The subject of a new play, Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, believed she had swallowed a piano made of glass, and that it could shatter inside her. By Holly Williams 16 May 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email A young princess in 19th-Century ringlets and a flouncy white dress creeps across the stage and eyeballs the audience warily. “I’m of a very delicate nature,” she tells us. “And it is all made far more complicated due to the fact that I have a grand piano inside me… a grand piano would be bad enough but this one happens to be made out of glass.”The Glass Piano is a new play by Alix Sobler, currently on at the … [Read more...] about The princess who thought she was made of glass
Mentally ill 19th century
From attacks on the streets of Paris and London to murders in the marketplaces of Kabul and Baghdad, the suicide bomb takes more lives than any other type of explosive weapon. Crossing continents, suicide bombs have injured over a quarter of a million people since they were first used in the assassination of a Russian tsar in 1881. The tally of victims is greater than the number of those harmed by the two atomic bombs in Japan. The trigger to write this book came in November 2015, when I found myself talking to a room of United Nations diplomats about suicide attacks. In my concluding words, I said: “It is not if, but when, there will be a suicide strike at the very heart of a European city.” Less than a week later, 130 people were killed in Paris as seven terrorists armed with guns and suicide vests wreaked havoc on stadiums, concerts, cafes and restaurants. I realised that I did not fully understand what paths had led these men to kill in such a terrible and random way. … [Read more...] about Suicide bombers are real weapons of mass destruction
According to the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre, part of Madrid Autonomous University and the High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), adult brains not affected with degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s carry on creating new neurons until around the age of 90, replacing those which die off. This process, known as Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis, is impeded by the present of Alzheimer’s. Neuron regeneration slows with age – and earlier studies have revealed that age-related memory loss begins to set in at around 27 years old – but does not stop altogether, which explains why it is still possible for the middle-aged and even elderly to learn new mental and physical skills. Published in the magazine Nature Medicine, the Severo Ochoa Centre’s report says: “Despite a slight reduction in the number of neurons generated during ageing, a high number of these neurons remain present in individuals who do not suffer from any neurological … [Read more...] about Human brain produces new cells until at least age 90, Spanish researchers find
At around 1:30 p.m. on a recent Friday afternoon, some people on 8chan, an online message board, watched a mass murder unfold. Brenton Tarrant had just announced he would carry out a deadly attack and stream it live on Facebook. The first fans quickly voiced their support. "Good luck," one user wrote; another: "Sounds fun." A third person wrote that it was the "best start to a weekend ever." When Tarrant's head-mounted camera showed him murdering the first person at the entrance to the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand -- someone who had just greeted him kindly -- a fourth person wrote, "Holy fuck nice shootin." Around 200 Facebook users watched through their smartphones, tablets or computers as the 28-year-old got out of his car, opened his trunk where he kept his weapons, and began killing 50 people in and around two mosques. His victims included children, like the 3-year-old Mucad Ibrahim; students, like the 14-year-old Sayyad Milne; men, like the father Khaled Mustafa, … [Read more...] about From the Web to Real Life: The Growing Threat of Online-Bred Right-Wing Extremism
Theresa May is now making a desperate push to get Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support in a third "meaningful vote" on her deal this week. If she fails to get the deal passed she will have to go the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, 21 March, and explain what her plan is with only eight days to go before Britain crashes out of the 28-country bloc. READ MORE: Leaked Document REVEALS EU's 'War Games' to Oust British PM May Mrs May became leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore Prime Minister, in the summer of 2016 after David Cameron stepped down and Boris Johnson pulled out of the leadership contest. Soon after the June 2017 election she was jeered by residents in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London, which left her government looking distracted and unable to cope. But how does Mrs May's inept leadership compare … [Read more...] about She Bungled Brexit But is Theresa May Really Britain’s Worst Prime Minister?