In Bantry tomorrow, families from Ireland and France will gather to remember the Whiddy Island disaster of 40 years ago — many with questions still unanswered decades later, says Noel BakerNight turned to day, there was fire in the sky - a world turned upside down. So unreal was the scene in the early hours of January 8, 1979, that all kinds of matter, including the nearest thing to steel fluff you can find, fell down from the heavens around Bantry Bay. One man refers to the nocturnal scene of a crowd gazing at the orange glow as being “like market day”. For one boy fleeing Whiddy Island “it was like Pompeii.” And for four-year-old Michael Kingston, it was the day after his fourth birthday.When he awoke at 6am that Monday morning, he was entering into a different world. His mother, Mary, took him and his older sister onto her knee and told them “Daddy had gone to heaven.” Tim Kingston was just 31 when he, along with 49 others, were killed after … [Read more...] about Whiddy Island 40 years on: Still a sense of justice not having been done
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When you think of advent calendars past, they’re a rather disappointing memory. A rushed, clammy speck of Cadbury’s before school (or none at all if your parents nabbed it), or one of those highly religious Christmas cards with nothing but a picture of the Virgin Mary or one of her crew behind each window. It was always the most anticlimactic of the festive rituals. But now that capitalism has reached its peak, that’s all changed. Our writers have been shotting tequila, building little Lego Antony Gormleys and toasting marshmallows with a portable FIRE. We tried what’s out there: The Naked Marshmallow Co. Advent Calendar, £15, and £3.95 extra for a toasting kit “This is literally the most fun I’ve had in my entire life.” Although hyperbolic, these were the words that came out of my boyfriend’s mouth as we began to roast our first marshmallows from the Naked Marshmallow Co. calendar. With the box, you get a small tin … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight2018’s novelty advent calendars: the New Statesman’s ultimate guide
North East Lincolnshire Council’s first-ever Skip It events have been hailed a hit, with almost 5,000 visitors unloading 194 tonnes of household waste. The three-month pilot project gave people the chance to dispose of unwanted household items, while learning more about how we can all do our bit to create a cleaner, greener North East Lincolnshire. People came in their numbers, even those without transport, with some carrying a sofa down the street or pushing a fridge and furniture along in a wheelbarrow. Any waste taken to the Skip It days was sorted at the site, meaning a lot of it could be recycled, with only a small amount going to landfill. A total of 1,536 recycling boxes were also given to people who visited the events. More than 78 tonnes of waste taken to Skip It over the three weeks between August and September was recycled, with a further 95 tonnes going to the Energy from Waste Plant (EfW). Less than 20 tonnes of waste was sent to landfill disposal. Councillor Matthew … [Read more...] about Council’s Skip It scheme collects equivalent of 32 African elephants!
NEW YORK — Never mind the critics. "Bohemian Rhapsody," starring Rami Malek as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, shrugged off production troubles and mediocre reviews to debut with $50 million in weekend ticket sales in U.S. and Canada, and another $72.5 million internationally, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was well beyond expectations, which had pegged the film closer to $35-40 million in its opening weekend. "Rhapsody" currently holds only a 60 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But audiences rushed to theaters to see the widely praised performance by Malek, the "Mr. Robot" star, and to hear Queen's foot-stomping anthems like "We are the Champions," ″Another One Bites the Dust" and the operatic title song. The movie, which Bryan Singer directed before being replaced by Dexter Fletcher, at times has an almost concert-like feel, including a lengthy re-creation of the band's 1985 Live Aid performance. Singer admitted that he and Malek initially … [Read more...] about “Bohemian Rhapsody” tops box office in spite of mixed reviews
HALLOWEN has arrived and whether you're out tonight or this weekend, there is serious pressure to create a terrifying and memorable costume for parties. Here's some inspiration for fancy dress options and top trends this year... What are the top fancy dress trends for Halloween 2018? Director of company Angels Fancy Dress, Emma Angel, said to the Sun Online: “Brits tend to approach fancy dress with a sense of humour. "But they’re also not afraid to embrace the traditional horror of Halloween so, year-on-year, we are seeing costumes become increasingly diverse and innovative. "Popular culture is usually the biggest influence upon Halloween trends each year, with customers taking lead from global events, viral news stories, and mainstream films and TV series.” Here is Angels Fancy Dress' top predictions for trends this year... Stranger Things Stranger Things inspired many Halloween costumes last year (with Eleven proving to be a particularly popular character) and … [Read more...] about Halloween fancy dress, makeup and costume ideas 2018- from Pennywise the IT clown to Stranger Things’ Eleven, this year’s best themes unveiled