Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 9:37 AM EDT Apr 6, 2019 MINNEAPOLIS — As natural as it might be to attach words like “breakthrough” or “life-changing” to a coach when they make a Final Four for the first time, it’s rarely true. Just think about 46-year old Chris Beard, whose coaching résumé sounds more like a Robert Earl Keen tour through Texas music halls than a path to competing against Tom Izzo for national titles. You want to talk about the kind of breakthrough that matters? How about going from a Division II job at Angelo State to making $260,000 at Arkansas-Little Rock, then getting a million-dollar rise to coach at Texas Tech. That’ll really change your life. But it’s fair to say this about Beard, whose debut news conference here dripped with charming stories about how he’d come to the Final Four years earlier trying to crash on someone else’s hotel room floor and movie-theater … [Read more...] about Final Four: Chris Beard fits at Texas Tech but could bigger job loom?
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Former Doctor Who star Alex Kingston is to star in a production of Joshua Harmon’s comedy Admissions at Trafalgar Studios. Kingston, who played enigmatic River Song in the BBC series, will take the lead role in the production, which debuted at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York last year. The play explores ideals and contradictions across liberal America through the story of Sherri Rosen-Mason (Kingston), who is fighting to diversify the student intake as Head of Admissions at a private school. Sherri’s progressive values are, however, torn when her son is deferred from an Ivy League university, and his friend – who “ticks more boxes” – gains a place. Harmon’s recent West End credits includes Bad Jews, which made headlines when its posters were banned by Transport for London. Kingston’s theatre work includes Macbeth opposite Kenneth Branagh and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest with Christian … [Read more...] about Doctor Who star Alex Kingston is returning to the West End stage
When our late colleague Bob Simon heard about a magical place in the Hebrides islands off the coast of Scotland, known for making some of the great whiskies in the world….well, the story spoke to him. The place is called Islay and it's one of five whisky-producing regions in Scotland that make an expensive type of scotch called single malt. Islay's distilleries turn out relatively small amounts of their own handcrafted brands for a worldwide luxury market that's more than doubled in size in the last decade, and become the spirit equivalent of the fine wine business. Bob liked good scotch and beautiful places. So he went off to Scotland - but died before he could finish the piece, leaving behind a stack of video tapes and some random notes. Back in 2015, Steve Kroft decided to finish it for him and raise a glass in Bob's memory. Islay is a small island 20 miles off the west coast of Scotland. There are few trees -- miles of windswept heather -- and some of the most fertile … [Read more...] about Whisky Island
These days, almost everything is caught on camera - and there has been some pretty shocking footage captured during the past year. In these videos, below, we take a look back at some of the most unbelievable videos to come out of the city in 2018. They include incredible footage that shows the moment a courageous member of the public steps in to stop a thief who tried to make off with a charity box, and the moment a man was spotted making the most of the Hull sunshine by stripping naked and strolling down Newland Avenue. Also among the shocking clips was footage of a group tormenting and "kicking" geese in a west Hull park. Some are truly shocking, others just unbelievable and some more light-hearted. Take a look below to see what happened. Scrap business owner thinks he caught Banksy on camera The owner of a city centre scrap firm said he was "90 per cent sure" he had elusive graffiti artist Banksy on camera. Richard Tilson, of All Spares Hull Ltd in Trevor Street, said an employee … [Read more...] about The most shocking moments caught on camera in Hull in 2018
December 17, 2018 10:34 AM "If you move to Paris, chances are you want to become a Parisian. Those moving to Munich want to become Münchners. But people who move to Berlin," says "Babylon Berlin" director Henk Handloegten, "want to subjugate the city." Everyone declares the public space to be their own personal property and makes it clear to others: This is my city. There are men everywhere peeing on trees like dogs marking their territory. Graffiti artists and taggers cover every free space they can find. Mothers with their twin strollers clear the sidewalks as if to say: "Get out of the way. Here comes your pension!" Aggressive bicyclists race among the pedestrians and, of course, ignore the red lights. Like most people in this city, they have no doubt that they're in the right, that they're the good guys. Eco-athletes, the urban avant-garde, constantly in close combat with pedestrians who block their path. And with the cars, whose drivers have but a single goal in … [Read more...] about Babylon Berlin: The German Capital at a Crossroads