“It is no accident that every town with a university is more economically, socially and culturally vibrant than those that do not. Students are sources of vitality, energy and lode–bearers of the new – and fun to be around. They may put upward pressure on rents but they start new businesses aplenty and provide demand for existing businesses ranging from 24/7 convenience stores to clothes shops.” He added: “University academics and their research are sources of inspiration and intellectual energy. As a result, universities are major sources of direct and indirect employment – they are the anchor institutions of the 21st-century economy, and most city councils are figuring out ways to keep their students once they graduate. Do without them at your peril.” … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
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“The doors open, a guy gets out and there you’ve got Rick Deckard. He walks in to the cottage, opens the door, smells stew, sits down and waits for the guy to pull up to the house to arrive. The guy’s seen him, so the guy pulls the combine behind the cottage and it towers three stories above it, and the man climbs down from a ladder – a big man. He steps onto the balcony and he goes to Harrison [Ford]’s side. The cottage actually [creaks]; this guy’s got to be 350 pounds. I’m not going to say anything else – you’ll have to go see the movie.” … [Read more...] about Ridley Scott reveals details of opening scene of Blade Runner sequel
To have a free day out is to beat the system. It’s the cultural equivalent of gorging yourself at an all-you-can-eat buffet, except it costs much less and you won’t go to bed praying for death because you consumed enough lukewarm spring rolls to murder an ox. Picking free entertainment is a learned skill, however. Opt for something too mainstream and your enjoyment will be dented by swarms of other people. Pick something not mainstream enough – say, the time I went to the opening of a ferry on the Isle of Sheppey as a teenager – and there’s a good chance you’ll spend your day bored, cold and eating cheese-and-pineapple cocktail sticks in a windowless indoor car park that stinks of exhaust fumes. … [Read more...] about Young arts run free: the 50 best things to do in the UK for zilch
"Our hearts break for them, we send our condolences," he continued. "It’s a terrible thing. Our hearts go out to the people of Wisconsin and their families." … [Read more...] about MillerCoors shooting: Six people shot dead – including gunman – at beer headquarters
China remains the biggest jailer of journalists with 60 currently being held, according to RSF. A majority of them are non-professional journalists, who the report says "are being held in often inhuman conditions for nothing more than a post on social networks or messaging services." … [Read more...] about More journalists killed globally in 2018, report says