Rock City's little brother, the Rescue Rooms, turns 15 this month and so to celebrate we thought we'd take a wander down memory lane and look back at the hundreds of gigs to have taken place there over the past decade and a half. From The Killers to The Libertines, the venue has hosted some seriously big bands on their journey to fame and fortune. How many of the below have you been to? If you are on a desktop computer press ctrl+f to search for your favourite act. February 2003 Sat 22 – Echoboy Sun 23 – Longwave Mon 24 – The Immortal Lee County Killers Tues 25 – The Libertines Wed 26 – Ex-models Thurs 27 – The Majesticons 15 years of the Rescue Rooms - in pictures View gallery March 2003 Sat 1 – Part Chimp Tues 4 – Hrvatski Sat 8 – Boom bip, doseone Sun 9 – The black madonnas Tues 11 – Numbers Wed 12 – Athlete Sat 15 – The Thrills Tues 18 – Tybalt Wed 19 – Antihero Wed 26 – Foreign … [Read more...] about The definitive list of every act to headline the Rescue Rooms
The amber room
A gift to Russia’s Peter the Great from the King of Prussia in 1716, the Amber Room was once considered an eighth wonder of the world. Some 55 square metres (590 sq ft), it contained over six tonnes of amber resin and gold leaf, worth an estimated £225m today. In 1941 it was plundered from the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg by the Nazis and taken east to Königsberg Castle in what was then German East Prussian city of Königsberg. When the avenging Red Army swept west as the tide of war changed, Ivan, then a young sniper, was in the vanguard as Königsberg Castle was besieged. The Amber Room was last seen amid the bomb-blitzed castle ruins shortly before it was over run in 1945 by the Soviets who changed the seized city's name to Kaliningrad. Despite dozens of Indiana Jones-style searches for the treasure across Eastern Europe it has never been found. In 1998, two separate groups of treasure hunters, one German and one Lithuanian, announced they had … [Read more...] about Is the fabled £225m Russian Amber Room looted by the Nazis buried under England’s World Cup FAN ZONE?
Features William Cook 13 Jun 2018 In Chatsworth House, one of the loveliest stately homes in England, there’s a portrait by Thomas Gainsborough of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, arguably the most alluring women of the Georgian age. An ancestor of Princess Diana, she was the Diana of her day. Like Diana, she combined high living with a social conscience. Like Diana, she married a powerful man whose affections lay elsewhere. However, the most remarkable thing about this seductive portrait is that for 200 years it wasn’t here. It went missing from Chatsworth in about 1800, and reappeared in the 1830s above the fireplace of an old schoolmistress (she had cut the painting in half to make it fit). In 1841, she sold it to an art dealer for £56. In 1876, it was resold at Christie’s for 10,000 guineas, the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction. A few weeks later it was stolen by Adam Worth, known as the ‘Napoleon of crime’ and the … [Read more...] about The art that got away
Is there a secret plot to stop Brexit? It’s a favourite theme of the likes of the Daily Express and the Daily Mail, and I’ve often been identified as being part of it. Secrecy is a rather absurd suggestion given I’ve made no secret of my dislike of Brexit and regularly go on broadcast media saying so. I’m not sure you can “plot” to do something like this given the only way Brexit won’t happen is if that is what a majority of British people want at the end of this process. There is not some coordinated plan that millions have signed up to. If we reach the point where the British people arrive at the view that we are better off fighting to change our country from within the EU rather than accepting a very bad deal for our departure, that will be an organic process. Our relationship with the EU, as I have written before on these pages, is intensely personal, not just political. I am a quarter Irish, have a Danish brother-in-law, … [Read more...] about Citizens from Everywhere: Meet the people who are fighting to give us a vote on Brexit
Given some of the coverage of antisemitism in the Labour Party, it’s probably necessary, extraordinarily, to acknowledge that the Leader of the Opposition is not an antisemite. He appears sincere when he says that he has dedicated his life to fighting racism in all its forms, and that his own mother fought alongside the Jewish community to block the fascist Blackshirts in the infamous Cable Street Riot of 1936. There is no evidence that Mr Corbyn himself discriminates against Jewish people who work for or with him in the Labour Party. Indeed the letter sent by Mr Corbyn to Jewish leaders, though it took too long to materialise, contains some recognition on his part that he has some understanding of what is at stake. In reference to his past support for a blatantly antisemitic mural, Mr Corbyn has at last, after a stubborn period of silence, come out and said “sorry” for “not having studied the content of the mural more closely before wrongly … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn took too long to apologise for antisemitism within the Labour Party