THEY’RE knights of the round table, they dance whenever they’re able – even in snow-covered Thatcham. Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) put on a formidable show promoting its upcoming production of Spamalot in the town last Sunday. Director Mike Cole said: “We had a really good reaction, lots of people laughing like mad. “One guy asked if it was a stag do, The Turkish Barbers came out to take photos, lots of passersby obviously thinking ‘what the hell is going on?’. “We’ve sold a lot more tickets for this at the same stage than any other show we have done.” Promoting the quest for the Holy Grail, the local ensemble coconutted their way round town – emulating the knights in Monty Python and the Holy Grail – to find your nail at Diamond Nail Bar, find your ale at the Kings Head and find your rail at the train station. KATS’ production of Spamalot will be staged at Kennet School at 7.30pm … [Read more...] about Coconuts at the ready!
Quest of the holy grail
FRAGMENTS of a long lost tale about King Arthur and his close friend and wizard Merlin may lead historians to the legendary Holy Grail. Handwritten 800 years ago, the texts tell of the Battle of Trèbes, in which Merlin inspires Arthur's forces with a stirring speech and leads a charge using a magical, fire-breathing weapon. In total, seven pieces of Medieval manuscript were discovered in an archive at Bristol central library. They were tightly bound in a volume of the works of a 16th century French scholar. Experts are now analysing the fragments, which are thought to be a version of the Estoire de Merlin – the story of Merlin. But while the manuscripts tell tales of several Arthurian legends, they feature subtle but significant changes to the traditional stories. For example, different characters are responsible for leading the four divisions of Arthur's forces. "These fragments of the Story of Merlin are a wonderfully exciting find," said Dr Leah Tether, … [Read more...] about Lost King Arthur and Merlin tale found in 800-year-old book fragments ‘could reveal Holy Grail secrets’
The problem with seeking perfection is that you'll never actually get there, but that isn't going to stop Pep Guardiola's pursuit of the holy grail in his management career. Guardiola's intensity and demanding nature is well known and he gave the latest example of it following City's 3-0 win at Huddersfield on Sunday. This wasn't Guardiola's City at their best. They were disappointing in the first half before a dazzling three-minute spell early in the second half ended the game as a contest. But no team can play to their absolute best every week. This was a sixth straight win for City and they've now scored 23 unanswered goals since Roberto Firmino's equaliser for Liverpool at the Etihad on January 3. After the double setback over Christmas this has been a flawless response from the Blues, who have hauled themselves back into the title race with that win over Liverpool and cruised through cup competitions. City could yet hit 101 points this season by winning their remaining 15 league … [Read more...] about How Guardiola showed his quest for perfection at Man City
There is more poetry associated with the First World War than any other conflict. From the contemporary ‘war poets’ whose popularity endures today to modern-day reflections prompted by the centenary it has proved a rich seam. And continues to be so. Longbarrow Press has just published a new collection by Sheffield-based poet Rob Hindle, The Grail Roads, which approaches it from a different angle.It re-imagines the quest of Galahad, Gawain and other knights of Arthurian legend and recasts them as British soldiers on the Western Front.The writer says he has long been interested in the Grail story and its quest to find glory abroad in order to bring harmony at home and create a land fit for heroes.“It was a useful strand to tie it in with both national and to some extent nationalistic aspirations,” says Hindle whose day job is working for WEA. “And yet they came back having been defeated in a way. To succeed in the quest you had to … [Read more...] about Poet traces footprints on the Western Front
The European Commission’s long-term climate plan could be hamstrung by a semantic dispute over vague figures and a fear of failure left over from previous ill-fated attempts at ambitious climate action, EURACTIV has learned. Commission bigwigs like President Jean-Claude Juncker and climate chief Miguel Arias Cañete both support a net-zero emissions 2050 strategy but sources have revealed that there are factions within the EU executive that are pushing for a more business-as-usual tack. As part of the EU’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, the Commission was asked by member states in March 2018 to come up with a plan to drag Europe’s economy onto a Paris Agreement-compliant trajectory. Commission experts are currently crunching the numbers on a number of scenarios for 2050 that fall into three main groups: 80% emissions cuts, 90% cuts and net-zero emissions. All will have to ensure compliance with at least the 2 degrees Celsius Paris goal. Although there is … [Read more...] about Behind-the-curtain of the EU’s 2050 climate plan