0 Have your say Even when the games aren’t all that exciting, it isn’t often that most of the country can happily sleep through a Scotland fixture. But that was the case at 2am this morning, as a presumably small audience of diehards, insomniacs, and nightshift works tuned in to see Scotland soundly beaten 2-0 by Peru. There were few bright spots in the defeat, although boss Alex McLeish, mandated to be glass half-full, saw several causes for optimism, including solid performances from Scott McTominay and Dylan McGeough. We look at why Alex McLeish’s men find themselves half way around the world after the end of the domestic season, and crucial, whether it will all be worth it. Warm-up Woes It has now been twenty long years since Scotland qualified for a World Cup or a European Championship, meaning the team’s role in late Spring and early Summer is that of warm up opponents for teams bound for those tournaments. In 2016, Scotland were beaten by both … [Read more...] about Why are Scotland playing friendlies in South America and is the trip worth it?
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Boris Johnson is standing on the balcony of a remote school on an island in the Peruvian Amazon, in the sweltering heat. With his rumpled shirt and trademark tousled hair, Britain’s top diplomat must cut an unlikely figure to the children and teachers crowded along the balconies and on the grass below. The foreign secretary, who landed by helicopter half an hour or so earlier with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio, is here to mark the fact that British taxpayers have made a series of donations to the school, including buying a lithium solar battery, which will help to power lighting and computers. “I’m so impressed by your school and the hard work that you’re all doing. And I’m pleased that we have been able to supply a British battery – which works!” he says, each line being painstakingly translated. “It comes from Wales.” “I hope you’ll go to Wales!” he adds, glancing across at the pack of lobby … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s South America tour: political pageantry and self-parody
BORIS Johnson will urge Argentinians to “reset” their relationship with Britain as he becomes only the second Foreign Secretary to visit the country since the Falklands tomorrow. In a highly symbolic ceremony he will join his Argentine counterpart to lay wreaths at the Falkland Islands War Memorial in Buenos Aires. He is the first UK Foreign Secretary to visit Argentina since 1993. The show of unity will form part of Boris’s five-day tour of South America, which he will be use to “present the many opportunities of Brexit” to the continent. British goods currently make up just 1 per cent of South America’s imports so the UK Government view the continent as a huge area of opportunity to exploit after we leave the EU. Boris will also hold talks with Chilean President Pinera over bolstering trade with the country after Brexit. Chile has been earmarked as a particular country of interest for post-Brexit trade as it currently has the largest number of free … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson urges Argentinians to ‘reset’ their relationship with Britain on a five-day Brexit tour of South America
NEW YORK - Agence France-Presse The London Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s most widely traveled classical institutions, announced on May 4 that it would tour South America for the first time. Led by star conductor Simon Rattle, the leading British orchestra will travel in May 2019 to Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru. The orchestra will perform 60 concerts overseas in the 2018-19 season and plans a new major tour of Asia this year. But it had held off on South America, a decision that in the past was partly linked to security concerns. The orchestra made the announcement in New York where it will perform all three late symphonies by Gustav Mahler starting on May 4. “For me, Mahler was what first made me want to be a conductor. I’m of the generation who can remember when Mahler was new and wonderful,” Rattle told reporters ahead of the concerts. The 63-year-old said that Mahler was little played in Britain until the 1960s and that, on hearing his … [Read more...] about London Symphony Orchestra plans first South America tour
PUBLISHED: 19:33 22 April 2018 Join Calan at The George Hotel South Molton on Friday, April 27 Archant Award-winning five piece Welsh band Calan are appearing at The George Hotel in South Molton on Friday (April 27). They are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album Solomon. They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer. A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies. They have introduced a new generation to Welsh music – and continue to do so as they tour Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. It starts at 8pm and you can enjoy dinner before by calling The George on 01769 572514. For gig tickets call 01805 … [Read more...] about Welsh band Calan head to The George Hotel in South Molton