The fastest-selling show in the history of Ramsgate Music Hall is an intriguing prospect: one of Britain’s best-loved musicians plays a midweek gig at which there will be no mobile phones, no reviews, no further explanation. Announced with only a couple of weeks’ notice as part of a short tour of intimate venues, all the information we are given is the official publicity statement: “JARV is a work in progress …” it reads. “JARV is an experiment … JARV is a live experience with no barriers.” In practice, it makes for one of the most electrifying shows of the year. Cocker is an imposing figure, accustomed to large stages and expansive audiences. He stands 6ft 2in tall and has the long-limbed ranginess of a cardinal spider. The Music Hall is a small room holding 130 people; bands must access the stage via a trapdoor, and find themselves immediately a mere whisker above their audience. And so it is hard to resist the sheer physicality of … [Read more...] about Jarvis Cocker review – lusty and electrifying works in progress
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It was when Danny Fitzsimons hid in a wheelie bin that his family began to suspect something was wrong. Danny, 34, had been drunk and abusive at a family event, circling the house and banging on the windows. “Every now and again, the bin lid came up a tiny bit and then went down again,” says his stepmother, Liz. She looks at Fitzsimons’ father, Eric, who has since developed dementia. We are sitting in the living room of their smart bungalow just outside Rochdale; they are both retired, former PE teachers. “Eric said, ‘Come on, Danny, I’ll take you home’ and he said no. So Eric waited till Danny set off, and thought he’d better make sure he got home. Eric didn’t get back till 3am. I said, ‘Where have you been?’ He said, ‘I’ve been following Danny. He’s been playing bloody soldiers all the way home.’ He was doubling back, hiding behind walls. We now know that this is hyper-vigilance, but we … [Read more...] about ‘You don’t ever get over it’: meet the British soldiers living with post-traumatic stress disorder
IT'S only been a few months since Samsung launched its ill-fated folding phone, and the South Korean firm already has another in the works, according to reports. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was blasted for its pitiful durability and sky-high price tag, but its followup will apparently come £1,200 cheaper. The Fold went on sale on September 6, months after the planned April launch, and bends like a paperback novel using flexible screen technology. Its original release was cancelled after test samples given to gadget reviewers quickly broke apart. Units of the half-phone half-tablet quickly sold out, with some buyers paying resellers nearly double for the £1,900 phone. Now a report has claimed Samsung's next folding phone will ship at nearly half the price of its predecessor.The gadget will cost just £640, making it cheaper than the latest iPhone, sources told the Korean Herald. The Herald suggested the gadget will launch in February 2020 at the Mobile World Congress … [Read more...] about Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold 2 foldable phone could cost LESS than an iPhone – after £1,200 price cut
The chief psychiatrist responsible for the care of asylum seekers in detention for the past three years has accused the immigration department of deliberately inflicting harm on vulnerable people, harm that cannot be remedied by medical care. “We have here an environment that is inherently toxic,” Dr Peter Young told Guardian Australia. “It has characteristics which over time reliably cause harm to people’s mental health. We have very clear evidence that that’s the case.” Young is the most senior figure ever to condemn the detention system from within. Until a month ago he was director of mental health for International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), the private contractor that provides medical care to detention centres on the Australian mainland, Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus Island. Young has extensively briefed Guardian Australia about a system he says is deliberately harsh, breaks people’s health, costs a fortune, compromises the … [Read more...] about Australia’s detention regime sets out to make asylum seekers suffer, says chief immigration psychiatrist
If standardised packaging – there is nothing plain about a cigarette pack emblazoned with graphic health warnings and holograms – does not deter some people from smoking, then it is hard to understand why the tobacco industry fought tooth and nail to prevent its introduction in Australia. The industry knew that if these unbranded, anti-smoking packs became the norm in one large and affluent country, there would be a domino effect. Sure enough, the UK, Ireland and France are all in the process of toppling. Big tobacco has tried hard to undermine the evidence in Australia that standardised packs have had an effect since they were introduced in 2012. Studies appeared that were funded by Philip Morris apparently showing at best a tiny impact on young smokers, who are very much the target group for the campaigners. Those who start behind the school bikeshed at the age of 14 are most at risk of developing a lifetime habit that has a strong chance of killing them at an early age. … [Read more...] about If ‘plain’ packaging does not deter smokers, why was industry against it?