I’ve never met you and I’m ready to believe you are well-intentioned. But I wonder if you have even begun to grasp the scale of the crisis facing the performing arts – theatre, opera and dance as well as classical music – in this country. Unless you come up soon with a detailed, precise, properly financed plan of action you will go down in history as the politician who presided over the dissolution of the arts in Britain. The only thing one can say for sure is that the show definitely won’t go on. … [Read more...] about Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?
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Advertisers love agglomeration because it fuels an urban buzz they can seize upon to grow demand. But as land and property values increase, local people are often priced out of areas and urban culture is eroded. Instead of vibrant high streets with a diversity of local businesses, we get areas with multiple franchises of the same chains. Against a backdrop of loosened municipal planning policies and low corporation tax, city centres become little more than places for wealth to be extracted and funnelled into the bank accounts of global investment companies and their shareholders. … [Read more...] about UK cities should work for the people who live in them, not for distant shareholders
When we experience a background hum of unfocused emotion, be it anxiety, sadness, fear, anger, we unconsciously look for something to attach it to. Social media is brilliant at supplying us with issues to which attach our free-floating feelings. We often look for nice, preformed boxes into which we can dump our inchoate feelings, we crave certainty. Social media constantly offers up neat solutions for our messy feelings, whether it be God, guns, Greta or gender identity. … [Read more...] about Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings
The watch can automatically record activities such as walking, running and swimming, measuring duration, calories and other relevant data such as Vo2 Max – a fairly common measure of cardiorespiratory fitness. Other sports can be manually tracked, too, using the menu system. The watch lacks its own GPS for tracking routes, instead relying on your phone’s location system, which means the ScanWatch isn’t for serious running tracking but will be fine for the occasional bit of exercise. … [Read more...] about Withings ScanWatch review: health-tracking watch with 30-day battery
8.30pm - 10pm - The Nation's TributeA special service, The Nation's Tribute, will be led by the Duke of Cambridge, will be held at Horse Guards Parade and will be broadcast on BBC One. There will be special performances of key moments from the conflicts and veterans will read tributes. There will also be musical performances from the military. … [Read more...] about VJ Day 2020 meaning – what is Victory over Japan Day and how is it being marked?