PUBLISHED: 12:27 24 July 2018 Steve Russell Jeff Wayne's studio album hasn't aged - and the touring shows are still popular Archant Forty years on and it’s still fresh and fabulous, reckon three fans Richard Burton. His narration made a stunning impact in Jeff Waynes Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. Picture: PASometime in the summer of 1978, I returned laggardly to my bedroom after tea – a 15-year-old not at all enthused by the prospect of homework. I opened my maths book and flicked on the radio. What I heard blew my socks off. And sines and tangents were forgotten for the night.Eighty years earlier, HG Wells’s 1898 sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds must have proved a publication beyond scary for Victorians reading about Martians landing on Earth in cylinders and making three-legged machines in which they could march across the country and fight to seize the planet. Many humans perished under their death-rays. In 1938, a clever … [Read more...] about Were you thrilled by Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds?
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What a tragedy then, for David Davis, for Theresa May, for us, for Britain, for Europe and for the world that, so close to the finish line, the Brexit secretary has decided that the prime minister’s vision for Brexit being so different to his own, it cannot be he that delivers it. And it is a tragedy, really it is. The government has lost not only one of its most dedicated and capable people, but certainly its most visionary. Up until Friday at Chequers, all had been progressing so perfectly to the Davis plan. It is not immediately straightforward for present day historians to comprehend the full scale of Davis’s vision for Brexit, as when he first began to set it out in a series of threads on Twitter in February 2016 he did not yet understand how Twitter threads worked so numbered his various tweets 1/1, 2/2, 3/3 4/4 and so on, which if unhelpful does at least give some insight into the towering intellect of the man. Then as now, he was … [Read more...] about ‘Farewell David Davis, you were a visionary, prepared to look so very far beyond the boundaries of the real or the legally possible’
A Welsh phrase is hurtling through space millions of miles from earth on a gold record attached to a Nasa spacecraft – but how the language was chosen remains a mystery. Two spacecraft, part of the Voyager Space Mission, are carrying a golden record containing pictures and sounds of earth, including several languages, after being launched into space in 1977. If any other civilisations exist and manage to play to the record attached to the unmanned craft they will hear the words “Iechyd da i chwi yn awr, ac yn oesoedd” – Good health to you now and forever. According to Wikipedia the phrase was recorded by Frederick M. Ahl, a professor at Cornell University’s department of classics. But how the language was chosen to be included and why Mr Ahl was chosen to record the phrase is unknown. Mr Ahl was also selected to record the ancient Greek and Latin phrases featured on the mission. Welsh was picked for the record ahead of other languages with more speakers, … [Read more...] about The Welsh message that’s hurtling through space billions of miles away
PUBLISHED: 14:05 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:05 30 January 2018 Lynne Mortimer A passenger jet passes in front of a super moon near Heathrow Airport in 2005. Picture: TIM OCKENDEN/PA The moon has been a celestial object of mystery, myth and romance since the world began. And tonight is that once in blue moon moment The full moon slowly loses its fullness as the earth's shadow crosses it in this combo picture takenin May 2004, in Athens, Greece. Picture: AP/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS How we love the moon... Wolves howl at it; Shakespeare called it Phoebe, man has walked on it, we have imagined it to be made of blue cheese, it’s glow dominates our night sky; there is a man in it, lovers have kissed by its light; songwriters are in league with it; and the oceans depend upon it. Knitted characters the Clangers live on a “small moon-like planet.” This very night our world will experience a triple lunar whammy. There will be a super moon, a blue moon and, in parts of … [Read more...] about Once in a blue moon