“I’ve wasted too much time,” says D Double E, in an uncharacteristically sombre moment, between mouthfuls of sausage and mash in his local pub in east London. It’s 14 years since the self-professed Newham General – the MCs’ MC, the fans’ favourite – was first (and last) interviewed in the Guardian, and his impatience is understandable. Back then, in grime’s breakout period, when the genre was only just acquiring the name, there was a tumult of hype, expectation and raw talent drawing mainstream interest. Even at that early stage, D Double E was seen as something of a veteran – like Wiley, he was a vital few years older than teenage crews like Ruff Sqwad and Meridian, from which Tinchy Stryder and Skepta would emerge respectively. After leaving the legendary Nasty Crew, following a falling-out with Marcus Nasty, he was ready to graduate from a thriving if chaotic underground scene. “I’m not a little kid any … [Read more...] about D Double E, grime’s nearly man: ‘I haven’t been able to prove myself’
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Australian pop duo The Veronicas have told rapper will.i.am not to back down from his claims a female Qantas flight attendant was racist on a flight. The Black Eyed Peas frontman claimed the Qantas staff member was 'beyond rude' and 'aggressive' towards him because he was wearing noise-cancelling headphones during a safety demonstration on a flight to Sydney on Saturday. The Australian singers then claimed on Sunday the same flight attendant was one of two involved in the pair's disagreement with staff over luggage in September. Qantas firmly denies those claims. Australian pop duo The Veronicas (pictured attending a meeting on Kent Street, Sydney on Tuesday) have told rapper will.i.am not to back down from his claims a female Qantas flight attendant was racist towards him Jessica (pictured) and Lisa Origliasso, 34, claimed on Sunday the same flight attendant will.i.am alleged was racist towards him was one of two involved in the pair's disagreement with staff over … [Read more...] about The Veronicas urge will.i.am not to back down over claims Qantas was racist to him on a flight – as the pair double down over their criticism of the under-fire airline
The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is a matter of weeks away and the professionals are gearing up to be matched with a celebrity contestant. And while many might be wondering if the dreaded Strictly Curse will strike, some of the pros are either happily married or dating. Kevin Clifton is getting serious with Stacey Dooley and Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez have just had their first baby. But who's single and might be finding love on the dancefloor this year? Here we take a look at all the love lives of the dancers. Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton Stacey and Kevin met on Strictly 2018 but didn't get together until after the series ended and they were crowned the winners. Kevin was separated from his wife Karen Hauer at the time they were paired together, but Stacey was still with her ex Sam Tucknott - although she insists there was no overlap in those relationships. Sam supported Stacey, 32, from the audience each week as she performed intimate routines with Kevin, 26. and … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing professionals: Who’s married and who’s single?
A group of distinguished former newspaper editors has launched a scathing attack on plans for New Zealand’s largest print media companies to merge, calling it a threat to democracy which could see a concentration of power exceeded “only in China”. The merger of NZME and Fairfax Media, which was proposed in May, would not be healthy in a country that “already suffers from a dearth of serious content and analysis”, the editors say in a submission to the commerce commission. The group, which includes Suzanne Chetwin, former Dominion chief Richard Long and ex-New Zealand Herald editor Gavin Ellis, also criticise the trend towards “click-bait stories” at a time when television has “all but abandoned current affairs and our public discourse is increasingly glib”. “The merger would see one organisation controlling nearly 90% of the country’s print media market (and associated websites), the greatest level of concentration in … [Read more...] about New Zealand media merger risks growth of ‘glib, click-bait’ coverage, say editors
Electric semi-truck company Nikola Corporation have announced a powerful new battery that could double the range of electric vehicles without adding any extra size or weight. The Arizona company promises the battery will have four times the energy density of a lithium ion battery and could cost 50 percent less to manufacture. The battery is still being developed at the company and is being prepared for the next phase of development, which will be a nail penetration test, during which a nail punctures the battery cell to cause a short circuit and test its flammability. Nikola Corporation has announced a new battery for electric vehicles and electric semi-trucks that could cost half the price and provide double the range on a single charge Nikola says the battery could extend the range of standard electric vehicles from 300 miles to as much as 600 miles, with no added cost or compromises in form factor. In an electric semi-truck configuration designed for a much larger battery … [Read more...] about Electric semi-truck company Nikola announces new battery technology that could double the range of their vehicles to 800 miles on a single charge – and half the cost for manufacture