A certain amount of improvised ceremonial is required before Rod Russell and Denny Ashenhurst can settle on the sofa. “Just shift your bottom,” commands Rod, 95. “He was an awful bully you know,” confides Denny, 90. “Made me go in goal so he and all his friends could kick footballs at me…” It is, you realise, the joshing of brother and sister who can’t quite admit they adore each other. They live next door to each other in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and meet every afternoon. Rod checks up on Denny. Denny checks up on Rod. And they share each other’s news, like the fact that after more than 70 years of prosthetics made of “made of wood, of plastic, of everything”, Rod is “under caution” for getting a “bionic leg” because he is eligible as an ex-member of the Armed Forces. As well as their own news, Rod and Denny discuss other issues. And when it comes to Brexit, they have … [Read more...] about A second referendum is in keeping with the can-do spirit of the Second World War
Spirit of the living god
Google is honouring the adventurous spirit of the first three men to scale Mount Olympus. Today's Google Doodle marks 105 years since two pals and their guide decided to climb the 'home of the gods'. In 1913, the three courageous climbers decided mere mortals should try and reach the top of the famous mountain and set out on their journey to scale the 9,573-foot summit. Despite the dangerous terrain, Swiss photographer Frédéric Boissonnas, his friend Daniel Baud-Bovy, and Christos Kakkalos, a Greek hunter who served as their guide, set off in treacherous weather to climb Mount Olympus . Kakkalos knew the mountain so well that he was able to climb the mountain barefoot. The Swiss had some experience in mountaineering, but Boissonnas had to lug heavy photographic equipment with him. He and his friend, Baud-Bovy, were tied together with a rope during their climb. However, their ascent to the top wasn't so straight forward. When they reached what they believed to be summit, … [Read more...] about Google honours adventurous spirit of first men who scaled Mount Olympus in 1913
WILLIAM Blake's hymn resonated Down Under as England's athlete's marked the start of the Commonwealth Games. But is Jerusalem England's National Anthem and do you know the words? Here is the lowdown on the hearty hymn that has been dubbed the nation's favourite. Is it England's national anthem? England doesn't actually have a national anthem at all - though the debate has raged in Parliament about what such a song should be. God Save the Queen is the national anthem for the UK, and is often used for England too. But the strident, vivid Jerusalem seems to have won the hearts of the English, consistently emerging as the nation's favourite. So it was no surprise that in a public vote conducted by Team England in 2010 to decide the Games anthem, Jerusalem was backed by a 52 per cent majority. Happily, athletes appear to be more familiar with the words than God Save The Queen. Another song that is often mistaken as the English national anthem in Land of Hope and Glory, written by Edward … [Read more...] about What are lyrics to Jerusalem, who wrote it, is it England’s national anthem and what’s the meaning of the hymn?
A national minute's silence has been held to remember the 22 innocent victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. Some of the hundreds of those injured in the explosion, and the families of those killed, attended a remembrance service at Manchester Cathedral alongside the Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May. Before the cathedral fell into silence, the Dean of Manchester, Rogers Govender, said: "In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, as we remember with love before God those whose lives were lost, and those whose lives have been changed forever and have to live with the terrible memories of that day 12 months ago. "There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge between them is love: the only survival, the only meaning." Outside, well-wishers laid floral bouquets and cards in the city's St Ann's Square, which became a focal point for mourners last years following the May 22 atrocity at the Manchester Arena. Thousands of … [Read more...] about Nation falls silent to remember victims of the Manchester Arena bombing
The shortlist for the Turner Prize 2018 was announced last week, with four emerging artists competing for the honour and the accompanying £25,000 windfall. Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson are this year's entrants, all video-centric creatives concerned with "the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of the day", according to Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson. The winner will be announced on 25 September. Response to the nominations has mellowed considerably in recent years but in its 1990s heyday, when the accolade was regarded as a key event in the "Cool Britannia" calendar, they were a reliable source of contention. The Turner was routinely picketed by the Stuckists, a protest group calling for a return to figurative painting, who would demonstrate outside Tate Britain dressed as clowns bearing placards dismissing it as "a state-funded advertising agency for Charles Saatchi" … [Read more...] about Turner Prize 2018: 10 memorable winners of the controversial contemporary art award