Netflix viewers have been glued to their screens following the release of Stranger Things season four, volume two . The music of the series has been a major talking point, from the blow-up success of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) in volume one to an epic scene in volume two featuring iconic Metallica hit Master Of Puppets. Stranger Things is well known for its eighties soundtrack jam-packed full of popular hits that perfectly capture the time in which the show is set. But did you know that this season’s villain has his own musical past? Here’s everything you need to know about Vecna actor Jamie Campbell Bower’s band and solo career: What was Jamie Campbell Bower’s band called? Jamie Campbell Bower was previously a member of London punk band Counterfeit. Formed in 2015, Bower was the lead singer of the band joined by guitarist Tristan Marmont, bassist Roland Johnson and drummer James Craig. They released their debut album … [Read more...] about Stranger Things: What band did Vecna actor Jamie Campbell Bower perform in?
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The Formula 1 and football worlds collided as Premier League stars from Liverpool and Manchester City descended upon Silverstone for the British Grand Prix . Reds duo Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold were spotted as guests of Red Bull , while City defender Nathan Ake was also invited. All were given a tour of the Red Bull garage ahead of the start of the race. And Alexander-Arnold was pictured deep in conversation with Max Verstappen as they exchanged pleasantries as well as shirts. The F1 world champion was gifted with a Liverpool shirt, while Alexander-Arnold received a Red Bull top. The footballers are just a few of the famous faces at Silverstone this weekend, as the British Grand Prix continues to attract Hollywood guests. Top Gun: Maverick actor Tom Cruise was spotted on Sunday morning, as were the likes of Michael Douglas, Damian Lewis and Phillip Schofield alongside Top Gear presenters Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris. More celebrities … [Read more...] about Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk meet Max Verstappen at British GP
A $50,000 bill for costs incurred during anti-Government protests in Christchurch has been waived after mayor Lianne Dalziel met with Destiny Church pastor Derek Tait. Tait said he met with Dalziel on Tuesday afternoon and she agreed to drop the three invoices, which totalled $50,533 to pay for traffic management during protests in November, December, January and February. “It has been cleared,’’ he said. “The fine was a non-event, because I wasn’t going to pay it ... There was no legal grounds for it.” READ MORE: Anti-Government protest group owes council $50k, but organiser says he won't pay Hundreds of anti vaccine and mandate protesters walk Christchurch's streets Anti-mandate protests led by Destiny Church pastor Derek Tait to continue in Christchurch The three invoices had not been paid, despite being due on January 20, March 20 and April 20 respectively. The Christchurch City Council sent the invoices to the Freedom and Rights Coalition group, … [Read more...] about Freedom and Rights Coalition protest bill waived after meeting with Christchurch mayor
Spain is increasing military spending as it works toward meeting a NATO commitment by dedicating 2% of gross domestic product to defense, the Spanish government said Tuesday. Cabinet members approved a one-off expenditure of almost 1 billion euros ($1 billion) for Spain's Defense Ministry that the government said was needed to cover unexpected expenses produced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine . Spain has sent military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and deployed more troops and aircraft to NATO missions in Eastern Europe. NATO leaders agreed at a summit held in Madrid last week to expand their efforts to get all alliance members up to the 2% of GDP mark. Currently, only nine of the Western military alliance's 30 members meet or surpass that goal. Spain pledged at a NATO summit held in Madrid last week that it would reach the 2% of GDP goal by 2029. That would mean doubling its budget for military spending from the current 13 billion euros ($13.4 billion) to … [Read more...] about Spain boosts military spending to close gap with NATO goal
Buckingham Palace and the Sussexes appear to have called a public truce over a controversial bullying report, after its contents were kept secret from the public . The Palace has blocked details of a report into the handling of bullying allegations made against the Duchess of Sussex in 2018, with its limited findings kept hidden from even those who contributed. In response, the Duke and Duchess will make no public comment on the unresolved allegations, despite previously authorising the strongest of statements defending Meghan. The unusual silence on either side has led to speculation that the Palace and Sussexes, who work closely with their lawyers, are both moving to downplay the long-running dispute . Both sides are understood to be hopeful of drawing a line under the episode. Those involved in the review, said to be around half a dozen one-time members of staff, have so far remained tight-lipped about the details of the Duchess’ alleged behaviour in 2018. 'We will … [Read more...] about Uneasy truce as Prince Harry and Meghan keep schtum over bullying report
