Fan culture works in mysterious ways, but for a band as popular and influential as U2 have been over four decades, it seems only natural that a whole academic discipline has emerged to study them. The inaugural Australian edition of the U2 Conference – part symposium for researchers in the robust field of U2 studies, part fan gathering – will take place in Sydney in November, to coincide with the Irish superstars bringing their Joshua Tree tour to local shores. “The band has so much meaning to so many people,” Naomi Dinnen, organiser for November’s conference and an academic at Australian National University’s school of music, told Guardian Australia. “That’s why we wanted to do this conference – to bring people together to look at how [U2 has] really influenced society, culture and music over the last 40 years. It’s actually been huge.” The conference is the brainchild of US literary academic Scott Calhoun. Three … [Read more...] about Australian U2 fans find what they’re looking for at conference to mark Joshua Tree tour
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Andy 'The Destroyer' Ruiz shocked the world when he pummeled formidable heavyweight king Anthony Joshua and claimed the Brit's three world title belts - everyone except his mom and dad. Proud parents Andy Ruiz Snr. and wife Felicitas were so confident their 29-year-old would become the first-ever Mexican-American heavyweight champ they placed a $1,000 bet on their son at 10-1 and have just collected their $10,000 winnings from a casino. In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, construction boss Andy Snr., 57, and Felicitas, 58, from Imperial, California, also revealed how their son got his Destroyer nickname - and it wasn't because of his ring prowess. They say Ruiz drove off in a beach buggy as a strong-willed child sending beach goers flying, sparking chaos as he destroyed their belongings in the rampage. Beaming mom Felicitas, speaking from the family home in Imperial - a small dusty town 200 miles south-east of Los Angeles - where Ruiz grew up with sister Jessica, 34, … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Parents of Andy ‘The Destroyer’ Ruiz reveal they won $10K betting on son beating heavyweight king Anthony Joshua as they share family photos from the champ’s childhood, tell how he earned his nickname (and let slip he had a third nipple)
In California, the ride sharing app Lyft is offering free rides to resource centers in an effort to help residents deal with planned power blackouts. Using the promo code ‘POWERRELIEF19’ will unlock two rides of up to $15 each for travel to one of 28 relief centers set up across northern California. The relief centers will offer drinking water, air-conditioned seating, charging stations, and restrooms. Scroll down for video Residents in 34 counties across northern California will be eligible for two free rides of up to $15 in value if they are going to a power outage relief center. The promo code will work until 11:59PM on October 15th. According to a report from Endgadget, Lyft is also partnering with United Way and 211.org to help people evacuate effected homes in case of health emergencies. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Trolls for hire: Investigation finds online smear campaigns... Memes can now be described to blind people by AI program... … [Read more...] about Lyft is offering free rides to relief centers for customers stranded by planned blackout in California
New York is far greener than anyone expected. Researchers carrying out a huge survey of New York City's trees found there are over 5 million 'forested natural areas' along with 666,000 street trees. They say the study, the most comprehensive ever of New York's 'urban forest', could revolutionize urban planning. Scroll down for video During the two-year inventory field biologists collected data from all of New York City's parks and natural areas. While 40 percent of the city is considered 'green space,' much of that includes parks, cemeteries, and back yards. WHAT IS IN NEW YORK'S URBAN FORESTS?During the two-year inventory field biologists collected data from all of New York City's parks and natural areas. While 40 percent of the city is considered 'green space,' much of that includes parks, cemeteries, and back yards. About an eighth of this green space is considered forested natural areas. That accounts for over 10,000 acres of natural lands, … [Read more...] about The ‘urban forests’ of New York revealed: New study finds the city has five MILLION trees in ‘forested natural areas’
I bought a ticket to Cuba in 1998 when Fidel Castro promised a Christmas Day holiday after a 30-year ban. The holiday itself was a tinsel-free affair, but I heard live music and caught a glimpse of Castro in the main square at Santiago de Cuba as he toasted the 40th anniversary of his revolution. Since that first trip, I’ve danced, drunk, dived, fished, hiked, cycled and driven around Cuba. I’ve had my fortune told and portrait painted, ridden vintage American cars with no seats, picked up a spent bullet in the Bay of Pigs, and paraded through Havana on a giant fibre-glass stiletto. Cuba is utterly bonkers and I love it, as do those who come in search of an offbeat sunny break. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution but it’s not all austerity and rationed food. Since a change to private business rules almost a decade ago, this Caribbean island now offers holidaymakers swanky apartments in colonial villas, rural hideaways, beach getaways, bike … [Read more...] about The Cuban holiday revolution: It’s still got its crazy charm, but visitors are discovering a new side to the Caribbean island… luxury!