It starts officially tomorrow although celebrations have been underway for a little while. The 30th anniversary of Ireland’s Euro 88 adventure. Specifically, tomorrow marks 30 years since Ray Houghton’s goal. Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers Sign In Not a member yet? Register here … [Read more...] about World Cup: What makes an event enter the psyche so that it is endlessly celebrated until all involved are dead?
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A man has moved his wedding forward so that his terminally ill father will be able to experience it. Warren Crawford, 48, and his family’s life was turned upside down when he was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma, which is a type of brain tumour. The father-of-two from Corringham was rushed into hospital with a suspected stroke on December 14 last year where the doctors immediately realised it was a brain tumour. He was taken to Queens where he had an eight-hour operation to remove a large, aggressive tumour from his brain. The operation left him with substantial weakness down his right side but the family were hopeful that what was left of the tumour could be treated with radiotherapy. Unfortunately, on January 3 they were given the devastating news that the tumour was so aggressive and Warren was so weak that no further treatment could be given. They were also told that he probably only had three to six months to live. Devastated by this news, Warren’s … [Read more...] about Son moves forward wedding date so that his terminally ill father can watch him tie the knot
Chinese physicists based in Shanghai are to begin construction on a laser so powerful it could rip apart the very fabric of space itself. The laser - which will be based at a lab known as the Station of Extreme Light (SEL) - is designed to produce laser pulses with 100 million billion watts (100 petawatts, or PW) of power. This is significantly greater than the total power output of humanity in a year, or slightly less than the power our planet receives from the sun at any one moment. With this kind of power, the physicists will momentarily be able to subject targets to unimaginable extremes of temperature that are more akin to conditions seen inside the cores of stars, or even black holes, than on Earth. According to one scientist in the group, Li Ruxin, the SEL laser will be able to focus a 100PW laser on a spot measuring just 3 micrometres across – about the size of an average bacterium. The intensity in that tiny space will be roughly 10 trillion trillion times more intense … [Read more...] about Chinese scientists to build laser so powerful it could rip apart space itself
DONALD Trump has been US president for one week just shy of a whole year.In that short time he has destroyed presidential and diplomatic norms, sunk the tone of discourse under the lowest bar and filled the White House with the most odious staffers.This week, he was labelled a “racist”, not by political rivals, but by the United Nations and the African Union of Nations.It has all occurred under the brightest lights and within the noisiest public sphere of any presidency in living memory.Having failed with the unloveable and suspicious Hillary Clinton, the Democrats have had ample time to consider their options.They only have one task — to prepare the field for the 2020 Trump re-election showdown. And what’s their answer to the Invective-in-Chief?How do the Democrats think they can best restore dignity and diplomacy to a political office after four years of an anti-dignity, anti-diplomacy president? Oprah.With a prospect emerging from a Hollywood awards show of … [Read more...] about ‘President’ Oprah would prove hero worship of celebrity has infiltrated society so severely it could affect the course of world history
Can Gravesend lay claim to the worst horror film ever made? The makers of The Left Hand Path say they’re looking on the bright side after their fright flick was voted worst film and director by minor film festivals Bloodfest and Gorefest. Nat Nollid, 42, boss of Gravesend based Common Sense Films, knows the titles are hardly the greatest accolade, but hopes some publicity will come from the notoriety - and maybe a cult following could be the result. The Left Hand Path was filmed at locations around North Kent. “It’s not the best but it’s like ‘it’s so bad it’s good’,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s just an amateur horror film and it was made on a shoestring. We wanted to inspire people to follow their dreams and not give up.” The concept of following dreams is more than a cliché in this case - the idea for the film came from a lucid dream inspired by watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre multiple … [Read more...] about Horror film is “so bad it’s good”