‘There are pockets of joy,” says Sam Simmons, peering out over his audience, but he also claims to see mainly confused faces. This is what the aggressively silly Aussie comic does: berates us for our under-appreciation, feigns his own failure. It’s a tactic, of course, to emphasise his weirdness, to ratchet up the absurdity and alienation of an already absurd act. And it hasn’t done Simmons any harm: he won the Edinburgh Comedy award two summers ago, and is, if tonight’s mantra is to be believed, “doing really well overseas”. (He’s now based in LA.) … [Read more...] about Sam Simmons review – sublime oddity from aggressively silly standup
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Johnson urges UK to 'move on' from Cummings row Timeline: Did Dominic Cummings break the rules? Police issue 14,000 fines for lockdown breaches He has been backed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has said it is time to "move on" from the row and focus on the public's "needs, rather than on a political ding-dong about what one adviser may or may not have done". … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Durham police lockdown travel fines revealed
38 Blondie – Heart of Glass (1979) There are plenty of arguments for Heart of Glass not really qualifying as the only UK No 1 punk single. While Blondie came from the genre’s first wave in New York, their 1979 hit mainlined European electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and Heart of Glass in its brilliant, cycling riff, while Debbie Harry’s rhapsodic vocals owed more to Donna Summer (whose I Feel Love the group had been covering), with a twist of downtown irony. It pissed off the punk purists back home – which is, incidentally, pretty much the most punk thing you could do by 1979. LS … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest UK No 1s: 100-8
Tasmania – No: gyms, sporting venues, health clubs, fitness centres, wellness centres (including yoga and barre) and premises used for indoor social sporting-based activities are all prohibited. But up to 10 people at a time can use outside gyms, skate parks and play equipment in public playgrounds, or take part in boot camps and sports trainings. Indoor and outdoor pools are allowed to open for up to 10 people per pool. From 15 June, the number of people allowed for these activities will increase to 20 (excluding coaches or training staff). Indoor sport and recreation activities will start back for up to 20 attendees. Contact sports and activities will still be prohibited. The state government is considering whether to permit all full indoor and outdoor sporting from 13 July. … [Read more...] about Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules and restrictions explained: how far can I travel, and can I have people over?
Falcon 9 rocket is being lowered on Launch Pad 39-A Tuesday morning as NASA and SpaceX gear up for the mission on Wednesday at 4:33 pm ET. It will be lowered back into the horizontal position before tomorrow's launch to complete the final pre-flight checks … [Read more...] about Let the countdown begin! NASA and SpaceX begin final pre-flight checks on Falcon 9 rocket ahead of first manned launch from American soil in nine years as weather forecast is ‘60% favorable’ for launch