It is 1983 and there is an American in paradise. Mac arrives in Furness, a coastal village in north-west Scotland, cradling two briefcases and an injured rabbit. He has flown in from Texas and is in need of a drop of the hard stuff, whisky, and rather more than a drop of the black stuff – oil. Mac’s energy firm wishes to buy the village and beach, and build a huge refinery in their place. But will the villagers sell? What price, if any, can one put on home? These are questions posed by Local Hero, a new musical based on Bill Forsyth’s beloved 1983 film. Adapting it for the stage has brought two challenges, the first physical. Much of the original’s poetry came from simply pointing the camera at sea and sky. It was easy to understand how Mac could fall in love with and be changed for the better by such a place. Who wouldn’t? Such beauty has moral force, and director John Crowley enjoys reasonable success in suggesting it through effects – sunsets, the … [Read more...] about Local Hero review – oil-movie gem strikes a salty musical note
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The Highland games season draws to a close this weekend with the Pitlochry event. Held on the Highland Perthshire town’s recreation ground, the games on Saturday, September 8 are the last to be held in the region during 2018. Visitors and locals alike have been enjoying Highland games across the area since Blackford Highland Games on the last Saturday in May. The day starts tomorrow with the annual parade of pipe bands down the main street at 11.40am, when competing pipe bands march down to the recreation ground on Ferry Road. Throughout the day there will be piping (individual and band) competitions, Highland dancing, heavyweights, athletics and cycling track events and the tug o’ war championships. There will also be a drum majors’ demonstration at 4.45pm, before the massed pipe bands in the main Scotch Watch, set up by Glasgow-born Damian Bell (52) in 2013 will be just one of the bands entertaining the crowds tomorrow. The band are from the canton of Neuchatel in … [Read more...] about Highland games season ending on a high note
As pictures emerged of him looking frail and walking with the help of a cane, movie icon Burt Reynolds admitted he "didn't fear dying". The legendary actor, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood's most popular actors as he starred in such films as Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit, passed away on Thursday aged 82 after suffering a heart attack. Two and a half years earlier, a frail Reynolds gave a series of interviews to promote his memoir, and spoke candidly about his mortality. “I don’t fear dying," he told the Mirror. “I talk to God every night. I just think of the luck I’ve had. I’d like my epitaph to be, ‘He had a hell of a good time and he was a good friend’." He added: “The only thing I fear is getting sick and being a bother to people.” Reynolds also revealed he'd been leaving behind an unusual heirloom. “It’s beautiful hair but it’s not mine,” he said as he pointed to his … [Read more...] about Movie icon Burt Reynolds revealed he didn’t fear dying
Josh Hafner USA TODAY Published 4:33 p.m. UTC Aug 30, 2018 Heavy metal icon Metallica announced its own whiskey that the band claims is "shaped" by blasting its music directly into the distilled spirit. A former West Point chemistry professor collaborated with the band on the whiskey, called "Blackened," which rolls out to select states this fall. Blaring a playlist of Metallica tracks hand-picked by the band results in "low-hertz sound waves so intense that it actually enhances the molecular interaction" of the whiskey and alters its flavor, the band said in a statement. Much of a new whiskey's success comes down to the story behind it, and Metallica has a good one: Dave Pickerell, the distiller behind the whiskey, is a chemistry engineer who once taught at the military academy in West Point, New York. There, he recalled in a statement, low notes from a massive church organ would reverberate through the halls, the lowest of … [Read more...] about Metallica launches whiskey ‘shaped’ by sound waves from band’s music
The supersized Galaxy Note series of phones first appeared in 2011, and with each subsequent version the professional-focused device has loaded more and more features into its huge frame. If the Galaxy S9 is the Bugatti Veyron of the phone world, the Note 9 is the Range Rover. If a work horse and a kitchen sink had a baby, this would be the incredible sink-horse child you’d be left holding. But place it side by side with last year’s Note 8 and even the parents would struggle to tell the two apart. So what exactly has changed in the last 12 months? And should Note 8 owners consider upgrading? S Pen: The iconic S Pen stylus is now Bluetooth enabled, works for 30 minutes when unsheathed from its slot inside the phone, and recharges to full again in just 40 seconds. Why all this electrical business? Because the pen’s button now functions as a remote camera shutter, a way to control music and advance slides during presentations, or as a button assigned to launching certain … [Read more...] about Samsung’s super-powered Galaxy Note 9 is back, but has it made enough progress?