She boasts a close friendship with the celebrity hairdresser and even helped him launch his haircare range in 2007. And Kate Moss appeared in great spirits as she arrived in Venice by the Orient Express to celebrate James Brown's 50th birthday on Tuesday afternoon. The supermodel, 45, cut a typically chic appearance in a pearl-embellished jacket as she touched down in the Italian city while linking arms with the stylist. Longtime pals: Kate Moss appeared in great spirits as she arrived in Venice by the Orient Express to celebrate James Brown's 50th birthday on Tuesday afternoon Maintaining her stylish appearance, the catwalk queen teamed her longline coat with black wide-leg trousers and a low-cut blouse, while accessorising with chandelier earrings. The blonde beauty styled her tresses into a straight fashion and opted for minimal make-up to display her naturally radiant complexion. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The Voice UK's new recruit Meghan … [Read more...] about Kate Moss links arms with close friend James Brown as they arrive in Venice via The Orient Express in celebration of his 50th birthday
By the grace of God and through the machinations of Boris Johnson, tomorrow the Irish state coach will convey the Queen down the Mall to preside over the state opening of parliament. At around 11.30am, she will address the assembled peers and MPs: “My Lords and Members of the House of Commons, there now follows an election broadcast on behalf of the Conservative party.” Well, probably not, but she might as well. It is always the case that the Queen is a jewel-encrusted ventriloquist’s dummy for the prime minister of the day. When Harold Wilson came to office in 1964, Private Eye put the monarch on its front cover with the speech bubble: “And I hope you realise I didn’t write this crap.” This Queen’s speech is especially inviting of mockery. Mr Johnson, a prime minister more than 40 votes short of a Commons majority, has no capacity to pass any legislation that is the slightest bit contentious. The occasion will not offer any clarification about … [Read more...] about Labour and the Tories promise to lavish us with gifts, but who will foot the bill?
Two American economists at the forefront of work on climate change and the role of governments in boosting growth have been jointly awarded the prestigious Nobel Memorial prize for economics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said William Nordhaus and Paul Romer were being honoured for their research into two of the most “basic and pressing” economic issues of the age. Nordhaus made his name by warning policymakers during the first stirrings of concern about climate change in the 1970s that their economic models were not properly taking account of the impact of global warming and he is seen as one of the pioneers of environmental economics. The Yale economist was honoured a day after the latest UN warning on global warming said that urgent and unprecedented changes were needed to keep climate change to a maximum of 1.5C (2.7F). The co-winner – Romer – is seen as the prime mover behind the endogenous growth theory, the notion that countries can improve their … [Read more...] about US economists win Nobel prize for work on climate and growth
Liz Calder's love affair with Brazil began in the 1960s, when she worked as a fashion model and journalist in São Paolo. "I felt this was where I belonged," she says. "The heat envelopes you; [and then there are] the smells, the tropical vegetation, the gashes of red earth, and the racial mix which I find appealing." However, she spent the ensuing decades in London with an Amazonian parrot, Juju, as a voluble memento, and she listened to bossa nova to keep up her Portuguese. Then, two years ago, she co-founded South America's first literary festival, in the Brazilian resort and fishing town of Parati. Despite its remote location, midway between Rio and São Paolo, the Parati International Festival of Literature (Flip) last year drew 12,000 people. In Brasilia last November, Calder, its president, received an Order of Merit for services to culture from President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Since it was opened by Gilberto Gil, Brazil's culture minister and singing star, the … [Read more...] about Wizard talent
Politics is raw in Britain today. Remainers rage against Brexiters and vice versa. Pensioners are set against millennials; nationalists against immigrants; populists against elites; rural traditionalists against city liberals. Party politics is characterised by contempt and dogma. To his many enemies, Jeremy Corbyn is an extremist and will never be a legitimate national leader. To Corbynistas, his internal critics are bad losers and traitors to Labour. To many non-Tory voters and MPs, Theresa May’s government is an immoral experiment in austerity and pandering to prejudice. On seemingly every fundamental issue, the country feels even more divided than it did in the turbulent 70s and 80s. There are furious battles over free speech, minority rights, the size of the state, the shape of the economy, social and cultural values, even the truth and selection of relevant political facts. In many other democracies, from the US to Italy to Australia, politics has become just as tribal, … [Read more...] about The death of consensus: how conflict came back to politics