5 It feels wonderfully apt that the Bristol Old Vic is reopening – at the end of a £26m renovation project – with a world premiere theatrical adaptation of Joe Simpson’s mountaineering memoir Touching the Void. Simpson’s 1988 best-seller – detailing a near fatal climbing expedition in the Peruvian Andes three years earlier – relayed one of the most remarkable stories of endurance and survival in climbing history. And you could say that the Old Vic has battled overwhelming odds to remain the oldest continually working theatre in the English-speaking world. A decade ago, it was touch and go; the building looked tired, the direction of travel was uncertain. Step by step, phase by phase, a hobbled regional player has been given exactly the right shot in the arm to recover and move forwards. It might sound far-fetched to hail the BOV as an Everest of an arts venue, but architects Haworth Tompkins – the go-to-people for … [Read more...] about Touching the Void, Bristol Old Vic, review: a stirring testament to human fortitude and the power of theatre
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“It is not just about the buildings, it is not just about the bricks and mortar of a home. People who suffered that night are having to rebuild their lives.” At Prime Minister’s Question Time this week, Theresa May’s words were well crafted and skilfully delivered. She sounded, whisper it, human. She went on: “We are doing everything we can to see that the survivors of Grenfell get the homes and support that they need – and the truth and justice that they deserve.” One long year after Grenfell Tower was first consumed by flames, May finally seems to be hitting the right tone as she puts residents’ and their families first. But as the country remembers the dead, her critics also remember the Prime Minister’s own ill-judged reaction to the events of June 14, 2017. SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW POLITICS Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more In … [Read more...] about Grenfell One Year On: How Did Theresa May Manage To Stay In Power?
You know that losing weight is good for you – but did you realise how good? From your memory to your breathing, shedding pounds if you’re overweight can have positive effects all over your body. Lungs Losing 5-10% of your weight has been shown to reduce breathlessness and improve lung function. “This can make a big difference to your day-to-day life,” says Slimming World dietitian Carolyn Pallister. “Being able to walk upstairs without getting out of breath sounds simple, but it can be life-changing.” Liver Shedding pounds helps prevent fat building up in the liver. “If not dealt with, a fatty liver can cause scarring and, in some circumstances, lead to liver cancer or liver failure,” says Vanessa Hebditch, from the British Liver Trust. The good news? “By losing weight, many people are able to reverse damage and restore their liver to its normal state.” Back While being overweight can make you more prone to back pain, … [Read more...] about How your body improves with weight loss, from breathing to brain power
It’s not often I fall asleep in a hotel with the theme tune to The Apprentice stuck in my head. Such is the effect that spending 24 hours in the InterContinental London Park Lane’s Capital Suite can have. The sprawling space, unveiled last month, is aimed squarely at wealthy business travellers. It has its own boardroom, with seating for a dozen suits, a second meeting room, and a study that’s perfect for grilling prospective candidates. Lord Sugar will see you now... The suite Occupying a large swathe of the InterContinental’s first floor, The Capital Suite is a novel combination of work space and living quarters that the hotel and the team behind it, RPW Design, claim is the only one of its kind in the country. The crowning glory is that vast boardroom, with its wall of windows and leafy views towards Green Park, but the adjoining office is equally grand. Connecting to the office, a second, smaller windowless meeting room seats eight. There’s … [Read more...] about Getting down to business, in the first London ‘super suite’ with its own boardroom
Panic set in at the Bonnaroo when Eminem used realistic gunshot sounds in his performance The rapper was performing his song 'Kill You' at the Tennessee festival when a loud shot rang out from the stage, terrifying many in the crowd. Video of the incident shows fans having a great time, but when the gunshot sounds there the camera drops quickly and screams are heard. Warning - the video below contains explicit language. "Coming from a performing stand point, I get the effect of sound effects on stage, but there's a certain point that crosses the line," one fan tweeted. "I'm one of Eminem's number one fans, but to hear three gun shots coming straight from his set had me scared [as f**k]. Not gonna lie." "I was having a good time at Eminem's set then he played a realistic gunshot noise," said another. "The whole crowd ducked... completely inappropriate." The US has a serious gun violence problem, with mass shootings at high schools regularly occurring. Last year, 58 were shot dead and … [Read more...] about Eminem’s gunshot sound effects at Bonnaroo terrify fans