Challenges for Season 10, Week 6: Get ready to dance with Boogie Down missions
By Mariko Oi Published 5 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Believed to have started in 869AD, the Gion Matsuri is one of the most famous annual festivals in Japan. This year it embraced the digital world. For the 2022 event back in July, an interactive, online map was made available to show where and when to see the 34 huge, ornate floats that paraded across the city of Kyoto over two separate days. Using GPS, it showed the location of each float. And you could also use the map to find your friends and chat with them. In addition, if you clicked on a building or street, you could read about its history in Japanese or English. The person behind the technology is Machi Takahashi, the president and co-chief executive of Kyoto-based, digital map firm Stroly. A mother of two, she is a rare female entrepreneur in a country where the start-up scene is still very much … [Read more...] about Japan’s female bosses mapping a course for other women
The row over Leicester's lockdown intensified on Tuesday night as the city's Mayor accused the Government of helping to create a situation that had left the local population fearing for its well-being. Downing Street moved to damp the fires by saying Leicester's businesses would be able to re-furlough staff who can no longer work under the local lockdown. Firms in the city which have brought staff back will be able to place them on the Government scheme again if they were previously enrolled between March 1 and June 30. Non-essential shops in Leicester have been ordered to close for a second time during the coronavirus pandemic, while its bars, pubs and restaurants will have to remain shut when the hospitality sector reopens in the rest of the country on July 4. Boris Johnson said the Leicester outbreak showed "the virus is out there – still circling like a shark in water". Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, warned against travel in or out of or around Leicester and … [Read more...] about Leicester lockdown row grows as Mayor warns of fears for city’s health and economy
After last year's showdown with the Labour left on party rules and the resignation of a shadow cabinet minister, Sir Keir Starmer is hoping for a calmer, happier conference in Liverpool. But the leader knows he is not in control of all his party's levers - and his bête noires in Momentum and the Corbyn-backing left-wing factions may distract from his attempt at a prime ministerial pitch. "We're a democratic party," a Starmer ally said with a wry smile. "Unlike the Tories. So delegates will debate all sorts." "There won't be any monumental fights over internal party matters," conceded one campaigner organising the anti-Starmer fightback. There will, however, be a battle over policy. Or rather a battle over whether the conference even gets to debate policy. Tories 'show true colours... to make rich richer', says Starmer - politics live updates Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:59 Labour promises 'growth for everyone' … [Read more...] about Sir Keir Starmer hoping for a calmer, happier Labour conference in Liverpool… but will he get one?
House Of The Dragon: Celebrities attend UK premiere in London SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info House of the Dragon is set 200 years before the destruction of the Iron Throne with a completely fresh set of characters taking centre-stage. The HBO show follows the struggles within the Targaryen dynasty which ultimately sew the seeds of the deadly civil war known as The Dance of Dragons, which nearly ripped the Seven Kingdoms apart. Related articles House of the Dragon cast: Who's who in Game of Thrones prequel series? House of the Dragon star says prequel is ‘different’ to Game of Throne WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from House of the Dragon episode 1 One other new character … [Read more...] about Who plays Mysaria in House of the Dragon?
We all know the famous artists whose work sells for millions - Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Jeff Koons to name but a few. It doesn't take a genius to spot the common denominator - they're all men. Now new research has found that despite leaps in gender equality since the days of the old masters, contemporary art by men sells for significantly more than work by women. For every £1 fetched by a male artist's work, one by a woman gets a just 10p - and even worse - the value of a painting increases when a man signs it and decreases when it's woman's name on the canvas. The woman who did the research, art historian and author Doctor Helen Gorrill, who lectures at the University of Dundee, tells Sky News it's a blow to women preparing to launch their careers. "There have been quite prominent artists who are about to go into big collections across the world, and they were told when they found out they were actually women that they … [Read more...] about The ugly gender pay gap spoiling art’s beautiful aesthetic
JOEY Barton has swerved a driving ban after crashing a £30,000 Mercedes without insurance. The Bristol Rovers boss argued there were "special reasons" he should be kept on the road after the M5 smash last year. Barton, 40, crashed the Mercedes GL350 in Gloucestershire between junctions 11a and 12 of the M5 on December 16. He pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates Court to not having valid car insurance at the time - and was warned he could be banned from the road. But on Wednesday, Gwyn Lewis, defending, argued there were special reasons the former Newcastle midfielder should keep his licence. He told District Judge Nicholas Wattam that Barton had been misled into thinking his brother had insured the vehicle before he drove it. Read More Joey Barton 'How can I carry on?' Joey Barton opens up on battle with depression after his darkest year LIFE BEHIND BARS Barton opens up on jail where thugs threatened to … [Read more...] about Joey Barton swerves driving ban for crashing £30k Mercedes without insurance after telling court ‘special reasons’
After spending more than a decade at Manchester United, winning seven Premier League titles, few would have begrudged Roy Keane a farewell on his own terms. Instead, as we now know, the former Nottingham Forest star left Old Trafford under a cloud after an explosive MUTV interview in which he tore into his teammates. Before then, however, he was dealt the injury blow which would keep him sidelined and allow that frustration to build. Manchester United ’s trip to Anfield in September 2005 wasn’t a classic, as far as games between the two great rivals are concerned. However, it would - though we didn’t know as much at the time - act as Keane’s last hurrah. Liverpool were the happier of the two sides at the end of the previous season. Rafa Benitez’s men had famously won the Champions League , while United - so used to winning trophies - had finished the campaign empty-handed. The visitors had been doing all they could to avoid a repeat, though. United’s first four … [Read more...] about Roy Keane cruelly denied proper Man Utd farewell with Sir Alex Ferguson calling for ban
IAIN MCGREGOR/Stuff Mourners brought to tears as they say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth. For Clint Heine, one of the best things about living in London is the freedom to pursue even your wildest dreams without falling victim to Tall Poppy Syndrome. Originally from Nelson, Heine arrived in the UK capital in 2003 with very little money, initially sleeping on couches and scrounging down the backs of them for coins for bus fares and job interviews. "My first impressions of London were of everything being so tightly knitted together and grey,” he said. “It looked really ugly." Now, by contrast, he thinks of the city he plans to spend the rest of his life in as the centre of the universe (or at least the tiny part of it we human beings call home), championing it for its career and travel opportunities, “unbeatable lifestyle”, diversity, “incredible” food scene, and constant buzz. Have you started a new life elsewhere? Email [email protected] READ MORE: UK's epic queue: … [Read more...] about The truth about a Covid-era London OE, according to Kiwis who live there