His debut live album, Trini Lopez at PJ's, was released in 1963 and featured his version of Pete Seeger's If I Had A Hammer. The song made it to number three in the US and number four in the UK, and sold more than a million copies. … [Read more...] about Trini Lopez, singer and Dirty Dozen actor, dies with coronavirus at 83
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HK's model neighbour that stays loyal to China Genting Casinos closures put 1,600 jobs at risk 'King of gambling' dies in Hong Kong aged 98 Macau's neighbour Zhuhai is the first mainland city to be issued tourist visas. The opportunity will gradually be rolled out to the rest of the country during August and September, according to a statement from China's National Immigration Administration. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: World’s biggest gambling hub reopens for business
Jason Statham plays a villain who gets out of prison with a grudge and a secret. He's done seven years in solitary for someone else's naughtiness. But in the joint he has discovered an occult mathematical formula-system for conning people at the blackjack table, and uses the consequent riches to square up to his enemy: a Las Vegas casino boss, played by Ray Liotta. But two riddling loan-sharks, played by Vincent Pastore and Andre Benjamin, waylay Statham and take our antihero, like some cockney Alice, on a bizarre and surreal journey, in which violent slayings are parables for fear confronted and personal demons conquered. At least I think that's it. The beverage holder in my cinema seat-arm could well have been holding a grande bucket of bong-water. … [Read more...] about Revolver
When serial Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain arrive at Estádio da Luz for the ‘tournament' opener on Wednesday against Serie A's in-form Atalanta, the home of Benfica will, from the outside, look like normal, including the extensive, polished signage of UEFA and its partners. But inside, a 65,000-capacity arena will be empty, quiet, perhaps eerily soulless. … [Read more...] about Champions League: Lisbon hopes for tourist boost from stars, despite coronavirus
That is unarguable, but you sense that over the next political fortnight there will be plenty of those latter sentiments. In his recent book, Speaking of Universities, the Cambridge academic Stefan Collini makes the argument that the default language used to debate higher education inevitably sets the terms of our ambition for it. “If talk about universities represents them as being principally institutions that provide narrowly vocational training for employment”, he writes, “and if the language we use about students represents them as being consumers who shop in the educational supermarket … then those are the kinds of universities and the kind of education we shall end up with.” … [Read more...] about What next for England’s troubled universities?