Major inland cities are at risk of running out of water as the severe drought affects the Outback, with some left with limited time before their water runs out. Regional towns in New South Wales and southern Queensland are in danger of running out of water within the coming year. As the drought continues to tighten its grip across both states in the absence of rain, large regional hubs could exhaust their local water supplies as dam levels plummet. Major inland cities are at risk of running out of water as the severe drought affects the Outback, with some left with limited time before their water runs out (pictured: Armidale, NSW) Stanthorpe in Queensland is among the regional towns running out of water within the coming year Armidale (pictured) is also seeing severe shortages, forcing the government to jump in for help According to The Daily Telegraph, dam storage levels across regional areas have dropped 30 per cent in just 18 months. The major regional NSW areas most at … [Read more...] about How Australia’s beautiful inland cities are running out of WATER – as the ‘worst-ever’ drought shows no signs of ending – with residents being limited to 100 litres a day
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Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Other Voices – an event that's remarkable enough in itself – is the nature of the two acts that bookend the festival, both of whom might have created uproar in the city in the not too distant past. Public Service Broadcasting, who open the first of three filmed evening showcases on the Friday night, offer music that drifts between driving and dreamy, but it's their use of 1930s and 40s public information films as both soundtrack and visual prompt that sets one thinking: how would one half of the city's population have reacted to something that could easily be taken as a nostalgic celebration of mainland Britain's former might, even if that's not their intention? And how would the other half have reacted to the Gloaming? This transatlantic supergroup of Irish and American musicians – Iarla Ó Lionaird, Thomas Bartlett, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill – whose album has been in the Irish … [Read more...] about Other Voices festival, Derry 2014 – review
It's unusual to welcome a cut but Mark Skipper echoed the emotions of arts leaders and museum bosses across the UK when he heard George Osborne's cuts would amount to no more than 5%. "It is a relief. It is a good outcome." Skipper is chief executive of Leeds-based Northern Ballet and like many other arts organisations, he had feared far worse. "We were looking at models of 15% and the devastation that could have caused. It would have been hopeless, there would be no way we could have continued to do what we do." He manages a company that occupies a new building with some of the most enviable dance studio space of anywhere in the UK. It is purpose-built, with beautiful views over the city. Apart, perhaps, from Skipper's spartan office which looks out over a car park and the windowless neighbouring building of the department of work and pensions. Not that he's complaining although he concedes: "I should get another picture on the wall." Yesterday, as he watched Osborne deliver his … [Read more...] about Northern Ballet chief: higher cuts to arts would have caused ‘devastation’
What is Christmas? The short answer is that it’s a Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus. According to the nativity story, Mary and Joseph travelled from their home in Nazareth (in what is now Israel) to Bethlehem (in what is now the West Bank) to take part in a census. Months earlier, Mary had been visited by the Angel Gabriel and told she would give birth to a boy who she would name Jesus, and who would be the son of God. The child was delivered in a stable. Shepherds and wise men brought birthday gifts. The bible does not specify the date of Jesus’s birth. Some people have suggested it was in the spring because of the custom of sending sheep into the fields at that time of year. “And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Luke 2:8) So how did it come to fall on 25 December? In the fourth century, Pope Julius I chose 25 December as the date of the Feast of the … [Read more...] about Was Jesus really born on Christmas Day? 12 yuletide questions answered
Stephen Moss: You've got to find it for yourself I have a childhood memory of an eccentric woman on the estate on which I lived once playing the Blue Danube Waltz very loudly. I must have been about 14, hanging about near her flat, and remember that, for me and the boys I was with, her taste in music was confirmation of her strangeness. Until I was 21 I had no interest in classical music. Harriet Harman, the shadow culture secretary, would say I was deprived. In a speech today at the ever-so-trendy-and-inclusive Roundhouse in Camden, north London, she warns of the danger of "a generation of young people with no meaningful exposure to arts and culture". Harman is doing two things here: bashing the coalition for cuts in arts education, but also attacking arts organisations for not doing enough to attract the young. Covent Garden gets it in the neck. "Even from the cheapest seats in the house, I couldn't see in the audience anyone who wasn't like myself: white, metropolitan and middle … [Read more...] about Does it matter that arts audiences are white, metropolitan and middle class?