Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, said: “This case was never just about a wedding cake. It was about all people – no matter who they are – having the right to celebrate their love without facing discrimination. The Democratic party believes that no individual has a license to discriminate. We believe in the dignity of every human being.” … [Read more...] about Supreme court sides with baker who refused to make gay wedding cake
This reminds me of Berlin, says my friend, watching the cool, beautiful bodies of L-E-V’s dancers in the brutalist setting of a multistorey car park, as cocktail-fuelled revelry rages upstairs and a stiff south London breeze sweeps through the gaps in the concrete. … [Read more...] about L-E-V: Parts of Love review – carnal desire without the come-on
“You don’t expect a work of non-fiction to express itself with such literary beauty, but still hold a very unshaking mirror to real events in the real world,” said chair of judges, novelist Jim Crace, who was joined by authors Nikesh Shukla and Kate Summerscale. “It was that combination of reportage and high literature that was so impressive. When I finished reading this book, not only did it close the gap between me and Japan, it also closed the gap between my understanding of my culture and every other culture in the world. I know that is a grand claim to make, but it gave me a sense of the universality of humankind that would improve my understanding of any differences in any community in the world that I come across in the future. It was an improving experience. This is a book to close cultural gaps.” … [Read more...] about Ghosts of the Tsunami wins Rathbones Folio prize for deeply felt reportage of 2011 disaster
As for the inevitable fantasy comparisons, she hit back: “We are not the poor cousin of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. The Witcher has its own universe, even if some elements are common with the mentioned works, but it’s because it’s the genre.” … [Read more...] about The Witcher show bosses slam the award-winning video games – insisting they ‘copied NOTHING from them’
In addition to transport, hydrogen may also be useful as a way to store renewable energy from intermittent sources – for example, when the wind is blowing but there is not high demand for electricity. In this context, it's an alternative to large-scale batteries or other storage systems. Another possibility is to use hydrogen as a heating fuel in our homes and buildings, either blended with natural gas or neat. … [Read more...] about What’s the ‘hydrogen economy’?