OPINION: In case you haven't realised it already Prince Harry, the sixth-in-line to the British throne, is marrying US actress Meghan Markle. It's not the first time Ms Markle has made a marriage mistake. This is her second attempt at true love - although the first time she's married a ginger. And while this is Prince Harry's first marriage, he does have a history of making bad decisions (mostly under the influence of alcohol). If you wish to avoid watching this royal train-wreck, here are a few things you can do instead. Watch the football Prince Harry is known for his partying. And in typical fashion, he's managed to double-book his wedding for the most important day of the year - the 2017/18 FA Cup Final. The date for the match was announced six months ago, before the royal wedding date was set, but that didn't stop Prince Harry. Both events will now take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Chelsea will take on rivals Manchester United in a fierce grudge match - and expectations are … [Read more...] about Opinion: How to totally avoid the royal wedding
Toby Manhire for The Spinoff OPINION: Given he's regarded as a leader from the pragmatic centrist side of the National Party, it was puzzling to hear Simon Bridges this morning apparently endorse trickle-down theory. "I think there is some trickle-down effect actually, and a lot of people say no, no no," said Bridges on The AM Show this morning, when questioned by Duncan Garner about his party's record in dealing with inequality. 'Trickle-down' economics still works - Simon Bridges The term - suggesting that tax cuts for the wealthy will see benefits flow down through the economy to the poor - was coined during the great depression by an American humourist, and has mostly been deployed since as something to be derided by critics of free-market economics, rather than something acclaimed by free-market economists themselves. If Bridges is genuinely now positioning himself as a Trickler, rather than the more mundane explanation of a Monday morning gaffe, he's trickled well to the right … [Read more...] about Opinion: Has Simon Bridges trickled further right than David Seymour?
Drivers are getting tired of having no voice in Formula One. F1's top drivers are calling for those in charge of the series to start paying attention to what they have to say when it comes to improving the sport. A few days after defending champion Lewis Hamilton complained that nobody asked for their advice while putting together a track layout for the proposed race in Miami next year, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel expressed his frustration about the lack of involvement of the drivers in the decision-making process for upcoming aerodynamic changes aimed to improve overtaking. "I think you should ask us what we need to overtake," Vettel said after Saturday's qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix. "I mean, we are drivers. Not to say that we know everything, we don't anything about engineering the car, but we know how the cars feel, how to drive the cars. And their limitations to overtake. But we're not really asked." F1 recently announced changes to the wings and … [Read more...] about Formula 1: Drivers call for F1 to start listening to their opinions
Experimental feature Listen to this article Play audio for this article Pause Experimental feature or Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. What do you think? I‘ll use it in the future I don‘t think I‘ll use it Please tell us why (optional) Send Feedback This article is from today’s FT Opinion email. Sign up to receive a daily digest of the big issues straight to your inbox.This week actor/rapper Donald Glover lit up social media with a provocative video that has already been viewed 75m times on YouTube. In it, Mr Glover, aka Childish Gambino, folds his body into a strange balletic pose, pulls out a pistol, and shoots a blindfolded man in the head, saying, "This is America". Mr Glover, writes India Ross in a profile, is an enigmatic African American performer who has worked in almost every major sphere of entertainment for the past decade, amassing a considerable following in all of them.Not only has the … [Read more...] about Opinion today: The rapper speaking truth to America
Everyone has an opinion about Piccadilly Gardens. From those who love basking in the sunshine and running through the fountains on a hot day - to those who say the area should be avoided at all costs - it's a place that definitely evokes strong reactions. And no where is that more true than on the internet. Particularly TripAdvisor. While some say they were left feeling under-whelmed by the infamous concrete wall and lack of actual gardens, there are many people who are impressed by more recent improvements. So, after the gardens hit the headlines again this week when there was a bit of an issue with the new grass we thought we would take a look at what visitors have been saying over the past 12 months on TripAdvisor... The good "It’s the best place to be on a sunny day. It can get crowded but it’s a lot of fun" "Clean, accessible, plenty to do for a range of people. The heart of most places in Manchester and one of my favourite places to go" "Nice open clean space. Filled … [Read more...] about Everyone has an opinion on Piccadilly Gardens