There are two differently mounted yet thematically similar films arriving this awards season that focus on female monarchs and how their relationships with other women led to profound change. In Yorgos Lanthimos’s bawdy, brutal comedy The Favourite, the mental state of Queen Anne is weaponised by two women vying for her affections and, in turn, increased power in both her palace and the country. In Josie Rourke’s far more conventional, yet slickly entertaining Mary Queen of Scots, we see how the titular character clashes with Queen Elizabeth for control with the fates of many hanging in the balance. Tonally and visually, the two couldn’t be more different yet they both contain familiar observations about the swift sadism of life at the very top and how so much of the tension between these women was orchestrated by the men around them. While the life of Queen Anne has historically received minimal screen time, the more obviously cinematic dynamic between Mary and … [Read more...] about Mary Queen of Scots review – Saoirse Ronan rules over political drama
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Key Findings — Innovation is seen as an important policy goal Tech-center Ruta N in Medellín In a rundown neighborhood in Colombia’s second city, Medellín, lies what political leaders hope is the key to the future. From the outside, it resembles an enormous, crumpled shipping container burnt red by the sun. Inside are the offices of one of the biggest tech incubators in Latin America. Founded in 2009,Ruta N aims to bring together expertise from academia, the public sector, and the private sector. Their ambition, explains communications director Sergio Naranjo, is to build innovative companies. The sprawling campus offers a co-working area, conference facilities, and permanent office space. Not only do they try to motivate and train local university graduates to start their own tech business, they also want to attract large companies from abroad, to set up base here. As of February 2019, more than 150 companies from two dozen countries operate from the Ruta … [Read more...] about How the tech sector is encouraged to become a driving force in the Colombian economy
As any saver will tell you, these are bleak times. And it could be set to get worse next year. Last month, the prospect of another drop in interest rates increased when two members of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, which decides on the official rate, called for an immediate cut. It is now expected by sections of the financial markets that the rate will drop by 0.25% next year, even though it has been at rock-bottom levels for the last decade. So what should anyone who wants to make some money from their savings to do? Stay with cash Rates on the high street vary hugely – on a balance of £10,000, the amount of interest that it is possible to earn goes from £10 to £145. The lesson? Shop around, don’t be limited by the mainstream banks, and be sure to look at those providers that may be less familiar. HSBC’s easy-access Flexible Saver will garner just 0.15% while Goldman Sachs’ online savings account will bring in 1.45%. … [Read more...] about With rates still at rock bottom, is there anything savers can do to get back up?
TV presenter Kevin McCloud has developed a well-earned reputation for being an expert on all housing related matters. The Grand Designs host has seen his fair share of building mishaps and developed a rock-solid understanding of when and where problems arise. Now the architecture critic has advised prospective house buyers on where they should NEVER buy a home. He told the Express : “I would strongly advise against buying on a floodplain unless your house is specifically built to mitigate that.” A floodplain is a low-lying area of land near a river or stream. Homes in these vulnerable locations could be severely damaged if there is flooding resulting from heavy rainfall. The legendary critic has also told house hunters to narrow their search to properties that are energy efficient. He said: “I would strongly advise to be looking for houses which are green, which have low to zero energy bills. “It’s great financial resilience in your life and on a … [Read more...] about Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud’s advice on where you should NEVER buy a home
Power always reveals. Robert Caro, the brilliant biographer of Lyndon Johnson, puts it extremely well: “When a man is climbing, trying to persuade others to give him power, concealment is necessary. But as a man obtains more power, camouflage becomes less necessary.” This insight came to mind when considering the prospects for our country now that another politician called Johnson has secured a great deal of power. His successful gamble on a snap election has just taken the Conservatives to their largest parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher was at her zenith in 1987. This will make him unchallengeable within his party for the foreseeable future. A lot of the fresh faces and many of the grizzled ones on the Tory benches in the new parliament will feel a deep personal debt to the man who delivered on his primary promise to his party, which was that he would win them an election. With a large stock of capital in the bank, he will be free to do as he likes, at least … [Read more...] about We will now find out what a triumphant Boris Johnson really wants and believes