In the competitive world of racing, there is no course more punishing, more daunting and yet weirdly revered by spectators, than the Red Bull Soapbox Race UK. This year's race would see teams gather at one of the highest points in London , Alexandra Palace, in front of crowds of 20,000 people, to launch their designs down the bone shattering course. Getting to the finish line isn't even the point. It's all about the landing. The more you slam the concrete, the harder it is to steer it straight, the more it falls apart around you as you fly, well the more people cheer you on. But after finding out that no all female team had entered the race, I decided to set myself an almighty Daily Mirror challenge, in full knowledge of the crash montages on Dave, I volunteered to be the driver. No Licence, No problem So me the person with no driving licence, who crashed a go-kart through a tyre wall in her teens, and has a fundamental fear of going over 20mph, was going to be a female soapbox racer. … [Read more...] about Watch the Mirror compete in the Red Bull Soapbox Race 2019
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Even FIFA officials back in April said ticket sales were smashing records.It’s only the 8th time the completion has taken place, beginning with the first inaugural one in 1991 hosted by China.The competition is held every four years, just like the men’s game, and many say this year’s Women’s World Cup is setting the stage for the sport.While teams from all over are competing, there are none this year from the Middle East.But that doesn’t mean football is dead in the region - quite the contrary.Football in the Middle EastIn fact, just about every country in the Middle East has a women’s national football team, apart from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The oldest one was established in Iran back in 1970, though it took a break from 1979 to 2003.And the most recent team came from Iraq in 2010.But there’s still a ways to go before women’s football becomes properly funded and resourced says Honey Thaljieh, the first … [Read more...] about From banned to blooming: the evolution of women’s football
For a few seconds, her face brightened with pleasure, she rejoices in the moment. And why not? It's an evening in January, and Angela Merkel is sitting in a festively illuminated glass building at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, with CNN superstar Christiane Amanpour in front of her. "What can I say about a woman named Angela Merkel?" Amanpour asks the audience. That she's the first female chancellor? Merkel is much more than that, Amanpour continues, a scientist who still believes in the value of facts in this post-factual world; a woman who fights against nationalism and climate change. She describes how the chancellor has set a high standard for how to deal with the desperate people of the world. It's all laid on a bit thick, a mixture of Oscar ceremony and political seminar, but Merkel has a smile on her face. It's only now and then, when the camera zooms in on her, that she puts on a more neutral, chancellor-like face. Despite all that she has achieved, she still has a … [Read more...] about A Dim View of the World: Will Merkel Be Followed by Darkness?
Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Published 10:32 PM EDT May 24, 2019 GRASS VALLEY, Calif. Lou Conter is telling the story of the night his patrol bomber was shot down seven miles off the coast of New Guinea, dumping the seaplane's 10-man crew into the Pacific Ocean. The crew was not alone in the water. "We had 10 or 12 sharks around us all the time," Conter says. "I told the men, 'If a shark comes close, hit it in the nose with your fist as hard as you can.'" The men stayed afloat until another plane saw the burning wreckage and tossed out a life raft. The exhausted crew dragged ashore an hour later and hid in the jungle, fearful they would be captured by Japanese soldiers. The next night, an American PT boat retrieved all 10 men. As Conter told it, the story wasn't about punching sharks, or skulking in the jungle or chasing shadows to the waiting rescue boat. Conter was talking about survival, about coming back alive. His time in the war started that way. He was 20 when he … [Read more...] about USS Arizona: The men who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor
“Chernobyl” is not an easy show to watch. Nor should it be. The 1986 explosion at Chernobyl in present-day Ukraine was the worst nuclear accident to date, which killed hundreds of thousands and still affects millions more. But HBO's five-part miniseries is hard to watch for reasons beyond those harrowing facts and graphic images of the immediate effect of radiation on the Chernobyl plant workers and first responders, the omnipresent column of black smoke belching from the reactor's core, or even eerie footage of the residents of the nearby factory town of Pripyat, gathered convivially to watch the fire burn while their children chase radioactive ash like snowflakes. “Chernobyl” is so hard to watch because of the all too human themes creator Craig Mazin has woven into his masterful script. Mazin and his team have done their homework, immersing themselves into the history, science, and even the tick-tock of Chernobyl, as well as first-hand accounts in Nobel prize … [Read more...] about The Heroic Bitter Land of “Chernobyl”