Behind the impenetrable void lurked an outsider's rage. As a working-class gay man from Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol had an incredible drive to assimilate, to crash the glamour world of metropolitan society, inherited wealth and mass artistic fame. Suffering serial humiliations and setbacks, he played the game until the point, sometime in the early 1960s, when he had achieved his goal. Then for a brief period, he rewrote the rules. His underlying rage came out. The East 47th Street Factory became a mirror image of New York society, all the more so when Warhol's marginal retinue was asked to all the smart parties - a tiny ritual of sadomasochism as the rich prostrated themselves before the outcasts from the street. Warhol's world worked through magical inversion. What society regarded as a deficit became a benefit: no became yes. Drag acts, drug addicts, hustlers, the disturbed, destitute, desperate and degenerate, the obverse, inverse, reverse and perverse - all became superstars for a … [Read more...] about 24 hour arty people
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Shortly before Atos bought its way out of the contract to conduct the government’s controversial fitness-for-work testing scheme, the company briefed journalists about the scale of abuse its employees were facing. As well as periodic bomb threats to its testing centres, the company said managers had recorded about 163 incidents of assault or abuse against staff every month in 2013. Online, the abuse was vitriolic. One Facebook post asked: “Know anyone who works for Atos? Kill them”; another described employees as “murderous scumbags”. In the past six years the company has been targeted repeatedly by protesters who picket its offices, waving placards that state: “Atos Doesn’t Give a Toss”, or more brutally: “Atos Kills.” To counter the heightened sense of alarm, Atos doctors and nurses were equipped with panic buttons, and the layout of the assessment rooms was changed so that health assessors could sit close to the door, … [Read more...] about After hated Atos quits, will Maximus make work assessments less arduous?
In April 1965, Life magazine put a photograph called Foetus 18 Weeks on its cover and caused a sensation. The issue was a spectacular success, the fastest-selling copy in Life’s entire history. In full colour and crystal clear detail, the picture showed a foetus in its amniotic sac, with its umbilical cord winding off to the placenta. The unborn child, floating in a seemingly cosmic backdrop, appears vulnerable yet serene. Its eyes are closed and its tiny, perfectly formed fists are clutched to its chest. Capturing that most universal of subjects, our own creation, Foetus 18 Weeks was one of the 20th century’s great photographs, as emotive as it was technically impressive, even by today’s standards. And its impact was enormous, growing into something its creator struggled to control, as the image was hijacked by the fledgling anti-abortion movement. Foetus 18 Weeks was taken by Lennart Nilsson, part of an astonishing series of prenatal pictures by this visionary … [Read more...] about Foetus 18 Weeks: the greatest photograph of the 20th century?
A hitman serving life for murdering a young mum is demanding IVF treatment from his cell so he can become a father. Aaron Newman, 28, wants to be allowed to get his girlfriend pregnant. But last night the mother of the mum-of-two he killed said: “He should be castrated.” Newman, serving 31 years for shooting Hayley Pointon, insisted: “I should have the right to conceive a child.” He is trying to be awarded NHS treatment which could cost taxpayers up to £8,000 and has been denied to thousands of law-abiding couples. Astonishingly, ten other prisoners have been allowed fertilisation treatment from behind bars. And murderer Kirk Dickson and his wife Lorraine won damages in 2007 after judges ruled it was wrong for jail authorities to deny the couple IVF under European law guaranteeing a right to family life. But yesterday Kerry Pointon, the distraught mum of Newman’s victim, told the Sunday People: … [Read more...] about Hitman who murdered mum-of-two demands IVF treatment in cell to become a dad
A benefits cheat was running a brothel and jetting around the world on exotic holidays after falsely claiming she needed a wheelchair to get around. Natalie Davis told the DWP she was disabled and could only walk a few steps before being overcome by "unbearable" pain. But the 51-year-old - who fraudulently pocketed £17,000 in benefits - was spotted getting in and out of cars, walking up and down stairs and carrying shopping bags with ease after being put under surveillance. When investigators raided her home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, they found photos showing her riding elephants, climbing mountains, going on a hot air balloon ride and zooming across a zip line, BristolLive reports. Davis, of Hewish, took over Butterfly's massage parlour, which police later investigated for being a brothel, in 2007, a court heard on Wednesday. She was sentenced earlier this year for controlling prostitution for gain. She was due to go on trial for benefits offences but pleaded guilty to … [Read more...] about Benefits cheat ‘too weak to walk’ was running a brothel and riding elephants