The Duke of Sussex has described how he sees his late mother’s legacy when he looks at his own two children every day. He revealed that not a day goes by when he does not think about the mark Diana, Princess of Wales , left on both him and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge. “My mother instilled in me a drive to speak up and fight for a better world,” he said. “And now, as a husband and parent, my mother’s voice is even stronger in my life.” The Duke, 37, recorded a video message to open this year’s Diana Award ceremony, which took place virtually on what would have been the Princess’s 61st birthday, marking the 25th anniversary of her death. He said it was a “special year” and one in which he hoped people would take extra time to “not just remember how she lived but to reflect on the life she continues to lead through so many”. The award is the only charity bearing the Princess’s name and honours young people aged nine to 25 who work to improve the lives of others. ‘My … [Read more...] about Prince Harry: I see my mother’s legacy when I look at my own children
The Queen’s role has been rewritten by Buckingham Palace, as it removes duties she “must fulfil” as monarch and entrusts more to the Prince of Wales. The Queen’s “official duties” have been edited in the palace’s annual report for the first time in at least a decade, to take out specific events such as the State Opening of Parliament that were previously considered necessary by “constitutional convention”. The new version, published following the Platinum Jubilee, places greater emphasis on the support of the wider Royal family. According to the Sovereign Grant report, signed off by Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, the Queen’s role still comprises two key elements: Head of State and Head of Nation. As Head of State, the “formal constitutional concept”, the Queen “must fulfil” specific duties. These were previously laid out as a 13-point list, including the State Opening of Parliament, the appointment of the Prime Minister, and paying and receiving state … [Read more...] about Queen’s job description is rewritten to reduce ‘must-do’ duties
The first hydrogen and electric-powered lorry to be mass-produced in the UK has been unveiled. Start-up firm Tevva, based in Thurrock , Essex , has added a hydrogen fuel cell system to its battery-electric HGV design. The hydrogen tops up the battery, enabling the vehicle to carry heavier loads over longer distances. The 7.5-tonne hydrogen electric truck can be driven for up to 310 miles, according to Tevva. Recommended Over £130m handed to housing providers named and shamed by regulator The firm’s chief executive and founder Asher Bennett told the PA news agency: “When a zero emission truck is doing more miles per day, that is very good for the air we breathe, for the planet and for the economics of running electric trucks. “Every mile you drive on an electric truck, it’s so much cheaper than driving on a diesel truck. “If you’re concerned about range, and you’re not driving a lot of miles, you’re just not saving enough money as you could.” … [Read more...] about UK’s first mass-produced hydrogen truck unveiled
Boris Johnson has ordered ministers to hold regular press conferences on efforts to counter the rising cost of living. Regular ministerial press conferences were a feature of the pandemic and the decision to restart them is a sign that No 10 is concerned about the public mood in the face of the squeeze on living standards. Downing Street said the decision to hold televised briefings in the same way as during the Covid-19 crisis showed rising prices were being “treated with the same level of seriousness in terms of trying to address the problem”. Mr Johnson used Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting to tell ministers “tackling inflation and addressing cost-of-living pressures will remain the top priority, which is why we will be holding regular Government press conferences over the next six months to explain the details of different elements of the Government’s plan for the economy”, Downing Street said. Asked whether it was a sign that the crisis was as serious as the … [Read more...] about Cost-of-living crisis being treated as seriously as pandemic, No 10 says
Stranger Things Season 4 came to a dramatic conclusion with its final episodes on Friday, July 1. Volume 2, which consisted of two episodes, saw the residents of Hawkins face their most difficult opponent yet, Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) . The villain, whose origins were revealed in Volume 1 , went all out in the Netflix hit's finale and the events of the episode had dire consequences for Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink). Warning: This article contains spoilers for 'Stranger Things' Season 4 Volume 2 Does Max Mayfield Die in 'Stranger Things' Season 4? Max and the residents of Hawkins decided to go up against Vecna with a well-thought-out plan that saw Max try and draw out Vecna in the real world by putting aside her life-saving Kate Bush music . As she does this, Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer), Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), and Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke) head into the Upside Down to attack the villain, while Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) and Dustin Henderson (Gaten … [Read more...] about ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Volume 2: Is Max Mayfield dead?