Dolly was cared for at the RSPCA's Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre in Hastings, which as the Daily Mail reported last week is also looking after Vera, a seal pup that was flown 400 miles from Sunderland after being attacked by adult grey seals. … [Read more...] about Come on in, the water’s fine! Rescued seal Dolly returns to sea (a little nervously) three months after she washed up on the beach at Margate
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"I think it's the freedom," said Mr Barry, as the clubhouse prepared for training to restart after a long coronavirus hiatus. "He's able to relax outside of politics. He comes here to the club and he's just Micheal. He's not the leader of any party, he's just Micheal." Members said Mr Martin won't be treated any differently when he returns as taoiseach. … [Read more...] about Micheal Martin: Ireland elects a new leader – who is he and why will he only get two years?
The city also boasts the world’s longest covered walkway, winding 3.8km up to the hilltop San Luca basilica. The locals built the portico to protect an icon of the Madonna that is carried into town each year in thanks for saving them from famine in 1433. We take a cheat’s mini train up then walk down. … [Read more...] about Look beyond the same old city breaks — try visiting these unusual European metropolises instead
Olivia Poulet I love comedians who bring shows to the fringe that take me somewhere unexpected, rather than churn out what they've been repeating weekly on Live at the Apollo. Josie Long always inspires, Simon Munnery and Paul Foot are bewilderingly original, but perhaps the most intoxicating show I've seen here recently was Tim Key's Masterslut. From the moment he entered from the back of the audience (following a path laid out on a map that was projected on stage in the pre-show), Tim never let you settle. Audience interaction can be terrifying and ill-advised, but the audience happily obliged for this unconstrained piece of theatre. Languidly shifting between conversation, poetry and film, he refused to fix on one genre. This was standup, performance art and cabaret – and the experience was all the better for it. I can't wait to see how he thrills his audience this Edinburgh. … [Read more...] about The best show I’ve ever seen at Edinburgh: performers and theatre-makers on their festival highlights
It’s extraordinary stuff – but it does leave you wondering where Acaster’s standup career can possibly go next. I didn’t feel that way when I first saw the show, a year before this Hackney performance was recorded. But watching the stream, I was struck by how cynical Acaster sounded about Britain, the world – and his comedy. There’s a moment, too, when he berates his audience for tweeting about his shows, which is amusingly brusque, and just that bit too close to the bone. For all that it’s a fantastic example of the art form, Cold Lasagne doesn’t leave you with the impression of a man thrilled to be performing standup comedy. … [Read more...] about From Brexit to breakups, James Acaster is an audacious king of comedy