Paul Smith is to be the Culture Awards headliner at this year’s eagerly-awaited presentation ceremony at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Who better? The musician, best known for his charismatic fronting of rock band Maximo Park, spans the region – born in Stockton, brought up in Billingham, resident in Newcastle – and various art forms. Last summer he and the band helped to open the Great Exhibition of the North, performing on a boat on the Tyne. But the one-time art student – he went to Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool and then studied history of art at Newcastle University – was also represented in a Great Exhibition show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Visitors were treated to his absorbing recorded conversation with Tyneside punk Pauline Murray in which they discussed aspects of the music industry and the challenge of breaking into it in the North East. Paul also performed with Rachel Unthank and Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening as … [Read more...] about Maximo Park’s Paul Smith promises something different at the Culture Awards
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A total of 34 deer were shot dead in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Wednesday following orders by the Office of Public Works (OPW). It is understood the carcasses are then sold on to meat suppliers. The OPW has previously said that culling prevents a rise in the fallow deer population which can lead to an increase in road traffic accidents in the popular park. The Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR), however, accused the Irish government of farming deer to make money. "A humane alternative of contraception works on deer but is not used by the OPW as the killing alternative is more lucrative for their coffers," a spokeswoman said. "Shooters are devoid of any empathy for innocent, undefended animals. "No animal is safe if money is to be made. "Shooting deer in view of other deer is barbaric, all animals experience fear at seeing their friends killed." They called for the government to establish an alternative, humane way of tackling the issue of culling deer. Phoenix Park was originally formed … [Read more...] about Campaigners criticise today’s culling of deer in Phoenix Park
New parking charges which are being brought in at eight Nottingham College sites have been branded 'unfair' by a councillor. The charges are set to come into effect later this month with fees of £3 per day and £1.50 per half day for 781 parking spaces. The new charges will be introduced at college sites in Maid Marian Way, Highfields off University Boulevard, London Road, Basford Hall, Beeston , Ruddington, Stapleford and Clarendon in Sherwood. The college said the decision came after a review of the cost of Nottingham City Council's Workplace Parking Levy, which was introduced in 2012 and charges employers who provide more than 11 parking spaces - costing £402 per space. However, local independent councillor for Stapleford, Richard MacRae, said the charges were unfair as many college sites are not in the city. He said: "Stapleford isn't in the city, it is in the county, so as far as I can understand it has nothing to do with the city centre parking levy. It's not fair. … [Read more...] about ‘Unfair’ parking charges at Nottingham College sites outside of city boundaries
Staff and students will have to pay to park at eight Nottingham College sites after plans for new charges were confirmed. Fees of £3 per day and £1.50 per half day are being introduced for 781 parking spaces. The charges are set to come into effect later this month with a provisional date set for January 21, 2019, the college has confirmed. Nottingham City Council will manage the new parking scheme after agreeing a five year contract. The new charges will be introduced at college sites in Maid Marian Way, Highfields off University Boulevard, London Road, Basford Hall, Beeston, Ruddington, Stapleford and Clarendon in Sherwood. A college spokesman said the decision came after a review of the cost of the city council's workplace parking levy, which was introduced in 2012 and charges employers who provide more than 11 parking spaces - costing £415 per space. A Nottingham College spokesperson said: "With reduced funding to support further education, the college needs to … [Read more...] about Parking charges for staff and students at College sites
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 December 2018 Steve Russell Colchester has changed hugely since Joe Neal's childhood in the late 1940s and during the 1950s. This view is from 2010. 'I remember Colchester as it was before all those one-way systems and when everyone seemed to know each other when walking down the street, with Jumbo visible from all directions,' he says Picture: NICK STRUGNELL Writer Joe Neal on the lost treasures of Colchester, saving newts from the bulldozers and why ‘if you don’t love enough, you’ll always regret it’. Oh - and why Brexit’s crucial Joe Neal in his garden in Ireland. 'I had many friends in Colchester and played for Colchester Rugby Club. I still return from time to time and attend the Endsleighans reunions each year' Picture: JOE NEAL“Six things I most remember about Colchester? The good old North-East Essex accent, which seems to have been replaced by one from Romford and East … [Read more...] about Colchester today? Where does everybody park!