Ariane Bankes 14 September 2019 9:00 AM 14 September 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature, 1939–1951 D.J. TaylorConstable, pp.400, £25 It is to Peter Quennell in his memoir The Wanton Chase that D.J. Taylor owes his concept of wartime London’s ‘Lost Girls’: ‘adventurous young women who flitted around London, alighting briefly here and there, and making the best of any random perch on which they happened to descend’. They were courageous, living ‘without any thought for past or future’ in that bomb-blasted city, but what most touched Quennell’s heart was ‘their air of waywardness and loneliness’. He should know: he was married to one Lost Girl (Glur) while madly, frustratedly in love with another (the high-octane Barbara Skelton) who he introduced to Cyril Connolly alongside a third, Lys Lubbock, with ultimately cataclysmic … [Read more...] about The Lost Girls of World War II – a tribute
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The cast of smash–hit musical Buddy have presented Theatre Royal Plymouth with a special platinum disc to mark 30 years since the show first debuted at the venue. Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame through to his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In 18 short months the bespectacled young man from Lubbock, Texas, revolutionized the face of popular music, influencing everyone from Bob Dylan and The Beatles to Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. The show first premiered in August 1989 in Plymouth and since then has enjoyed extraordinary success, having played a record-breaking 4,450 performances over 556 weeks on tour in the UK and Ireland, as well as 5,822 performances over 728 weeks in London’s West End, winning numerous awards along the way. Matt Salisbury, director of Buddy and Alan Janes, writer and producer, … [Read more...] about Platinum disc marks 30 years since Plymouth premiere of Buddy
Michael Barrymore had the world at his feet in the 1990s, he was one of the biggest stars in television. He had a whole host of his own programmes, Barrymore, Kids Say the Funniest Things and Strike It Lucky to name a few. He even appeared in the Spice Girls movie Spice World as Mr Step, such was his fame. But he went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and battled alcohol and drug addictions. In 2001 things took another tragic turn after the body of a man was found in his swimming pool. Stuart Lubbock was discovered floating in the pool following a party at the star's home. Speaking about the death on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Michael said: "That family deserves proper answers. No parent should have to bury their young. "I had nothing to do with Stuart. I am innocent. I am not 99.9 percent innocent. "I am 100 percent innocent and I am entitled to walk around with my head held high for the rest of my life." Michael was arrested six years after the death but was released … [Read more...] about Fans praise Michael Barrymore’s return to prime-time TV
The comedian and presenter was one of the best-known TV stars in the country when 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was found dead at his home in Roydon, Essex, in 2001. Six years later, Barrymore was arrested in connection with the death. He was released, but subsequently withdrew from public life. Speaking on Piers Morgan’s ITV programme Life Stories, Barrymore said he “couldn’t be more sorry” for his behaviour that night. Barrymore fled and stayed silent during an inquest into Mr Lubbock‘s death. But, struggling to hold back tears, the 67-year-old claimed he had left his home because he thought it would be “surrounded” by press. He said he deserved to “walk around with my head held high for the rest of my life” after winning compensation from Essex Police last year for wrongful arrest. During an emotional exchange he also admitted he would prefer if he was heterosexual, saying: “If I had a choice I’d rather not be gay. I … [Read more...] about Michael Barrymore apologises for actions on night of pool death
Janna Herron USA TODAY Published 11:56 AM EDT May 22, 2019 With a diploma in hand, where’s your post-college life going to take you? If you’re looking for a city with good jobs, a vibrant social scene that’s also affordable, you might not look much further than your alma mater, according to a ranking from rental platform Apartment List given exclusively to USA TODAY. Many of the top 10 cities that received A-minus to A-plus grades were also home to sizable colleges, such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University. “A lot of cities we found that were best for college grads were pretty good college towns themselves,” says Igor Popov, chief economist at Apartment List. “You might think people want something entirely different, but people could be happy to stay there in their 20s and early 30s and still do well economically.” Five other cities also received A- grades, but their overall … [Read more...] about Graduation 2019: Which cities are best for college grads?