Within the space of 24 hours, two mass shootings in the United States have accounted for the deaths of 29 innocent people. Already the usual heartfelt pleas for tighter gun controls are being made. I wonder whether any will emerge from the actors Hugh Grant and Joan Collins, or the supermodel Naomi Campbell, or the singer Leona Lewis. In the past, they have all mourned the easy availability of guns in the US. So it is peculiarly odd that they should have been present at an extravagant party in Austria on Friday night to mark the 90th birthday of Gaston Glock. I wonder whether any pleas for tighter gun control will emerge from the actors Hugh Grant and Joan Collins, or the supermodel Naomi Campbell, or the singer Leona Lewis. It is peculiarly odd that they should have been present at an extravagant party in Austria on Friday night to mark the 90th birthday of Gaston Glock Former X Factor champion Leona Lewis, pictured at the party with Mrs Glock's brother David Tschikof, … [Read more...] about STEPHEN GLOVER: From gun control to climate change, the hypocrisy of party-loving elites like Hugh Grant and Leona Lewis is shameless
Celebrities who have spoken out publicly against gun violence attended a lavish party thrown by the owner of one of the world's biggest weapons producers, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A-list stars including supermodel Naomi Campbell, former X Factor champion Leona Lewis and the actors Hugh Grant and Dame Joan Collins were among the VIP guests at an event on Friday night to mark the 90th birthday of Gaston Glock, the billionaire inventor of the eponymous pistol. Other celebrities at the party, which was held in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, included Sex And The City stars Chris Noth and Kristin Davis, and John Travolta. They were treated to private performances by Miss Lewis, who has built a global career on the back of her victory on the ITV reality contest in 2006, and Robbie Williams. Star-studded: Kathrin Glock poses with model Naomi Campbell on Friday night to mark the 90th birthday of Gaston Glock, the billionaire inventor of the eponymous pistol Former X … [Read more...] about They pontificate about the evils of guns. So why DID Hugh Grant, Naomi Campbell and Leona Lewis jet in for lavish birthday bash of Herr Glock – maker of the world’s most famous handgun?
Amazon, John Lewis and RBS are among a group of top companies that say they are taking matters into their own hands to tackle Britain's productivity crisis. More than 20 companies are supporting the Be the Business campaign that aims to ease the productivity slump that has hampered the economy since the financial crisis. The group - which also includes defence giant BAE Systems, insurer Aviva and Rolls-Royce - is committing “tens of millions” of pounds to projects to boost flagging productivity. Its “Better Decade” campaign includes mentoring, technology adoption and leadership schemes to lift competitiveness. … [Read more...] about Top businesses unite to tackle Britain’s productivity puzzle
Wales has fallen behind the rest of the UK significantly in reading, maths and science for the third time, an international study has shown.The tests in science, maths, and reading were taken by 500,000 15-year-olds in 68 countries.In Wales, there were lower results on average in the three subjects than in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.Scotland leads the way in the UK in maths and reading, while England is ahead in science. In maths, Wales fell three places to 43rd of the 65 countries In reading, the nation is now ranked at 41 down from 38 The biggest fall came in science where Wales dropped six places to joint 36th The figures, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), show that for maths, 15-year-olds in Wales scored 468 points on average, compared with 498 in Scotland, 495 in England and 487 in Northern Ireland.In reading, Wales scored 480, but Scotland scored 506 points on average, England scored 500 and Northern Ireland 498.In … [Read more...] about Pisa ranks Wales’ education the worst in the UK
IN what was meant to be a “year off” for Beck Hansen, he began to mess around with some songs he had started with Pharrell Williams. During downtime after an intense period of touring, Beck began to play around with ideas and sounds the two had come up with years earlier. Before he knew it, seven of Hyperspace’s 11 tracks with Pharrell were finished and Beck had made his 14th album — and one of his most collaborative. “I thought maybe I’d come up with a single and release it next year,” Beck tells me. “Then things accelerated. Within two months we pretty much had the whole thing together. And here I am.” “Here” being a central London hotel, where Beck is staying for a few days after flying in the night before. Yawning, he admits he is suffering slightly.“You’d think I would have figured jetlag out by now,” he says. He wears a black wide-brimmed hat, a black bomber jacket and looks several … [Read more...] about Singer Beck on new his new album, dealing with trauma and working with Pharrell Williams