The original queen of pop talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis about inspiration, aging, motherhood and why she refuses to cede controlThe night before the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas in May, Madonna was sitting in the arena attached to the MGM Grand hotel, staring at a double of herself. The double, who was standing on the stage many yards away, was younger and looked Asian but wore a similar lace minidress and a wig in Madonna’s current hairstyle, a ’30s movie star’s crimped blond waves.“It’s always the second person with the wig — she wants to see it,” a stage designer said, adding that when she makes a decision, she is definitive.Madonna was observing Madonna to make sure Madonna was doing everything perfectly. Up on the stage set of a funky urban street with lampposts and a tiled bar, the double hit her marks and held a fist up to her mouth like a faux microphone for a rendition of “Medellín,” the on-trend, Latin-inflected … [Read more...] about What next for Madonna?
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Peter Oborne 16 May 2019 10:58 AM 16 May 2019 10:58 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Conrad Black, who was jailed in the US for fraud and obstructing justice, has been pardoned by Donald Trump. Here Peter Oborne profiles the former media mogul and his wife Barbara in an article published in The Spectator in 2004: A few weeks ago executives were endeavouring to bring home to Conrad Black the full horror of his personal and corporate predicament, when a sight met their eyes. His wife Barbara, clad only in a leotard and shades, had swept into the room. For a moment nobody spoke. ‘Oh Conrad,’ Barbara Black proclaimed: ‘Let’s just get out of here. They hate us.’ Barbara Amiel was born in Watford, and she enjoyed the kind of childhood that, if survived at all, instils resilience through life. She wrote her first autobiography — it is greatly to be hoped that another will follow — as early as 1980. … [Read more...] about The ballad of Conrad Black
From staff and wire reports Published 12:25 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 Alabama Birmingham: The city is considering mobile grocery stores to fill a gap in residential areas where healthy food options aren’t available. WBRC-TV reports that the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama already operates a truck that sells fruit, fresh vegetables and dairy products in so-called food deserts. City leaders are considering a plan to expand such offerings as part of an initiative by Mayor Randall Woodfin. Mobile stores wouldn’t be allowed on vacant lots, and they couldn’t operate within 1,000 feet of stores that sell similar food items. They could set up shop in commercial area and neighborhoods. The city says about 70% of residents live in areas that don’t have stores offering healthy food. The problem is getting worse with store closings in recent years. Alaska Anchorage: A minister is leading an effort to help an impoverished Native village create a new economy with the … [Read more...] about News from around our 50 states
A lego post box, a framed picture of a Jersey cow and a pound of salt are among the weird and wonderful gifts bestowed on the Queen last year, according to an official list published today.It details the presents given to the Royal Family in 2018 by, among others, the King and Queen of The Netherlands, US President Donald Trump and the High Commissioner for Malta. Among the gifts bestowed on Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall while on official visits overseas were packets of dates, an apron, a framed swimming cap and a painted pebble.Meanwhile the future Baby Sussex can look forward to over 100 teddy bears - with cuddly koalas and kangaroos a popular gift from their tour Down Under last year. The Queen, pictured being presented with a Chinese silk scarf depicting two whales after she looked at the Chinese show garden at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London last year The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were gifted a toy kangaroo with a baby and an … [Read more...] about The quirky gifts received by the Royal Family in 2018
Spain La Concha, San Sebastián It’s the Chrysler Building of beaches: instantly recognisable but nevertheless thrilling and heart-lifting. La Concha is the most beautiful urban beach in Spain: a scallop of cream sand and sparkling sapphire waters with forested headlands, an island – Santa Clara – and a peppering of boats. The belle-époque seafront dates back to days of long summer residencies, when children ate separately and hotels were plushly carpeted; but today’s city is vibrant and cool. La Concha is flanked by two smaller beaches: Ondarreta is almost a continuation to the west (ending in Eduardo Chillada’s Wind Comb sculpture); Zurriola, beyond the Kursaal Palace in Gros, is popular with surfers. Stay La Pensión del Mar (doubles from €45 room-only) also in Gros, is friendly and affordable. For a few euros more, Sansebay (doubles from €70 room only) offers contemporary chic and La Concha views. El Rompido, Huelva, … [Read more...] about 40 of the best beaches in Europe