The journey next week to the International Space Station from Florida's Cape Canaveral will be the first from US soil since the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011. Pictured is the unmanned SpaceX Dragon on approach to the the International Space Station last year … [Read more...] about Beam me up, Elon! William Shatner tweets offer to hop aboard historic NASA-Space X flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday
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One thing beyond the Cosmists’ fertile imagination would have been that, in the 21st century, considerable care would have been taken to restore a wrecked relic of the 19th to regular use, while retaining its character of wrecked-ness. This is what has happened to Wilton’s Music Hall in east London, a rare survivor that flourished in its original use for little more than 20 years, was taken over by Methodists and, since it was listed in 1971, has undertaken a slow journey to a renovation. Performances started there again in the 1990s, but it is only under the leadership of its current director, Frances Mayhew, that it has reached a position where it can deliver a regular programme into a relatively secure future. In 2004 Mayhew rescued it from possible abandonment or, worse, a takeover by Wetherspoons, and has been championing it ever since. … [Read more...] about Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age; Wilton’s Music Hall – review
Anka has also written and sung personalised versions about everyone from Sammy Davis Jr to a certain Russian president: “He earns every cheer, yes that’s Vladimir / Vladimir Putin.” Anka’s old acquaintance Donald Trump also had a special version (he thinks it may have been written for one of Trump’s weddings). For his inauguration, Trump wanted a repeat performance. Controversy broke out over whether Anka should do it and whether Sinatra would have approved. “Just remember the first line of the song,” tweeted Sinatra’s daughter Nancy (“And now, the end is near”). The fact that Sinatra performed at Reagan’s inauguration didn’t seem to come up much, but in the end, it was all moot: Anka was in the middle of a custody battle, and the Trumps danced to My Way as performed by a series of unknown singers. “I just chose not to … really get in the fray,” Anka says. “On the other hand, I think that I … [Read more...] about ‘People who sing it want the world to know they exist’: 50 years of My Way
The most controversial feature is the “fan boost”, where the three drivers amassing the most social media votes get a 2.5 second burst that increases the power of their car by 50% and which the drivers call “push to pass”. Agag says complaints that this interferes with the racing misses the point: “If it doesn’t interfere what would be the point of the fans voting? But we will take care to make sure the effect is not too big. If you’re last you’re not going to win the race with fan boost, but if you’re second you may win at the end.” … [Read more...] about Formula E: do the guilt-free thrills of electric car racing herald a new era for motor sport?
Other contestants amused the judges but failed to go through, among them an insanely flexible dancer, an aggressive saxophone player, and a balloon sculptor who made Katy a Viking hat, complete with braids and a pink sword she gave to Luke, who whacked her with it. … [Read more...] about American Idol: Amber Fiedler wows the judges with an impressive performance… while being 38 weeks pregnant