Heaney, who died aged 74 in 2013, was from a Catholic and nationalist background, an identity manifest in his famous line: “Be advised my passport’s green. No glass of ours was ever raised to toast the Queen”. But poems like Death of a Naturalist, Digging and Mid-Term Break tapped into a humanity which cut across the political divide and enchanted readers around the world. … [Read more...] about Seamus Heaney’s words heal wounds reopened on Ireland’s border
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The estate is a little different to when my mother knew it, as is evident when I pop into the spa area and find that morning’s yoga class sipping coffee on the sun-drenched porch. The centre isn’t bustling, but offers massage, sauna, hot tub and Gabriele’s own yoga classes. One of her pupils, a woman in her 70s, approaches as I enter, squinting at my face like an eye chart. “Oh my gosh, you’re like her,” she says, meaning my mother, who, it turns out, she used to bus to school with as a child. … [Read more...] about Who do you think you are? Séamas O’Reilly digs up his Irish past
Planning live events during a pandemic means everything feels provisional. As a producer, you’re usually one step behind where you want to be in your schedule, explains Munk. “But this is the first time I’ve felt it’s OK to be behind because the world is collectively behind what is happening.” The festival aims to give artists and audiences confidence that people can still connect and create work during the crisis. Contingency plans are in place should lockdown restrictions return in London. “Mostly what we have to count on, regardless of government guidelines,” says Munk, “is our spirit and our vision.” … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a Herculean effort’: UK theatre festivals adapt for summer of Covid
England as a whole has remained the same at 0.8 to 1.0, but the R rose in Scotland (0.6 and 1.0), Wales (0.7 and 1.0), Northern Ireland (0.8 and 1.8), London (0.8 and 1.1), the North East and Yorkshire (0.8 and 1.0), and in the Midlands (0.8 and 1.0). The East of England is the only region in the entire UK where scientists can say with certainty that the R is below one. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson announces £300million funding for NHS hospitals to adapt to Covid-19 rules in preparation for winter as he pleads with Britons NOT to avoid A&E departments
At least one week's notice if you have been employed between one month and two years One week's notice for each year if employed between two and 12 years 12 weeks' notice if employed for 12 years or more You are entitled to a consultation with your employer if you are being made redundant. … [Read more...] about What is redundancy, who can be made redundant and what are my rights?