In this Saturday, March 2, 2019 file photo, Elon Musk (left) CEO of SpaceX, speaks accompanied by NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (center) and Doug Hurley during a news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida … [Read more...] about Beam me up, Elon! William Shatner tweets offer to hop aboard historic NASA-Space X flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday
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So perhaps it is not surprising that, despite musing at last year’s Tory conference that he might not return after the general election campaign, Cummings was back at No 10 in January, seeking applications from “weirdos and misfits with odd skills” to work with him in remaking Whitehall. … [Read more...] about How Dominic Cummings became indispensable to Boris Johnson
One thing beyond the Cosmists’ fertile imagination would have been that, in the 21st century, considerable care would have been taken to restore a wrecked relic of the 19th to regular use, while retaining its character of wrecked-ness. This is what has happened to Wilton’s Music Hall in east London, a rare survivor that flourished in its original use for little more than 20 years, was taken over by Methodists and, since it was listed in 1971, has undertaken a slow journey to a renovation. Performances started there again in the 1990s, but it is only under the leadership of its current director, Frances Mayhew, that it has reached a position where it can deliver a regular programme into a relatively secure future. In 2004 Mayhew rescued it from possible abandonment or, worse, a takeover by Wetherspoons, and has been championing it ever since. … [Read more...] about Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age; Wilton’s Music Hall – review
Perhaps the most meta is Sparks’s 1994 track, When Do I Get to Sing My Way, which namechecks Sinatra and Vicious, as its narrator wonders whether he will ever be capable of such grand statements. “My Way was always in the back of my head as one of those epic songs I wished I’d written,” says Sparks’ Ron Mael. “It seemed like a perfect reference for somebody who isn’t in the position to be able to sing that final triumphant song.” His love for the original is sincere and abiding. “I don’t see it being delivered as a statement of arrogance – it seems more like defiance at just being a part of the status quo.” … [Read more...] about ‘People who sing it want the world to know they exist’: 50 years of My Way
But the new Formula E championship is breaking a host of racing taboos: special music to trumpet crashes, female drivers, city centre circuits and, most controversially, a fan vote to give the most popular drivers power boosts to blast them past opponents during races. Nonetheless, racing royalty from Alain Prost to Sir Frank Williams are backing the new series, with Emerson Fittipaldi declaring it a “new era for motor racing”. It has now been approved by world motor sport’s governing body, the FIA, and is funded by stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and major carmakers including Audi, Renault and Indian giant Mahindra. … [Read more...] about Formula E: do the guilt-free thrills of electric car racing herald a new era for motor sport?