PUBLISHED: 16:24 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 06 August 2018 John Elworthy Kennett Garden project Archant Highways England and Network Rail are among holding objections to East Cambridgeshire Council owned Palace Green Homes that wants to create a new garden village at Kennett with 500 homes, a care home for the elderly, a business park and shops. Kennett Action Group: Their banner Highways England wants more time to consider the application whilst Network Rail says Palace Green Homes has not discussed with them proposals for a new park at Kennett rail station.Over 50 letters of objection have been lodged with the council including that of Moulton parish council who says the continued use of the B1085 as a through route between the A11 and the A14 is “unsustainable for any significant increase in traffic”.The council says it accepts the development may not create sufficient money for the first phase of 500 homes but with the site likely to … [Read more...] about Do residents want these 500 homes?
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As Tom Waits re-releases much of his back catalogue, Des O’Driscoll speaks to various Irish people about their love of the great American troubadour.PHILIP KINGPhilip King, the Kerry-based broadcaster and musician, filmed Tom Waits for a 2001 TV documentary Freedom Highway: Songs that Shaped a Century.He met with Waits at Prairie Sun, the rural studio 100 miles north of San Fancisco where the Bone Machine album and much of his output through the 1990s were recorded. Fittingly, Waits arrived in a pick-up truck.“In the back of the truck, he had a ship’s piano, an old Dynacord guitar, a little amp, a five-string banjo and a harmonium,” recalls King. “We walked into the room we were going to work in and he said ‘Let’s do this thing in here; I’ll be right back’. He came back with his buddy, and his son Sullivan Waits and they were carrying a barn door with the hinges swinging off it.“And then he went out and came back again and … [Read more...] about Tom Waits and me: We hear about Irish people’s love for the great American troubadour
RECENTLY I was invited back to my home county, Laois to an event to raise awareness of the burgeoning food scene. The day-long conference was entitled Connect 2 Laois Food Futures. The idea — to nurture start-ups and further support established food businesses in the county. For the past year local food and drink producers have been availing of specialist training, mentoring and encouragement. Speakers including James Bourke, Domini Kemp, Colin Jepson, and Paddy O’Connell shared their expertise brilliantly but what blew me away was the variety and quality of producers and artisan foods produced within the county. Kevin Scully of The Merry Mill told me he is Ireland’s first producer of organic gluten-free oats, all grown, harvested and milled on his farm in Vicarstown.I found beautiful salad greens on Rachel Hardiman’s Seven Acres stall, all grown from organic seed without any harmful chemicals and in ways that actively promote soil fertility and respect the … [Read more...] about Darina Allen: Recipes inspired by the gastronomic revolution in County Laois
Funny Cow (15) ★★★★☆ Adrian Shergold, 103 mins, starring: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts, Alun Armstrong, Stephen Graham, Kevin Eldon, Vic Reeves, John Bishop Funny Cow is one of the best British features of the year so far: an abrasive, tender and continually surprising affair whose comic moments sit next to scenes of irredeemable bleakness. The film evokes an era when comedy wasn’t touched in the slightest by political correctness. Tony Pitts’ screenplay is full of references to death and suicide; to comedians dying on stage and sometimes in real life too. Set in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s, the film the story of “Funny Cow” (Maxine Peake), as she is nicknamed, now a successful comedienne but who started in the working men’s clubs. In a bravura performance, Peake plays “Funny Cow” as if she is a cross between Marlene Dietrich and Bernard Manning, with a bit of Lenny Bruce thrown in … [Read more...] about Film reviews roundup: Funny Cow, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society, Let The Sunshine In
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy ★★★★☆ Download this: “Be Careful”, “Bodak Yellow”, “Money Bag”, “Bickenhead”, “I Like It”, “Ring” ft Kehlani Critics tried to call Cardi B’s success a one-off, like she was a passing fad rather than an incredibly unique and exciting artist, and you can stamp a big fat “sexist” sign on that. It’s that same sexism that still tries to pit her against fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, as though you can only have one female MC enjoy success at a time. Yet all of Cardi B’s achievements have been in her own right, established by her monster hit “Bodak Yellow”, and with every move since then. Her debut album Invasion of Privacy isn’t so much an introduction as her final word: she is here to stay. Referred to by another critic as “the new American dream”, she recounts her rags-to-riches narrative in … [Read more...] about Album reviews: Cardi B, John Prine, Tinashe, Laura Veirs, Say Sue Me, Josh T Pearson